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A Sailor’s Sweetheart – A Collectif Review

*This dress was a gifted item

One of the best things for me is to get dressed up. When you’re a bigger girl living in London the way you view yourself and fashion may be slightly different to the view of the average person. For years we have been limited with our options and it’s only been the past few years that has brought new changes and opportunities to the forefront. The fashion industry as a whole has started to embrace the bigger girls and with it we have been awarded the chance to freely express ourselves.

What I love about Collectif is that they create their dresses in sizes 6-22. I have to say I love that the brand has the same set of clothes available for standard and plus size women. So many brands have a separate range of clothing for us bigger girls and, more often than not the choices aren’t as edgy or experimental. The good news is that the options that are coming from brands all over the place are becoming more stylish, edgy and generally more fun to wear.


Collectif recently contacted me and gave me the chance to review a dress. When I saw the Ginger Sailor Wing Bust Dress, I knew I instantly wanted to try it. My Sindy Doll sailor dress is one of my favourites and I absolutely love wearing it. As the shape of this dress is very similar, I knew it was one I could have fun with. I’ve selected this dress in a size 22.

I love nothing more than slipping on a fun vintage dress, putting on a petticoat and really going all in with my look. When I was styling this dress I imagined being back in the 1950s. I pictured myself as the wife of a sailor in the Navy on my way to meet my husband whilst he came back from his tour. Funny I know but it’s fun to play a character sometimes lol.



I say it all the time, I love blue, any shade of blue and so this dress was one I was determined to have fun with. A great feature is the adjustable straps. These can be worn in a criss-cross fashion, in a halter style or the dress can be worn as a strapless number. In these pictures you’ll see that I have taken pictures in both the criss-cross and halter-neck style.

I should note that the belt of the dress has no loop holes for you to have a fixed closure. I found that from time to time when walking or moving the clasp would slip open. This to me was the only flaw in the dress but can easily be resolved by using another belt if you really want to wear the added accessory.

Hanna and I were taking full advantage of the hot London sun and so we decided to spend the day taking a ton of outfit pictures this previous Saturday. Whilst I was getting my dress together the lovely Diana was really sweet and borrowed me a few things to try with the dress. This gorgeous fascinator by Pearls And Swine was something I fell in love with at first sight. I love the gorgeous collection of white roses and the net detail attached. At first we weren’t sure how this would look but I thought it completed the outfit beautifully. A simple white bolero was added and in some of my pictures a necklace of a ship was worn. Definitely in keeping with my sailor theme!

I of course selected my Michelle shoes from Hotter as my given footwear! It’s no secret how much I love to spin and swirl in my pinup dresses and so I needed shoes that were perfect vintage styling and pain free. If you love to swing or jive dance I cannot stress enough how incredible these heels are!

In keeping with usual style I wore my small hoop earrings for added jewellery. Applied some deep red lipstick to my usual vintage style makeup and I was ready and set to go! I always say it, have fun with your clothes. If something makes you feel amazing, wear it! Don’t apologise for expressing yourself through fashion, that’s exactly what fashion is all about!

Good news ladies this amazing dress is currently on sale! The price has been slashed in half so if you want to try this one out for yourself be sure to pick one up now! Also any of you who do get this one I’d love to see your pics and how you styled it!

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and wear it with a smile!

Magnificent 7th Challenge – Create An Outfit Around Your FavouriteAccesory

I would just like to start by saying sorry I am a day late with this post. I was having some connection problems last night...
This month’s theme is all about our favourite accessory. I will be honest here I tend to spend more time thinking about the outfit i’m selecting and then find an accessory to work with my chosen ensemble. One that I tend to use for various different styles, usually for vintage and pinup looks is my white hair rose.
Petticoat By Vivien Of Holloway
 
Hair and MUA and photography by Aprea Chiara
Styling by Chiara and myself.
Please do not copy or edit any images without permission from model and photographer
 
Dress and Cinch Belt By Collectif
Photography by Blast Photo
I absolutely love hair flowers I think they can add such a sweet and feminine dimension to a look. They are an accessory that is typical in vintage styling but are fast becoming more popular with other looks. What makes this one of my favourite accessories is that it’s actually my favourite flower also. I love roses and the handmade velvet rose was something I had to have when it saw it in the shop.
Made by Black Rose, an alternative store based in the heart of Camden Lock they had several vintage treats and the rose was a must have for me. I need to pick up a red one soon!
Check out what some of the other gorgeous ladies picked as their accessory!
Kaye, Becky, Nicola, Gail, Mary, Kathryn, Steph, Charley, Rebecca, 
Leah, Lindsey, Vicky, Nikki, Christina, Leah, Nancy, Beverly, 
Gillian, Katt, Sarah, Hannah, Hollie, Kitty, Emma,
Michelle, Abi, Sarah, Charlie, Sally, Lucie, Natalie

My Introduction To Vintage Style (A Vivien Of Holloway Review)

When it comes to fashion I think there’s one thing that many women do, especially us bigger girls; we fall into a fashion slump of what we feel comfortable in and what we feel looks OK on our particular shape. I’m one of those women who were always conscious of what will cover the lumps, bumps and what would be the most slimming. It’s fair to say that 80% of my wardrobe is black and navy coloured and it was a single trip into a cute little boutique that changed my entire outlook on what I should be wearing! 
 
For years my friends had been bugging me to go out and buy a dress. Now you have to understand the very concept of putting myself in a dress was one of serious discomfort, but it was after viewing various fashion blogs, celeb magazines and beauty columns that I started to actually consider doing it. I figured I’m in my mid twenties I should be willing to dress a little more adventurously and in some brighter colours. I was looking at a wide selection of women with more curvaceous and fuller figures and it was when I saw images of people like Adele, Maryln Monroe and countless plus size models that I decided to try and look into 1940s and 1950s fashion. After a little bit of searching I came across the website www.vivienofholloway.com. The clothes were gorgeous, the images bright and inviting and when I saw that the store itself was based about 15 minutes away from my home I knew I had to give them a call! 
A little later on that day I ventured into the store and what greeted me upon my arrival was fantastic! All of the sales girls were beautifully dressed and made up and they could easily have stepped out of an old 1950s add! One of them greeted me with a smile and measured me. She instantly pulled 3 Sateen flared dresses from the rack and recommended them to me. One was a classic black polka dot dress, another a simple plain black number and the third a more casual dress laced with cherries. I was given a red petticoat to try also and cinch belt and from stepping into the changing room (with a little help zipping myself in) what I saw in the mirror shocked me! For the first time in YEARS I looked in the mirror and LOVED what was looking back at me! I felt like a million dollars in all three of the dresses and even though they were more flamboyant than anything else I had ever worn I decided to take a few snaps in them before deciding on which one to buy. It seems that the girls not only knew how to make me feel extremely comfortable but they knew my exact taste in styles and patterns too. 
I have to say these dresses are fantastic. The engineering and design gifted to the dresses is just perfect. The bodice is boned, virtually forming a built in corset and even with my 38GG bust I didn’t need to wear a bra and had amazing comfort and support! The quality in the fabric is fantastic and in my opinion getting one of these dresses is definitely a form of an investment!  I love that the dresses are commonly worn for weddings and parties but are also great for more casual looks too. You can of course wear the dresses with or without a petticoat depending on what look you want to achieve.
 
The petticoats are a silky chiffon material that feels really comfortable and enhances the fullness of the circle skirt. With an elasticated waist one size fits all and the look it gives the dresses is great! I personally love wearing a petticoat with my dresses even though I’m not in these pictures below. I always like to pair my dresses with Boleros when I wear them as I feel more comfortable having my arms covered. Heels or flats will work also so you can pretty much do what you want for this look. 
 
These pictures were taken during the summer heatwave a few weeks back so I felt a lot more comfortable in flat shoes and without a petticoat. Having said that I do love my heels!
There are so many more great items in the store such as hair flowers, broaches, shoes, jewellery and so much more! It’s worth heading down to the store or alternatively checking out their website. Since my first trip to Vivienofholloway I have purchased several vintage dresses from other outlets and I think it’s safe to say i’m officially hooked on the style!