Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Good News for More Retro-Loving girls.
A couple of my very favourite dresses were from the online boutique Collectif. They specialise in retro looks with a slightly punky edge, and at pretty reasonable prices... But about eighteen months ago, with no explanation, they stopped stocking anything over a size 16. I was disappointed - I sent an email on behalf of the blog - but no response was given (which I still think is pretty shocking customer service). To the present day, though, and not only have Collectif begun to reintroduce sizes up to a 22 (in a very limited range of stock now, but the website seems to have been set up to suggest that bigger sizes will become the norm) but also until 21st June you can get a 20% discount if you enter the code SUGAR at checkout. I can't lie - I did just that, buying the frock above.
polka dot dress (£50 - various colours and prints) I bought is basically the same shape and style as the cute sailor dress (£55, also available in black and navy). It's flattering to hourglass shapes, disguises tummies, bums and thighs, and can be worn with a flouncy retro underskirt (available in many other retro stores) for more fifties-tastic impact.
If you have a more flat stomach, there are plenty of pencil skirts and wiggle dresses in the range (although not yet in the larger sizes). I love the 'Lust' dress, above, for its dramatic portrait collar and asymmetric buttons (£50).
There are separates too - of which the Dolores top (£25) is my buxom favourite. The curves of this clever neckline will enhance small boobs, while flattering the fuller embonpoint because of it's diagonal lines.
There is also a new range by Bordello Shoes on the site. All fantastically impractical, I particularly love these 'too fabulous to be true' Teeze platforms (£49.95).
If you're new to Collectif, I think it's well worth a look - generally reasonable value, and with a 20% reduction as well, you may find something to treat yourself with.