I had been after the Wednesday Pencil Dress from Collectif for months, before I eventually got it in the Christmas/New Year sale. I loved the other pencil dresses I had from them, but this one appealed to me for other reasons. Not only did the model online look amazing in it, but I loved the collar, the dotted mesh and sleeves. It was just so sassy.
As already explained, I ordered this dress in the sale, meaning I got it for the bargain price of £13.65 when the original price was £39.00. It’s now sold out, but has been restocked a few times and also comes in a skater dress version. So you could still get your hands on it. Failing that, there’s also dedicated Facebook groups set up for the reselling of Collectif clothes, so you could get your hands on it through one of those, I’m sure. I wouldn’t be surprised if they brought this dress back for next autumn/winter.
My order arrived about five days after placing it and was packaged nicely. I was so excited to open it and was not disappointed at all with the dress I’d been longing for for so long. I am usually a size 10 in most shops so opted for a size 10 here; a little nervous that it wouldn’t fit as it’s a tight fitting dress. But, it fits perfectly and there’s plenty of stretch.
Taken from Collectif’s website:
Collectif was established in the year 2000, as a stall in one of the most exciting and unique retail destinations in the world; Camden Market. Over the past sixteen years we have grown to open four stores in and around London, plus concessions in Miss L Fire, LA and Beyond Retro, Sweden.
Today we proudly design & produce all our own clothing, which is now separated in to two lines: Collectif Vintage, inspired by the classic styles of 1940’s and 50’s and Collectif Mainline, maintaining our roots in pin-up and alternative culture. Versatility and originality pervade Collectif’s design philosophy; we combine new fashion trends with classic vintage styles, along with a good a splash of rock and roll! For us, our collections are more than fashion; they are about creating a timeless sense of romance and glamour set against an unconventional background.
This dress is suitable for many occasions and works well with dark tights, too. The office, meetings, cocktails, meal out, dare I say it even funerals… it’s very versatile and sexy without being revealing.
The dress is made from 60% cotton, 35% nylon and 5% spandex in the body and 100% Nylon for the mesh.
It’s easy to look after as I wash it on a cool wash and give it an iron after line-drying. It doesn’t crease very easily when worn and doesn’t ride up too often. It looks good with flats and heels and shapes the body in a very flattering way.
As you can see, I chose to wear the dress with black heels and black and silver jewellery.
Overall, I’ love this dress from Collectif and will no doubt be ordering from them again. It’s the perfect LBD.
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