I’m not a full on vintage belle, I don’t quite have the sass to pull it off. However, I do love to incorporate one or two vintage inspired items into my wardrobe. Most of the time, this takes the form of a 50s style full skirt that can be mixed and matched any which way I like.
This Collectif Mia Skirt (which has sadly sold out in this beautiful print but is still available in gingham) is no exception. I bought it last month for my Grandma’s 80th Birthday party, a swish affair at the local golf club with a sit down dinner and (of course) a photo booth to keep the pensioners busy after the sherry!
Now the picture above is not how I styled it for Granny’s 80th – you can see that further down the post where I’m posing with the husband & my cousin. It is, however, how I would wear this on a more daily basis – with simple courts and a round neck tee-shirt. Come colder months I’ll be switching the tee for a turtle neck – I really do love a good turtle neck.
I’m wearing a size 18 in this skirt and it fits perfectly. Its made from quite a heavy cotton material so there is very little stretch in the waistband and it does size up a little smaller than I’m use to from vintage swing skirts. I would normally wear a 16 on anything that has a tailored waist but free hips so I would definitely recommend sizing up if you’re between sizes.
The skirt comes with a matching belt that really emphasises a smaller waist and has wonderfully large and deep pockets sitting just below each hip on the front panel of the skirt – they’re great for storing your lipstick!
As I mentioned earlier, the fabric is made from quite a heavy cotton which means it holds the full skirt shaped very easily . There are also lots of folds in the material that really help to create the elegant swish of a skirt like this. You could, if you wanted to exaggerate the shape even further, easily wear a petticoat beneath this – it really would add a flash of drama.
The skirt was originally at £55 but Collectif currently have the gingham on sale for just £13.75. Unfortunately, they are fairly limited on the available sizings left. I do hope they release this skirt in more colour/print options as it’s such a beautifully classic number. I received no end of compliments when wearing this and I’d definitely purchase it again should it be released in other colours.
To dress the skirt up a little for Granny’s party, I paired it with my favourite L. K. Bennet heels and a very 50s bardot body from ASOS. If I wanted to dress this up further I would curl my hair and throw on a splash of red lips!
Unfortunately, my nude strapless decide to break the morning of the party so I’m wearing a Panache Tango bra with the shoulders slipped down. Despite the bra offering great shape and support when worn with straps, it really doesn’t do much for me without! I have since ordered a new Curvy Kate strapless to prevent this saggy boob scenario in future bardot wearing instances.
Outfit Details – Casual