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!

Collectif Mia Skirt-2

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.

Plus Size Vintage Reproduction - The Collectif Mia Skirt

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.

Plus Size Vintage Reproduction - The Collectif Mia Skirt

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.

Plus Size Vintage Reproduction - The Collectif Mia Skirt

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.

Plus Size Vintage Reproduction - The Collectif Mia Skirt

Outfit Details – Casual

Collectif Mia Skirt (now sold out but available in selected sizes in a gingham print)

Grey round neck tee-shirt from Simply Be (part of a 3 pack)

Hobbs Court Shoes (similar here)

Outfit Details – Granny’s Party

Collectif Mia Skirt (now sold out but available in selected sizes in a gingham print)

ASOS Ribbed Bardot Body (part of a 2 pack)

L. K. Bennett Red Heels (similar here)

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