I’ve long admired Collectif Clothing from a distance, not quite sure I could pull off the vintage vibes. A purchase late this summer, a stunning circle skirt that you can see here, changed my mind and showed me that you can do a nod to vintage without going full on pin-up. Collector’s latest lines have my head spinning and my heart skipping a beat. The range, is quite simply, to die for!
This Ashleeta Sheer Swing Dress is a very classic, 1950’s style flared dressed made just that little bit modern by the sheer fabric and lack of underthings (the slip is actually a skater dress from ASOS).
The skirt is very full with subtle pleats that give it a real swish and sway as you move and the wide waist band really cinches in at the waist for that vintage hourglass figure.
The sheer dress is incredibly well made, the seams are delicately stitched so there is no disfigurement under the mesh fabric and the buttons that cinch in the waist are covered in the softest of velvet. They also don’t pop open – and believe me, I have put them under some pressure for testing purposes.
I’m wearing a size 18 and it is a little snug over the boobs. I’ve always found anything other than the Dolores dresses at Collectif to come up a little on the small side so definitely size up it you’re on the edge, or between, sizes.
Of course, if you’re feeling daring, you could always pair the dress with some fancy undies …
For reference, this is my Playful Promises Jessica and I love the heavy embellishment under the sheer fabric – I feel rather fierce.
The Ashleeta is priced at £42.50 which I don’t think is to bad for a classic and well made item, it is versatile in that you could pair it with a slinky slip for evening or a chunky knit dress for day – or with pants for the bedroom (give it a try – I dare you).
I do love the dress and will definitely be wearing if ALOT over the party season! The question is, how next?