If you haven’t gazed upon the Collectif Clothing Spring/Summer Lookbook that was released a few weeks back, then you really should. It’s packed with gorgeous pastels and ALL THE SUMMERY GOODNESS!
In my last monthly round-up, I talked about falling head over heels in love with the Chloe Candy Gingham Swing Dress and this month I present to you Chloe’s sassy sister, The Monica Candy Gingham Pencil Dress! I’ll admit, pencil dresses aren’t usually my style of choice, the comfort and freedom of a swing dress will forever have my heart. However, it’s sometimes fun to mix things up a little and this adorable dress still felt like ‘me’.
Featuring Collectif’s bespoke Candy Gingham print of pink, lilac and mint with contrasting white details on the bust and belt, the Monica is sure to be a summer favourite. As a pear shape, I was a little worried about squeezing my hips into my regular size 10 in Collectif so sized up to the 12. The fabric has enough stretch to allow for some give but still ‘holds everything in place’.
Paired with the Monica is the Lucy Flamingo Cardigan. The crisp white and pink details of the embroidered flamingos and buttons perfectly compliments the Candy Gingham while adding a bit of fun to the outfit!
Wear it open like I have to continue showing off the bust details of the Monica or button it up to create a smooth silhouette. I’m wearing my usual size 10 in this cardigan and the fit is perfect! Sometimes I find the size 10 to be a little too tight in the arms but I don’t have that problem with the Lucy Flamingo Cardigan at all. I accessorized this outfit using pieces from my own collection – Splendette bangles, BAIT Footwear Shoes, a mint green bead necklace and a Shazam Pinup Hair Flower.
There’s still a lot of totally beautiful items from the Spring/Summer lookbook to be released and here are my favourites that are still to come: 1. Sandra Palm Top, 2.Bebe Bamboo Handle Bag, 3. Kitty Gingham Trim Swing Dress, 4. Kala Tahiti Palm Print Sarong Skirt, 5. Leelu Pineapple & Palm Sarong Dress, 6. Erica Cherry Heel, 7. Tammy Gingham Skirt Lilac, 8. Talis Striped Shorts, 9. Strawberry Bamboo Bag, 10. Ariel Nautical Playsuit, 11. Lucy Romantic Floral Cardigan, 12. Maria English Garden Swing Dress.
But if you don’t want to have to wait to start adding some bright florals or pretty pastels into your wardrobe then these beauties are already available! 1. Lucy Gingham Cardigan, 2. Ines Plain Pencil Dress, 3. Pastel Anchor Necklace, 4. Nina Floral Border Swing Dress, 5. Maddison 40s Floral Swing Dress, 6. Jasmin Watermelon Swing Skirt, 7. Talis Plain Pencil Skirt Green, 8. Lucy Romantic Bird Cardigan, 9. Cupcake Bag, 10. Lily Denim Shorts, 11. Joan High Heel, 12. Dolores Atomic Harlequin Top.
What items are top of your list for Spring/Summer? Floaty pastel swing or bright and cute playsuit? I’m mega excited for some of the floral prints soon to be released like the Maria Dress in English Garden Print – think of all the colour matching possibilities!