When I was growing up, my Grandfather owned a beach house that was literally right on the beach. We walked out the door, onto the deck, down the grassy sandbank and onto the beach. I have countless fond summer memories of being at the beach, swimming in the ocean, spotting dolphins and taking trips on the little fizz boat my family owned. It’s an experience shared by many New Zealanders as no matter where you are in our little country, you are never far from a beautiful beach.
I think my fondness for a nautical themed vintage outfits stems from that nostalgia. Red, blue and white are such a classic combo together that feels instantly summery and youthful. It’s a nice change from the inevitable floral prints that summer (which I’m certainly not complaining about I can never get enough of them anyway!)
Collectif have always done good nautical items and this Spring/Summer 17 Collection is no different. There’s some bold sea-themed prints like the gorgeous Sea Shell Border Print that comes in a Jasmine Skirt and Jade Dress and then some slightly more subtle items like the Erina Anchor Dress which is coming soon.
Now that I’m living in London, the beach isn’t quite as accessible as it was back home in New Zealand. However, what I am lucky enough to have is the Thames River just at the end of my street, overlooking Hampton Court Palace. So while I won’t be getting as much of an ocean fix this summer, I think I will be making full use of the beautiful spot we have so close to us and picnicking frequently.
There’s so many great items out this season, it’s hard picking a favourite. However, I really love the Kitty Gingham Trim Swing Dress in Red. The gingham accents at the collar and on the belt are just so adorable and make it the perfect picnic dress. You could also easily add in some pops of blue through accessorisingif you wanted to shift it to a more nautical theme.
Since I’ve been feeling like my wardrobe has been lacking in the colour red, I opted continue with the red theme and add the Joan Heels and the Cross My Heart Shoulder Bag. The Jessie Gingham Heart Cardigan is the perfect accompaniment to this outfit – it’s always good to have a cardigan in case of chilly weather and the gingham heart is so adorable!
I also added a few accessories from my own collection – a wide brimmed vintage straw hat for the ultimate picnic vibe, vibrant hair flowers from Shazam Pinup Flowers and a stack of bangles consisting of red and bamboo to help tie in the hat detail.
The fit of the Kitty Dress is spot on and my regular size 10 is the perfect fit. There is a tiny bit of stretch to the fabric for ease of movement and comfort and the hemline is that true vintage length. Add a bit of extra poof to your skirt by adding a petticoat – my favourite is the Samantha by Malco Modes.
Weather you are loving the pinup picnic feel or more of a nautical style, Collectif have an array of gorgeous items coming soon or already in stock on the website. Here’s a few of my favourites:
Tammy Gingham Skirt, 2. Strawberry Acrylic Brooch, 3. Cherry Polka Reversible Scarf, 4. Sienna Watercolour Playsuit (coming soon) , 5. Jessie Gingham Heart Cardigan, 6. Chloe Candy Gingham Swing Dress, 7. Kitty Gingham Swing Dress, 8. Ines English Garden Pencil Dress, 9. Glitter Heart Sunglasses, 10. Lucy Gingham Cardigan, 11. Lulu Hun Naomi Gingham Flat, 12. Alice Wicker Dome Bag.
1. Jade Seashell Denim Swing Dress, 2. Bay Striped Wedge, 3. Jenny Sunglasses, 4. Jasmine Seashell Border Print Skirt, 5. Ariel Nautical Playsuit (coming soon), 6. Erina Anchor Flared Dress (coming soon), 7. Gracie Plain Capris, 8. Ariel Plain Top, 9. Dolly High Heel, 10. Skipper Belt, 11. Sailor Vanity Bag, 12. Camilla Lobster Cardigan.
And don’t forget the most important accessory of all this summer… Sunscreen!