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Collectif Vintage Jade Plain Swing Dress
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Collectif Vintage Jade Plain Swing Dress

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Our Jade Plain Swing Dress is a classic 1950s style summer dress. She has adjustale double shoulder straps with bow detail, classic princess seamed bodice for a perfect fit, and a flattering curved sweetheart neckline. She has a knee length gathered full skirt with side pockets, a wide PU-backed waist belt with metal eyelets and spoke, and a centre back zip fastening. Available in classic black or charming blue, she suits many styling options to be dressed up or down.

Fit is true to size

Approximate Total Length (size 12): 34.5 inches (not including straps)

Fabric: 98% Cotton 2% Spandex.

Washing Advice: Machine Washable at 30 Degrees.

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5Perfect Sundress for Those Who NEED Pockets

I absolutely love this dress! In the hopes of helping someone decide whether or not they want this dress in their life, or what size to go for, I thought I'd review the fit and style.

I was hesitant about this gathered style waist at first, because I was worried that it would add extra bulk to my waist or not work well with my a-line petticoats, but after trying out Collectif's jasmine skirt (which has a similar gathered waist) I decided to give it a go.

Overall fit: this dress is absolutely precious, and perfect for people with hourglass shapes, or who want to emulate an hourglass shape. The only issue I have is in the armpit area, which I'll explain further in my comments on the bust area. The light blue cotton perfectly drapes in the skirt, and stretches just enough for comfort in the bodice.

Pockets(!!!!): The pockets are amazingly delightful slit pockets (not side seam like the Collectif jasmine skirt I have, there's only one seam on the Jade dress's skirt and that's in the back) that are sewn in such a way that they naturally angle forward and don't flop around to your back, making it easy to take things in and out of them. This takes this sundress to a whole 'nother level for me. They're also deep enough for me to fit my entire unfolded hand plus an inch or so of wrist inside, so basically: perfection.

Regarding the fit of the waist: I bought the size 12, as my waist fluctuates between 29-32. I figured the waist would be forgiving on my bigger days, as when I was 27-30 inches, I often found Collectif's 12s to be slightly big in the waist, and can still squeeze my waist into my Collectif 10s even now. Actually, someone who is less than 28 inches may find the belt doesn't go small enough, but that's such an easy fix to take in or add another grommet that I wouldn't worry. The gathers start just below the natural waist, so there's no added bulk at the waist. I'd say you pretty much have to wear some kind of belt with this, due to the belt loops, but it looks good with almost any belt, even if you don't like the wide belt look, because it's such a lovely classic blue.

Regarding the bust: I'm about a 40.5 inch at medium breath in. I ordered a 12 despite probably being at least 41 inches around my bust on a deep breath, because I figured there was a little wiggle room with the stretch like there is with my size 12 Dolores dress (yellow floral from a few years ago). To be honest, I would probably size up if I buy a Jade cut again, as I like having a little more breathing space. Still, if you're worried about support, it's much less tight than a sports bra, and having it slightly tighter would probably support you enough that you wouldn't have to worry about layering a strapless bra under your breezy summer dress. I live in a hot climate, so it's important for me to be able to wear as few layers as possible.

Armpits: I'm not sure if it's a result of my bust being a little squashed (and my personal bust placement meaning that I need to keep the princess seams higher on my chest to hit my actual bustline without making my bust look saggier), but the armpits feel like they should be lower down. Especially since I need to keep the straps tight or they'll fall off my shoulders - which are actually rather broad for my frame, so it's not that. This is literally my only issue with the dress, I should mention. I just feel like it's important to say in case that's a worry for you. I have a lil layer of chub there right now, and the dress doesn't give me back or side boob, so it's not so tight that it causes fit issues. If you're very active, it just might annoy you a little.

Petticoats: First, this dress looks great and full even without a petticoat, due to the gathers - but, hey, a little swish and fullness can be fun. I'm going to mention right now that all petticoats mentioned are made of nylon/polyamide chiffon, and I haven't tried with any other kind of petticoat. I shouldn't have been worried about petticoats not working with a gathered style - turns out, it's actually more forgiving than a true circle skirt or a-line! I can wear a 21-inch malco modes Jennifer petticoat under it without a weird fall-off, despite it being several inches longer. I have two 25-inch petticoats (from Unique Vintage brand if that helps) that fit PERFECTLY under it - just a half inch or so of dress covers them, so they peek when I walk or sit down. I have a 26 inch Malco Modes Samantha that is Very Full, and on the longest setting is longer than the dress by about an inch or two. I haven't tried it yet, because I didn't want to fiddle with rethreading the elastic band, but I'm sure that Samantha petticoat would work on either of the shorter settings, depending on if you wanted the petticoat to peek out constantly or not. Its shocking how much fluff this gathered skirt can handle!

So, if you're debating whether you should buy this dress or not, I hope my review has helped. I honestly think this may be my favourite dress I currently own, despite the small issue with the armpits/straps/bust. It's my favourite colour, it's breezy but sturdy cotton, it has pockets, and it looks great with a petticoat for those fancy days.

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