It may be September, but I’m all about June right now! Having highly anticipated this gorgeous dress, I snapped it up as soon as it went live on the website and I’m so glad I did as it’s already out of stock in my size (be quick Collectif fans!).
Superb service from Team Collectif as always too; I ordered on Monday afternoon and it arrived the next morning at 9:15am via my usual cheerful DPD delivery driver.
This beautiful black and white gingham pencil dress has flashes of red detailing on the cuffed sleeves and circular belt – such a classic combination and it works really well.
It’s actually listed as polyester, but, along with their previous autumnal styles using this, it doesn’t feel like polyester, it’s much softer and closer to a cotton texture.
Fit wise, it’s listed as true to size with little stretch, and I found this to be spot on. If you’re in between sizes, especially on the waist, size up as there’s no stretch there at all. I’m a true Collectif 6 and it was a perfect fit. The sleeves aren’t too long (which for petite gals is often a problem but not in this case), and the hem sits at a true vintage cut on my mid calf which is my preferred length to look a little more authenticly vintage in style.
June has previously been available in a few different prints (leopard and stripe trims on black) but I hadn’t really taken notice of her before this gingham version. Now I’m thinking I need ALL the Junes!
There will also be a flared version of this gingham dress which will launch later in the season, called Suzanne, which is really lovely too. However, unfortunately Suzanne doesn’t include the red detailing on the sleeves in the swing style (such a shame, but still a very gorgeous dress).
The June is a perfect wiggle to dress up or down and I love everything about it. The only thing I would have wanted is for it to be lined so I could wear tights underneath in winter without it riding up, but that’s personal choice and lining on dresses is limited to only a few styles in Collectif (fingers crossed for more!). I look forward to many more Autumn stock hitting the site, but in the meantime, all hail, gingham!