This adorable set was a birthday gift from a beautiful friend who knows me VERY well! What could be better than a cute frilly cropped top and swing skirt adorned in a big gingham print with scrummy cherries?! So perfect!
The Emilia Gingham Frill Top is a real darling of a little top with a frilled sweetheart neckline. I ironed down those frills to make them more uniform and set them in place.
There’s a row of domed black buttons to the front, but these don’t open. Instead it’s an elasticated back which is easy to get in and out of and adjustable straps which cross over at the back. It’s so great when adjustable straps are included with elasticated backs as they fit just about everyone. I would say it’s true to size. I’m actually wearing a size bigger than I usually wear which feels a little looser but not noticeably, especially with the straps adjusted. As it’s cropped it goes more by your bust size and as I’m almost a size 8 bust, I think that’s why it works ok for me. So I’d recommend you buy your normal size but if that isn’t available, a size up will likely work too.
The matching Dakota Gingham Cherries Skirt works so well with the top. I have the Dakota in another colour way already but this is a different fabric and much stretchier so you may be able to size down with it. There’s a buckled belt included and belt loops around the skirt which is great to keep the skirt from twisting around. There are two side pockets to the front with a fold over detail in the black trim and these are large enough to keep whatever you want (except the kitchen sink – hands usually suffice haha).
It has a centre back zip and it’s pretty gathered, fitting a petticoat underneath just fine. I wore a black one underneath but I’ll wear it without too.
The length is lovely and just past my knee, though bear in mind the petticoat will be lifting it a little so it’ll drop a little without one.
I absolutely love the print of kitschy red cherries over black and white gingham, giving it such a classic retro look. I was such a lucky (and spoilt) gal to receive this gorgeous set. It’s going to be super versatile too, not only wearing it as a set but wearing the top with a variety of jeans, skirts and trousers and the skirt with a range of different black, white or red tops. So many options!
The top is £27.00 and currently available in sizes 10-22 and the skirt is £49.00 and available in sizes 6, 18-22 (both available as a set, here) and sizes 8-16 available for the skirt over at SilkFred.
I’m 4’11” with 4 inch heels on here. I’m a standard size 6 in Collectif, but I’m wearing a size 8 in the top and a size 6 in the skirt. My measurements are 33:24:33.
Polka dots are such a classic pin up/rockabilly look and the Clair skirt has the sweetest mini polka dots in white on black with a matching belt in reverse.
It’s a stretch fabric and has side seam pockets – yay! The length is good, sitting just below my knee. I actually made a mistake and sized up in this one and needn’t have as it’s true to size. However, with the belt to cinch in, I can easily get away with the larger size.
There’s a centre back zip and the belt has a buckle with holes. I popped a black petticoat under mine for extra floofiness which immediately makes you want to swoosh about in it.
I do love my accessories, and these Wicker bangles from Bow & Crossbones and clear, jewelled, bangle from Splendette were the perfect combo for stacking with this outfit.
This skirt is super cute and I love monochrome outfits paired with my red hair (add red accessories to achieve your own pop of colour – or bright pink/yellow work well too). I’ll be wearing it with cropped black jumpers and black tights while I wait for Spring to appear. There are a couple of items in the Clair range which I’ll add on, like the matching top and a pencil dress which I am just dotty about- have you seen the bow detail?! Irresistable!
The skirt is already sold out in larger sizes (currently 6-14 available on the website), but stockists should have some too and it’s priced at £52.50.
Top: Mahina top in black by Collectif Clothing
Handbag: Carrie in black by Collectif Clothing
Necklace: Natalie black bead set by Collectif Clothing
Petticoat: Hell Bunny
Bangles: Wicker from Bow & Crossbones, Clear jewelled from Splendette
For reference, I’m a standard size 6 in Collectif Clothing but wearing a size 8 in this article. I’m 4’11” and wearing 4 inch heels.
It may still be dreary outside, but I’m still planning all my summer outfits! And this one is an outfit I really love (together and as separates).
The Dakota skirt is a beautiful shade of red and a good vintage length on me. She has deep pockets that feature a flap over style and shiny red button affixed for decoration. The swing style is very flattering and it comes with a matching belt that has eyelet holes (woohoo!).
This is a new style for this season and I bought it when it first launched, but it wasn’t warm enough to wear it until recently! I hadn’t noticed how pretty the pleat detailing is to the front. This is such a lovely design and I really hope it returns in ALL the colours in future seasons as it’s a great alternative to a full gathered skirt. I found her to be a perfect fit and true to size.
I chose to pair it with a Sasha vintage palm top, (which is another new shape and design for this year), and my goodness, what a star this little top is! The neckline is sweetheart, but can be altered by pulling the ties at the centre either tighter or keeping them looser. I’m not gonna lie, I pulled them quite hard because I need all the help I can get in that department! It’s great to have the option to be more modest though, and will suit a range of bust sizes.
The elasticated sleeves will sit just off the shoulders or on them; I quite liked having them on my shoulder a little as pictured. If it was warmer though, I’d likely slip them down.
The palm tree print is fab and really stands out with the white on black, and the fabric is a jersey so it’s soft and stretchy. It’s true to size but with lots of stretch so buy your normal size and if you’re busty, there’s plenty of room.
I’m so glad I bought the Sasha – I know they’re going to be a firm staple of my summer wardrobe. I bought the plain colours too and there’s also a cat print available (here).
I really loved this look and highly recommend both products. Please note I changed the belt to one of my Collectif white ones as I wanted to tie the white in with the palm trees of the top. The skirt comes with a gorgeous matching red belt.
I’m a standard Collectif Size 6 (33:24:33) and 4’11” (wearing 4 inch heels here)
Also wearing Collectif Sunglasses (previous season) and Collectif Natalie earrings from the bead set