When they released the Penny Pencil Dress last year, I felt like a vampy film noir dame. It was impossible not to feel glamorous whilst wearing it, but I've always been a girl who likes a bit more swing to my wiggle. I live for voluminous circle skirts, so you can imagine how I nearly passed out from excitement when I discovered they had taken my favourite femme fatal top half, and given it a swirl ready makeover!
Available up to a UK size 22, the Penny Flared is new in as part of the Collectif AW15 collection. Super swishy, it features a criss-cross halter-neck with a hook closure and sweetheart neckline. It's like their pencil shaped sister in every way bar the switched circle skirt finish, and is made from a stretchy poly mix fabric which really shows off your shape.
The fit is true to size, with the halter neck perfect for those with an ample bosom. I wore mine with a gravity defying strapless bra, but would also be happy to wear it with regular bra straps for a more harness style finish. The material falls perfectly and hits just below the knee of my 5'6" frame, but for extra oomph I teamed the dress with a full red petticoat. Cue lots of spinning around in my living room for ages, but I just couldn't help myself - I love this dress so much!
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*Dress sent for review. All opinions are real and my own.