(Be)Witching Hour - Glamorous Halloween Inspiration from Collectif

As someone who loves vintage and vintage repro, my love for Collectif knows no bounds. Not only do they have a range of incredible dresses which fit my bust without having to size up on the waist, (I love you, Dolores!) their cardigans, coats and accessories are the stuff of cine filmed vintage dreams.

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!

Rose and Ladybird Veiled Fascinator: Pearls & Swine

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!

Until next time,

(All photos (c) Diana Thompson / Fashion Loves Photos unless otherwise stated. Please do not reproduce without written permission.)

*Dress sent for review. All opinions are real and my own.


  1. Oooh. I love the harness neck detail! I just wish Collectif's sizing was a little more inclusive but WOW that dress is BANGING x

  2. You look so fabulous!!! If only they went up bigger!!! :)

  3. Looking amazing - love the bird cage veil!

    C xx

    1. Thank you darling - the veil was from the ever amazing Pearls & Swine. :) x


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