Check Mate - AW17 from Collectif Vintage

My love for the vintage repro brand Collectif is pretty huge, so it was with baited breath that I awaited news of their AW launch. With autumn heralding the run up to my birthday, they are always my first port of call when searching for a new dress and this season's offering did not disappoint.

It was the Dolores Half Sleeve Darling Check Flared Dress which caught my eye first. I am a big fan of the Dolores shape as it is the perfect shape on top for those with a larger chest. And whilst the fabric of this particular design doesn't have as much stretch as the usual one, it's still bordering on the generous side of true fit with it's cut.

I teamed the dress with the Andi Knitted Bolero in green, and instantly felt like the poster child for autumnal cheer the second I put it on. With it's Peter Pan collar and removable velvet tie, it's the perfect item to offer a little more coverage and warmth without hiding what's on show underneath.

I wasn't expecting the thick, luxurious fabric which this Dolores is made from, so my initial ideas of turning this look into a grungy dream were not going to work. But it didn't matter, because what I did end up with was something which made me feel really good. It's rare for me to find a dress where I can feel both smartly dressed but still also like myself, and this number did exactly that. The fact that it's warm is just an added bonus and means it's going to lived in once the cooler temperatures stick around.

(* items sent as a gift - all opinions and photos are my own.)

Until next time,

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


  1. I'm not going to lie, as I've already told you Diana, your social media feeds and posts are giving me life at the moment. Everything is gorgeous and you look just great. I'm definitely an admirer.


    1. You are so lovely, and have just made my day! <3 xox

  2. Oh I love the check print dolores, its really autumnal feeling!

    C x

    1. I literally want everything from them at the moment - they are on fire! ;) x

  3. Honestly I absolutely adore this! Tartan always makes me think of 90's grunge and I love it, but this is a super femme way to wear it, perfect for autumn

    1. It's so funny, I had such visions of this dress being a grungy dream but it was just the wrong cut and fabric for that when it arrived. But I LOVE it - it almost makes me feel like I can embrace my grungy roots whilst being smart! ;) xx


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