Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Collectif Suit


My first Collectif purchase turned out to be extremely successful. I found this 60's style suit and sweater for £50 online and, though the skirt was not my size and needed serious alterations, I still think it was a bargain. 
I have styled the suit in a modern way with black leather accessories, neutral makeup and an understated, simple hairstyle. I think people can often be scared that vintage looks too costumey, so I wanted to illustrate a modern take for this suit.


The fabric has a rich texture to it that looks luxurious and is surprisingly warm. It does feel slightly carpet-like, but I do like carpets ;-)
The jacket is a size 14 and fits nicely, true to size and the sizing chart on their website. The only skirt available was a size 18, which I took in from the centre back seam and shortened to just below the knee.


These buttons are smooth and reflective and have a Bakelite feel to them, which is a really nice touch.


I'm generally not a fan of faux fur but this collar is soft with a beautiful sheen to it.


The fur cuffs are elegant and finished at a comfortably chic position on my wrist.


POP!!! floral lining! I love a cute lining. It feels luxurious to have a pretty, soft and slippery lining inside, making the suit easy to put on.


I am a keen supporter of matching belts - why did they ever go out of style? They are really the perfect finishing touch!


Black leather boots would not be my usual choice, but in attempting a more modern twist I gave them a go and surprisingly it does work.


I also got the matching sweater with the same faux fur collar.


I'm really happy with this look and glad to wear something with a bit of colour now that it is staying lighter for longer but still a bit cold.

XOXO

Christina

4 comments:

  1. Christina,
    May is say: this suit is adorable.
    The color is amazing and I'd dare call it "ever-lasting" - and the fur is just the right size and hue.
    And, gosh... inner lining in floral pattern... I'll faint from joy if it was mine.

    Marija

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  2. Sweet dear, you look sensational! What a chic suit in an unexpected, elegant and thoroughly beautiful colour. You look like a million stylish dollar, honey.

    Ooohh, and I so agree, matching belts are so practical and pretty. I don't get why they largely went out style either. Yet another element that was better about mid-century fashion!

    Tons of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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  3. I've always loved this suit of Collectif's - when you said you'd picked up some sale bargains I was hoping to see what they were, and here they are! The colour of it is so gorgeous - where are all the clothes nowadays in this lovely colour?! It looks fab on you and I know what you mean about toning the vintage down a bit. You've done that well! CC x

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  4. I saw this suit on quite a lot girls this winter, mostly in pink. The turquoise is defenitly the better choice ... it looks fantastic on you!

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