With every collection Collectif releases, I fall a little more in love with them. As soon as I saw the Autumn/Winter lookbook last fall, I knew I had to have the Delphine swing dress in mulled floral. I debated ordering it during Collectif's free shipping a few months back, but balked at paying full retail. When Collectif's massive Boxing Day/New Year's/clearance sale hit and the dress was suddenly half off, though, I finally went for it.
After road-testing this dress during a very long, chilly, and snowy day, I'm happy to report that it's quite comfortable for all-day wear, excellent for twirling, and suitable for a large meal. The pockets (!!!) are perfect for my phone, and my red Malco Modes Jennifer petticoat is the perfect length to give this skirt a dose of fluff. I ordered my usual size 12UK and it fit true to size, with a little bit of give.
However, while the fit and design are superb, I'm not quite as impressed by the construction on this dress. My beloved Collectif Dolores wiggle is quite well made, as is my Janie dress from last spring, and the two other pieces I ordered with this dress. This dress has some thread/sewing issues, though, and I'm not confident enough in my sewing ability to attempt fixing them. The worst bit is on the seam of the left cuff, which looks like this:
While I'm not thrilled about this, the alternative is shipping it back to England, which would negate the benefit of buying it on sale in the first place. At least I didn't pay full price! I like the print and style enough to wear this to work, and I'll post any updates if the seams start to unravel or something. (*Crosses fingers that this doesn't happen!*)
My hair makes a good snow-catcher
I wasn't quite as pleased with this dress as my previous Collectif orders, but I'm not ready to write them off yet, especially with the adorable designs they have on the way for Spring/Summer 2017.
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