Collectif is one of the first companies I started shopping with when I started to get into exploring a more retro look. I haven't bought anything from them in some time now, which means none of the things I own are available from the Collectif website, but I have done my best to track down links to other stores where they are still available. Here is an overview of the clothes from Collectif that I currently own:
[1 - Regina Doll Dress Hawaiian Blue, available from Rockers England, Top Vintage, 2 - Flora Dress Leopard, 3 - Fedora Nautical dress, available from Ebay, Top Vintage]
[4 - Bella Military Skirt, available from Top Vintage Corporal Cora shirt and tie, also available from Top Vintage, 5 - Bella Skirt, 6 - purple houndstooth dress, not sure of style name]
Out of these items, the only one that I don't really wear is the purple houndstooth dress at the bottom right of the set of photos. The reason for this is just because my tastes have changed since I bought it, and it's more of a party dress than one for everyday, so it needs the right occasion. All the other items are in regular rotation in my wardrobe, and some of the items have been featured more than once on my blog.
The only reason I don't own more clothing from this company (including their current season stuff) is just because I have been trying to save money on buying clothes and I have been buying as little as possible. My poor little student budget will only stretch so far!
I have found their customer service good - I have only needed to contact them once regarding a purchase, but the staff were fast and friendly when providing the information I needed.
I think their clothing is, on the whole, reasonable priced. I usually prefer to shop in the sale (see above re: student budget) but at full price you can pick up dresses at around £50-£60, which isn't too bad even though it doesn't really constitute an "everyday" kind of purchase for me.
I have been happy with the quality of almost everything I have bought from Collectif, barring a couple of mishaps with sizing which they seem to have straightened out. For example, I own the three dresses in the top row of photos all in a UK size 8, and whilst the Regina dress and the Flora dress fit me beautifully, the Fedora dress is a little too tight on the bust. There is now plenty of information available on their website about sizing though, so I feel fairly confident I wouldn't run into any more problems of this nature.
I have been particularly pleased with the purple houndstooth dress and the Regina dress for the quality. They are both made of lovely material which you can see hangs well without a petticoat, although I also like to wear my Regina dress with a petticoat for extra poof.
Overall I have been least pleased with the Corporal Cora shirt. It seemed lovely to begin with but I don't feel that the material has washed as well as it might have done, and it's really difficult to iron!
Collectif has a good mix of styles ranging from modern rockabilly style items to more authentic looking 1940s and 50s reproduction items. Recently I feel like they have been stocking a larger number of more authentic looking items than they have done in the past, so this really is a brand that I feel fits in well with my personal sense of style and the other items of clothing I own.
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