Outfit of the day: dressed down 50s/mainstream mashup

Featuring the Collectif Jasmine skirt in ‘Winter Robin’

collectif robin print skirt with New Look top and Asos shoes
Top: New Look (Tall)
Skirt: Collectif
Petticoat: Malco Modes
Shoes: Asos Daisy (wide fit)
Earrings: MADE
Hair flower: Collectif (old season)

I found this skirt almost completely by accident – the happiest of accidents, you could say – when I popped into the Collectif store at Spitalfields. I’d never seen this print before, and I’ve actually never seen the skirt version since, online or in store! I don’t know if it was a limited run, but I’m really pleased I went with my gut and bought it on impulse. Growing up, I always hated yellow. I somewhat suspect this is because most of the yellows in the 90s/early 2000s were neon yellow or sunshine yellow, and these are a little too bright and cool-toned for my tasted. So it has been a welcome surprise to discover the lovely warm earthy mustard yellow, and now I can’t get enough of this colour into my wardrobe!

In terms of fit, this gathered Jasmine skirt is true to size, with a little room to breathe thanks to the 3% spandex. It has a bit of give in the fabric, and my favourite combination – a hidden zip at the back AND a hook and eye to keep it in place. It sits high on the waist, a fit I am an enormous fan of. It measures just over 30”, which matches the size 12 size chart. My only gripe is that is seems slightly less forgiving of a voluminous petticoat than other Jasmines in my wardrobe, and my medium petticoat was almost a little too much for it! I’m wearing it with a 23” petticoat but it really needs a 25” one, as you’ll see from the ‘overhang’ at the bottom of the skirt.

I decided to go with a red top and hair flower to bring out the red in the robin print, and I think it’s a pairing I’ll try again. I’m wearing my oversized New Look button-front top from their Tall range – and on my feet, a pair of trainers (I know! Who am I?!) from the Asos wide fit range. I did a 6km walk in this outfit so I needed something that would be comfortable, but also did this beautiful skirt justice. I’m not convinced the shoes were a perfect match, but they were great company for a leisurely weekend walk!


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