It’s time for the third in my series of festive frocks, with ideas on what to wear for any sort of occasion. So far, I’ve written about a gorgeous Gatsby Lady frock for posh evening parties and a quirky Lindy Bop novelty print for daytime shenanigans.
Today, I’m writing about a Collectif dress, paired with a tulle skirt from Elsie’s Attic. I look like the sugar plum fairy and I love it!
I think this would be the perfect dress for a fun night out. It’s mega comfy (the dress is stretchy) and it’s a lot of fun.
I’ve wanted a tulle skirt for ages, and when this lilac one went into the sale on Elsie’s Attic, I nabbed it. It’s a size 16, but has a mega stretchy waistband, so you could definitely size down.
The dress is a pencil dress from Collectif, which I believe has been discontinued in the silver glitter. However, I managed to find one on eBay, which was very exciting. It’s a bit fiddly to get into as it’s very fitted – there’s an underlayer which I think is made out of bengaline, then the silver sparkly layer goes on top. But, once it’s on, it looks lovely.
I’ve accessorised with the sparkliest shoes I think I’ve ever seen, from Schuh.
The skirt also has an underlayer, so if you decided to go a more traditional top and skirt route, you wouldn’t be flashing your pants to all and sundry – a definite plusaa, I think. The tulle is very, very frothy, meaning that sitting down is like sitting on a cloud. It’s delicious.
All in all, this is a lovely outfit for the festive period or – unlike the other outfits in this series – at any other time of the year. I offer only two points of warning.
- If you’re busty like me, safety pins are your friend. The crossover section at the front of the dress isn’t secured to anything, to facilitate actually getting it on and the like. I wore this outfit to my best friend’s hen party and there’s a lovely photo of me and another friend where I have my bra on show (not just a hint, really quite a lot of it) because the crossover section had ridden up without me realising.
Seriously, safety pins.
- The tulle likes sticking to things and will do so with the slightest provocation. I give you, rosebush-stuck-on-skirt-chic (I’ve just invented it).