This month’s Dress of the Month is the first dress I bought in quite some time. We’d spent so much time, energy and money on remodeling our home last year, I didn’t squander my money on new clothes. After resisting the urge to buy myself anything new for a long, long time, I gave myself the green light to indulge myself. This Dress of the Month January is the Dolores Dress Feral by Collectif.
Collectif is one of those brands that understands my deepest desire. I’ve said it before: once I’ve lost my heart to a dress I’d love to have the same model in every available print. An absolute winning formula, if you ask me. Collectif has heard my plea and does exactly that: the Dolores dress is available in a lot of different fabrics and prints.
Collectif has a number of fitted and flared dresses. A very well known design by the British brand is the Dolores, based on a very classic 1950s dress. She is a very comfortable fitted dress and has a swing-skirted little sister: the Dolores Doll dress, which has the same bodice, combined with a swing skirt. Collectif also has a huge line of Dolores tops, which is simply is the top of these dresses including the two signature buttons, in a huge variety of fabrics, colours and prints.
When I went on a huge shopping spree in a store filled with dresses from all of my favourite brands, two years ago, I tried on a Dolores dress with pink flowers (amongst many, many other dresses), just to see how it would fit me. I already owned a Dolores Doll dress with cherry print and this tighter version caught my curiosity. I wasn’t blown away by the dress as it was hanging on the hanger, but there was something about it that made me want to try it on. And I was glad I did! It fit like a glove and it turned out to become one of my favourite dresses! When Collectif released this leopard version of the dress, it was a no brainer I needed to add this feisty little number to my collection. It was just a matter of time…
The Dolores has a sweetheart neckline, with two decorative signature black buttons in the middle. The dress has elasticated puff sleeves that you can wear both on or off shoulder. The dress makes you wiggle a little and has a small split in the back.
This Dolores has a very comfortable fit. The fabric of the leopard dress is nice and stretchy. Not every Dolores dress fits the same way, this depends on the fabric used for every print. The leopard print dress is 98% cotton and 2% elastane, which makes the dress incredibly comfortable. You can easily stand, walk, sit and dance around in this dress. It doesn’t wrinkle easily and gently hugs your body.
However, the puffy sleeves are a bit of a ‘trouble area’. I’ve found that even though the dress can fit perfectly everywhere else, the elasticated sleeves can be quite tight. Even though the fit is true to size, I’d advise trying on different sizes to figure out what size sleeves feel best on your arms. You don’t want to be wearing a fabulous dress and feel put down by puffy sleeves that squeeze your arms too tight.
I am very lucky to already own the perfect accessories for this wild-looking dress. I love how you can easily wear it without adding other pieces of clothing, but it can also be combined with a cute jacket or even a sweet cardigan.
This dress goes perfectly with my ultimate Rockabilly hand bag by Lux de Ville. It’s also perfect for a Tiki party by adding bamboo bangles and a white hair flower. It can be worn with a black waist belt to accentuate the perfect hourglass figure, but also looks great without. To top it off, I think I’ll wear it with a splash of Chanel No. 5. I’m ready for the perfect occasion to take this baby out.