Country classics meets film noir inspired elegance is the what sprung to mind when I browsed through Collectif beautiful Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 collection. I adore this tartan dress right it the perfect mix of classic 40's/50's winter chic but with a seasonal twist-warmer, bright with contrasting red against black it's the perfect winter day dress for work, tea with friends or a cheeky cocktail after work! Worn with the peep toes as shown (right) with thick black tights on those chiller days with ankle or knee high boots. Collectif have a beautiful range of cardigans, coats and accessories as well to pair with all their dresses which are well worth checking out.
Moving on to this luscious dark green velvet dress; it's scream hollywood siren and even better the price very reasonable for this beautiful floor length gown, which lets be honest is always a bonus (well if you're anything like me a love a bargain!) I love how the dress is style in this shoot, no accessories are needed except in your hair when you're wearing such an elegant number as this. It truly is a show-stopper; the perfect dress for Christmas or New Year's Eve party. Worn with faux fur stole or coat or the extra bit of old Hollywood glamour all eyes will be on you when you enter the room!
Collectif have created a gorgeous range of handbags to go with their clothing line and I simply adore this red and black handbag with the beautiful print on the front which I cannot discern if they are cherries or apples- either way I love the print! This little beauty will liven up any grey autumn day, pair with red heels if you really want to stand out from the crowd (be a little daring this winter at work, you know you want to...!)
Hats are something that tend by overlooked within modern-day culture/fashion-I say it's time to make them centre stage again and this absolutely darling ruby red pill box (left) hat from Collectif is definitely one to entice any into vintage glamour. The beautifully rich ruby red is reminds me of one of my favourite winter drink, hot port or a glass of red wine, ideal for the festive season. The rose and the black netting add that extra touch of sophisticated vintage inspired glamour. I'd pair it with a vintage suit or an LBD, and long leather gloves for an ultra chic winter look.
Another tartan delight (I can't get enough of it this season!) from Collectif's new collection is this wonderful circle skirt (right). I have to say I adore tartan prints this time of year; it seems apt for the season and a classic print in keeping with tradition. I adore circle skirts and the length is perfect falling just below you knees keeping you extra snug against the cold. This is a must for this coming winter (I really think everyone should have a little tartan in their wardrobe!)
In keeping with the predominately red and black theme throughout (although strangely not intentional) I fell in love with this 20's inspired dress, it something dress from the 40's and 50's style which remains Collectif main influence when it comes to creating their clothing so it nice to see pieces that from various other era's and styles. The colour is so striking it's the ideal winter day dress and again red is sysnomous with Christmas so I was instantly taken with this dress. The long sleeves mean you don't have to layer too much under your coat to keep warm, just your most fanciful faux fur coat and you're ready to go.You'll find the new Autumn/Winter collection at Collectif.co.uk, happy shopping!If you've found any other vintage inspired or reproduction store than please share by comment here or visit The Chic Guide on Facebook, Tumblr or send The Chic a tweet! ♥