For a lot of pinups, the ultimate pinup print is polka dots. But for me, gingham has always been the thing that won my heart. There is something that just evokes the thought of spring and summer, picnics and sunshine in a gingham print. It just makes me want to take life slow, enjoy the sunshine and stop to smell the flowers. Though gingham print isnâ€™t for everyone, who says you have to go all the way with gingham? Sometimes a little is more than enough. So when I saw this stunning dress by Collectif hit That Shop, I knew it had to be mine!
It was my first time purchasing from That Shop and as usual I get a bit nervous when Iâ€™m purchasing from stores Iâ€™m not familiar with. But their website was super easy and simple to use and my dress arrived safe and sound a few days after purchase. The Kitty dress is one Iâ€™d been looking at for a long time but the exchange rate kept me at bay. But I was super excited to find it in a local store which offered Afterpay, which now days is how I buy most of my clothes. I was so excited to see that the red was just as vibrant as I’d hoped and I couldn’t want to get this dress on.
The kitty dress is truly stunning in its simplicity. Made of a bold red fabric, it features a peter pan style red gingham collar and a matching gingham belt. It zips up without any catches (zips that catch are a massive pet peeve of mine) and wears beautifully. The full circle skirt on this dress also adds to its fun feel as its so swooshy with or without a petticoat. Made of 97% cotton with 3% spandex this dress does have some give and wears very comfortably in warmer weather. It comes with a gingham belt which I love, however its a fabric belt that isn’t reinforced so it does twist a bit.
So after scrutinizing the size chart for a good hour (with lots of tooing and froing of sizes in my cart) I opted for the size 18, which was the larger end of the scale because I figured I could always take it in. Itâ€™s been a while since I last bought a Collectif dress and Iâ€™m still figuring out the sizing since my weight gain. Ultimately, the size 18 is a bit too big all round, so Iâ€™m going to end up getting darts put in. this is due to my small rounded shoulders, short torso and smaller waist than bust. But its nothing a few nips and tucks canâ€™t fix! Its still wearable as is, its just a bit loose in some places. For reference, Iâ€™m a 40 inch bust and around a 33 inch waist natural but lace down to a 30 inch waist quite easily. Next time I’ll be purchasing the size 16, which I feel will be a better fit for me.
The Kitty dress is definitely going to be a staple over the summer period, especially as the weather heats up and its becomes more difficult to layer as much as I like to in the cooler months. I snapped my red Kitty up for $99AU + postage on Afterpay from That Shop. I must admit Iâ€™m eyeing off the Jade version now too as a great summer staple.
I hope youâ€™ve all enjoyed this review! Til next time darlings