Collectif Olive Knitted Dress Outfit

Collectif Olive Knitted Dress

Collectif Olive Knitted Dress

So apparently the floor was just really interesting, okay?! Does anyone else seem to this a lot, either the pictures that turned out okay, you’re looking at the floor, and if you are looking at the camera, it’s either with eyes closed or with a shocked and angry expression? Just me?!
It turns out I’m a little obsessed with Collectif at the moment. My Christmas wishlist was about half filled with Collectif (and I did receive two beautiful pieces from my parents from there, I’m sure they’ll feature soon), then the 50% off sale hit…Regular Collectif buyers will know that the 50% off sale is a time of crazy madness where everything you’ve been lusting over for the past forever can suddenly actually be yours, then the website gets a little overwhelmed at all the other Collectif obsessors like you and you panic that you won’t get what you want, so you add everything to your basket a million times by accident while having heart palpitations, but finally, finally, you check out and it’s the best thing ever because all those awesome clothes are now on your way.
Yes, that was an insight into my obsessive shopping mind – do you see now why I shouldn’t be allowed to shop too often?! Truth be told, I’ve actually got a lot better at not buying as many clothes recently. In fact, before this Collectif order, my only other recent purchases for myself have been Black Friday underwear and a couple of things on a George at Asda order that Ben suggested for me (so that wasn’t my fault!).
So my point is that this beautiful olive knitted dress is one of my pieces from my Collectif 50% off sale order. I would say it’s my favourite of the pieces I bought, but I just can’t be made to choose! There was also a gorgeous fitted navy polka dot pencil dress and a more casual off shoulder jumper (that can be worn backwards for a different look too!) that made their way into my basket, and all are perfect for various different occasions, so can they be my favourites for each of those occasions, please?! Anyway, it’s an awesome dress as it’s really soft wool, which is definitely a plus point when it’s from neck to knee, and is super stretchy too – I wore it yesterday when going for Sunday dinner at my grandparents’ which involved giant Yorkshire puddings as a starter, a full roast dinner with 3 types of potatoes (oh yes!) and 3 desserts. The only slight issue I have with it is, like Amber, I never understand sleeves like this on knitted clothing items – I’m generally a cold person, so if I want to be warm, I don’t want to have my forearms chilly!

Collectif Olive Knitted Dress Collectif Olive Knitted Dress

It seems slightly pointless to list the outfit details of this considering it’s, um, a dress and shoes. Unless you count tights too?! I’ve just spent 2 paragraphs waxing lyrical about the dress, so I’m pretty sure you’ll have at least a hint of where I got it, and the shoes are old favourites which I pair with just about everything I own when I want to look slightly more put together but not over the top. If you wondered, they’re an old ASOS pair.
Although actually, they are a little more interesting than that as they’re NOT actually the same old pair – shock, horror! I got the shoes from my parents for Christmas many a year ago – it was actually 2012, so not that many years ago, but a long time in shoes if they’re worn as frequently as these are. And yes, they were starting to get slightly worn. So I decided I’d better just get myself another pair, as they’re the perfect comfortable pair, have the perfect fit for my foot and I can walk some distance in them. , but note if you click on that link one thing…they’re out of stock! So, I took to eBay about 6 months ago and set up an alert for them in my size (which is, incidentally, a size smaller than I usually wear). They kept popping up in a size 7 (3 sizes too big) and in pink, which was no help to me at all really, but finally, finally (I feel this is happening a lot in this post…) they appeared in my size, brand new with the stickers still on, and cheaper than on ASOS – boom! So, these are the exact duplicates of my old favourites, but brand new.

Collectif Olive Knitted Dress

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  1. Karen
    January 11, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    The dress works amazingly well on you – it’s just perfect for your figure and it looks so incredibly comfortable. I am glad you accessorised it so simply – that’s all it needs. Kx

  2. January 11, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Sian, snap, we both bought that dress and a polkadot wiggle one! Well, you got the sleeveless Hepburn and I got the cap sleeve Mimi. Then a friend told me that Collectif had added to their final sale section so I ended up ordering another two dresses yesterday. Sigh. That’s all my money gone until payday now!!

    You look fab in that dress, can I ask if you’re wearing shapewear under it? I find the fabric quite thin and my hips are too bumpy so I need to get a control slip. The one I have has suspender clips, which show through.


    • Sian Thomas
      January 12, 2016 / 3:37 pm

      Haha brilliant! Ooh, I was tempted by the cap sleeve too but the Hepburn won me over in the end – I’ll keep an eye out for you wearing the Mimi though!
      I’m not actually wearing shapewear under it this time (as I was going out for the massive tea at my grandma’s!) – I just had some no VPL lace hipster briefs underneath with tights that came up to my ribcage, so I find that combination helps a little. I am planning on buying a piece of Rago shapewear sometime though as I have a few things (this included) that I’d like a smoother line under 🙂

      • January 13, 2016 / 7:46 am

        Thanks lovely, I hadn’t thought of shaping tights. You look fab anyway! Xx

  3. January 11, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    I love Collectif’s 50% off sale! It’s been long long time since I’ve bought anything from them though! Love this dress on you! Congrats on scoring all the things you’ve been wanting during their 50% off sale!

    • Sian Thomas
      January 12, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      I just can’t help myself with their 50% off sales! Thank you 🙂

  4. January 12, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Haha! I am always favoring photos where I am looking down or away from the camera!! What is that all about? So weird. Oh well! WE DO WHAT WE WANT!

    This dress looks great on you, girlfriend. So simple yet subtly sexy! =)

    • Sian Thomas
      January 12, 2016 / 3:39 pm

      So typical! I have NO idea why the ground suddenly becomes SO interesting 😀 Thank youu!

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