Friday, I’m In Love 

It’s the end of another week and time to look at some more gorgeous things I’ve recently found myself swooning over.

The Bonnit

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You may have (probably have) heard of The Bonnit, a modern rain bonnet company who proudly proclaim they’re ‘not your grandmother’s bonnet.’ Each pack of 2 sports one clear and one decoratively printed rain bonnet to help keep your much-slaved-over vintage set neat and dry while you’re out and about.

Magnapin 

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Magnapin isn’t a brand sparking new offering but it’s only as my own brooch collection has begun to grow that I’ve recently decided I need to invest in a Magnapin or two. It’s a magnetic brooch back that allows you to wear your brooches without piercing a hole in your dresses or tops, perfect for your delicate true vintage or your repro pieces made of close knit fibres you don’t want to damage.

Miss Fortune

Miss Fortune are well known for their sweaters, but it’s only been this past summer, weirdly, that I’ve begun to get sweater fever. Suddenly I want to fill my winter wardrobe with jumpers aplenty, and this Bobbi harlequin sweater it just perfect. The leopard print Polly blouse also caught my eye with my new-found appreciate for a well done leopard print, and I think it would look slinky and sassy with a vintage-length black pencil skirt.

Voodoo Vixen 

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Olive Gown and Lola dress, coming soon

Voodoo Vixen’s upcoming AW16 line has a lot of wonderful pieces on offer, like this gorgeous Olive velvet gown, which blows my mind. There’s also a 4 piece collection they’ve created in collaboration with Rachel Jensen of Chicago Chic Blog which is downright flawless, something that will come as no surprise to anyone who has seen even a single picture of Rachel. Sumptuous, chic and so seasonally appropriate, I cannot wait to pick up one of these pieces.

Collectif

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Burgundy Pearl coat and Chaise Check Juliette dress coming soon

Another season, another slamdunk for Collectif. There’s too many gems from the new season to feature them all here, but two of my favourites have to be the new green check colourway of last year’s Juliette dress, and, of course, the newest addition to the Pearl coat collection in this gorgeous burgundy. I’ll take 3 of each, please!

Bernie Dexter 

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Tartan Kelly dress

One of my favourite things about Autumn/Winter is all the different tartans, checks and plaids on offer. This Kelly dress is an adorable little tartan offering, and I’ve heard many a lady rhapsodize about how wonderful the Kelly dress.

Heart of Haute

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Red tartan and Black Grid Elsa blouses

Speaking of tartan, hello tartan Elsa top! I’ve been meaning to buy an Estelle top for a long time, but these sleeved, V-necked Elsa tops would probably be a better cut on me so one might just have to make it into my wardrobe this winter. There’s multiple tempting prints to consider, so bypassing them all would kind of be a travesty.

The Pretty Dress Company 

TPDC are well known for their Fatale dresses, both wiggle and prom styles, but some of their wiggle versions coming out this season offer something special, sparkly, spectacular…sequins! IN MY FAVOURITE COLOURS. Green and black hologram sequin fatale wiggles are on their way, and already available to order from Deadly Is The Female. Plus, I’m kind of dying over their tartan Gigi dress, which actually makes me eager for winter, not something I typically wish for. Basically, The Pretty Dress Company makes me swoon and I’m a little scared for the safety of my wallet judging by the new season previews we’ve had so far.

Can’t Beat Caterina [Collectif]

If you haven’t checked out Collectif’s lookbook for this season yet then I heartily recommend that you do. Their Autumn/Winter line features so many items that make me feel so many ways that I almost don’t know what to do with myself. There’s the sparkly  grey tweed suit sets that make me think of chic vintage ladies strutting sassily down the street, doing all the things they need to do in the most elegant way possible. There’s the faux leather line that makes me feel a bit badass just looking at it. There’s the sophisticated faux fur trimmed pieces that make me want to host an elegant dinner party with glamorous friends holding chilled cocktails all round.

And then there’s the checks, plaids and the tartans, the styles that are so fully the epitome of Autumn that they make me want to frolic in fallen leaves and snuggle down with some hot chocolate. The Caterina dress evokes those very sentiments, available this season in a new gorgeous green chaise check that just makes me happy. Frostily, cozily happy.

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Dress: Caterina Chaise Check swing dress C/O Collectif
Shoes: Green Loraine heels by B.A.I.T

I love that this print feels so autumnal and cosy without being a typical plaid or tartan. The green check print is layered over a rich navy background, on a thick and warm flannel-like fabric that makes me glad our unexpectedly long summer finally gave way to weather that makes putting on this dress a welcome dream.

The Caterina dress has a flattering open collar that leads to the central button closure panel, which I left unbuttoned by one to add a little extra plunge to the neckline. It has a full swing skirt, nearest to a three-quarter circle, which will easily accommodate a medium fullness petticoat, though the 50s dress shirt cut of this style makes me love the way it drapes without a petti. That same skirt has deep pockets that will fit a bulky smart phone and then some. The matching belt is PU backed and the dress itself is machine washable.

There’s a not much stretch in this fabric so I opted for my current size 16 and found that worked well for me. It’s a touch tight for me on the cuff of the sleeves but not so much that it makes it uncomfortable to wear. The size chart for a size 16 is based on body measurements of 42-44 inches in the bust and 34 inches in the waist. This dress flat measures 35 inches in the waist with just enough stretch to squeeze to 36.5 inches, with the bust hitting the size chart spot on at 44 inches. For those who share my struggle of having chubby upper arms, the folded cuffs of the sleeves allow a 14 inches circumference and don’t have much give. If you have larger upper arms or your measurements don’t line up into the same dress size on the size chart then I’d recommend you size up.

The Caterina Chaise Check swing dress comes in UK sizes 8-22 and costs £70.50. This Chaise Check print is also currently available on their Polly Pencil skirt and will be coming later in the season on the Caterina pencil dress, the faur-fur trimmed Juliette dress, and the Gertrude swing trousers. If you love the Caterina dress style but aren’t in love with this print, there’s a green and white Sherwood Check print coming later this season as well. Collectif have four UK based stores, three in London and one in Brighton, and dispatch orders internationally from their website, as well as having stockists all over the globe.