Oh You Nomi [Collectif]

I don’t really do trousers, not as a pinup. I wear jeans for work, as well as steel toed boots and a hi-vis jacket, because hello, Warehouse Supervisor life is the glammest of glam. But outside of that, in the vintage style realm of the 50s that I prefer, trousers are either high-waisted fitted styles or high-waisted swing styles and it’s that high-waisted part that I struggle most with. Because while my hips and butt are delightfully rounded food-storers, it’s my stomach that literally takes the cake. Often when I’ve tried these styles in the past what fits my hips won’t fit my waist, or sometimes they’ll fit my waist but they won’t really be truly high-waisted enough on me, ending at that weird belly button height that does favours for no one.

Well, Collectif saved the day, and my butt. Last summer when they launched their Kirsty jeans I heard talk that they were both truly high-waisted and stretchy as all get out. I eventually gave them a try and was delighted to find the talk to be true. Anytime I need to get out of the house quickly or want to be totally comfortable, I reach for my Kirsty jeans, so much so that I bought myself a back-up pair in this past winter 50% off sale. I figured that was me all set for a while with my pants needs.

And then along came Nomi, AKA Kirsty 2.0. Featuring the same high-waisted rise and comfortable stretchtastic denim, these babies are Kirsty jeans with the side zipper replaced by a partial front zip and 3 featured gold buttons, front pockets, and a slightly darker hue. Basically, babies, I love them.

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Jeans: Nomi Jeans C/O Collectif
Cardigan: Red Gingham Lucy Cardigan by Collectif
Bangles: Splendette Woven Bamboo / Wine carved / Red Clear
Sunglasses: Red Judy sunglasses by Collectif
Wedges: Old Primark

The stretch on these bad boys is no joke. Generally speaking, the sizing advice on the Kirsty jeans was to size down one, maybe even two sizes, depending on how tight you wanted the fit. For me, chubby of thigh and round of stomach, I sized down by my bottom half’s measurements technically by only one into the size 16, which have continued to serve me well even as Christmas weight and, you know, just general pizza weight, continued to pile on. I was assured the Nomi jeans are just as forgiving and even with the differing closure that holds true.

The size 16 are a perfect fit on me, comfortable and flattering. I’m 5 ft 7 and the rise on this size 16 pair is 16.25 inches, just in case you weren’t convinced how serious I was being when I said these are truly high waisted. The waistband flat measures 33 inches, the lower waist 36 inches, the hips 43 inches, but the stretch allows the hips to expand to fit my 50 inch hips without pinching, digging in or straining, so you will definitely be able to size down at least once, possibly twice as with the Kirsty’s.

The great thing about these jeans is that they’re so comfortable you can wear them anytime. Sure, they look great with cropped vintage style tops or cardigans, but if you don’t like highlighting your middle by wearing high-waisted trousers with cropped items, like me, you will likely find that these are so comfortable they replace even your ‘normal person’ jeans like they have done mine.

When I need to roll out low-key, low-maintenance, it’s so easy to throw these on and go, no need to pause to consider if the task ahead of me is going to be limited by or effected by the comfort of my outfit. Just going to go to the supermarket to grab a small shop before I go visit my niblings quickly then rush home to finish some chores and blogging? Cool, Nomi jeans, t-shirt and a hoody works just fine, thank you. Meeting a mate at the cinema but don’t want to bother getting pinned up to sit in the dark for two hours? No problem, Nomi jeans and a peplum top will be comfortable for sitting for that long. They immediately became my holy-grail jeans, a recommend-a-pair pair for anyone whether you’re looking for a vintage cut or just looking for jeans that aren’t going to make you feel like your stomach is being cut in half when you sit down (my fellow chubby girls will know what I’m talking about.) Girl, if you can’t wait to unbutton as soon as you get home because you’re in so much discomfort or pain in the jeans you’re wearing, just make the switch; your squishy bits will thank you.

Plus, they make my butt look awesome. Yeah, I said it. Not sorry.

The Nomi jeans come in UK sizes 6-22 and cost £45. Collectif ship internationally from their website, or ladies who want to shop in-store can find Collectif at one of their London or Brighton stores. 

Run, Becca, Run [in Lulu Hun]

Shoes, glorious shoes! One of the things I most love about the transition from winter to spring is being able to get out all my summer shoes again. Whether it’s wedges, peeptoes or my prettiest flats, it’s nice to be able to add more variety to my footwear in a way I feel winter just doesn’t allow. In spring and summer, I can mix it up between brights and pastels, raffia and cork, ankle ribbon ties and slim straps, metallics and leather.

Admittedly, for all my excitement to bust out the lofty wedges, I do spend 90% of my social time still opting for flat shoes. As much as I love the extra height and sass offered by a stacked wedge or precarious stiletto, the reality is I live a car’s drive from absolutely everywhere I need or want to go, and remembering to take my heels with me to the car as I slip into my safe-to-drive-in flats some days is just too much to ask. Plus, while I feel comfortable and capable in heels, I don’t hate my feet enough to want to walk in a pair of them for an extensive period of time (read as: more than 200 feet) so flats tend to just win out for comfort and practicality’s sakes.

That brings me to this season’s Lulu Hun offerings, which include several pairs of adorable flats. I tend to just buy plain ballet flats in every colour from New Look because they’re easy to find and are cheap, but they are just that, plain. Lulu Hun, on the other hand, is offering bows and cut outs, stripes and gingham, as well as sandals adorned with pineapples, bananas, and cherries. For ladies who want to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground but clad in a cute shoe as they do so, there’s a lot to choose from.

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Top: Striped Dolly top by Hell Bunny
Skirt: Talis Swing Skirt by Collectif
Bag: Atomic Tote by Sunjellies from Deadly Is The Female
Bangles: Charcoal Bangles by Splendette
Sunglasses: Red Judy sunglasses from Collectif

I love a well placed bow, stripes and comfortable flats so these Becca shoes are a winner for me. I’m not normally drawn to any shoes that have a pointed toe but I think the bow on the vamp distracts me from the proportions that normally put me off such a shape. Lined in red PU, if you happen to do some delightful but intensive grass frolicking in summer before slipping back into these shoes, you won’t be leaving a grassy or muddy footprint on the inner lining of your shoe that will make you feel like a dirt monster who shouldn’t be allowed to adult. Not that I would know that feeling, of course. Ahem.

I’ve often been told by Lulu Hun staff and customers alike that their shoes size small, but I have all of my LH pairs in my usual size 7 and they’re all a perfect fit, so perhaps I’m a bit of an anomaly in this matter. In terms of these Becca flats, because of the pointed toe they’re a snugger fit than most of the other flats I wear, but not uncomfortably or unusually so, as I have other tighter size 7 flats from other brands. I do think, though, that anyone with wide feet will find the fit less comfortable, so it’s likely you’ll have to size up if you’re wide of foot.

I’m a big fan of colour coordination, but sometimes to my detriment, as I have colours that are my favourites and go with a majority of my wardrobe, meaning that my shoe choices tend to be repetitive and, potentially, unimaginative. I love that the stripe of these Becca flats, while practically neutral in it’s classic black and white, will give me a chance to step outside of my comfort zone, pun very much intended.

The Becca Striped flats are available in UK sizes 3-8 for £30.75 from Collectif.co.uk and in select Collectif stores in the UK.