Let me introduce you all to my new favourite skirt, the Jasmine skirt by Collectif.
This season Jasmine comes in two Abstract Floral prints, blue or burgundy, but I’ve already asked Collectif to please release her in all the plain colours for upcoming seasons to fulfill all my skirty needs and dreams, because I have become wholly and immediately smitten.
Jasmine isn’t a totally new piece for AW, as you might recognise it from their paint pot print line this past SS16. I very nearly got it in the yellow colourway then, but for some reason I kept assuming it would be too short on me, or less voluminous than I prefer. I was totally wrong on both counts and I’m so excited to share my new love with you now. It might have taken us a while to come together, Jasmine and I, but we finally have, and it’s real. Expect an invite to our engagement party any day now.
Skirt: Jasmine Abstract Floral Print skirt in blue C/O Collectif
Top: Modern Love top in Yolk by Dancing Days (By Banned)
Shoes: Old season Primark
Brooch: Delicate Diamante Leaves brooch C/O Collectif
I really don’t know why I thought this skirt was going to be too short on me, or less poofy than I prefer. In reality it measures 25 inches long, a perfectly reasonable retro length, and the gathers give it the perfect amount of volume. The fabric is a relatively lightweight cotton blend, so it lays nicely without a petticoat because the fabric isn’t overwhelmed by its own weight. Should you want to wear a petticoat, though, that’s when Jasmine shines, and my Jennifer petticoat by Malco Modes is a perfect fit underneath, as pictured, giving a delightful but not overwhelming level of puff. Any medium fullness petticoat under 25 inches will fit under this skirt, and there’s enough fabric that it can take a fuller petticoat even than the Jennifer I’ve worn above.
This skirt closes with a hidden zipper and is topped with a hook and eye, something all skirts ought to have, in my opinion. Literally the only way to improve this skirt would be to add pockets…so, you know, feel free to do that too Collectif, since apparently I think I can just optimistically tell you my wish lists and delude myself into thinking there’s any chance that means anything. I can dream, right?
When it comes to sizing, I’d been advised by a couple of people that there wasn’t much stretch in this style. As I was going to be wearing this skirt for a day of travelling on several trains and walking round London Edge, I decided to size up into an 18 so I could be assured of ultimate comfort in case it happened to be a bloaty, uncomfortable day. In reality I was being overly cautious and I definitely should have sized into my typical Collectif 16, as the skirt was too big and I had to take it in at least two inches to get the right fit. Still, the flat measurements are 36 inches and it has give to stretch to 38 inches, so I can assure you the size chart is true-to-size accurate for this skirt. The stretch it does have makes it a comfortable wear all day, never too restrictive.
I love that this skirt has so many shades of blue in it, as well as green, black and white. It makes it so easy to dream up a dozen different colour combinations to form a variety of outfits, making this a wonderfully versatile piece. The navy background of the skirt did photograph much more brightly in my pictures than it is in person, so the last thing I’d advise you to do before you, you know, buy this gorgeous skirt, is just to check out the stock photo below to familiarise yourself with the true colours.