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. 

In Love With Iris [Louella DeVille]

In case you haven’t heard of Louella DeVille, I’m here to do you a favour by telling you: y’all, you need to know about Louella DeVille. It might spark your sense of recognition if I tell you that this clothing line is designed by and sold through what was once Your One Stop Pinup Shop, an Australian pinup boutique that has in the past included brick-and-mortar stores, pinup pamper photography session packages and, a while back, the original beginnings of this clothing line, before owner Bek’s lovely daughter began to walk and Bek put the line on hold.

Over the following years as her little girl grew, Bek grew her business with those Australian stores, as well as photographing hundreds of ladies in their pinup finest in her studio. Last year Bek moved the store entirely online, becoming Louella DeVille Boutique, and recently, finally, the time came for her to bring her ideas of her own vintage inspired clothing line back out to play.

First came skirts in fun and varied prints. Through social media, I followed along, curious as to where the line would go. There’s now tops, too, as well as dresses, but it’s these dresses, oh these dresses, that have really caught my attention.

The Polly was the first style, darling and sweet, one of my favourite vintage sundress shapes offered in some lovely prints. I’m supposed to be saving, but I knew that if it came in a print I couldn’t resist then I’d eventually have to make a purchase. So far, I had been managing to sensibly resist. Buuuut…then a few weeks back Bek posted teasers of the 2 new shapes and multiple new prints coming soon to the dress line and that was it, I was sold. On which one, I dithered for a short while, but with spring due soon and the print reminding me of that first clean, fresh smell that announces its happy arrival, it had to be the Iris print Frenchie dress. I put it in my cart–then paid my bills, checked my account balance, and sadly removed it from my cart again. Sigh. Adulthood.

…And then I sold a couple dresses I don’t wear anymore and immediately bought the dress anyway, because that counts as adulting, right? Okay whatever, you’ll understand when you see it. Because look:

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Cardigan: Ice Blue Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up
Bag: Erin Wicker style handbag by Dancing Days
Shoes: Old New Look
Bangles: Woven bamboo bangles by Splendette / bamboo bangles / thrifted gold bangle

I know a dress is special when my friends and family comment on it when I wear it. They’re used to seeing me all dolled up and often in new clothes, but I think my wardrobe sometimes blurs together to them, with my mum frequently asking me ‘Is that new?’ on the second or third time she’s seen me in the same dress. This Frenchie dress, though, captured everyone. I can’t pretend it didn’t floor me, too, because I found it hard not to repeatedly state ‘I love this dress so much’ multiple times while wearing it, as if I had just begun dating a new beau and was struggling not to gush about him at every given opening in the conversation.

I figured that, given it’s February and given I live in England, my blog pictures in this dress would probably have to be taken on a chilly overcast day, as most blog pictures are. But I woke up last Saturday morning with plans to take Frenchie and my camera to the park to do the best we could with the weather, only to find that said weather was just…perfect. Sunny, airy, not hot but not cold, it really did feel like spring was here. I drove with my windows down. I had to take my sunglasses with me in my pocket. I didn’t need to wear tights. And somehow, somehow, as crazy as it sounds, part of me whispered that it must be the magic of this dress. I already admitted it sounded crazy, okay? Don’t judge me for it. But seriously…*whispers* I think it might be a magic dress.

To explain why, let me lay it out for you fully. The beauty of this Iris print aside, there’s almost every design feature I love most in a vintage style dress: tie shoulder straps, a straight neckline, a full gathered skirt that lays beautifully both with and without a petticoat, and forever all caps POCKETS. To top it all off, there’s a wonderful unexpected stretch in this fabric that makes it joyously comfortable to wear. Once again, I question if this dress is magic, because it fit me equally as well when my waist was cinched down a few inches with my favourite basque bra as it did shapewear free and a bit bloated. Literally, on one day when I wore this dress I did so over my cincher for a couple hours before removing said shapewear to be more comfortable for the long sit of going to see a movie, and the dress just went ‘sure, no problem, lemme expand here for ya, even though I didn’t look baggy a few seconds ago when your waist was much smaller.’ *Whispers* magic. 

Regarding fit, I definitely require a UK 16-18 in most dresses these days, so I was a bit wary of the size chart on this dress stating a 14 would fit me. Still, I decided to trust it and ordered the 14 I was advised to. It’s perfect. The size chart for the size 14 states it flat measures 34 inches and stretches to 36. Mine measures 35 and stretches to 37 inches, admittedly after wear so that could be a bit broken in, but generally it’s very accurate to the chart with just a little bit more give. I recommend you take your measurements if you don’t already know them and follow the chart to select your correct size. The skirt length measures 27.5 inches long and it’s happy to accommodate your floaty medium volume petticoats.

The Iris print Frenchie dress comes in sizes 8-22 and costs $129AUD, with other prints available in this same Frenchie dress style. This print is close to selling out, so if you’ve got your heart set on it I recommend you act quickly. Louella DeVille Boutique stocks their Louella DeVille line exclusively, shipping worldwide and offering a weekly promotional deal to save you money, including the 20% off promotion I took advantage of to order this dress. If you want to keep up to date with those weekly deals, you can follow Louella DeVille Boutique on their social media (Facebook and Instagram) or sign up to their newsletter on their website.