Glasshouse Fairy [Collectif + Lulu Hun] 

The Fairy Doll dress by Collectif is one of their staple dresses that receives new print and colourway releases every spring/summer. This year the offerings are tropical themed samples of deliciousness, and I’ve been eagerly waiting for this orange and green combo of bamboo summer fun to be released since I saw the preview of SS17 last September.

I knew I loved the dress instantly purely for its vibrant print, but I didn’t realise it was going to be such a comfortable, easy wear. With no zips and only stretchy, stretchy smocking, this is a perfect dress for wearing on hot summer days when tight waistbands can pinch and rub as your body temperature rises. Plus, that stretch factor means it’s an excellent dress for travelling in both style and comfort, something I appreciated massively when I wore it this past weekend in the hot glasshouses of the Royal Edinburgh Botanical gardens and walking round the gorgeous (but hilly) city.

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Collectif Fairy doll Tropical Bamboo dress Lulu Hun Lidia Yellow flats
Dress: Fairy Doll Tropical Bamboo Dress C/O Collectif
Shoes: Yellow Lidia flats C/O Lulu Hun
Cardigan:
Sage Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up
Bangles: Woven Bamboo bangle by Splendette + assorted thrifted
Necklace: Primark

This dress really is a summertime dream. Along with the comfort offered by the smocked back, the spaghetti straps are adjustable, allowing the whole dress to stretch and be adjusted to fit your body exactly. The decorative wooden buttons featured on the centre panel of the bodice sport a sweet engraved anchor design on each button face. The flared skirt is a great summer retro length, not so short you’ll be flashing your thighs but not so long that the extra fabric adds to the heat. It’s 25 inches long, to be exact, and it can take a medium volume petticoat should you want to add one.

The smocked back means sizing is a pretty easy affair on this style, as there’s lots of stretch in the waist. My size 16 flat measures 34 inches in the waist and stretches to 40 inches, and the bust 39 inches flat with stretch to around 47-48 inches. Your normal Collectif size should see you safe in this dress, but if you haven’t bought from Collectif before or you’re uncertain then I think it’s more important to choose your size according to your bust, so that you don’t put a lot of strain on the straps if you’re especially blessed in the chest department. They are spaghetti straps, after all.

Alongside this dress I also wore these new Lulu Hun Lidia shoes for my glasshouse jaunt. I’ve said before how much I love having a variety of flat shoes in my shoe-rack so I can finish off almost any outfit in a practical, comfortable manner that’s still cute. These Lidia flats have an adorable cut out feature on the pointed toe that offer something different to the almost identical bow-sporting round toed ballet flats I own in almost every colour from various high street chains.

I’ve noted in the past that Lulu Hun is known for sizing small but that I have always managed to wear my standard size 7 in all their styles I’ve owned so far, but this is the first style where I agree sizing up is almost universally necessary. In the size 7 these were very tight around my toes and I almost needed a shoehorn to get them on at the back at first, so I’ve had to stretch them out to a more comfortable fit by wearing them around the house for a few hours with thick socks. I could probably still find more comfort in going up to the size 8, really, so I would certainly advise you to think about sizing up yourself.

The Fairy doll dress comes in this Tropical Bamboo and a gorgeous blue Bird of Paradise print, each in UK sizes 6-22 for £55. The Lulu Hun Lidia flats come in yellow, mint, royal blue and red, in UK sizes 3-8 for £30.75. All of these items are available to order from Collectif’s website, which offers international shipping, or from 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.