I wear a size 10 or 12 in the Dolores Doll flared dresses but in the past I have found trying these sizes in the regular Dolores wiggle cut was a joke as I could barely get them over my head. I even tried sizing up to an 18 but even then the hips were very tight, despite the back gaping dreadfully, there being surplus boob room and of course the waist being very baggy on me.
Now, I know my 46-30-47 figure is notoriously difficult to clothe, but having recently discovered the joys of faux vintage wiggle dresses thanks to Fuller Figure Fuller Bust and Pinup Girl Clothing, I decided to give Collectif another try.
I fell head over heels in love with the Collectif Dolores Dress Vintage Crepe (£55) in Teal:
Image courtesy of Collectif
The teal colour really set my heart racing as I utterly adore anything in this colour! I managed to snap one up on a recent trip to London in a size 16/XL:
First of all I must clarify that even though the colour of this dress is described as 'Teal' on the website and on the item's label in reality it is more of a muted forest green colour. It's a lovely shade but it is not teal in my book. I was rather disappointed by this, and even more so when I saw that my photos made the dress look far more teal than it really is. I wish so much that it was true teal, in reality and in photos!
The fabric of the Dolores Vintage Crepe Dress is 97% polyester and 3% elastane. It has good stretch but still retains its shape well. It is significantly better than other Dolores wiggles I have tried in terms of fit, thanks to the stretchier fabric. The label says machine wash which is great news as other Dolores and Dolores Dolls are handwash only. However, I will hand wash it on the first few washes at least, just to be on the safe side.
The fabric has a slight texture to it, and is almost crinkly but not quite. It reminds me of a superior version of those crinkly fabric beach trousers you can buy from places like M&S as they are easy to pack and wear because they don't require ironing. This dress does also not require ironing but it should be hung for a few hours to let any creases drop out before wearing.
The size 16/XL was a compromise on fit to get a decent fit on my hips, and even then it is a little tight. Shapewear is definitely required as a tight fit like this always highlights any lumps and bumps. I am not wearing shapewear in these photos so will definitely don some when wearing the dress in public. The waist fits ok and the boob room is good, but almost verges on being too big, as it gapes a little across the back and makes me feel as though the sleeves could fall off my shoulders at any moment. As you can see from the photos there is some bra show from the back but this is easily remedied by pulling the fabric over the straps.
Sizing up to an 18/XXL would not have been an option because then I would have had even more problems with the back gaping. So, my usual problems with fit with this style dress remain but are less exaggerated in this one, mainly thanks to the stretchy fabric.
Length-wise I found this dress to be very good. My knees are covered, which makes for a very happy Curvy Wordy! As the dress is 'wiggle' style, there is a slit at back the enable more trouble-free walking.
I feel like a siren in this dress! I am not sure where I'll wear it as I don't often go to events where this amount of wiggle would be appropriate but it's great to have it as a wardrobe option.
Despite the good fit without one, I couldn't resist adding a belt and seeing how it changed the look of the dress:
I think it's a win for my fab Forever 21 cinch belt! My waist is more defined and the fit of the dress significantly improved. I am not sure how obvious this is from the photos but as the wearer I can confidently say that the belt made all the difference in terms of me feeling comfortable and secure in this dress.
The Vintage Crepe Dress is available here in black and teal, and here in navy and red, where it is interestingly described as 'jersey'. I am afraid this is absolutely not the case but the crepe fabric is more forgiving than what's used for the regular Dolores and Dolores Doll dresses...but I do hope Collectif bring out a true jersey option in the future as it would offer an incredible fit. Go on, Collectif - I dare you!