Collectif Dolores Doll Red Polka

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will be well aware of my love of Collectif‘s Dolores Doll dresses. I have accumulated quite a collection over the past few months and currently have more than 12 in my wardrobe.  The fit of the dress is almost perfect for me and I adore the feminine shape it gives.

I’ve previously written about the Dolores Doll in Navy Polka; today I will show you the dress in Red Polka.

Image courtesy of Collectif

I admit that when I visited Collectif for the very first time just over six months ago and tried on the Dolores Doll in Navy Polka I saw the Red Polka on the rail and thought it was too loud.  However, since then I have grown to like the red background and white spots so when Collectif were having their sale a few months ago I took the opportunity to grab one for myself.

I went for the size 12 as it offers me a better fit on the bust than a size 10, although I do find it rather roomy in the waist.

The stretchy 98% cotton 2% elastane fabric is great to wear – so light and comfortable!  It does crease a little when wearing but not so much that the appearance of the dress is spoilt.

The elasticated puff sleeves are great and tend to stay in place without slipping down.  On some of my Dolores Doll dresses these sleeves are tighter than others but none have been so tight that they were unwearable.

I love the flared circle skirt – it feels so swirly, girly and feminine!  The dress hugs me in all the right places on the top half and then flares out from the waist to give a sexy silhouette.  This can be further enhanced by wearing a petticoat, which I am not in these photos.

Whilst I was quite happy with the dress on its own I couldn’t help but feel a few accessories would make it work better.

Bring on the belt!

Apologies for one of these pics being blurred – I didn’t realise this had happened at the time and as the photos were taken at someone else’s house I didn’t have the opportunity to get them retaken.

I appreciate that belts are not everyone’s cup of tea and I certainly don’t wear one every day but for me they are an invaluable addition to outfits where I feel the waist of the garment needs cinching.  Regular readers will know my life-long struggle to find clothes that fit me equally well on the bust, waist and hips – which is something of a holy grail with my 46-30-47 measurements – so a belt can often save the day if the fit of something is slightly off.

As you can see, I added a black patent belt and changed my shoes from nude to black to match.  I think they contrast wonderfully against the bright red polka dot dress and clearly highlight my waist and feet.

I wanted to find a cardigan of some sort that would work with this dress in case I wore it on cooler days.  I tried my red bolero but it was the wrong shade of red so I went with black instead:

The black shrug is quite a contrast against the red polka dress but I think it works well as it ties in with the belt and shoes.  I think I could wear a number of colours with this dress, as long as I could match all the accessories together.  You can get shrugs like mine very cheaply from Excite Clothing.

So, the Dolores Doll Red Polka is another favourite in my wardrobe!  Do you own any swing dresses?

By the way, until 31st July 2013 Collectif are having a HUGE sale! Use code HOT50 to get 50% off all full priced items (this includes gift vouchers so you can buy them now at a discount in order to buy more goodies later!).  Leave a comment below to let me know if you’ve bought anything…



  1. Loretta Schulz
    27 July 2013 / 00:51

    You look like an adorable version of Minnie Mouse! Such a cute dress and I love how you have styled it. And thanks for the sale tip – I have managed to snap up a few bargains already!

  2. Anonymous
    27 July 2013 / 09:55

    You look amazing! I've just been reading back through your blog and now I think I need a few of these dresses from the sale. I'm 4'11.5 (very important) and so I think they'll need taking up a bit, but they look so pretty! Thanks for the info – and for also being a lingerie blog.

  3. Evelyn Russell
    27 July 2013 / 14:30

    I think this is my favourite of all the Dolores Dolls you've reviewed so far. So cute! I think it's great that you are a lingerie blog and also a UK plus size blog. Thanks for your useful review.

  4. Kelly Smith
    29 July 2013 / 12:36

    This is SO cute! I am definitely going to get one in the Collectif sale. I had no idea that they did plus sizes until I read your blog :0D

  5. Natalie Norton
    30 July 2013 / 18:28

    I have the opposite problem to one of your other commenters – I am very tall! At almost 6' I thought I'd never be able to find a swing dress that was the right length for me but after discovering Collectif thanks to your wondrous blog I gave them a try and I am in LOVE. The Dolores Doll fits me like a dream (I am a plus size woman so again it's a miracle) and falls just below my knee. It looks gorgeous, even if I do say so myself ;o) I now have several of these dresses and at the moment the Red Polka is my favourite, too. I can't wait to see what prints they bring out next – I am hoping for another floral print in rich colours, maybe blue flowers on a red background.

  6. Jennifer Vance
    31 July 2013 / 15:10

    I'm hoping to be able to get this one in the yellow,but they only have size 20's left and they suggested an 18 for 51-52" bust…hope the 20 won't be too roomy all over.If it's too big in the waist I can always take it in or belt it.While with my measurements I could be considered hourglass,my waist isn't quite small enough to look it except with certain clothes,but it's still a pain to try to find clothes to fit,so I somewhat feel your pain.There will be dresses with a bust measurement only 4-6 inches more than the waist,and I'm all like… "Lol,wut?".

  7. Anonymous
    31 July 2013 / 15:11

    I love Collectif after discovering them on Fullerfigurefullerbusts blog.I got the regina tiki dress,white polka dolores and the feral wiggle dolores in the sale.Love them all.

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