Collectif Dolores Doll White/Black Polka Dot Dress 12

Like many women, I am a huge fan of polka dots, so any time I see a piece of clothing with a polka dot print I am sorely tempted to buy it.

I’ve already reviewed the Collectif Dolores Doll Red Polka Dress here, and have had the Black Polka in my wardrobe for quite some time. I was absolutely gutted that I missed out on the version with a blue background and red spots a few years ago, but last summer I was excited to see that Collectif had brought out a new colourway: the Dolores Doll White Polka Dress (ยฃ50, UK size 6-22).

Image courtesy of Collectif

So cute! Of course I couldn’t resist and snapped one up straight away in my usual Dolores Doll size 12 (Medium).

As usual, the size 12 fitted me very well indeed and is definitely the best compromise on fit for me.

The Dolores Doll is great for busty ladies because it is very generous across the boobs and often you can size down one or maybe even two (or more!!) sizes, which means that you get a great fit on the waist, which helps the wearer to achieve the pin-up look. As you can see, the size 12 fits my bust very well. Yes, it makes my boobs quite cleavage-y and pushed up but I’m not complaining and nor has anyone who’s ever seen me in one of my Dolores Dolls! The sweetheart neckline is classic and works perfectly with the look of the dress. There are also two white buttons on the centre of the bust area for a bit of detail.

The cap sleeves are elasticated, which can sometimes feel a little tight (I find it varies from dress to dress) but I’ve never found them uncomfortable or painful.

I find that the size 12 is usually a touch roomy on the waist for me but having tried the size 10 before I know it’s really a no-go for me in the bust area so I am happy to settle for the 12.

The flared circle skirt is lovely and makes me want to dance around and around…but as I have a medical condition where I constantly feel giddy even when sitting still it’s certainly not a good idea!! But the great thing about the skirt is that it’s ‘free size’ – because it is literally a full circle it means that you don’t need to take into consideration your hip size when deciding which size to go for. The skirt is fairly long and hits me about mid-calf, which is perfect as I am not a fan of my legs so the more coverage the better, as far as I am concerned.

I don’t own many clothes that are as white as this so it’s quite a novelty to have this dress in my wardrobe. Naturally, I couldn’t help trying it out with a few coloured shrugs and belts to see how they looked…

Which do you like best? I’m a sucker for the blue bolero but it’s a shame I don’t have a belt to match. The black belt would work, of course, so I’ll be sure to try that combination one day. All my shrugs and patent leather belts are from eBay.

The Dolores Doll White Polka is a really versatile dress that I am sure I will get a lot of wear out of. You can read a review of the dress by Mayah from Beautyful Youniverse here.

I can’t wait to see what prints Collectif brings out this year – they have recently released the Pink Hibiscus version:

Image courtesy of Collectif

I think it’s pretty but I’m not completely sold on the shade of pink so I’ll have to try it on next time I’m in London. What do you think – is this new print one you’ll be buying?



  1. Anonymous
    4 July 2014 / 22:00

    I hope you arenโ€™t offended but you are the most beautiful women I have ever seen in my life. Iโ€™m female and straight but youโ€™re simply stunning!

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 July 2014 / 22:20

      Thank you for the kind compliment.

    • Andrea Baldessari
      20 December 2015 / 19:02

      For me, too. You're amazing!

  2. Vicky Frankland
    4 July 2014 / 22:56

    Looking gorgeous! You are right too, polka dots are just irresistible ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 July 2014 / 22:21

      Thanks love! I've yet to meet a lady who doesn't like polka dots ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. mysteries1984
    4 July 2014 / 23:43

    I think you have an admirer! I rarely wear white (it never quite works with my pale skin) but I do like the look of the hibiscus print…it might slink its way into my basket with my next Collectif order ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 July 2014 / 22:22

      Hee hee – lucky me!! I think this dress would look lovely on someone with pale skin, but the floral print dresses are certainly brighter and more colourful.

  4. Anonymous
    6 July 2014 / 11:49

    What a stunning dress and it work's perfectly on your amazing curve's. I haven't been tempted by any of the previous Dolores dresses but I think I might just buy this one! Thank you for your review. Fran x

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 July 2014 / 22:22

      Thank you Fran – this dress is so lovely!

  5. Katie
    6 July 2014 / 12:17

    Oh wow I love this! I must buy it when it comes back in stock and I think I will get the red one too after seeing your review on it!! I didn't know vintage dresses were made for plus size women but I adore the 1950's fashion and this is perfect! Are there any other curvy repro/retro retailers you're aware of? I am size 20 so I'd need something in this sort of size range. Thanks!

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 July 2014 / 22:24

      Thanks Katie! All the polka dot dresses are lovely, but then again so are all the other prints and colours ๐Ÿ˜‰ Re other retailers, I would say Pinup Girl Clothing is worth a look, as is Lady V London. Just Google them for their websites.

  6. Gemma Atkins
    6 July 2014 / 13:27

    I have this dress and love it to pieces! I wore it to a wedding last year and it's also been my go to frock for any special occasions like christenings and garden parties. The fit is outstanding and it's SO boob friendly. I don't think I look quite as good as you do in this dress but it's certainly a must have item :0)

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 July 2014 / 22:25

      I am sure you look absolutely wonderful in your dress, Gemma! Feel free to post a pic on my Facebook page so we can all see x

  7. Svetlana P.
    6 July 2014 / 14:06

    I hope it is ok to be commenting on your blog post. I really like this dress very much and for me it is so perfect for you and your curvy body. I am getting married next month and my sister still has not found a dress to wear. I think this could be one for her to consider. Would you be able to tell me please if the fabric is warm and heavy? Is it a dress suitable for a hot summer day? I like the sleeves that are short but if the fabric is so thick it will not be a good dress for her. She wear size 18 in UK size and I notice Collectif have a lot of colours for this dress so if she does not like the spots she might like some flower pattern or so instead.

    • Svetlana P.
      6 July 2014 / 14:50

      Also I have just showed this post to my sister, she loves the dress but she is asking if it will be too long for her. She is 5'3 so what do you think?

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 July 2014 / 22:27

      Hi Svetlana, thanks for your comments. The fabric of the Dolores Doll is cotton with elastane so it's relatively light, and also the flared skirt helps to minimise the chance of overheating in this dress. I am 5'4 so the dress would be only slightly longer on her than on me. I hope she decides to buy a Dolores Doll as they really are lovely dresses x

  8. Paula Christiansen
    6 July 2014 / 15:27

    I thought I had seen the best dress ever (the Dolores Doll Yellow Floral Dress) but this one is even better in my opinion! Thanks to your blog I now own three of the Dolores Dolls and I am aiming to collect them all. Do you have the birdcage print? It's my absolute favourite!

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 July 2014 / 22:28

      Thanks Paula – I love all my Dolores Dolls and would struggle to pick a favourite! And yes, I do have the birdcage print, I must blog about it one day!

  9. Anonymous
    6 July 2014 / 16:30

    Love this so much!!!!! I wish they still made the blue one with pink spots, it is my favourite! But this is great as you can mix and match accessories with the neutral monochrome colourway. I think it would look fantastic with royal blue or bright pink, love Sara x

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 July 2014 / 22:29

      Thank you Sara. I agree that this is one of the most flexible Dolores Dolls in terms of accessory colours. How about bright orange or neon purple? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Rachel GeeBee
    7 July 2014 / 13:29

    You look fab!! The dolores is definitely on my next to purchase list.

  11. Mayah Thomas
    9 July 2014 / 16:42

    Great review honey you look stunning! Thanks for the link xx

  12. Anonymous
    13 July 2014 / 22:29

    that dress suits you so well, stunning! It's going to my wishlist ;)Oh! by the way, on which seller did you buy those belts? it doesn't show and i don't usually find my size there (i don't live on UK u_u)

  13. Anonymous
    12 August 2014 / 14:33

    Wow. Stunning. Where did you get your shrugs?

  14. Anonymous
    6 May 2015 / 23:39

    Rear view looks very good and hangs nicely on you: looks much better on you than the boring thin model at the top. Those cap sleeves look too good to cover up but I suppose that's what happens when the evenings get cool and a summer dress isn't enough. Good to have a waist that doesn't demand a belt.:-) Puffin

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