Mademoiselle K

Collectif Edwina dress in size UK8
 
I got this dress during Collectif's summer sale and bought it while I was quite stressed out because the page kept crashing and each new thing I clicked on took forever to load. I think next time I order from one of their sales I'll look through the page a couple of days before and bookmark each item I want to buy too speed up the process a bit. The international postage is a bit expensive, so I recommend buying things in bulk rather than one and one if you're not in the UK, unless there's something you really, really want.
 
 
I previously owned three items from Collectif, the Pearl Coat* (in UK8), the Dietrich trench coat (in UK6) and the Louisedress (in UK10), all of which fit me (ok, so I can't fully close the trench coat over my bust, but I hardly ever close it at all anyway), and all of which have lost one or more buttons. I know other people who have pointed out that Collectif are lousy at sewing on buttons, but the other parts of their clothes are, in my experience, well made. And while it sucks when you loose a button, they're very easy to resew. I lost a button on my Dietrich trench coat on the bus and only found out once I got home. I e-mailed Collectif and they sent me a couple of new buttons free of charge. Their custumer service is fantastic.
 
 
Since I didn't have the time (or patience) to check the size guide for each dress I ordered (I ordered 5 dresses!), I just went with the middle size, UK8, for all. The second I clicked "comfirm order" I realized my boobs are bigger than they've been the last few years and in horror I realized that the dresses might all be too small in the bust area.
 
 
I had immense luck and the dresses all fit me, and even though I can't put my arms up all the way, my boobs aren't squashed or flattened in the bust area. Acctually they're a little tight over my hips, and I've a pretty even hour glass silhuette, so if you have wider hips you might want to size up in the pencil dresses! The Edwina appears to be a cross-over dress, but the skirt is just a pencil skirt with a cross-over detail, so don't get fooled to think that it's more roomy than teh size gude says!
 
 
The pictures of Edwina in Collecif's webshop doesn't reflect the colour very well, it kind of looks like a matte marsala there, but since it's 97% polyester it has some shine to it even though it's not shiny per se, and the colour is much more burgundy in real life. I'm not complaining at all, since this is my absolute favourite colour :)
 
 
I think the cross-over part of the skirt which isn't pleated looks a little bit unfinished, and the belt is about 10cm (4") too short to fit in the next loop when the belt is closed on the smallest hole, which means that it sticks out a bit. I guess I could make a new loop out of thread where I need one, it just feels a bit like they didn't think the belt design through enough. I don't know if it's because my boobs are a bit bigger than what they designed the dress for, but when I move aroung a bit the belt creeps up a little, but overall I love the fit and look of the dress though. In these pictures I'm wearing it with Ewa Michalak's S Szykuś in 65G without the extra padding that comes with the bra.
 
 
As per usual, I bought this item with my own money, and all opinions are my own.
 
*I'm going to post a review of teh Pearl coat later this year, as I'm going to Russia in November and honestly it's the most perfect russian coat I've ever seen.
Dress taller: colour blocking
I'm so sorry I promised you a whole outfit- and dressing-fore-your-shape-series and then didn't write anything at all for a couple of months. Ehe. Life's just been hectic (I got a kitten!!!) and blogging hasn't been my top priority, to add to that I realized that I'm really shitty at taking full body shots. But hey, here's at least one post to begin with.
 
This post will be about a couple of things: using clothes to look taller or slimer and about texture.
[Disclaimer: I don't mean that one body shape or type is in any way superior to another, This is just a couple of trompe l'oeils to use however you'd like. Just remember to not ever do anything you're not comfortable with, and remember: all bodies are beautiful bodies!]
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Alltså förlåt hörrni, jag lovade en hel modeföljetong och levererade inget på flera månader. Livet har varit lite lätt kaotiskt (bland annat har jag skaffat kattunge!!!) så bloggen har liksom legat längst ned på priolistan, dessutom har jag insett att jag är sämst på att ta helkroppsbilder. Här kommer åtminstone ett inlägg att börja med!
 
Detta inlägg kommer att handla om att klä sig för att se längre och slankare ut, samt om textur.
[Jag vill påpeka att jag absolut inte tycker att en viss kroppsform på något sätt överträffar någon annan. Jag kommer att skriva om hur man kan använda kläder för att förvilla ögat, om man vill, men det är viktigt att komma ihåg att man aldrig bör göra något man känner sig obekväm i, och att alla kroppar är vackra kroppar!]
Black has always been the main colour in my wardrobe, even though I've been mixing it up with some colours the last couple of years, still, black is the cornerstone. It's just such a safe colour and there's just no risk of mismatching if you stick to one colour. I guess that's true for other colours as well, but you know, there's a lot more attention drawn to someone completely dressed in pink than some more neutral colours.
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Svart har alltid utgjort själva grunden i min garderob, och trots att jag på senare år gjort tappra försk att blanda in lite färger, är svart fortfarande den dominerande färgen. Det är en säker färg och det finns ju noll risk att mismatcha om man bara håller sig till en färg. Det stämmer väl iofs även fför andra färger, men, ni vet, det går liksom lite lättare att smälta in som svartklädd än som klädd från topp till tå i rosa...
Visually taller and slimmer: If you type "how to look slimmer or taller" into google, I bet one of the top hits is going to recommend dressing completely in one colour, because doing so makes you appear taller and slimmer. To look taller you want to avoid harsh horizontal lines dividing your body inte different sections, which can make you look unpropotionate if you have, let's say, short legs and a long upper body, or the other way around. But then this method works best for a somewhat sober palette since dressing completely in orange will make you stand out from the surroundings and people around you, so much it will draw attention to you. Compare the Hilarys for an example:
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För att se längre och slankare ut: Om du googlar på "hur man ser slankare eller längre", slår jag vad om att en av de första träffarna föreslår att du klär dig i enbart en färg., eftersom man genom att göra det framstår som - just det - längre och slankare. För att se längre ut är alltså att undvika horisontella linjer som delar in kroppen i olika sektioner ett bra tips, eftersom det kan få kroppen att se oproportionelig ut om man har t.ex. korta ben och en lång överkropp, elelr omvänt. Men, metoden fungerar bäst på dova eller ljusa nyanser, eftersom du drar uppmärksamheten till dig på ett annat sätt om du klär dig enbart i t.ex. orange, då du står ut rätt mycket från omgivningen och folk omkring dig. Uppmärksamhet ärgivetvis inte alltd en dålig grej. Jämför Hilary t.ex:
You can see she's basically in the same position wearing both the apricot (second from the right) and the orange (fifth from the right), now they're of course slightly different cuts etc, but still two matching suits. Doesn't she appears both slimmer and taller in the apricot one? Another pro to this method is that it minimizes your bust unless you're wearing a low cut top underneath of course, if that's something you're after. You could aslo wear vertical lines, which elongates your body even more, but it can also make your bust look bigger if you've already have big boobs. As a terribly short person I use the colour block method quite frequently to visibly appear taller. It works until I stand next to someone of normal height...
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Som du ser är hon ungefär i samma position nrä hon bär sprikos (andra från höger) som när hon bär orange dress (femte från höger), och även om kostymerna är av något olika snitt osv, är de hyfsat lika. Ser hon inte både längre och slankare ut i aprikost? Ytterligare en bra grej med metoden är att den minimerar din byst, så länge du inte har en mycket djup urringning såklart. För att se ännu längre ut kan man bära vertikala linjer, med det kan göra att din byst ser större ut om du redan är bystig. Jag, som är fruktansvärt kort, klär mig ofta i enfärgat för att se längre ut och det brukar funka till jag ställer mig bredvid en normallång person haha...
Texture: So you think dressing in one colour is going to be super boring? Not necessarily. The thing to work with here is different textures, especially if you're wearing seperates. And accessorizes are a great way to add a splash of colour to a monochromathic outfit. Look at my outfit in full body:
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Textur: Tänker du att det blir tråkigt att klä sig i bara en färg? Inte nögvändigtvis. Svaret stavas t-e-x-t-u-r, och att blada olika texturer, speciellt om du bär plagg som inte sitter ihop. Accessoarer är också ett sätt att liva upp en enfärgar outfit.Titta här:
Can you see that there's different structures to these garments? The blouse is a pleated crêpe silk one with a slight peplum from Karl Lagerfeldt's collection for H&M which I picked up for about 5€ at a flea market, and the skirt is a softer cotton/polyerster blend which you can get basically everywhere. They work fine together just the two of them, but I wanted to add something more, so I put on a thin laquered belt which nips in at the waist and enhancing the peplum effect.
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Ser du att mina olika plagg har olika textur? Blusen är av veckad silkescrêpe med pyttelite peplumvolang från Karl Lagerfeldts kollektion för H&M, som jag hittade second hand för en femtiolapp, och kjolen är en mjukarer bommull/polyesterblandning som går att hitta i nästan alla kedjor. De funkar absolut bra ihop som de är, men jag ville ha något lite extra, så jag valde ett tunnt lackbälte för att markera midjan och förstärka peplumeffekten.
This is an outfit I can wear all year around, I just wear the blouse with a tank top underneath and of course stockings (black or nude) in the winter. It's also versatile in the way that I can add a blazer for a professional look or a leather jacket for a more edgy appearance. It works with both high heels (too look even taller!) and flats and as the blouse is quite cute with the little bow such a simple thing as how I style my hair and makeup can make the whole difference to ow the outfit is percieved. 
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Jag använder den här outfiten året om, med ett linne under blusen och strumpbyxor (svarta eller hudfärgade) på vintern. Den är dessutom mångfacetterad på så sätt att jag kan bära den med kavaj för för en mer formell effet eller med skinnjacka frö en lite tuffare look. Den funkar med både platta skor och högklackat (för att verka ännu längre!), och eftersom blusen är rätt söt med sin lilla rosett kan sådana saker som hur jag stylar hår eller makeup göra hela skillnaden för hur looken uppfattas.
Fashion and dressing for your body type
Hi there! Long time, no see, right? I've been super busy with exams, moving and then they started some major construction work on my building which meant that my windows have been covered and there hasn't been sufficient light in photos for my taste, but here's something new for once :)
 
 
From reading posts on reddit and r/bigboobproblems I understand that there is a wish for more petite and busty fashion bloggers. I've also felt the same, that it's quite hard to find busty fashion bloggers that aren't also plus size or pin-up themed. So I thought: why not give it a shot? I mean, I wear clothes almost every day, and while I might not wear every new trend I feel like I'm starting to get an idea of how to dress for my bodytype. Worst case scenario, I'll loose readers or you'll tell me it isn't working.
 
There are however some key elements to my wardrobe and style:
 
- My body is pretty much an hourglass. Good, right? But I'm also very short 1,58 m (~5'2"), that's ONE cm taller that Yuri Gagarin (you know, the first man in space who was choosen to go up because he was so short and would fit in the tiny Vostok). This means that normally the waist of whatever I'm wearing isn't really where my own waist is so even fitted things don't really fit at the waist. Also my waist is tiny and I like things to be somewhat fitted around it... And things labled "petit" normally don't accommodate for my bust very well. I know most people would consider this a very minor problem, but it can make shoping a bit tricky for me.
 
So if your body looks anything like mine, this just might work for the both of us :)
 
- I dont wear pants, trousers or jeans. I mean I wear shorts every now and then, and lounge around in pyjama pants at home when I have the occasional day off, but I find regular pants to be terribly uncomfortable and 9 out of 10 times I'd rather go for skirts than shorts anyway. My waist-to-hip ratio also makes it really hard to find trousers that fits at the waist. So if you're looking for for how to match those awesome new jeans you just got - keep on looking!
 
 
- I normally don't buy new clothes. Basically everything I buy is second hand or vintage, this is because of two factors: I don't want to support the throw-away culture too much and I'd honestly rather spend my money on other things. Oh, and that feeling when you find that special gem in the pile of rubbish at thrift shop is the best! Since I'm at least somewhat handy I also don't mind altering e.g. waists (since very few affordable brands make clothes for curves anyways these days). 
 
- I'm a student with three part time jobs where I don't need to look especially proffessional. I never wore uniforms or worked anywhere where there were any regulations regarding clothing othere than "Don't show up in your PJ's. Unless you're having a really bad day, then we really appreciate that you even showed up, so it's ok that you're wearing your washed out hoodie". I guess I'm lucky that I don't have to dress "office/professional" even when I'm at the office. Except for once when I worked at a hotel and the manager demanded that we'd cover our knees after 7 p.m, I've never had to follow a dress code.
 
 
- I'm 23. That definately has an effect on my wardrobe. I really don't mind a hint of cleavage and nipping the waist in a bit. My plan is to go over items of clothing one by one, how to match them and what I look for when I buy that piece of clothing. I might not be the trendiest, but I hate boring clothes! The point is to dress for your body, not against it!
 
This is how I dress most of the time tbh... Just lounging around in kimonos, robes or large knitted sweaters, heh...
 
Are you with me on this? What item would you like me to discuss first?
And don't worry, of course I'll keep posting lingerie too!