Dress from Collectif, shoes from BHS, vintage jewellery
‘Twas the night before New Year’s Eve and I had a fabulous party ticket but no fabulous party dress to match.
Well no, that isn’t strictly true. I do have maybe one or two party dresses (like this one, this one and… ok, I have an addiction). Anyway none of them were quite right for the Southbank Centre Vintage New Year’s Eve Party I was headed to. When you dress to the nines everyday, NYE calls for dressing to the hundreds. I needed something extra special.
Like all modern day vintage shopaholics, I’d seen on social media that Collectif were having one of their legendary half-price sales. (As I type, they are counting down to their online sale so you can grab your own New Year’s bargain too!) I thought I’d try my luck and see if the fashion goddesses would play dice and provide me with a bargain ballgown for my big night out. Holy Marilyn, did they deliver!
I’d spotted the Serina dress online already and swooned accordingly, but I had a couple of reservations:
1. I didn’t have the £138 RRP to spare
2. I wasn’t sure how it would work on my body – it was a shape I hadn’t tried before and how the heck would those fabulous but slender straps support my large, unruly bosom??
But here it was in front of me, glittering tantalisingly and, even more tantalisingly, reduced to a heartbeat skipping £48.38! I tried it on and me and my leopard print wallet loved it. New Year’s Eve was saved! Time to break out the bubbly!
Here’s why this is the perfect party dress in my humble, dress-obsessed opinion. The figure-hugging, floor-length silhouette makes you feel like a silver screen goddess from the 1930s. The glittery lurex fabric and mermaid-like fishtail skirt make you want to twist and twirl your way around the dance floor all night long.
I needn’t have worried whether Serina could handle my curves. The gown features a built-in bengaline body-shaper to sculpt your figure. I’m wearing a size 10 in this dress and it’s the perfect fit. I find in Collectif I can be anything from a 10 to a 14, but this is definitely one of the ones you can comfortably size down in.
I didn’t fancy my NYE being constantly interrupted by hoisting up a strapless bra, so I wore my Gossard Retrolution corset with the detachable straps off and found it kept itself up without any additional manual handling required. It’s always nice when your lingerie is as show-stopping as your party dress.
It’s actually more of a basque than a corset, which is great for wearing under clothes as you don’t have to worry about your laces giving you a bumpy spine. I somehow manage to wear a 36E in this, which is the biggest size it goes up to, even though I normally wear a 36G bra. Maybe I get away with it because I only wear it under dresses like the Serina, which already have some built-in support.
The finishing touch to my NYE outfit? A lovely bit of faux fur.
Jacket from Collectif, teeny tiny handbag from Oasis many moons ago
I’d been metaphorically making eyes at Collectif’s Clara cropped jacket all season (god, I have a lot of romantic feelings about items of clothing). I snapped it up in the half price sale to complete my 1930s glam look.
The snuggly faux fur was perfect for keeping me warm watching the midnight fireworks over the Thames.
And my New Year’s Eve was lovely, thank you. The best bit was dancing my heart out in my glitzy party dress to the live swing orchestra. I hope you had just as much fun.
Happy New Year from me and Serina! xx