New Year’s Eve glitz aside, it’s time to properly kick off the 2016 outfit posts and I’m excited to share this one as I love the location and how well it suited the look. In fact, I’m a bit concerned that less than a fortnight into the year I’ve already peaked too soon, but c’est la vie…
B actually found this cute little phone box for me, after I got it into my head it would be the perfect companion to this 60s-style dress. We genuinely spent about half an hour scouring Google streetview to find one in a decent location, because blogging can be fun like that. Having found this one, B being B, another 30 mins later and he’d googled the entire history of the red phone box and insisted I shared a little of it here. So, for those of you who don’t know, what I’m modelling here is the K6 design, first introduced in 1935 and the most common red phonebox in the UK, with most of them installed in the 1960s and 70s (which perhaps I knew subconsciously!). It’s a K6 from the glass pane design (one bigger square in the centre panel) and its general size. So there you go. As far as we could find out, red phone boxes haven’t been commissioned since the 80s, so any one you find in the UK is ‘vintage’, if you like!
This particular one is rather special as you’ll see, as inside it’s been converted into a mini library! This has happened to something like c.150 of the thousands and thousands of them, and I couldn’t believe that the one we’d picked quite literally from dropping a pin on a map was one of the special few. This has happened because the local parish council will have ‘adopted’ the box and this also means that it can’t be used for making phone calls anymore, somewhat ironically. Anyway, I was pleased to find a familiar favourite in the box, as you’ll see… (but how could someone give it away?!)
So that’s B happy now and I can talk about the dress as the box isn’t the only thing bright and beautiful in this post! ‘Bright and Beautiful’ is also the label this dress belongs to, which is Collectif’s still-quite-new 60s-inspired line. Somehow, until this point I hadn’t twigged that Collectif owned the brand, rather than it being a third party they sold, and I feel a bit silly about that now. All the hallmark signs of Collectif quality are there with this dress – it’s fully lined, a great cut and of course, a gorgeous unique design you would be hard-pushed to find anywhere else. My usual size 8 fit just like it usually does too. My only criticism is that the belt is your typical fabric belt in that it will gradually work itself loose as you move about, but easily solved with a safety pin if I was that bothered.