So far this autumn, I’ve brought you berets and plaid. I knew I liked these things, but this year I really like them. So you’re getting some more…
This time I’ve put a bow on my beret, so does it count as being different? I’m assuming you’re all nodding. Good. Today’s plaid is in the form of this Karina dress and I was a total skeptic before it arrived. I haven’t got any jersey dresses in current rotation because I felt like every time I’ve worn one that isn’t a wiggle style I’m a bit of a frump. It’s all in my head, for sure, but that’s how I felt. So yes, I agreed to review this dress with slight hesitation, but I’d seen others in the vintage community wearing them so thought there must be something in this stretchy dress malarkey.
Oh, that was a good move – I am head over heels for this dress! It’s incredibly flattering and so comfortable it would easily pass for loungewear. Just when do you get that in vintage style dresses? Not very often, let me tell you. Not only that, but the waist tie on this style somehow defined my waist so much that I didn’t feel the need to wear my girdle. Any dress that can do that is a winner in my eyes. The other big selling point for Karina dresses is that the fabric doesn’t wrinkle, oh and it’s super soft. So very strokable – I’ve not had jersey like this before, for sure.
This is just the beginning of my Karina collection, I feel! I love that the fabrics usually come in many of their classic styles and there’s skirts this length great for shorties, and skirts calf length if you want an authentic vintage look. This skirt isn’t a full circle, but it’s not far off – I got my canvas underskirt under it no problem for these photos and I think it would take a fuller petticoat too. The only gripe I have is that the fabric clings to tights. I didn’t notice it until I took the underskirt off, and genuinely I could live with it – or try wearing my woolly tights or a slip in the colder months. I also imagine a lot of the styles, like this one, would be fantastic maternitywear that helps the vintage-inclined lady to keep her stylish edge.
It’s a big thumbs up for me, but see what you think! Oh and the trench coat was a summer sale purchase that I would also rave about but it’s hard to get hold of now and I feel a little mean… I did find somewhere that still has most sizes though, linked to below.
Beret: ASOS (last year’s)
Trench coat: ‘Korrina’ by Collectif (still in stock here)
Dress: ‘Ruby’ c/o Karina Dresses
Boots: BAIT Footwear (similar)
Bag: Primark (very old)