Outfit: beret? check. check? check.

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.
Ruby dress in red plaid by Karina Dresses review


Ruby dress in red plaid by Karina Dresses review


Ruby dress in red plaid by Karina Dresses review


Collectif Korrina trench coat in beige


Ruby dress in red plaid by Karina Dresses review


Ruby dress in red plaid by Karina Dresses review


Ruby dress in red plaid by Karina Dresses review


Ruby dress in red plaid by Karina Dresses review


Ruby dress in red plaid by Karina Dresses review


Korrina trench coat by Collectif in beige
Beret: ASOS (last year’s)
Bow: eBay
Trench coat: ‘Korrina’ by Collectif (still in stock here)
Boots: BAIT Footwear (similar)
Bag: Primark (very old)


  1. October 18, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    Welcome to the Karina dress club! What a lovely style you chose, it's supremely flattering and I like the check print. I still have my Karina dress, that I won 2 years ago, I wear it a lot.

    The bow really does switch up the beret quite a bit, I might have to try that trick, as my beret collection is not as extensive as yours I fear…

    I'm admiring your trench coat, though I'm wrestling with coat wearing myself as it's not really coat weather yet though, I tried wearing a lovely coat the other day and had to return to the house after 5 minutes, sweating!! So, back to jackets for the next few days at least.


    • October 18, 2017 / 3:40 pm

      Oh yes, I'd forgotten you won a Karina dress! I am a convert for sure.

      It's been such strange weather, but I have a feeling we're not going to have those warmer days for much longer… enjoy the jackets while they last, I say! xx

  2. October 18, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    STOP IT – you're KILLING the whole "fall wardrobe" concept and you're making me jealous and want everything you put on your body!! Haha but seriously, this DRESS on you! Wow! Gorgeous! I love the darker hues on you. Fall certainly seems like your style season!!

    • October 18, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      Shucks! And really I'm just traipsing out the same formula time and again and somehow getting away with it 😉 I feel like my fall looks have gone down well, but I'm scratching my head because I'm a summer girl at heart!!

  3. October 18, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    I've been wondering about the Karina dresses! I see them everywhere but hadn't really fallen for them until THIS ONE. Oh, the plaid and the cut are glorious, and you look stunning! I may now have to save up to get one, because it looks like everything I need. I love the way you've styled it, too! Those boots are fantastic!

  4. October 20, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    This is autumn perfection, this outfit is so beautiful, as are you!! I have a few Karina dresses and absolutely love them. So comfy and they don't wrinkle such a winning combination. I love this one, especially with the boots and coat! x

  5. October 22, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Uuhh, but that red and black plaid! I don't know why, but I am so drooling over that colourway ~ the dress looks fantastic and so darn comfortable! Plus, you've styled it perfectly… Love it!

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  6. October 24, 2017 / 9:55 am

    I don't think I've seen red & black plaid since emo was all the rage, and here it is again looking so chic! What a beautiful dress, and this cut is so incredibly flattering. It goes so well under that trench and I bet it would be a real show stopper when you come in from the cold and take the coat off. Seriously though, the folks at Karina Dresses are onto something amazing with their elegant dresses that feel like lounge wear – can't go wrong there!

  7. October 28, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    What a perfect autumn look! I really like the plaid wrap dress – something about the way the lines sit make it really flattering, and the colors are wonderful for brightening up a dreary day. I love the bow and the beret together, it's just too sweet.

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