Collectif olive knitted dress

After Black Friday Comes Green Tuesday


olive green knit dress by Collectif

Collectif Olive knitted dress

So, I didn’t go too crazy in the Black Friday sales: because I don’t think being at your computer at 9:59 on the dot, and spending the next minute obsessively refreshing the Collectif website can really be called ‘crazy’, do you?

Er, good. Glad we got that sorted out.

My mission on that blackest of Fridays was to secure one of the olive knitted dresses I wrote about in this post. It was always a forgone conclusion that I’d buy this dress: it was really just a question of when, and to be completely honest, it would probably have happened much sooner if it wasn’t for the fact that it (predictably) sold out in my size almost immediately – because that’s how the Shopping Gods work. It came back in last week, though, so all that remained was for me to hold my nerve and play the Russian Roulette of waiting for the sale, while hoping it wouldn’t sell out AGAIN before then. Luckily the Shopping Gods were on my side for once, and the dress was mine, with 20% off: dreams CAN come true people, and don’t ever let anyone convince you otherwise.

Anyway, the dress arrived yesterday morning, and I wore it the very same day, which I think is always a good sign when it comes to new purchases: if you want to wear it RIGHTTHATVERYSECOND, then you know you definitely made the right decision, don’t you? My one reservation about this dress was the elbow length sleeves, which always mystify me a bit on knitwear. It’s like, they’re for cold days… when your forearms are too warm? Or for warm days when your torso/shoulders are cold? WHAT ARE THEY FOR, THE ELBOW-LENGTH SLEEVES?

So it was a bit of a battle between the part of me that’s sensible about this kind of thing, and the part of me that just wants to buy every green dress she sees, and practicality be damned. The sensible part is very, very small and weak, however, and it was easily beaten into submission by the OMGGREENDRESS element of my personality, so that was that. As it turned out, the sleeves weren’t really an issue: I wasn’t outdoors for long, and I (obviously) had a coat on when I WAS outdoors, so while I’d always go for long sleeves over short ones where possible, it was no biggie – or nothing that a good pair of elbow-length gloves would solve on a colder day. And I LOVE a good pair of elbow-length gloves…

My other Collectif sale purchase, meanwhile, was the ‘Jenny’ velvet warp-around cardigan, which I didn’t even know I needed until it was suddenly in my basket. When it arrived, however, I immediately realised that I very much DID need it, because it’ll be perfect for the holidays. Much to my shame, however, I wrongly described this to Terry as a “bolly roll” and now he’s even more confused than he was to start with. Whoops…

[P.S. Quick note to anyone thinking of buying this dress: the lighting in these photos is making it look a bit lighter than it really is, so be aware of that if you’re ordering it!]

olive green Collectif dress

Wearing: Collectif dress; ZAC Zac Posen bag*; Christian Louboutin shoes

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  • Emma


    Beautiful dress! (and beautiful you, as always!) Also Terry and the bolly roll….oh dear 😛 Elbow length sleeves are probably for people like me. I always push up my full-length sleeves, unless it’s really REALLY cold (and even then I forget, push them up, and have to force myself to push them back down so as not to freeze). I just like to have my forearms free, for some reason

    December 1, 2015
    • I do the same thing. Elbow length sleeves are for people like us.

      December 4, 2015
  • Chiarina


    I had been put off knit dresses a few years ago when all you could find were oversized sweaters, but lately I seem to be attracted to them again… Especially to the kind you show in your blog! I loved last week’s camel knit dress, but this is even better… Green! I want one now!

    December 1, 2015
  • Rachel


    My mum used to wear knitted suits years ago and I had her throw them all out. Now I keep looking at knitted dresses she just gives me this look, its very annoying, I was still right to get rid of those outfits, they were hideous, you do not need a knitted long jumper over a knitted long skirt with a knitted long cardigan all in grey! I bought the Pearl coat in green and am just waiting to get home today as I have emails telling me its on its way, (hopefully my neighbours will be lovely and sign for it, I’ll take them some biscuits I baked last night). I love that dress and it looks great on you, my worry is with a large chest I’d look like a box, I know my waist is there but to me it disappears the minute I put on a high necked dress.

    December 1, 2015
  • The Other Emma


    I want that dress!! You look fab in it

    December 1, 2015
  • I couldn’t agree more regarding the three quarter length sleeves – it drives me mad. I have so many lovely jumpers that remain in the drawer, just waiting for that one elusive day when the weather conditions are perfect for them. I’m making a concerted effort to stop buying them, which makes me weep when I see a stunning item that I *need*, yet has 3/4 length sleeves.
    Gorgeous dress though!!!

    December 1, 2015
  • The only reason I am managing to resist this dress is specifically for the sleeve reason! I hate having cold forearms! Also, I imagine it would probably be ankle length on me and I’d kid myself I’d get it adjusted, but having got another dress that is probably exactly the same length still sitting unworn in my wardrobe, I think we all know I’d be kidding myself… It looks gorgeous on you though, cold arms an’ all! (PS did you see my last outfit post – I wore what might be the king of green dresses – you decide!)

    December 1, 2015
  • Flor


    Lovely as usual 🙂 I will never have enough green dresses as well ? And I do believe the elbow-length dresses are more flattering if you have a somewhat fuller hourglass shape (like me), because it draws the attention to your thinnes part; your waist. You on the other hand need not worry about these things with your perfect figure 🙂

    December 1, 2015
  • Moira


    SUCH a lovely look xx

    December 1, 2015
  • I didn’t spend so much money as expected on Black Friday. In fact, excluding small things, only a laptop for my kid and two dresses for me. I still have to look for the Christmas presents, I don’t have much time left.

    December 1, 2015
  • I set my alarm for 6am on BF since we’re in the wrong time zone. Sale Roulette is stressful – thankfully I got very lucky this year, and I am extremely grateful to the Shopping Gods for letting all of the things I’ve had my eye on be in stock and in my size.

    I cannot get over how amazing this dress is on you, your figure is stunning!

    December 2, 2015
  • OMG it’s GORGEOUS!! I love it… and it’s perfect with those shoes too (which, incidentally, are perfect with your skin tone.) Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!
    I’m very tempted but a tad worried about my wobbly bits 😉
    Suzy x

    December 2, 2015
  • TinaD


    I’m late to the party to say “oooh, nice dress”–although, yeah, very nice dress–but what I’m really dying to know is where you find your elbow length gloves. A couple of Christmases ago I missed out on a pair of gorgeous caramel leather gloves (gauntlets, really, made me feel all medieval and Henry V) because I thought for sure there’d be a sale, but the shopping gods smote me for my hubris and there was no sale…so if you have a line on alternate sources, please share. In fact, maybe a full “accessories I couldn’t live without” post? Bolly rolls included?

    December 3, 2015