As you may recall, I had pretty good success with two skirts from British brand Collectif earlier this year. As such, Iâ€™ve been eager to try one of their dresses. When they recently had a 50% off everything sale, I went with the Polly gingham shirt dress.
I was planning on ordering a 12, which is what I took in the skirts, but on the morning of the sale that was the only size that was sold out. I debated whether to size up or down. I ended up sizing down for three reasons: 1) The waist of the two skirts I have is actually a little big; 2) the fabric is the same 97% polyester and 3% spandex blend as the Agarva skirt, which is quite stretchy; and 3) the size chart says size 10 fits bust size 36â€â€“38â€. At 37â€, that should suit me just fine.
Unfortunately, the size chart is way off. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s this way across the board or just with this one garment, but the bust was hopelessly small. I could just barely do up the buttons and then it was flattening me out and straining horribly:
I was especially frustrated because my real concern had been with the waist, which the size chart says should fit 28â€ and Iâ€™m 29â€. But it fit perfectly there! Additionally, I had actually called Collectif before ordering, told them my measurements, and asked if they thought a size 10 might work. They expressed concern that the waist might be uncomfortably tight, but said nothing about it running small in the bust. The website also doesnâ€™t say it runs small in the bust, so one would assume that the size chart is accurate.
When I measured the dress, though, it wasnâ€™t even close:
Just in case the first photo wasnâ€™t clear, here you can see itâ€™s less than 17â€ wide at the bust, meaning about 33â€ aroundâ€”5 inches shorter than the size itâ€™s supposed to fit!
The waist, by the way, was spot on: 14â€ flat, or 28â€ around.
I donâ€™t understand why Collectif is listing a size chart that is so far from reality. Why donâ€™t they just be honest?? Had I known the real measurements, I would have simply ordered a size 14 and taken in the waist. And by the time I received my order, 14 was also sold out, so an exchange was not an option.
I sent a rather angry email to Collectif, complete with photos, and told them I thought they should be responsible for the return shipping, since it was their fault I ended up with a garment that doesnâ€™t fit. They did refund me for the dress and the return shipping, but Iâ€™m still pretty pissed because they donâ€™t refund the original shipping, so I basically threw $22 out the window trying a dress that had no hope of fitting. I will never buy another Collectif blouse or dress again unless itâ€™s second-hand and the owner has real garment measurements. How can anyone buy from them if the size charts are wrong?