It must have been well over a year that this particular number teased us in the Pinup Girl Clothing “Coming Soon” section and I could never seem to get her off my mind. The Military Pinup Dress has an assertive and polished style that is truly one of a kind. Even with all the delays in production of its initial release, it was definitely worth the wait! I snagged this beauty from one of my favorite Canadian boutiques, Rowena(Retroglam.com).
Available in sizes XS to 2X in Olive Green & Black – MSRP $104USD
Thanks to PUG’s trusted individual size charts, it was easy to determine the Medium would be an ideal fit with measurements 36-28-40 (note when I ordered it I was 36-29-42). The Military Pinup Dress is made from the most incredible stretch bengaline to date; it’s much thicker than the previous PUG bengaline I find. The weight of the fabric is definitely more forgiving over your trouble areas and ultra stretchy. Keep in mind the constructed bust is designed for the smaller busts since the underseam will run up higher on larger bust sizes (At a 34DD, there was plenty of room and no trouble with the underseam riding up). That’s a lot of bust talk in one sentence. Lol. The Military Pinup Dress features a beautiful kick pleat and contrasting red trim and belt. One area of concern to note, if you have larger arms you may find the red trim around the sleeves a bit snug as it has zero stretch allowance. A simple solution would be to have a tailor insert a small slit in the underarm section so it won’t be visible or alter the overall design.
This polished beauty is perfect to wear to the office and transition to a night on the town. I am a sucker for retro dresses with kickpleats, they are simply timeless and so classy! The bengaline is curve hugging and helps create the illusion of a hourglass silhouette. This number is so exquisitely constructed, it sucks you in wonderfully and accents you in the right places. I paired it with the Rago 6201 Shorts for a little extra help in that department; the Rago 1294 Girdle would be perfect equivalent as well. Surprisingly the length looked splendid a couple inches below the knee (5ft 4inches tall). As you can see on PUG’s site, the Military Pinup Dress is designed to fall a bit higher on the knee. Everyone has their preferences; I am partial to showing less leg as they are not one of my favorite features.
There are no shortages of excellent accessories from PUG to pair with the Military Pinup Dress. Sadly I don’t own shoes in the right shade of red so a simple black pump was my second choice. Check out the PUG Cherry Aeroplane Bag and Lolita Pumps to create the most incredibly decked out ensemble from head to toe!
Sometimes delays in production lead to disappointment with all the build of anticipation but this was surely not the case with the Military Pinup Dress. Definitely one of the more understated PUG Designs that needs to be recognized for it’s gloriousness! I was so happy to hear this was the next review you wanted to read and truly hope it inspires you to consider one for yourself.
Oddly enough with a closet full of dresses, I still have times when it seems like I have nothing to wear to formal events. It is essential to have one or two options that are suitable for multiple occasions at a moment’s notice. The Vivien in Plum Taffeta by Pinup Girl Clothing was a perfect candidate for the job. Luckily Rowena/Retroglam.com had them on sale during their end of season blow out.
Available in size XS to 2X in a variety of colors – MSRP $102USD
The Vivien is known to work well for the less busty as a result the busty ladies are required to size up. Based on the size chart, I was in-between sizes (measurements 36-29-41) and decided it was definitely best to order the Large since the taffeta does not stretch. Immediately I fell in love with the classic one shoulder design as it showcases my tattoos wonderfully. Pair it with your favorite strapless bra, in my case the Victoria Secret Miraculous for a little extra oomph! The taffeta material has a gorgeous sharkskin sheen and quite form flattering with the side gathering design. The color is absolutely breathtaking!
Recently PUG re-released the Vivien in three new bengaline colorways with a stunning rhinestone shoulder detail. The same fabulous design but in a new stretchy fabric for those not keen on the taffeta. I personally love the taffeta as it is truly unique and very figure flattering for someone with curves. Pairing the Vivien with my Rago shapewear is a perfect complement to create the illusion of a perfect hourglass silhouette.
We can safely say the Vivien is not something you can wear to the office or a family barbecue but is perfect for those special date nights or a wedding reception. With the off the shoulder detail, I recommend wearing your favorite vintage pendant earrings and skip any neck jewelry. A pair of classic round toe pumps will complete the look beautifully.
Now I know there is at least one dress in my closet that will work for those fancy functions and won’t fall into the “nothing to wear” predicament anytime soon. Check out Retroglam.com and other online retailers to snag the Vivien in taffeta at greatly discounted prices.
Occasionally there are certain designs that fly under the radar until you happen to see how truly amazing it looks on someone else and wonder why you didn’t get it sooner? The Ginger in Bandana Print from Pinup Girl Clothing is a prime example of this case in point. As soon as I saw my gorgeous friend Maralynn wearing hers, I HAD to have it! Luckily my size was instock during the PUG Black Friday sale and scooped one up at a fabulous price. If you happen to see the Ginger in stock anywhere, grab it as this particular style has been discontinued in all prints.
Available sizes XS to 2X in a variety of colors & prints – MSRP $118USD
Normally I find the PUG size charts very accurate and follow it without question but the Ginger in Bandana Print was an exception to the rule. Based on my measurements (36-29-41), I should easily fit in the size Medium but found the bust line cutting in considerably and rather snug in the waist. Sizing up to the Large was a perfect all over fit to my surprise. The Ginger has an elasticized gathered bodice with halter straps to provide support for the bustier ladies. Made from high quality cotton with little to no stretch. The full skirt is a perfect length falling just below the knee (at 5ft 4 inches tall) with a dainty eyelet ruffle trim.
The Ginger is definitely a much understated dress as the construction and overall design is remarkable for all body types. I truly believe the higher price point was the demise of this beauty since overall sales were low and led to its retirement after last season. It’s a fabulous dress for the summer and a wonderful staple to have in your closet for those days you need to get dressed on the fly.
By adding a cardigan or shrug, the Ginger is perfect to wear to the office or an afternoon out with the ladies. For extra fullness, pair it with your favorite petticoat and a little hair flower to finish off the entire ensemble. The Ginger looks perfect with heels or flats…pretty much everything goes from casual to semi-formal outings.
If you have been lusting after the Ginger or on the fence…now is the time to grab one while they are on clearance at retailers like Retroglam.com as they have been removed from the PUG site altogether.
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There’s nothing I am more drawn to then the true timeless elegance of the fashion era from the fifties. Many vintage repro designers add a modern twist to their designs but I am a sucker for the genuine untouched elements from the decade we all know and love. From the moment I laid eyes on the Bettie Page Beverly Dress, it was love at first sight! Its simple sophistication was breathtaking. I was thrilled to see JBR Clothing was stocking this number.
Available in sizes XXS to 4X – MSRP $134USD
One of the things I appreciate most when shopping at JBR Clothing is Rachel’s amazing guidance on sizing…she has yet to steer me wrong! Personally I find Bettie Page sizing to be different with each design and would love to see specific size charts to make online shopping easier. Based on Rachel’s feedback, I opted to order the Beverly in size Medium which fits wonderfully (Measurements 36-29-41). Made from a very unique textured pale green 4-way stretch fabric, with flecks of blue, orange and pink woven in. The Beverly is fully lined with a beautiful quality satin, it feels like silk on your skin. A notable feature is the cute bow belt supplied with the Beverly in brown, also available to buy separately in a variety of additional colors. The belt seems to run quite large, I will need to trim the excess as it wraps around too far.
The Beverly is designed with modesty in mind with a high rounded collar, short sleeves and knee length hemline. The thickness of the woven material and lined interior truly creates the illusion of a flawless silhouette. A word of caution, be extra careful when closing the back zipper as the texture of the fabric tends to easily get snagged and will cause thread pulls. The Beverly fit perfectly off the rack and required absolutely no alterations. I find ladies with a more hourglass shape regardless of size will be drawn to its simplistic look. Thankfully the bow belt adds a little pop of color to the overall design.
Perfect for the office or an afternoon with the ladies, the Beverly is the epitome of fifties fashion. Pair it with your favorites red pumps to spice up your look. Add a set of vintage pearls to enhance the Jackie O’ vibe to the design. Simplicity is the best look with the Beverly…less is more!
I truly hope to see more genuine fifties inspired designs coming from Bettie Page in future collections…modernizing tends to lose so much of what we love most from those times. Sadly I cannot wear true vintage dresses as the sizing is much too small in the waist. Thankfully we are blessed with several fabulous Vintage Inspired Designers that help keep the era alive!