Have you ever purchased something that left you wondering if you made the right choice? That constant lingering feeling that maybe you should have gotten the other one. Doubt can be a very hard emotion to let go when you are always left wondering, “what if?” From the very moment Pinup Girl Clothing released the Monica in red, black and gold…I struggled with the decision between red and black. Maybe it was because the red sold out so quickly or I somehow convinced myself that black was more versatile…I inevitably chose black. Do not get me wrong, the black is spectacular…but I always doubted that the red was the better choice. Needless to say, when Retroglam.com had their epic Boxing Day Sale I finally indulged in purchasing the Monica in red.
Available in sizes XS to 2X in a variety of colours ~ MSRP $140-180USD
Last December (2012), I reviewed the Monica for the first time and expressed my opinions on the overall fit when my measurements were 36-29-42 wearing a size Medium. Although I have lost a significant amount of weight since that time, I felt it was best to stick with a Medium as my current measurements (36-27-39) did not permit me to size down. In comparison to my previous review, the Monica fit much better overall and I probably should have gone with a size Large originally. The Monica features a built in shaper, concealed by the fabulous draping and gathers of the jersey knit. One major improvement I found was with the clear elastic that holds the sleeves off the shoulders to sit a lot more comfortably. I suspect this is probably simply due to the sizing being more compatible with my current measurements. The Monica’s design structure is key in creating a sexy and sleek hourglass silhouette. At 5’-4” tall, the skirt falls a couple inches below the knee.
Now here comes the answer to the yearlong question…black or red? RED!!! I absolutely adore the Monica in red, considerably more than I ever did the black. This is probably a very good indication of why I do not own any black in my wardrobe, it’s just not me! Yes it’s known to be slimming and a fabulous wardrobe staple but I always gravitate to brighter colors. The Monica fits me much better now and this is how I know the Medium was not the correct size when I was 36-29-42. Originally I feared ripping the delicate seams even when opening the invisible side zipper, which is now a breeze to slip into. The built in shaper is slimming in the right places and I only added the Rago 1294 girdle to create the illusion of a flawless silhouette.
The Monica is not a look that can go from day to evening; its pure sex appeal is the epitome of old Hollywood Glamour idyllic for evening. If you’re looking for a fabulous dress to go on the town, this is it! Recently I saw the stunning Erika Reno transform the Monica in white into the most breathtaking wedding dress by pairing it with a rhinestone belt and adding a tulle skirt to create a floor length gown. The clean lines of the design make it so simple to accessorize, the options are endless.
It has been an eye opening experience to go back on older reviews and truly learn from them. Although the Monica was a lovely dress from the very beginning, I discovered how much I love her after going with my gut and purchasing the color that always lingered in my thoughts. Needless to say, getting it on sale was an added bonus as well.
Check out the original Monica review CLICK HERE!