No matter what age we may be, we are never too old to relish in childlike and whimsical themes. I am the first person to confess to being a child at heart with a lifelong fixation of all things Disney. To now incorporate both my love of adorable animated characters with my personal vintage style is beyond exhilarating. When Pinup Girl Clothing teamed up with the incredibly talented artist Stephanie Buscema, the end result was sure to be extraordinary. Luckily for us, PUG delighted fans with sneak peeks here and there which only caused our curiosity to grow with added anticipation. The final reveal instantly charmed our hearts…the Lydia Dress in Mermaid Border Print was full of whimsy!
Available in sizes XS-4X in a variety of print ~ MSRP $142USD
Based on the PUG size charts, my measurements (bust 36”, waist 26/27”) fell right in line with the size small but I was a little leery when ordering as many others had mentioned the Lydia ran small in the bust area. Despite those reservations, I chose not to size up as I prefer a snug all over fit. The Lydia Dress fit wonderfully in the waist and was indeed a bit snug in the bust area but not uncomfortably so. I found trying a couple different strapless bras and tightening the adjustable straps was all it took to minimize the excess cleavage. If you are in-between sizes especially with your bust measurement, it would be best to go up in size as there is no stretch to the fabric. The Lydia Dress features a unique gathered twist bust, adjustable straps with a crisscross back detail, and tightly gathered skirt featuring the darling mermaid border print with contrasting purple belt. At 5’-4” tall, the skirt falls a few inches below the knees.
The Lydia Dress in Mermaid print really resonated with my inner child, who doesn’t love The Little Mermaid? Anyone that has a peak in my closet will quickly realize that I have a profound adoration for ocean life creatures and a growing collection of clothing with lobsters, fish, seascapes, seashells and more. For a while I debated between the Mermaid Lydia Dress and the Mexican Skirt but I quickly realized the Lydia was definitely the best choice seeing how flattering it was on several PUG customers. The unique twisted bust in contrasting purple really pulled the mermaid print together with the design. An added bonus is the adjustable straps and fabulous curved straps that cross in the back, they both allow for a seamless fit regardless on your torso length. Every time I wear this Lydia Dress, I get tons of compliments and people dying to see the darling mermaid print up close…it’s a real conversation piece.
If you are anything like me, I love to pair cute little accessories that go with the overall theme of my ensemble. Luckily I had the most adorable teal starfish earrings that paired perfectly with the Lydia mermaid print. Since I often wear my dresses to work, I added a simple black bolero for a little more coverage without concealing the fabulous bust detail. With so many colours in the print, your option for shoes is endless. The gathered skirt has a significant amount of fullness, adding a petticoat is completely up to one’s personal preference.
Pinup Girl Clothing has enchanted us all with two truly whimsical collections; Fairytale Fantasy and The Magic of Mary Blair. The gorgeous Lydia design is also available in several other magnificent prints that include Alice & Wonderland Queen of Hearts, Burlesque Performer, Mary Blair Mother & Child, and a classic Rose design. One thing we should all remember, under no circumstances is someone too old to celebrate their inner child. 🙂