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Fan Favorites ~ Mix & Match Staples

When our favorite pinup brands release sneak previews of their new collections, it is nearly impossible to control our excitement over the designs that make us totally swoon. One of this season’s hottest new must have is Pinup Girl Clothing’s Harley Top; inspired by their original fan favorite Harley Dress. With mix and match separates being the key essentials for summer, no pinup wardrobe would be complete without the versatile High Waisted Shorts in Candy Stripe.

Available in sizes XS-4X in a variety of colours & prints ~ MSRP $62

IMG_8351There was much debate when the Harley Tops were released about proper sizing and fit, which was quickly addressed by Laura at PUG, “these tops are designed to be a looser overall fit”. That being said, staying with your normal size is recommended therefore I went with my usual size Small. When it came to the High Waisted Shorts, my measurements (waist 27” hips 39-40”) put me directly in the size Medium range. Needless to say, I was super excited when this duo arrived and couldn’t wait to try them on. The Harley top fit wonderfully, I really enjoy the relaxed fit very much and it works perfectly with my favorite strapless bra. I was very taken back by the fact that the High Waisted Shorts fit like a glove with ample room for comfort and the perfect length in the rise despite my short torso. The Harley Top features a unique high neckline with gathers, side bust darting and inverted back zipper closure. The High Waisted Shorts feature an empire waistline with a slight curve design, an elastic back waistband for flexibility and to prevent that dreaded gaping, side slit pockets, a stitched inseam detail and back zip closure.

IMG_8352 IMG_8364Pinup Girl Clothing is truly unique in the fact that they listen to what their customers want and when their fans begged for tops in the signature Harley design, they delivered! The Harley Tops are extremely versatile due to the modest, yet classic design which can be worn as is or tucked in and pairs perfectly with shorts, skirts, and pants. I personally love the looser fit very much; sometimes we just don’t want to feel constricted all day long in form fitting clothing. The High Waisted Shorts really surprised me the most as I always struggle with off the rack sizing being too long in the rise with my short torso and never designed to accommodate an extreme waist to hip ratio. The back elastic waistband is ideal for those of us who struggle with our waist being one size and our hips another. The candy stripe print is absolutely delightful and coordinates effortlessly with a multitude of options. The Harley Top and High Waisted Shorts paired together are the epitome of summer fabulousness; you will turn heads wherever you go!

IMG_8362 IMG_8370For a simple on the go look, I paired the Harley Top in red with the High Waisted Short in Candy Stripe as my main ensemble and accessorized with Gene’s Gin & Tonic hair candy by Belle Blossoms, lime green mixed with bamboo bangles and Dennise Wedges in red by B.A.I.T. It is easy to play up the colours in the delicious candy stripe print with fun bangle bracelets and a handbag to match. IMG_8358 IMG_8356Mix and match staples like the Harley Top and High Waisted Shorts are the key to making your hard earned dollar go further by creating endless style combinations. Pinup Girl Clothing continues to deliver what their fans love and we are all looking forward to seeing more colourways being released in these two incredibly versatile pinup staples.

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Delectable Fruitiness

With endless fashion inspiration from the 1950’s, we are truly fortunate to see these classic silhouettes being recreated with a modern twist. Little do many of us realize, the fabulous Hawaiian sarong dresses also come from decades past and are one of the most figure flattering styles that suit all shapes and sizes. When Miss Fortune decided to mix the classic sarong design with fruity novelty print, the Allure Dress in Kiwi became the quintessence of summer fun!

Available in sizes XS-2X in a variety of prints ~ MSRP £56.99

IMG_8344Based on my past experience with Miss Fortune sizing, they are cut a little more generously than the size charts. I was very unsure if the size small would accommodate my large hips, therefore I consulted with Laura at Miss Fortune who recommended to keep with my usual size. (On a side note, my measurements have fluctuated up from the norm post surgery and are currently 36-28-40.) The waist and bust fit spot on but as I had suspected, my hips are currently a little too wide for comfort in the size Small Allure Dress. Luckily, there was a very easy fix to slim those extra inches with my trusted Rago 1294 Girdle. The Allure Dress features a sweetheart halter bodice with faux wrap sarong skirt adorned by a bamboo buckle, a black slit and zipper closure. Made from non stretch cotton, the vibrant lime green kiwis pop deliciously against the sky blue background. At 5′-4″ tall, the sarong skirt falls a couple inches below the knees.

IMG_8334 IMG_8330If you are looking for a fun summertime look, the Allure Dress in Kiwi will feel like a ray of sunshine wherever you go. The vibrant lime green and sky blue are an instant pick me up, I can’t help but feel cheerful in this little number. I enjoy the simplicity of the design and appreciate the wider halter tie straps so that they don’t tug uncomfortably on my neck. The faux sarong front pleating works wonderfully to conceal those trouble areas if you normally shy away from form fitting wiggles. Made from 100% cotton with zero stretch, the Allure Dress is ultra lightweight and perfect for those scorching hot days.

IMG_8341With a huge adoration for fruity motifs and Hawaiian inspired fashions, I knew instantly that I had too many accessories to choose from to pair with the Allure Dress in Kiwi. To keep my look complimentary, I paired the Allure with a mix of bamboo and lime green bangles, white espadrilles and finished off with the Triple Orchid Hair flower in green by Miss Fortune. As mentioned earlier, my foundation garment is the Rago 1294 Girdle which cinches in my hips and creates the illusion of a hourglass silhouette.

IMG_8336 IMG_8342The Allure Dress is a fabulous example of taking inspiration from vintage and adapting it to the needs of the modern day fashionista. For many of us who strive to look put together despite out hectic lifestyles, the Allure Dress will be your fun and easy choice this summer. Also available in lobster print, Hawaiians scenic motifs, sail boats and more!

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A Stroll Through The Forest

These past couple months have been truly wonderful, I am so happy to be feeling more like my old self and back to sharing incredible reviews with all of you. I get so overjoyed with each new post and hope you all relish in them as much as I do. Today we are going to spotlight more magnificent frocks from The Pretty Dress Company! They have made such a huge splash this summer in the vintage reproduction world and now available exclusively at Unique Vintage for all us fashionistas in North America. One of their hottest new releases is the ultra-classic Hepburn Dress in Forest Seville.

Available in sizes 8-18UK ~ MSRP £129.00

IMG_8241 IMG_8254The Pretty Dress Company sizing is always very consistent throughout all of their designs; I have never found them to run far off from their size charts. With my measurements (bust 36”, waist 27”) falling closely in line with their size 10 (Small), it takes the guess work out of online shopping. The Hepburn Dress fit beautifully, with ample breathing room for when my waist fluctuates up or down. I was pleased that the sleeves were not overly tight or restricting whatsoever. The Hepburn Dress features a classic high neckline that flows into a “V” shape in the back, mid length sleeves, a nipped in waist with full swing skirt, is fully lined and closes with a back zipper. Made from luxurious stretch cotton sateen, TPDC signature Seville print pops beautifully against the rich forest green background. At 5’-4” tall, the skirt falls a couple inches below the knees.

IMG_8228 IMG_8260The Hepburn Dress is one of those authentic timeless designs that look remarkable on all body types. This isn’t your grandmother’s antique floral sofa; the Seville print is so charming and striking against the deep forest green tone. The scoop neckline that transitions into a soft V in the back is simple, yet very elegant. The intricately placed seams accentuate the body flawlessly while not sacrificing comfort. I instantly feel very “put together” when wearing the Hepburn Dress, a great option when you may be running short on time. The sleeve length makes this beauty versatile for all seasons and occasions. I am never disappointed with the impeccable quality and craftsmanship with TPDC; it can be seen and felt with how their designs accentuate the female figure wonderfully.

IMG_8233 IMG_8232With a rich forest green base to work with, it was a no brainer to select accessories that compliment the soft colours in the Seville floral print. I paired the Hepburn Dress with vintage plastic bangles in shades of pink, peach & yellow, a thin cream belt and my brand new BAIT Ida Fair Pink Pumps. For a little extra fullness, I added a hell bunny petticoat and simply rolled the waistband to shorten the length to match the Hepburn skirt.

IMG_8240 IMG_8245The Pretty Dress Company has seriously brought a new dimension to our little world of pinup fashions with unique and classic designs that appeal to women of all walks of life. I hear nothing but glowing accolades from old and new customers, setting the bar high by creating countless gorgeous new frocks that make us all swoon. The Hepburn Dress is sure to win many hearts and make everyone look utterly fabulous.

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Enchanting Our Hearts

It is always exciting to showcase new fabulous brands here at Pin Up Persuasion. Fortunately for all of us, online shopping is an endless gateway to shop around the globe discovering some of the finest fashion in vintage reproduction. One of those remarkable brands known for fun, whimsical prints combined with classic 1950’s vintage inspired silhouettes all the way from Australia is none other than Pigtails & Pirates. They began creating children’s clothing in 2011 and most recently have catapulted themselves into ladies fashions. Pigtails & Pirates has something for everyone; Disney, Marvel, fairy tales, floral, fruity, timeless classics and so much more! This fiery redhead is instinctively drawn to all shades of green and truly mesmerized by the beauty of floral print. The Sweet Melody Dress in Green was a match made in heaven.

Available in sizes 6-18, also in blue & yellow ~ MSRP $199.99AUD

IMG_8313 IMG_8285When shopping with a new brand for the very first time, finding the right size can feel like a daunting task. The Pigtails & Pirates size guides are all in centimeters but super easy to covert to inches either using an online calculator or simply dividing the measurements by 2.54. One thing to remember, this is not North American sizing and I suggest following the size charts closely. Based on my current measurements (bust 36″, waist 27-28″), I fell directly in line with their size 8 (Small). There is so much anticipation with the arrival of new pretties coming all the way from the other side of the world and the Sweet Melody Dress did not disappoint. The fit was so spectacular, fitting me like a glove in every possible way! The straps were the perfect length, the bodice contouring my shape beautifully…I truly feel like this was custom made to my body. The Sweet Melody Dress features a delightful sweetheart neckline with wide straps, a lined bodice, full circle skirt and back zipper closure. The lovely pink floral print is set on a soft mint green background, made from a high quality cotton. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemline falls just below the knees.

IMG_8300 IMG_8308Pigtails & Pirates captivates our inner essence through their use of whimsical and delightful prints combined with soft feminine designs from the 1950’s. Instantly I was blown away at the phenomenal craftsmanship of the construction, this was not your run of the mill basic cotton dress. The bodice is impeccably lined, the attention to detail is easy to see with how well it contours the body flawlessly. It is extremely rare to find off the rack sizing that fits as if it was custom made for you. The beauty is in the simplicity of the pattern; allowing the lovely floral print to transform this dress into timeless design. The Sweet Melody Dress is so fabulously comfortable and figure flattering. One feature that I personally relished in were the very practical wide straps that permit us to wear our favorite bras with no fuss. This classic style is great for many occasions and I even find myself reaching for it for a trip to the grocery store as it give you a put together look with minimal effort.

IMG_8314 IMG_8307The wonderful fact about floral prints, they are super easy and versatile to accessorize. With the softness of the mint background blended with rich pink/blue floral prints, I felt compelled to showcase both elements in my styling. To maintain the classic elements I chose a thin belt with vintage wedges both in cream, added plastic bangles in yellow/pink/white and a yellow vintage wicker handbag for pops of colour. When I wore the Sweet Melody Dress to work, I switched up my jewelry with soft pearls which looked equally as enchanting. With a true full circle skirt design, adding a short petticoat makes for a perfect pairing to showcase its elegance.  IMG_8297 IMG_8311 There is no doubt that Pigtails & Pirates delivers impeccable quality and craftsmanship in their designs. Using delightful prints to enchant our hearts and showcase our individual style. Don’t see your size or need a different length skirt? …they also offer customization! With each print being available in limited release, make sure not to wait to long as you will risk being heartbroken when they sell out.

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