I am very honored to guest post for Pin Up Persuasion today and hope Jessica will welcome me back for future guest posts!
It’s no surprise that I am a huge fan of Pinup Girl Clothing. Aside from my personal appreciation of Laura Byrnes vintage inspired designs, I have been very happy with the quality of their clothing as well as the effort they put into perfecting each style and striving to ensure their items are proudly made in the U.S.A. Having dipped my own toes into the design industry, I know how much effort is put into something as seemingly simple as finding a domestic seamstress.
So, my first review is of the Priscilla Dress in Meredith Satin. The Priscilla had first caught my eye in a promo photo of Doris Mayday months before its release and I stalked the Pinup Girl Clothing website like a crazy woman waiting for its release!
My first impression when the dress arrived was the amazing softness of the fabric. The Meredith Satin has a lovely low luster sheen that makes this particular dress quite versatile. The fabric is a nice medium weight which easily makes this a year ‘round number! It is the perfect “cocktail dress” and can be worn to anything from an afternoon wedding to an evening cocktail party. The colors are vivid but not overwhelming at all. I had initially purchased this dress in lavender; however I was so in love with the overall fit that I immediately bought it in the remaining colors (Black & Porcelain Blue).
One of my main “body conscious” areas are my upper arms and I have trouble finding shirts and dresses that don’t have a binding fit. While the sleeves are indeed fitted, they are not restricting at all. They have a nice 2/3 length falling below my elbows, but long enough to still push them up slightly if I feel a bit warm. The bust is fully lined in a stretch charmeuse for support, but I recommend a full body shaper to keep ensure an overall smoothness to the dress and to help avoid the tell-tale signs of one’s undergarments.
While you can see how figure flattering the lavender appears on me, you will notice a slight change in the porcelain blue. This is actually due to the undergarments worn. In the lavender version, I have on the proper bra to give me the appropriate “lift” I need as well as a body shaper to smooth out the overall look of the dress. While the porcelain blue still fit me properly, I had simply had on a pair of hosiery and a strapless bra. (Not a good idea for a 34DD+) and as I looked at the pictures, I can see the noticeable difference the right undergarments can make.
The body hugging stretch of this fabric is amazing and ideal for anyone with a classic hourglass shape. The princess seams not only give a beautiful construction to the dress, but are additionally figure flattering. I feel one of the reasons I am so in love with this dress is that it exudes sex appeal, while still being of a modest appearance.
I found this particular dress very true to size. (I have worn everything from a small to a large in various PUG dresses) but the medium fit my 38-28-39 figure beautifully. I am approximately 5’7” (just a hair under 5’8”) and the Priscilla fell at a very modest length just below my knees. Both the stretch of the fabric and the kick pleats in the rear of the dress made it very easy to walk in and I wasn’t restricted to the typical dainty, short steps that some wiggle dresses demand.
Now that I have given the Priscilla a raving review, I do have two brief personal “cons”… Due to the curve hugging fabric, it is not especially forgiving of any trouble spots. Even the most slender, fit woman will show a simple outline of a navel piercing in this dress so I highly recommend body shapewear. That being said, I always recommend shapewear regardless of your individual shape or style of dress. The right undergarments not only showcase the garment (and the wearer) in the most flattering way possible, but it also helps the wearer maintain a good posture and walk and sit in a more “lady-like” manner.
I splurged and bought this dress in all three colors. Lavender, Black & Porcelain Blue. While they are all equally gorgeous, I feel a little less comfortable in the porcelain blue because it is a striking color. It seems to look beautiful on everyone and flattering on so many various skin tones, however, one personal hang up I have is feeling self-conscious in bolder, more eye catching colors. (I’m one of those people that appreciates attention but I never want to be the “center of attention” and feel that the porcelain blue is a very eye catching color.) The color itself is beautiful, however I personally feel more confident in the more muted shade of lavender and black.
While the $120 price tag seems a bit intimidating, with the coupon codes and sales PUG offers, I would highly recommend this dress as a “staple.” The construction itself makes it worth every penny and with the proper care, the dress will have a long life!