An Ode to My French Heritage

Although I am born and raised in Canada, my ancestry originates from France and my mom is from the province of Quebec. Not many people know that I am fluently bilingual in both English/French and lived in Montreal for four years before settling back in Ontario. I have always been proud of my ancestry eventhough the French are known to be difficult and rather stubborn. The flower of the province of Quebec is the beautiful Fleur De Lis, a symbol of their French heritage. If you are wondering where I am headed with this review, I’ll get right down to it. Needless to say I was super excited when Pinup Girl Clothing released the Harley Dress in Olive and White Fleur De Lis and scooped one up during one of their Sale events.

Available in sizes XS-2X in a variety of colors ~ MSRP $130USD

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Canvas Underskirt on Left.

Lately it seems that PUG’s sizing has taken a shift to be more generous in the bust but the waist measurements have remained the same. This has caused me some issues when it comes to selecting the right size since my bust measurement (36″) now falls as a Small and my waist (28″) is a Medium. As we all know it’s easier to take a garment in but impossible to make it bigger . So it’s always best to go with your largest measurement when there is no stretch to the material, as in the case with the Harley. It was no surprise that the Harley was too big in the bust area and I had to have the underarms taken in along with shortening the white straps. The Harley features a gathered high neckline with lined bodice and full gathered skirt. PUG has done away with the slide belt and paired a lovely grommet belt that is wonderful to define your waist. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt length falls a few inches below the knee.

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Canvas Underskirt on Left.

If you have read past reviews, you will notice how I always mention certain dresses do not fit well due to my short torso and the Harley unfortunately falls into the same category. Since I love the style and print so much, my seamstress opted to shorten the straps to help create a better fit. The Harley is ideal for those with a long torso, similar to the PUG Colette dress which did not work at all for me. If you are not willing to invest in alterations, sadly I would suggest passing on the Harley. For those looking for a more conservative pinup style, this is definitely a great go-to with the classic gathered high neckline. The olive green in such a beautiful shade and the Fleur de Lis is not overpowering if you tend to shy away from prints like me.

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Canvas Underskirt on Left.

The Harley is versatile to wear to the office, an afternoon with the ladies or even a fun date night with someone special. Pair it with a white cropped cardigan and wedges to complete the look. To add volume to the gathered skirt, the PUG Canvas Underskirt is a perfect alternative to a traditional petticoat. The various colorways offered in the Harley are lovely for all occasions and a fabulous choice for summer.

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Canvas Underskirt on Left.

Although the Harley was not a perfect fit off the rack, I am very happy it is part of my pinup wardrobe. Now we need to get through these terribly cold winter months and bring on Spring to wear all my beautiful dresses again. Winterizing them has not been going all too well since we got so much snow early and it is unseasonably cold this year.

Underskirt VS Petticoat

It’s no secret that I am not overly fond of wearing petticoats with my circle dresses simply because it seems rather too much for everyday at the office. They are great to complete a look for a special occasion or if you love lots of volume. The one aspect I do like is how it gives a new dimension to circle skirts. I was delighted to see Pinup Girl Clothing’s new Canvas Underskirt; designed to give the fullness but remain flat around the tummy area and perfect for everyday.

Available in sizes XS to 2X in Black or White – MSRP $36USD

UnderskirtFirst things first, the size chart for the PUG Underskirt is not accurate and I highly recommend that everyone go up to the next size. Every person I know who followed the chart including myself was sadly disappointed the elastic waistband on the Canvas Underskirt was much too small. Although I clearly fall into the measurements of the medium (28” waist), it was ridiculously tight and was nearly impossible to snap close, not to mention the horrible muffin top it created. I reordered a Large and it just fits since the elastic band is meant to be firm around the waist. Make sure to take note, the snaps are to be placed in the front. The underskirt is made from a stiff two layered canvas designed to provide the fullness at the hips and suitable for any skirt length.

Underskirt4The underskirt is designed to keep the tummy area flat with the wide elastic band but I personally find it creates a slight muffin top as I don’t have a firm stomach. At this point, I’m not going to write off wearing the underskirt as I really love the volume it creates and feel it is a great alternative to traditional petticoats. It’s more of a subtle flare in comparison and I quite enjoy not having the bulkiness of a full length petticoat. Also, the underskirt is a fraction of the cost and doesn’t require you to purchase multiple lengths for each outfit or a variety colors. I opted for the white as most of my circle skirts are light colors for summer and it will still work under darker colors as well.

Underskirt3In the comparison photos, you can see the underskirt provides a nice amount of fullness in the circle skirt but not too much. I would definitely pair this with the Harley, Havana, Heidi, and so many more. Often I find petticoats to be too puffy and do not compliment dresses like with the underskirt. Also, the canvas is ideal for those hot summer months and won’t stick to your legs like the layers of tulle. As you can see, there are a lot more pros with the underskirt in my opinion than with traditional petticoats. Overall, it will come down to your personal opinions on what look you prefer.

Underskirt2At this point, I am hoping the elastic band will relax a bit over time. Another option I may look into is having my seamstress create slits to give more room in the waist. Either way, the underskirt is still a great item to have if you are in search for petticoat alternatives like I was.