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Fluttering From The Autumn Tree

Do you ever find yourself being drawn to certain elements or motifs that subconsciously bring back fond memories? For as long as I can remember, I always adored things which symbolized Autumn…my most favorite time of year. One of those elements is the classic maple leaf; it not only reminds me of Autumn but also an iconic symbol for us Canadians. Slowly, I have collected some lovely vintage maple leaf accessories but felt there was a void that needed to be filled when it came to my wardrobe. For ages I lusted over the Pinup Girl Clothing Butterfly Dress in Leaves Print but never took the plunge until just recently.

Available in sizes XS-4X ~ MSRP $180

img_8939Although my measurements (b36/w27-28/hips40-41) have fluctuated over the last little while, I still fall within PUG’s size Small in their dresses. The Butterfly Dress is super stretchy but it is strongly recommend to size up if you are in between sizes to not to distort the nature of the print. As an added bonus, you will receive the matching turban which previously was sold separately for $64. Thankfully the fit and sizing was right on par with the size chart, the size Small fit wonderfully. The Butterfly Dress features a flirty keyhole opening with elasticized gathered neckline, wide fluttering sleeves, a soft curve hugging and flared skirt, is fully lined in knit crepe, includes a thin black faux-leather belt and finished off with a back zipper closure. Made from a luscious silky smooth knit crepe fabric, adorned with classic autumn leaves on a rich teal background. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemline falls several inches below the knees.

img_8932 img_8930It is refreshing to see more designers like PUG branching out into different styles and allowing us to diversify our wardrobes. Lately I find myself wandering into an earlier era and really loving the sleeker 1940s silhouettes. What kept me on the fence for so long with the Butterfly Dress was the fear that the draping would overwhelm my petite frame and look like I was wearing a sack of potatoes. Thankfully those fears quickly diminished when I finally gave it a whirl. I was more taken aback by the substantial weight of the crepe fabric, this is definitely not meant to be worn on those hot summer days. If you are looking for a little more versatility, the Butterfly Dress neckline can be worn both on and off the shoulders…all depending on the occasion. With the fabric being so clingy to the body, I do think some ladies would prefer to wear a little shapewear to help create a smooth sleek silhouette.

img_8949 img_8943Being a collector of vintage leaf print motifs, it was so much fun to accessorize the Butterfly Dress. I immediately knew my vintage maple leaf celluloid necklace would match perfectly with the colours in falling leaves print along with the Remix It Girl Heels in mustard. Of course not everyone has this necklace so an easy and inexpensive alternative are colourful plastic bangles from local thrift stores or check out Splendette and Bow & Crossbones for wonderful reproduction fakelite bangles.

img_8937 img_8936There is nothing more special than finding gorgeous designs with motifs that one holds close to their heart. The lovely Butterfly Dress also comes in solid colours and two more fabulous prints. If that isn’t enough, PUG recently released this flirty style in the Butterfly Top!

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Magic For Tall & Petite

The past few months, my fascination with trousers has grown into an obsession with each new addition. Since their release, I have heard everyone raving and looking phenomenal in their Pinup Girl Clothing Doris Trousers. The tall gals were all thrilled to find trousers that worked for their height so I was convinced there was no way they would work for us petite ladies. Instead, I just longed for these beauties from the sidelines and hoped someday for a petite version. Fortunately one faithful day, I reached out in the Pinup Girl Customer Lounge to see if any petites ladies had successfully tried the Doris Trousers? After receiving glowing recommendations from my fellow shorties, I took the plunge in ordering the Doris Trouser in Chocolate Brown Crepe along with the fabulous Malia Top in Dark Green.

Available in sizes XS-4X ~ MSRP Doris Trousers $128; Malia Top $80

img_8983Being a long time Pinup Girl Clothing customer, I am always grateful for their custom size charts for each garment. It truly helps take so much of the guess work out of shopping online. With my waist (28″) and hips (42″) being a little larger post surgery, I followed the size chart and ordered a Medium in the Doris Trousers. Despite my bust (36″) and waist (28″) being larger than the recommended measurements for the Malia Top, I opted to stay with a size Small since there’s quite a bit of stretch to the fabric. Never was there more anticipation and fear of complete disappointment. Low and behold, the Doris Trousers fit surprisingly well even with my short torso thanks to the elasticized back. Of course they are quite long for me at 5′-4″ tall but I can easily get them hemmed or wear higher heels. Although I already own the Malia Top in two other colours, the Dark Green appears to run a bit smaller with less stretch to the fabric. I definitely recommend to size up for this particular colourway. These 40’s inspired Doris Trousers are made from pebble crepe and fully lined with a soft knit fabric. They feature a high waistband with back elastic for a nipped in waist, with gorgeous pleated wide legs and back zipper closure. The Malia Top is also 40s inspired featuring a striking keyhole design with underbust gathers, 3/4 length sleeves and back zipper closure.

img_8981 img_8987Although I am a diehard 50s’ fashion gal, I have come to also love the 40’s over the last few years. The slimmer silhouettes really lends well to my professional work attire and still has a strong feminine appeal. The Doris Trouser and Malia Top are a powerhouse when paired together and equally as fabulous when worn apart. The fabulous crepe fabric feels like you are wearing pyjamas; draping beautifully off the body and is like walking on a cloud. Thanks to the super innovative elasticized back waistband, there is no waist gaping and it actually cinches in your waist without constricting. There is a reason why I now have the Malia Top in three colourways, they are magnificent! Initially I thought they were a little pricey for a top but after purchasing one during a sale, I immediately saw how much detail went into this design. They are super figure flattering, really comfortable and versatile to match with almost any bottom.

img_8980 img_8985When it comes to accessorizing this fabulous pairing, I opted to keep with the 40’s inspiration by adding some vintage Bakelite bangles in earth tones. For us petite ladies, wearing higher heels creates the illusion of longer and slimmer silhouette.

img_8995 img_8993The love affair with swing trousers is stronger than ever…and the Doris Trousers possess some kind of magic in them for both tall and petite ladies. Just as I have with the Malia Tops, I will be scooping up more colourways in the Doris Trousers. When you find something that fits so well, you fill up your closet with fabulous staples.

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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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Summer Tea Party!

The pinup community is full of fabulous fashionistas that are always looking to swap out pretties in their closet for coveted items on their current wishlist. Did you ever think that a dress sitting in your collection going on worn might be the magic ticket to acquiring that magnificent treasure without costing you a dime? That’s where wonderful Facebook groups like the PUG Swap & Sell come in handy to help facilitate trades among like minded ladies who are looking to refresh their wardrobes. One fateful night, I happened upon a member offering the Pinup Girl Clothing Lydia Dress in Rose Border Print in search of the Erin in plum which was currently sitting idly in my collection. It was as if the stars aligned in that very moment…I finally got my hands on the dress that had eluded me for ages and made another gals dreams come true as well!

Available in sizes XS-4X ~ MSRP $142USD

IMG_7734Seeing as I already own the Lydia Dress in Mermaid print, I knew very well that the size Small would fit me wonderfully. The PUG size chart for this particular style is spot on, but the bust does run rather snugly. If you are in between sizes for the bust…I highly recommend going up to the next size to keep the tatas safely in place. It was if the postal service knew how excited I was to get this beauty and decided to make me wait an extra long time but she did arrive safely 2.5 weeks later. With all the anticipation, the Lydia Dress in Rose Border Print was even more breathtakingly beautiful in person! The Lydia Dress features a uniquely gathered twist bust in crisp white, back criss-cross adjustable straps, full gathered swing skirt, thin contrasting belt, and back zipper closure. The delightful blooming red roses are complimented magnificently by the bright blue inverted triangles. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls a few inches below the knees.

IMG_7740 IMG_7748There is no denying that the Lydia Dress in Rose Border Print is the epitome of captivating summer’s beauty! I cannot tell you how long I wanted this particular dress as she seemed to always elude me when sales came along, sadly sold out in my particular size. Don’t get me wrong, the Mermaid print is just as spectacular and they truly feel like two very different dresses from one another. We all know that I am a sucker for roses and the gorgeous blooms are very reminiscent of the prints used in the 1950’s. I must not be the first to say that we are thankful that PUG chose not to make this as a halter strap design since they are always so uncomfortable for most ladies with ample bosoms. The criss-cross back really adds to the design wonderfully and thankful that they are fully adjustable for us petite ladies. When I first saw the Lydia Dress in Rose Border Print, I could not help think it’s truly magical and meant to be worn to lavish summer tea parties. Although many of us do not partake in tea time, the Lydia is perfect for outdoor weddings, baby/wedding showers, work, and endless excuses to gallivant in such a delightful dress.

IMG_7737From the moment the Lydia Dress in Rose Border Print arrived, I knew it would look fabulous with a pair of vintage crochet gloves that once belonged to my mother-in-law. When she found out how much I adore vintage, she gifted me a small pile of gloves from her younger years. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to finally have an outfit to wear these delicate white gloves. To continue with such a summery ensemble, I paired it with some cute white espadrilles from Payless and added a fluffy Hell Bunny Petticoat for extra oomph to showcase the gorgeous border print.

IMG_7759 IMG_7756If you have gorgeous frocks sitting unworn in your closet, you should definitely take advantage of re-homing them and finding those most wanted items on your wishlist. PUG second hand clothing is always in high demand and sure to make another fashionistas wardrobe that much brighter. The Lydia Dress in Border Print Rose is going to be one that I treasure for some time to come but I will happily re-home her when that faithful time comes.

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