Dreaming of Venice

How many of you took advantage of all the incredible Black Friday and Cyber Mondays deals? With our favorite retailers like Pinup Girl Clothing offering 30% off sitewide, it was definitely an early Christmas for the pinups fashionistas. For the first time in years, I did not set my alarm for 3 am to partake simply because I nabbed my “must haves” prior to the mega sale for fear they would sell out…and they ALL DID! It seems many of you share my love of scenic print skirts as the Jenny Skirt in Italian Landscape flew off the shelves. But don’t fret if you missed out, this is one of their best selling prints from the Spanish Capsule Collection and is sure to be back again soon.

Available in sizes XS-4X ~ MSRP $98USD

IMG_6422 IMG_6437When the Jenny Skirt in Italian Landscape was first released, the sizing was definitely running quite small but subsequent runs were corrected to be true to the size chart. If you read the online reviews on the PUG website, be aware that some of them purchased from the first batch run and might confuse someone to believe they should go up to the next size. I ordered mine from the most recent restock this past fall therefore I can confirm that the measurements are true to the size chart and the size small fits my waist (26-27″) perfectly. The waistband is meant to sit at the natural (high) waist and designed to fit snugly like the true 1950’s silhouettes. The Italian Landscape depicts the most exquisite vintage Venetian cityscape with romantic gondolas. The Jenny Skirt features a gathered full skirt with wide waistband and back zipper closure. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt sits a few inches below the knees and measures 28″ in length.

IMG_6433 IMG_6442Believe me when I say, photos do not truly capture the striking beauty of the print and rich colours that you experience in person. As a collector of genuine vintage scenic print skirts, I am thrilled to find affordable alternatives which will hold up in the busy lifestyles we all live today without sacrificing the captivating artistry from the past. The infamous PUG Jenny Skirt is known for it’s versatility to mix and match with your existing wardrobe separates. I personally love the richness of the deep red and blue, making it ideal to wear year round. With the super full gathered skirt, there is definitely enough oomph (volume) to forgo a petticoat but looks equally great with one as well.

IMG_6419The Jenny Skirt in Italian Landscape can be dressed up or down simply by what style top and accessories you choose to create your ensemble. PUG has a few different top styles (Sabrina, Lauren, Gia) in the perfect shade of blue to accent the print but don’t let that limit you…white, black, and stripes all pair delightfully together too! With the cold temps now upon us, I opted to pair the Jenny Skirt with the turquoise Gia top, wide black vinyl belt and black pumps.

IMG_6432 IMG_6436Classic scenic prints skirts have transcended decade after decade as their artistry is truly timeless. To see Pinup Girl Clothing restoring some of those lost masterpieces for us to enjoy and admire once again is such a delight. The Jenny Skirt has become a household name and staple in our pinup wardrobes…and we can NEVER own too many!

Let’s Be Mermaids

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

IMG_6675Based 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.

IMG_6697The 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.

IMG_6684If 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.

IMG_6690 IMG_6692Pinup 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. 🙂