Autumn Essentials to Keep Us Cozy & Warm

The seasons are quickly changing on this side of the Northern Hemisphere and our need for warmer clothing is now smacking us in the face whether we like it or not. While browsing through my jam packed closet full of dresses, I quickly came to realize that the vast majority were summery prints & styles and I was not prepared at all for the cooler autumn days. The hunt was on for warm fashionable dresses that would get us through the next several chilly months while our summertime dresses get tucked away until spring. As soon as I spotted the Sabrina Dress in Royal Blue by Pinup Girl Clothing, it was as if they were reading our minds.

Available in sizes XS-4X in blue, black & coral ~ MSRP $128USD

IMG_6665When the Sabrina Dress was first released, there was feedback from customers and staff that the sizing was running small compared to the initial samples therefore PUG quickly took action to adjust the size charts. With that key information in mind, I was unsure if I should stick with my usual size (Small) or order up. Luckily a few of my fellow pinup friends had already gotten their hands on the Sabrina and said they all wore their regular size comfortably. Even with my measurements (bust 36”, waist 26/27”) being on the higher side of the size Small, I found it fit like a dream! I was blown away how the Sabrina Dress molded to my body like it was custom tailored just for me. There is a fair bit of give in the ponte knit fabric, so I would recommend not sizing up UNLESS you want a looser fit. The Sabrina Dress features high scoop neckline, three-quarter length sleeves, curve-enhancing princess seaming, a flared skirt with matching wide grommet belt and back zipper closure. With this design being a part of the Junebugs and Georgia Peaches Collection, the hemline is on the shorter side ideal for us petite ladies. At 5’-4” tall, the flared skirt falls just above the knees.

IMG_6673The Sabrina Dress is a true classic staple that has won me over like no other! There are not enough words to describe how utterly magnificent it feels on your body, almost like second skin. The memory-stretch ponte knit molds to your curves and never loses its beautiful shape. It keeps you cozy warm like a sweater and the comfort is unparalleled to anything I have ever experienced before. Seeing as the Sabrina is designed to hug the body, it is highly likely you may need to pair it with shapewear to smooth out any trouble areas. Luckily I was able to forego any shapewear but it was a little tricky finding the right seamless knickers to avoid any lines from showing through. The Sabrina Dress is unquestionably one of those no fuss outfits that you can throw on quickly for any outing. One thing I quickly realized… photos do not do the lovely shade of royal blue enough justice; it is absolutely striking in person!

IMG_6651With simple yet classic designs like the Sabrina Dress, you can adorn them with fun accessories like novelty brooches to show off your unique personalities. I highly recommend checking out Erstwilder, Luxulite and Deer Arrow along with many others, which are all now available at PUG! The wonderful thing with the Sabrina Dress is that you can dress it up or down based on your footwear. I’ve worn mine with cute ballet flats for casual errands, low patent leather pumps for work and even sexy high heels for more glam occasions.

IMG_6659 IMG_6671Although I am not thrilled with the cold weather that is now here, I am delighted to finally own a dress that could not be more ideal for this season. The Sabrina Dress has instantly become a personal go to staple. Admittedly, I am planning to add the black to my collection as well since they are so versatile and really hoping to see more colorways added in the future. Sizes are selling out fast so make sure to grab yours now to avoid having to waitlist for the next restock. And for those of you who are seeking great mix and match separates, the Sabrina is also available in tops in a variety of colourways!

Swing vs Wiggle: A Battle No More

Among the pinup fashion world, there are two very distinctive categories of dress styles: Swing vs Wiggle. Many of us have our preferential go to for personal comfort but what about the void that exists when a particular design is only available in one or the other? So many times we hear women say “but that would so good in a swing skirt”, or “I would love to see that in a sexy wiggle”, or “I wish it had longer sleeves”. Fortunately for all of us, Pinup Girl Clothing heard the inner desires of their customers and has introduced a whole new collection based on one of their bestselling designs, the Erin! Originally designed as a curve hugging wiggle dress with cap sleeves…the Erin has now been reinvented in a swing skirt and with a variety of sleeves lengths to please us all. Desperate for more dresses suitable for the cooler weather that is now upon us; I jumped at the Erin Swing Dress in Three-Quarter Sleeves in Emerald Green.

Available in sizes XS-4X in a variety of colorways ~ MSRP $108USD

IMG_6496Retailers like Pinup Girl Clothing try to take the guess work out of finding the right size and provide unique sizing charts for each style and colorway. Based on my measurements (bust 36” waist 26/27”), I fell perfectly in line with the size small. If you happen to be in between sizes, there is a generous amount of stretch in the bengaline fabric and I would recommend sizing down if you desire a more snug fit. When the Erin Swing Dress arrived, I was delighted on how well it fit and flattered my body. Those of you that always need a little more room in the sleeves…the Erin sleeves are very generously cut and have loads of stretch as well. I actually found them to be a bit loose on my arms but still super comfortable. The Erin Swing Dress features a fabulous gathered cross over style bust, three-quarter length sleeves, a flattering swing skirt with hidden pockets, a matching grommet belt and back zipper closure. If you happen to size down in the waist, I would caution that the belts are a tad on the small side. At 5’-4” tall, the skirt falls a few inches below the knees.

IMG_6524 IMG_6519As a huge fan of the original Erin, I was beyond thrilled with the release of the new swing skirt with three-quarter sleeves! I find myself constantly gravitating towards swing skirts as they are easy to throw on for work and require no extra undergarments. Made from PUG’s signature stretchy bengaline fabric, the Erin Swing Dress is definitely ideal for the cooler seasons since there is a considerate amount of weight to the garment. The swing skirt drapes beautifully and I really love that the fabric does not crease nearly as much as cotton. For those of you concerned with the deep plunging neckline, I found there to be ample coverage and not nearly as revealing like the original Erin Wiggle. A simple and easy alternative, try adding a little lace camisole in a contrasting colour for extra coverage. The emerald green is an absolutely stunning warm jewel tone, definitely a winner for us redheads.

IMG_6531The Erin Swing Dress is a fabulous staple that can be accessorized to go from day to evening glam. When it comes to my day look at the office, I keep things simple by adding a cute little novelty brooch and a comfy pair of round toe pumps. For evening, I add some dramatic costume jewelry and switch up to some sexy high heel pumps. The Erin Swing Dress is one of those particular designs that I believe look best without a petticoat simply because the bengaline drapes perfectly and has enough structure to stand alone.

IMG_6528 IMG_6506Pinup Girl Clothing has given us so many choices with the newly redesigned Erin Dress, sure to accentuate every body type and shape. Whether you are devoted to wiggle skirts or swing skirts, you may be surprised to find they are both great must-have staples to add in your closet. Even better yet, the Erin Dress is going to make you look fabulous without breaking your wallet since they are all reasonably priced around $100. What better way to start planning your Black Friday shopping by adding the Erin to your PUG wish list?!? 😉

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