It must have been well over a year that this particular number teased us in the Pinup Girl Clothing “Coming Soon” section and I could never seem to get her off my mind. The Military Pinup Dress has an assertive and polished style that is truly one of a kind. Even with all the delays in production of its initial release, it was definitely worth the wait! I snagged this beauty from one of my favorite Canadian boutiques, Rowena(Retroglam.com).
Available in sizes XS to 2X in Olive Green & Black – MSRP $104USD
Thanks to PUG’s trusted individual size charts, it was easy to determine the Medium would be an ideal fit with measurements 36-28-40 (note when I ordered it I was 36-29-42). The Military Pinup Dress is made from the most incredible stretch bengaline to date; it’s much thicker than the previous PUG bengaline I find. The weight of the fabric is definitely more forgiving over your trouble areas and ultra stretchy. Keep in mind the constructed bust is designed for the smaller busts since the underseam will run up higher on larger bust sizes (At a 34DD, there was plenty of room and no trouble with the underseam riding up). That’s a lot of bust talk in one sentence. Lol. The Military Pinup Dress features a beautiful kick pleat and contrasting red trim and belt. One area of concern to note, if you have larger arms you may find the red trim around the sleeves a bit snug as it has zero stretch allowance. A simple solution would be to have a tailor insert a small slit in the underarm section so it won’t be visible or alter the overall design.
This polished beauty is perfect to wear to the office and transition to a night on the town. I am a sucker for retro dresses with kickpleats, they are simply timeless and so classy! The bengaline is curve hugging and helps create the illusion of a hourglass silhouette. This number is so exquisitely constructed, it sucks you in wonderfully and accents you in the right places. I paired it with the Rago 6201 Shorts for a little extra help in that department; the Rago 1294 Girdle would be perfect equivalent as well. Surprisingly the length looked splendid a couple inches below the knee (5ft 4inches tall). As you can see on PUG’s site, the Military Pinup Dress is designed to fall a bit higher on the knee. Everyone has their preferences; I am partial to showing less leg as they are not one of my favorite features.
There are no shortages of excellent accessories from PUG to pair with the Military Pinup Dress. Sadly I don’t own shoes in the right shade of red so a simple black pump was my second choice. Check out the PUG Cherry Aeroplane Bag and Lolita Pumps to create the most incredibly decked out ensemble from head to toe!
Sometimes delays in production lead to disappointment with all the build of anticipation but this was surely not the case with the Military Pinup Dress. Definitely one of the more understated PUG Designs that needs to be recognized for it’s gloriousness! I was so happy to hear this was the next review you wanted to read and truly hope it inspires you to consider one for yourself.
In retro fashion there are a several styles of clothing that suit a variety of body types but I personally did not feel this was plausible for the high waist cigarette pants. We all know they look fantastic on tall ladies with a perfect hourglass figure; so how the heck am I going to pull them off being short and un-proportionate? Thus, I steered clear of any high waist pants altogether. My curiosity got the best of me when Deadly Dames re-released their high waist Cigarette Pants in a more flexible fabric to ensure a better fit on a variety of shapes and sizes.
Available in sizes XS – 2X in a variety of colors & prints – MSRP $76-$86USD.
The DD Cigarette Pants are definitely a bit tricky to pin point your sizing as you have to factor in your thigh, rise and inseam in addition to the waist and hip measurements. Based on the size chart, I fell in between the Medium and Large but opted to size up since I tend to be more bottom heavy when it comes to proper fitting pants. When they first arrived, I tried them on and quickly put them aside as it seemed they just didn’t look good on me and was disappointed from getting my hopes up. I figured it was best to try them again with some shapewear and decide if it was a complete loss or not. On my second attempt armed with Spanx, the fit was definitely more positive and considered it a step in the right direction. The DD Cigarette Pants are made from a heavy weight cotton spandex stretch twill that molds to your curves and allows give in the waist without losing its shape. The back zip with button closure proved to be a bit tricky to fasten but got easier each time.
The fit on the DD cigarette pants is considerably difficult and there are a few issues that leave me undecided. First, the high waist is a bit too big as my measurements fall in the medium but needed a large to accommodate my hips. That being said, the high waist fits comfortably in the stomach area but dips several inches lower in the back having a fuller bottom. Pairing them with a top that is tucked in doesn’t look all that flattering unless you add a wide belt to conceal this gap.
At only 5 ft 4 inches tall, the length falls just below the ankle rather than above. Surely not a deal breaker but calls for a nice high heel to elongate your legs. Lastly, if you have stomach area concerns you will require some tummy control shapewear with the cigarette pants. From the first time I tried them on, it was clear that the high waist style accentuated the tummy pooch which is not what we want with any style of clothing. A high waist short shaper like the Rago 6201 would work best. These challenges are surely due to the fact I’m short with a very curvy bottom with a severe gap in my waist to hip ratio which exceeds 13 inches.
Cigarette pants can be paired with a multitude of tops, ranging from casual to an evening out. The options are endless since they are a classic black dress pant. I do highly recommend pairing it with your favorite high heels; add a pop of color with fun animal prints or bold shades.
Although I am still on the fence with the fit on the DD cigarette pants, I am willing to give them a chance as the style makes a great staple piece for any retro wardrobe. Since taking the review photos I have trimmed down, so I’m really hoping to overcome my fear of form fitting pants and wear them with pride.