Sartorial Saturday–PUG Changed My Life!

Earlier in the summer, Pinup Girl Clothing announced that they were going to be holding everyone’s favorite contest: PUG Changed My Life. They encouraged their customers to share stories on Facebook and Instagram of how wearing Pinup Girl fashions has changed their lives. Of course, I had to enter. Pinup Girl has changed the way I see myself, and the way I present  myself, and I wanted to share how I went from invisible to confident, and discovered that I like who I am along the way. So over the course of the contest, I made several entries, trying to find the right words to explain how PUG Changed My Life.

I wasn’t really expecting to win, although the grand prize of a Pinup Girl shopping spree and a photoshoot with them in California was certainly appealing (yes, I have a not-so-secret dream to appear as a model on their website just once). And, as I expected, I didn’t win the grand prize. But on Bunny’s birthday, I realized I had an unusual number of notifications from Instagram popping up on my phone, and when I looked into it, I discovered that Pinup Girl had decided to award a few “honorable mention” prizes, and one of them was me!

I knew immediately what I was going to buy…the brown harlequin Long Jun skirt. I had been admiring the colors and print ever since it had come out, but I didn’t have the money for it. It took me a little longer to decide on a top (or tops) to go with it, but in the end, I chose a black Harley top, since I knew I liked the style, and I really needed a black top that didn’t have long sleeves. I also ordered a wrap top in pink that likewise goes with the skirt (as well as a bunch of others already in my wardrobe)…I’ll share that one at a later date.

I found some fun accessories to go with the outfit. The earrings are also from Pinup Girl, and match the bright pink in the skirt perfectly. The Erstwilder brooch was a little gift from Ryan, and picks up the other colors of the skirt. And the shoes (from Avenue, my favorite store to buy quality, comfortable shoes that look nice and are available in the wide-width I need after five pregnancies!), are a departure from what I usually wear with Pinup Girl styles, but I love how they go with the colors in the skirt.

The very fact that I was willing to share all this publicly just goes to show how much I’ve changed and how Pinup Girl was a huge part of that change. And while I love that I got a gorgeous new outfit without having to spend any money, I’m even more grateful that I have gotten to know who I am, and am willing to share that person with the world! Thanks Pinup Girl!

Sartorial Saturday–My Current Favorites

I was thinking about my current Pinup Girl Clothing favorites recently. And while I love all my PUG pieces, I came up with five outfits that I’m really into right now:

The surprising thing about this list is that while most of my PUG items are skirts, right now, three of my top five outfits are dresses. Who knows, though…in a few weeks, the list could be completely different!

Sartorial Saturday–Blue and Yellow

There’s a part of me that is still apprehensive about wearing this much bright color in one outfit. But the Pinup Girl Clothing Mary Blair prints are so cheerful, they just beg to be paired with something bold, so here we are.

I like that the color of the top is found in the skirt, as well, so while it may seem like a shocking combination at first, once you really look at it, the outfit is very well-coordinated!

Sartorial Saturday–Red, White, and Pink Harlequin

Last week’s Sartorial Saturday was all about Pinup Girl Clothing and red, white, and blue harlequin…today I’m focusing on red, white, and pink harlequin!

The Gena dress is new to me, and I really like it. I don’t have many dresses with sleeves, so this is a nice change, even in the summer. And I’m really into harlequin prints right now, so this dress was an instant hit! The Splendette bangles are a bit off, color-wise, but I don’t have many options when it comes to Splendette, so close enough will have to do. The necklace, however, is perfect! Overall, I think this is a really fun outfit, and I’m looking forward to wearing it all summer long!

Sartorial Saturday–Red, White, and Blue Harlequin

Last year for the Fourth of July, I shared what was my most patriotic outfit at the time, featuring Pinup Girl Clothing’s Amanda dress in red, white, and blue. This year, I’m back with another Pinup Girl outfit featuring America’s colors, but this time in separates…a red Harley top and a blue ice harlequin print circle skirt. While I originally styled the skirt for winter wear, I think it’s made the transition to summer well, especially paired with a blue Erstwilder brooch, red and blue Duchess bangles from Splendette, my favorite white hat, and a new pair of red heels!

Do you have any patriotic-themed outfits?

Sartorial Saturday–Queen of the Castle(s)

The pink castles Jenny skirt was my first-ever clothing purchase from Pinup Girl Clothing (although I had purchased a canvas underskirt from them a few months before this skirt), and it remains one of my favorites. I love that I’m still finding new ways to style it, including new colors of tops that go with it, and brooches I don’t usually pair with it!

Sartorial Saturday–The Splendette Stack

For as long as I’ve been shopping with Pinup Girl Clothing and other retro brands, there has been one thing missing from my wardrobe…a good bangle stack in the bakelite style. I have admired the stacks that other vintage enthusiasts wear, often made by another retro brand, Splendette, who makes tons of “fakelite” bracelets, but there was no bangle stack for me. I have big hands and large wrists, and there was no bangle that would fit over my hand, much less around even the narrowest part of my wrists. No matter how great they looked, I always felt like my outfits were a bit incomplete, because to me, bangle bracelets, especially stacks of them, are a huge part of the overall look, and I couldn’t wear them.

A few months ago, I saw Splendette tease a new “Duchess Bangle” on Instagram, and I immediately perked up. As more information came out, I realized that I would finally have my chance! The bangles, which have a wrist hole of about 7.5 cm, would fit me! They were testing out the response to them, so they only produced six colors, in large and midi widths…three pastels, and three brights. Even though it meant international shipping, I ordered the full set of each when they came out, and I was not disappointed! Finally, I have the arm accessories I have been longing for! This is the pastel stack, which goes especially well with this Pinup Girl Butterfly dress:

The details on the bangles are amazing. They each have a different pattern, and the patterns are of different depths, which gives them a great visual texture. I love mixing the colors and widths to create new stacks. I’m really going to need Splendette to make some new Duchess Bangles, though, because I need more colors (purple, white, black, and clear would be a good start, plus GLITTER!!! All of the glitter…I’d buy one in every color they make, and I know they’ve done the whole rainbow in standard sizes!). Until that happens, though, I’m just happy that I can finally wear an awesome bangle stack with my retro fashions!