Pinup Girl Clothing fan and definitely own my fair share of their skirts, but this is actually my first dress from them! (I have since gotten the Mary Blair Airplane print dress in the same cut, Heidi, which I will be debuting on the blog in a week or two). I'm a big, big, BIG fan of elephants so naturally I needed this dress. And when it ended up on their online yard sale two months ago I had to get it! I wore this dress when I took a photo in front of the road my dad was named after, but this is the first time I'm talking about this dress on the blog.
So....truth be told...I was having technical difficulties with this shoot! I won't bore you with the details but for the record, this isn't my favorite shoot I've done. I stand by the outfit though, so here we go!
Let's talk about the dress since it was my first PUG dress! I've read a few debates online about which vintage reproduction brand has the best dresses (mainly between Pinup Girl and Bernie Dexter) and I have to throw in my two cents now. I own at least a dozen Bernie dresses and I still favor them after this elephant dress and my Mary Blair one I got. Quality wise they're very similar. I've tried so many Bernie styles and while most fit like a glove, I technically have a 29 inch rib cage so even her XS dresses can be larger in the bust/pit are for me. But it's not super noticeable and it's alterable/coverable in a cardigan so I keep going back for more. While this PUG dress in the Heidi style fits very well, I feel like the zipper doesn't go down as much as it should. My hips are between 35-38 inches, depending on how much I'm working out and how often I'm eating handfuls of M&Ms for lunch on a regular basis. I'm around a 36-37 inch area now and it's a bit of a struggle to pull up the dress (I usually step into dresses as opposed to putting them on over my shoulders). It's not a hard struggle, mind you, but no other vintage reproduction I own does this; not Bernie, not Retrospec'd, not Hell Bunny, and not Tatyana (except one dress that runs small). Given that I own a second dress in this style I can say that this style that does the same thing I believe that's just how the Heidi dresses fit. BUT there are plenty of styles I have not yet tried, so I'm sure that like Bernie's dresses, some run differently.
And...no pockets. I've gotten so used to dress with pockets that my brain spazzes when my hands reach for pockets and they are not there. But other than these two points, this is a truly great dress! I'm happy that I own it as it's a great outfit for all seasons. I think PUG has some of the best novelty prints around and elephants are one of my favorite animals, so I'm super thankful for this dress!
Style wise I opted for mostly softer pinks to match the elephants, in my pink belt from a Hell Bunny dress, shoes by Anne Klein via DSW, and NicCoco Creations hair flower that I got from Unique Vintage over the holidays. Though I have a ballet slipper color Kate Spade shoulder bag, I decided to brighten everything up and not be so matchy matchy with my hot pink/almost purple one instead. I used to be ALL about getting everything to match colors perfectly but I've loosened up a tad and have been experimenting a lot with complimentary colors of the same name.
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