Gaga for...Pinup Girl Clothing Part 1: The Jenny Skirts
I stopped doing "Gaga for" posts on a regular basis a while ago, a segment where I talk about my favorite brands of clothing for fun, but I'm going to try to bring them back. This week I'm bringing you the first part of my Gaga for Pinup Girl Clothing. I'm going to show off a few more brands later this month, but part two for Gaga for PUG will be in December! I thought I'd share (finally) my official thoughts on Pinup Girl Clothing, though I have showcased several of their clothing pieces before. This month I'm only talking about the Jenny skirts. I own several (my last post actually featured a Jenny skirt!), it was my introductory style to the brand, and because there's so many items to talk about in regards to PUG, I found it best to split up the content.
I talked about the above skirt HERE.
Admittedly, when I first heard of PUG and visited their website I wasn't impressed. (Spoiler alert: I changed my mind). Mostly it was the price tag ($70 for a piece of clothing is on their cheaper side) but I honestly wasn't convinced it was "me." I love vintage, but I also love pairing vintage styles with modern looks. The PUG website features all kinds of retro looks, paired and styled with even more retro pieces, and so forth. Between the price (I'm a huge sale shopper) and just how on the nose retro it was, I got a little scared off.
That said...there's a HUGE overlap between the ModCloth girls on Instagram (my first blogger friends!) and the Pinup Girl Clothing girls. Part of why I love fashion blogging and how I got into it was my love of seeing outfits in real life and how they look on girls going about their days wearing said outfits, which is always more marketable (to me at least) than models on websites are. Slowly but surely enough girls I was friends with kept showing up on my IG feed in their Jenny skirts with pirate prints and so forth, and I got intrigued again. One of the prints I always loved, despite that I figured (wrongly) that this brand maybe wasn't for me, was the Tiki print. Right about the time I was reconsidering PUG the Tiki Jenny skirt went on sale so I took the plunge, making the planets align a bit so I made my first purchase. Upon getting the skirt, I loved how amazing the print was and how durable the skirt seemed. My curiosity continued to be piqued...
My first PUG piece/Jenny skirt
From there I had a few lucky eBay finds for a fraction of the price and their Black Friday sale was 30% off site wide, including already on sale items, so I stocked up and from there had a pretty nice collection. Then enter the gorgeousness of the Mary Blair collection and it's safe to say that I'm a loyal customer! I'd say that most of my favorite vintage reproduction pieces, as well as the skirts I go to the most (those two statements are not always one in the same) are my PUG skirts. I use skirts as most people use jeans, and I love that the prints are so colorful that I can mix and match so many different colors with each skirt. I can mix and match prints with loud and printed tops, but I can also wear a solid color and be super tied together in two seconds flat.
The Jenny is my tried and true favorite. And if skirts aren't your thing, they make a Jenny dress as well with all of the same prints as the Jenny skirt. I find that I like the prints on the Jennys the best as I like the volume/shape and length too. My style twin, Meredith, and I have discussed before that the Jenny is something to possibly get used to on your own frame though. Both of us are slender girls and because it adds some volume from the waist through the hips, when looking in the mirror it's a little disorientating at first. Not that width is a bad thing, mind you, but if you're not used to it it's weird. I've concluded, upon hearing Meredith echo my thoughts, is that nobody notices it but yourself. She thought she looked bigger, I didn't see it; I thought I looked bigger and she didn't see it. And I've never seen this skirt on another blogger and thought...they look bigger than usual. We're all our own worst critics! I've mentioned this once or twice before, but dressing in a vintage style takes a moment to get used to because the silouhettes are different than jeans and a tee or a normal sundress.
I probably get asked about the Jenny skirts the most on Instagram, both where I got them and how the fit is. I'm a 26 inch waist, give or take. The Jenny Skirt small says that the waist is for 26-27 inches, so the small fits me correctly. That said there's two skirts that the fitting is a little bit off, so I thought I'd address that since I've both been asked the most about them AND have had other bloggers corroborate my experience. They're still awesome skirts, mind you, but part of fashion blogging is to share insight into online shopping, so here we go!
The first skirt that I feel the sizing is off is this glorious Italian landscape print (seen above and below). I love it, but it does run a little bit small. I'm not sure that I should have sized up to a medium because I could see that being ever so slightly too big. But this skirt seems to run slightly smaller (other people corroborate this fact, so even if that's not everyone's experience I'm not alone in my thoughts). When I did this photoshoot it was snug but fit fine. But I remember earlier in the year when I was going through a phase where I wasn't going to the gym as much, this skirt was like...tight. It fit, but it wasn't comfortable, which is probably why I neglected it for a while. As I said, this is both mine and other fashionistas experiences. So if you're between sizes, probably size up with this one (I imagine all of the sizes may be slightly off).
The other Jenny skirt that I have both heard that the sizing is off AND I've had a personal experience with that being true is this pirate printed skirt. I have my usual small and it sits a little lower on my waist because it runs large. Again, other ladies have echoed this. Is it worth sizing down for? I'm not sure. I would hate it if I got an XS and it was too tight, so without having tried both sizes I can't really say. I've actually gained 20 lbs over the past two or three years (in a good way; I was way too thin before) so sizing was perpetually kind of a confusing thing to me the past few years. Because I think I have officially evened off at a healthy weight, I'm considering getting this skirt taken in it a bit. I love this skirt so much and wear it frequently, despite that I don't feel like it's a perfect fit. Like the other skirt, use your judgement if you buy this one! (It is a great skirt though!!)
This concludes my thoughts on the always awesome Jenny skirts! Next month when we revisit PUG, I'll talk about another skirt style they have, plus my experience with their dresses! And during that segment I'll write about "The good, the bad, and the ugly" like I usually do for Gaga for posts. Have a great Monday, everyone!
Have you ever shopped Pinup Girl Clothing? If so, did you fall in love? Sound off in the comments!