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I Can't Decide

About the Outfit:
Wearing dresses under skirts is a semi-popular trend in pinup world.  Because retro skirts tend to sit higher up on the waists and go to the knees (at least), it's easy to use a dress as a top with nobody being the wiser (especially if it's a body con dress).  Pinup Girl Clothing is a brand that designs all of their own prints and color schemes.  For this reason I decided to try the dress under the skirt thing using only PUG, believing the greens/pinks in my green Junebugs dress (seen on the blog before HERE) with the greens/pinks my Tiki print Jenny skirt (seen at least HERE and throughout my Instagram several times) would be complimentary...and I think the results are a success!  

I discussed in my overview of all of the releases from vintage reproduction land that I was surprised that PUG wasn't bringing back this amazing yellow tiki skirt in their genius idea of bringing back archived dresses and skirts that were beloved (#proposedpug).  This was my first PUG purchase, and I'm so glad I was able to snag it as so many women seem to be looking for this skirt on swap groups and on Instagram.  While I still believe they aren't bringing this exact skirt back yet, really good news came on Friday as it was announced that these prints in new color ways were coming this summer:
Clockwise from the top left, that's a mint version of the Tiki skirt that I am wearing (I'm so in love!!), a yellow and arguably more amazing version of the already amazing Italian landscape print (seen HERE on my blog), and a Halloween color way of the popular Harlequin prints (here's a purple color way from a blog post HERE).  The scheduled releases (again going clockwise) are for July, August, and then September.

What are your guys favorites of the new releases?  And, do you ever use dresses as tops?  If so, do you use the same brand, different styles, or how do you do it?

Style Details:
Dress- Junebug Dress in Olive from Pinup Girl Clothing (on sale!)
Brooch- Erstwilder (sold out!)
Skirt- Jenny skirt in Tiki from Pinup Girl Clothing (sold out!)
Bag- Kate Spade
Shoes- Nine West

Music Time!
For this music inspired blog post title, I decided to be a little tongue and cheek with a Scissor Sisters song, "I Can't Decide."  I figured it'd be funny and appropriate for this post as I'm wearing two staple outfit pieces...and not deciding which one I want to wear over the other as I'm wearing both...hardy har har!  I'm not the world's biggest pop/dance music fan, but I've been a fan of Scissor Sisters for around a decade now as I think they're a very interesting band for that genre of music.  Are you guys a fan?

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  1. It sounds weird but I never even realized you could wear a dress as a top until I started blogging . . . but it is a great way to utilize your closet! Plus, this combination is great!

  2. Definitely a big success!!!
    I loooove this outfit- it looks like the top (dress) was made for the skirt! Beautiful! I do wear dresses as tops quite often, and I don't necessarily use the same brands. I think it's a great way for increasing your wardrobe.
    Hope you are having a nice week.
    Much love,

  3. Love this pairing so much!! You look great! I'm excited for the new Italian Landscape skirt :)

  4. Love how you thought to use a dress from the same brand as a top to perfectly match the skirt, how genius! I adore the tiki theme - I acutally used to dance with a tahitian troop so I'm partial to that culture!

    Chow Down USA

  5. I absolutely love this look on you , you did a great job with the dress under the skirt . You look amazing.

  6. So cool this look! The skirt is wonderful!Kisses

  7. Love this outfit Lauren!! Green looks amazing on you. Cool tote as well! Love that apple green color!

  8. oh i love this colourful look

  9. Oh wow love this, I wouldn't know it's a dress under a skirt if you hadn't had point this out in your blog post! Looks so wonderful together. xo

  10. Your dress is so cute, I love the print

  11. Lovely post hun! I like this so much.

    JENNEROUTFITS.COM a blog dedicated to kendall and kylie jenner’s best outfits.

  12. I think it is a great idea to wear a dress as a top, love to be versatile in this way! You look amazing as always, the skirt is such a lovely piece!


  13. The dress and skirt work wonderfully together! :)

    I've worn dresses as tops a few times - mostly under pencil skirts, to make a shorter dress more office appropriate! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  14. I would have never guessed that was a dress. Looks great how you styled it!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  15. LOVING that look from head to toe, so stunning as usual my dear friend <3

  16. Crazy color combo, but works so well on you! Xx

  17. I had no idea that people wear dresses as tops! That's SUCH a good idea actually, I have a hard time pairing separate tops with skirts. you look so pretty as always <3

  18. You look so beautiful, Lauren! I adore this layered outfit, the colors blend together so nicely! It's so funny because I actually used the same technique on my post today! I went for a denim strapless dress layered under a pleated maxi skirt; great fashion minds think alike! I also love the prints you shared here and I'm happy that you're able to possibly get your hands on one of the prints you've been wanting for a while! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you're having a great week so far, beautiful!



  19. Lauren, I just love your retro style! This dress is just the cutest and how cool to wear it as a tops!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  20. I was just reading another blog about wearing a dress under a skirt! It was Jalisa from The Style Contour if you want to check it out. I've worn dresses as tops before but I haven't in a while. It's a great way to get more wear out of an item and now I have more ideas of what to wear this holiday weekend!


  21. Another amazing print and look! Love the Italian landscape print! Which one will you choose?


  22. The collar on that dress is so freakin' adorable. I love the brooch, too! <3

    - Anna

  23. I too have seen the rise of dress worn as tops or skirts but I have yet to try it though. Must say it's a brilliant way to get more wear out of our clothes so why not, eh?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  24. Exciting news in the vintage-style world! :o)
    You look so charming in this outfit... I adore the skirt!!

    All the Cute 🎀
    Today's Post: Alena's Style: Blue Florals...

  25. Lovely skirt ;)
    Mónica Sors

  26. amazing!

  27. Such a fun look!! Super cute! xo

  28. I'm all about that bag and those shoes, lady!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  29. I would have never known that the top was actually a dress! It worked out perfectly with the skirt :) The print on your skirt is so cute!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  30. I think it's a great idea to wear the skirt over the dress. I love your outfit today. Gemma x

  31. Personally I also like to wear dress as top, it gives more combinations to create outfit from each piece from my wardrobe ;) I love how you styled your dress- your vintage skirt has lovely print, Lauren :)

  32. Done it before too!! Loving the vibrant palette!

  33. Wearing the skirt over the dress turned out great. I love the print on the skirt.

  34. Genius idea Lauren! I love the green and yellow combo too. I think I've done this once before with styling a dress under a skirt and it was a vintage type style too. Hey, why not haha?!

  35. Love this outfit! And love the idea of wearing dresses as tops and, I've even seen, dresses as skirts! I haven't ever attempted this myself yet but it seems like a genius idea! That is great news about the added prints coming back. I love the lavender tiki version and am swooning over the yellow Italian landscape! I have the red version of that in a dress and am pretty sure I'm going to have to add this yellow version as a skirt into my collection! <3 Thank you for always sharing news about PUG. I love PUG but don't really follow them closely so you have been my #1 source for PUG news and releases :)

  36. Awesome outfit! I'm wild about the cheerful marriage of green and yellow, with pretty pink accents, at work here. Plus, natch, your brooch instantly brought me to my knees. :)

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  37. Nobody could tell the top is a dress. Love the colors! :-)

  38. Oooooo I do like the idea using dresses as tops, more bang for your buck ;) and I mean if it works why not! LOVE this outfit, you look amazing Lauren! <3 xoxo


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