One of the questions I get asked a lot, is why I have a preference for buying my clothes from Pinup Girl Clothing (PUG), when there are many other reproduction brands available. Many questions are also accompanied but suggestions, often that I’m “loaded” (I wish!), or that I’m a “brand snob” (whatever one of those is!), among others.
Now, of course, Pinup Girl clothing isn’t a cheap brand, but I’m past the point of buying an outfit just for a night out, or buying cheap clothes to wear a few times and then throw out – I consider now that I’d like many items in my wardrobe to last me not just for the next few weeks or months, but for years to come; primarily so that in the future I don’t need to buy clothes every single month, but can add, or replace, pieces and outfits as my need dictates – and, more importantly, I can put my money towards more important things,
Some gals will counter that comment by saying that there are other reproduction brands that are just as good quality – if not perhaps even better – that PUG; and they’re totally right; but that brings me on to the main reason why I love PUG, and stick to their clothes more than any others: my body size & shape.
As I’ve mentioned before I’m not a big gal – neither in height nor dress size so part of the issue with a number of other brands is that their clothes are simply just too big for me, especially some of the lower-to-middle price-point brands that use plain cotton for most of their pieces and make a limited range of sizes: but the bigger part of the problem is that I’m just about a classic hourglass shape: I have a well-defined waist and my bust & hips measure about the same (my hips are about 1.5″ smaller than my bust), and that certainly seems to be becoming a “rare” body shape – if you’d like some more detail on different body shapes, this link is pretty informative, and there’s even a body shape calculator to help you pick your shape.
My ‘vital statistics’ are 34-24-32.5, so looking at the size chart for a mid-price-point dress – as on the right here – we can see that while the bust will fit me just fine, the waist would be too big, and the hips would be huge – perhaps not much of a problem if it was a swing-style dress, but this was a wiggle dress I was looking at, although on me it may well be a swing dress!
This dress, and others from this company, and very much designed for what is commonly called a “pear-shaped” body – because the hip measurement is larger than the bust measurement.
This is also true of another high-end brand, which produces a lot of clothes I’d like to own – as you can see from the above, my waist firmly falls in the smallest size, with my bust in the next size up, and my hips too small for this size chart! I have had a couple of pieces from this retailer, and while my swing skirt is a good fit (because the hip measurement doesn’t really matter), the cigarette-style trousers needed taken in a lot both in the hips and then correspondingly in the crotch, which is fine for the odd item but no good for filling my wardrobe with!
Now, take a look at both of these size charts:
It’s obvious that the bottom size chart is from PUG (it’s from the Jayne dress, which fits me like a glove), but I’ve bought clothes from both of these companies, and in fact the top size chart is from the one place besides Pinup Girl Clothing I’ve successfully bought trousers in the last few years.
Both of these companies cater more for hourglass-shaped bodies better than most I’ve encountered so far, and while I agree that all body shapes and sizes should be catered for, I also fully believe in spending my money in in the most efficient manner, which – for me – is on clothes that I can wear right out of the bag (or envelope, in my case), because there’s little worse than having to alter most – if not all – of your new clothes before you can wear them and feel good.
So yes, while you’ll see most of my wardrobe are PUG items, it’s simply because it’s a quality I want to pay for, and the fit that I expect for me when I’m investing in my wardrobe.