The Mix ‘N’ Match Dress

Pinup Girl Clothing make amazing dresses, there is no doubt about that. But I feel sometimes people forget that they have such a wide, versatile range of separates available too–not just tops, pants and skirts, but cardigans and shorts as well. I don’t wear trousers a lot, and never shorts, so it’s largely their tops and skirts that I own. Their Jenny skirts are one of my favourite pieces from any brand, of all time, to the point that I own 5 colourways and want several more still. One of their most popular Jenny skirts is their original harlequin print colourway, a white skirt featuring black, pink, orange and green diamonds across the entire skirt. This spring they launched an additional 3 Harlequin colourways, not just in their Jenny skirts but in their Lauren tops as well.

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The Harlequin print had never been a favourite of mine until the black and turquoise colourway began to grow on me. I wanted it badly in the Jenny dress, but since I own 3 Jenny dresses already and kept telling myself ‘Now isn’t a good time’ each time this item came up in one of their sales the dress continued to elude me. Finally there was a sale at the right time for me to spend, but the black-turquoise Harlequin Jenny dress wasn’t included–the Jenny skirt, however, was. Practicality assured me that buying a skirt in the same gorgeous print was an even better idea because it offered me the versatility of pairing it with multiple tops.

I especially like wearing this print with a white top because I feel it really pops that way, but it wasn’t until recently that I got my hands on a PUG separate that has made me really excited about this skirt–the black and turquoise harlequin Lauren top. Why am I so excited, you wonder. Because now I own what appears to be a full on Harlequin dress. It obviously doesn’t create the cut of the Jenny dress that I coveted, but considering we’re entering true autumn weather this piece provides me an excellent addition to my wardrobe in multiple ways: the longer sleeves of this top are winter-friendly, the colours are darker for autumn but still vibrant enough that I don’t feel excessively sad about packing away my summer wardrobe, it’s yet another top I can add into the mix and match rotation with my skirts, and above all I get to trick people into thinking I am wearing an incredibly fun, super flattering, warm and unique dress.

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Skirt: Black and turquoise Jenny Skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing
Top: Black and turquoise Lauren top from Pinup Girl Clothing
Belt: Primark
Shoes: These from ebay seller Awesome-outlet
Lipstick: Makeup Revolution WOW stick in ‘Maria’

I love this outfit. I feel both classy and sexy in it, the former thanks to the conservative length of the skirt and the great retro design of the collar that can be worn standing or flat, and the latter thanks to the flattering cut of the top hugging my waist and the low bust giving a generous peak at my cleavage while leaving almost my entire chest covered. It’s easy to pair it with black accessories, but if I want to have fun and add more colour I can pick out the turquoise, teal, maroon and pink to play with in my shoes, belts, hair flowers and such.

In terms of fit I find the Lauren tops run true to size on the PUG size charts, and though the Jenny skirts infamously run a little small, this print (and my Castle print, both relatively new additions to the Jenny skirt lines) fit more true to size, so I think the small-running problem might be fixed in their newest prints released this year. Both the Lauren tops and the Jenny skirts are available in sizes XS-4X, and they even do this skirt in a maternity friendly version now too, so this gorgeous print is available to all!

The Jenny skirt cost me $68 on sale (normally $98) and the top was $60, so for less than the cost of the Jenny dress I get a winter-appropriate harlequin dress (or so it appears) as well as the possible dozens of outfits I can make using the 2 separates with other items I already own.

PUG please release more plain coloured Jenny skirts and matching coloured tops so I can make this pairing over and over again! Plain red especially would make my heart stop then kick start in double time, just FYI. I already plan to get the black Jenny so I can bring my Black Lauren and black Doris tops out to play in the same way.

What do you think of the Pinup Girl Clothing Harlequin prints? Do you own any?  Are you, like me, a Jenny fiend? Let me know in the comments.

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