As a pinup on the internet, you’ve probably encountered Micheline Pitt and/or her work somewhere online. She’s basically the most beautiful jack-of-all-trades that there is; clothing designer, illustrator and artist, model, hair and makeup artist, general badass. Micheline was once described to me as a woman ‘who does the jobs of 10 people’ and anyone who follows her on Instagram is bound to have picked up on that sense of unswerving work ethic.
Earlier this year, Micheline created her own line, Vixen by Micheline Pitt, offering ‘Good things for bad girls.’ She began taking pre-orders on her Etsy and it didn’t take long for wholesalers to sign up to carry her brand new designs. First offering t-shirts, Micheline channeled all the funds she had into setting up her own line of Made in the USA products, soon expanding into lapel pins, pencil skirts, gathered circle skirts, and two vintage inspired shirt styles. Dresses will be coming soon, but the items on offer so far feature cute makeup novelty prints or are available in a small selection of wardrobe-staple plain solid colours.
I’ve been following along with Vixen’s progress mostly from afar without making a purchase, at first because I don’t wear T-shirts or pins, then because the novelty cosmetics prints aren’t my style. The plain black pencil skirt looks amazing, and I definitely want to get my hands on the plain black gathered circle skirt, but the item I was most anxiously awaiting was the Vixen top. Finally, finally, they’ve been released.
Available in black, white, pink and red, the Vixen top is the kind of shirt that offers a timeless sense of chic alongside a dosage of sass, a balance I am always eager to serve. The black Vixen arrived recently at UK stockist Deadly is the Female, so I immediately and excitedly placed my order. The top arrived the next day and, yes, hallelujah, she’s everything I hoped she would be.
The Vixen top is made from a custom made heavy knitted spandex, so it has all the stretch and comfort of a thin, jersey material, but with the weight, warmth and more flattering body-skimming effect of a thicker knit. I cannot emphasise enough how comfortable this shirt is, something that is truly a tiny miracle as a plus size woman who tends to find sleeved shirts or dresses can be uncomfortable on my broad shoulders or chubby upper arms if they’re even the slightest bit too tight. This shirt has so much stretch that such tightness or pinching just isn’t a possible occurrence, not to mention how comfortable that means it is for wearing for a full day.
The collar can be worn flat or propped up, making the sass level adjustable to fit your mood or situation. The sleeves are three quarter length, the most universally flattering length as far as I’m concerned, and there’s no zip or buttons to get it on or off. Don’t panic, though! All that stretch I described rapturously above makes it easy to get it on over your head without a zip, but if you’re worried about upsetting your hair then you can easily put the shirt on before you style your locks.
The neckline is work appropriate without feeling dowdy, making this a versatile piece that can be worn for both work or play. I’m sure it will look killer with Vixen’s black gathered circle skirt, so that’s definitely next up on my Vixen to-buy list when I get the chance.
I ordered this top in the XL, which is for 42-44 inch busts and 33-34 inch waist, but I think the stretch actually means you could size down easily. For reference, the flat and stretched measurements of this piece are actually 42 to 52 inches in the bust and 36 to 48 inches the in waist, so you can see even the flat measurement has extra room there compared to the size chart. Do bear in mind the fact that there’s no zip for getting in and out of this shirt while you making your sizing decisions, but all of the above should be able to help you figure it out. I could have fit an L, really, but I’m glad I have the XL so that it’s not such a skin-tight effect as I would have achieved by sizing down.
I’m thrilled with my first Vixen purchase, and so pleased I can look to a domestic UK stockist like Deadly is the Female to get my Vixen fix without having to deal with international delivery costs or custom fees. From Deadly if the Female the Vixen top costs £45 and is currently only stocked in the black, but it does also come in white, red and pink. For those who aren’t sure of their most convenient Vixen stockist options, Micheline does ship internationally from her own Vixen by Micheline Pitt Etsy store, and select pieces from her line are also stocked at Unique Vintage, Doll Me Up, and Natasha Marie Clothing (those are stockists I’m aware of, there may be more.)
Dresses, both swing and pencil, and more tops will be coming to the Vixen line soon, with pre-orders already opened, and Micheline has recently revealed that a denim division is in the works as well as a second clothing line, Le Femme En Noir, a line dedicated to ‘darkly designed delicacies for the glamorously gothic.’ This woman is unstoppable and I can’t wait to see what else Micheline has in store–‘Good things for bad girls’ indeed.