Sweet Swingin’ [PUG Erin]

The Erin dress by PUG has been a wiggle dress staple offered by the company for a long time now. Available in many colours, it’s made of stretch bengaline and features a wrap-over bust detail. Recently redesigned, it’s now available in extra colours as well as two more cuts, one a wiggle with sleeves and the other a three-quarter sleeved swing dress.

I hardly wear wiggles, so while I loved the wiggle version with the capped sleeves I knew it would be an unnecessary addition to my wardrobe. The swing, though, tempted me. Yet I had pause. I love a full swing skirt, requiring a full circle skirt or then some, and very rarely do skirts with less than a full circle feel right on me. This skirt looked like it wouldn’t hold the petticoat I require and that it might cling to my fabulous love handles, so I overlooked it for several weeks.

Once it was released and customers began buying it up, I started seeing pictures of ladies looking fabulous in it splashed across my social media. Eventually I decided to give it a try.

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Above with petticoat, below without

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Dress: Black Erin Swing dress by Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: Primark

I’m pleased to say I was pleasantly surprised, as I was near convinced it wouldn’t work on me. The material is good quality bengaline so it’s stretchy but has weight, meaning it’s flattering and skims over rather than clings to. The skirt is longer than I pictured somehow, which is always good because I prefer skirts at least below the knee, but preferably well below. It fits my slim petticoat but that’s about it, because a really full one would make the skirt look full to bursting, not a good look. I would still much prefer this dress with a fuller skirt, as those are my life blood, but the slimmer skirt doesn’t cling to my hips unflatteringly as I thought it might, which was my main concern.

The size boundaries are different for this piece compared to PUG’s usual sizing perimeters, just like they were on the Junebugs and George Peaches line earlier this year when I bought the Amanda dress. Normally I size as L into PUG unless it’s a wiggle with no stretch or a boned swing, but the Amanda dress size chart was correct to state I should order an XL for that dress so I followed the size chart with an XL for this swing Erin too. It was the right choice. Yes it has stretch and I probably would have been able to fit into L, but this skims my body better in this cut in the XL and has more movement and comfort across shoulders and upper back. Had I purchased the L, I’m sure the shoulders and arms would have been tight on me, even if the waist was bearable, so this fit is preferable for me. If you have broad shoulders, a big bust or prize comfort, follow the size chart. If you’re on the smaller side, though, and love a tight fit, yes, you could probably get away with sizing down.

The Erin swing dress comes available in black, red and emerald green in sizes XS-4X and costs $108. Pinup Girl Clothing ship internationally for a flat rate of $28, as well as offering priority shipping, but remember to factor in potential customs and import fees in your company when ordering from abroad. Failing that, PUG have stockists all over the world, so searching for your nearest stockist might suit you better.

Froo Froo Fantastic [Voodoo Vixen Petticoat]

I’ve reviewed a couple of petticoats on the blog before, the Malco Modes Jennifer and Lindy Bop petticoats. There were pros and cons to both, and for that reason I’ve been thinking lately I need to keep an eye out for other brands to review to give you more information on a wider selection of available pettis. In that light, today I’m reviewing the Froo Froo petticoat by Voodoo Vixen.

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Top: Sophie top by Voodoo Vixen
Petticoat: Froo Froo petticoat C/O Voodoo Vixen
Belt: Black Faux Leather belt by Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Handmade by me
Flats: Old season H&M

This petticoat comes in red, black and white, and is one size fits all. I’m 33 inches at the waist and as you can see from the picture above there’s still more room in this petticoat. There’s also a way to tighten this petticoat if you have a substantially smaller waist, as the elastic in the waistband closes with a button and the entire length of the elastic has button holes every half inch so you can tighten the petticoat to your own needs. That elastic also plays a massive role in the length of this skirt: At full length it’s 30 inches, great for tea length skirts or dresses, but the waistband has 3 different tracks that allow you to move that waistband elastic up and down throughout the 3 tracks to shorten your petticoat whenever needed, giving you versatility for a whole range of pieces in your wardrobe from just one petticoat.

All you have to do is find the little openings on the right hand side of the waistband and pop the button out of the track opening. Unfasten the elastic and put a safety pin through a button hole to give you something extra to hold on to when you’re re-threading the elastic. Pull the elastic out of the track, choose the track you want to become the new waistband, and keeping a firm grip on the button/safety pin, thread the elastic back into the track bit by bit until the entire piece is re-threaded. Fasten the button to close the waistband up and voila! Your petticoat can shorten a couple of inches.

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Left: Finding the button in the top track. Middle: Elastic moved to the bottom track. Right: The finished product.

When it comes to volume, this petticoat is great middle-ground; it’s got the perfect puff for your typical daily petticoat wear, but the volume isn’t out of control for ladies who are worried about their skirts getting too wide. It’s in the medium range of softness too; soft but not plush and definitely not scratchy or cheap. The only downside is that Voodoo Vixen don’t offer a shorter petticoat because even at the shortest setting this petti is too long to wear with their own dresses without considerable visible froth peeking out beneath their hemlines. That’s fine if you’re a gal who likes her petticoat to show a little, but for me personally that’s a huge pet peeve so I have to save this petticoat for my non-VV dresses.

The Froo Froo petticoat costs £29.99 from Voodoo Vixen, who have hidden a 10% off discount code on their blog for any ladies looking to get a little money off.