This is a post from our personal blog Junebugs and Georgia Peaches but we thought it had a home here and decided to share it with you guys! We'd love to hear what you think whether you're a seasoned PUG shopper or a first time buyer.
So we get a lot of questions about building a "pinup" wardrobe and we also get a lot of questions about certain pieces we wear and often the answer to those questions overlap with a commonality: Pinup Girl Clothing. A lot of the amazing novelty prints and super full skirts we wear are from this brand and they're near and dear to us, as they even have an active Style Community for their fan +customers + enthusiasts (in this case, that's you guys! Hello there! You're meeting my blog partner officially for the first time in this forum, her name is Amelia!)
We remember F-I-N-A-L-L-Y saving up the money to buy our first PUG pieces and then hopping on the site and thinking "holy shit, I have no idea which item(s) to buy." We know some of their items are a bit pricey but one thing you can rely on with PUG is that every penny you spend is worthwhile because the craftsmanship is phenomenal. They also have pretty frequent sales and carry items for pinups within any budget. These are some items we find are the perfect place to start with this brand.
|June in the Jenny Dress in Neverland Sateen | Amelia in the Jenny Dress in Harlequin Print Sateen|
Modeled after 1960's day dresses, The Jenny Dress (which run $142 each) might be one of the most recognizable Pinup Girl Clothing pieces. If you've ever seen a novelty print you loved from Pinup Girl Clothing, it was probably on one of the Jenny items (whether you choose the skirt or the dress). Tiki, parisian, Neverland, cherries, harlequin and their upcoming Snow White and Little Mermaid prints are all available in the Jenny styled items.
Aside from the amazing variation in prints and colors, the Jenny dress is a favorite of ours for so many reasons. The price tag may seem hefty, but you're paying for amazing craftsmanship. Some of our favorite qualities include the boned bodice, the adjustable straps (Amelia: this is especially important to me because I have a super long torso), the fact that the dress is made in the USA and the comfortable, breathable material (which is a bit stretchy but doesn't get "stretched out" during daily wear.)
|Amelia in Jenny Skirt in Neverland Print | June in the Red Sean Top / Jenny Skirt in Red and Brown Harlequin|
June: My first couple of Jenny items were dresses, but I've recently become hooked on the skirts for two reasons 1) you can mix 'n' match them and 2) they're cheaper. I absolutely love the Jenny dresses I own, but I've taken to buying the skirt version of things any time I'm given the option because I'm able to spread my wardrobe a bit farther. I don't let myself buy a skirt without buying or making sure I already own a top to match, even if I have the money to buy the skirt. This helps my expand my mix + match selection and guarantees that I wont let pieces go unworn because I "have nothing to wear with them".
|Amelia in Birdie Dress in Baby Blue and Yellow Floral | June in Birdie Dress in Mustard and Purple Floral|
The Birdie Dress (which run $118 each) is a vintage styled party dress with wide notched collar, full skirt and matching belt. June wrote a little about this dress in her A Little Birdie Told Me post (here) but PUG recently released some new colorways which are absolutely lovely. Amelia: When I saw that the Birdie dress in the blue/yellow colorway it was love at first sight. My two favorite colors on one dress? Done and done. They also offer a short sleeved version of this dress in a few other colorways which is equally as lovely.
We also assembled this little Pinup on a Budget's guide to some awesome PUG pieces under $100. On top of that, check your package because after your first purchase, returning customers save 10% off all future purchases with a special discount code included on an insert within your package. Also, June owns the Gold Lurex circle skirt pictured below and while the hip pockets can sit a bit odd, absolutely loves it, especially for $36.
Some other pointers include subscribing to their newsletter and following them on social media. They always, ALWAYS announce sales via email to their newsletter subscribers first and that can make a big difference on items running low in stock.