PUG renewed my confidence, and made me fall in love with my body.

I'm currently working on a post for my personal blog so for mini reviews and more exposition go to www.tulipnoireblog.wordpress.com on Friday!  I really thought that I should post this part here first because Pinup Girl Style has been a big part of helping me get to the point I'm at today. <3
Like many other die hard pug fans my first encounter with pug was when my body changed.  I literally put on 60 pounds in the course of a year, my senior year in college.  By the time I graduated I really couldn't fit in my clothes anymore, I would have panic attacks and cry because I didn't feel like I could look pretty when I was going out.  In a period of no confidence I took to the internet to find clothes and once I found a full time job I started to purchase some new pieces for my wardrobe.  I bought cheap clothes from places that had good return policies.  After trying and returning so many pieces I became really picky about what I was buying.  Circle skirts and dresses became my favorite items as they didn't pinch my belly fat and allowed me to further my love of the retro aesthetic.  After a couple of months building my wardrobe I discovered PUG. I immediately fell in love, not only did PUG cater to my ever growing love for vintage silhouettes they were clothes made by women for women, boasting an impressive range of sizes.  It took a little time before diving in and making a purchase.  The prices frightened me, I simply couldn't imagine paying over $100 for a dress or around $80 for a skirt.  I kept my eyes out for sales and joined their mailing list, finally when Black Friday came I made my first purchase.  I got two Doris Skirts one in black and the other a deep red.  I was so excited and nervous hoping I had made the right decision. When my package finally arrived I ripped it open to see my pretties, and nearly cried.  The waist looked impossibly small, holding it up to me I kept saying there is no way that this will fit.  Against my better judgment I tried the skirts on and they fit!  I literally jumped up and down they were beautiful, unlike anything else I've ever owned.  My Doris skirts became a wardrobe staple, I wore each at least twice a month, learning  that you get what you pay for.  However, my journey with PUG did not end there.  I still felt fat and unattractive, but I began building my wardrobe based around two facts - the vintage style I've always wanted was attainable and well made clothes are worth the higher price tag.  I made more purchases some from PUG some from other retro brands, but it wasn't until the PUG online yard sale that my self worth and perspective would inevitably change.  During the yard sale I purchased two items that I had avoided for the past two years; pants and a wiggle dress.  I had been under the impression that neither of these styles would work for me but once again I was wrong.  I fell in love with the cropped trouser immediately, but the thin silk wiggle dress took longer.  My poor Tamara dress sat in the closet for over a year, I even tried to sell it on eBay.  Until one fateful day, I was attending a burlesque production that I had assisted on and I wanted to wear something that I wouldn't wear everyday (I love getting completely dolled up for burlesque, it just feels right). So I picked up Tamara a waist cincher and vintage shaping panties and put myself together.  I was shocked, not only did I look gorgeous I looked thinner then in my swing skirts.  PUG literally changed my life that day, I started to gain my confidence back and even bought a couple more wiggles.
Without any further to do lets dive into the PUG in my closet.

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Comment by Anna on August 11, 2014 at 5:40pm

The blue trousers are my favourite on you. I'm jealous. I wish I could fill them out. 

Comment by Tulip Noire on August 12, 2014 at 7:15am

Thank you so much!  Have you tried the Deadly Dames Bengaline Capris?  A thinner friend of my has them and since they are so stretchy she buys a size down to get the same tight look. 

Comment by stacy hacker on August 12, 2014 at 8:24am

Great photos you look beautiful

Comment by Tulip Noire on August 12, 2014 at 9:03am

Thank You <3

Comment by Anna on August 12, 2014 at 5:04pm

I tried the capris on in a store once. They were too baggy on me also. Seriously, I have the world's smallest ass. 

Comment by Aoife 24K on August 12, 2014 at 9:55pm

You look so beautiufl. congrats to what you've done for yourself.

Comment by Tulip Noire on August 13, 2014 at 7:51am

@Anna take a look at Steady Clothing and American Apparel.  They both are cut for slim figures.  Take a look at the American Apparel Disco Pant styled retro on Chicago Chic.  You will find your perfect pants!  It took me forever but you just have to keep trying.

@Aoife and @Brandi thank you both! It's an honor to get such compliments from other beautiful Pugsters <3

Comment by stephanie fernandez on August 13, 2014 at 7:16pm

Love your post, and you look gorgeous! I just recently discovered PUG and I'm currently too broke to start picking out pieces to start building my pinup wardrobe, but I'm excited to do so once I get a new job. I'm a burlesque student too. Do you perform at all or just work behind the scenes? 

Comment by Tulip Noire on August 14, 2014 at 6:34am

Thank you! 

While nothing is quite like PUG you should check out Steady Clothing, Unique Vintage and Red Dress Shoppe.  They all have nice options to help balance out the higher PUG price-points. Steady and Red Dress Shoppe both have lower priced items but UV has really good sales, they have a $25 dollar dress sale going on right now. Also, just stalk eBay for discounted PUG items, I purchased my Birdie dress from eBay for $22, and it was in great condition!

I mostly work behind the scenes, but occasionally I step in as a stage kitten!  Mostly I make hats, pasties and spruce up the costumes.

Comment by Aoife 24K on August 14, 2014 at 8:01am

Tulip, do you have more info about what you make? I love hats!


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