I know, I know every PUGster raves about the Monica dress. But I thought I'd share the mystery of this dress and it's impact in my life to add to the inspiration.
Four years ago I had a bad fall, injured my hip, gained weight through long recovery, and became depressed to the point of not even wanting to get out of my pyjama's. I was lost in a funky fog and didn't recognize myself in the mirror anymore. Any sense of identity was blurred away with the growing 70+ pound layers of fat added to my body and the fact that I no longer had a career to keep me distracted from myself. I wanted my life back, but was so stuck, feeling helpless, with no way out... I just could not find the light switch.
A few years went by and I finally surrendered to the fact that perhaps the "business model" for my life had to shift. I may never be the way I was so I had a choice... be the best I could be no matter what the circumstances and create a new me, or die in self-pity. I felt a shift was coming though I had no idea what that would look like.
I began meditating again, travelling, and since I couldn't exercise, hike, or do the fun things I used to... took to riding my motorcycle more. While my closet was still full of out of style clothes that didn't fit anymore, I had completely lost any sense of style. I threw on whatever over-sized t-shirts, jeans and yoga pants I found lying on the floor.
The shift began to solidify after I discovered PUG and began to spend my down time drooling over dresses and praying that one day I would have a figure to pull them off. The ONE dress I dreamed of the most was Monica. I changed my haircolour from Sharon Ozbourne red to platinum blonde, started wearing makeup and dreamed that one day I would find my hourglass curves again... Monica was so perfect for curvy girls and ooh so Marilyn, I dreamed of fashioning my curves to the perfect hourglass ratio of .7 established as ideal by Mae West and Marilyn Monroe.
I pinned a photo of the luscious Doris MayDay in this dress and set my sites on wearing it for my Birthday. Okay, so I needed a lot of shapewear to pull it off even though the dress had built-in shapewear, but in this dress I felt better than I had felt in years. In fact I couldn't remember ever feeling that good in any curve hugging dress, even when I had nice curves. The compliments I got that night on the dress was exactly the confidence boost and the encouragement I needed to finally decide "I'm gonna cultivate those curves, no matter what!" I set out to find my hourglass with new zeal and determination.
Fast forward one year... I've lost another >50lbs (75lbs in total). While shopping for all the PUG dresses that I now have curves for I thought maybe I should buy another Monica and size down.
I ran to my closet and threw it on (with absolutely nothing underneath) just to see how big it was. That's when I discovered the true MAGICAL nature of this dress. I'm 50lbs and some 40+ inches smaller, but mysteriously this dress fit like a comfy glove and hugged every curve perfectly.
When my Valentine's dress from another company didn't arrive this week, I ended up wearing it while stealthing a full underbust corset and it looked fantastic! All the compliments I got that night in this dress was such a confidence boost I realized, I had finally made it and I was really me. Infact, I do finally have the perfect hourglass ratio and in this dress, I was the best me I've ever been.
The Monica dress really is a no-brainer if you wanna feel like a million bucks. The bodice and roushing hide a multitude of sins. I am now 38-30-40 but I'll be keeping this one (size Large) and buying another few colours perhaps a size down, just because I can. Thank you Laura Byrnes... Please keep making such incredibly well constructed dresses!
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You made the magic happen. And you are so magical looking in that dress.
I think you look quite beautiful in both pictures too be honest. As Aoife said, you make the magic happen. You were doing what was bringing you happiness and that exudes above all other beauty. It really shines through :)
Thank you ladies for your kind comments. Truth be told this is my first blog post on this site. It was a little un-nerving to be so out there with my journey (feeling a little naked). I so appreciate your warm embrace and it motivates me to continue writing. ~ Huggs