PUG for Work, PUG for Play, PUG for life (A Review of Separates)

Greetings beautiful PUGsters!

I'll preface my review by saying that I work in a project management position in an academic medical setting in NYC, so when purchasing PUG, I always have to consider if I'll be able to wear that item to work.  Sadly, I spend more time at the office than anywhere else and commute almost 3 hours each day, so I generally try to purchase *somewhat* practical items, and stay within the bounds of decency for professional purposes.  Luckily, we don't have an official dress code and my colleagues are pretty casual about what they wear.  I particularly like to wear separates to work, so this is a review of some of my PUG separates.

Today, I got the much expected PUG package and squealed with delight, as I knew it contained a vamp top and jenny skirt! What a great way to beat the Friday afternoon jitters.  As soon as I got home, I tried them on and decided I must write a review.

Here it is - Jenny in Tiki print and Vamp in Peach.  Both in XS.  

Vampy Jenny

I wish I could take credit for this amazing color combination, but I saw it on a fellow lovely PUGster on this site (so if it was you and you are seeing this, you inspired me!).  The Jenny is so lovely and full, with tons of pleats and a high-quality, heavy fabric.  It seems that this skirt will withstand some wind without inciting an inopportune Marilyn moment.  The color is lovely as well - mostly a vintage yellow with hints of green, pink, and black.  As far as the Vamp, I think the peach version runs similarly to the others.  I have the baby blue and tiger print and the fit is identical to the baby blue (I think the tiger print runs slightly smaller).  My waist is 24 (+ or - 0.5 inch), and the XS jenny is a perfect fit, but I cannot afford to gain another inch. I'm 5'2 and it hits right below the knee. I threw on a cropped cardigan over it ($15 at Old Navy, who would have thought) to make this outfit work-appropriate.

Vamp and Jenny go to work with the help of a friend

So, I raved about my Jenny...but Doris is still my #1 homegirl.  I love both, but there is something about the silhouette of a Doris that is particularly dear to my heart <3  Here is the Sean top in black (XS) and burgundy doris (S). The doris is ahhmazing - hits a few inches below the knee and is super classy.  The material is middleweight (lighter than the doris) and slightly sheen.  It's gorgeous, in other words.  The only downside is that it does tend to wrinkle easily, even though I am very careful with it. I'm grinning like a fool because this outfit makes me happy.

Sean and Doris Sitting in a Tree

I also pair the sean top with the Perfect Pencil skirt (I have 3 - white pin dot, cherries, and leopard), here is a photo of the leopard.  I get the pencil skirts in a size small and get the waist taken in, although I haven't done it on the leopard one yet in this photo but you can't tell that much, there is just a huge gap in the back.

Sean and Pencil

I'm so bummed that I missed out on the Olive green and Red sean tops in XS before they sold out.  These tops are great, and great for work, everything from the detail on the cuffs of the sleeves to the upside down zipper, to the way it sucks you in is perfection embodied in a garment of clothing.

And just for fun...the Netti dress! Perfect for summer and I can definitely put a bolero over it for work.  I got it in an extra small and it's a tight squeeze. Hopefully I won't need to take deep breaths when I wear it.  I was originally going to return it as it's shorter than I normally like my dresses to be (hits just above the knee), but decided to keep it, this cat lady needs this print.

Netti the Cat Lady

Please excuse the portrait of glaring Beethoven which creeped into some of my photos.  He's a disapproving fella. 


Irene aka Lady K

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Comment by Amber on May 3, 2013 at 7:31pm
I love wearing my tiki with my peach vamp. Great color combo! I have the mint vamp too and that goes well with it too.
Comment by Amber on May 3, 2013 at 7:32pm
PS - we have a super strict dress code at work and I can barely wear any PUG to work (it's all too low cut) so I am insanely jealous you get to wear your cute things to work. I am hoping I can find some "work appropriate" tops to wear with my tiki Jenny and harlequin Jenny.
Comment by Lady K on May 3, 2013 at 7:50pm

Amber! you were the one on whom I saw that color combination! It looked so great on you, I had to copy it, sorry :)

And I sympathize and know what you mean about PUG at work...I do generally try to tone it down just a tad so that I'm taken somewhat seriously and not perceived as just some girl who prances around in high heels and cherry and leopard print everything.  Although, I don't have much of a chest to speak of so I think I can get away with some lower cut tops.  

The sean tops can be work appropriate - I sewed the bottom part of the neckline closed, actually, so that it is a little less revealing. I have the short sleeve ridley top in cherry print as well, and that one is not low cut at all.  It also seems that the harrison top is very modest, although I don't own one yet. 

Comment by Amber on May 3, 2013 at 8:26pm
I am flattered! I will have to consider the Sean top. I worry though - I can't do a Doris because the shoulders bunch up. I fear the Sean may do the same. I wish I had a store near to try things on. However I can't justify paying the shipping price (here and back if I need to return it) if I am not certain it will fit. :\
Comment by Shy Anne on May 4, 2013 at 12:52am

oh you look fabulous in all of these. I have the same pencil skirt and now you make me want a Sean top with it (so copying your look too), I usulaly just wear Doris or a T-shirt with it :)  but it really is lovely!

Comment by Aoife 24K on May 4, 2013 at 12:31pm

This is proof that going to work can be fun. You can look your best, emphasize your femininity but not look like your are heading out to a nightclub. Well done!

Comment by Jessica McGuinty on May 4, 2013 at 4:07pm

CUTE outfits!! OMG I love this site so much! :) I think I need some Sean tops. :)

Comment by Jessica McGuinty on May 4, 2013 at 4:07pm

(You look fabulous in all of them, btw.)

Comment by Amber on May 4, 2013 at 8:14pm
I work in the health care industry so dress code is a big deal in our office. Just last year we were finally allowed to NOT wear stockings/nylons. We've never been able to have bare legs at work and it was like the best thing ever when that changed - I definitely wear a lot more dresses to work in the summer now. They also decided we can wear sleeveless even though I don't because I FREEZE at work - they keep the AC on full blast. We can't wear open toe shoes either (although that is an OSHA healthcare issue I think). I think in the healthcare industry cleavage is distracting - I wouldn't want to go see my doctor and have her boobies staring back at me lol. Some jobs it's not such a big deal but it is at mine and I understand why.
Comment by Tahitia Belle Fille on May 5, 2013 at 9:00am

I love your reviews and your pictures Lady K! Your descriptions are fantastic too, and I always love hearing about PUG in the workplace! I don't know if anyone's ever told you this before but you REALLY have your pinup faces down PERFECT!

My favourite looks here definitely have to be Netti the Cat Lady and Sean and Doris Sitting in a Tree, but you're totally rocking everything.

Have fun and keep living the PUG life :)


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