Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Maternity Pinup Style - Sailor Ahoy!

I owned the Sailor Swing Dress by Pinup Girl Clothing very soon after it first came out. I loved it the moment I saw it. It is the ultimate nautical pinup dress, and it draws more attention than anything in my closet. Sometimes people look at the pinup style and go "ah, I love your 70s dress" etc, because they don't have much knowledge of fashions of bygone eras. This dress leaves no room for guessing - it's a 1950's barbie dress, through and through.

I sold it about a year after I purchased it, realising I rarely wore it because the halter pulled at my neck due to my having purchased the wrong size. I got my regular size small, not realising how incredibly stretchy the bengaline fabric is. This dress needs to be nice and tight around the back for it to be supported properly.

I ordered a size small again, thinking a growing tummy and bust would fix this issue. It didn't, and I realised once again I should have sized down! This fabric is so incredibly accommodating that even an expecting mother can go from a small to an extra small and still have room to breathe!

I still wear it often and plan to simply have it taken in, as the exchange rate between the US and Australia right now is ridiculous, not to mention shipping. Selling this one to get a new one simply isn't worth it, and I don't think I could bear to be parted from it for that long anyway.

As you can see from my photos and from the website pics, the nature of the fabric means it doesn't rise up much at all in the front as your belly grows. This is perfect, as sometimes finding normal dresses that could work for maternity wear are cut short because a pregnant belly can cause the front hem of a dress to rise well above the back. 

 This is one of my favourite maternity purchases. It's resell value never really goes down as it is often sold out, and it works so perfectly regardless of pregnancy.

The cups are perfectly molded and supportive, and I think this is one of the highest quality dresses from PUG's early days. The construction is next to none in comparison to the extreme comfort level.

In conclusion, preggers or not, get this dress and you won't regret it. Just be sure to size down even if you are rocking a bump. You'll need to, trust me.

On a personal note, we found out the gender of little bub earlier this week! We are so excited to announce it, and hope to do so soon. A few of my girlfriends and family members know already, and we are already planning cute photoshoots and outfits for when bubs comes.

I am still feeling fabulous and have been spring cleaning my home in preparation for baby number 2. I've been keeping up with the pilates with my also pregnanct girlfriend, and have been doing walks with another to stay in shape. I'm soaking in the energy whilst I can, because I know it'll be in short supply soon!

What's your favourite nautical outfit? xo, Miss Betty Doll



  1. So fabulously pretty! Hmm, that's a good question. One of my favourite nautical outfits isn't typical per se, but ocean approved all the same: a cute 1950s shell print novelty skirt that I usually wear with a fitted top and/or blazer.

    Happy last week of October wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

  2. Shell print sounds beautifully siren-esque!

  3. Hi! I know this is an old thread but I found the dress whilst looking for a maternity solution to a 50s party. You look gorgeous in this, and I'm wondering if this dress is still around for purchasing? Thanks in advance! A x


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