A couple of months ago, I nabbed the Marlene in plum from Pinup Girl Clothing on sale. They have several color schemes available, and I liked the clean lines and clinginess, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m so glad I did! At $54, this was a steal!
The dress is made with a lovely, clingy memory stretch, which goes back to its original shape when you take it off. Definitely a plus for those up-and-down periods we all have where we seem to never be the same measurements two weeks in a row. Even so, I likely could have sized up to a 2XL and still loved the fit.
The craftsmanship is simply stellar, with details like a triangle-shaped stitching as a seam reinforcement on the kick pleat in the skirt. The pleats for the bust are simple and attractive, although I can almost always use more bust room.
I love the 3/4 length sleeves! My arms are a touch short, so long-sleeved is a bit too long, and short sleeves just emphasize my wings. Plus, I’ve always got something going on with my hands, so I push up long sleeves anyway. 3/4 is my preferred length.
I never even realized that this would be above the knee, and I typically hate that length on me. This looks pretty good, though, so maybe I’ll rethink that prejudice. I’m 5’4″, for reference on how the dress might work on someone else. Of course, I’m sure that my hips might be pulling up on the fabric just a teensy bit.
This is from the same failed hairdoing that I used on my review of the Gingham Courtesan Swing dress, but it looked all right enough to keep these photos. Practice makes perfect!
I’m wearing a Freya Deco bra in 38G, UK size (which is the wrong size, I might add – I need a 36H UK, which Freya does not offer in the Deco. Hint, hint, Freya readers), and I’m engorged also. You can see my overachiever left boob doing what it does best: escaping. I hope to be buying new bras soon, and I won’t be lactating for too much longer. I really hope that helps.
I’m wearing what amounts to high-waisted pantyhose as shapewear. These stop at the thigh, so they are called thigh shapers, but they are weak weak weak, as you can see here. Granted, this dress is quite snug on me, especially in the bust, but then again retaining water and lactating are horrid body alterers, and I felt just fine about myself when I took these photos. That was a rare treat for me, so I kept them. But still, you can easily see my undies, and they are thin, invisible jersey kind of undies, and they do not actually cut into my flesh at all – they fit perfectly. I can see where I’ll be using this same photo set in a future post about shapewear quality.
I am wearing my trusty Fluevog Listen Audrey patent leather heels (sold out and out of production several years now, and I still haven’t stopped weeping), but that’s only because I forgot to change my shoes to the ones which match this dress. I have some Fluevogs in berry pink from the Coffee line, the Robusta heels, and they were actually my wedding shoes. I’m glad to have another dress which I can pair with them! I’m also wearing barely visible sparkly pink vintage earrings. Gonna have to photograph those…
This is a color which looks pretty good on me, so I have to take care not to overrun my wardrobe with it. That being said, I nearly jumped on the Burana in the same color. The Burana has a scoop neckline instead of v-neck, but is otherwise quite similar. Maybe I’ll get the navy instead, which looks amazing! The shaping of the Marlene makes me want every color. There’s even a silver lurex version! I should also grab the green, since I have earrings to match. Hmmmm.
Overall, this dress is tight, but I’m going to rock it. Like this, yo.