Off the Rack ~ Sourpuss Clothing Roundup

I’ve been meaning to do a Sourpuss Clothing roundup for a long time, and finally I’ve gotten around to it!

Sourpuss is a brand that caters to “old school punk, tattooed pinups, vintage and kitschy oddities, retro monsters, tikis, and sailors.” Their website carries the house brand along with a handful of others that fall within the same style (Pinup Girl Clothing, Fred Perry, Hell Bunny, etc.). Sourpuss goodies can also be found on other vintage and rockabilly sites such as Unique-Vintage.com and many others.

Usually I buy direct from Sourpuss because they have great sales and coupons on a regular basis, and their prices aren’t all that high to begin with. Fit and quality do vary, though. While some garments are surprisingly great for big boobs, others are decidedly not. Since the fit is so hit-or-miss, I often buy two sizes and return whichever one doesn’t work. With all their sales, the extra $6 to ship something back still ends up being worth it. I really love the brand overall, so I’m sure I’ll keep buying and trying this way for years to come!

Some of the clothes below are long since sold out, but most are released in different colors or fabrics every few seasons, so my reviews should still be useful. I’ll link to similar items when I can, but bear in mind that if you’re reading this several months after publication date, the links may no longer be active.

My measurements in all these photos are 37”-29”-41”.

First up is a fairly old button-up shirt. At the time, it was just called “gingham top,” but Sourpuss has since made similar styles, which you’ll read about below.

I bought it in red and blue in size large, but they actually ran out of blue after I placed my order, so I got an XL instead. Since it has an attached sash to tie a bow in the back, it doesn’t matter how big the shirt is because I can always tie the waist smaller. The cotton/poly/spandex blend is super lightweight and features two-way stretch (meaning it’s woven in such a way that it only stretches left to right, not up and down).

Wearing it tucked into my beloved Freddy’s jeans.

Wearing it tucked into my beloved Freddy’s jeans.

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Untucked, to show the length.

Untucked, to show the length.

Since I’m incapable of tying a bow nicely at my backside, I lay the shirt out flat and tie it loosely before putting it on, then I pull on the bow if it needs to be tighter, or pull on the sides of the sash if it needs to be looser.

Since I’m incapable of tying a bow nicely at my backside, I lay the shirt out flat and tie it loosely before putting it on, then I pull on the bow if it needs to be tighter, or pull on the sides of the sash if it needs to be looser.

There’s a bust dart and a waist dart up the front, as well as a pair of waist darts on the back. I was pleasantly surprised by this contouring even before tying the sash.

There’s a bust dart and a waist dart up the front, as well as a pair of waist darts on the back. I was pleasantly surprised by this contouring even before tying the sash.

The only problem is that the top button is quite low, so visible bra gore can be an issue. I’ve been meaning to add a little hook and eye to fix this.

The only problem is that the top button is quite low, so visible bra gore can be an issue. I’ve been meaning to add a little hook and eye to fix this.

The blue in XL. I can’t even tell it’s a bigger size.

The blue in XL. I can’t even tell it’s a bigger size.

Tucked into high-waist shorts.

Tucked into high-waist shorts.

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Next up is the more recent incarnation of the gingham shirt, the “Darling” top, which is still available in this teal with dots, cherry print, black with white dots and embroidered bat, red with embroidered sparrow, and black with white dots and embroidered sparrow (reviewed below).

Since the large worked out well the first time, I went with large again. This one is a cotton/spandex blend, so it’s still pretty light but not as lightweight as the gingham. Again it has two-way stretch. The sleeve style is different and there’s pink embroidered trim on the collar that helps weigh it down a bit (you can see above that the gingham collars are kinda all over the place). It has the same bust and front and back waist darts and the same sash.

I would say it fits about the same, though the top button is (mercifully) a little higher.

Tucked into high-waist shorts.

Tucked into high-waist shorts.

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The last button-up is the Darling top in black with white dots and red trim with embroidered sparrow. Even though it has the same name as the teal shirt, it’s quite different. For one thing, while the teal was 95% cotton, the sparrow is 50% cotton, 47% polyester, and 3% spandex. It is much thicker and heavier, and offers four-way stretch. Further, the sleeves are different. Whereas the teal had big poufy ones, these are shorter—more a cap-sleeve length—as well as being less poufy and a tighter circumference.

Additionally, even though this shirt is also a large, it’s much smaller. It’s quite tight around my midsection and across the chest. You can even see a little pulling at the buttons right across my boobs. I don’t tighten the bow with this shirt at all, it’s purely decorative. When I first got it, I was tempted to exchange for a size XL, but since the dots help camouflage the button pulling and the waist and stomach fit so well, I decided to just keep it.

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The final shirt is the Sugar Sweater. It’s a soft, sweet, short-sleeved sweater with—my favorite—a double-dip neckline. This one I got in medium because I wanted it to be quite fitted. I think it fits well across my chest, but I wouldn’t mind if it were a little tighter below my bust so that it would curve under and follow the contour of my body better.

The light pink is just sheer enough that it requires a nude bra, and you can see the dual layers of fabric around the neckline and seams, which is a bit of a disappointment. But I just love the open neckline, gathered front, and pointy cuffed sleeves. Plus, the fabric is suuuuuuuuper soft. Made of polyester and viscose, it has a tiny bit of fuzziness to it on the outside, but is a smooth woven texture on the inside (so no itchiness!).

The pink is still available (and on sale!), along with red. It also came in black, but that color seems to be sold out. However, I just found a new, similar top called the Black Magic Sweater, which I’ve added to my wishlist. It’s 100% cotton and has the same neckline as the Sugar Sweater, but simplified sleeves.

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Closeup of the fuzzy fabric.

Closeup of the fuzzy fabric.

Next up, I have three dresses, which is where I find things to get really tricky, fit-wise. First is the Shaken and Stirred dress. It has double-seams up the front and the back, but still isn’t super boob-friendly. This is one that I ordered in medium and large. While the large was roomier across my chest, the medium fit much better under my bust and at the waistband, so that’s the size I kept.

Even though it’s a little youthful, I simply adore the colors and styling of this garment. There are little martini glasses up near the shoulders and a large embroidered martini shaker on the left side (which I accidentally ended up hiding in photos. Sorry!).

The fabric is 95% nylon and 5% spandex, so it’s very stretchy. The front of the bodice is lined with the same fabric, giving it a little more structure. Unfortunately, the boob window makes picking a bra very difficult. You can see below that the bra peeks out in the corners, and is visible under the arms thanks to my boobs pulling the fabric forward. I’m wearing a Bravissimo Satine bra here, but I think I ended up determining that my Ewa Michalak CHP bra is the best for avoiding visible bra in the boob-window since it has more of a straight-across balconnet shape and wide-set straps. However, it also provides a ton of uplift, so there ends up being a lot of cleavage.

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Though the Shaken and Stirred dress is no longer available, there are similar styles, such as the wiggle version, Shimmer Houndstooth Joanie, and the Tattoo Roses dress, a dead ringer in different fabric.

Next up is another not-so-boob-friendly dress, the Rosie. This dress is released in several new prints and colors literally every season, but so far none have captured my attention like the colors and cute ray guns of this particular one. I originally bought an all-over tattoo print version in the same order as the ray guns, but I was so disillusioned with the fit that I sent it back, and I’ve avoided buying any more since, even though there have been some prints that I really love. Though there are bust darts, the fabric is too floppy and the underbust seam way too high up to fit breasts well.

This is another I ordered in both medium and large, and I was really on the fence about which to keep. The medium badly gaped at the buttons, but the underbust seam also stayed under my boobs better because it was tighter in that spot. Ultimately, I ended up selecting the large due to the buttons, but also because I didn’t like the way the medium clung to my hips and showed panty-lines.

Unfortunately, the 95% polyester/5% spandex fabric is a little unpleasant. It feels scratchy on the skin. It also made me sweat a lot when I wore it on an especially hot day, which when mixed with the scratchy fabric made it feel even scratchier.

All that being said, teal and hot pink is one of my favorite color combinations (obviously) and I’m positively obsessed with the adorable ray guns, so I still wear this dress fairly often. I just find myself yanking the front down a lot! But unless they come out with another print or embroidery that I simply can’t live without, I would not buy it again. If you want one, though, search for “Rosie” on the Sourpuss site to see all the colors.

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It fits so well from the back! What happened in the front?

It fits so well from the back! What happened in the front?

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Lastly, we have one more success story, the Keep ’Em Flying dress. After looking at photos of regular folks in this dress, and considering the fit of the Shaken and Stirred, I took a chance and only ordered a medium. Luckily, it ended up being just right! It’s basically a dress version of the Sugar Sweater, considering it has the same neckline, gathering, and sleeves.

This one’s waistband hits at a good spot and everything stays in place around my chest. Additionally, while it’s also 95% poly/5% spandex, the fabric is much smoother than the Rosie (though it still wears a bit hot). Even though there are no darts, it’s stretchy enough and with a low enough waistband that I think it would work with a variety of bust sizes. Finally, I love the military colors and the screen-printed airplanes on the skirt.

Though this item is no longer available, the Polka Dot Dollface dress is the exact same style in black with big white polka dots and red trim—only made of cotton and spandex instead of stupid polyester!

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Off the Rack ~ Reviewing Customized Clothing from eShakti

I recently tried online retailer eShakti for the first time. This is an India-based company that sells moderately priced clothing of all different styles. The unique feature is that they will customize any garment to your measurements for a fee of only $7.50. I’ve honestly read more bad reviews than good ones complaining that things turned out huge and not fitted to the provided measurements. So I was really on the fence about trying them. But when they sent me a $40 credit for joining their newsletter and then had a huge sale (they constantly have huge sales, by the way), I decided to finally give it a try.

I ordered a chambray dress with custom measurements and a button-up shirt without customization.

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First up, the dress. I chose this dress because I had been looking for a chambray piece for the summer, and I know this particular style can be boob-friendly (I already own two Lindy Bop dresses with similar bodice construction). I was having a bit of a heavy day when I measured myself, so my bust and hips came out an inch bigger than usual (though still the same at my waist), but I stuck with that anyway because it’s not a stretch fabric and I figured it’d be better to have a little extra room than not enough.

The measurements I provided were upper arm circumference 12”, hip 42”, waist 29”, underbust 29”, bust 38”, chest (above the bust at the armhole) 36”, shoulder (across your upper back from the tip of one shoulder to the tip of the other) 17”, and arm length “average.” If you create an account, there are several other measurements you can add as well.

When the dress arrived, it looked a little big at first and I was worried. But as soon as I put it on, I was really impressed by how well it fit!

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The underbust is a little loose, but the waist is perfect. Additionally, considering how long my torso is and that there is no space to include that in your measurements, I was surprised to find that the length of the bodice was appropriate and the waist hit at my actual waist. I was also impressed that the underbust seam is actually under my bust instead of resting on breast tissue. Let’s see a few more photos, shall we?

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Hello, humongous pockets!!

Hello, humongous pockets!!

In addition to the excellent fit, the quality is quite good. There is an invisible zipper up the left side that’s easy to open and close, plus a hook-and-eye, and there are no stray threads or wonky seams. Despite the lack of stretch, the cap sleeves are designed in such a way that I can move my arms freely yet there’s still no visible side-bra.

My only real complaint is that the opening across the chest is a little too wide for my frame. It’s possible I measured across my shoulders incorrectly, so I may decrease my measurement by an inch next time and see if there’s improvement.

I use fashion tape to hold the panels together (pictured here), and another strip on my right boob to keep the fabric from floating away from my chest so much (not pictured here).

I use fashion tape to hold the panels together (pictured here), and another strip on my right boob to keep the fabric from floating away from my chest so much (not pictured here).

When I pull the sides wider, there’s no more gaping.

When I pull the sides wider, there’s no more gaping.

As for the underbust being a little loose, well there are two seams up the front of the bodice that I could easily take in a smidge if I care that much:

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Next up is the rabbit-print button-up tunic blouse. My bust matches size 10, which measures bust 37”, waist 30”, while my waist matches size 8 (36” bust, 29” waist). Since button gaping is such an issue with big boobs, I decided to play it safe and go with the 10. Plus I figured I’ll probably be wearing this top tucked into high-waist bottoms anyway, so a slightly too-big waist wouldn’t matter.

In hindsight, I think an 8 would have been better, but the 10 is still serviceable:

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It’s quite loose in the waist, and the bust is surprisingly forgiving. Additionally, next time I’ll pay closer attention to the tailoring, because I didn’t even notice in photos that this shirt has princess seams up the front and back! Princess seams are a busty gal’s best friend, and they make tops so much more accommodating to big boobs. Had I noticed them, I definitely would have chosen the size 8.

Click on the photo to see it larger, and you’ll be able to see the front princess seam.

Click on the photo to see it larger, and you’ll be able to see the front princess seam.

The princess seam on the back (again, click to view larger).

The princess seam on the back (again, click to view larger).

Still, the print is adorable (I’m a sucker for bunnies), the sleeves are interesting, and the fabric is nice and light, so I definitely see myself getting a good amount of wear out of it. Finally, I’d like to note that this top came with three extra covered buttons. Most tops only come with one spare.

With the sale prices, my $40 off coupon, the $7.50 customization fee, and $12.95 shipping, the order came to a mere $35.85. EShakti has sales and coupons all the time, and they’ve sent me a $20 coupon twice since using up that first $40 one, so there are ample opportunities to score a good deal. Plus, in addition to the measurement customization, that $7.50 fee also allows you to change the style to different necklines, lengths, sleeve types, and more.

Where else can you get that level of customization for a mere $7.50??

 

Off the Rack ~ An Overview of Outlets to Sell Used Clothing

As regular readers may have figured out, I do a lot of shopping. It seems I have a new dress or bra to review on here every week. But I also mention quite often the fact that I live in New York City, land of the tiny, closet-less apartments.

So where do I store all these dresses?? Well I actually have a limited number of hangers, and when they all get full, instead of buying more hangers I get rid of a dress or two. But when you spend so much time searching for dresses to fit your boobs, it’s hard to get rid of them! They’re so difficult to find and often expensive. Selling the nicer ones instead of donating to goodwill is one way that encourages me to make room in the closet, and over the years I’ve discovered several avenues for doing so. This week, I’ll give an overview of four methods, and what I like and dislike about each.

First up, the most casual: Selling through Facebook groups.

I often mention Facebook forums where I get advice on busty clothing, and several of those same forums are also a venue to swap and sell my boob-friendly castoffs. I’m a member of a Trashy Diva group, a general big boobs clothing group, and used to be on a few others such as Hell Bunny and Wheels & Dollbaby. These days, I’m just on the first two because they’re the best organized and have moderators who keep everyone on topic and keep an eye out for scammers.

In both groups, there are official photo albums organized by size, into which one can post the item for sale and write details about fit, condition, and price. Some people also simply post their available items to the wall, but in that case it can disappear under more active conversations, so I like to stick with the albums.

When someone is interested, they usually start out by commenting on the photo, and then if they decide to move forward with the purchase, the conversation will move to private messages. Thanks to Paypal, sending and receiving money is very easy and everything goes directly between seller and buyer without any middlemen and just a small Paypal fee.

Speaking of Paypal fees, there are two options for sending money. Sending as a “gift” and using your bank account (as opposed to a credit card) will incur no fees. Sending (or requesting) money as payment for goods and services incurs a small fee (about 2.5% or so). It would be nice to stick with the gift method, but it’s much safer to accept the fees and send as official payment. If there’s a problem with the item you purchase or it’s never received, you can open a dispute with Paypal and get a refund. You can’t open a dispute for a “gift,” though.

Some ladies in these groups get to know one another quite well and feel comfortable enough to do business with the “gift” function, but if you’re a new buyer or seller, I’d definitely recommend sticking with the fees.

Selling Method #2: eBay

I’ve been using eBay for about a decade, so I know it quite well at this point and feel very comfortable using it. It gives you a much wider potential selling base than a Facebook group does, but it’s also not as targeted an audience and there are thousands (millions?) of other people selling on there, so it’s hard to make your listings stand out. As such, it’s difficult to sell items that aren’t from a well-known brand. And with well-known brands, it’s more likely that there will be other people selling the same thing, which means you may not be able to command as high a price as you’d like, depending on the prices of similar items.

There are also a lot of annoying buyers on eBay who don’t follow the rules, doing things like asking for a lower price after winning an auction, simply not paying because they changed their mind, or even receiving the item and then lying about its condition to get a refund. Unfortunately, in recent years eBay has strengthened its buyer protections significantly whilst decreasing its seller protections.

For example, it used to be that both buyers and sellers could choose to leave positive or negative feedback. It’s since been changed so buyers can choose positive, neutral, or negative, but a seller can only choose positive or “report this buyer.” You can write a negative comment even while selecting “positive,” but there’s no way to select “negative” overall, and as a result it’s impossible for buyers to have anything but 100% positive feedback in terms of numbers. You have to go out of your way to report a buyer for violating eBay’s terms, and even then they’ll only get kicked off if they do it repeatedly. There’s no good way to warn other sellers that a particular buyer is bad news.

As a buyer, though, you can certainly take comfort in the fact that eBay will almost always rule in your favor should a dispute arise.

All that being said, eBay is extremely intuitive and easy to use. You simply click “sell” and follow the instructions step-by step. They want you to sell your items, because that’s how they make money—by taking a 10% cut of each sale. There are listings fees as well, but the first 50 or 100 (depending on category) per month are free, so that doesn’t affect small-time sellers like me. Payment is once again sent and received through Paypal.

EBay offers three kinds of listings: auction, buy-it-now, or auction with a buy-it-now option. For items that I expect to sell quickly (such as popular brands, or anything just before Christmas), I stick with auction and usually include a buy-it-now option for a higher price. For items by a lesser-known brand, I select just buy-it-now and leave the listing up indefinitely. You can choose the duration of each listing from as little as a few days, to a month, to “until it sells,” as I do with my buy-it-now listings.

One final tip: As a seller, you can offer a range of shipping carriers and speeds. I always go for USPS because it’s the cheapest for small parcels, but I often roll the cost of shipping into the price of the item and then offer “free shipping” (especially when I plan to use a Priority flat-rate box, because then I know exactly what it’ll cost no matter where I ship it or how heavy it is. People just love free shipping (or what they think is “free” shipping), so it can really boost your sales to offer it. I used to avoid doing that because it meant eBay was technically getting a cut of the money intended to pay for shipping, but they changed their policy a couple years ago and now they take a cut of the entire final value, shipping and all, so it makes no difference.

The third (and fourth) method: Shopping Apps

Shopping apps are smartphone applications or websites where sellers list their pre-owned clothing. The app takes a cut of each purchase, but also dictates the same shipping rate no matter the size or cost of the item, and provides sellers with a shipping label. There are no auctions, but buyers can message you to make an offer for a lower price or ask for a bundle of several items to avoid paying the shipping fee several times over.

I’m currently using two shopping apps, one of which I just signed up for recently. The one I’ve been using for a year or so is the smartphone app Poshmark. It has a very easy-to-use interface and is really fun for browsing and searching. I’ve wasted many an hour flicking through other people’s items, and once in a while you can find a real gem, like the pinup brands we’re all familiar with, for rock bottom prices.

Poshmark lets you submit up to four photos of your item, you select a category, and then you write your own title and description. They take a 20% cut, which is twice that of other sites. But Poshmark also only charges buyers $4.99 for shipping via USPS Priority.

They also host “Closet Clear-Out” events pretty frequently, during which time if you drop the price of an item by at least 10%, everyone who has “liked” it will receive an alert letting them know, and they’ll be able to get a shipping discount for an hour after the price drop. Again the program wants you to sell, sell, sell! since that’s how they make their money. There are no listings fees or ads.

I’ve bought and sold a handful of items through Poshmark, but to be honest I really expected to sell more stuff more quickly. I do better on eBay. I have several items with dozens of “likes” and plenty of comments, but they’re still languishing in my virtual closet months later.

One thing you can do to get more eyes on your items is to submit them to “parties,” which happen three times a day and always have a theme. The themes range from vague (“girly girl party”) to totally specific (“Nike, Puma, and Lululemon party”). You can also “follow” sellers, much like Facebook, and then “share” new listings to your followers. Other people can also share your items to their followers, so it helps to like items, leave comments, and follow other sellers.

A screen shot of my Poshmark “closet” on my phone.

A screen shot of my Poshmark “closet” on my phone.

The final app I’ve used to list clothes is called Tradesy. I actually haven’t explored the phone app much, but have listed lots of items through the website. While Poshmark only allows you to sell through the app (you can browse and buy through the site, though), Tradesy has an excellent website with full functionality.

Tradesy works much the same as Poshmark, but there are some key differences. First, they only take a 9% cut (again with no fees or ads). They have a higher shipping rate of $7.50 and will actually mail you a shipping kit complete with box and label when you sell something. No scrounging around for an old box or envelope! You select the box size from a dropdown when you list the item.

They also alter everyone’s main photo, to take out the background and replace it with a white field, and remove the hanger if it’s been photographed while hung up. This way, all the images across the entire app look consistent. They also allow you to upload up to eight photos, instead of Posh’s mere four.

I haven’t purchased or sold anything through Tradesy yet, so I can’t speak to that experience, but I really love their website interface. It’s so easy and intuitive to list things, and they even give you pricing suggestions based on similar items that have sold and the original price of the item.

Overall, I like using Tradesy better for listing things, but I like Posh better for buying, since I think the browsing, community, and communication experiences are better (and they offer cheaper shipping).

My Tradesy closet on the phone.

My Tradesy closet on the phone.

All the different selling outlets have their pros and cons depending on personal preferences and what you’re selling. I prefer to use all four since it makes it that much more likely that my items will sell (though some garments are not appropriate for all forums). It might sound like a lot of work, but if you list the item (or a few items) in all the outlets at the same time, it’s quick and easy. Just copy and paste all the same info across each platform!

Finally, in case anyone is interested in checking out my for-sale items, my eBay username is SailorM17 and in the two apps it’s Twingomatic.

Happy selling!

 

Off the Rack ~ Review: Separates from Collectif and Pin Up Girl Clothing

In honor of the American “Black Friday” (the day after Thanksgiving when stores open early and people line up in the wee hours of the morning to get crazy deals like 50 or 60% off big ticket items), British reproduction vintage clothing company Collectif held a “Black Thursday” sale during which every single item except coats was half off.

I’ve had my eye on this brand for quite some time, but the pound to dollar exchange rate is never in the dollar’s favor, shipping from the UK to US is costly, and their prices aren’t exactly cheap to begin with. But for 50% off, everything suddenly became a lot more affordable, so I picked up two pencil skirts, Ahoy Sailor and Agarva Matte.

Unfortunately, Collectif’s sizing isn’t nearly as hourglass-friendly as Pin Up Girl Clothing, so I was a little unsure what size to order. My waist is between a 10 and 12, but my hips are squarely a 14. I asked for advice in an online forum and was told that in these two items, my best fit would be 12, but it would be quite tight across my butt. Both these items are 98% cotton and 2% elastane/spandex, so that sounded fine to me.

I was thrilled when the skirts arrived. Both fit, and the quality is also top notch, better than PUG or Bettie Page in my opinion.

First up, the Agarva:

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Even though both skirts are the same color and same fabric content, they feel totally different. The Agarva is thin and smooth, sort of like suiting fabric. The straps are adjustable in front and back, with buttons at two heights on both sides and buttonholes at two heights on each end as well. You can wear them crossed in back or straight. I’m wearing it with the back on the loosest setting (top button and bottom buttonhole) and in the front, lining up both buttons with both buttonholes.

I was impressed that the skirt did not hike up while I walked, which a lot of pencil skirts tend to do on me. It was, however, a little tough to walk in because the legs are so narrow. I was essentially forced to take fast baby steps, especially in heels. I do have one serious complaint—the side zipper sucks. Not only is it hard to zip up, but it ends up looking all bumpy. You can see this quite clearly in the second photo, on my left side. It’s so smoothing on the other side, I really wish it had an invisible zipper up the back instead.

Next up is the Ahoy Sailor Skirt:

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The fabric on this one feels like heavy, stiff twill. With both of these skirts, I really wish the waist was smaller. The Ahoy fabric, in particular, has the potential to really flatten and flatter your tummy, but on me it’s too loose and does not achieve this effect. It’s actually a little bit unflattering on me, because Ahoy’s midriff seam curves under my little belly and basically emphasizes it. Annoying! Agarva doesn’t have this issue since it doesn’t have the same seam.

Aside from it not matching up to my measurements, I have no other complaints about Ahoy. I like the stiffness of the fabric because it doesn’t show visible pantylines and it looks very crisp.

In addition to loving the clothes, I was really pleased with Collectif’s customer service. For some reason, when I placed the order I was not charged shipping. Afraid that my order did not actually go through, and also not wanting to accidentally steal from a small business, I emailed them, and less than 24 hours later I got the following response:

Not too sure what happened there, but we have definitely received your order! Seems like a glitch and you got lucky ; )

Wow, okay! I thought maybe they would want to charge me after the fact, but they let me keep my accidental free shipping. Thanks Collectif!

Lastly, I’m happy to report that both skirts come with spare buttons and are machine-wash cold. No stupid dry cleaning bill here!

Now, as for those tops I’m wearing with the skirts, they’re both from Pin Up Girl Clothing (well, actually they’re from PinUpGirlStyle.com’s swap/sell group). The white one is the Dolly and the red is the Sailor top. I don’t have that much to say about these shirts. They fit like your standard medium women’s fitted tee. They certainly don’t fit as nicely as a BiuBiu or Urkye shirt. The fabric is very soft. I kind of wish the Sailor sleeves were either a little looser or a little longer, as they tend to bunch up around my elbows.

However, what I will complain about is that they are really freaking short. The Sailor is just long enough to cover the button on a pair of low-rise jeans:

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The Dolly top, though, doesn’t even reach my pants!

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The description online says it’s “long enough to wear tucked in, or out over jeans.” Well that’s laughable. I know I have a long torso, but this is ridiculous. It’s lucky that I own so many high-waisted skirts and shorts, because I literally can’t wear this shirt with anything else. I grew out of belly shirts when I was a teenager and I have no desire to go back to them.