Pinup. Quirk. Sparkles.
On any given day, any one of these three things is guaranteed to be a hit with me – but combined? Oh damn, combined we’re talking about smittenness of – dare I say it? – plus size proportions.
And that is exactly which category this skirt from Atomic Starlet falls into. I stumbled across the quirky awesomeness by designer Jennifer Engelbrecht while perusing Etsy one day, and fell head-over-heels. Not only are her designs available from size XS to a 4XL, but they’re so fun and quirky and different too. On her website Jennifer explains that her designs are inspired both by her love of ’40s and ’50s style, and her appreciation for all things sci-fi.
Exploring the Atomic Starlet site is worth it just for a fun read – each skirt comes with it’s own outer-worldly story. The best part? You only get the resolution when your order arrives! (And oh is it ever worth the wait!)
While it was a tough call, the skirt I fell hardest for is the ‘Mesmerism‘ design. At the time I thought it was because of my affinity for blues, but when the skirt arrived in real life the reason was obvious – it’s TOTALLY a mermaid print! (Or chimera scales, depending on which you favour!)
The fabric – 100% cotton – feels incredibly luxurious and has a gorgeous weight, which is amplified by a stiffened hem, which gives you that awesome swishy, swirly feel, even without a petticoat.
The sweet bow is the perfect finishing touch, and is removable, which I think is an awesome feature. There’s something about a bow at the waist that just makes a pinup look ‘finished’, but I’d really like to try pin it to my top and see how that looks, but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet (damn you, winter weather! *shakes fist*).
The craftsmanship of this item is beyond reproach – it’s made to fit perfectly, it’s finished perfectly, and it’s just gorgeous quality.
Mesmerism‘s special story not only includes the standard aliens and intergalactic space travel (obviously!), but also lava, costume balls and a chimera. Want to see how it all weaves together? Well, you’ll have to find out here!
For this post I’ve styled the Mesmerism (how perfect is that name for it? Let’s be real for a sec!) with the cape top from Afriblossom‘s summer line (hallo, how perfect is that colour match!?) – and some glitter wedges (that I’m more than a little obsessed with) from Queenspark. They even have that kind of ‘outer space’ aesthetic, so I thought they were just beyond perfect.
So, how do we like it, curvettes?
Girl in the Pearls