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Laura Byrnes California Monica Gathered Cocktail Dress in Off-White

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$168.00
The Monica is a wonder of a wiggle! With a design inspired by the sexy gathered wiggle dresses of mid-century Hollywood, the beautiful crossover bustline features soft, clear elastic to hold the jersey to your skin and allows the sleeves to sit slightly off-shoulder - and may also be worn comfortably on-shoulder. The fabric is a unique matte knit that will not pill, resists wrinkles, and has beautiful drape and stretch. A built-in stretch Bengaline shaper for the bust, waist, and lower hip gives support, structure, and holds you in, while being surprisingly comfortable, while the gathered outer fabric disguises the internal structure and gives you a sleek and clean hourglass silhouette. The result is an incredibly sexy and attention grabbing wiggle dress with the structure to have you looking your best while stopping traffic and breaking hearts. Prepare to be endlessly complimented (we'll give you "I got it at PUG" cards to give out)!

DESIGNED BY: Laura Byrnes
ORIGIN: Made in USA
FIT NOTES: Fits true to size, please check the size chart for each item. This dress is meant to fit snugly. It should feel tight while you wiggle into it (from the top only!)
RESTOCK: The Monica is one of our best sellers, and we restock often. Please join the wait list if your size is out of stock, and we will notify you as soon as your item is available
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Bella Novela

(Posted on 10/26/2017)

Item Size:M
Perfect!
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I absolutely love this dress. It does take some work getting into the dress but it fits beautifully.
 

Marina

(Posted on 10/20/2017)

Item Size:3X
Not snow white and make my boobs flat
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Great dress in terms of quality of fabric. Except one thing: my personal expectations and reality issue. Probably, I expected too much. The dress is not as snow white as in the pics - it is warm white with yellow shade. And special push up bra is needed under - my naturally big boos looked flat in daily bra. Strange thing... So, I was upset as planned to use the dress as wedding one.
 

Roo

(Posted on 9/27/2017)

Item Size:L
Too tight for a big bust
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I bought this dress for my wedding and was very excited about it. Perfect style/color for the look I wanted. Unfortunately, my bust was was too large for the fit of the dress. The body fit fine and I could tell flatters most curves, but my natural 34DD/DDD's did not fit and it looked horrible. The extra fabric used around the bust line did not have enough flexibility to allow my bust to look full and perky. I also did not like the quality of the sleeves being see-through while the rest of the dress was very thick and well made.
 

Sherry

(Posted on 6/21/2017)

Item Size:XS
Perfect Timeless Dress
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This dress is a dream! It is the most flattering, jaw dropping dress, so sexy and sensual yet so very classy! This dress is an investment, it can easily be dressed up or down and will be suitable for just about any occasion. No bra needed, the Monica offers great support even for us bigger chested girls.
The only warning, getting into the Monica is an event (getting out too!) It takes a lot of wiggle and shimmy, but once you get in, SOOOO worth the struggle! Also I have found that the more you do it, the easier it gets!

I think I will be getting a Monica in every colour
 

Jocelyn

(Posted on 8/21/2016)

Wanted to love it
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The dress itself is beautiful and I loved the outer fabric. Th liner however, was thick and stitched in all the wrong places for my body. If I could've just removed the liner and worn a stretchy white slip instead, I wouldn't have returned it but to remove it would've been a big undertaking and for the price I want a dress that doesn't need major alterations. I'm a large/12. Sadly, didn't work for me:(
 

Blondie

(Posted on 6/3/2016)

A necessity in my book
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If you don't have this dress, you absolutely must. This is my second Monica. I also have the red.

The fit is wonderful and the dress is flattering, no matter your size. There is the perfect amount of stretch. The ruching hides all manner of flaws. I love that you can wear it over the shoulder or off shoulder. I find that if I try to wear too much of a bra with it, then it has a funny warped look to the top, so I wear it without one as it gives me plenty of support for my 38C girls. Of course I probably just don't have the right bra for it.

I bought this for my 40th wedding anniversary dinner and it was absolutely perfect. I got so many compliments that it was almost embarrassing. But the best compliment of all was from my man of 40 years...and counting.

Thank you PUG for bringing it back in stock just in time.
 

Mac

(Posted on 4/25/2016)

Classic!
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I've seen people rave about this dress for ages now, so I had to see for myself. It is insanely flattering and comfortable to wear. (It even keeps your strapless bra in place!) The only downside is it's hard to wriggle into. If you put it on over your head, it's near impossible not to rake your hair/makeup. I can just barely wiggle it up over my bottom, but it's worth the extra effort.
 

JP

(Posted on 11/17/2015)

very nice dress
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This dress is beautiful , perfect fit , a great pinup allure !
 

Must Have A Backup Plan

(Posted on 8/8/2015)

Zipper got stuck then popped
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I was so excited to receive this beautiful dress. The material is quality and a pure white just like I wanted for the all white party. I tried the dress on as soon as I got it. It fit, only thing was the zipper got stuck a little from the top. I just left cause I didn't want to force it. So I decided to wait until I had someone else to zip me up. So before leaving for the party I enlisted my daughter to help me with the zipper. Once again it got stuck just short of reaching the top. Finally we got it to zip all the way and then it popped open from the center. Luckily I had a backup but you can't imagine how disappointed I was. I noticed a 2nd zipped was provided but that doesn't help much when it's 2 hrs pre party. I guess I'll have to pay to get it fixed now. I love the dress.
 

Bridget

(Posted on 7/15/2015)

Well Well Well ...I see what the Fuss is all about!!
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This dress is beautiful in many ways. It's got a very rich feel about it because of the amount of fabric.... The zipper is placed perfect & completely concealed ... & the neckline stays put low on you shoulders even with a large bust (36DD I have)! I ordered a large & it's perfect! I'm 5'9" I usually wear a size 10-12. The only thing that I wish was a bit tighter was the inside liner that I read so much about holdin your tummy tight but I guess I can get a sexy chincher to match the sexy dress:) oh & the color is more of a Diamond White not an Off White but regardless its just a beautiful shade couldn't be happier to wear it! Thanks Laura Byrnes for makin such a sexy dress for all sizes & keepin us women classy in an age wear skin seems to win
 

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