I’ve had my eye on Bernie Dexter‘s Paris dress for a while now. It’s a beautiful early 1960s-style sundress with a ruched bust panel and semi-circle skirt that comes in a variety of beautiful prints. I first admired the Paris in the pink blossom print – a springy cherry theme – but soon fell in love with the turquoise and rose fabric style as well.
In addition to their beauty, Bernie’s made-in-USA pieces are also high quality. They’re not cheap, which means I usually wait until they’re on some sort of sale. Luckily, I happened upon both of my favorite Paris fabricways on mark down this month! The pink blossom Paris was on clearance at BernieDexter.com while the turquoise floral was 20% off in the Unique Vintage Presidents’ Day sale. Since the beautiful Bernie Dexter Veronique dress in the blush cabbage rose print was on extra mark down at Unique Vintage, I picked it up too!
All three lived up to my expectations. I purchased them all in XL, which worked well for my 42-32-48″ frame. Sometimes Bernie’s sizing varies, but these all fit like my doily print Sweetheart dress. The Veronique requires – and accommodates – underpinnings, but the Paris dresses don’t. The bodice is supportive without a bra up to at least a real E or F cup, which is where I’m at. The top edge of the bodice is elasticized for comfort.
All three dresses will be perfect for spring, which is already very much upon us here in California!