Often times it is pure luck when you find a particular dress you have been lusting after on sale at an incredible price. When Bernie Dexter released sneak peaks of her upcoming designs featuring a vibrant orange poppy print, I was mesmerized. By pure chance, I came across the Frenchie Halter Dress in Orange Poppy Print on clearance at Modcloth for an incredible steal of $45.99! Some of you may recall, I posted the sale on Facebook for all to snag one as well.
Available in sizes XS-2X in a variety of prints ~ MSRP $156USD
With only one other Bernie Dexter in my closet, I decided to follow the size chart and order a size Large since my measurements at the time were 36-29-42. The moment the Frenchie Dress arrived, I was absolutely infatuated with the stunning bold poppy print and orange is my favorite colours of all time. Being in between sizes on the chart, I found the Frenchie to fit a bit loose in the bust and waist. The gathered shelf bust provides modest coverage and suitable for a average to smaller bust sizes The Frenchie features a less full skirt, falling just below the knee. With my waist now down to 28″, I had to get bust and waist taken in considerably but it was so worth it! Nothing feels better than a dress that fits you like a glove.
What makes Bernie’s designs so unique is her use of bold patterns and colours different from anything else on the market. Although I tend to shy away from bold prints, hers are always classic and not overpowering. The swing dresses are often made from 100% cotton and so comfortable for every day wear. They are highly sought after and eventually become a sort of collectors item once they are discontinued. Bernie herself sells a lot of her designs on Ebay once they no longer available in retailers.
The Frenchie is wonderful for just about any outing: I pair mine with a black cardigan or shrug for work and black patent leather round toe pumps. It can be dressed up or down depending on the look you choose. Since the orange is perfect for fall, now will be a ideal time to get the most wear before the cold winter months roll in. I received many compliments on this beauty while on our wedding trip in the Bahamas this past May.
Although the Frenchie Dress in Orange Poppy is now discontinued, you can find them on clearance at various online retailers. If you love the cut, make sure to check out Bernie’s new releases as the Frenchie is one of her design staples.