Do you ever fancy something that you just seem to always seem talk yourself out of buying? Constantly saying to yourself “not right now”, “it is too expensive”, “wait for a really good sale”, “but don’t you want x more?”…the adverse reasons that repeatedly arise give you the feeling that the timing is never quite right. Sometimes that inner struggle can go on for months or even years but no matter, your heart still desires it after all this time. Until one day…all objections go out the window when online retailers like The Sugar Shack Boutique come along, offering fabulous designer clothing at incredibly low prices. Finally…there were no more valid reasons why I should not buy the Bernie Dexter Cheryl in Sorbet Dress any longer.
Available in sizes XS-2X ~ MSRP $156 (Sugar Shack Sale Price $108)
It had been quite some time since I purchased any Bernie Dexter designs but I did recall that sizing was a rather inconsistent with the universal size chart. With feedback from my fellow pinup fashionistas and online reviews, I decided to risk ordering a size small despite my bust (36″) being 2″ larger than the recommended measurements. The medium would have been undoubtedly too big in the waist since I measure 26-27″. Now the moment of truth…did the size gamble pay off? I would have to say yes but admit that the bust is on the snug side but not uncomfortably so. The waist fits perfectly and with the right non push up bra, the small was effectively the right choice. The Cheryl Dress features wide capped sleeves with a well constructed bodice that includes boning, fitted waist with full skirt, a contrasting cherry red vinyl belt and back zipper closure. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls a couple inches below the knees.
The Cheryl Dress in Sorbet caught my eye many moons ago because of my love of bold rose prints. The softness of the colour combinations is absolutely mesmerizing and elegant. I am kicking myself for waiting so long now, it’s truly even more spectacular than I ever imagined. The extra wide straps are a nice design element, a refreshing change to what is currently available when it comes to better shoulder coverage. Even more notable to mention is how well the bust is designed and constructed. The boning is well placed to provide the right shape with firm support and is not likely to warp. Made from a lightweight cotton, ideal for those warmer summer days. To top it off, there’s pockets!
We all love when belts are included with the dress, making it that much easier to complete the ensemble. Taking a cue from the designer, it was a no brainer to accessorize using the bright cherry to make the rose sorbet print pop. I paired the Cheryl Dress with some small red rose cabochon earrings, my go to cherry Madden Girl pumps, finished off with a fluffy petticoat by Hell Bunny. As many of you know, I am not much of a fan of petticoats but in this case, the two go amazingly together.
If it weren’t for The Sugar Shack Boutique, I would have likely found many more excuses not to take the plunge to buy the Cheryl Dress by Bernie Dexter and sincerely regretted every moment that I waited. Fortunately for all of you, The Sugar Shack Boutique is currently hosting a “Spooktacular Sale” until October 24th! All Bernie Dexter dresses are 20% off the listed price ($135), free domestic shipping and discounted International Shipping as well. Make sure to check them out now, these sales only happen for a very limited time!