Finding Inspiration In Forgotten Beauty

I won’t be the first blogger to admit that on occasion we suffer from “writers block” or feel uninspired to adequately express ourselves. These times usually happen when life gets hectic and we feel the pressure to not disappoint our readers. This week I was definitely experiencing that angst and decided to take the weekend to relax to get back to my happy bloggers place. Late Sunday night as I was searching for a particular photo on my laptop, I stumbled on a set of images we had taken this past fall and had completely forgotten about. From the moment I saw the rich autumn colours of that day, I quickly felt inspired and excited all over again. I am certain you will agree that the Bernie Dexter Scallop Pin Up Dress in Black with Luscious Rose deserves to be revered.

Available in sizes XS-1X ~ MSRP $156USD

IMG_6589When it comes to Bernie Dexter sizing, it is known that each particular style runs very different to the suggested size chart. This means we must rely on online reviews and customer feedback in our fabulous pinup forums to ensure we find the right fit. After consulting with a few seasoned BD experts, I decided to order a size Small despite my measurements (bust 36”, waist 26/27”) exceeding the size chart since this style was known to run more generously. This was indeed very true, the size Small fit me with room to spare in the waist and the bust was quite flattering, not snug whatsoever. The Scallop Pin Up Dress features the most delicate scalloped sweetheart décolletage with matching hem detail, adjustable thin straps, full swing skirt, with back zipper closure and black vinyl belt. Fabricated from a quality printed cotton which features opulent red and pink roses accented by lush green foliage. At 5’-4” tall, the scalloped hemline falls slightly below the knees.

IMG_6578 IMG_6598The Scallop Pin Up Dress was one of those distinct designs that simply resonated with my love of vintage rose prints. They are truly timeless and capture the beauty of an era that is never ending. The scalloped design simply embodies the essence of the delicate nature of a rose. I found that the neckline needed a little extra pressing and proper undergarments to ensure the edges lied flat against the body as it has a tendency to curl outward. A more permanent solution would definitely be to add some spray starch to stiffen the fabric. Although the fabric is lightweight cotton perfect for the hot summer months, the solid black background makes it ideal for all seasons.

IMG_6595The luxury of the Scallop Pin Up Dress is that it can be dressed up or down for any occasion just by changing your accessories and shoes. In addition to being very appropriate to wear to the office, simply by adding a cropped cardigan in any of the accenting colours: pink, red, green or black. To create a quick polished look: tie your hair back in a high bun, throw on your favorite pair of round toe pumps finished off with a pair of red rose cabochon earrings. To show off the delightful scalloped hem, pair it with a contrasting red petticoat and allow it to peek through.

IMG_6582 IMG_6604Sometimes it only takes the beauty of a classic rose to rekindle the creative mind of a writer. Although the Scallop Pin Up Dress is no longer available on Bernie Dexter’s main website, there are still some online shops with stock remaining and most definitely keep an eye on Bernie’s Ebay store for end of line clear outs at incredible prices.


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