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To Me You Are a Work of Art

All About the Outfit!

This is  going to be largely a review piece!  Vintage reproduction designer, Bernie Dexter, has recently introduced a new style (the Sharon dress) and I can’t say I’ve seen it pop up on too many ladies so far!  (Currently Bernie doesn't even have this dress on her site otherwise I'd link this!).  I got it in Zulily’s epic Bernie sale a few weeks back, so I thought I’d share my experiences.

Honestly, I was nervous about this one!  I’ve never gotten a fitted Bernie (read: one that isn’t open past the waist).  Her sizing chart made me wonder if I should swap my usual XS for a Small, but I figured for the Zulily prices I should stick with what I know and I could always sell it if it didn’t work.

The good news is that it fits really well!  The not really good OR bad news is that it is quite fitted, meaning I definitely don’t have room to grow!  Haha.  (Good thing I'm currently enrolled in Krav Maga and getting the best workouts of my life?!) This is all fine and good, but part of my curiousty about this dress was wondering if it would be fitted versus closer to a shift dress.  I didn’t care either or per se, but if I had to pick I was hoping for something closer to a shift dress.  The photos on the site that popped up were slightly ambiguous and I was worried about ordering a size that would make the fit of the dress weird.

So my bottom line advice is as follows: if you love this style stick with your normal size, unless you want it looser.  Also, this dress is definitely the shortest vintage repo dress that I own.  I never mind a short dress, but many of you ladies in vintage land do, so keep that in mind!

Below are some multi-angle shots so you can see for yourselves how the dress is constructed and how it fits.
Style Details:

Dress- Bernie Dexter via Zulily
Brooch- Erstwilder
Shoes- Nine West

Music Time: 
I'm a pseudo weird/dark girl who somehow has never mentioned Morrissey on her style meets music blog.  Weird!  Well, with that description it goes without saying that I'm a big fan.  Despite that he's toured quite a bit the past few years (I feel like he's been in Colorado once a year or more for the past 4 years) I have yet to see him live.  Since this dress is like a work of art in it's print, I decided this blog post title should be after the Morrissey song, "To Me You Are a Work of Art."  Enjoy :)
I've recently added two pages to this blog, one that catalogues posts named after songs and another that catalogues all of the concert stories.  Click the links on to see for yourself!  Happy Friday!

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  1. Wow that is quite a shorter Bernie dress, looks great on you though Lauren! :) I'm actually blogging a Bernie dress soon, with that same print but a different style dress!

  2. I love this dress, you look so AMAZING in it!!! I'd love to get my hands on this one. x

  3. Stunning print! So, I usually also gravitate away from fitted styles, but this one works so well. You look amazing in it too. Those classes are paying off!

  4. I like the mix of prints in the dress, and it is a nice style, the shorter length works well on you as you have the legs for it! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  5. Gorgeous photos! Love you pretty dress!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  6. You always find the best prints, I love this one and the ballet one below

  7. Nice post!!

  8. Such a cute dress Lauren-Blair! Happy Friday!
    Xo, Christianne

  9. This dress looks amazing, the print & colors are matched perfectly! It doesn't look too short so I guess it is a great summer dress)
    You are in some serious work outs and they are paying off!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend darling!


  10. Such a stunning dress!!! The fabric, cut, color, print... Everything is perfect!!

  11. You look amazing! This dress is so beautiful and it's quite an unusual style for Bernie Dexter isn't it? Well, you're totally rocking it. You really are a sight in this!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Much love,

  12. I am not used to seeing you in a more fitted skirt. Lovely! The size you picked looks perfect, and I like your braids.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  13. Very demure! Love the dual prints/colors going on this dress. It's like two styles in one :)

    xx Yasmin

  14. Cute dress!
    You're so pretty.

    dont forget to visim me back,

  15. Holy cow, Lauren! You have a stunning figure and that dress literally looks like it was specially made for you! Are you still doing yoga?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  16. What a cute dress! I love the shoes too, such a unique color. They look really comfy too, are they?

    Je M'appelle Chanel

  17. Nice dress :)

    The Cutielicious

  18. Thanks so much for the comment on my latest post
    it means so much to be and Iwanted to say THANK YOU in a more personal way.
    you are amazing.

    with love your AMELY ROSE

  19. I loved loved loved the dress!!!!! It's beautiful, with two patterns, and both are great! So good it fits well, and yes, I am not used to wear that length, but it is so beautiful, I would do what I normally do when I love a certain print (like I did now!) - take to my seamstress and add some hem, to make it longer :) But look, you have a perfect figure, so you can wear it in a perfect way! You really really look gorgeous! By the way, I love Morrissey! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  20. I'm digging the new blog layout! Also, this dress is seriously gorgeous, and the fit is absolutely perfect on you! I hope Zulily works out the kinks with these Bernie events soon, because she is killing it with great designs/prints lately!

    Have we had the Cure vs. Smiths conversation yet? Honestly, I'm not a one-or-the-other type, but I know a lot of people are. The Cure played such a huge role in my life for such a long time, but I think the Smiths are pretty great too!

  21. You look so tall and sexy in this fitted dress. I love the combinaton of colors <3

    SHAIRA // New Post- Lighthouse

  22. stunning look <3 <3 <3

  23. you look great :)
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  24. Great outfit! I love your outfit and style! you look gorgeous :) Such a great outfit inspiration :)

    xx Jamie| With Love, Jamie

  25. I love this dress! Would love to wear something like it.
    Happy Day :)

  26. Ooo I love the tighter design and fit and damn Lauren those legs!!! Also your hair is so gorgeous like this! <3

  27. This is soooooo cute! I love the dress, the hair and the colour of your shoes xx

  28. This is a super cute dress and it looks great with your hair and shoes!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  29. Very chic outfit! I love everything about it, very much including that darling Erstwilder brooch (they're a total obsession of mine, too! :)).

    ♥ Jessica

  30. I must have this dress! Holy smokes is it gorgeous on you!! The pattern is beautiful! And you are enrolled in Krav Maga?? I've been really interested in Krav Maga ever since I enrolled in a kickboxing/self-defense class. I've been wanting to take it a step further, I guess. And it seems like a really good workout! :) I don't actually know anyone who's done it, though! I'll have to send you a message to pick your brain a bit. :)


  31. Wow! I've never seen this style of Bernie's before. I would have never guessed it was a Bernie Dexter dress! How fun that it's so different from her usual styles! Looks great on you!

  32. You look amazing in this shift dress! I am in love with this print and the cut looks really nice on you. Great choice! One of my favorite looks on you to date:)


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