Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Big Dress Debate: Bernie Dexter vs. Jenny

I've been dying to talk about this on my blog!  As someone who is doing their best to make less but higher quality purchases, I was worried about where to start.  When you save up to purchase a high quality piece, you want it to be perfect.  I've discussed this with a few other bloggers but there has been lots of debate between Bernie Dexter dresses and the one and only Jenny dress from Pinup Girl Clothing.  Which is best?  That's hard to say off the bat, but here are some points to consider if you're thinking about either of these dresses.

Bernie Dexter Pinup Girl Clothing Jenny

Both Bernie and Jenny get points in this department.  They're both made in the USA and they usually come in cotton.  The Jenny dress also comes in sateen which is an added bonus.  The fabrics are sturdy and breathable.

I'm going to give this one to the Jenny dress, only by a hair though.  The bodice is always boned and the straps are adjustable.  You can literally fit this dress to your liking.  To my knowledge (I could be wrong) none of Bernie's dress straps are adjustable.  Some of them do come with boning but not all.  If you need boning in your Bernie dress, make sure to check the description before you buy.

Again, Jenny by a hair!  Both offer sizes from XS-2XL.  Jenny wins because their sizing goes up to 4XL.

I would actually consider this personal preference, but Bernie wins it for me here.  Her dresses fit my frame to perfection.  I have a larger bust with a much smaller waist and Bernie's dresses definitely cater to that frame.  I consider myself between sizes in the Jenny dress.  I end up going with the larger size for my chest, but I feel like there is a bit of extra fabric in the waist.  It's minor and nothing a tailor or a belt won't fix, but if we're splitting hairs I have to mention it.

Extra Features
Bernie wins this round!  Her dresses almost always come with pockets (major plus!) and a matching belt.  I love it when a dress comes belted, you can never have enough belts in your closet!  The Jenny dress doesn't have either of these features.  I will say that the skirt of the Jenny dress is considerably fuller than any Bernie dress I own.  If you really love to twirl in your dress, Jenny should be your pick.

So what's my preference?  I'd choose Bernie Dexter for my next purchase.  I have two Jenny dresses and I don't regret those purchases for a second.  But, I feel like I get more for my money with a Bernie dress.  I highly doubt that I'll stop at two Jenny dresses though ;).

What's your opinion?  Which do you prefer?  Maybe there's another designer you love that I haven't mentioned.  Let me know in the comments below!



P.S. See all of Bernie's dresses HERE and the many variations of the Jenny dress HERE.
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