Without a petticoat my dog print dress is for me, at least, pretty understated, not really a full on vintage look and work appropriate for my teaching job.
The dress had so much dog stuff going on I had to add my mink cat brooch, because after all I'm a cat mom too.
Add a petticoat and the dress steps right over the line into 1950s fabulousness.
50's women really new what they were doing with this silhouette, its fun and flattering, a wide skirt can have a slimming effect on the waist. Bernie's dresses are great because they work with and without petticoats and everyone loves options. Personally, I prefer the petticoat.
Petticoats are also great for adding a touch of color to an outfit. I have a red one that I love wearing with my Trashy Diva rocket dress
It really takes the dress to the next level. Jessica is a petticoat expert and lists plenty of sources for the fab garment here. Personally I have three petticoats. My back and white ones are from amazon and my red one is from mod cloth. I love them all, but the Mod Cloth one is better quality.
One caveat pay attention to your height when ordering, I always get a short petticoat since I'm only 5'1 a regular length petticoat would be ankle length on me.
Petticoats are just so much fun its hard not to smile while wearing one.
Dog Print Dress-Bernie Dexter
Rocket Dress-Trashy Diva
Red Shoes-Miss L Fire
Red Petticoat-Mod Cloth
Black Sequin Cardigan-Thrifted
Mink Cat Brooch-Thrifted