Published Writing

Articles and Essays

’Tis the Season: What 80s Mall Movies Tell Us About an Enduring Site of American Tension, LitHub, 12/2/2022

What We Wear: A Reading List on Fashion and Our Complex Relationship with Clothes, Longreads, 3/2022

An Ode to Poorly Lit Dressing Rooms, Catapult, 9/2020

Why Your Grandma’s Housecoat is the Perfect Work-From-Home Outfit, Catapult, 9/2019

What will the 2000s fashion revival really look like?, The Outline, 9/2019

Farewell to Payless and its terrible, no good, very cheap, occasionally meaningful shoes, The Outline, 4/2019

“The New Peacock Revolution in Menswear” MIX Magazine, Spring 2019 (print, UK)

TV Reboots Aren’t Really About Nostalgia, BuzzFeed Reader, 8/2018

Why Gen X Isn’t Psyched for the ’90s Revival, Vox, 3/2018

Coming of Middle Age with Ursula Le Guin, Full Stop 2/2018

Portrait of a Budget Cut, Inside Higher Ed, 1/2018

How Garment Workers Used Fashion on the Picket Line, Racked, 12/2017

‘Menocore’ Is as Much About Wealth as It Is About Age, Racked, 10/2017

Literary and Creative Nonfiction

Just Looking, Buckman Journal, 6/2022 (print)

Orphans and Runaways, Hippocampus Magazine, 1/2022

Selected Writing For Dismantle Magazine

What the 1980s Prairie Revival Can Tell Us About Cottagecore, 9/2021

21st Century Queer Fashion Stories: A Conversation with Dr. Kelly Reddy-Best, 6/2020

The Dress Code: How Short Hair Became a “Rule” for Older Women, 11/2019

The Dress Code: Is the Kimono Trend Cultural Appropriation?, 7/2019

Sorry to Bother You and Why Pro-Union Movies Are So Rare, 12/2018

That Vetements Window Display and The Trouble With Social Justice Chic, 8/2017

See all my work on Dismantle here.


Bernstein, Sara T. and Elise M. Chatelain. “21st Century Teenage Monsters: Representations of Coming of Age on the Fringes of America.” Studies in the Humanities ​43:1&2 (2016): 52 – 64.

Kaiser, Susan B., Joe Hancock and Sara T. Bernstein. “Luxury and Its Opposites: A Critical Fashion Studies Perspective.”​The Luxury Economy and Intellectual Property: Critical Reflections​. Eds. Haochen Sun, Madhavi Sunder and Barton Beebe. Oxford UP, 2015. 13 – 29

Bernstein, Sara T. and Elise M. Chatelain. “CEO’s and Office Ho’s: Notes from the Trenches of our Women’s Studies Classrooms.” Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture. Eds. Kumarini Silva and Kaitlynn Mendes. Palgrave, 2015. 19 – 35.

Kaiser, Susan B. and Sara T. Bernstein. “Rural Representations in Fashion and Television: Co-optation and Cancellation.” ​Fashion, Style and Popular Culture Journal ​1.1 (2014): 97 – 117.

Dissertation: From Little Black Dress to Little Blue Vest: Fashion, Film, and the Shifting Position of the American Shopgirl (2013)

Bernstein, Sara T. and Susan B. Kaiser. “Fashion Out of Place: Experiencing Fashion in a Small American Town.” ​Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty​. 4.1 (2013): 43 – 70.

Bernstein, Sara T. “ ‘In this same gown of shadow:’ Functions of Fashion in Villette.” The Brontës in the World of the Arts. Eds. Sandra Hagan and Juliette Wells. Ashgate Publishers, Ltd., 2008. 149 – 168. 

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