12.10.2016

Retro Style Dresses For You This Christmas!

Can you believe we're nearing the end of 2016? What a year it has been, hasn't it peeps? We'd like to thank you for your support - it's fans like you that makes what we do worth doing!

As we embrace the spirit of Christmas and welcome the presence of loved ones (and presents too! πŸ˜†), we thought you might want to celebrate this year in style! So we've rounded up all our Christmas themed retro dresses for you. Go check them out here.

And while you're at it, might as well add a pop of colour and complete your retro ensemble with one of our gorgeous 1950s style petticoats. Every retro dress deserves one and yours does too!


Enjoy! Till next time, stay retro girls! πŸ’›

11.12.2016

The 1970s Maxi Dress Styles: Are You A Fan?

Ah, the 1970s. Such carefree fashion styles ranging from flares to bell-bottoms, hot pants to mini skirts and maxi dresses to floaty kaftans. In 1970 fashion was all about keeping clothing snug on top and relaxed at the bottom. And of course, not forgetting pretty prints too!

Since summer is near (yes, you can most definitely feel it in the air!), temperatures are rising as we bid spring goodbye. I like to think that maxi dresses are a staple for summer especially with their lightweight and comfortable fabrics. It just makes the heat a little more bearable, and quite honestly, I just don't enjoy fabrics that adhere to my skin especially when I perspire. Nope, not one bit!

So this week, we've decided to introduce a few 1970s maxi dress styles featuring gorgeous printed chiffon fabrics to our online store. So if you're as much of a boho addict as we are, you're in luck because these selections will be perfect for you! :) Go check them out here.


Till next time, stay retro girls! πŸ’›

10.30.2016

Helping the Cangianos

In our last blog post which was a little over 2 weeks ago, we mentioned Jessica Cangiano from Chronically Vintage who reviewed our Elegant Me Floral Retro Dress.


It was on the same day itself, that is, the evening of Oct 13th that a horrific catastrophe befell the Cangiano family. It wasn't until a week later that we found out about the tragedy from Jessica herself. It was really heartbreaking.

The Cangianos lost their home and all of their belongings in an arson fire that destroyed the entire fourplex building which they lived in. Thankfully, the family managed to escape their dwelling unharmed but were unable to find their darling kitty, Stella before they had to evacuate.

Although the Cangianos survived this trying incident, most of what they owned were destroyed in the fire. A lifetime of vintage collectibles, books, electronic devices, craft supplies, and unfortunately, all of the merchandise in Jessica's Etsy vintage shop were wiped out in the blaze. The dress we sent Jessica (as seen in photo above) was sadly, lost as well. They were left with only the clothes on their backs, their phones, a small purse and their vehicle.

You can read more about from the blog post here as Jessica recounts the details of the incident and how the family is currently coping with the tragedy. The news story and a short video can also be read and watched here.

If you'd like to support Jessica and her family to get back up on their feet again, donations are more than welcome here, via a fundraiser dedicated to aiding the Cangianos.

Jessica and Tony, our thoughts are with you every step of the way. We wish you all the best and we know you will come back stronger than ever. Have faith that things will work out in the end. ❤️

10.13.2016

Where You've Seen Us - Part II

For us, it's never just about the dresses. It's about the smiles on people's faces and the twinkle in their eyes when they put on a dress they love. It's about the confidence that's evident when you wear something you're comfortable with. In short, a dress is just a dress. But it's the effect it brings to people's lives - that's what matters to us.

Probably one of the most loved bloggers out there, Rebecca from A Clothes Horse never fails to impress us with her outfit styles, perfect hair (every time!) and gorgeous photos. Every number she wears has a story to it, including this cute A Little Birdy Told Me Retro Dress. As an American living in Northern Ireland, Rebecca loves vintage and retro styles, but puts her own spin on it by wearing them in a more modern way with quirky, personal touches. Read more about the outfit post here.



Getting to know Jessica from Chronically Vintage has been nothing but an absolute dream! As one of our all time favourite bloggers, we felt connected to her the moment we stumbled upon her blog which is centered around her love for all things vintage specifically from the 1930's to the 1950's. We couldn't help but feel warm and fuzzy all over when we saw her in our Elegant Me Floral Retro Dress. Though the dress may have sold out, we'll always have this beautiful photo of Jessica to remember this dress by! Want to see more lovely photos? Click here!



When we saw Katherine in our Elegant Floral Print Retro Dress, our hearts melted. As a children’s librarian who is very fond of books and novelty prints, Kat has always been one of our favourites! I for one, grew up loving books so I could immediately relate to Kat. Seriously, have you checked out her Instagram feed? It's truly one of its kind! We've always adored Kat's whimsical fashion styles and her lighthearted sense of humour. Check out more lovely photos of Kat in this dress in her blog post here


Seeing how our dresses inspire others just makes what we do so much more meaningful. Our hope is to bring beautiful and modest vintage inspired and retro dresses to all women out there, and we thank God everyday for allowing us to do what we love and more importantly, enjoy doing it. :)

Till next time, stay retro girls! πŸ’›

9.30.2016

More 1950s Style Dresses To Fall In Love With This Spring

The 1950s is one of the most loved decades when it comes to vintage inspired fashion, and for good reason. The dress cuts and styles are just too cute! Exactly 3 weeks ago, we promised you more 1950s inspired dresses, so here we are!

This week, it's mostly about the solid colours but hey - let's not forget the prints too, eh? Never, dolls! πŸ˜‰



These gorgeous frocks all retail at an affordable price of less than AU$59, so all the more reason to get one of each colour right? πŸ˜„ Till next time, stay retro! πŸ’›



9.22.2016

Hate Mondays? See How Your Dress Colours Affect You.

I remember how I used to dread Mondays. The very thought of waking up to the sound of blaring alarm clocks was a major turnoff. Reluctantly dragging my feet to work, my eyes barely open and my body helplessly begging for just another hour (or two!) of rest and sleep.

Those were the days.

These days, I find myself looking forward to waking up each day. I set realistic goals that I know I can accomplish by the end of the day and I feel great about myself. Having a positive mindset really helps - Michael Phelps is right. This is perhaps one of my all time favourite quotes from the swimming legend.

“So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach.” - Michael Phelps

You may find it hard to believe, but part of my morning ritual is to put something on that I'd really feel comfortable with. How you dress is so important ladies - from the dress style to the cut and even the colour! Yes - colour does affect our mood and behaviour so choose wisely. Need to inspire trust and stability? Wear blue. Need a creativity boost? Try orange.

This week I've rounded up some of our best selling dresses and how their colours may affect you. Give these gorgeous frocks a go and enjoy the difference that they make in your life!


Green

Touted as the colour with a calming effect, green is easy on the eyes and is also believed to relieve stress. Perfect for when you know you have a long day ahead of you and need to stay calm and collected as you soldier on.

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Blue

Going for an interview, maybe? Try blue. There's a reason why the big guns like Facebook, Twitter and Intel (to name a few) have an element of blue in their logos - it's the colour of trust and loyalty. This is my very little secret to every interview I've ever attended and I'm happy to report that it has never failed me. It could very well just be a coincidence but it never hurts to try. ;)

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Yellow

Depending on how you perceive yellow, the colour can most definitely work to your advantage. For some, yellow is a happy and cheerful colour that brings about positive and energetic vibes. However, since yellow is the most attention-grabbing colour, too much of it may evoke some levels of anger and frustration. If you find that this applies to you, choose a dress featuring relaxed, casual prints or a more muted shade of yellow.

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Black

Black can also be a very tricky colour. Again, depending on individual, black can make you feel powerful and confident apart from the fact that it also makes you look slimmer. In the fashion industry, black is often seen on big brands such as Coach and The Iconic as the colour is synonymous to class and elegance.

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So there you have it - the psychology behind colours. Use this information to your advantage and choose the right colours to give you the strength, motivation and inspiration that you need.

Till next time, stay retro! πŸ’›

9.14.2016

Where You've Seen Us (With a Twist!) - Part II

This week's post is a special one indeed. Why? Well, we've decided to put together a few of our customer photos, featuring them all dolled up in their newly bought frocks. What's different this time is that these ladies have cleverly made their dresses their own. Read on to find out more!

Also, there are just too many beautiful photos to choose from, so if you don't see yours here - don't be disheartened, there will be more of these kinds of posts to come!

Vintage Inspired Color Block Ball Gown

When we first saw this photo, we were speechless! This is Christine H. looking perfectly stunning in her vintage inspired color block ball gown. Inspired by the rose petals elegantly scattered on the ball gown the model wore during the photo shoot (as seen in the model photos), Christine decided to add hand crocheted poppies to her own dress! This is by far the most creative undertaking we've ever seen in making a dress truly your own!


Comments from Christine:
"Hello. This is my fabulous ball gown with the added hand crocheted poppies. Absolutely everyone loved it, it was truly original. Thank you for making my night so special."

1950s Inspired Off Shoulder Prom Dress

This dress has always had a special place in our hearts, simply because everything about it is so truly perfect! (Well, in our eyes at least.) It had the right balance between modesty and showing some skin and didn't feel too over the top with just the right amount of flare in the skirt. Imagine our surprise (and delight!) when we found that @moving_eternity won Prom Queen 2016, wearing this dress! She reminded us so much of Elizabeth Taylor in one of her promotional portraits (wearing a red dress and a white fur shawl too!) the moment we saw her picture.


Comments from @moving_eternity:
"@dressific Thank you so much! The dress fit me perfectly and I got so many compliments! I felt like Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman in the red dress ❤️‍❤️‍"

1950s Inspired Striped Retro Dress

Here's Melanie in her gorgeous striped retro dress. Stripes are just so Audrey Hepburn and we love it to bits! We truly adored how Melanie put her own spin on the dress by adding a wide tan belt and completing her look with suede ankle boots. We think it's a clever way of adding some colour contrast and it looks great on her!

 

Comments from Melanie:  
"Thank you for all your help with the dress, it arrived and I have already worn it, it looks lovely and fits really well πŸ˜€ I decided to add a wide tan belt to it and I just love it! I got many compliments on it and was asked where I got it from."

These beautiful photos are what inspire us to continue doing what we love we to do - curating modest vintage inspired and retro dresses for elegant women. And yes, we just love receiving photos too because it feels great seeing how our dresses are being worn and the smiles on our customers' faces are truly priceless!

Till next time, stay retro. πŸ’›

9.09.2016

Your 8 Must Have 1950s Style Dresses This Spring!

Spring is in the air, ladies! And what better way to embrace the season than to play dress up in these beautiful swing dresses? From refreshing and bold floral prints to classic and adorable polka dot styles, we've got you covered this season! 😍

http://www.dressific.com/vintage-dresses?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=1950s

The best part is, these beauties retail at only AU$53.90 a piece, so rest assured you'll be looking gorgeously retro without ever breaking the bank.


P/S: More designs to come soon, so stay tuned. Till next time, stay retro! πŸ’›

9.02.2016

1950s Fashion: Elizabeth Taylor Does It With Elegance

Jet black hair, fair skin, piercing violet eyes and signature bold red lips... now who could that be?


If you guessed Elizabeth Taylor, then you're absolutely spot on, doll! This week, we drew our inspiration from the beauty, elegance and fashion styles of the one and only, Dame Elizabeth Taylor. (By the way, my mum is an absolute fan, and I can completely comprehend why.)

While today's 1950s fashion styles are primarily centered around swing dresses with prints, there is actually so much more to appreciate in this era. What I love most about Elizabeth Taylor's fashion sense is how she channels so much femininity in plain, solid coloured dresses. Elizabeth's two-time husband, Richard Burton, called her a 'miracle of construction'.

Elizabeth Taylor was voluptuous, and knew exactly how to flaunt her exaggerated hourglass figure. She reminds me a lot of Marilyn Monroe. These are some of my favourite photos of Elizabeth Taylor, so I hope you enjoy this lookbook as much as I do!

Elizabeth Taylor's circa 1950s Lookbook

I especially adore this photograph of Elizabeth Taylor and her sons, Michael and Christopher Wilding taken back in the 1950s. I just love how stunning she looks in a simple, solid red dress. It's almost unfair, isn't it? πŸ˜‰
  
Image Credit: CelebrityWC

My second favourite photo has to be this one where Elizabeth poses for a promotional portrait back in 1952. This photo is most likely a recoloured version of the original, but the point is that sleeveless lace dress. Gorgeous! (There's another version of this dress in baby blue but I like this one better. πŸ˜‰)

Image Credit: dailydoseofstuf on Tumblr

In 1948, when she was just 16, Elizabeth Taylor was already on the cover of Life magazine. Needless to say, looking as glamourous as ever.


Here's Elizabeth looking beautiful in this V neck white chiffon dress in the movie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). According to Mirror, this dress became such a hit that women all around the world copied the design, and even Elizabeth had one made for herself.

Image Credit: Mirror
I have always had a soft spot for emerald green. But this frock just does wonders for Elizabeth as the colour contrasts so well against her fair skin. She is picture perfect in my book. ❤️‍

Image Credit: Cloudpix
So the next time you feel like passing up on a plain, solid coloured dress, think Elizabeth Taylor. When the dress is simple, the focus is all about you and only you - don't you think so?

Till next time, stay retro! πŸ’›

8.26.2016

Made to Measure Dresses - Do They Work?

You know how they say that you should sometimes learn to take a step back and celebrate successes, regardless big or small? So this week, I thought we'd round up some of our favourite photos featuring our very own customers all dolled up in their gorgeous frocks. After all, all the product descriptions and model photos in the world can only do so much, but wouldn't it be more meaningful to see the actual dress being worn?

Many customers also have reservations about getting something made to measure for fear that it might not fit right, but you'll be happy to know that all our customers featured here had their dresses tailored to fit their own measurements. Don't you think they look amazing? ;)

Romantic Strapless Floral Retro Prom Dress

This one of a kind retro prom dress just looks adorable on Anne's daughter. I mean, truly, we are at a loss for words. She looks just like a Korean princess, doesn't she? With such a darling shade of pastel pink finished with delicate floral appliques and beadwork, what's not to love about this number?


Vintage Inspired Colour Block Ball Gown

It's always music to our ears when we hear our customers singing praises about our dresses and service. So imagine how we felt when we found out that one of our dresses was to be featured in a local online magazine? You got that right - cloud nine! These behind the scene photos were sent in by our customer who works as a makeup artist. We adore how she styled the model - it's oh so vintage!

 

Fit and Flare Vintage Inspired Prom Dress

Our all time favourite, this fit and flare vintage inspired prom dress just looks gorgeous on Lina below. Lina ordered her dress made to measure and couldn't be more happier with the results. We love how Lina put her own spin on the dress with her stylish hairdo!



Floral Lace Long Prom Evening Dress

Seeing Daphne in this dress just makes us smile. She is as beautiful as she is adorable. Both mother and daughter were so happy with this made to measure dress that they couldn't stop recommending us to their friends. We're so happy that we got to be a "part" of your special event, Daphne!


Audrey Hepburn Inspired 1950s Vintage Dress

And last but not least, we have the gorgeous Nicole wearing her Audrey Hepburn inspired off shoulder vintage dress. Although there were a few hiccups, Nicole was very happy with how it all turned out on the actual day and received many compliments about her dress. We're so happy for you, doll!


I honestly wished we could feature more, but that's all the time we have for today. If you love today's post, be sure to leave a comment and we'll feature more like this in future.

Till next time, stay retro! πŸ’›

8.18.2016

I've Seen Your Products Sold Cheaper Elsewhere. Why?

One of the more common questions we get from our customers is, why is it that your products are more expensive in comparison to other retailers in the market (to be more specific, China based companies)?

No Knockoffs. Period.

Well, firstly, it helps to understand that we have a strict no knockoffs policy. Put simply, what you see is what you get. Knockoffs are against the law and our company's policies. Our guarantee is that if our customers believe they have received a knockoff (e.g. the product received is not the same as advertised), they will receive a full refund, no returns required. While we understand that some of you may have seen similar products on other websites operated by China based companies at lower prices, we cannot speak on their behalf as we've never dealt with them before. Also, not to mention the fact that it would be quite unethical to trash a competitor. ;)

Before we ever sell products from a particular manufacturer or designer, we will sample their goods first. Once we’ve established a business partnership, all images, product information, catalog, etc. will be provided to us for our perusal as we are reselling the manufacturer’s products on their behalf.

As for our products, we absolutely love unique (and quirky) finds! We source our products worldwide from designers and artisans alike. Some of these designers even contribute a portion of their sales to local charities, so it helps to know that with every purchase we make, we're helping someone else in need. At the moment, we are not an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in that we do not produce our own clothing labels and designs (but who knows, maybe someday we will!) 

An Example

And what better way to illustrate my point than to provide an example, right? You got it sister! Say for example, you were interested in this Free As A Bird Vintage Style Dress. These photos were taken by our manufacturer with their own in house models. The fabric used is 100% cotton and features adorable and somewhat quirky bird prints.

Manufacturer's model photos

At this stage, some of us are sold by these great looking model photos (I know I am!). But others are still a little bit apprehensive. Sure, the dress looks good on the model, but what does it REALLY look like in reality? To answer your question, this is what it looks like. We took this photo with a regular camera - no fancy flashes or lighting. You can tell from the photo that it's cotton and the bird prints are the same as the model photos.

Close up of an authentic version of the manufacturer's dress

Now here's the problem. Some retailers may use the lovely model photos above, but what you're actually getting is the product below. As you can see, this version of the dress uses a polyester fabric instead although the print appears to be similar. Now, I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with this dress but to be fair to the manufacturer, if you are selling this version then don't use their photos. It's very misleading and it tricks the customer into thinking that they are getting an authentic designer (manufacturer) product when they are actually not.

A "similar" version of the dress

So I hope this gives you a better insight in terms of our products, and more importantly, what to be wary of when you're shopping from sites that carry similar products but at a rock bottom price. Remember that if it's too good to be true, it usually is. And if all else fails, trust your gut instincts.

Till next time, stay retro! πŸ’›

8.12.2016

2016 Vintage Inspired Prom Dresses You'll Love

This week, in keeping with the formals (a.k.a. prom) theme, we've added even more lovely designs in our store. Our inspirations? Nothing but the best of vintage fashion, we promise.


Audrey Hepburn will usually top our list, but surprisingly enough (well, maybe not), it's Grace Kelly that's driven most of our dress selections this week. See, we're not that predictable. πŸ˜‰ When it comes to dressing the part, this princess knows best. You probably may have seen these photos before, but it never ever gets old for us. After all, that's the best part about retro and vintage inspired designs - they'll never go out of style.

1. Colour Blocks

Can you believe that colour block formal dresses have been in fashion since back then? I especially adore this beautiful frock which Grace Kelly wore in the film, Rear Window. I love that it's so simple yet ever so elegant - so typical Grace Kelly style. Then again, beauty doesn't have to be complicated. Anyway, we'll have to thank Edith Head again for this classic, timeless number. The contrast really works with the belt adding a cute little detail to the waistline and the slightly lower V neck shows off the decolletage quite elegantly.


Image Credit: Exiled in Style

2. Off Shoulders

The fact that I love Audrey Hepburn to bits also means that she has to be on this list right? Yes, absolutely! If you've been mulling over whether or not to wear a ball gown, well maybe this will give you a good enough reason to? Here's a rare photo of Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann in the movie, Roman Holiday. That off shoulder ball gown is to die for! And ladies, if you're not going to wear a ball gown to your formals or wedding - then when else?


Image Credit: Rare Audrey Hepburn

3. Sweetheart Necklines

There's something about strapless sweetheart necklines that makes us swoon. (Note to self: Maybe that's why it's called a sweetheart neckline?) Most designs with this neckline just exude a feminine flair effortlessly, and with special occasions such as formals or prom, they almost always end up being the favourite choice. These days however, the colour white doesn't seem to get much love anymore, but it's still easily one of our favourite colours. I know I wouldn't pass up a date with anyone dolled up in a gorgeous white gown like the one Grace Kelly wore below in the movie, To Catch A Thief. 😍


Grace Kelly, To Catch A Thief

4. Off Shoulder Sweetheart Necklines

And what happens when you combine the best of both worlds? You get this beaut of a ball gown with an uber-feminine off shoulder sweetheart neckline. Suffice to say that this frock which Marilyn Monroe wore to the Academy Awards in 1951 still stands as one of our all time favourite Marilyn looks with such seductive glam. And that smile, it's priceless.

Image Credit: Sugarkane

5. Lace

When it comes to lace, I guess things can become a tad tricky. Simple reason being you either really love lace or hate it, so it's really subject to personal taste. However, having said that, I find it hard to believe how anyone would actually NOT like this dress. Picture perfect in white? It's an understatement. But that's probably how I would best describe Lauren Bacall dressed in this stunning white lace frock in the film, How to Marry A Millionaire. And that subtle touch of pearls - ingenious!

Image Credit: Everett Collection

Can't get enough of these beauties? Time to head on over to our store and check out more vintage inspired prom dresses, ladies! Till next time, stay retro. πŸ’›

8.04.2016

Shopping Tips For Your 2016 Formal (a.k.a. Prom) Dress!

With formals (a.k.a. prom) just around the corner, the hunt for the perfect prom dress has officially begun! While it may be exciting for some, others may find it quite stressful - and especially so if you're trying to purchase something off the shelf, or you're looking for something stunning and modest all at the same time.


Start Shopping Early

Our advice? Start your shopping early. While formals may not be until later in the year, getting your dress way ahead of time has its benefits. If you're gunning for an off the shelf, ready to wear dress, chances are the sizing may not be exactly desirable. Most of the time, you may be in between sizes. What we tell our customers is that if you're in between sizes, always go one size up, and then have the dress altered to fit your measurements. We are after all unique individuals - in terms of size, proportions, height, and etc. so naturally having something altered to fit our own measurements will produce the best results at the end of the day.
Always remember, go one size up and not down. It's easier to have a dress taken in than to try to lose that last inch. 
The other great thing about shopping early, is that you reduce the chances of disappointment. Some retailers may not stock a lot of a particular design, and if that happens to be a popular pick, the dress may sell out quicker than expected. Of course, there is the option of restocking the dress, but you'll have to bear in mind that the availability date may not be a guarantee.

The Closure

Another handy tip for off the shelf dresses, is to pay attention to the closure. Although dresses are commonly found with back zippers, these days, formal dresses are now fitted with both zippers and lace up closures. If you're in two minds about zippers or lace up backs, you might want to choose the latter. Simple reason being lace up backs are usually more forgiving, in that you can tighten or loosen the ribbon for a snug but comfortable fit. Starting from the top, string the ribbon through the eyelets in a crisscross fashion (pulling tight each time) until you reach the bottom and then fasten and tuck the ribbon away neatly on the inside. It's really like how you would pull and tie your shoelaces.

Looping the ribbon through the eyelets for lace up backs

Complicated? Probably Needs More Time

If you're considering going the made to measure route, remember that most retailers will require at least 3-4 weeks of tailoring time. At Dressific, our made to measure services usually require 15 days or less, and is provided for free to all our customers. Keep in mind that ball gowns (especially those with boning or corsets) and dresses with highly intricate embellishments (e.g. hand sewn beads, floral appliques, etc.) will definitely require more time to tailor compared to a minimalist dress. You will also need to factor in delivery time, and take into account (especially for international shipments) that there may be delays especially during peak periods.

A formal dress with more complicated embellishments

Be Ready with Your Measurements

For made to measure services, always be prepared to provide more measurements to your retailer or tailor. Depending on the dress cut and design, you may be required to supply additional measurements to ensure a better fit for you. Most of the time, your bust and waist measurements is a must. Your hip measurement will be optional for ball gowns due to the full flare skirt, but will be required for figure hugging mermaid or trumpet gowns. For off shoulder dresses, you will also want to provide your shoulder to shoulder (shoulder width) measurements. Your retailer or tailor should be able to tell you which measurements are required, so be sure to have those handy.

Off shoulder designs will require shoulder to shoulder (shoulder width) measurements

Now that you're armed with some shopping tips, how about taking some time to browse our prom dresses and see if there are any designs that tickle your fancy? Happy shopping!

Till next time, stay retro. πŸ’›

7.29.2016

3 Life Lessons Learned From Our Giveaway

We honestly still cannot believe that 10 days has passed since we launched our first Instagram giveaway, and here we are, having already selected a winner! We're currently waiting for this lucky lady to get back to us and claim her prize, before we announce the results officially on our Instagram account. So exciting! 😍


We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers and fans who participated - without you, this giveaway would not have seen such success! For those who didn't win, please don't feel disheartened. Our next Instagram giveaway is already in the works, and we'll be going live very soon before you know it! (Hint: We'll be partnering with a modern day Snow White).

This first successful collaboration/giveaway with the amazing @zulma_berenice has taught us so many things in life. Firstly, there are truly wonderful people in this world. Zulma for one, has been supportive, kind and helpful right from the get-go. Honestly, we would have failed miserably if it wasn't for her working her charm and magic. Some people stick to you for what they can get out of you, but there are those few that are with you all the way, and help you unconditionally. We're so thankful for this new found friendship and truly treasure every bit of it! So, treasure your true friends and count your blessings that your paths crossed!


At times, life can be hard. Challenging and to some extent, a test of patience. While we love the things we do, we're not perfect. Social media is very new to some of us and we have to admit that we do struggle at times. For instance, our Instagram account had only a handful of fans when we first started, and has amazingly surpassed the 500 mark as of today. We still have a lot of work to do, and a lot of room to grow we realize, but sometimes, it helps to take a step back and celebrate small successes like these. It can be very intimidating to see others with thousands or more followers, but always remember that they all had to start at ground zero too. So as I always tell the team, keep at it and never give up!

 

And last but not least, I'll leave you with this quote from James Keller (first seen on Zulma's Instagram account) - "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." I personally find these words so true and it really resonated with me. We can all learn from one another or feel proud helping another person in need. It's not always about what's in it for us - but rather, that sense of accomplishment and satisfaction you get knowing that you've made someone's day.


For example, this morning, we received a very cute note from a customer with the following message, and the team was elated! Sure, it may just be a note but it's true what they say - it's the thought that counts.


So till next time, chin up and stay retro! πŸ’›

7.20.2016

Join Dressific's Giveaway & Win a FREE Dress!

Hello dolls!

This week's post will be short and sweet because I really only need you to do 1 thing for me. Will you? Please say yes... pretty please? :)

As you may already know, we launched our first ever Instagram giveaway last Sat 16-Jul. Some of the girls were huddled together, counting down the minutes as they waited for the giveaway to go live. That's how excited we were!

We'd all love for you to participate in our giveaway. Come join in the fun and who knows, you might even be the lucky winner who'll walk away with a new dress, absolutely FREE. Yes, you don't even need to pay for shipping and handling because we mean it when we say free. Contest is open internationally so everyone can join.


I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Zulma Berenice (@zulma_berenice) for helping the girls organize this giveaway. Zulma has been instrumental in getting the giveaway ready, motivating and supporting the team throughout the entire process. From the bottom of our hearts, we truly adore you Zulma and wish you only the best in life! Thank you so much for all your help.

So, if you haven't already - join our giveaway now simply by clicking here or the image above. Good luck and have fun!

Till next time, stay retro! πŸ’›

7.14.2016

Where You've Seen Us!

Over the past few months or so, we've had the pleasure of working with a few very lovely ladies who all share a love for all things vintage and retro. It's amazing how you can actually "meet" wonderful people online and how a similar passion can bring people together to create beautiful things. I thought it would be nice to round this all up into a blog post for everyone to enjoy.

Our very first collaboration was with the gorgeous Amy, from Miss Hero Holiday. As a modern day pinup girl, Amy enjoys shopping for beautiful dresses and cute prints and occasionally, even makes her own clothing. What a talent indeed! Amy was kind enough to write a review of our Butterfly Print Vintage Style Dress. I've always admired and adored Amy's style and it was such an honour that she actually said yes to one of our dresses! :)

Amy, wearing our Butterfly Print Vintage Style Dress. Image Credit: @cmjsnz@missheroholliday

Next up is none other than the stylish doll herself, Eleanor Rebel from Mid Century Sweetheart. In the photo below, Eleanor is wearing our Striped Retro High Low Swing Dress and might I add, she reminds me so much of Dita von Teese! You can find out more about the dress through Eleanor's review here. I have a lot of respect for Eleanor who is both a social worker and a full time single mom. I honestly have no idea how she does it and still looks refreshingly perfect every single time. πŸ˜


Eleanor, wearing our Striped Retro High Low Swing Dress. Image Credit: @eleanor_rebel, @drazenlazic

And lastly, please say hello to this amazing lady who's enriched our lives with lots of love, hugs and motivation. Zulma, from Vintage Vogue Finds, is a wonderful life coach and consultant, who also shares a love for all things vintage. Zulma is wearing our 1950s Inspired Abstract Print Swing Dress, and wrote a truly inspiring blog post about it here. We're so flattered that we have inspired Zulma to continue doing the things she loves most, through just a humble dress. Join this lovely lady for your daily dose of motivation and inspiration. :)

Zulma, wearing our 1950s Inspired Abstract Print Swing Dress. Image Credit: @zulma_berenice, @lwn1

And just because we love Zulma so much, we've partnered with her to organize our very first Instagram giveaway, which is all happening this week itself! So be sure to follow us on Instagram if you haven't already and don't miss out on this chance to win yourself a free dress! ;)

I love collaborations like these because you really get to meet all these wonderful ladies online who continue to inspire us to become better at what we do. If you are a fashion blogger or just happen to share a love for vintage and retro fashion as much as we do, we'd love to hear from you. Please reach out to us at service(at)dressific.com and a member of our team will be with you shortly!

Until next time, stay retro and always hold your head up high! πŸ’›

7.07.2016

1960s Fashion: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Shows You How to Ace it

The 1960's. I love to think of it as a fun and lighthearted decade. This decade gave rise to a myriad of fashion styles including shapeless shift and mini dresses in psychedelic prints and colours, finished with collars and cuffs in contrasting shades no less. And while the previous decades featured dresses in lengths that fell below or at knee length, the 1960s proved that there was no such thing as "too short".

While the 1960s fashion styles may not be that much sought after compared to its predecessor - the 1950's that is, I thought it was time to give this decade some love it deserves. Especially after seeing this article on US Magazine, featuring Pippa Middleton in a 60's inspired print dress at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. I like the matchy-matchy ensemble with a baby blue square clutch and gray pointed-toe pumps.


Still on the fence about the 1960s fashion styles? I recommend you give the movie, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. a go. You'll fall head over heels in love with the frocks Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki donned in the movie (well, aside from that British heartthrob Henry Cavill I guess, but that's beside the point).

Costume designer, Joanna Johnston was tasked by Guy Ritchie to create costumes that "looked cool, good for today and sexy". Inspired primarily by some of Vogue's issue's from 1966 to 1968 and period films from the 60's decade, the designer crafted some very exquisite pieces which you can feast your eyes on in the show.

1. Here's Alicia Vikander, wearing a mini orange print fit and flare dress with a daring cut out open back. Sexy without a doubt. I've always adored abstract prints and I think this colour looks great on her. I also didn't mind the large white drop earrings - I think that's a clever way to take that retro look one step further!

Image Credit: Fashion Rogue

2. Here's another orange number, a typical shift dress which was a popular dress pattern back in the 60's. I think she looks cute with that hat which appears to be a throwback to the 1920s cloche style hats. And also, check out those lovely red shoes!

Image Credit: FanPop

3. How about formal wear, you ask? I love this evening getup where Alicia wears a shimmering mini dress with a matching double breasted jacket, which she so casually wears over the dress. I love the side swept ponytail which adds a cheeky and playful dimension to her look.

Image Credit: Geek Tyrant

4. I love green and white - two of my favourite colours indeed! And this dress has perfection written all over it. I love how Alicia nailed the look with a large sunhat and sunnies, and added a pop of vibrant yellow with that cute cross body bag.

Image Credit: Geek Tyrant

5. And here's a classic mix of white and black for you. I like the idea of how simple sometimes does speak volumes. And that is some serious statement sunglasses, if you will. :)

Image Credit: Classic Forever Blog

5. Not a fan of the mini's? That's alright. You'll probably love Elizabeth Debicki's 60's style dresses then. In the photo below, Elizabeth wears a striped black and white asymmetric top with wide-leg pants, and goes heavy with layers of accessories, for a polished femme fatale look.

Image Credit: Geek Tyrant

6. And then there is that white and black color block dress. It was only when she wore this dress that it suddenly dawned on me how tall Elizabeth is! I honestly think the dress did wonders for her, and played to her strengths by accentuating her tall, slim build - she's 190 cm tall!

Image Credit: Geek Tyrant

So, what do you think of the 60's now? Prepared to go for a "shift" in dresses? Alright, that was a lame pun intended, but you know what I mean. ;) Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section below. Till next time, stay retro! 

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