4.28.2016

Marilyn Monroe Dresses I Secretly Adore

If you do a Google search on Marilyn Monroe, this is what Wikipedia has to say about her:-
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress and model. Famous for playing "dumb blonde" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality.

Although Marilyn Monroe died unexpectedly from barbiturate overdose on August 5, 1962, her fashion style continues to be an inspiration to many of us. Can you believe that (at the time of this writing) it has already been almost 54 years since she passed? It kind of puts things into perspective, doesn't it?

Marilyn Monroe began her career as a pin up model, which I believe explains why you usually see her clad in form fitting wiggle dresses. It just seems natural and complements her figure so well. Her success eventually landed her film contracts with the big guns such as Twentieth Century Fox and Columbia Pictures.

Well, anyway here are some of Marilyn Monroe's dresses which I secretly adore. Enjoy! 😍 😍

1. This floral dress is the last dress Marilyn Monroe wore in her very last film, "Something's Got to Give".  According to Express, Marilyn Monroe was wearing the dress on June 1, 1962, which coincidentally was her 36th birthday and sadly, also the day she was fired from the film.

 

2. In 1951, Marilyn Monroe wore this stunning off shoulder black ball gown to the 23rd Annual Academy Awards. In fact, I loved this dress so much that I managed to source for a similar style, available at our online store here. If only they made beautiful dresses like these back in my prom days. πŸ˜‰


3. And of course, there's Marilyn Monroe's iconic white dress from the movie, "The Seven Year Itch", designed by William Travilla. Although this dress remains as one of Monroe's signature dresses, the funny thing was Monroe's husband at the time - Joe DiMaggio, was said to have "hated" the dress. My take on it? I think the dress is gorgeous. πŸ’“ πŸ’“


4. Here's a classic Marilyn Monroe look - wiggle dresses. I've always loved wiggle dresses - and especially so, on Marilyn Monroe. I honestly feel she aces her ensemble every time she dons one, and it always seems so effortless. Maybe it's the hair as well? I don't know. In this occasion, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell were photographed during the hand and footprint ceremony at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on June 26, 1953. I love the addition of the bow sash on Marilyn's getup - just makes it all too feminine!


5. And lastly, who can resist a gold dress? Symbolic to success, achievement and triumph, what's not to like about this color? Although I have to admit, it may not be an easy color to pull off. This gold sun-ray pleated dress which was also coincidentally created by William Travilla features a daring, plunging halter V neck all the way down to the waist. Controversial as it may be (it was rumored Joan Crawford passed a remark that Marilyn Monroe looked "vulgar" in the dress), this dress has seen many reproductions which is proof that it remains popular even to date.


Have you got a favorite Marilyn Monroe dress as well? Leave a comment and share! πŸ‘

4.22.2016

Our Audrey Hepburn Style Dresses Is Finally Here!

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You all know that I'm a zealous Audrey Hepburn fan. And this, was just a matter of time. In fact actually in hindsight, what took me so long I have no idea! Okay, let's not beat around the bush anymore. :)

It gives me great pleasure to announce... drum roll, please... our Audrey Hepburn Style Dresses which has finally launched in our online store today, Friday 22nd Apr 2016! ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ This collection, inspired by none other than the fashion icon herself features dresses which reminds us so much of her. I like to think of this collection as an exclusive and refined range carefully curated for those who prefer more unique designs or luxurious fabrics such as silk or satin.

Ms. Hepburn may have been well known for her iconic little black dress which she wore in the film, Breakfast at Tiffany's, but there's really more to her than just that. I've seen her (in photos, of course) in simple, elegant swing dresses from black to soft pastels and from subtle floral motives to colorful bold prints. As such, our Audrey Hepburn Style Dresses is created with the intention of helping you dress like Audrey Hepburn with the panache of the fashion icon herself.

For example, this elbow sleeve dress with subtle prints which Audrey Hepburn wore in the movie War and Peace. What I love most about her style was the addition of a sash which complemented the dress so well, and gave more definition to the waistline.

Audrey Hepburn, in War and Peace (1956) 1950s Retro Style Elegant Swing Dress, US$127
How about bigger prints you ask? Why yes! Although rarer, there are some photos of Audrey Hepburn clad in dresses with bold, floral prints. I like this photo in particular - I think she just looks adorable in those fun floral and leafy prints.

Audrey Hepburn in bold, floral and leafy prints 1950s Vintage Inspired Leaf Print Dress, US$85.90
While the craze has always been about Audrey Hepburn in her little black dresses, have you actually seen her in an all white dress? She looks equally as good, if not better. It goes to show that you don't always have to wear black to make a fashion statement. Try something different for a change!

Audrey Hepburn dressed in all white. LOVE. Vintage Inspired Embroidered Bow Dress, US$149
And where there's white, there's got to be black, right? Of course, and I couldn't possibly leave out Audrey's style which I love best - swing dresses. Swing dresses are great in highlighting tapered waists and effortlessly flattering fuller hips. And yes, all the more reason to wear color-matching petticoats. :)

Audrey Hepburn in a swing dress in the movie, Sabrina. Audrey Hepburn Vintage Style 1950s Dress, US$175

So if you love Audrey Hepburn as much as I do, hop on in to our store and have a look. For this weekend only, we're also offering a 10% discount for our Audrey collection as a special one-time introductory offer. Use coupon code AUDREY10 to enjoy this exclusive promotion.

Don't miss out - click here to shop now!

4.14.2016

Why Our Products Are Probably Not For You

Firstly, to all my dear readers, I'm sorry it took so long for this post. Health got the better of me and I knew it was time for a short hiatus until I felt better. The girls, especially Kim have been instrumental in keeping the business running while I was away; I really don't know what I would have done without them.


This morning however, the weather is rather gloomy in Sydney. It actually rained (which it hasn't in a while now). I received a call from Kim and from the tone of her voice, I could tell that she was distraught. You see, Kim is a miracle worker. She's a wonderful person who is passionate about what she does, enjoys delighting our customers and is always ever ready and ever willing to help. Really, there is nothing this woman can't do if she puts her mind to it. :)

So naturally, I knew it had to be something really out of the ordinary this time.

And I was right. Here's an email Kim received from 1 very unhappy person (notice I didn't say customer because she never converted to one):-

"I want the 10 coupon where did it go. your prices are so expensive compared to others I might as well just drive to a store or buy from ebay. I am going straight to facebook and tell them about this now. Delete my account I have no desire to get ripped off."

I don't know about you, but what would your initial response be to such an email?
Anger? Frustration? Worry? Offended? Sadness?

Kim asked for my advice on how to respond to this particular person. She was feeling a mix of emotions, but as hurtful as those words were, I told her that regardless the situation, we will stay true to our brand, motto and products. In short, we value our customers. Customer satisfaction is the cornerstone of our business and it always will be even if we find ourselves in challenging or less than desirable situations.

So, Kim wrote back with a courteous reply and apologized that our products could not meet this person's needs and expectations. And because this person had to have the last say, Kim's reply was not kindly requited. 

Now, what is the purpose of me sharing this with you? To vent my anger and frustration? Not at all. You may not believe me but my only reaction to this email was pure empathy. And here's why.

While you may be able to find some of our designs elsewhere at a cheaper price (and with eBay, free shipping even), there are some things that you have to consider.  

When The Price Is Right, But It Just Doesn't Feel Right

The thing about purchasing something online is that things can be easily manipulated. Unfortunately, while I prefer to perceive the glass as half full vs half empty, I can't deny that there are still some retailers who are dodgy and unscrupulous. There are some who take stock photos showcasing products from other retailers and passing them as their own.

Why? Simple - they want you to think that you are getting the exact same product but at a cheaper price. After all, everybody loves a bargain. The actual fact is, and I hate to break it to you ladies - you're most likely getting a knock off.

For eBay, things may be a little different. Some dresses are sold at below cost price (even the manufacturers themselves do not offer such prices at wholesale!) and it bewilders me sometimes how these sellers actually make a profit. So I did a little digging around.

Do you sometimes notice how some eBay listings make over thousands of sales? These listings usually feature products with insanely low, rock-bottom prices (accompanied by free shipping most of the time) to entice people to buy. This helps the listing rank higher on eBay, even if it means that the seller makes a loss on that particular product. However, the good news is if the seller carries other similar or related products in his/her store, he/she may be able to offset the loss if the customer decides to purchase more than 1 item.

With eBay, you also need to know that free shipping comes at a price (no pun intended). Especially if the product is shipped from China. In order to reduce costs (and losses), the seller will usually ship via China Post as it is more economical. However, please bear in mind that it usually takes at least 3-4 weeks to receive your order, and worse yet, the parcel loss rate is very high. Tracking information is virtually non-existent.

How do I know this? From my years of experience working with shipping agents - I know for a fact that many China Post parcels are returned to the sender, which is why they never make their way to the receiver.

So when the price is right but it feels too good to be true, make sure you consider all these different angles before you make a commitment to purchase. If you have reservations about shopping from China, you might find this post helpful.

How Is Dressific Different

While we make every attempt to ensure we survey the market before we actually decide to sell a particular design or style, we are only human and we're not perfect.

There are some sellers who are notoriously known for selling knockoffs of renowned brands (to the extent of the freewheeling use of the brand's product photos) which we avoid at all costs like the plague. I will not name names because that's just not how I operate.

If you ever find a product on our site which you believe is a complete knockoff of someone else's design, please report the product to us. If we determine that it is indeed the case, we will remove the product from our catalog. That's how serious we are. 

When creating product listings, we will either use photos provided by our manufacturers or suppliers - with their permission beforehand of course - or we'll take our own photos. Although Dressific may have just launched recently, I have been in the retail industry since 2006 (my gosh, that's 10 years now!) and have established long term partnerships with our manufacturers and suppliers. So you know you're getting exactly what you're seeing when you purchase from us - no knockoffs, replicas or whatever you want to call it.

So while our prices may not be the lowest in the market, we take pride in the quality and authenticity of our products. You can't have everything, and we can't please everyone and I'm perfectly okay with that. :) 

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