5.27.2016

Where Are Your Products Made?

This week, I'll attempt to answer one of the more common questions we get from our lovelies... and that is - "Where are your products made?"


You see, at Dressific, we pride ourselves in selling unique, unusual dresses that you won't find elsewhere. At times, that's a pretty tall order. We can most definitely source our clothes from brands like Unique Vintage and Retrospec'd, but then, you'd end up wearing the same thing as everyone else, wouldn't you? Now, where's the fun in that?

So we shifted our focus and attention elsewhere to find these hidden gems. And by hidden gems we mean talented artisans and designers. We source our dresses from all over the world - including countries like Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. Who knows where our next adventure might take us, but I have a feeling it'll be Singapore and Thailand next. This is so exciting!

Do I see a raised eyebrow, somewhere? πŸ˜‰

At this point, some of you may already be cringing at the fact that we actually source our products from these countries. Yes, I can see you there with your jaw dropping. You must be thinking, "Do you not know that there are so many scammers there?" Well, I can tell you that you're partially right. But with so many years of experience in this trade, we're confident with what we're doing and we know where to look.

Although the risk is higher for us, the results are rewarding. We get unique styles and great quality dresses at a fraction of the designer price tag. Majority of our special occasion dresses retail at under AU$300 and can even be made to measure for free. It's just not possible to get it done here in Australia for that price - even a simple alteration will set you back about $50, let alone a dress.

Did you know that although Jimmy Choo is fashion designer based in the United Kingdom, he was born in Malaysia, into a family of shoemakers? (Yes, Jimmy Choo as in those high-end designer shoes.) In fact, it was his father that taught him how to make shoes. I'll bet that some of you don't even have a clue where Malaysia is. (In case you were wondering, it's located right above Singapore.)
 
Yes, I digress but my point is simple. There are talented people everywhere. And it does not matter where you're from. 

There are talented people everywhere. And it does not matter where you're from. 

At Dressific, we work with the manufacturers directly. One of the brands we carry in our online store, features vintage style dresses inspired by the 1930s to the 1950s era. Their founder, Nana Jiang, has over 9 years of industry experience and has a well established presence in China. Their store features dresses crafted by their own design team, and are all tailored in house.


And just to give you an idea, here's what happens from the design phase right down to the production of the actual dress. First, a sketch is created...


... that sketch is then materialized via the manufacturing process...


... to give you the final result below.



So the next time you feel like passing up on a dress, it might be a good idea to take a second look at it first. πŸ˜‰

5.19.2016

Unique Vintage Wedding Dresses for the Unconventional Bride

At Dressific, one of the things that puts a smile on our faces is to be a part of (so to speak) our customer's wedding. While we may not be there in person to celebrate such a special occasion, knowing that our customers said "I do" to one of our dresses is truly an honor for us. πŸ‘Έ πŸ‘°

If you're looking for unique wedding dresses for your special day, allow us to inspire you with our one of a kind selections below. πŸ˜‰

Should Wedding Dresses Be White?

In my opinion, I think it's really up to the bride, granted if tradition and religion allows. For example, back in the day for Chinese weddings, it was customary for the bride to be clad in an all red wedding dress. Red plays a vital role in Chinese weddings as it signifies luck, love and prosperity. However, as times have changed, the notion that all Chinese brides only wear red is no longer true.

Is it Going to Cost a Bomb?

At Dressific, we cater to the retro, "unconventional" brides. So if you're a soon to be bride looking for unique wedding dresses that will have people talking even after the wedding, you're in luck! 😍  

But surely this is going to cost a fortune? Well, most vintage wedding dresses will set you back about $700 - $1,500 Australian dollars. Also keep in mind that the more intricate a wedding dress is (e.g., one with more embellishments or appliques) or if it uses a more expensive fabric (e.g., lace), the higher the costs will be.

Fortunately, at Dressific we understand that not all of us can afford designer wedding dresses. As such, majority of our wedding dresses retail at less than AU$300, and rest assured that we always strive to keep our collections under AU$500.

Unique Wedding Dresses On A Budget

Regardless your fashion style, we're confident we have something for you. Let our dresses do all the work while you focus on the other aspects on your wedding. πŸ˜‰

The Not -Your-Typical White Wedding Dress

For brides who still love white - and that's alright, because white is associated with purity, innocence and perfection - we've got just the right dress for you! This black and white midi vintage ball gown is a popular pick among our brides, for a simple reason - it's gorgeous! Inspired by Grace Kelly and the 1950s era, this not-your-typical white wedding dress is perfect to hide fuller hips and give more definition to your waist.

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Black and White Midi Vintage Dress, AU$265

The Minimalist

But what if you're just looking for a minimalist design? Perhaps your wedding may not be on such a grand scale and you'd like to just keep things simple and sweet. That's totally fine too because this retro lace dress will be perfect for you. Aside from being comfortable to wear, its long sleeves will keep you warm especially if you're getting married in winter! 😍

Retro Lace Wedding Dress, AU$107 

The Princess

Are you looking for a princess ball gown? And I mean, literally. Then this one's for you. This beautiful ball gown is inspired by the one worn by Lily James when she played the role of Cinderella in the 2015 movie of the same name. With delicate butterfly appliques, the crowd will watch in awe as you twirl and dance in this iridescent frock.

Cinderella Inspired Princess Ball Gown, AU$406

Stunning Like Marilyn

If you love Marilyn Monroe, then this dress will sweep you off your feet. Inspired by the off shoulder black ball gown Marilyn Monroe wore to the 23rd Annual Academy Awards, we've even added a cute ribbon detailing to the waistline. Plus, you even get to choose from 4 gorgeous shades - black, red, green and gray.

Marilyn Monroe Inspired Ball Gown, AU$237

Perfect Like Audrey

For all you Audrey Hepburn fans out there, you'll probably remember her iconic off shoulder costume as Princess Anne in the movie, Roman Holiday. We've taken it down a notch for those of you who don't want to look too costume-y and found you a perfect alternative in this darling shade of pink. (You're very welcome. πŸ˜‰)

Off Shoulder Vintage Style Wedding Dress, AU$175

Sexy Back

And last but not least - we present to you our all time favorite. This gorgeous lace dress looks absolutely breathtaking from the front, but have you seen the back? It's an absolute showstopper, dare I say! Delicately crafted with lace and beads, this dress even features a modest sweep train. Love! ❤️‍

Sexy Back Lace Wedding Dress, AU$202

Which style are you? Let us know in the Comments section below. :)


5.13.2016

Here's your chance to WIN a $150 Shopping Spree!

Oh boy, oh boy are we excited! This is our first ever Dressific giveaway and we are super stoked!

Dressific Customer Survey

For the first time ever, we're inviting all our customers and fans to take a simple, approximately 5 minute survey in exchange for a chance to win a $150 shopping spree with Dressific! :)

To sweeten up the offer, we're also giving away a $25 Dressific gift card to the FIRST 5 respondents who complete the survey.

I know that some of you may be reluctant to voice your true opinions but I'm here to tell you that it's perfectly alright. Criticism may be hard to swallow, but it's the only way for us to truly improve and become better at what we do. So be blunt, brutal, honest and tell us what you really think about us. And don't worry, I promise it will not affect your chances of winning.

Lastly, if you have a friend or colleague who might be interested in winning herself a shopping spree, please be kind and share this post with them. :)

But hurry - survey ends Tuesday, 31 May 2016. The draw will take place on Wednesday, 1 June 2016.




P/S: Have fun and best of luck! πŸ˜‰

5.06.2016

Help - I Need a Modest Prom Dress, Pronto!

About a week ago, we received an email from a very concerned mother whose daughter got asked to prom twice. It should be a good thing, right? Well, the concern wasn't so much that the daughter will be attending prom twice, but more of what she was going to wear on both occasions.


Here's what May wrote (name changed to protect the actual identity):-
Hello. My daughter was asked to prom twice and I'm looking for a more conservative or modest prom dress for her. I hope you could recommend something suitable as we are running short of time and may still need to get the dress altered if it does not fit. Thanks.
For some of us, prom is synonymous to extravagance. Think luxurious fabrics like lace, sequins or even silk. Picture sheer illusion dresses to daring open back designs, and even plunging V-necklines. And really, there's nothing wrong about that. It's individual preference.

But what about those of us who are not comfortable wearing revealing dresses? Maybe due to religious reasons, we may be a little restricted in terms of what we can or cannot wear. Or again, it could just be a matter of personal preference or taste that we prefer to don a more modest prom dress.

Here are some suggestions for you if you're having trouble finding something suitable to wear.

Vintage Prom Dresses

Going vintage may just do the trick for you. If you have a fun loving personality, then look for 1950s to 1960s inspired dresses. For instance, swing dresses are not just fun, they're flattering too for almost any body shape. See photo of January Jones in her Betty Draper outfit for Mad Men below.

I love these dresses the most because they are so comfortable to wear and move about (especially getting in and out of your chair). Opt for bateau necklines (instead of halter necklines) if you don't feel comfortable showing off your decolletage.

January Jones wearing a gorgeous swing dress for Mad Men. Image Credit: DailyMail

1950s inspired swing dresses usually comes in a variety of lengths - try a midi or tea length dress - then jazz it up with a pair of cute shoes and a hair accessory and you're all set!

1950s Audrey Hepburn inspired dress, Dressific

Traditional Costumes

When and where else would you wear a costume? If you love to stand out from the crowd, try a cheongsam (or Mandarin dress) or even a 1920s inspired dress. The cheongsam is a perfect example of how to look sexy without baring much skin. Its figure hugging dress silhouette hugs your curves in all the right places without you ever having to look trashy.

Here's Taylor Swift looking gorgeous in her stunning Asian inspired frock by Zuhair Murad, in gold no less.

Taylor Swift wearing an Asian inspired frock by Zuhair Murad. Image Credit: Popsugar

For something a little more lavish with embellishments such as beads or sequins (think Downton Abbey), try a 1920s inspired dress or flapper dress instead.

The Crawley daughters wearing 1920s style dresses

Change It

While there may be a perfect dress somewhere out there, sometimes it's a little too overwhelming and nerve-wrecking to go looking for one. Especially if you're working against the clock. In that case, maybe it's time to get those creative juices flowing. If you can't find your perfect dress, then choose the one that you feel most comfortable with, and then change it up to fit your style and make it your own!

For example, is the dress too short? Try layering it or adding some tulle for a dramatic flair. Audrey Hepburn's dress below may be simple but the layering on her full skirt makes it all so feminine and regal.

Audrey Hepburn at the BAFTA Awards, 1955. Image Credit: Woman&Home

Is the dress sleeveless? Try adding some sheer sleeves or shrugs to it. Or, find a matching evening jacket or shawl to go with it. It even helps disguise fuller arms, so you get the best of both worlds!

Prom dress with sheer sleeves, Dressific

Is the dress backless or does it have a cut out open back design? This one is a little bit tricky but may still be salvageable. Try adding a layer of lightweight sheer or gauzy fabric like organza, voile or even chiffon - the sheerness does wonders by adding a touch of mysterious flair to your look.

Or, you can take a cue from the Duchess Kate Middleton and add a layer of open back lace instead. Classy!

Duchess Kate Middleton in her Jenny Packham teal gown with an open lace back. Image Credit: Blog

Is the dress a V-neck or a little too revealing at the bust? I would say stay away from this if you can help it. This is because altering the neckline may make the dress look less appealing, especially if the neckline is the best feature of the dress. Although having said that, the same trick may apply - adding a layer of sheer fabric.

Modest prom dress with a sheer sweetheart neckline, Dressific

Custom Made

Another option you might want to consider is having your dress custom made. Grab a few bridal magazines and start looking for designs. Or, go online and search for "dresses" (add relevant keywords such as prom, wedding or formal) and be inspired by the many results you'll get from Pinterest and Instagram.

However, do note that if you choose to take this route, you will have to provide as many photos as you can to your tailor so that they can come up with an accurate reproduction of your dress. Make sure your tailor can tell what fabric is needed to make your dress (yes, different types of fabric will yield different results and effects). And most importantly, always allocate enough time for your tailor to make your dress. It's a special dress, so don't rush it.

Hopefully this post helps you on your quest in finding your perfect modest prom dress. Remember, it doesn't have to be trashy to be classy. Best of luck! πŸ’πŸ’ 

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