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’›


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’›


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’›


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’›

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