A Bit of Blush

Our annual sample sale is just eight days away and we wanted to highlight some of our favorite trends to get prepared–starting with BLUSH!  We have romantic, feminine and playful pale pink gowns to choose from at The English Dept.  From the classic Conservatory, by San Francisco line, Siri, to Elizabeth Dye’s Pinterest darling, Tea/Blush, if you’re shopping for a hint of color you’ll find it at The English Dept.

Drop in to check out these beauties in person between 11 am and 6 pm Tuesday through Friday or call us to make a Saturday appointment!

And don’t forget–all samples will be 50% off for one weekend only, July 26 – 28.  That includes all of the lovely dresses featured in this post!

Elizabeth Dye's "Tempest" with "Sage" from Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge.

Elizabeth Dye’s “Tempest” with “Sage” from Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge.

Elizabeth Dye's "Tea/Blush" gown shown in blush with a vintage brass rhinestone sash by The English Dept.

Elizabeth Dye’s “Tea/Blush” gown shown in blush with a vintage brass rhinestone sash by The English Dept.

Siri's "Conservatory" with The English Dept's "Antheia" sash.

Siri’s “Conservatory” with The English Dept’s “Antheia” sash.


A strapless column by Simple Silhouettes (left) and "Gardenia" by Love, Yu (right).

A strapless column by Simple Silhouettes (left) and “Gardenia” by Love, Yu (right).


Think you don’t have time? The English Dept can help!

Nicole Miller's "Brooke"  with matching lace edged veil.

Nicole Miller’s “Brooke” with matching lace edged veil.

Summer is heating up and if you’re planning a wedding this year you might be starting to feel the time crunch.  Most designer gowns can take a few months to get to you.  At The English Dept most of the dresses we carry take anywhere from three to five months for a regular order.  Don’t have that kind of time?  Don’t worry!!!  Almost all of our designers can accommodate a rush order when necessary!  We’ve compiled a list of some options and tips for brides who are short on time:

1.  Buying a dress “off the rack”.

At The English Dept. (and most boutiques) the dresses in the shop are samples for trying on before ordering.  We normally have just one sample gown for the styles we carry and the size and condition will vary.  When someone purchases the sample from the store it’s considered buying “off the rack” and can be a great option if you’re short on time or on a budget.  Samples are generally offered at a discounted rate dependent on the condition.

2.  Ordering the dress you love with a rush.

In some cases a rush order will add to the cost of the dress and you can expect the price to increase as the timeline drops.  That means you might be paying an extra $50 to have your dress ready say, two weeks faster than normal or $200+ and to have it made months faster.

3.  Selecting a style from a designer with ready to sell stock.

Certain designers keep a limited amount of stock available and ready to ship.  It’s a bit rare and the styles, sizes and amounts can vary, especially during busy times of year.

If there’s something you love but you’re concerned about time, we can help!  Plus don’t forget to check out our upcoming sample sale!

The English Dept. Presents:

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Ivy & Aster Fall 2013 Collection at The English Dept

Ivy & Aster Fall 2013 Collection at The English Dept

What is a trunk show?



The English Dept is starting off 2013 with an exciting list of trunk shows but we know that some of you are wondering, “What exactly is a trunk show?!”  Here are a few trunk show basics:

  • A trunk show is a special event meant to feature one specific designer at a time.  
  • At The English Dept we often have a limited discount on orders from the featured designer but that’s not the only benefit–as a small boutique we’re limited in the number of dresses we can keep on a regular basis.  Trunk shows allow the opportunity for us to bring in an entire line from  our designers.
  • On occasion, we’re lucky enough to have the designer visit our shop during the show and brides and guests can meet the designer and receive (and give!) feedback on dresses. 

Look for your favorite designers on our 2013 calendar and book your appointment with us soon–you won’t want to miss out on your chance to see even more beautiful dresses!

2013 Dates to Remember


Stephanie wears “Giselle” at Portland’s Ecotrust


014_Brindle-Kaplan_WPortland bride, Stephanie stood in line for almost an hour at our sample sale to snag Elizabeth Dye’s “Giselle” off the rack.  The bride thought it was well worth the wait and we definitely agree.  “Giselle” looks stunning paired with Stephanie’s bright smile.  She was married September 9th at the Ecotrust building in Portland.  Congratulations to the bride and groom, we were thrilled to have a small roll in such a special day!

Sunshine and Roses in November!

New accessories made by hand at The English Dept.  We’re getting inspired by the beautiful and brief sunny November afternoons and our latest delivery from Ink & Peat.

We always have the most beautiful bouquets from Ink & Peat, but I have to say this week’s delivery was extra special!  Maybe it was the unexpected peak of sunshine breaking though before its arrival or maybe the stunning combination of soft yellow, blue and gray, but something about our latest floral arrangement got all of us inspired to make some pretty new things.  Chelsea hand crafted some delightful new accessories which we couldn’t resist trying out ourselves.  Stop in soon to see our new headpieces and veils!

Some lovely things to look for in 2013

Market has finished and the wait for our brand new gowns is on!  Here is a small sampling of some delightful numbers to look for at The English Dept. in 2013!

Jenny Yoo demonstrates ways to style her latest designs.

We can’t wait for the arrival of these three new gowns from Nicole Miller! Don’t forget to mark your calendars with our Nicole Miler trunk show dates: February 1st and 2nd, 2013.

We’re also lucky enough to be adding some fresh designers to our collection!  Jessica Fontaine and Carol Hannah will be available at The English Dept. in 2013.  We can hardly wait to get our hands on their latest dresses.

“Bella” and select others by Jessica Fontaine will be available at The English Dept. soon!

We’re anxiously awaiting our first lovely gowns from designer Carol Hannah.

Wedding Shoes

If there’s a wedding woe we hear around here a lot, it’s that bridal shoes look, well, wedding-y. That’s why we’re thrilled that our next door neighbor, Lille Trousseau, carries fetching footwear from Remix Vintage. We love the Anita in ivory, a dainty classic that translates well to dozens of gown styles (and is versatile enough for post-wedding wear). Stop by 1124 SW Alder to see the whole selection…and just say no to dyeable satin.

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