A Romantic Backstory

We LOVE a deep back; it’s the perfect way to show just the right amount of skin for any setting.  From a classic touch of lace to a more modern crossed back we have so many romantic, feminine and dramatic styles at The English Dept.

 Here’s a look at some of our favorites.  The best part is all of the styles here will be included in this weekend’s sample sale!  50% off every sample dress in the shop!  Walk in anytime Friday and Saturday, July 26-27 from 11 to 6 and Sunday, July 28 from 11 to 3.

"Chelsea" by Jenny Yoo

“Chelsea” by Jenny Yoo

"Lauren" by Nicole Miller

“Lauren” by Nicole Miller

"Elizabeth" by Nicole Miller

“Elizabeth” by Nicole Miller

"Grace" by Rose & Delilah

“Grace” by Rose & Delilah

"Madeline" by Rose & Delilah

“Madeline” by Rose & Delilah


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).

Presenting Jenny Yoo’s 2013 Bridal Collection, “Modern Romance”

Introducing Jenny Yoo’s “Hathaway” a tulle gown from the Nabi collection with endless ways to style your look.  See Jenny Yoo demonstrate a few of the countless ways to customize your dress here.

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Plus, see the rest of the 2013 collection as well as classic styles from Jenny Yoo at The English Dept. during our Jenny Yoo trunk show this weekend.

Orders placed for Jenny Yoo gowns April 26th and 27th will also receive a 10% discount!  We can’t wait to see you in these beautiful new styles!

The English Dept. Presents:

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2013 Ivy & Aster Trunk Show

2013 Ivy & Aster Trunk Show

Shimmer and silk and ruffles galore! We are so excited to have the lovely collection from Ivy & Aster in the shop through Sunday January 27th! Walk in on Friday and call us for an appointment on Saturday or Sunday. We’re nearly full so act quickly! Plus we’ll be offering a 10% trunk show discount for all Ivy & Aster orders made over the weekend!

Ivy & Aster Fall 2013 Collection at The English Dept

Ivy & Aster Fall 2013 Collection at The English Dept

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!

Need a Holiday Dress?

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve been so busy enjoying the lingering days of sun and dry weather that winter has take you by surprise! Thanksgiving is just a week away (!) and all those delightful holiday parties are nearly upon us as well. No need to worry over where you’ll find the perfect cocktail dress, however, we have lots of pretty little (and long) social dresses on sale for just $40 each! That’s right, $40! We are cleaning out our stock room and all of our social dresses are ready to find homes and parties. We have have a range of colors and sizes and with price tags like these you can definitely afford that perfect statement shoe or accessory to get you ready for any event!

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Our window is looking pretty snazzy! These 2 beauties are also up for grabs this weekend. Ivy & Aster’s velvet Swiss dot favorite, “Sweet Pea”, is only $1100 & Elizabeth Dye’s little blush number, “Notorious”, is $550. Come and get them ladies!

Ivy & Aster summer sale!

Heads up, brides! If you’ve been considering one of Ivy & Aster’s stunning gowns, this is your rare chance to order your dress at 10% off. For more information, call us: 503 224 0724.

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