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).

Mark your calendars for our 2013 Sample Sale!

2013samplesaleIt only happens once a year and it’s so much fun. Absolutely every single sample gown in the boutique will be discounted for ONE WEEKEND ONLY! If you’ve had your eye on a special gown that you may have thought was a bit out of budget, this is a fantastic opportunity to fall in love all over again! Stop in to take a browse before the frenzy begins…this event is always a hit and the dresses go FAST!


Carol Hannah at The English Dept.


If you didn’t have a chance to see Carol Hannah’s amazing bridal collection during our February trunk show, you missed some seriously lovely gowns. But don’t worry– our samples arrived this week and they’re so delicious that we had to try them on ourselves!

Stop in Tuesday through Friday to try them for yourself or call us at (503) 224-0724 to book a Saturday appointment!

The English Dept. Accessories Now on Etsy

Do you have a dress and need a last minute bridal sash? The English Dept. now has locally handmade accessories on Etsy!


Danica Bridal Sash


Antheia Bridal Sash


Rosa Bridal Sash

E L I Z A B E T H D Y E trunk show this weekend!


This weekend we’ll host our very own Elizabeth Dye for her spring trunk show event. Receive 10% off your order of any Elizabeth Dye dress–now through Sunday. Browse her complete 2013 gown collection, and watch bridal design being made before your eyes! In a special demonstration, Elizabeth will be in the shop finishing a one-of-a-kind couture gown commissioned by Oregon Bride magazine for an upcoming issue! Book your appointment today: 503 224 0724.

Carol Hannah Trunk Show at The English Dept.


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!

2013 Dates to Remember


The English Dept. is hiring!


Part Time Retail Sales…plus a whole lot more. 

The English Dept. is a bustling little shop with a special mission. We focus on special, stylish bridal dresses in an intimate boutique setting. We pride ourselves on providing excellent service in a relaxed environment. This is decidedly not a stuffy bridal salon. Our ideal English Dept. employee has experience, energy and enthusiasm, a cheerful and patient disposition, a ready grasp of details, the ability to learn quickly and independently, and the flexibility to assist a diverse community of customers with their shopping experience. It’s a special opportunity for the right person…could it be you? If you are in the Portland area and think you might like to join our team, bring a resume by the shop and introduce yourself (please no email). We look forward to meeting you!

– Elizabeth, Aneka + The English Dept. team

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