It’s All In The Details

Lets face it, it is very trendy to have a vintage inspired wedding these days, especially Deco style! But there is one thing that all those other Gatsby themed weddings won’t have: YOU! It is in the little details that make you so unique and here at The English Dept. are all about celebrating individuality on your big day.

A great way to get a certain “look” while still showcasing your personality is through accessorizing. We recently brought in a number of new Nicole Miller dresses into the shop for this very reason. We love her clean lines, ultra feminine silhouettes, and not to mention her amazing prices! We feel they are the perfect blank canvases for a modern gal with vintage dreams. Here are a few of our new Nicole Miller dresses paired with our favorite vintage inspired accessories:

 

Luxe fabric, feminine cut, and lace cap veil in cathedral length with cascading ribbons. Dress: Nicole Miller “Lia” Veil: Erica Koesler “820-108″

Luxe fabric, feminine cut, and lace cap veil in cathedral length with cascading ribbons.
Dress: Nicole Miller “Lia”
Veil: Erica Koesler “820-108″

Sexy silhouette with edgy beaded sash and subtle veil. Dress: Nicole Miller “Marilyn” Sash: The English Dept. “Deco on Grey” Veil: Twigs and Honey “221″

Sexy silhouette with edgy beaded sash and subtle veil.
Dress: Nicole Miller “Marilyn”
Sash: The English Dept. “Deco on Grey”
Veil: Twigs and Honey “221″

Modern lines paired with charming lace and rhinestones. Dress: Nicole Miller “Dakota” Sash: Twigs and Honey “228″ Veil: Twigs and Honey “302″

Modern lines paired with charming lace and rhinestones.
Dress: Nicole Miller “Dakota”
Sash: Twigs and Honey “228″
Veil: Twigs and Honey “302″

This is just the beginning! Imagine vintage jewelry, the heels of your dreams (maybe in a favorite color!), classic yet modern make up and hair, and your groom in the most strapping custom tailored suit. We know the task of accessorizing can be quite daunting, but that why we are here to help. Come by and have one of our expert stylists help you find that perfect look that is all your own!

I mean really, should a wedding represent a decade, movie, or the unique love between two very lucky individuals? We think we know your answer and couldn’t agree more!

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.

Duchess

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).

Coming Soon: Ivy & Aster Trunk Show!

Ivy & Aster’s signature style is marked with delicate, vintage inspired fabrics, subtle color and just a touch of sass swirled into delightfully feminine gowns.  You’ve probably seen them on Pinterest and you won’t want to miss a chance to see them in person.  For a limited time, come by The English Dept. and try the brand new 2014 collection!

On Friday and Saturday, June 21st and 22nd, we’ll have the latest bridal styles from Ivy & Aster as well as previous season favorites like “Posey” and “Duchess” in the shop!

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The English Dept will also be offering 10% off any Ivy & Aster orders placed during the trunk show (June 21st and 2nd) so call us and book your appointment at (503) 224-0724!

New Amanda Judge Pieces!

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Our new pieces by Amanda Judge arrived today! Their simple elegance is the perfect finishing touch for a modern yet timeless ensemble. Come see them, our ever growing accessory collection, and expert stylists to help realize your flawless look.

Carol Hannah at The English Dept.

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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!

Trendspotting: A little or a lotta lace

We have always been fans of lace at The English Dept.  (For proof of our love affair with lace, just see our May 25th post with a few additional lace embellished gowns that we have.) Timeless and elegant, it adorns somc of the most loved dresses in our shop.

But we’ve been seeing peeks of lace come down the runway, appear on the red carpet and show up in so many places.  Lace, it can definitely dress an outfit up or down.  Remember 80’s “Like a Virgin” Madonna?  Modern 21st century styling keeps it classy.

Our trend board features (diagonal from upper left corner) Dutchess Kate Middleton in a lace back Jenny Packham gown; lace adorned wedding invitations by ZenadiaDesign.com; lace gloves by Aristocrafts on Etsy and a fun, flirty Jenny Yoo frock featured in The English Dept.’s 2012 Fashion Show, “Libby” in Le Fleur Alencon lace over tulle.

In love with lace.

Nicole Miller’s sweet v-neck lace gown and Love, Yu’s “Marion” are both new arrivals to The English Dept. We are so excited about these pretty little lace numbers.

Trendspotting: Illusion Necklines

Demurely sweet yet somehow still mysteriously sexy, the illusion neckline is a flattering favorite for spring. Frame your pretty collarbone with a boatneck version (Elizabeth Dye “For Emily” gown, left), or show off sleek shoulders with a fitted cap sleeve (Love, Yu “Gardenia” gown, right). Both dresses available now at The English Dept.