Have you ever had a dress that you saw somewhere get stuck in your mind? Even though you don’t have an occasion to wear it, you want it anyway! When I was in seventh grade, I went to a party where I saw a girl wearing a dress that truly spoke to me. It was a sleeveless drop-waist dress with the upper part in “cranberry” (what we called back in the day what is now known as burgundy) velvet with a pink flounced silky skirt. It was adorable. I knew my family couldn’t afford to buy it for me, but I lusted after it all the same. And I remember it to this day.
Fast forward about a million years since seventh grade. I was asked to review Victoria’s Dress, a special occasion dress website. At first I thought it might be too far afield for Never Say Die Beauty but when I visited the site, I quickly changed my mind. Although I am way beyond prom myself and unfortunately I don’t have any daughters, many of my readers do. In addition to Prom dresses, Victoria’s Dress has an incredible array of wedding dresses, evening dresses, nother-of-the-bride dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and cocktail dresses that are appropriate for any special occasion.
Plus, I seriously fell in love with one of the cocktail dresses. I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. I wasn’t able to go to a special family event in LA at the end of February, but the dress I covet would have been perfect for the occasion. Years ago when I worked in advertising in NYC, my friend Sue M. told me her 5 year old niece said she wanted to grow up to be an “Ooh-la-la girl” with boobies who wore slinky dresses. That’s what this dress makes me think of…in a good way!
I love the way the fabric is draped and gathered. And the gorgeous indigo blue color would be perfect with my red hair. I think it’s very feminine but also sophisticated. Love, love, love this dress!
How Victoria’s Dress Works
Victoria’s Dress has about a million different styles: short, mid-length, evening dress, sheath, A-line, ball gown etc. For instance, I discovered there are 596 styles of Cocktail Dresses alone! So you don’t have to go through every single dress, you can use the guide on the side to specify what you’re looking for in terms of price, style (silhouette), fabric, color, sleeve-length, neckline, length, back details, and type of embellishments.
The real difference with Victoria’s Dress is that each dress is made-to-order. You can select Standard Size or Custom Size. Can you believe that you can choose to have your dress CUSTOM-MADE! I thought the additional fee for custom-made would be a fortune, but it is very affordable. Custom-making the blue cocktail dress that I love would cost an additional $16! The website gives detailed instructions on how to take your measurements, though they do suggest that you have a professional tailor measure you to ensure absolute accuracy. For someone like me who is short, having a dress custom-made is a boon since I often have to have my clothing altered after purchase anyway, and the after-market tailoring definitely costs me more than $16.
In addition to style variety, you can select from a broad range of colors. All of the dresses I looked at had 29 different color choices available. I was stunned.
The dresses come in a wide range of women’s sizes that go from size 2 – 26W in US sizes. The website is based in the U.K., but it shows size charts for UK, US and European sizes to make it easy to order. Plus you can convert the affordable prices into your own currency directly on the page you’re looking at.
Victoria’s Dress aims to provide outstanding quality at affordable prices with an online shop that eliminates the brick & mortar store. There is live chat online if you have any questions. Plus, they use high quality materials in crafting the dresses. I was happy to see they use Swarovski crystals rather than a random brand, and they provide extra beads and crystals just in case.
You do need to plan a bit in advance with Victoria’s Dress. To craft a wedding dress takes 12-15 business days, and other dresses take 10-12 business days. Leave at least 3-5 business days for shipping. The blue cocktail dress was estimated to take about 3 weeks to arrive.
Here are a few other dresses that have caught my eye.
The styles range from conservative to va-va-voom. And there are zillions of flowy dresses for prom, or Bat Mitzvah party or Quinceanera celebrations.
So there are sure to be styles that will suit you, your daughter and your special occasion. I definitely suggest you take a look at Victoria’s Dress website, and see all the possibilities.
Let me know if you find a dress you’re obsessed with!