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Monday 2nd January , 2017

This is common question that gets asked in online forums and google searches. “Cheap” is a very subjective word to different buyers when it comes to formal dresses and evening gowns. The price point points/brackets that would be considered cheap differ from buyer to buyer but generally speaking, people classify a cheap formal dress as something between $150-$200. Of course, there are other considerations to take into account such as the style and quality of the evening dress. For example, a ball dress or formal evening gown is priced at $150 but the quality of the dress is sub-par. This would probably not be considered “cheap” as you’d then compare the dress overall make and quality to the price and may deem that it is in fact, not cheap.

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Do a quick search online and the various Australian websites that sell formal gowns, prices will range between $250-$500. Of course you will most likely stumble upon the Chinese websites that offer amazing looking evening gowns advertised at $99 starting prices. Let’s face it; the reality is if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. Realistically speaking, a quality made evening dress sold by a reputable store will not likely offer a beautiful dress for anything under $250 at minimum. Honestly speaking, when it comes to formal wear, evening dresses, formal gowns and ball dresses, you get what you pay for.

To say the least, finding a formal gown or ball dress under $150 is generally pretty hard to find unless you opt for an ultra-simple and may be borderline evening casual. Of course there are plenty of websites online from China that offer custom made ball and evening dresses between $150-$200. They spend a lot of advertising dollars to push and promote their “cheap evening and formal dresses” but unfortunately, many buyers have been left extremely disappointed and upset with the quality of their custom made ball dresses and formal gowns. Some of the reasons being that the actual dress the customer receives looks nothing like the photos these Chinese websites advertise.

Here at Envious Fashions, we believe in the value of quality in terms of materials and craftsmanship. This is one of the reasons why we design, create and carry our own line of evening dresses/gowns and hand make each and every one of the dresses. Don’t let the cheap prices of the Chinese websites tempt you to get a dress for “cheap”. Support local business such as Envious Fashions; get quality handmade Australian ball dresses and formal gowns that are made of the highest quality materials and workmanship at affordable prices. You will feel like a million bucks in our formal dresses and gowns for your special occasion knowing that it is truly one of a kind and make.

What’s more, we are currently having a SALE on ALL of our (custom and handmade) evening and formal dresses (in stock), so what more reason do you need to shop for that beautiful ball or evening dress? Click here to browse and buy online now. If you’d like to come into store, you can find our shop address located at 377 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth.

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Monday 19th December, 2016

CUSTOM MADE BRIDESMAID DRESSES PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Looking for bridesmaid dresses? Or perhaps considering getting your bridesmaid dresses custom made? If so, get in contact with us today to discuss your options. We’re taking bookings and orders now for custom made bridesmaid dresses with cut-off date the end of this month. Our booking schedule is fast filling up with orders so don’t delay!

We often get asked why bookings and confirmation need to be made weeks and sometimes months in advance for bridesmaid orders? The reason is because there is a lot of planning of and sourcing the raw materials of the bridesmaid dresses such as fabrics, linings, beading and any other embellishments or embroidery details required for the dress.

There’s so much more involvement in the dress than what meets the eye with the custom made dresses.

  • Fabrics and all the other raw materials are sourced from overseas so therefore, there are shipping times to get them over to Perth, Australia.
  • Once they get here, we need to start on sorting and separating all the materials and prepare them for the basic dress shape to start the dress making process.
  • The next step after the (bridesmaid) dress has been made, the beading, embellishments and any embroidery is then hand sewn onto the dress.
  • This is the most detailed and longest process in the entire dress making process. Beading and/or sequins are mapped out and pinned on the dress, then sewn on.
  • This is what makes an Envious Fashions bridesmaid gown special and unique. It is made with painstaking care, diligence and effort. For the prices which we charge for custom made bridesmaid dresses, it is a very fair price for the amount of work and labour that goes into each gown. 

Our lead time in getting custom bridesmaid dresses made depends on how many bridesmaid gowns are ordered and being made. From past experiences, many of our brides have between 3 to 6 bridesmaids, so they require that many bridesmaid dresses accordingly. For this number of dresses, it would take between 1-3 months depending on what time of the year the order is placed. Many weddings in Perth are in the warmer months from October to April, so this is generally a busy time for us if we have custom orders in the system.

When it comes to bridesmaid dresses, sometimes the bride isn’t sure what style to choose to suit her bridesmaids. This sometimes becomes a “problem” when there are several bridesmaids and they may each have different body shapes and sizes.  Having dealt with many situations like this before, we suggest opting for a formal dress style that is universally flattering such as this Arianastyles below.

This beautiful gown is flattering to all shapes and sizes whether the bridesmaid is petite or plus size.

  • The thicker style straps makes it suitable for petite bridesmaids (who may have a smaller chest) as it allows to “hold up” if she opts to wear a strapless push up bra or adhesive stick on bra underneath.
  • The thicker straps are suitable for plus size or with a bigger bust bridesmaid that enables support of wearing a bra underneath.
  • The pleated bust creates a beautifully flattering illusion of a perky and alluring bust line.
  • The pleating on the bodice combined with the side ruching hides any bumps and lumps in the mid-section and draws the eyes downwards as the ruching is designed to do.
  • The soft flowing skirt of the evening gown makes it flattering on all body shapes and sizes and creates a feminine and elegant look.

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If you are considering getting your bridesmaid dresses custom made, get in contact with us to discuss your styles and requirements. Of course if you like any of our formal dresses and would like them to be made as bridesmaid’s dresses, we can help you! As it is custom made dresses, if there are certain details which you wish to add or take out, you’re more than welcome to discuss this with us and we can accommodate.

In in touch with us now for cheap custom made bridesmaid dresses, Perth Australia.

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Tuesday 15th November, 2016

Sometimes we give up the opportunity to get that gorgeous evening dress because perhaps we feel we can’t justify spending that much for a wear that may last only a few hours. While the rational side of your brain says to try and find an evening gown that is more budget friendly, your heart says to just go for the dress that makes you look and feel absolutely amazing. Yes, it can be a tough dilemma…

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BUT don’t give up hope! Envious Fashions have teamed up with Love My Label, a local Perth fashion boutique located in the heart of Morley. Love My Label stocks both new and pre-loved stock. The pre-loved stocks are consignment based which means you bring in your pre-loved clothing and garment pieces are selected to be held at their store for possible resale. The monetary value of the sale is then converted to a choice of either (1) 50% of the sell price to go towards store credit OR (2) 30% of the sell price in cash settlement. For more information on their consignment policies and how it works, you can see it here.

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So what does this mean for you? If you having a stunning formal dress or gown that you have worn but yet remain in almost “as new “condition, please get in contact with Love My Label. Why let that beautiful dress sit in the back of your closet when you can potentially make some money off it and let the dress have another chance in the spotlight with it’s new owner.

On the other side of the spectrum, if you’re on the lookout for gorgeous evening formal dresses and gowns, pop into Love My Label’s store and have a browse of the current evening wear in either pre-loved or new stock. Envious Fashions have partnered with Love My Label and have allocated some of our ball dresses, evening gowns and formal dresses to their store. What’s super exciting is that Envious Fashions is currently working on an evening gowns collection line that will be exclusive to Love My Label. The anticipated release date is for the first quarter of 2017. So exciting! Amidst the excitement of the line is a lot of works behind the scenes including drawing mock ups, sample making, sourcing materials, scheduling dressmaking production and so much more!  

The Love My Label collection line will feature a range of beautiful evening gowns to suit a range of body shapes and types and will be available from sizes XS-XL (AU 6-14). So if you have a special event or occasion in 2017 keep this in mind and drop by Love My Label to check out the new collection. The ladies of Love My Label; Lara and Anka are delightfully bubbly, knowledgeable and helpful ladies that will be able to help you find a gown that you will love. Their personalized customer service is widely praised; something that we as shoppers love!

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If you have purchased any of our formal gowns in the past or have an evening dress that you’d like to be considered for consignment, get in touch with the Love My Label ladies today!  Click here for their contact details.

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Monday 7th November, 2016

With lots of formal events and functions in the upcoming months, now is the perfect time to start shopping for that perfect evening gown. There's end of year award nights, work parties and functions, black tie events and school balls. Whatever the formal occassion is, we're sure you will be able to find a stunning dress at Envious Fashions.

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Good news...we're having a sale on all our evening dresses and gowns, available online at our website and shipped Australia wide and also for international customers. Now is the perfect time to buy that gorgeous evening dress as Envious Fashions as we're having a big SALE on all of our formal gowns in stock. Our formal dresses are custom made so once they're sold, that's it, it will not be restocked. What's special about the gowns is that there is only one available in the particular style so when you're wearing an Envious Fashions gown to your formal event, you know you are wearing a one of a kind dress, no doubles and no one else will have the same gown as you!

We have evening dresses available in different styles such as one shoulder, off the shoulder, strapless and with straps. We have a range of evening dresses available in both brights, classic and neutrals in different materials and fit to really suit your bodyshape.

Here are some of our top picks from our formal gowns collection (currently all on sale!);

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"Milana" Navy lace evening gown, $380 ON SALE $280

This gorgeous lace gown is perfect for a black tie event or formal dress occassion that will flatter your curves and show off your best parts. The dress is made from stretchy lace material for comfort and looks fabulous on. You will love the way you look and feel in this sexy and elegant evening dress. Remember, only one available!

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"Azura" Light blue evening gown, $265 ON SALE $195

Wear this blue evening dress as either of two ways; with the straps or as a strapless style. A simple style with a middle bling bodice to give it the night time wow and glam factor. This evening gown is made from soft and flowy chiffon material with luxurious satin lining. If you want something that is romantic and feminine, this gorgeous evening dress will surely make you feel great. Also available in cobalt blue, black, red and white.

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"Rosalina" Pink fishtail dress, $495, ON SALE $299

This absolutely stunning evening fishtail dress is a show stopper! Featuring al illusion style hat is ever popular with celebrities, this gown is red carpet worthy. Hand made to perfection with glitter adorned on the entire dress for that glam look with sheer illusion neckline and skirt. You will like a million dollars in this breath taking dress and you will have all eyes on you.

Don't miss out on a gorgeous dress so browse online at our in stock formal dresses and buy now to ensure you get the dress for your formal event. With prices starting at just $149.95, you're get an absolute bang for your buck with our beautiful evening gowns.

To view more stunning dresses on sale click here and shop now!

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Monday 31st October, 2016

It’s a pretty special day so it’s important to show off your elegance with a really special outfit. As part of our bridal collection we have recently introduced pre-order mother of the bride dresses that are suitable for mother of the brides and also mother of the groom. With timeless elegance, comfort and well fit in mind; we aim to stock a range of formal dresses suitable for mother of the brides to look and feel the best on the special day.Whether you are after a more traditional style mother of the bride outfit or something more modern, we have something to suit your style and taste. As we have only recently started offering mother of the bride dresses, not all available styles are listed on our website as yet so we encourage you to get in touch with us and discuss what you’re after so we can help. We have a large catalogue of mother of the bride and groom outfits and dresses that may just be the perfect one for you!  We have mother of the bride/groom dresses in different dress lengths; knee length, tea length and full floor length gowns.

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Below are a few frequently asked questions about how our pre-ordering system and online ordering works.

Q: Are you an online store only or do you have a shop?

Envious Fashions is both an online boutique as well as store located in North Perth. At our shop we stock our range of formal. The bridal and mother of the bride/groom range is only available by pre-orders. This means we do not carry the mother of the bride stock on hand but rather, we list all the styles on our website and order in the style as per customer order basis.

Q: How do I place an order?

A: Browse all our mother of the bride dress styles here. If you find a style you like, select your desired size and then add the product to cart. You will then be prompted to check out and can make secure payment online via the available methods of bank deposit or PayPal.  If you wish, you can also call us and place your order directly and we will take your order over the phone.

Q: How long does it take for my order to arrive?

A: For Australian customers, you can expect your formal gown to arrive between 7-10 business days (excluding weekends) delivered to your doorstep. Your delivery will include a tracking number and will also require a signature on delivery. We also offer express shipping service which delivery will be within 3 business days.

If you are a customer outside of Australia, delivery will typically arrive between 10-20 business days via regular (tracked) airmail. We also offer express shipping service for expedited delivery and also registered post for peace of mind.

Q: How much is shipping cost?

A: We offer free shipping (regular tracked postal service) for Australian customers when you purchase our wedding dresses. For international customers, shipping cost is based on your country. You can easily find out what the cost of shipping is to your country by selecting the dress you want, adding to cart and completing the shipping quote.

If your country is not listed or have any issues please do contact us so we can help you further.

Q: What sizes are available with mother of the bride dresses?

We have all sizes available; from sizes 8-22 (small – 3XL).

Q: What is your return policy?

A: Unfortunately we are unable to offer returns with our pre-order range. As we work off the pre-order system with our mother of the bride range, we only order in the dresses as per the customer’s order basis so can’t accept returns for change of mind or sizing errors. Generally the products are made to standard US/AU sizing so if you would like the exact measurements please get in touch with us and we will be happy to provide you with the sizing details of the wedding dresses.

Q: How do I get in contact with you?

A: You can get in contact with Envious Fashions via telephone or email. Our contact details are listed here.

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Monday 24th October, 2016

If you’re looking for beautiful and affordable bridesmaid dresses online then you’ve definitely come to the right place at Envious Fashions. In recent months we have introduced a new bridal range that includes wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride and formal gowns. Our new bridesmaid dresses range is available via pre-order which means that we do not carry the dresses in stock but we order in the styles as per the customer’s orders. We have all the bridesmaid gowns styles available listed at our website which you can order online. We ship the bridesmaid dresses from our showroom in Los Angeles to Australia. The shipping time is between 10-15 working days but of course if you need your bridesmaid dresses to arrive sooner, there is the option of express shipping which takes only 5-8 business days.

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Whatever stage you’re at with bridesmaid dress shopping, you can contact us if you need any assistance. We can help you;

  • Pick a dress style that fits your bridal theme
  • Pick a dress style to suit and flatter your bridesmaids
  • Look for a specific bridesmaid gown if you have something particular in mind. We have many formal and bridesmaid dresses that are currently not yet listed on the website. We can also search our internal database to help you find bridesmaid dresses
  • Find bridesmaid dresses within your budget

We have many styles of bridesmaid gowns such as strapless, one shoulder, strappy etc, come in a range of different fabrics such as long, flowy and delicate chiffon, or lace, fitted and curve hugging.

If you’re after something a little more custom, we can also do custom made bridesmaid dresses. We recommend you taking a look at our formal dresses that are in stock to see if there are any dress designs that you like and would consider as dresses for your bridesmaids. If you decide on making a custom dress based off our design, the production process is quicker and cheaper than say, if you wanted a custom made dress off a different design. With our custom made dresses service, we offer you the option of having the bridesmaid dress made in a colour of your choice, sizes required and also any design alterations you may wish (i.e add straps if it’s a strapless dress, or remove straps to become a strapless style etc).

If you want to know about how to order your bridesmaid dresses online, shipping time, shipping costs and other FAQ, please click here. Of course we’re also available via email or phone so get in contact with us to discuss your needs or if you have any inquiries.

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Thursday 20th October, 2016

Shopping for wedding dresses online can be a new experience for some brides so as expected, there may be a few reservations and questions about the process of buying a wedding dress online. Buying your wedding dress online doesn’t have to be a complicated, confusing or unsavoury experience.  

Here at Envious Fashions we strive to help brides find their dream wedding gown online. Through our blog we share bridal and wedding advice that we hope brides to be will find helpful and make shopping for their wedding dress a wonderfully memorable and pleasant experience. Below are common questions that brides have that we provide answers to.

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Q: How long before my wedding day should I start looking for a wedding dress?

A: There is no set or specific time as to when you should start looking as it all depends on the bride and her individual circumstance. For example, if the bride has a very specific style in mind and she can’t find what she wants at any bridal store, then perhaps she may need to consider getting a custom made bridal gown. Then she’d need find a bridal boutique that would accept and be capable of making this custom made wedding dress. Depending on the style, intricacy and materials of the wedding gown, there is the time that the bridal store would need to go source the materials, sketch up and then put the dress in production.  

Generally speaking, 12-18 months ahead of the big day should allow adequate time to browse and shop for your wedding dress.

If there is quite a bit of time before your wedding (say, 18 months or more), there is no harm in browsing around for your dress but we wouldn’t recommend buying it at this stage. The reason being that buying your wedding dress too far in advance may lead to a few problems such as significant changes in body weight and shape and change of mind. You’re then left with a wedding dress that you may not have any use for or just can’t wear.

Also, we have had a few brides that have expressed how overwhelmed they were with the wedding dress search as there were so many choices they could choose from and just didn’t know where to start or look. The best advice we can offer here is the process of elimination to narrow down the possible options thus, less confusion and feeling overwhelmed. We will cover this topic in an upcoming blog post, stay tuned.

Q: Are you an online store only or do you have a shop?

A: Envious Fashions is an online boutique but we also have a shopfront in North Perth. For our wedding dresses, we only offer them as pre-orders. This means we do not carry the wedding dress stock on hand but rather, we list all the styles on our website and order in the style as per customer order basis.

Q: How do I place an order?

A: Browse all our wedding dresses style here. If you find a style you like, select your desired size and then add the product to cart. You will then be prompted to check out and can make secure payment online via the available methods of bank deposit or PayPal.  If you wish, you can also call us and place your order directly and we will take your order over the phone.

Q: How long does it take for my wedding dress to arrive?

A: For Australian customers, you can expect your wedding gown to arrive between 7-10 business days (excluding weekends) delivered to your doorstep. Your delivery will include a tracking number and will also require a signature on delivery. We also offer express shipping service which delivery will be within 3 business days.

If you are a customer outside of Australia, delivery will typically arrive between 10-20 business days via regular (tracked) airmail. We also offer express shipping service for expedited delivery and also registered post for peace of mind.

Q: How much is shipping cost?

A: We offer free shipping (regular tracked postal service) for Australian customers when you purchase our wedding dresses. For international customers, shipping cost is based on your country. You can easily find out what the cost of shipping is to your country by selecting the dress you want, adding to cart and completing the shipping quote.

If your country is not listed or have any issues please do contact us so we can help you further.

Q: Do you have plus size wedding dresses?

A: Yes we do! All our bridal dresses and gowns are available in plus sizes (sizes 16-22).

Q: Can I return the wedding dress if it doesn’t fit?

A: Unfortunately no. As we work off the pre-order system with our wedding dresses, we only order in the wedding gown as per the customer’s order basis so can’t accept returns for change of mind or sizing errors. Our wedding dresses are made to standard US/AU sizing so if you would like the exact measurements please get in touch with us and we will be happy to provide you with the sizing details of the wedding dresses.

Q: How do I get in contact with you?

A: You can get in contact with Envious Fashions via telephone or email. Our contact details are listed here.

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Monday 17th October, 2016

Looking for wedding dresses in Perth that are cheap, stunning and will make you feel like a million dollars? You’ve come to the right place at Envious Fashions, Perth formal dresses and bridal gowns boutique.

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Envious Fashions started out as women’s fashion clothing and accessories boutique and in the past couple of years have focused our speciality to formal occasion wear such as formal dresses, evening gowns, ball dresses and prom gowns. The latest addition in our business is the introduction of PRE-ORDER wedding dresses and gowns.

With our pre-order wedding dresses, it means we do not carry the wedding gowns in stock at our shopfront but we order the wedding dresses in as per the customer’s order. The wedding dresses are located at our showroom in Los Angeles in the USA and we ship via courier from the US to Australia so you can be sure that you will receive your beautiful wedding dress in as little as 10 days!

You can see all the wedding dress styles at our website here where you can pick your size and place your order online. The reason why we do not carry the wedding dresses in store is because we want to ensure we can provide a wide range formal dresses and bridal gowns at the lowest price possible to customers by reducing as much overhead costs associated with keeping merchandise on hand. This includes a large storage area, shopfront, protective bags for the gowns, dry-cleaning costs for stains and/or damages through try on’s and obsolete stock,  running and administrative costs etc. To be perfectly honest, we are a small business and cannot sustain the financial costs of so many running costs and inventory, thus, our pre-order system allow us to serve brides to be with the best possible price and most up to date and beautiful wedding gowns.

We also understand that some brides to be are daunted by the fact that they don’t get to see or try on their wedding dress prior to buying. Unfortunately that is the nature of online shopping. We recognize this concern so will try to provide as much information and help as possible. We also have in house professional tailors that have over 25 years’ experience with special occasion and clothing alterations that can help you with the perfect fit in the situation that you may need some minor alteration to your wedding gown.

Here is a preview of some of the gorgeous bridal dresses we offer on pre-order.

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"Imogen" Illusion Sheer Back Wedding Dress, $659.00

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"Penelope" Sleeveless Simple Lace Wedding Dress, $549.99

Love what you see? Then you’ll definitely love the prices of these breath taking bridal gowns, with prices starting from $399 and all wedding gowns offered at Envious Fashions is perfect for brides whose budget is under $1,000. Wow! Don’t let the price points lead you to believe that the quality and craftsmanship of the wedding gowns are anything less than top notch and stunning. The highest quality of materials such as lace, chiffon, organa, jersey etc is the building base to the beautiful bridal gowns, combined with intricate hand beading and embellishments. The wedding dresses pictured in the photos are the exact wedding dresses you will receive.

So if you’re a bride that is on a bit of a budget or browsed our bridal gowns and have fallen in love with a style, get in touch with us here and organize your order for your wedding gown today. Looking for a particular style and it’s not on our website? Don’t hesitate to get in contact with us so we can help you look for your dream bridal gown.

Happy shopping and we are here to help if you have any questions or queries. Lastly, we’d like to send you our warm wishes and say congratulations bride to be!

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