Sunday, 13 January 2013

Dress Shops

Dress Shops Biography
If you’re looking for a dress with sass that won’t drain you of all your cash, you’re in the right place! We carry a large selection of casual dresses, party dresses and club dresses, so no matter what the occasion, we know you'll find a dress that’s better than the rest. Our budget friendly finds will leave you and your wallet happy, and we offer everyday free shipping. Learn more about our dresses here.

Going out with your girls for a night on the town? We carry an array of club dresses that will make you want to dance all night long! Want colors? We got ‘em! Wild about animal print? So are we! Our club dress selection includes one shoulder, strapless and even trendy peplum! With so many options it’ll be hard to choose but we promise, it’s never be easier to look so fierce. The fabulousness of a dress should be celebrated daily, not just on special occasions! Our huge selection of casual dresses offers a large variety of adorable styles and colors that can be worn everyday. Animal print any day of the week? Yes please! Floral dress Friday will jump start your weekend fun! Lace dresses, peplum dresses and skater dresses, oh my! Say high low to the trendiest dress styles. The possibilities are endless, affordable and boy, are they cute! Make a special night unforgettable with an equally fabulous dress! Deb Shops party dresses are fun and classy with a side of glamour. We have everything from sparkly sequin, to sassy animal print party dresses. Our style selection offers options like strapless sweetheart, as well as edgy one shoulder party dresses. You’re partial to the high low look? We’ve got that party dress covered too!

FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50. You can return any online dress purchase to any of our retail stores for free. That means that you can feel confident shopping for your dress. So go ahead, shop our wide selection of dresses to find your favorite fit! We promise, our dresses won’t disappoint.

Elizabeth Cline is a Brooklyn-based writer and activist working on a book about responsible shopping in the age of cheap fashion, when low prices and rapid turnover of styles have ignited out-of-control clothing consumption. The book, called The Good Closet, will be published by Penguin Portfolio in spring 2012. You can follow the project at The Good Closet.

Everywhere American consumers shop — from outlet malls to department store sales racks —  deals flourish. But where can one find the cheapest dress? “Fast fashion” purveyors like Forever 21 and H&M are known for their low prices, high volume, and rapid turnover of styles. It’s amazing to think that a hundred years ago, at the birth of ready-made clothing as we know it, women would drop six hundred dollars for a Parisian knock-off. Today a fashionable dress is cheaper than a bag of dog food. How did we get here?

In the early 1900s, the sewing machine had only been around a half a century and the production quality and fit coming off the assembly lines needed some polishing. Decent menswear could be bought off the rack, and men were slowly warming up to ready-made duds. But for women there was a deep divide between high-end European fashions acquired by the wealthy and the flimsy, flashy, of-the-moment items available to everyone else. According to Jan Whitaker’s book Service and Style, a history of department stores, a ready-made knockoff of a French “lingerie style” dress started at $25 ($621.50 in today’s dollars) at Marshall Field’s in 1902. It was more feasible for the average girl to buy a ready-made women’s suit, which started at $7.95 ($190) or, better yet, the quintessential shirtwaist, which sold for just 39 cents ($9.34) at the turn-of-the-century. The fashion-hound of modest means was better off making her own dresses or ordering them from the local dressmaker.
By the 1950s, quality ready-made fashion was within the reach of the middle-class. America’s garment industry was the envy of the world and womenswear was its number one product. The International Ladies Garment Workers Union had almost 450,000 members and the sweatshops of the industry’s early days had been largely abolished. The 1955 Sears Catalog was a veritable wonderland of nipped-waisted frocks with Dior-inspired voluminous skirts. Style, quality, and affordability had found a meeting point. For a reasonable $8.95 ($72), you could order Sears’ “best acetate and rayon crepe” slim-cut dress in black or navy blue, with a set-on bodice and detachable nylon-organdy collar. The dress came with a rhinestone pin. Women also continued to sew at home, using a myriad of fashionable patterns available in women’s magazines.

Fast forward fifty years and the price of mass-market fashion has plummeted, as the garment industry has moved to lower wage countries. We now only make 3% of our apparel in the United States, down from 90% in 1955. The prices of these imports are so low that we have long since abandoned our sewing machines and deserted our dressmakers. Our clothes have also become increasingly casual and simplified, another reason for lower price tags.

As clothes have become cheaper, our clothing consumption has gone through the roof. In 1930, the average American woman owned an average of nine outfits. Today, we each buy more than 60 pieces of new clothing on average per year. Our closets are larger and more stuffed than ever, as we’ve traded quality and style for low prices and trend-chasing. In the face of these irresistible deals, our total spending on clothing has actually increased, from $7.82 billion spent on apparel in 1950 to $375 billion today. And the discounters are reaping the rewards. According to the latest Standard & Poor’s Industry Survey, the average American consumer is primarily looking for value with an impulse-buy standard of quality when they purchase clothing. As a result, H&M, Zara, and Wal-Mart — all discounters who sell low-quality clothing — are now the most powerful clothing brands in America.

Elizabeth Cline’s research on the global impact of fast fashion raises many questions about how to dress ethically (and fashionably) on a budget. In the coming months, we’ll explore the stories behind our clothes — who makes them, where they come from and why it matters. However, the question remains: Just what does your closet look like? Do you feel conflicted about purchasing fast fashion? Are you willing to spend big bucks on an investment piece? And how does one achieve a “good closet”?

Elizabeth Cline is a Brooklyn-based writer working on a book about responsible shopping in the age of cheap fashion, when low prices and rapid turnover of styles have ignited out-of-control clothing consumption. The book, called Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, will be published by Penguin Portfolio in June 2012. You can follow the project at The Good Closet.

Now the time has finally arrived-it’s wedding dress shopping day! But like the rest of the wedding planning process, shopping for a wedding dress is slightly more complex than shopping for your basic pair of slacks. Know what to expect before you hit the stores! First, you must decide where you are going to shop; here are the most common options:
Independently Owned Full Service Bridal Shops
These stores offer a full range of services for the bride and the wedding party, with designers and prices ranging from moderate to high-end.
Couture Bridal Shops
Couture bridal shops represent a subsection of independently owned full service bridal shops. Offering the same range of services, they carry exclusive designer labels at higher-end prices.
Department Stores
Department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and JC Penny offer wedding gowns, while others such as Lord & Taylor and Hecht’s only offer bridesmaid dresses. These gowns are usually bought off-the-rack; however, your wedding dress may be specially ordered from another store if your size is not in stock. Most of these stores offer in-house alterations.
Discount Bridal Outlets
Discount bridal outlets offer a mix of discontinued national brands and privately labeled merchandise at reduced prices. Dresses are bought off-the-rack, so you may take the gown home the day your purchase it.
Nationwide Bridal Chain Stores
Bridal chain stores manufacture, import, and sell their own private label wedding gowns.
Custom Gown Designers
For a one-of-a-kind wedding gown, you can collaborate with a custom gown designer to specially create a wedding dress just for you.
What to expect once you’re in the shop:
Many bridal boutiques will not simply allow you to browse through the selection of wedding dresses; rather they will bring gowns to you one at a time.
Stores typically carry sample sizes (8-10), and the sales associate will pin it to your body.
Don’t forget that you will have to be fitted – up to 3 times – before your wedding dress fits perfectly. If the store has an in-house seamstress, ask for an alterations estimate.
Wedding dresses tend to run small, so be prepared to order a size that is larger than you normally wear.
Keep in mind that any design changes will increase the cost of the wedding gown.

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