Dresses for Paris

There is beauty to be found in all cities of the world, and there’s no place (we think) quite like Paris. To walk down the streets in your favorite dress with like-minded friends: what a dream! We love watching friends like Alicia Bruce pursue their goals and find ways to make fantastic trips a part of that goal.

Depending on your life circumstances, making a jaunt to somewhere like Paris may seem far-fetched or impossible, but with a bit of planning, saving, and proper timing, you may just find yourself wandering around the Eiffel Tower looking for pain au chocolat. Creating a plan and making small adjustments to your budget could get you a ticket to the romantic city and perhaps a stay at the darling Hotel Henriette.

We hear that the best time to roam Paris free of tourists is in the early hours of the morning. Have your dress laid out the night before, and get up just after the sun peeks over the horizon. After viewing the main attractions (the Louvre or Arc de Triomphe, anyone?) be sure to take a minute for tea and jotting down a note to your loved ones back home.

By the way, our dresses are perfect for Paris any time of the year. They go fabulously with berets, scarves, jackets, and comfy flats for your daily excursions. Embrace the city of fun, fashion, and love. Feeling your very best is what dress-wearing is all about! Oh, and twirling, it’s also about twirling.

And we can think of no better place to twirl than in Paris.



All photographs: Alicia Bruce & Beryl Young



An Afternoon Tea in Paris

It’s Paris, so we can agree it’s a lovely idea, right? Recently a group of creatives went to Paris for adventure, photographs, and the sheer joy of being there. Starting their journey as complete strangers, they ended up traveling kindreds. VDDCo. was delighted to be a part of this trip by hosting an afternoon tea from afar.  

Our chum Alicia (of Love Knot Photo) led the group, and we were thrilled to be there in spirit. We provided the goodies and notecards, then we let Paris provide the rest! The ladies enjoyed a beautiful time sipping tea, enjoying treats, and writing letters home, all while wearing their favorite VDDCo. dresses.

It was, reportedly, a grey day outside, but with flowers on the tea salon walls and such a happy occasion, the afternoon tea was simply beautiful. We love how these kindreds combined their entrepreneurial spirits with a travel adventure, and that they made a special moment to enjoy the city and send thoughtful messages to those back home.

Intentionality at its very best.

All photographs: Alicia Bruce & Beryl Young

Location: Lily of the Valley Cafe





Making time for friendships

It’s a funny truth: what seems urgent isn’t always what’s most important. And yet, so many things feel urgent on a daily basis, don’t they? It can be easy to swing from one pressing task to the next, go to bed, and then repeat. Planning and enjoying a beautiful day with friends can initially feel frivolous. Afterward, though, we find ourselves walking away with such renewal, a new spring in our step, and the realization that meeting with kindreds was just what we needed. There’s just so much beauty and joy in it!

Having community (specifically the in-person kind) is worth the work it takes. Too many of us struggle with feeling isolated or lonely, and we should remedy that pronto! Inspired by other’s strengths, we can also share with them ours. And really, there’s just something about having a fun reason to get a bit dressed up, wear those shoes, try a new hairstyle, etc… Pair with a fun event and sweet friends: what could be better?

We recognize that for some of us, social events can feel draining or nerve-wracking. Even still, with all our misgivings, nothing lifts our spirits quite like time with friends we can laugh and frolic with. And while we all have pressing tasks and needs that seem to fill so many of our waking moments, we know that time with kindreds may just be one of the most important. Whether it involves putting work aside, wrangling the littles, or both, let’s keep sharing life together, and making beautiful moments to remember always.

Locations: Fields of Flowers, Petite LouLou



A kindreds outing to Fields of Flowers and Petite LouLou



One of our biggest dreams here at Virginia Dare Dress Co. is to bring more beauty to everyday life, and a great way to accomplish that is through friendships and time together in person.

The other week a group of VDDCo. Kindreds (our customers) gathered for an afternoon of flower picking at a farm in Purcellville, Virginia called Fields of Flowers. Each woman or family picked a bouquet, the children ran around to their heart’s content, and we all soaked up the time outside. Afterward, we enjoyed conversation and croissants at a French bakery called Petite LouLou.

Our time together encouraged us that perhaps kindred spirits aren’t so hard to find after all.

Hope you can join us for a future Virginia Dare Dress Co. event. Please share any fun events you’ve had and tell us how you’re building friendships in your community. We’d love to know!


Locations: Fields of Flowers, Petite LouLou


We were thrilled to be included with a shoot dreamed up by Black Twine – an exciting new company that helps you throw a party by sourcing all the styling and decor you’ll need for each themed event.

It was so exciting to see this come together!

Black Twine teamed up with Maman (our favorite escaping-to-the-French-countryside bakery in NY!) who had us be a part of the team of artists and creatives to design a truly incredible Somebunny To Love Baby Shower. Everything included in this shoot is available through either Maman, Black Twine, or, for the Maker and Baker aprons, us! 🙂

Full credit and links to everything you can purchase for creating this event at the bottom of the images!

For the party guide with links for products, click here!

EVENT DESIGN + PLANNING: Black Twne|| VENUE: Maman NYC  || PHOTOGRAPHY: Christine Yoo  || PAPER GOODS: Caspari || PARTY SIGNS: Midnight Confetti  ||  CALLIGRAPHY: ETERATE || APRONS: Virginia Dare Dress Co.

“…in life, it is often the tiny details that end up being the most important.” 

-Lemony Snicket


VDDCO: Hello! We are excited to have you with us today. So, what exactly is protocol and etiquette?

ABIGAIL: Yes! So, they’re slightly different but a lot the same. Protocol refers more to the business and military side of things. Etiquette is also used in professional settings, but we mainly think of etiquette in terms of social settings–what it is perhaps expected.  

Etiquette helps to put your mind at ease, gives you more confidence in nearly any setting, and helps you to be more aware of the comfort and feelings of other people.  

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”

-Louisa May Alcott

If home is where the heart is, then the heart of the home must be the kitchen. Whether pancake breakfasts or late night conversations, we can all agree that the kitchen is a comforting and delightful place to gather. It tends to be the room that holds quite a bit of a home’s magic and memories because there’s nothing quite like food to bring us together…

“…if we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.”

– Lemony Snicket

Have you ever wanted to start a business of your own? It’s an exciting journey to take, but it can feel daunting. Unknowns abound, and those unknowns can either cause us to pull away in hesitation, or lean in with the grandest of hope for the future and belief in our abilities… 

Friendships built through shared work and a common goal are special friends, indeed.

Watch a video recap!

Music by Ethan Dean

Since nearly the beginning of our company, there have been a handful of giving and creative women who have been by my side for this journey. As we’re preparing to gather again this Friday for our second team weekend (hooray!), I’m thinking back to several months ago when we had our first one…..