Exciting updates of the last few months!

It’s been an especially full 6 months for Virginia Dare Dress Co., with lots of excitement behind-the-scenes.

I wanted to wait until everything was official going ahead before I announced some big changes. Now that it’s settled, I’m excited to finally share the news with you!

Until now, our dresses have been sewn at a factory and then a family-run atelier in Guatemala. Our production coordinator and I visited regularly and we’re grateful for the relationships built and memories made. We learned a lot and looking back, I’m amazed we could do it! 

However, I’ve wanted to shorten the time it takes to develop a collection and to be more closely involved with the creation process. Getting into the details is the part I enjoy most and traveling back and forth hasn’t been the easiest thing to pull off.

So a few months ago, I made the decision to bring our manufacturing here to the US.

It’s been so exciting to research dozens of factories on the hunt for the ideal manufacturer, and I’m thrilled that the best partner was a small factory here in Virginia!

Here’s the view from their front door 😍

There are a million little factors that come into play with choosing a manufacturer (pricing and quality, mainly) and I wanted a place we could grow and enjoy working with. At long last, it looks like we’ve found it!

This will mean a world of simplification on our end, and this efficiency plus all we’ve learned over the last years will mean that we can offer MADE IN USA without an increase in price. I passionately care about providing dresses to love for people who love to wear them. I care about how our designs are made, fanatical attention to detail, and having the freedom to test, experiment—to PLAY and let our community be a part of this creative process. Moving so close to home will mean a faster process from sketch to prototype, to the revisions and revisions and then to you.

I’m BURSTING with new ideas.

And that’s not all!

Two summer dress styles (like this shirt dress!) are finally almost ready to go into production!

I’m looking at 2-3 colorways in each of the new styles, so that’s a total of a lot of new dresses around the corner. 🙂

I can’t wait to share these designs with you, so if you’re looking for the perfect summer dress, keep your eyes out for the opportunity to preorder your favorite in the coming weeks.

As always, I’m so grateful for all your support and enthusiasm. I can’t wait to share more about the summer collection and our wonderful new factory, very soon!

Wishing you a wonderful week,

Rebekah 

Founder, Virginia Dare Dress Co.

Summer Outfit Inspiration:

Last week we hosted a Contest where customers created 2 summer outfits from 1 VDDCo piece with an idea for where they would wear it to.

The goal was to find new ways of wearing our dresses (or tops!) and be inspired by each other!

The winners were chosen by everyone voting for their favorite look from the semi-finalists on Instagram and Facebook, and we’ve collected ALL of the entries here to showcase our beautiful kindreds.

Samantha Wrap Dress

 Tori is wearing the Samantha dress in a size Small. Outfit #1 is for running errands with her kids and outfit #2 for coffee or thrifting with a friend!
Hannah‘s Outfit #1 is for a casual day wandering with sandals, feather earrings, and no bag since pockets are the best. She also rolls the sleeves on hers which is a fun update to try! Outfit #2 is for an afternoon at a coffee shop or browsing a bookstore. Worn with a light cardigan, Sassy Sparrow Lizzy bag, simple stud earrings, and Toms wedges.
Courtney wears the Samantha in a size Large. Outfit #1 was inspired to wear for a baseball game, church picnic, or Fourth of July party. She’d worn Outfit #2 for a country-themed wedding!
Holly wears the original Samantha in a size Medium. Outfit #1 with a chambray top, boots, floral backpack and hat for a day of exploring and #2 with a cardigan and crossbody bag for coffee with friends!

Sara Blouse

Nancy wears a size Medium in the Sara blouse. Outfit #1 was inspired as a travel outfit for a summer vacation in Alaska with quick-dry pants, comfy boots and
an easy French braid.) Outfit #2 was for a Sunday picnic in the park with bare feet on the cool grass, and a hat to keep the sun off!
Anahi wears a size XXS in the Sara Blouse. Outfit #1 was inspired for summer concerts, ice cream dates, dog walks, or family game nights and her Outfit #2 was for home days and playing video games!
Tori wears the Sara blouse in a size Small. Outfit #1 would be for a networking event and Outfit #2 for a weekend hanging out with her family at the farmers market or park.

Kate Wrap Dress

Heather wears the Kate Dress in size Small. Outfit #1 is at her work as an ENT Nurse Practitioner and #2 for an evening walk with her husband and dogs.
Anahi wears a size XXS in the Sara Blouse. Outfit #1 was inspired for summer concerts, ice cream dates, dog walks, or family game nights and her Outfit #2 was for home days and playing video games!

Plaid Alice Wrap Dress

Linda is wearing the Plaid Alice Dress in size Large. Love the versatility with the sweater or jacket. And how beautiful are her shoes!

Chambray Alice Wrap Dress

Jess is wearing the Chambray Alice dress in size Medium. She chose outfit #1 for going out to lunch and #2 for a farmers market stroll. Her accessories are from Francesca’s, Keds, Altar’d State, Made by Mary with Love, Keep Collective, and Rifle Paper Co., and Spartina 449.
Nancy wears the Chambray Alice dress in size Medium. The first for Saturday morning farmer’s market with Chacos and a bandana (a throwback to summer camp days!) and everyday jewelry. The second outfit for Sunday go-to-church with pearls and matching sandals.

Emma Dress

Tori is wearing the Emma dress in size Small. Outfit #1 for a date night out and #2 for church or brunch. Her accessories are from Tidy Clutterings, Sseko Designs, and Sutisanasrl.

Abigail Dress

Linda is wearing the Abigail dress in Purple in size Large. Outfit #2 with a black jacket and heels for a more dressed up look and #1 with a beautiful sweater and sandals.

So many beautiful entries and reminders of what a pleasant summer day should include.

The winners chosen by popular vote were:

#1: Tori

#2 – Heather

#3 Jess

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Summer Dress Contest!

It was such a fun contest and we can’t wait to do it again. 🙂

Bridesmaid dresses aren’t known for being easy to wear again. We all probably have a few forgotten dresses in our closet!

What if your bridesmaids could have a dress you loved for your wedding and that they could wear and love many times after?

All Virginia Dare Dresses can be used for bridesmaid dresses and we have a styled shoot with one to share! Some local wedding friends put together a colorful spring-themed wedding and used our Emma Dress in green.

The team did a beautiful job (that cake decorated with edible flowers is dreamy!) and we love this versatile dress reimagined for weddings.

modest, comfortable, simple, dark green bridesmaid dress

Perfect knit dress for travel (with pockets!)

 

Hello from across the pond! My name is Brenda, and I’m the blogger behind Sundays and Somedays where I share my life and style as an American girl living in London. I share a new post every Sunday (and some other days in between), and since I love to travel and fashion, that’s what I blog about most. If I can combine the two, that’s even better! I’d describe my style as classic, feminine but still a bit modern, so naturally, I love Virginia Dare dresses!

Travel Dresses & Tieks

 

At Virginia Dare Dress Co., we admire companies whose thoughtfulness shows in the beauty and quality of their products. It’s the kind of thing customers keep coming back for, and we love to see it. Tieks by Gavrieli is a brand we really admire. Their flats are iconic, with over sixty beautiful colors and the classic Tiek Blue soles. Speaking of soles, they are non-skid and split, so they can fold up and fit into your purse. Genius!..

 

How to Style Your Tieks

 

 

Don’t you love the feeling of slipping into perfect-for-you leather shoes?

We’re so excited to share a fun shoot we did in collaboration with one of our favorite shoe companies. Our friends at Tieks sent us a big box of their beautiful ballet flats, and we had so much fun trying them on and frolicking with our dresses in the rain…