One Retro dress; Three Ways

One retro dress, three ways blog postWe had so much fun putting outfits together with our retro dresses, we did it again! This time we wanted to show you classic vintage styling plus a few more alternative looks. Barb, our Client Relations Specialist, was the model; great job, Barb! That’s what style is all about, taking an outfit and really injecting your own personality into it.

We choose an Olivia Dress in Harvest Bloom; so appropriate to the season. It was such a beautiful autumn day, we went to a park in full fall foliage called Momiji Gardens. Why stay indoors when you can work outside?

Every day is a Retro day!

Barb loves to wear boots and tights with her dresses. How about these amazing vintage plaid Doc Marten Boots?! Take chances—plaids and florals can look amazing together. Erstwilder Red Poodle Brooch, Lands End Cardigan

One retro dress, three ways blog post

One retro dress, three ways blog post

 

Classic Retro Evening

Add a pop of colour like this beautiful Vintage Chiffon Crinoline in Cinnamon Hearts and lil’ sparkle from some retro jewelry and voila! You’re ready for a dinner date. Cotton tights (from Cherry Velvet, coming soon to our online shop) Miz Mooz Shoes.

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Rockabilly Retro

Maybe you’re the lead singer of a band (like Barb) or going to a funky event like a burlesque show… What to wear? Layering a corset over your dress is a great way to add alternate style to your dress. Barb’s wearing her own hat, shrug and boots with a Lace Embrace Corset and a Vintage Chiffon Crinoline in Black Licorice.

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Cherries

Our Cherry Cola necklace and bracelet set went so well with our Olivia Dress, we mixed up the accessories all over again to make this bonus look…

One retro dress, three ways blog post

One retro dress, three ways blog post

We hope we’re giving you lots of ideas and fun ways to wear your Cherry Velvet dresses year round and for lots of different occasions!

Love Cherry Velvet XOX

 

One Cherry Velvet Dress; 5 Ways

One Cherry Velvet Dress; 5 Ways

Finding different ways to wear the same dress is not only a great way to add your own signature style to your outfits, it’s smart too. Our designer Diane, dug into her closet and put together these 5 ways to wear one Cherry Velvet dress with a classic scoop neck Olivia frock and her own accessories.

Along the Promenade

Sometimes simple is best. A sun hat and comfortable shoes for strolling is always the way to go. The Olivia dress looks great with a longer necklace, like this vintage jet (black glass) find. “Vintage” Fluevogs, Coach Bag.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

To the Office

Pretty much every Cherry Velvet dress can be worn to work in the Fall with the addition of a cardi, tights and boots or flats. Add a little personality too, like this vintage style brooch (under the hair). Lands End Cardigan, Fluevog boots, Diane Kennedy Rejuvenate Leggings.

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Brunch with the ladies

It’s easy to put something over your dress, like a shrug or a cardi. But don’t forget you can also wear something under your dress like a blouse, long sleeve top or t-shirt. Experiment to see which works with your dress. For this look, Diane chose a slightly less full Lace chiffon crinoline. Coach Bag, Fluevog “Purity” Boots.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

Dinner Date

A feminine frock is a perfect way to match your outer beauty with your inner confidence. For date night, a li’l sparkle always goes a long way.  Then add fishnet stockings, heels, and your best smile 🙂 Fluevog “Deee”shoes, Coach Bag, Brave Belt, Mirror Mirror Bijoux necklace, Vintage Chiffon Crinoline in Black Licorice.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

Gallery Opening

Sometimes you just don’t want to blend in with the crowd.  Nothing sets the mood for a funky outfit like a hat; this one Diane brought back from a trip to England a few years ago. Here’s a fun little trick Diane uses: collect a bunch of your lower skirt including the crinoline underneath and pin it up. You can use a regular safety pin (like she did here), but a bigger kilt pin or a broach works also. Fluevog “Exene” flats, Heidi Daus Necklace, Vintage Chiffon Crinoline in Spearmint.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

Hopefully, this post will make you look at your own Cherry Velvet dress in a new way. Hunt up some cool vintage accessories, polish up your favourite boots and get ready for fall!

XOX Cherry Velvet 

 

How to Care for your New Crinoline

You’ve chosen your colour and ordered your knee length crinoline from Cherry Velvet! With visions of puffy frills in your head, you might be a little surprised when you get your box in the mail. How the heck did they fit that much floof into such a small box? Your crinoline has been folded and rolled to fit in the box for shipping and it needs a little love from you when it comes out of the box. Don’t worry, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

We’ve made a little video to show you how to care for your crinoline from the minute you open the box until you slip it on under your favourite frock.

A frilly crinoline is a great way to add a little something special to your Cherry Velvet dresses. A full skirt with a matching or contrasting colour peeking out from under it can turn a special dress into something spectacular. If you are thinking of adding a crinoline to your vintage inspired look, we have you covered. You’ll feel special, we promise!

Here’s our selection.

Colourful selection of crinolines at Cherry Velvet

If you’re wondering, we also carry other crinolines that are made of nylon chiffon. Our Lace Crinoline or our Vintage chiffon crinoline will not arrive quite as wrinkled as the Knee length version in the video. Just hang it up and in a few days whatever wrinkles there were, will be no more. Please do not try to steam or iron it as it may cause damage. (Nylon can melt with too much heat!)

Washing instructions: 

Hand wash in warm water then hang to dry. Please do not use bleach.

If you have any questions or need help choosing a crinoline to match your dress, please feel free to e-mail us @ cherryvelvetplus(dot)com. We’re happy to help anytime!

XOX Cherry Velvet

 

 

 

Welcome Barb to the Cherry Velvet Team!

When you’ve been in business for 14 years, you get to meet and work with people from all walks of life. Sometimes they come, sometimes they go, and sometimes you get lucky and they come back around again. Flashback five years ago to the very beginning of Cherry Velvet and enter: Barb Wilkins, a key member of our original team.  Barb’s ideas and contributions are what helped conceptualize the Cherry Velvet brand, so we’re very excited to announce that she’s coming back to work with us! Long time Cherry Velvet aficionados might remember that the second dress we ever made was named Barbara. It came in some amazing iconic prints like Good Luck Tattoo, Sugar Skulls, and Party Dots. Barb rocked that dress literally and figuratively! 

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If you’re from Vancouver, you may also remember Barb was the owner of the original Bodacious store on Main Street. Having been a plus size retailer for so many years, she has a keen understanding of women’s bodies and issues around buying clothes. She’s a plus size fit expert! 

If none of this rings a bell, you might have met Barb at our Pucker Up party. She was the lead singer of our guest band. When we said Barb rocks we really meant it!

But if you’ve somehow never crossed paths with Barb, perhaps you will be lucky enough to experience her warm and enthusiastic energy when you come by to shop. Or, possibly, Barb will be the one to help you when you need customer service. She’ll be at our shopping night on Friday from 5-7, so come by to meet her and check out all the amazing new dresses

Barb Wilkins wearing the Cherry Velvet Barbara dress named after her

Welcome back to our team, Barb! 

Shopping dates this week:

Friday, March 24 from 2-7 pm

Saturday, March 25 from 11-5

1635 Powell Street, Vancouver BC. Parking available on the street our front (please check the parking signs) or in the lot off Woodland Dr. beside the Flag shop.

XOX Cherry Velvet

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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We love how enthusiastic y’all are about our dresses and we love to hear from all our followers and fans. As social media persists, we find ourselves often fielding the same questions. While we endeavour to answer each and every inquiry we receive, we thought it would behoove us to put together a small list of frequently asked questions and answer them here for posterity:

Do you take custom orders?

Unfortunately, due to our design process and production schedule, we are unable to offer custom orders at this time.

That being said, we have a wealth of dresses in our collections and it could very well be you might not have seen the dress you were looking for! If you’re looking for something in particular, we encourage you to reach out to us at info [at] cherryvelvetdresses [dot] com and one of our helpful stylists will do their best to match you with the perfect dress.

How do I figure out what my Cherry Velvet dress size is?

Because of the unique fit of our dresses, we highly suggest taking your measurements and having a peek at our Fit Guide, in order ensure you’re getting the right size.

First thing’s first, measurements:

Then match to our handy sizing charts!

 

That being said, the most sure-fire way to find your perfect fit is to contact us with your measurements and the dress(es) you’re interested in and we’ll recommend your best fit.

Drop us a line at info [at] cherryvelvetdresses [dot] com before you order and one of our fit specialists would be happy to assist with finding your Cherry Velvet size.

Where can I try on your dresses in person?

If you are able to visit us, our Vancouver-based showroom is available by appointment, Monday-Friday between 10-4pm. We LOVE to see all shapes and sizes in our dresses and would be happy to help you find the perfect look. Drop us a line at info [at] cherryvelvetdresses [dot] com to book your appointment! We’re located at 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver. Parking is available in the lot by the Flag Shop off Woodland Drive or out front on the street during part of the day (please check the parking signs for times)

Periodically, we also hold open Studio Shops for the public! Generally once a month, we hold them on Fridays from 2-7pm & Saturdays from 11-5pm. Join our mailing list and/or follow us on Facebook to be the first one to know about our next one!

How do I care for my Cherry Velvet dress?

Our dresses are as easy to care for as they are to wear! Simply machine wash in cold water & hang to dry. Be sure to separate the colours! (no red socks with a white dress please!)

We don’t recommend the dryer, but you can fluff in the dryer for a few minutes before hanging if desired. Iron on a cotton setting if necessary, but taking a few minutes to smooth out the wrinkles after hanging it up will go a long way toward being iron free!

How do I care for my crinoline?

Once you receive your crinoline, give it a firm shake fresh from the bag, hang up and gently pull out the wrinkles & ruffles. Be careful, as the chiffon or netting is very delicate. Do not be alarmed if it takes about a week to relax out the wrinkles completely. Beauty takes patience 😉

Do not iron – the material may melt. Hand wash in warm water, no bleach. Hang to dry.

 

Do you have any other questions for us? Let us know! We’re always happy to answer your queries 🙂

XOX Cherry Velvet

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The Pucker Up Party Recap!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We thought today would be a perfect day to post a recap for the fun little party we held at the beginning of this month! So Pucker Up and have a peek at how Cherry Velvet celebrates a shindig!

The day of the party it looked like we were fixin’ for a storm but we decided to go on with the show, anyway! How could we let all our careful baking & decorating go to waste? We’re cray, that way.

That being said, we were sad to hear so many were unable to make it out in such inclement weather. Someone even ended in a ditch on the way here! Even some of our guests who made it in didn’t escape unscathed; Our dear friend, Danielle, got soaked by a rude car. Thankfully, we had a showroom of dresses for her to wear. 😉

Despite the record-breaking cold weather, we kept it hot in our studio with a Love-themed Munch ‘n Mingle night featuring a photoshoot for anyone who showed up in a Cherry Velvet dress! We were a little worried that the epic snow storm we were in the midst of would put the kibosh on our fun night, but thankfully, one by one, 5 years worth of Cherry Velvet dresses came sashaying through the snow and in front of our photographer.

From live music that had everyone bumpin’, to impromptu complementary hair curlin’ & victory rollin’, there were tons of antics and adorable pics.

We thank all the guests who braved the blizzard and we’re so excited to share these photos with you! If you want to see more photoshoot shots+, head over to our Facebook Page!

We had so many charming and delightful ladies come in, we don’t want to exclude anyone! But we simply couldn’t get over how much energy party girls, Cynara & Dina, are! East Van beauties, through and through.

We even had esteemed Editor-In-Chief, Shannon Svingen-Jones, of FabUplus Magazine come out for a snap or 2. Also a Vancouver girl, we’re so proud of how far FabUplus Magazine has come in such a short time and it’s such a thrill to see Shannon’s hard work being recognized as an amazing new magazine, by the likes of publications like Elle & People Magazine.

What’s a party without music? We are so blessed to know so many talent artists to collaborate with and were lucky enough to have Wichita Trip, fronted by Diane’s good friend & long time Cherry Velvet girl, Barb Wilkins. Any shoppers from Vancouver will recognize her from Bodacious, a lovely shop which used to be on Main Street and was one of the forerunners of the Plus Size community in Vancouver. Wichita Trip provided some peachy keen Rockabilly tunes backed by Barb’s husband, Rupert, with Back up vocals & keyboards by Mike Van Eyes from The Revel Room’s famous Duelling Pianos Night.


The entire night went off without a hitch and a great time was had by all. Again, we wish to thank all our amazing guests for coming out. It is always such a great pleasure for us to see our dresses making girls feel stunning at any size. This party was a small gesture of our appreciation for everyone who’s supported us all these years and we’re excited to share so much positivity & pretty dresses for many more years to come!

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Wishing everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Diners, Dresses & Dames (Save-On-Meats Photoset)

We wanted to keep the 2nd to last blog of the year light & cheery, so what better way to do that than with a #flashbackfriday!

Being located in East Vancouver, we’re lucky to be surrounded by so many local businesses with amazing history and connection to our community. One such business has been serving the neighborhood since 1957.

May we (re)introduce you to a local favourite diner on East Hastings Street, Save-On-Meats.

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Did you know that as of 2016, the building itself is 125 years old? We love that Vancouver has so many historical buildings!

Originally a quaint butcher shop with a small sandwich counter in the back, it quickly became legendary for its amazing burgers and excellent prices, leading to its expansion as a full diner. (While still maintaining the busy butcher side!)

While the original owner decided to close up shop in 2009, operations were picked up by a local entrepreneur in 2011 and Mark Brand has continued to run Save-On-Meats with the same standards and commitment to the community that it has become well known for.

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Besides its wonderful history with Vancouver, Save-On-Meats boasts one of the most adorably legit retro diner interiors in the whole city. When it reopened 5 years ago, we knew it would be the perfect spot for our Spring 2013 Catalogue photoshoot.

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 4 years to date since we shot this. January 9th, 2013 to be exact! We had an amazing cast of models with the likes of Ruby Roxx, Elly Mayday, Miss Lucky Dee…and despite the threat of delicious all beef patties, we even cajoled our gorgeous Veggie pattern maker at the time, Genesis, into striking a pose or two. We were also lucky to have an incredible Glam Squad, to transform these lovely ladies into Pin-up perfection.

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Which, of course, was entirely necessary, when we had the famous Shimona Henry of Pin-Up Perfection Photography at the helm, ensuring maximum pout & poise. We absolutely love her style!

Check out a a few pics below:

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We hope you enjoyed this little blast from the past!
(And who knows…maybe we need to drop in for a burger & shake again in the New Year…)

Click here to view the rest of the photoset!

XOXO Cherry Velvet 

 

Miss Lucky Dee ‘Keil’s it Again!

Miss Lucky Dee wearing Cherry Velvet's Ava Dress in Black & White Polka Dots

 

 

Once Upon A Time, Cherry Velvet HQ had themselves a double threat in the office…

Long before the team we have right now, Cherry Velvet had themselves a Sales & Marketing Coordinator who would occasionally pinch hit as model, too! By day she went by Danielle Keil, but in front of the camera, she’s Miss Lucky Dee!

 

 

Born & raised in Hope, BC, Danielle moved to Vancouver to be the first in her father’s family to pursue a degree. She ended up earning her Bachelor’s of Arts & Social Sciences, majoring in English Literature & minoring in Women’s Studies. But, of course, you can’t study 24/7! A girl’s got to have a bit of fun, don’t you think? When she wasn’t studying, Danielle was spending her evenings and weekends moonlighting as Miss Lucky Dee.

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It wasn’t long before she put the “Luck” in her name by winning a modeling contest & contract with one of our favourite retailers, Lucy Clothing. After catching Diane’s eye and building a rapport with Cherry Velvet as a model, we hired her right after her graduation to help out with the office and be a cheerful face & voice to our customers.

Alas, Cherry Velvet couldn’t stay Lucky forever and eventually Danielle moved on to coordinate something else…a family!

Thankfully, we never lost touch with her and when we can, we love to have her in to shoot. At her most recent gig with us, we had a chance to ask her for her thoughts on her time with Cherry Velvet.

This is what she had to share!

What was it like working for Cherry Velvet?

I love working with Cherry Velvet!  Diane and everyone here is so awesome and supportive. I always feel comfortable and confident working with you all.  And of course, Diane’s designs make me feel amazing too!

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Working for Diane was a dream come true for me! I had just graduated from Simon Fraser University and was looking for a new job.  When I heard Diane was looking for help in her studio, I immediately emailed in.  I had modeled for Diane once before and she was already someone I looked up to and admired. Diane is very generous and would often give me clothing! (Like I said, it was a dream come true!)

I’ve learned so much from her and continue to take any opportunity to learn more.

With all that said, working for an artist is not without its challenges…Diane can make quite the mess during her creative process. That’s hard for a neat freak like me! lol

What’s your favourite Cherry Velvet dress?

I love the Lana Dress in Monochrome Lace.  I took that one home after my last shoot. It’s comfortable, classy and has pockets! It was a hit at my husband’s Christmas party. Also The Leah Lace Dress in Royal Blue! It’s to die for!

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I could go on.  I can’t pick just one!

What does body positivity mean to you?

For me, “body positive” means loving my body and having confidence regardless of what other people, society and the mainstream media may think.  It’s just being happy with whatever size I am today.  It means appreciating the amazing things my body does, rather than the fact that I don’t have a thigh gap or flat stomach.

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As usual, Danielle was an absolute pro in front of the camera, always game to try something new! This proved perfect, since we had a cute Video Game-themed idea for one of our newest dresses, The Doris in Pixel Party. Check out our little animated video below here!

Doesn’t she make a darling sprite?

We think she’s super!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Vintage Inspired Fall 2016

Fall into Winter with our newest Lookbook!

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Click here to check out our Lookbook!

Spend the last few months of 2016 feeling #stunningatanysize in our latest collection of vintage inpsired dresses. In these pages, you’ll find new looks for favourites like our Paige & Kate dresses, in addition to a whole slew of new styles, such as The Olivia & Tracy.

From the convertible quality of our new Shimona dress, to the rich and luxurious new fabrics we have to offer for our Tracy & Sabrina styles, we have a style that suits everyday and every occasion!

XOX Cherry Velvet

It’s Just A Little Hocus Pocus…(Photoset)

Somewhere in East Vancouver…a virgin’s lit a dark candle and awakened three very special sisters…

The Sanderson Sisters consult their Book Of Spells and see how different the dark season is now…

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“SISTAS! All Hallow’s Eve has become a night of frolic, where adults wear costumes and run amok!”

“Amok amok amok!”

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Winifred, Mary & Sarah are spellbinding in their witchy wardrobe and they’re off in search of stunning ladies to join them for a wicked party…

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Come little beauties, I’ll pair thee away
With lovely frocks of enchantment
Come little beauties, the time’s come to play
Here in my garden of magic…

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We hope you enjoyed our little homage to the classic 90’s Halloween favourite, “Hocus Pocus”!

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We had so much fun with last year’s ethereal, graveyard photoset but this year we wanted to try something a little different in studio!

Everyone here at Cherry Velvet had a scream, scaring up all this ghostly fun. 🙂

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See the full-size images at our Photoset Page!

Diane is wearing our Olivia Dress in Violet Ribbons, paired with our Vintage Chiffon Spearmint & Grape Knee Length crinolines.

Dawn is wearing our Paige Dress  in Coffee Swizzle, paired with our Vintage Chiffon Grape & Lemon Lime Knee Length crinolines.

Tracy is wearing our Vanessa Dress in Across My Heart, paired with our Cherry Knee Length & Black Lace Chiffon crinolines.

Diane & Dawn’s shoes by Fluevog Shoes.

See these & the rest of our dress collection at Cherry Velvet Dresses!

XOX Cherry Velvet