The dress hunting adventures continues with a girlfriends weekend in PDX. We returned to Jen’s favorite places from her dress shopping adventures less than a year ago.
Day 1 – All about Northwest Portland on 23rd.
We poked around in a few dress shops. Tried on many silk options at Lena Menoyeff Studio. Long, short. V-neck, drape neck to strapless. Cream to bright white. Simple chiffon to beautiful appliques. A variety of beautiful colored silk sashes. Wandered through a few more shops without much inspiration.
No shopping trip is complete without a snack. And we found the ultimate ice cream stop at Salt & Straw. And then we grabbed a few chocolates on our way back to the car at Moonstruck.
Day 2 – Today revolved around an appointment at the resale shop Xtabay.
First things first: Breakfast at our favorite Sunday Brunch spot: Daily Café in the Pearl. After our stomachs were happy, we headed to Xtabay. Bailie started in the dress shop with thoughts of a vintage Caribbean blue or turquoise dress. She found several options, along with a few that didn’t match her ideal color selection. And settled on a super cute strapless 1950’s prom dress in peach.
We moved upstairs to the bridal salon and checked out decades of dress options. Between the six of us, we found one or two to try from most decades. And Bailie got to wear her dress the whole time to make sure she liked it. As much as the older dresses were beautiful on the hanger, I just felt like I was playing dress up in them. The most fun for me was that Bailie wanted to be my partner in the dressing room, and even laced me into the a full length number complete with train. It was Bailie’s pick (so she seemed to love to lace it up). Of course, she also had to add veil options to create her favorite look.
The best part: At the end of the weekend, I felt more concrete in the style of dress I wanted. Full length. Sweetheart neckline. Beautiful fabric, maybe flowey, maybe not. And I loved all of the dresses that had all the built-in undergarments. The idea of knowing that I don’t have to wear both the dress and the layers underneath on a potentially hot August evening would be a bonus!