A Special Note for " Mothers Of” who are going to visit our store.
We would like to begin by
congratulating you on your upcoming event. This is a very special occasion in your life
and Jacqueline will work very hard to make your shopping experience as hassle
and stress free as possible. If this is your first special occasion then you
will find the information below very informative. If it is your second time
going through this process, a quick refresher is always helpful. We encourage
our clients to shop Early, because
if a special order is necessary, it takes as long as three (3) months to
special order a dress from many designers. Although we have a large inventory of dresses in stock, many dresses must be
special ordered to get you the style you love in the correct color and size.
Some designers have inventory, many do not. Special Ordering Eveningwear/Party Dresses is a very common practice.
2. The 4+ Month Rule:
If you visit our store and find the
perfect dress or gown but it's not available in the size or the color of your
choice, you will need to special order one that meets your specific needs.
Special orders usually require a three month or longer lead time to arrive
because the majority of designers manufacture their garments overseas. As costs
have gone up, production times have slowed down.
Additionally, you must allow
four to six weeks for alterations to be done if you choose to have your garment
altered by our expert seamstresses (thus, The 4+ Month Rule). We will, however, do our best to get you
altered, even if you have only a week to spare. We have never, not had
someone’s dress altered in time for their occasion. We also work with many
designers that manufacture in the United States. The turnaround time on these
garments can be much faster, if necessary. Again: Order early to get the garment of your choice and to avoid rush charges.
If ordering early is not an option, we will do our best for you. Remember, Jacqueline has a large selection of
eveningwear in stock.
3. Your Jean/Pant size is not your Dress size:
Eveningwear designers cut everything Small. In most cases eveningwear designers
cut their dresses 1 to 2 sizes smaller than your regular clothes. We must base
the size we order for you on your measurements and compare them to the particular
designer’s size specifications. Please
note that alterations will most likely still be necessary.
4. Ordering something you didn't try on
in your size:
This occurs everyday in the dress business. As noted above, if the garment of
your choice is not available in your size or color, you will need to place a special order. Although alterations may
still be necessary, it is important that
accurate measurements be taken to procure the size that will best accommodate
your body. If you are ordering
online, we recommend that you have a professional measure you if you are unable
to visit our store.
5. How early is too early
to shop for your dress?:
As you have learned from the "4+ Month Rule" you can’t wait until the
last minute if you wish to have exactly what you want. Most eveningwear is
seasonless so you do not need to wait for Spring to find a dress that is
appropriate for your Spring/Summer occasion. In a perfect world ordering six
months prior to your occasion leaves you enough time select the dress of your
choice with plenty of time for alterations. We always recommend that our
customers have the dress hanging in their closets, altered, four weeks prior to
the occasion. So again, browse early,
shop early and if necessary, special order, Early.