2020...Don't call us, we'll call you!
As we reflect on this year, we couldn’t be more grateful for your support in 2020. Every order, every time you popped into store, every chat, every social media message while we were closed. It means even more to us than usual, and although it’s been a tough year, we’re excited to share a few highlights from our year and celebrate some happy moments too!
We started our New Year in Florida on a family holiday, with 15 of us in total! We ate out, we shopped as many malls as we could fit in, we had our days at Disney.
How we miss those days –the travelling but also large family gatherings and time spent together.
Here’s to brighter days in 2021! ❤️
We opened Spring 2020 with a bang – with gorgeous colours and prints, both casual wear and occasion wear, all ready for the amazing Summer we thought was ahead…
We welcomed Clare to our team, who has now become such a valuable part of The Dresser, and known and loved by many of you!
We also celebrated the life of someone taken from us too soon 💔
The date we’ll never forgot. 23rd March 2020.
The Coronavirus reaches the UK, and along with it our worst fears realised. The UK announces we will go into full lockdown and we are heartbroken to have to close the doors of our boutique. So unsure and scared for not only the future of our business and our fellow business owners, but also the safety of our loved ones and communities.
There is such a sense of togetherness we take comfort that we will get through this together!
We walked for an hour a day, then we walked some more. Then a little more.
We watched Netflix. We watched ALL of it.
We home schooled.
We did lessons on Zoom.
We ran out of Zoom quizzes.
We tried on our jeans every so often to see if they still fit.
I spent time with my son, gaining a maternity leave I missed out on when he was born – time I will cherish forever.
But we also worked. Hard.
We were determined to survive and worked hard on our online presence and on growing our social media. And through the amazing support of you all we would re-open our doors after 12 weeks even stronger than when we closed! 💪
In May we celebrated our 2nd Birthday. It wasn't the celebration we should have had to mark such an occasion but with some help from a few blogger friends, we celebrated Instagram-style.
We also celebrated our sons 1st birthday with a small socially distanced garden gathering and a zoom party. Again, not the celebration he deserved, just like many other birthdays that came and went without a party this year, but we remember the bigger picture and we will celebrate twice as hard next year!
We were finally able to move into our new home, that we had hoped and planned for so long. We were getting ready to move just when lockdown hit so this felt like an even bigger celebration by now!
And 5 days later, a Covid-19-adapted version of The Dresser re-opens and we welcomed you all back with socially-distanced open arms!
We could meet each other again but we had to still be careful. We couldn’t enjoy the social lives we once knew, but we could at least once again enjoy a diner and a drink, and get some well missed beauty treatments.
I had a day out shopping and eating in Belfast and an overnight stay in The Fitzwilliam. A wonderful sense of normality for 24hrs.
And repeat the above. Which basically sums up 2020, right?
We enter a new Autumn/Winter season of beautiful knitwear. Masks also became a key part of our wardrobes. Never would we have imagined they would become an essential accessory!
In what feels like the longest year since time began, we continue to wait for a sign things will start to improve. This doesn’t stop us shopping though, and The Dresser has its BIGGEST EVER MONTH OF SALES to-date!
Is retail therapy officially listed as a medial cure for all ailments yet?!
Looking back at some of our favourite pieces this season
We start to prepare for Christmas, just as we always do at this time. You bought gift sets, and vouchers, and some treats for yourselves! We all put our trees up a little early, just because of, well 2020 🤷♀️.
Coming towards the end of a year always gives us a chance to reflect on the year we’ve had. And we will never forget 2020 – for the difficulties yes, but also for the positives.
The skills we’ve learnt that we would never have made the time to do.
The time we spent at home, glad that we were forced to.
The togetherness and camaraderie.
But also Tiger King.
For almost half of December The Dresser, along with all non-essential retailers, found ourselves closed once again. At what would normally be our busiest time of the year. For the first time, our shops weren’t full to the brim of shoppers at Christmas. Our streets were quieter, with many choosing to shop online instead.
But we continued to work hard online, and we re-opened with a bang. We are proud that we had our BEST CHRISTMAS and that is all because of you! Your continued support kept us here in 2020, and will lead us into 2021!
Many of us had a hard, and sad, Christmas. Many of us enjoyed the slower pace and the time at home. No matter which category we are in, we can all look forward to what will hopefully be a much happier year ahead. And the hard times this year have taught us what is really important in our lives.
The Dresser has massive plans for 2021 so stick with us to be a part of the excitement. And THANK YOU for being such an important part of our 2020
The Dresser is an award winning, independent women's fashion boutique and online store based in Banbridge, Northern Ireland.
We stock a range of beautiful and unique casual, occasion wear and accessories to suit every woman's style and budget - because looking great doesn't have to break the bank!
Ulster Tatler Boutique Of The Year 2021
We stock amazing exclusive brands and have a passion for fashion, which makes The Dresser the ideal destination for every occasion. Come and see us in store for a fun and relaxed shopping experience right in the heart of Banbridge, or for the busy stylish woman among us, you can get everything online and delivered straight to your door.
❤️ M xx
Telephone: 028 406 62183
Meet The Team
Mairead is the woman behind The Dresser Boutique. From managing the overall business to helping out on the shop floor as well as juggling mum life, Mairead is the true definition of a Girl Boss!
Clare is our “behind the scenes” Queen! Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of everything at The Dresser from the store to our website. From managing staff and online orders and customer service emails, she is always on hand to give our customers the best shopping experience possible! She is also one of our fabulous models 💖
Laura is our bubbly and chatty sales assistant with a passion for fashion. With plenty of experience in the retail industry combined with her exceptional customer service, Laura will help you find your perfect outfit whatever the occasion!
Irene is a real fashionista! With over 7 years experience in the fashion industry, she has a great eye for all things fashion and will easily help you find the perfect pieces suited to you. From style advice to sharing little tips and tricks she has learned over the years, Irene will have you feeling fashionable and fabulous!
Nicole has lots of experience in retail sales and is a keen artist, bringing a unique style to her outfits and to our team!
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