Around three months postpartum, I was on the market for a “go to” label to simplify shopping while reflecting my new sense of style. After months of infatuation, I started to suspect DVF would be that brand.
On the chance you’re not familiar with the label, designer Diane von Fürstenberg skyrocketed to prominence when she launched the wrap dress in the early 70’s. The label, designing for “the woman who loves being a woman”, has been an industry staple ever since. Diane von Fürstenberg also has a reality series, House of DVF, launching this November.
I’ve long adored wrap dresses and felt it was time to get aquatinted with the Real McCoy. I was also desperately needed a dress for rapidly approaching summer wedding. DVF.com was offering very tempting sales, but my faves were all the dreaded FINAL SALE.
With the wedding weeks away, two babies to take care of and no time to hit the boutiques, I was tempted to take the risk. Holding my breath, I keyed in my credit card information and clicked “confirm order” on the purchase of a lace party dress and classic wrap.
The good news is that DVF quality is everything I hoped it would be. The bad news is that buying DVF online presents some significant challenges (sometimes expensive ones), for the international shopper. After a great deal of research, correspondence with DVF stores and one shocking import fee, I hope to spare you the same tribulations with the following tips:
Avoid Shipping Costs and Duties with Big Retailers: As an international shopper, you’re better off purchasing the line through big retailers, such as Neiman Marcus and Saks 5th Avenue. Both companies offer free shipping with a minimum purchase and frequently run duty-free promotions. DVF.com charges $25 for shipping and I had to pay a $106 care-on-delivery charge for a less than $200 dress. Yikes!
Cross-check Reviews: The great thing about DVF products is that they are sold through a number of different outlets, including all the big American department stores, Polyvore and Shop Bop. As a result, you’re not limited to the product description on DVF.com, but can cross-check reviews on several sites before making a decision. Continue reading