Brides-to-be rejoice! Couture wedding dress designer Phillipa Lepley is hosting her famous summer sample sale.


From 6th June, savvy brides-to-be will be able to snap up a divine couture gown with up to 70 per cent off at the chic Chelsea shop. Book a 1.5 hour appointment which allows plenty of time for tracking down your dream dress.

Gowns will mostly be available in size 10 and 12 but in-house seamstresses will be on hand to make alterations in as little as a fortnight if needed.

Not sure how to tackle a sample sale? The designer herself has shared these top tips:

1. Allow plenty of time

This way, you can try on as many dresses as possible. Wild cards are often the one, so leave pre-conceived ideas at the door. Make a day of it and book lunch somewhere nearby for afterwards, to hopefully toast finding your dream dress!

2. Bring friends, but…

It is important not to be too influenced by friends and family. YOU must be the one to decide which dress is perfect for you. Bringing friends or family members is always fun, but listen to your own instincts.

3. Make it a dress rehearsal!

If you know you would prefer to have your hair up or down, wear it that way on the day. Bring a selection of necklaces and earrings, and heels that are the height you think you would like to wear on the day. I always advise brides to wear tights on their wedding day (as you can be thrown around a bit by the ushers for photos!) so bring tights to your appointment. Most of our dresses have built in corsets so you aren't likely to need to wear a bra on the day. Wear knickers that are comfortable and discrete - La Perla have a fantastic selection for brides.


Phillipa Lepley sample sale; 6th - 18th June 2015; starting price £1,500 for gowns and £50 for accessories; call 020 7590 9771 to book;