• See individual categories below to see the specific terms and conditions of what you are purchasing.

  • As we work with a number of suppliers, if you are ordering multiple items, your packages may come from different suppliers at different times.

  • All prices listed on our site in Australian dollars.

  • Exchange rates are determined by the issuer of your credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Process

What do I need to know before I place an order?

-Dresses are hand made to order which takes three months. Don’t forget to then factor in shipping and alterations. -Shipping is free worldwide – but if you’re an international bride you will be subject to local duties and taxes. -Although our pieces are designed with ease in mind, some minor alterations (including hem length) will be needed so they fit you perfectly. This is a fair easy adjustment for any professional seamstress in your area. -All prices are in AUD. -Prices are different for Australian customers compared to International customers to account for GST. -There are strictly no returns unless faulty.

How long does it take to make my dress?

There is no such thing as ordering your dress too early! It leaves you time to plan the rest of your look and focus on other elements of your big day. Production time for our pieces is currently three months, but we recommend ordering your dress at least six months before your wedding to allow time for delivery and alterations.

What if my wedding is sooner?

If your wedding is less than three months away, please send us an email and we will try our best to accommodate. Rush fees will apply.

Where is my dress made?

One of the things that makes our pieces special is that we hand-make each and every piece from Cathleen Jia’s Melbourne based bridal loft. To maintain the best high-quality standards, we control every step ourselves rather than have them made overseas; we design, pattern, cut and hand make each dress, package, and deliver worldwide all ourselves.

Sizing and Alterations

How do I know my size?

Please use our sizing chart. Cathleen Jia’s gowns are renowned for being figure flattering, they are cleverly designed to ensure any minor alterations are fuss free and not complicated by a professional seamstress. All dresses come in a standard length that will most likely need to be altered depending on your heel height. If you’re between sizes, we always recommend sizing up as it’s a lot easier to take a piece in than to let it out. Our dresses are made to a standard length. Our model is 178cm and is wearing a standard heel height. If you are taller than this, please contact us. Additional length fees will apply. Please measure in centimetres only. If you are unsure of anything, please contact us via hello@thewhitefiles.com and we will advise the best option.

Will my dress need alterations?

Our pieces are designed to be fuss free, so you may find the size you ordered is fine. But most likely your piece will need minor alterations in order to fit you perfectly, especially the hem. We create your piece to your nearest dress size and all to a standard length. Once you’ve picked your bridal shoes, take your dress to a trusted seamstress to get the final touches made. Alteration costs are extra and it is your responsibility.

What if I gain or lose on weight?

If you are between sizes, we always recommend sizing up as it’s a lot easier to take in a piece than let it out. This should accommodate for any weight gain. If you’ve lost weight since ordering, remember a reliable dress maker is usually able to take in a dress in up to two dress sizes.

Can I try the pieces on?

The collection is online only at the moment, so the dresses are unavailable to try on. Make sure you're subscribed to our email list to be one of the first to be told about any upcoming trunk shows or runway appearances our dresses will be making in your city!


What are delivery costs?

We offer free shipping with full tracking and signature required upon delivery. Orders shipped internationally will incur duties and taxes. Duties and taxes are determined by the customs agency within the destination country. Assessment of duties and taxes will be based on the value of the order and the Tax-free threshold, if it exists, for goods imported into the destination country. It is illegal to not declare the contents of your parcel. Payment of any duties and taxes is the responsibility of the recipient, and these fees are collected at the time of delivery. More information can be obtained by contacting your local customs office.

How long does delivery take?

We will notify you when your dress has been made (allow three months) and is dispatched from Cathleen Jia’s bridal loft in Melbourne. Delivery differs depending on your location – we will give you all the tracking details you need. Australian brides factor in one week for delivery, and international brides factor in at least two. Please note there may be shipping delays due to COVID-19.

What if I gave you the wrong shipping details?

We take no responsibility for incorrect shipping details. If the incorrect details have been submitted, contact us immediately via shop@thewhitefiles.com – your delivery address CANNOT be changed once your order has been dispatched.

How is my dress packaged?

Your dress will be wrapped in acid free tissue paper and will be sent in a box to you. If you’re eloping and your dress needs further transportation, or you want to store your dress separately after your wedding, we recommend that you also purchase a dress bag.


What is your return policy?

As each dress is made to order we do not accept returns or exchanges for change of minds. This is in line with our sustainable ethos that we carry throughout our entire production process. Refunds or replacement will be accepted for faulty products only after inspection and approval by head designer, Cathleen Jia.

What happens if my dress is faulty?

One of the things that makes us special is that we hand-make each and every piece from Cathleen Jia’s Melbourne based bridal loft. To maintain high-quality standards, we control every step ourselves rather than have them made overseas; we design, pattern, cut and hand make each dress, package, and deliver worldwide all ourselves. Because of this there should be no faults as quality control occurs at every step of the process. Please be aware before purchase that different weaves of fabrics may appear slightly different, natural fraying of silk occurs as it’s an organic element. If you believe there is a fault in your dress, please contact us immediately. Cathleen Jia selects only high quality materials, however the silks being a natural fibre can have small imperfections due its woven process. The dye lot of all materials can also vary between different rolls, and Cathleen Jia cannot guarantee your order will be the exact colour and/or consistency as the sample shown on the website. Please note the above discrepancies are very minimal, we try our best to avoid fabric imperfections in our cutting process and the dye lot variations are generally not noticeable to the untrained eye. Excessive rough handling will cause pulls and damages to the fabrics, this does not reflect poor quality but is purely due to the delicate nature of the garments. Due to the handmade nature, Cathleen Jia cannot guarantee every piece will be identical. However, the differences are so subtle, it will not affect the overall appearance of the style. In fact, it adds personality to the pieces and further emphasize the lovingly handmade techniques.

Bridal Collection


Frequently asked questions


Postage is free worldwide.
Please note, there may be delays in postage due to the current Coronavirus situation.
All earrings are in stock and dispatched within two business days of your order from Western Australia.
Delivery time differs depending on your location - Australian customers factor in 5+ business days for delivery, and international brides factor in 10+ business days. Remote locations may be longer.
Tracking is not available at this stage. All applicable customs fees, taxes and duties are the sole responsibility of the purchaser. Once an order has been dispatched and tracking numbers sent, it is the responsibility of the purchaser to track the item and ensure it has cleared customs at the other end. We accept no responsibility for delays or denial enforced by any customs authority.


We do not accept returns on earrings due to hygiene regulations. If you believe your pair of earrings is faulty, please email a picture to hello@thewhitefiles.com and we will get in touch to discuss a refund or a replacement pair depending on stock levels. Please note if we are out of stock on a particular item we may not be able to replace your order and will have to refund instead.

Care Instructions

To get your earrings to remain in good condition, be sure to store them in a dry and clean place.
Do not get the earrings wet as this can cause tarnishing to the plating. Due to the nature of gold and silver plating, the finish may rub off or discolour over time. This is natural wear and tear and is not considered a manufacturing fault. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and will naturally tarnish when exposed to oxygen. arnishing is actually a protective layer for the brass. Keeping it shiny is easy. Polish using a jewellery polishing cloth. Brass cleaner can be used but sparingly. Apply a very small amount to a jewellery or microfibre cloth and clean gently. To avoid tarnishing store in a dry space away from direct sunlight and air vent. Its best to keep in a jewellery box with a lid. If pressure is placed on the earring posts or if they are bent out of shape, they can become weak, which may result in breakage.


Frequently asked questions


We currently only ship the clutches on our website to Australia and New Zealand. We ship all domestic (Australian) orders via Australia Post eParcel which offers a 1-4 business days service. To see the anticipated delivery service for your location, please see here. All international packages may be subject to duties and taxes which are the responsibility of the customer. The limits for duty-free packages are established by your local customs authorities.

Please allow up to one business day in addition to the above shipping time frames to accommodate for order processing.


All sales on The White Files are final and no returns are made unless the product is deemed faulty. If your item arrives faulty or damaged, please email us at hello@thewhitefiles.com and we will review the matter right away. Please note that all returns must be sent returned to From St Xavier's location within 14 days of the time that the defect is identified. If they do not receive the defective item back within the time period, we will not be able to process your refund.