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Where To Buy Grad Dresses In Vancouver

If you’re graduating this year, it’s time to hit the ground running to find the perfect grad dress. Grad dress trends to look out for this year include separates (a ball gown skirt and a matching crop top), sleek and minimalist styles with little to no embellishments, or on the other end of the spectrum – floor length glitz and glam dresses (you know, the kind that Oscar dream dresses are made of).

I’ve rounded up a list of great places to shop for grad dresses in Vancouver, and a list of shopping tips to make the whole process fun and as painless as possible. Happy shopping and happy graduation!

Where to shop for grad dresses in Vancouver

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After Five, Oakridge Mall – Looking for a dress with sparkles, and more sparkles? After Five will make your prom princess dreams come true. The more glitter the better, right?

BCBG-Elinne-Cut-Out-Pleated-GownBCBG, Metropolist at Metrotown, Pacific Centre, Oakridge Mall and Richmond Centre – The go-to destination for cocktail and evening dresses. BCBG dresses are chic, beautiful and well constructed.

Blushing-Bouique-Shail-KBlushing Boutique, Richards St, Vancouver – Looking for glitz and glam, you’re sure to find it here with a swoon-worthy collection of beaded floor length gowns.

Bryans-Bride-JovaniBryan’s Bride, Brentwood Mall in Burnaby – This expansive bridal store also caters to grads with a large selection of grad and special occasion dresses. Check out dresses from designers Bill Levkoff and Love by Enzoani.

DavidsBridal-Strapless-BeadedDressDavid’s Bridal, Langley – Think of this place as you grad dress emporium. Expect a wide selection of dresses for all body shapes and sizes at a reasonable price point. If you like a good designer collab, look out for special lines with high-end designers like Zac Posen.

Ever-New-Stacey-One-ShoulderEver New, Pacific Centre and Richmond Centre Mall – If you’re looking for embellishments or water colour prints, Ever New will have you covered. This Australian fashion retailer has a ton of grad-worthy dresses that are soft, feminine and pretty.

Frocks-Modern-Navy-One-Shoulder-Chiffon-DressFrocks, Fraser St. – Frocks his a cute shop on Fraser and 33rd.  A great selection of modern gowns that cater to a wide range of tastes.

Loft-SweetHeart-Tie-Neck-Tunic-BlouseNordstrom, Pacific Centre – Nordstrom has a decent sized area on the second floor dedicated to special occasion dresses. See something online but can’t find it in store? Make sure to ask a sales associate about it as there’s a chance they’ll be able to bring it in for you.

TiffanyBridalTiffany Bridal, E. Hastings, Vancouver – Tons of floor sweeping gowns to choose from. If you’re looking for a celebrity-inspired fashion forward dress, this is your place to find it.

Shopping tips

  • Before you go, look for styles that you like. Pin them to your Pinterest board or save them on your phone.
  • If you’re shopping with friends, stick to a tight group of 2 to 3 people max to keep the trying-on process efficient and without having too many opinions in the mix.
  • Wear clothes that you can easily slip in and out of like a button-up shirt and leggings so that you’re efficient in the fitting room. Don’t forget to wear a strapless nude bra if you’re planning to try on strapless dresses.
  • Do make an effort with hair and makeup so you see the semi-full effect of your grad look when trying dresses on.
  • Get your friends or family to take a pic of you in dresses you’re loving but but still debating so that you can review and think about later.
  • If you’re worried about someone in your class buying the same dress as you, some stores will let you register your dress and school name so that you’re the only one guaranteed to show up in the dress you pick. Just ask.
  • On a budget? Don’t forget to consider and peruse local consignment shops like Front and Company and Mine & Yours. Consignment shops often stock grad appropriate dresses at this time of the year. Typically girls wear these dresses once so chances are you’ll find a one-of-a-kind frock in near-perfect condition for a fraction of the price.

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