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The Best Formal Dress Boutiques in Toronto

Posted updated March 2017

It’s that time of year where you might be searching for a formal dress of some kind. A party dress worthy for grad or prom. A collection of dresses for the upcoming wedding season from the beachside nuptials to the 500 person black tie affair where you’re bound to run into more than a few friends and maybe even an ex-boyfriend. Finding the perfect dress that you feel confident and comfortable is a top priority. We’ve curated a list of a few of our favourite spots in Toronto to get decked out!

Rent Frock Repeat, Dundas West: Once a fancy dress is photographed at a high profile event, it can be tough to wear it again – especially within the same social group. That’s where Rent Frock Repeat comes in, look through their inventory of designer dresses, and rent, wear and return. You’ll get high quality dresses at a fraction of the price – brands like ABS, Christian Siriano, David Dixon, Greta Constantine, Jay Godfrey and Tibi. They even offer a free private fitting, either at the showroom or via Skype.

Poor Little Rich Girl Boutique, Yonge & Eglington: This uptown chic boutique carries quite a few of the usual suspects for formal wear including BCBG Max Azria, Nicole Miller and Sherri Hill. You’ll find minis, cocktail dresses and gowns – so you can go from the bachelorette party to the bridal shower and wedding.

TOPSHOP: One of our favourite go-to spots for fun, flirty and on trend party dresses is TOPSHOP. You’ll find TOPSHOP at Hudson’s Bay at Queen West, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale Shopping Centre. This season, you’ll find sparkly black sequins, metallic jacquard patterns, delicate lace and on trend ruffle details.

TOPSHOP also offers a free personal shopping experience – book an appointment to find your perfect party dress.

Nordstrom: We’ve become regulars at Nordstrom ever since it touched down in Canada. In addition to its serious beauty department (obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury) and shoe collection (don’t get me started), the stores also have a curated collection of dresses ready for the intimate outdoor garden wedding to the more formal black-tie affair. Brands include Adrianna Papell, Dress the Population, Lulus and Jenny Yoo.

Each store also has its own personal stylists – book an free appointment to get help in picking a dress. They’ll know the merchandise in store, the best looks for your body type and what will fit into your budget.

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