The Best Places To Shop For Formal Dresses In Melbourne

Where to find that perfect dress

Finding the perfect dress for your school formal (or a wedding, black tie or cocktail event or even just a special night out) can be tough. And while in some situations, online shopping can be perfect – and oh-so-convenient – for that special occasion, sometimes you just want to be able to try it on and make sure you feel a million bucks before you buy.

So whatever your occasion and whatever your budget, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best places to shop for that special dress in Melbourne.

10. Emporium, CBD

Price: $-$$$

About: Emporium is located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, Emporium is the perfect starting point for your search with over 200 of the biggest names in fashion, including Alice McCall, Camilla and Marc, Dion Lee, Scanlon Theodore, Maje and Sandro all under one roof.

9. Chadstone Shopping Centre, Chadstone

Price: $-$$$

About: Chadstone is Australia’s largest shopping centre so you’re going to be spoilt for choice with all the major brands setting up shop here from Aussie designer boutiques including Zimmermann, Aje and Sass and Bide to luxury designer fashion from Balenciaga to Dior and Saint Laurent, it’s got all bases covered.

8. Marais, CBD

Price: $$

About: Where you go for that extra special occasion and for an extra special shopping experience. Browse luxury labels like Givenchy, Loewe and Balmain alongside contemporary favourites including Off White and Yeezy.

7. Coco and Lola, Toorak 

Price: $$

About: Coco and Lola stock a number of Aussie faves including Manning Cartell, Bec & Bridge and By Johnny and even have a dedicated bridesmaids section to help you find that perfect special occasion dress.

6. Torannce, Armadale 

Price: $$$

About: Melbourne-based label Torannce is all about timeless, quality fashion with a seriously fun edge. So it’s perfect for party dresses that you will keep wearing over, and over again!

5. Le Louvre, South Yarra

Price: $$

About: The closest thing you can get to actually shopping in Paris. All the major designers from Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain to Rouland Mouret.

4. Larix, Armadale 

Price: $$$

About: Laris stocks a great range of Aussie labels – and price points. From Keepsake and C/MEO Collective to Mischa Collection, Alice McCall and We Are Kindred

3. Thurley, Armadale  

Price: $$

About: Aussie label Thurley is known for their intricate designs and detailing, from gorgeous fabrics, embroidery and embellishments makes Thurley that perfect place to shop for a dress that will make you feel extra special.

2. Rebecca Vallance, Armadale

Price: $$-$$$

About: Celeb-fave Rebecca Vallance knows how to create a dress that will make you feel like a million bucks – whether you’re walking the red carpet or hitting your school formal. 

1. Dion Lee, Melbourne CBD, Armadale 

Price: $$-$$$

About: When it comes to Aussie designers you can’t go past Dion Lee. Sleek, modern and minimalist – but with maximum impact.

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