This boutique is always on top of the trends and affordable. Find your perfect dress from brands like Gentle Fawn and Dex. You can also shop the look right from 27 Boutique’s Instagram.
1510 17 Ave. S.W., 587-353-1127, 27boutique.com
At Adorn Boutique, they do pretty. Browse the racks of this adorable shop in Inglewood, and you’re bound to find a delicate and feminine dress for you. It also has trendier items like jumpsuits and maxi dresses if you want to dress up without wearing a dress. Find accessories like beaded headbands and stud earrings to complete an outfit.
1216 9 Ave. S.E., 403-261-9919, adornboutique.ca
Don’t let the name intimidate you. You can, of course, get a wedding and bridesmaid dresses here, but David’s Bridal also has plenty of other dress options that are appropriate to attending a wedding, a holiday party or any special occasion. There are petite and plus-size options as well as short and long dresses for all ages.
319, 7337 Macleod Tr., 403-386-3250, davidsbridal.ca
When you shop at Espy, you get more than nice clothes. You also get professional advice and guidance on the latest trends and what works best for you. At this affordable designer boutique in Inglewood, you’ll find chic dresses and all the help you need to make sure you get the perfect look.
1009 9 Ave. S.E., 403-457-3779, espyexperience.com
A year-round go-to for Calgary’s most fashionable, cocktail party season is perhaps when Holt’s collection shines brightest. Perhaps that’s because the best designers in the world don’t mess around when it comes to formal wear. Look for timeless dresses from designers like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Burberry to name a few.
510 8 Ave. S.W., 403-269-7341, holtrenfrew.com
On any given day, you can walk past the window of this shop and you’ll get a good idea of just how seriously they take their dress collection. Kismet, perhaps Kensington’s best kept secret, carries a variety of both popular and lesser known brands for women of all ages. Regardless, there are sequins abound.
118 10 St. N.W., 403-283-1141
This luxury fashion retailer in Bankers Hall has prided itself on bringing Calgarians the best brands from Europe for the past 40 years. In this bright and beautiful space, you’ll find dresses from Italian brand Etro, and Swiss luxury label Akris Punto amongst many others. Let the experts at La Chic help you find the perfect dress for any formal event.
Bankers Hall, 403-269-4775, lachiccalgary.com
Leo Boutique’s carefully curated collection of cocktail dresses won’t leave you wondering if you’ll be in fashion. With the latest dresses from brands like Ursa Minor and Tiger of Sweden, you’re sure to find the perfect dress for both work and family parties.
810 16 Ave. S.W., 403-410-9236, leoboutique.com
Dress options here range from affordable to pricey. On the more expensive designer side you can find dresses by brands including Missoni and Alice + Olivia. On the less expensive side you’ll find brands like Splendid and Kensie. Nordstrom started as a shoe store almost 120 years and its shoe and accessories departments are still massive, making it a one-stop-shop for a complete look.
Chinook Centre, 587-291-2000, nordstrom.com
When thinking about cocktail and party dresses, most people’s minds immediately jump to black. Purr Clothing is the perfect place to step out of your dark, solid colour comfort zone. With cute dresses from brands like Doe & Rae and Candy Rose, you can make pastels and florals part of your wardrobe. You’ll find affordable dresses that you’ll be able to wear to multiple occasions at any of Purr’s locations in Kensington, Inglewood and 17th Avenue S.W.
940 17 Ave. S.W., 403-244-7877; 1220 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-270-3585; 1227 9 Ave. S.E., 403-266-7587, purrclothing.ca
The Saks store in Chinook dedicates a significant amount of space to dresses. Go here if you are looking for high-end luxury that is also super trendy. Brands in the dress shop include Monique Lhuillier and Nanette Lapore.
CF Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Tr. S.W., 403-440-2100, saksfifthavenue.com