No matter the fancy occasion – be it prom, a wedding, black-tie gala, or company D&D – here’s where to say yes to the perfect evening dress
So you’ve nabbed yourself a coveted invite to a fancy soiree. Now comes the tough part: what to wear? Fret not, Cinderella: you shall go to the ball! Get frocked up and fabulous with our list of best stores around town for elegant evening dresses and chic cocktail wear – glass slipper and magic pumpkin not included.
Short cocktail dresses
This American fashion powerhouse has it all, from sequinned shifts to backless bell-sleeved thigh-skimming numbers. The designs are sophisticated, so it’s a fair trade-off with the veering-on-high-end price tag.
BCBGMaxazria, Paragon Orchard, Singapore 238859
If you need to frock up for a fancy ‘do, get thee to Satine pronto! The boutique prides itself as the ultimate eveningwear specialist for every special occasion: prom, ROM, weddings – you name it; they’ve got a killer outfit for you. Even better: they also offer a variety of stylish options for bridesmaids, mothers of the bride, and plus-sized women.
Satine, 402 Orchard Road, #02-05/06 Delfi Orchard Road, Singapore 238876, p. 6733 2126.
One word best describes Bebe: sexy. The party outfit institution is best known for its Herve Lerger-esque skin tight bandage dresses and short-and-sparkly frocks, so you’re looking in the right place. You won’t be hardpressed to find a dress under $250 here either, saving you major bucks for all the other outfits you need to buy for all the festive invitations piling up.
Bebe, VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
You’re looking in the right place if you want to Upstage everyone else. Midi dresses at this online boutique come in assorted silhouettes, from body-hugging bandage frocks to flirty A-line frocks in layers of tulle. Shipping within Singapore is free with every $50 spent.
Shop Upstage online
The Gown Warehouse
Dreamy wedding gowns aside, this bridal studio also stocks a sizeable collection of full-length evening gowns in head-turning designs. The kicker? You don’t have to fork out a ton of dough for that dream dress: you can rent it out as a much more affordable option. Make an appointment with The Gown Warehouse to view the entire collection.
The Gown Warehouse, 11 Woodlands Close, Woodlands 11, #06-38, Singapore 737853,p. 6734 3998. By appointment only.
We rep our local labels as much as possible, and this is no exception. Homegrown designer Danelle Woo knows exactly what women want, with effortless and unapologetically feminine pieces. You really can’t go wrong with the below-the-knee dresses here. As befitting Aijek’s style, they’re exceedingly ladylike, and feature intricate embroidery and lacework.
Aijek, available at Tangs Vivo and Orchard, Nana & Bird, Society A and more.
A go-to for dependable office wear, Warehouse also delivers when it comes to formal, fashion-forward garb. The brand’s range of festive midi-dresses includes a Vogue-approved, butter-soft lilac crinkle dress, star-printed pleated dress and shin-skimming sequinned dresses.
Warehouse, Multiple locations including ION Orchard and Raffles City.
Ong Shunmugam does much more than beautiful bespoke cheongsams. Click through the Love Letters collection and you’ll see beautiful dress after beautiful dress, with stunning interplays on textures and impeccable construction. Bear in mind that these dresses don’t come with an everyday price tag, but these are worthy splurges for such one-of-a-kind pieces.
Atelier Ong Shunmugam, 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-76, Singapore 278115
Long gowns for galas
For a high street number you can pull out on days other than occasions, Topshop’s got you covered. Check out the occasionwear line for languid fishtail dresses in satin, off-the-shoulder crepe numbers in pale pastels and slinky, sultry, togas. Pro tip? The best time to stock up on all your evening gowns is the festive season. That’s when the brand pulls out all the stops with sequined dresses and show-stopping numbers.
Topshop, Locations in ION, Bugis Junction and Tampines Mall
Once known as Little Wedding Shop, Curvaceous Gowns is the only store in Singapore to offer a full range of gowns for plus sized ladies. Sizes go from UK12 to UK32 for off the rack rental, with prices ranging from $100 to $680. Prefer owning an original gown? Made to measure pieces require a three month lead time, and is priced between $680 to $1988.
Curvaceous Gowns, Wave 9, 71 Woodlands Industrial Park E9 #02-06, Singapore 757048
Designer evening dresses at up to 70% discount? Praise the fashion gods! Click on over to e-tailer TheOutnet.com (AKA designer dress heaven) where you can score major deals off the runway with just a click of a button – we’re talking show-stopping gowns by Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Chloé, and Marchesa for less.
Yet another fab option for designer dress rental is Style Lease. These guys are the gateway to your dream closet, thanks to a stellar lineup of designers ranging from Self-Portrait to Vera Wang. Prices are also incredibly wallet-friendly, with most mini cocktail dresses pegged at under $100 and floor-sweeping gowns at below $150.
Style Lease, Showroom is located at 86B Circular Road, Singapore 049438.
Flamingo is the official reseller of New York based Jovani: a leading name in the evening wear industry. You’ll find opulent, floor-skimming dresses in all shades of glam – think crushed velvet, thigh-high slits and champagne-coloured lace confections. Can’t find the dress of your dreams? Simply get in touch to inform them of your desired design.
Flamingo, Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, #B2-29, The Underground, Singapore 238858
Dressing like the glamour goddess you’ve always aspired to be is perfectly possible thanks to Covetella. The best fashion rental providers are curated here with a wide range of styles suitable for any event, including cocktail parties, gala nights and even spiffy resortwear for fancy vacays. We also love the Compliment Guarantee – this means you’ll never have to pay for a dress you didn’t have a good experience in.
Covetella, 201 Henderson Road, #04-06, Singapore 159545
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