Vancouver's ideal shops to find your perfect party dress

Nothing says party time like a new dress. The perfect one-piece garment, it is both feminine and comfortable and, with the right accessories — or even none at all — sure to make a statement at any event. These boutiques make shopping for your ideal dress a dream. Stop into to any one of them today.  [Image credit: iStock.com/Alija]

Blushing Designs Inc

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579 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2Z5

Plan to have a few hours available when you stop in at Blushing Boutique, tucked away on Richards just north of Dunsmuir. The selection of nothing but dresses means you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for, no matter the occasion. Classic cuts like the halter, strapless, jersey and A-line come in a rainbow of colours to suit your personal palette, as well as in striking patterns with small design details. The boutique is happy to fit and alter your dress on-site.

Spank Clothing & Accessories Inc

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5325 Gilpin St, Burnaby, BC V5G 2H8

For original design at amazing prices, Spank is your go-to dress shop in Vancouver. Their house brand, Lost & Found, manages a perfect balance between modern cuts and styles with a vintage flair. They also pride themselves on carrying mainly Canadian and independent labels, such as gorgeous and flirty lacey numbers from Free People alongside sweater dresses from Lucy Mae that are so comfortable you’ll want to lounge in them long after your event is over.

Rebecca Bree

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3680 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6R 1P1

Rebecca Bree on 4th and Alma offers the full shopping experience: attentive staff, a plush seating area, spacious change rooms and even drinks and snacks are all made available to ensure you have the most pleasurable retail experience. Dresses — many hailing from local Vancouver designers — are structured, with unique cuts and striking details. Whether for your high-powered job or an evening at the hottest new restaurant, there’s a dress here for the woman who knows what she wants.

Front & Company

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3772 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N7

Your best strategy when shopping at Front & Company is to have an open mind, as you never know what gem you’ll stumble upon. Lining the walls are racks of sample dresses — one-off designs offered for a fraction of their original cost. As each piece is unique, you’re sure to avoid that embarrassing party moment when you’re confronted with another woman in the same dress as you. Looking for an even better deal? They’re also a consignment shop so pick up something pre-loved and budget-friendly.

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