Where to shop in Calgary for women’s summer wedding outfits

Ladies, as surely as summer rolls around every year, so too do the wedding invites. In fact, you’re likely to get more than a few invites. But of course, you can’t risk having to wear the same outfit twice so some variety is the order of the season. With that in mind, here are the top shops for the perfect summer wedding outfit in Calgary.[Image credit: iStock.com/Halfpoint]


6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0K8

Calgary is lucky to have one of only a handful of Nordstrom stores in Canada. Located over two spacious floors in Chinook Centre on Macleod Trail SW, Nordstrom carries all kinds of dresses, from high-end designer, to casual, flirty dresses perfect for a backyard wedding. For black tie, choose from high-end labels like Alexander McQueen or Valentino. For something a bit more casual and affordable, opt for a solid shift dress by Lush or a printed maxi from Sun & Shadow.

Holt Renfrew

510 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4H9

Located inside The Core shopping centre in the heart of downtown and overlooking busy Stephen Avenue, Holt Renfrew has been a fixture in designer wear in Calgary for years. Holts is a great destination for a timeless cocktail dress, like a sleek A-line from Victoria Beckham or a bold and bright printed off-the-shoulder by Dolce & Gabbana. Feel overwhelmed with choice? Holt Renfrew also offers a personal shopping experience by appointment.

27 Boutique Inc

1510 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0C8

This women’s boutique tucked away on 17th Avenue SW is a popular destination among 20- and 30-somethings for its urban-cool, trendy styles. Grab a high-waisted floral skirt and pair it with a solid black tank and big statement necklace by local designer Coutu Kitsch. Or, for something more formal, opt for a long gown with geometric cutouts by Premonition from Australia. To complete the look, 27 Boutique always carries a variety of affordable heels by brands Chinese Laundry and Pink Martini.

Adorn Boutique

1216A 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T1

Adorn Boutique is a go-to spot in Calgary for ultra-pretty, lacy and feminine pieces – especially during wedding season. Delicate styles line the racks of this cute Inglewood shop, like L.A. brand For Love & Lemons or Chi Chi London. Just be sure to give the bride her spotlight and steer away from the plentiful white lace here. Instead, point your eyes towards the many pinks, lilacs, powder blues and floral prints that will look perfect against a sunny, blue-sky backdrop.

Espy Experience Inc

1009 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S6

Espy Experience is another Inglewood fashion staple. Each staff member at this boutique is a professional stylist and is there to provide one-on-one attention to clients, offering personalized suggestions on style and fit. Get the scoop on colourful dresses and two-piece combos from Latiste Clothing or fun polka dots from Spanish brand Kling. Don’t forget to say hello to Espy’s in-store celebrity, Bruno the basset hound, before you head out with bags in tow.

Peacock Boutique

4-1145 Kensington Cres NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1X7

Peacock Boutique is one of the city’s most popular consignment stores, with its original location in Kensington and a new one now in the Beltline. Both shops are organized by colour with the season’s current styles, including racks of dresses – all at stellar prices. Take some time to sift through and you can find flowy minis or a great graphic pencil skirt and lace top. There’s also always tons of locally made and statement jewellery to top off your look, plus designer shoes from notable names like Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Arnold Churgin.

Leo Boutique

810 16 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0S9

Leo Boutique has been selling contemporary brands in Calgary since 1997. While the dresses at Leo are at a higher price point, the cocktail-style pieces are timeless and definitely worth the investment so you can wear them again and again. Here, the focus is classic black or white in styles like a one-shouldered trendy American designer Ronny Kobo or a long chemise from Toronto designer Horses Atelier.

La Chic Ladies Wear Ltd

213-315 8 Ave Sw, Calgary, AB T2P 4K1

For more than 40 years, this store on the second floor of Banker’s Hall on Stephen Avenue Walk downtown has been selling luxury European brands including unique styles of dresses sure to catch some side-eyes at a summer wedding. La Chic curates dresses with bold prints and colours like neon greens, turquoises, bright reds and oranges from designers like EDCADA and Marc Cain.

Hudson's Bay

200 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B5

A tried and true go-to for attire for any occasion is the Canadian icon Hudson’s Bay. With various locations in malls in each corner of the city, Hudson’s Bay offers tons of variety for all personalities and ages. While the department store shopping experience can be overwhelming, sure bets for brands to head for first are trendy and affordable Vero Moda or Topshop (at Chinook Centre and The Core), boho-chic Free People (for those mountainside or prairie weddings) or Vince Camuto’s pretty floral A-lines.

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