May generally signifies exams, the end of the school year and every high-schoolers most anticipated event: prom. Aside from your wedding, no other outfit will be given as much thought as your prom dress; the flouncy, flowy, lavish gown that sets you apart from all others and, for one night only, makes you feel like a princess. Spiked punch notwithstanding. If you’ve yet to settle your sights on “the one,” then here are a few stores that will play fairy godmother to your Cinderella and ensure you’re the bell of the ball.
1. The Perfect Dress
The name of this store, The Perfect Dress, says it all for this Mississauga and Milton based store. They carry the entire line of La Femme dresses making it virtually impossible to walk away empty handed.
Made famous for its role in Say Yes To The Dress, Kleinfeld has just opened the country’s first bridal boutique in a section of the Hudson’s Bay Toronto flagship store. Regular viewers of the show will know the dresses begin at $1,500 for some styles and rocket all the way up to $32,000. Start being nice to your parents now if you happen to have your eye on Pnina Tornai.
3. La Maison Ogilvy
Montreal-based swag center, La Maison Ogilvy, stocks everything from Anne Klein to Rebecca Taylor, to its own in-house brand. Plus, personal shoppers are on hand to brief on all the luxe designers and help you pick the perfect prom dress.
4. David’s Bridal
David’s Bridal is ranked as one of the top gown shops in the country, catering to weddings, proms and everything glamorous in between. With more than 300 stores in the U.S., the company has been taking Canada by storm, opening boutiques in almost every province.
Everyone loves TNT. Especially the fashion-conscious set who want their dresses to carry them through to the dance floor. The Toronto-based brand stocks all manner of purse-friendly designers and again offer a personal shopping service, who will even come to your home.
6. Bicyclette Boutique
If you’re hoping to stay away from the big chain brands and avoid the embarrassing possibility of turning up in the same dress as someone else, check out independent Toronto-based Bicyclette Boutique. With a store on trendy Queen West, you’re bound to find something within its racks of shiny, frilly, pretty things.
Ami-Fer in Montreal stocks more sequins than you could ever imagine in your wildest dreams. Swirling trains, chiffon skirts, sweetheart necklines and body-hugging silk are all marks of their fairytale store located on Rue Saint-Hubert.
8. Champagne & Cupcakes
I adore the name of this Queen West store, plus if you want a one-of-a-kind dress, it’s THE place to go. You see, Champagne & Cupcakes’ private White Label collection is made in-house and only in limited-edition runs. You can modify styles as you see fit, resulting in a tailored creation.