From glamorous cocktail party dresses to fancy black tie gowns, here’s where to find the evening dress of your dreams in Hong Kong.
Getting ready for a special occasion is no easy task, especially when it comes to choosing the all-important outfit. To help you along the way – and to take some of the stress out of shopping – we’re lending a hand with our guide to the best evening dress shops in the city. Whether you’re after a wedding guest outfit, a cocktail party dress or a black tie gown, here’s where to find special occasion evening dresses in Hong Kong.
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British-born, Hong Kong-based designer Emma Wallace creates pieces that are made with women in mind. The brand has made waves internationally for its elegant evening wear, combining innovation with style in every garment. Whether you opt for her bolder, contemporary designs, which have been worn by the likes of supermodels, or decide on a simple LBD, you won’t go far wrong here.
Chic lace, bright florals and classic black numbers abound at this Hong Kong-based brand. The best part? You don’t need to break the bank, meaning you can afford to treat yourself to multiple evening dress options (go on, you know you want to!). You can shop online, or head to one of its three stores for a private fitting (don’t forget to make an appointment first).
Designer Bridal Room
Why wait for your wedding day to wear the dress of your dreams? From Valentino to Jenny Packham, this premiere bridal boutique has a range of (non-bridal) evening dresses for you to choose from. The team here is incredibly passionate and will make you feel as magnificent as you should on your big day, without needing to say “I do!”.
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If you’ve lusted after Self-Portrait’s stunning evening dresses from afar, you’re in luck – the London-based brand opened its first flagship boutique in Hong Kong this year. Found in ifc, head here for show-stopping pieces with intricate details and feminine silhouettes.
Self-Portrait, Shop 1053B, Podium Level, ifc, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.self-portrait-studio.com
A fusion of East-meets-West, this Hong Kong label exudes style and sophistication. SAU LEE offers fashion-forward yet timeless pieces that are designed to be worn season after season, including ruffled tulle gowns, slinky velvet numbers, bedazzled sequin frocks and more. We’ll take one of everything please.
SAU LEE, Shop H314, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.sau-lee.com
Fun, flirty and fashionable is what comes to mind when we think of Black Coral. This local boutique store is a firm favourite among Team Sassy. Started by two best friends, Black Coral features elegant silk slips, glitzy sequin looks and flowy evening dresses. Effortlessly feminine, the collection will see you through everything from romantic anniversary dinners to festive parties with friends, and beyond. Plus, did we mention there’s free shipping across Hong Kong?
Black Coral, www.blackcoralxo.com
Mariée Bridal Couture
If you’re attending a glamorous soiree or a lavish wedding, then Mariée Bridal Couture is the place to go. This bridal store has a host of stunning evening dresses, handpicked by the team from international labels. Even better, the collection of Oscar-worthy dresses are available for rental! Get in touch to book an appointment.
Returning to the Hong Kong fashion scene in 2020 after a 70 year absence, luxury dress concept store Sennet Frères has not disappointed with its comeback. Expect ethereal princess gowns, backed by the brand’s 150 years of craftsmanship experience.
Chinese aesthetics and craftsmanship updated for the 21st century; Shanghai Tang is famous for its traditional garments, reimagined by way of vibrant prints and unique fabrics. We love the classic cheongsam dresses as a nod to Hong Kong culture. But nothing beats its Imperial Tailoring Atelier, where you can get a fully-customised dress designed specifically to suit your style and personality.
Whether you have a wedding, formal work function or family gathering to attend, Love, Bonito will have the stylishly-appropriate dress for you. Love, Bonito believes that well-made and well-fitted clothes have the power to inspire confidence – and should do so without burning a hole in your pocket. We knew this Singaporean brand had become a staple in our wardrobes for a reason!
Love, Bonito, www.lovebonito.com
Supporting small local designers for your special occasion will make it feel that bit more special, so allow us to introduce you to Soie – a silk clothing line designed in Hong Kong and handmade in Vietnam. Its collection of sultry and sleek looks are flattering to all. We love the classic slip dresses in particular, which can be styled up with heels for a party, or dressed down with layers and trainers for a casual brunch.
Lane Crawford is a one-stop-shop for special occasion evening dresses. With one of the most expansive designer collections in Hong Kong, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Sure, you might splurge a little more than usual, but the shopping experience, paired with top quality garments, is well worth it in our book!
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What if we told you that you could dress in designer labels and still have change to spare to splash out on a new pair of shoes too? Enter HULA: an online consignment store which stocks a coveted collection of pre-owned designer products in mostly new or hardly-worn conditions. The online store boasts the crème-de-la-crème of luxury brands, including Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and more, all costing up to 95% less than retail price.
Another online pre-owned clothing retailer to know for special occasion evening dresses is Vestiaire Collective. The store boasts an extensive, yet curated, collection of luxurious pre-loved designer dresses. All of the garments here have been authenticated by Vestiaire’s expert team, so you know each of your purchases are 100% genuine and worth the investment. From Zara mini-dresses to Christian Dior silk gowns, this retailer has something for everyone.
Vestiaire Collective, www.vestiairecollective.com
With an easy “add to basket” click, you’ll find almost every style of dress under the sun at Zalora, making it a top-choice for any Hong Konger. With easy-shipping and an array of brands to pick from, you’ll be sorted in no time. Remember, if it’s not quite your style, you can easily return or exchange it at your local 7/11!
Other Brands Worth Checking Out: Affordable Hits
At ASOS, it’s easy to try the trends without breaking the bank. There are thousands of pieces to choose from, along with an extensive range of accompanying lingerie, shoes, accessories, jewellery and cosmetics to complete your final look.
If you’re in search of on-trend pieces that won’t break the bank, head to H&M. What’s more, it stocks plenty of affordable accessories to pair with your look.
You can always rely on Mango for fashion-forward pieces that look way more expensive than their High Street price tag.
Mango, Shop 7, Lobby Floor, iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, shop.mango.com
ZARA needs no introduction. With many styles available, have a hunt through the huge selection of dresses available online, or head in store to check out the latest pieces.
Other Brands Worth Checking Out: Splurge-Worthy Gems
The ultimate luxury fashion online destination – brands on offer at NET-A-PORTER run at a slightly higher price point, but quality is guaranteed. Keep an eye out for their seasonal sales to bag some incredible bargains. The customer service is also unparalleled, offering next day delivery for just $50 and free returns and exchanges!
From sexy body-con numbers to floaty floral midi-dresses, Reiss offers an array of beautiful dresses for every occasion. Best of all, these versatile pieces can be worn time and again.
It’s difficult not to find something you love on Revolve. The easy-to-use site is a breeze to navigate. Plus, there’s free shipping for orders over $100 USD.
Selfridges offers all the best retailers under one roof (at a slightly cheaper price than shopping locally!).
With a wealth of brands to choose from, have a look at The Dress Shop section to discover handpicked looks from the styling team.
The British High Street makes its way to Hong Kong via this timeless style staple. The “Occasion Wear” collection is edgy, yet undeniably refined. It’s one of Kate Middleton’s favourites after all!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 by Lydia Rose, and most recently updated in November, 2021. With thanks to Nina Brooklyn Brown and Ashleigh Butterworth for their contributions.
Hero image courtesy of SAU LEE via Facebook, image 1 courtesy of Emma Wallace via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of SAU LEE via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Shanghai Tang via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Lane Crawford via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of H&M via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of NET-A-PORTER via Instagram.