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Where To Find Special Occasion Dresses In Hong Kong

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Aleshia

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 options (go on, you know you want to!). Shop Aleshia online, or head to the Sheung Wan showroom for a private fitting (don’t forget to make an appointment first).

Best for: Cocktail dresses

Aleshia, 19/F, Cs Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2276 0080info@myaleshia.comwww.myaleshia.com

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Black Coral

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 cocktail 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?

Best for: Party dresses

Black Coralwww.blackcoralxo.com

Read more: Top Fashion Websites With Free Delivery To Hong Kong

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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) couture gowns for you to choose from. Considered to be one of Hong Kong’s leading formalwear retailers, Designer Bridal Room prides itself on offering the highest quality garments, along with superb service. The team is incredibly passionate and will make you feel as magnificent as you should on your big day, without needing to say “I do!”.

Best for: Evening gowns

Designer Bridal Room, 2/F, Blissful Building, 243 – 247 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2167 8708www.designerbridalroom.com.hk

Read more: Where To Buy Your Wedding Dress In Hong Kong

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Emma Wallace

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 formalwear, 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.

Best for: Cocktail dresses

Emma Wallace, Shop A, G/F, 2 Po Hing Fong Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2336 6798, info@emma-wallace.com, www.emma-wallace.com.hk

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HULA

What if we said 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 brain-child behind HULA, Sarah Fung (who previously worked in luxury retail for Lane Crawford), believes that consumers need to make more environmentally-conscious decisions when purchasing garments, and that starts with buying better quality pieces that last longer. To help you do just that, 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.

Best for: Vintage frocks, evening gowns and cocktail dresses

HULA, thehula.com

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Lane Crawford

Lane Crawford is a one-stop-shop for special occasion dresses. With one of the most expansive designer collections in Hong Kong, you’ll be spoilt for choice! The staff here will go above and beyond to help you find your dream look. 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!

Best for: Evening gowns and cocktail dresses

Lane Crawford, various locations across Hong Kong, 2118 2288, www.lanecrawford.com

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Love, Bonito

Whether you have a wedding, formal work function or family gathering to attend, Love, Bonito will have the stylishly-appropriate dress for you. The Singaporean brand made its mark in Hong Kong after its Central pop-up store last year; since then, it’s become a staple in our wardrobes. 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.

Love, Bonito, www.lovebonito.com

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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 gowns, 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.

Best for: Evening gown rental

Mariée Bridal Couture, 9/F Galuxe Building, 8 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3488 0978, cs@mariee.com.hk, www.mariee.com.hk

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SAU LEE

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. Attention to detail is integral in founder Cheryl’s designs, and it shows! We’ll take one of everything please.

Best for: Evening gowns and cocktail dresses

SAU LEE, Shop H308, PMQ, Block B, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, info@sauclothing.comwww.sau-lee.com

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Shanghai Tang

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.

Best for: Custom cocktail dresses

Shanghai Tang, various locations across Hong Kong, www.shanghaitang.com

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Soie

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. Make sure to check out its Instagram for plenty of styling ideas.

Best for: Cocktail dresses

Soie, www.soiehk.com

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Vestiaire Collective

Another online pre-owned clothing retailer to know for special occasion 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.

Best for: Vintage frocks, evening gowns and cocktail dresses

Vestiaire Collective, www.vestiairecollective.com

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Zalora

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. We suggest adding a few of your favourite looks to your basket – remember, if it’s not quite your style, you can easily return or exchange it at your local 7/11!

Zalora, www.zalora.com.hk

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Other Brands Worth Checking Out: Affordable Hits

ASOS

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.

ASOS, www.asos.com

H&M

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.

H&M, various locations across Hong Kong. www2.hm.com

ZARA

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.

ZARA, various locations across Hong Kong, www.zara.com

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Other Brands Worth Checking Out: Splurge-Worthy Gems

NET-A-PORTER

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!

NET-A-PORTER, www.net-a-porter.com

Reiss

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.

Reiss, www.reiss.com

Revolve

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.

Revolve, www.revolve.com

Selfridges

Selfridges offers all the best retailers under one roof (at a slightly cheaper price than shopping locally!). Sign-up for Selfridges Plus and get your designer look delivered for free to your door.

Selfridges, www.selfridges.com

Shopbop

With a wealth of brands to choose from, have a look at The Dress Shop section to discover handpicked looks from the styling team.

Shopbop, www.shopbop.com

Whistles

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!

Whistles, various locations across Hong Kong, www.whistles.com

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 by Lydia Rose, and most recently updated in December, 2020. With thanks to Nina Brooklyn Brown for her contribution.

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