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Where to Find the Best Dresses in Melbourne

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by Marguerite Bravay (subscribe)
Copywriter by day, fashion blogger in my spare time. For more, read me at www.guestsoffashion.wordpress.com
Published March 3rd 2014
Let a stunning dress find YOU
Are you looking for an amazing dress to wear to your next event? I love shopping (what girl doesn't?) but I'm often pressed for time and have been known to browse the racks for a new cocktail dress the very morning of a wedding or office party. Melbourne being a fashion capital, it's quite easy to pick up a splendid last minute find, but of course, you need to know where to look. Please read on to discover two of my go-to dress shops and give David Jones a rest.

Swish

Whether you are looking for bridesmaid dresses or just something nice to wear at a dinner with your partner, Swish boasts a wide array of Australian-designed dresses in all colours and finishes. There is such an abundance of choice that you are guaranteed to find something you like.

Three convenient locations, including one on Chapel Street, make this Melbourne-based boutique easily accessible, and as soon as you walk in, you'll be greeted by lovely staff who seem genuinely interested in finding your perfect dress match. The brands showcased in this dress shop are unique, so you get not just plenty of choice but also the guarantee that no one will be wearing a similar piece at your function.

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The dress I bought at Swish, which I could have gladly worn forever!
If you're really pressed for time, Swish offers same day Melbourne deliveries, so you can peruse their online store to your heart's content.

Gold Trapp

Beautiful dresses in Melbourne can also be found at Gold Trapp, a tiny boutique at 165 Fitzroy Street in St Kilda. I searched for the shop's details on Google to no avail, which only adds mystery to this chic little boutique.

Gold Trapp offers all sorts of clothing, but their dresses steal the show. The shop imports high quality, European-designed clothes, showcasing lesser known labels with an urban edge. Not only does this boutique sell dresses, it also features fierce heels and clutches to match. While Swish focuses solely on dresses (and a few clutches), Gold Trapp will dress you for your next event from head to toe. The stock changes often, so I every time I visit, I get sucked in - the shop truly is a trap for your wallet, but a trap of the best kind!

Finding a dress last minute isn't so difficult in Melbourne, but of course, if you have weeks to plan or are simply looking to add something stylish and unique to your wardrobe, these dress shops won't disappoint.
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