It seems like only yesterday we were bringing them home from the hospital and now we find ourselves hunting the internet for places to buy them something to wear to their grade 12 formal. From small boutique stores to online shops and hire shops, below is a list of where you can find formal dresses in Brisbane. If this is you, and your once tiny bub is now in their final schooling years and looking to get dressed up to celebrate with their friends, then the below list will be just what you need.
Formal Dress Shops
The below shops specialise in formal wear and have actual stores in Brisbane that you can go to try them on. Many may need you to make a booking to do this, so please call them beforehand if you need to schedule a time first. A lovely idea is to make a day of the try-on and pair it with a very grown-up Brisbane high tea.
Miss Runway Boutique
Finding formal dress boutiques that stock a range of loved designers and brands can be challenging – but they’ve got you. From feminine and flirty silhouettes to structured and sleek shapes, Miss Runway Boutique is your go-to for formal dresses. From lace dresses to full-skirted cocktail dresses, there’s a style to suit everyone.
Phone: 0435 826 191
Location: Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Shop 2035 Level 2/322 Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly
Gossip Gowns is located in Norman Park and is filled with hundreds of formal gowns in sizes 00 to 20 and lots of fitting rooms! They hand-pick all of their collections from worldwide and bring them together in the Brisbane store. They offer personalised service with a smile, and if you can’t make it into the store, you can buy online and receive one of the beautiful gowns delivered straight to your door.
Phone: 3899 8610
Located: 170 Bennetts Road, Norman Park
From floor-length gowns to cocktail pieces, Sentani Boutique’s selection of dresses caters for bridal parties, formals and evening wear. They keep their collection fresh, ensuring the best new formal and evening dresses are ready for your special event.
Phone: 07 3076 8719
Located: 24/43 Lang Parade, Milton
Ferrari Formals is more a one-stop formal shop and whilst it does have formal dresses, there are not quite as many options as other stores and not too many in smaller sizes. Still, with stores in Underwood and Aspley to choose from, it may be worth having a look in case you find just what you are searching for here.
Phone: 07 3863 2967 (Aspley) or 07 3841 8450 (Underwood)
Located: 1303 Gympie Road, Aspley and Unit 1, 2910 Logan Road, Underwood
Formal Wear of Brisbane
Located 13km north of Brisbane CBD, Formal Wear of Brisbane specialises in the latest styles of formal and & evening gowns in sizes from 2 – 20.
Phone: (07) 3491 6699
Located: 16 Morrisby St, Geebung
Miss Savage is a ‘By Appointment’ event wear boutique & online store stocking an extensive range of formal dresses and gowns for every shape, size, style and budget. As Formal wear experts in Brisbane since 2006, they custom-make gowns in Petite to Plus sizes 4 – 30 to ensure every girl’s dream comes true!
Phone: (07) 3394 2501
Located: Shop 3/267 Given Terrace, Paddington
White Runway makes it simple and easy when it comes to dress shopping in Australia. They don’t believe in the concept of wearing a dress just once, especially when it comes to formal attire. At White Runway, they have a carefully selected range of flattering formal dresses chosen for their timeless quality that can all be worn to another special day.
Phone: 0435 826 191
Located: Shop 2035 Level 2/322 Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly
An Eye For Style
Billed as a one-stop shop, An Eye For Style may specialise in weddings and wedding hair and makeup, but they also have a lovely selection of formal dresses. You can even book them for your formal hair and makeup if you are looking for an expert!
Phone: 0413 167 998
Located: Shop 2/99 Bloomfield St, Cleveland
Located in Brisbane’s beautiful Bayside, Smooche Boutique has been at the forefront of fashion in Brisbane for over 14 years. The boutique is well known throughout the area for having outfits for all occasions, from casual wear to bridal and formal wear and caters for all sizes ranging from size 6-24. They endeavour to find their customers unique and different designs by supplying a variety of top labels and brands at competitive prices.
Phone: (07) 3893 0161
Located: 98 Glenora St, Wynnum
Destiny Chic are a unique business in Brisbane that offer a wide range of custom-made formal dresses. You can either choose from their in-house collection or email them with the dream dress you want. They can make it fit perfectly for you. Almost all of the styles featured on their website are real dresses worn by real customers for their formal and wedding, so you can see how well their dresses fit.
Phone: 0425 408 093
Located: 488 Ipswich Rd, Annerley
The Bridal Company
Although their name suggests it is all about weddings, The Bridal Company has a fantastic selection of formal dresses too. You can browse their selection online and if you want to visit their showroom, a new one has just opened at Ormeau – a very quick drive from Brisbane.
Phone: (07) 5665 9436
Location: Unit 7/214 Lahrs Rd, Ormeau
The Wardrobe offers formal dress hire and sales from their boutique store in Bald Hills. With sales sections under $300, this team can get you the perfect dress for a reasonable price or give you the option to hire a formal dress!
Phone: 0434 919 040
Location: 17b Bald Hills Rd, Bald Hills
After 5 are a Brisbane-based family business, aiming to provide quality designer gowns for over 30 years. No matter your budget, they will do everything they can to accommodate you, including payment plans.
Phone: (07) 3808 4099
Located: 1/130 Kingston Rd, Underwood
Myers is always a great retail chain to check out as it carries a lot of stock, has numerous stores around Brisbane and will cater for designer brands and brands that are not so expensive. Always worth having a look as you can find your perfect dress here.
Formal Dresses Brisbane Hire
Hiring is becoming increasingly popular and is a brilliant way to get the designer dress of your dreams at only a fraction of the price. Most kids will only wear their formal dress once and are more likely fall in love with a design that is more expensive than you would like. Hiring a dress will solve all of this and the below stores specialise in it.
All the Dresses
All The Dresses brings all the designer clothing available for hire online in Australia into one beautiful website. With over 7,000 items listed from 23 reputable Australian clothing hire companies, you’re sure to find the perfect dress for your occasion. If there is a dress to hire, it will be on this site too.
One Night Stand Boutique stocks a variety of stunning dresses from Australia’s top designers, including brands that are not available anywhere else – all of which are available for you to hire. Their hire collection includes leading Australian designers; Thurley, Stephanie Chehade, Zimmermann, D’Lelle, Ae’lkemi, Ixiah, Lexi, Elle Zeitoune, Bec & Bridge, Nicholas, Camilla, Talulah, Winona, and Nookie.
Phone: 0411 966 522
Located: 1a/53 Commercial Rd, Teneriffe
Dress for a Night
Dress for a Night is based in Sydney but has a straightforward and organised hire set up for Brisbane. Catering for sizes 4 – 18, they stock over 1300 dresses from more than 25 Australian and International designers. They offer next-day delivery within Australia and have a fantastic ‘backup dress option’, which allows you to get 80% off your second outfit when you hire two at once.
Phone: (02) 8904 0635
The Wardrobe offers formal dress hire and sales from their boutique store in Bald Hills. With sales sections under $300, this team can get you the perfect dress for a reasonable price or give you the option to hire it!
Phone: 0434 919 040
Location: 17b Bald Hills Rd, Bald Hills
Designer Night gives you access to over 200 designer garments. For over five years, they have been adding to their collections to give customers a wide range of choices in several different designer brands, cuts, colours and sizes. You can order online or contact them to view the dresses at their showroom. Designer Night is at a residential address, so bookings are essential.
Phone: 0488 141 419
Location: 24 Ascot Crescent, Samford Valley
Borrowers at The Volte will only need to fill out and sign-up to open an account and search for a dress hire. You can refine your search by viewing and selecting options for available sizes, designer brands, colours and rental period. You also need to choose when you would like your dress hire to be delivered. To avoid inconvenience, you can book a request in advance and lock in that perfect outfit hire as early as you like. One thing to note, though, is that as you are sourcing a dress from other people who have registered their clothes on the site, you are not allowed to make any alterations.
Style Theory’s Brisbane Dress Hire service gives you access to an endless designer wardrobe for a fraction of the retail price. With thousands of Australian and international styles to choose from, you can hire dresses from the likes of Zimmermann, Love Shack Fancy and Misha. Whether looking for the perfect formal dress in Brisbane or casual styles for your weekend cocktail hour, they’ve got you covered.
Phone: 0450 192 824
With over 1000 designer dresses and accessories for hire, Your Closet is the perfect solution for women in Brisbane to access luxury designer fashion for a fraction of the retail price. They offer next-day delivery to anywhere within Brisbane’s CBD and allow you to browse over 2000 designer dresses and gowns. Just reserve your favourite online and get it delivered to your door. The dress is yours for 4 or 8 days and comes with accidental damage insurance.
Phone: (02) 5551 6146
Dress Hire AU
Dress Hire AU doesn’t have a Brisbane store, but they offer express shipping Australia-wide to ensure you receive your dress as quickly as possible. If you are in between sizes or can’t decide which style you prefer, you can also add a backup dress to your order for just $15!
Phone: (03) 7001 2690
Her Style AU
Her Style offers next-day delivery for you to hire dresses in Brisbane. Rent designer clothes from your favourite labels, with over 500 dresses from over 25 international and Australian designers, across sizes 6 to 16. Her Style offer Stylist assistance via chat, phone, email, or in-store and they do recommend chatting with one of our stylists before you place your order, to get the correct size. If your item doesn’t fit right, they have easy returns or exchanges to bring you the right outfit for your next event.
Formal Dresses Brisbane Online
There are so many online options nowadays, but the ones below are based in Australia (some in Brisbane), making delivery and dealing so much easier.
One Honey Boutique
The One Honey Boutique website acts as a Catalog of available styles; some items are in stock now, some are made to order and some are pre-order; it depends on the style and size you want. Please ensure you check stock with the store before ordering online, as all orders need to be approved by them first. They do have a showroom at the Gold Coast if you want to check out what stock they have and try anything on.
Phone: (07) 5602 6610
Located: 2/40 Bundall Rd, Bundall QLD 4217
Based in Australia, Noodz Boutique carry a carefully selected range of long formal dresses under their own label NBLUXE, Portia and Scarlett and Tina Holly. Some of their formal dresses are designed in-house and exclusive only to Noodz Boutique. With overnight delivery Australia-wide available for most of their formal gowns, you can be stress-free knowing your dress will arrive in time for your special day or night.
Phone: 1300 207 177
As I Am Fashion
As I Am Fashion, an online retailer of designer plus size fashion, was founded by Shannon Baird in 2009. The mission of As I Am Fashion is to promote confidence to its beautiful curvaceous customers. They supply fashionable, top-quality clothing designed specifically for the fuller figure. As I Am Fashion currently stocks sizes 14-36. The As I Am Fashion Showroom is now open for private appointments. You are welcome to try on in-stock items, have a stylist consultation and have a free measuring service if needed.
Phone: 0450 179 414
Location: 1/12 Velox Cct, Upper Coomera
Beginning Boutique sources dresses locally and brings them together in one space for a reasonable price. Their head office is in Fairfield, Brisbane, which makes buying online a lot easier, knowing they will be easy to contact.
Phone: 0413 028 685
Tania Olsen Designs
Tania Olsen Designs is an Australian-based label that crafts timeless yet modern pieces for every occasion. They have been creating formal dresses for more than 15 years and have dresses available in sizes AU 2-40 on their online site.
House of Troy
House of Troy is an online-only boutique that offers a range of affordable graduation gowns to suit any budget. Their online shop has over 1,000 designer dresses in stock from sizes 4-24, with prices starting at just $199.00.
Phone: 0479 192 441
That’s So Fetch
That’s So Fetch is an Australian store that stocks a vast range of formal dresses. They have a Victoria-based store, but you can get your desired dress in Brisbane within a day or two.
FM Formal Wear
FM Formal Wear is based in the Redcliffe Peninsula, Queensland. They are a family owned and run business and love to bring a bit of colour into your formal style. If you want to make a time to come & see their range of products, please call to make a booking.
Phone: 0424 748 208
Located: 180 Lakeview Promenade, Newport, 4019
Although their store is in Victoria, Duchess Boutique has all its dresses online. Feel free to peruse their formal dresses online and know that if it is in stock, they should arrive in Brisbane pretty within a few days once sent. They do offer an exchange if you are not happy within seven days.
Phone: 03 9381 4446
Location: 529-521 Sydney Road, Brunswick, VIC
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Spoilt for choices, hopefully, your daughter will be able to find their dream formal dress in no time at all! And with that stress out of the way, they can then concentrate on making sure they have the most memorable night ever and you can work on hopefully not shedding too many proud tears.