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#1 katpaws

Posted 14 August 2019 - 07:55 AM

My daughter has a formal coming up. She purchased a dress online but the fit isn't great and she isn't sure she likes the dress. I have offered to have the dress tailored to fit her better. The quality of the dress is not fantastic.

Does anyone have an online shops they can recommend? I need the dress in the next week or so. Australian sites preferred, with a good return policy.

We are in Melbourne so any good dress shops that can be recommended would be great.

My daughter is looking at a long dress, spaghetti straps, triangle cut on the bodice (neckline), long skirt (possibly with a split up the side). One colour.  A concept dress is here. My daughter is slender, tall, no boobs. She is 16. Size 6-8.

Price - up to $150.


Edited by katpaws, 14 August 2019 - 08:08 AM.

#2 ckmelb

Posted 14 August 2019 - 08:00 AM

Loads of dresses at ASOS. Great returns policy. My friend guys 2 sizes of the same dress if she is unsure of the fit then sends back the second one

Some long black slip dresses here:


#3 MarciaB

Posted 14 August 2019 - 08:38 AM

I am in Sydney - but this Melbourne store is popular with Melbourne friends (also online)


The Iconic has quite a few brands that are popular for formal. And you can't beat their return policy.

Many girls buy from this store, but having 2 teens who have tried things from there - it is hit and miss for quality and fit:


And dont discount hiring!!




** Edited for budget**

Good luck!  My eldest went to 5 formals in Year 12!!!

Edited by MarciaB, 14 August 2019 - 08:39 AM.

#4 JBH

Posted 14 August 2019 - 08:43 AM

I second the idea to hire, eg

#5 MarciaB

Posted 14 August 2019 - 08:43 AM

In thinking more about it - I would honestly hire a dress.

Some here in Sydney you can go and try on - am certain there will be places in Melbourne as well that do the same.

Here is another one - they all post and the bigger ones are great with helping sizing etc.


#6 Apageintime

Posted 14 August 2019 - 09:02 AM

I ordered a short turnaround formal dress from showpo, and the quality was surprisingly good!

Otherwise, I've used glam corner before, but the risk is if you're shorter a lot of the dresses are super long!

#7 MarciaB

Posted 14 August 2019 - 09:10 AM

This  brand is sold at Myer.  I have also ordered directly and they were good


HelloMolly is another online store - but have not ordered from there.
https://www.hellomol...o +molly +dress

#8 katpaws

Posted 14 August 2019 - 09:51 AM

Thank you everyone. I will pass on the information to my daughter.

Finegrs crossed!

#9 seayork2002

Posted 14 August 2019 - 09:54 AM

I got bridesmaid dresses (a long time but they may still be around in Westfield) at a place called Harts

They were big in my area for formals for a while then i moved so not sure now

(in Sydney but I think they may be a chain?)

#10 SFmummyto3

Posted 14 August 2019 - 10:01 AM

Bariano is popular for dresses. There is an outlet shop in Bridge rd Richmond plus Sale online. They also have Sale racks in their regular stores.

#11 molinero

Posted 14 August 2019 - 10:16 AM

I bought something from Light in the Box a few years back and was pretty happy with the price and the quality.

They aren't based in Australia but do have an expedited shipping policy.

#12 Burro

Posted 14 August 2019 - 10:25 AM

Sheike has that kind of style and price range and shops all over melbourne


And they have 15% off at the moment

#13 Blossom11

Posted 14 August 2019 - 10:29 AM

Loreta have a beautiful green maxi dress.  We bought our dds formal dress from them and it was gorgeous.

A lot of girls hired dresses.

#14 Tinky Winky Woo

Posted 14 August 2019 - 12:53 PM

I have used The Iconic for lots of clothes.  They are quick, easy returns and have some seriously nice stuff.

I have a different opinion of hiring a dress because for the same amount and often less (thrifty shopper) I can get a dress, keep it and rewear it to another event later on.

#15 #YKG

Posted 14 August 2019 - 03:26 PM

I’d say ASOS as well, I’m in Melbourne and get my orders within 1-2 days of placing the order, they have a discount going on at the moment as well. The quality of most of the dresses is good, I’ve bought a lot of dresses and even returned for change of size without issues.

Edited by #YKG, 14 August 2019 - 03:26 PM.

#16 gracie1978

Posted 14 August 2019 - 03:41 PM

I hired last time and it was great.
You never wear the formal dress again!

#17 MarciaB

Posted 14 August 2019 - 03:44 PM

View Postgracie1978, on 14 August 2019 - 03:41 PM, said:

I hired last time and it was great.
You never wear the formal dress again!

Especially if you are a 16-18 yo !

Hire or borrow is the way to go :)

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