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Where To Find One-Of-A-Kind Gowns In San Francisco

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Updated: 23 September 2016
Invited to a formal affair? Don’t panic. Whether you need bridesmaid dresses, alterations, or just something to make you look fabulous in a well-dressed crowd, we’ve got you covered with a curated selection of the best places to find formal gowns in San Francisco.
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Since its founding in 1996, Ambiance has become a beloved San Francisco boutique. The store is known for its gorgeous formal dresses and also carries a selection of shoes and accessories to go along with them. Brands include Angie, BB Dakota, Bobi, Free People, French Connection, Greylin, Jack, Kersh, Michael Stars, Minkpink, Nicole Miller, Stop Staring, Trina Turk, and Veronica M. The original location in the Haight has expanded to include three more shops in Noe Valley, the Marina, and the Inner Sunset.

Ambiance, 1458 Haight St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 552 5095

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Karen Millen

Karen Millen is recognized for creating ‘beautifully crafted fashion for confident women who know their own style.’ Based in the United Kingdom, the label is available to San Franciscans at the Downtown Westfield. The selection includes fluid shirt dresses, structured shifts, and sleek, tailored styles, with lace, leather, and art-inspired prints. The Karen Millen collection features dresses made of luxurious fabrics that are each individually designed and impeccably hand-crafted with superior attention to detail, ensuring that each piece has a unique and high-quality look.

Karen Millen, Westfield San Francisco Centre, 845 Market St #167, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 975 0811

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eDressit Bridal & Formal Wear

eDressit Bridal & Formal Wear is a boutique established in 2004, offering a selection of designer bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses, evening dresses, prom dresses, shoes, and accessories. The store prides itself on offering customization to any size, in addition to any other changes desired. The experienced designers create unique silhouettes with hand-crafted details and flawless workmanship, inspired by fashions from around the world. The prices are quite affordable for the quality of the clothing, and the staff is attentive without being pushy.

eDressit Bridal & Formal Wear, 590 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 638 6956

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Kisha Studio Fashion Boutique

Kisha Studio is an Inner Richmond boutique opened in 2008 with a mission to ‘make women feel confident and sexy, whether it’s for a night out with the girls or simply something to slip on for that special date.’ The studio carries a variety of designer styles, including dresses, tops, and accessories, aiming to provide beautiful pieces that are still affordable. The service is friendly and welcoming. Plus, if they post something on social media that you like, you can comment to have them reserve your size for you until you can come to the shop and try it on.

Kisha Studio Fashion Boutique, 210 Clement St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 422 0468

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Lan’s Formal Wear

Standing strong in Nob Hill for over 20 years, Lan’s Formal Wear is the perfect place to come to get the perfect formal gown alterations. The service is incredibly quick, friendly, and professional. Lan can take gowns of any level of complexity and alter them to fit your form perfectly. She will work with your schedule to get the alterations done as quickly as possible, sometimes even finishing by the end of the day if necessary. The shop also offers a selection of men’s formal wear.

Lan’s Formal Wear, 1546 California St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 921 2615