The best dress stores in NYC

The best dress stores in NYC right now, whether you need discount sundresses, classic LBDs or an actual wedding dress

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A good dress is hard to find, but luckily, there’s no shortage of dress stores in NYC. At these clothing stores, find dresses that are stylish yet comfortable, dressy but not overdone, versatile but not generic. Whether you’re looking for your perfect staple dress or a special vintage clothing look, shop at New York’s best dress stores before hitting the best jewelry stores and shoe stores to accessorize yourself to perfection as the most stylish New Yorker.

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Best dress stores in NYC



If you’re on a mission to find a dress, leaving Bloomingdale’s without one is nearly impossible. Start on the second floor, where contemporary designers’ pods and sale racks hold stylish treasures. Then head upstairs, where a floor devoted to formal dresses from labels like Parker Black is your evening-wear showroom. Take advantage of the in-house tailors and arrange alterations on the spot.

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Upper East Side

Bergdorf Goodman

On 5F, Bergdorf’s contemporary level, you’ll find dresses from designers like Rebecca Taylor and Milly, ranging from cute but cheap clothing to affordable evening styles. Up on the sixth floor, you’ll find more extravagantly priced evening gowns that go unmatched with any store in the city. Consult a complimentary personal stylist to help find and accessorize the dress of your dreams.

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Midtown West


A vast array of vintage dresses dating to decades past will ensure you’re the only one wearing your frock at an upcoming event. Expect eclectic finds as well as gowns from Shareen’s own collection.

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2nd Time Around

Designer dresses worn once (or never) crowd the racks at this consignment shop, where familiar tags like BCBG, Prada, Alice & Olivia and more are often seen. Inventory at STA’s multiple stores is constantly changing, so stop by weekly before your big event to see what discounted gem you can find.

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Lenox Hill


The well-curated boutique for the cool-girl crowd takes almost all the work out of shopping—you really can’t go wrong here. Ask an associate for advice on your body type and dress occasion, and suddenly you’re styled perfectly.

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West Village


Stylish dresses under $200 to wear for occasions from work to wedding showers can be found at this eco-friendly boutique. Reformation’s formal jumpsuits are another great alternative to a traditional dress.

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Head-turning street-wear, vintage little black dresses and cute cocktail gowns can all be found in this boutique’s dress collection, which is truly pleasant to shop.

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West Village


The boutique of choice for Brooklynites, alluringly chic dresses by as-yet-unknown as well as prominent designers (Ulla Johnson, Isabel Marant), command a must-buy attitude from style seekers.

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Park Slope


If you’re in the market for an evening gown, save on a ticket to France and instead shop this luxe French-owned boutique, where elegant dresses (starting at around $500) are laden with sparkles, sequins, intricate beading and more.

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Greenwich Village

Diane von Furstenberg

Head to the headquarters of the wrap dress queen for brightly patterned work wear and colorful dresses galore. Don’t forget to seek out a sale in the basement!

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Meatpacking District
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Elissa P

These are some awesome dress shop options! I love checking out boutiques when I'm in NYC! So sad to see that Darling closed! I got one of my favorite vintage bracelets there a couple years back! They had a beautiful selection of dresses and a really cool sale section downstairs! It was an amazing space -- I hope they didn't make it into a Starbucks!