By: Tamika Auwai
Yes, it’s all about the bride but pretty maids in a row deserve to get their shine too.
Adorn them with dresses that aren’t just photo ready but also chic and wearable beyond the big day. A tall order indeed but luckily Toronto is filled with several fantastic bridesmaid boutiques sure to fit the bill. If your bridal party is on the hunt, check out these great shops:
Henkaa is a your best bet for dresses that are sure to be worn again. Their convertible frocks can be transformed in dozens of different styles to suit everyone’s personality and body type.
Choose from floor length or shorter versions in over 30 hues and truly create a look that’s all your own with accessories including shawls, brooches, scarves, and overlays in both lace and chiffon.
Ordering online is super easy — “one size” fits to size 12/14 and plus sizing is also available. Or enjoy red carpet treatment and hands on instruction on how to style at their North York Boutique located at 1245 Caledonia Road. For appointments call 647-708-6522.
If your bridal party is hot for sheaths that fit like a glove or in search of an elusive style that just can’t seem to be found on the rack, visit Champagne & Cupcakes, just outside of the downtown core in Etobicoke to commission a custom tailored creation for your crew.
Choose (or mix and match) amongst the 40+ silhouettes in their White Label collection and they’ll custom tailor to ensure every maid walks the aisle in her most flattering fit. Got a specific vision in mind? Work with designer, Caroline Yoon, personally to create the bespoke dress of their dreams. Call 416-533-2253 for appointments.
Though the Yorkdale flagship came sans bridal boutique. JCrew.com carries an impressive selection of contemporary bridesmaids dresses year round. Canadian pricing and flat rate shipping for just $12 makes this an even better proposition, particularly for bridal parties who live across the country or internationally.
In Bloor West Village, Jealous Bridesmaids, has a great selection of popular bridesmaid labels including The Dessy Group and Bill Levkoff. Book an appointment by calling 416-915-1654, or complete their online form to secure a trial for your group. 1610A Bloor Street West, Lower Level, Toronto, Ontario M6P 1A7
Two Birds Bridesmaids located at 215 Ossington Ave takes the convertible dress trend to next level luxe. In addition to their classic silhouette they also offer convertible dresses in full lace and the option to accent the skirt with a single row, double row or a full skirt of gorgeous hand sewn rosettes for a romantic touch.
They even have a sleek convertible jumpsuit perfect for the fashion forward or unconventional. Order online or book a studio appointment by calling 647-352-2473.
West of the city in Mississauga or in the east in Scarborough, David’s Bridal is the go-to for ridiculously affordable bridesmaid dresses and bridal gowns to boot. Their crowing jewels are their designer collabs including the exclusive White by Vera Wang and Wonder by Jenny Packham collections.
Both are must-sees for any party seeking to create a designer day on a department store budget. Book an appointment online or call 1-877-851-2743.
St. Clair Avenue West is packed with several great traditional bridal boutiques but the jewel of the neighbourhood as far as your bridal party is concerned is Diva Bridal Boutique. Located at 1194 St. Clair Avenue West.
They take pride in offering Toronto’s largest selection of bridal and special occasion wear and from personal experience, they do not NOT disappoint. Staff are gracious to walk-ins but appointments are preferred. Call (416) 654-7667 to book.
If scouring through racks and racks sounds like an anxiety inducing exercise for your more laid back party, Sash & Bustle, offers a more curated approach. Tucked away in a charming Queen East boutique just outside of the downtown core, they strive to be a haven for brides and maids looking for simplicity and style in a sea of overwhelming options.
Their intimate storefront carries a much smaller collection than most shops yet still manages to include a wide variety of looks, textures and silhouettes. Appointments must be booked in advance by calling (647) 340-5850.
Good luck! Here’s hoping they scream “YES!” to the dresses.
— Tamika Auwai is sassy Leo and creative entrepreneur with a penchant for personal style.