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photo of lady in mother of the bride dress by John Charles

We don't sell any of the outfits, but we show you the current collections of the major designers and manufacturers in our Photo Gallery, and where you can buy them in our Dress Shop Directory.

photo of beautiful formal daywear hat by Medici

Our Dress Shop Directory features a list of the small independent shops which sell the outfits shown on this site. It is usually best to buy from a small local retailer if you want to avoid meeting someone in your outfit at your event. You are much more likely to find more individual or exclusive formal day wear in a small independent retailer's store. Remember that the mass market dresses, which are so widely available, will be those chosen by the majority of wedding guests. We have the most beautiful outfits featured on this site, so be unique - find something special in our Photo Gallery, and then find a local shop that sells it.

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This site is packed with photos and ideas, and is dedicated to helping you answer the question "What Shall I Wear?".  We have photographs of the most stunning styles from many of the major designers and manufacturers - all here together on this one site, to help you find the formal day wear of your dreams!

From wedding guest dresses to the bride's mother's outfit, from the groom's mother to a cruise, from ladies day at the local races to Royal Ascot, from lunch with friends to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, from a Graduation Party to a Christening - wherever you are going, you want to look fabulous. 

photo of 2 ladies formal day wear dresses by Pia Michi
 

So whatever function you are attending, you should be able to find that drop dead gorgeous dress with matching jacket, a stunning suit or that fabulous hat here on this site! When you have browsed through our photographs of all the beautiful day wear available, we then show you where to find it, at a shop near you, in your area of the UK. With our help, you can make your special day out an unforgettable experience.

   
 

Whatever your formal day wear needs, there are just two easy steps to finding the dress or the smart outfit of your dreams.

First visit our Photo Gallery in our catalogue section, where our aim is to feature photographs of the best outfits from all the major designers and manufacturers, all here together on this one website. No spurious advertising - just picture after picture of the most stunning formal day wear available in the UK.  If the 'look' you are searching for exists, we should have it here on this site.

When you have found the style you have been searching for, then go to our Dress Shop Directory, where we have a list of the shops, designer boutiques and retailers in your area of the UK, which can supply these fabulous styles.

  photo of lady in mother of the bride outfit by John Charles
 
We also feature some very useful dress code links below, to help you choose an outfit for some specific events:
   
Ascot Racecourse Cunard Cruise
Henley Royal Regatta 1 P&O Cruise
Henley Royal Regatta 2 Last Night of the Proms
Ladies Day at York Races Glyndebourne
The Grand National Chelsea Flower Show
Cowes Week Buckingham Palace Garden Party
Wimbledon Epsom Derby
   
 
photo of beautiful formal daywear outfit by Medici

So, how do we answer that most difficult of questions - What shall I wear? Well, gathering information should be your key starting point. From a simple garden party to a society wedding, and from a cruise to a ladies day at the races, find out as much as you possibly can about the event, well in advance. If you are the Mother of the Bride you could be setting the standard, although liaison with the Bride is essential and some liaison with the Mother of the Groom could be useful. Use the links and the information on this site, and do your own research for specific events which require ladies' formal day wear. For an annual event such as Royal Ascot, Ladies Day at York Races or the Buckingham Palace Garden Party, try to find some photographs from last year's event on the internet, and see what people were wearing then.

It is important to get a general idea of the dress code first, then you can start to get more specific - if possible, ask others going to the same event what they are likely to be wearing. You could then get together with friends and spend a very pleasant evening going through our catalogue in our Photo Gallery. Our aim is to show you some of the very best and smartest day wear outfits available in the UK. We feature pictures from some of the best designers and manufacturers, and show outfits across the full price range. Using this website, you should be able to get a good idea of what is available in the UK, and where to find it. Then comes the best bit - the shopping! Enjoy looking for your dream dress on this site, enjoy shopping for it, but above all, enjoy wearing it - have a fabulous time!

 

For evening wear, prom dresses and ball gowns, visit our sister site, promdress.co.uk.

 

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