10 Places to Shop Formal Dresses in Manila

When you need something chic, real quick.


(SPOT.ph) For the countless weddings and formal events you’re bound to attend in your lifetime, it’s impossible to have a dress custom-made for every single one. It’s not just time-consuming, stressful, and expensive; it's also not the best choice, especially when there's a faster and more affordable alternative—ready-to-wear. Lucky us, more and more local designers are choosing to play fairy godmothers and have decided to grant us with accessible formalwear with custom quality. Stylish, versatile, and can be at your doorstep after just a few clicks online or a quick visit to the mall, these brands offer pieces that you can totally wear and rewear over and over again. Just consider them as wise investments because if there’s one thing we know, it’s that Filipinos will never run out of reasons to throw a celebration.

Below, check out these top brands for dresses for your next formal party.

Style Staple (@stylestaple)

Simple yet effortlessly chic, the frocks at Style Staple combine the right amount of sass and style which is why it is a well-loved brand by celebrities and party-goers. If you want something trendy and sophisticated at the same time, relish on their printed, pleated, and tasteful finds from their humble little shop in White Plains.


Style Staple is at 94 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains Road, Quezon City. For more information, log on to Style Staple's Facebook page.

Rosa Clará (@rosaclaraph)

Rosa Clará is a renowned Spanish bridalwear brand that is changing the RTW game with their designs loved by brides from all over the world. Aside from their vast array of elegantly designed options, celebrities like Bianca Gonzalez-Intal have chosen to go with the label because they offer to alter the pieces to make it look and feel like they’re customized for you. The best part is that even wedding guests can find something from the brand through their cocktail collection! Lucky us, their only branch in Asia is located in Manila!

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Rosa Clará is at The Residences, Greenbelt Tower III, Makati City. For more information, log on to Rosa Clara's Facebook page.

Charina Sarte (@charinasarte)

Not one to shy away from showing a bit of skin or a little fun? Then let Charina Sarte’s designs allow you to flaunt that body you worked so hard for. Feminine pieces tastefully designed with a bit of cleavage here or a thigh-high slit there, her pieces are made for the confident woman. Charina Sarte is available in France, Spain, Germany, and more, but if you want to be able to fit her creations, it’s just one Greenbelt stop away.


Charina Sarte is at 2/F Greenbelt 5, Makati City. For more information, log on to Charina Sarte's website.

Zoo (@zooshop_ph)

In need of a floral dress for a garden wedding? How about a billowy frock for that beach nuptial? Or maybe you’re a bride who would want something quick and easy for your bridesmaids? Ladies, your needs are all just a click away. Zoo offers mini dresses, full-length frocks, and even a few jumpsuits as well as top and skirt combos that you can choose from. The best part is that you can be sure there's a design and color that would fit any personality, millennial or not.


Zoo is at G/F The Address at Wack Wack Condominium, Wack Wack Road, Mandaluyong City. For more information, log on to Zoo's website.

Religioso (@religiosomanila)

Where to find a modern terno? How about pieces that both you and your mom would like? And matching accessories? The answer is all in one store, Religioso. Find a gamut of sophisticated options (you can even mix and match!) that are distinct yet versatile for women of varying ages from their flagship store in Greenbelt.


Religioso is at 2/F Greenbelt 5, Makati City. For more information, log on to Religioso's Facebook page.

House of Laurel (@houseoflaurel)

Being dressed by one of the country’s most established designers has never been this easy. Make that Rajo dream come true and stop by his shop in Makati for classics with a twist for you, your beau, your mom, or even your niece! He regularly updates his collections so you can be guaranteed to find something new with each visit.


House of Laurel is at 6013 Villena corner Manalac Street, Poblacion, Makati City. For more information, log on to House of Laurel's Facebook page and website.

Tantease (@tanteaseph)

When you’re at the mall and a last-minute event pops up, you need something that's wearable with no fuss, fast. Score clean, timeless pieces in various hues you can take from church, garden, and even beach weddings at Tantease. The Power Plant Mall branch is currently under renovation, but you can still shop Tantease in Glorietta.


Tantease is at Cinderella, Glorietta 3, Makati City. For more information, log on to Tantease's Facebook page.

SM Fashion Forum (@smfashionforum)

SM wasn’t lying when they said they’ve got it all for you. Easily accessible through their countless stores nationwide, we urge you to check out what this “department store” has to offer before judging because SM is seriously upping their game. In case you didn't know, SM carries a wide selection of formalwear brands both local and international, which gives you more options and a bigger chance of finding The One. To top it all off, since you’re there already, you can leave with a bag, shoes, and accessories all in one go.


SM Fashion Forum is available at The SM Store in SM Makati, SM Aura Premier, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, and SM Mall of Asia. For more information, log on to SM Fashion Forum's Facebook page.

Tony Evan (@tonyevanmanila)

Youngblood Tony Evan is now selling his pieces online. If you are in need of something unique but wearable, and not afraid to wear something people will surely talk about, then he is the designer for you. Feminine but edgy, and classic with a hint of modernity, check out his website to see if you’re confident enough to rock his creations. Did we mention he even offers RTW bridal gowns sold at unbelievably friendly price points? Score!


Tony Evan is at 33-D Liberty Avenue (between 9th and 8th Avenue), Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City. For more information, log on to Tony Evan's Facebook page and website.

Apartment 8 (@apartment8clothing)

Apartment 8 is the not-so-secret go-to brand of your favorite stars. It’s impossible for a female living in Manila to not know the brand. Always updated with all the latest trends, make Apartment8 be your go-to brand for both your everyday and formal wear needs.


Apartment 8 is at 33B Scout Borromeo Street, Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City. For more information, log on to Apartment 8's website.

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