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Where to Buy a Prom Dress
Would you please tell me where can I find a prom dress for my 16 years old grand daughter. I live in Oakland, ca but am willing to go to san francisco, ca. She needs her dress by this weekend. Thank You
Here are some thrift/vintage places for more adventurous girls:
Berkeley and Oakland: Mercy (on Piedmont) Pretty Penny (College) Urbanity (Solano) Bella Vita (College) Mars Mercantile (Telegraph) Crossroads (Multiple locations) Haight Street: Wasteland Static Held Over La Rosa Buffalo Exchange Mission/Valencia: Thrift Town Clothes Contact Painted BirdOtherwise, from cheapest to more expensive, here's where her friends have found dresses:
Target 1555 40th Street, Emeryville or: 1057 Eastshore Frontage Road, Albany, CA Nordstrom Rack 1285 Marina Boulevard, San Leandro, CA or 555 9th Street, San Francisco, CA Jessica McClintock/Gunne Sax Outlet 1400 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94103-5110 (415) 553-8390 Macy's (Walnut Creek, SF) Nordstrom (ditto)Good luck! Natasha
Are there any resale/consignment shops in the East Bay that might carry a decent selection of prom-type dresses? My daughter wants a salsa-style dance dress for her prom, and has picked out something online that is pretty and reasonably priced, but the fabric looks kind of tacky, and I'd like her to at least inspect something more elegant. (I've looked at Goodwill and Out of the Closet, and will keep checking there.) Melanie
My daughter is going to the junior prom and we need to find a dress. She is not interested in the JC Penney or Sears type options and is looking for something a little more exciting. Any clues where to look would be much appreciated. If the location is obscure - please help with directions!! Thanks, Kathy
It's already time to shop for her Sr. Ball dress. She and a friend went to the Jessica McClintock Boutique in SF. She loved the selection they had. She found a dress that she liked but they didn't have her size. The next week she went to Macy's and discovered that Macy's carries Jessica McClintock and they had the dress she wanted. Needless-to-say we bought it! I suggest you check out the website: www.jessicamcclintock.com. It's a good way to see what they have and you can also get directions to their boutique. Good luck! Vicki
Also at Berkeley High it has been a tradition to borrow dresses from older girls and even their mothers, if they have a very nice vintage dress from the 60's -- way cool! --Anon
I am assuming you are looking to not spend a fortune. There are TONS of places in SF where unique dresses can be found, but they are more pricey. There are also lots of other outlets in the South of Market area which will have more "sophisticated" choices. Check out Sally Soccolich's "Bargain Hunting in the Bay Area" - found at most book stores for like $15. Another option is to go to the fabric outlet at around 1600 Harrison in Oakland (or on 3rd at Bryant in SF) and make it or have it made. GOOD LUCK!! Laura
If you are talking about the full-length variety of dress, this is the best advice I can offer : Macy's in SF seems to be the most extensive collection. There are some dresses in Juniors and the rest in the dress department. Both departments are on the 4th flr. Nordstrom's has a few. Jessica McClintock has a lot. This is at the corner of stockton and Geary. It is on the 4th flr. The windows are visible from the street but the entrance is most obscure. The first entrance on Geary, you walk into an elevator on the left and press 4. No signs. A couple of times we got dresses out at the Sun Valley Shopping Mall. The macy's there was good and there was another store that had many formal dresses. The name began with a G. I can't remember the full name and I don't know if it is still there. We last shopped there 4 years ago.
We always used to go to the Jessica McClintock outlet which may still be around. We never found anything. What we saw there was always much to fussy and at least a year or a season out of date.
As for shoes--- Brass Plum at Nordstrom. We usually get something that looks good, dressy and is $40-$60. We haven't had much luck in some of the less expensive stores but that may have to do with stock, fit, etc. (PS- my comments on large availability are based on shopping two weeks ago. I don't know if they keep replenishing the stock.) Merle
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