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Looking for a dress that doesn't scream mother-of-the-bride? Here are the best Chicago boutiques to find something she'll want to wear — and you'll want to borrow.
Dimitra's Bridal Couture
One of our favorite boutiques for wedding dresses also hosts an extensive selection of sophisticated black-tie evening gowns. Full-length dresses boasting gorgeous beadwork and lace embroidery by designers like Ysa Makino, Stephen Yearick and Rene Ruiz will have mom feeling like a red carpet starlet. Read real brides' reviews here!
Kick back and relax in VMR's minimalist showroom, knowing full-well that the storage closet is absolutely overflowing with a selection of designer apparel and well-curated vintage pieces from Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and more. Trust us, we've seen it first-hand, and letting the team of stylists do the digging to find your perfect look is a wedding gift for mom.
Mira Couture is known for its selection of unique wedding gown designers, but with names like Pronovias Barcelona and Elie Saab, the evening and cocktail attire is perfect for finding a one-of-a-kind gown for mom. But if that dream dress isn't on the floor, Mira Couture will create an entirely custom gown that is truly a perfect fit. Read real brides' reviews here!
This luxury Italian brand known for its cashmere delivers elegant and simple pieces that appeal to mom's comfort level, but are also modern and chic to appease your tastes. If Jackie O and Julianne Moore had a fashion baby, it might look something like the refined, stylish clothes at Marlowe.
Named for owner Ikram Goldman, this upscale women's boutique is highly regarded as one of the best in the world for a unique mix of designers — Azzedine Alaïa, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon and Lanvin — a killer shoe selection and irresistible accessories. Everything's hand-picked by Ikram, and if you're lucky, you might snag a styling sesh with the icon — her office is nestled near the fitting rooms and she keeps a watchful eye.
This North Shore boutique is known for its Christian Dior shop-in-shop and range of designers, from Alexander McQueen and Valentino to Derek Lam and Victoria Beckham. As one of the go-to places for unique, fashion-forward gowns and accessories perfect for black-tie events and charity galas, Neapolitan will undoubtedly dress mom as a knockout.
Carolina Herrera Chicago
Few designers capture elegance and femininity like Carolina Herrera. The designer herself oozes grace and sophistication, and whether mom needs a killer dress or effortless looks for a full weekend, these are pieces you're going to be stealing down the road.