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Yes, it's your day, but you want the most special woman in your life to look and feel good when she's giving away her baby girl — and greeting and meeting all of your guests. Shop these Houston boutiques to find a beautiful dress for your mom (and your future mother-in-law) at every price point.
Glamour headquarters is the two-story Elizabeth Anthony boutique in Uptown Park, and it's stocked with eveningwear, cocktail attire, and other special occasion dressing (plus, casual and professional clothing) by American and European designers like St. John, Alberta Ferretti, Escada, Zac Posen, Carmen Marc Valvo, Jenny Packham, and Marchesa Couture. Owner Julie Phillips Roberts remodeled and expanded the store to 7,800 square feet in 2014, adding new designers, an accessory line and a "curated fine jewelry gallery," and she is dedicated to dressing three generations, "from young ladies to grand dames," for social and special occasions. "We dress the lady, her mother and her daughter, and, as a result, we share decades of friendships with families."
T. Carolyn Fashions
A conscientious mother-daughter team helm this Vintage Park boutique, which is family-owned and -operated and specializes in mother-of-the-bride gowns. The ladies at T. Carolyn Fashions are considered the national experts in all things mother of the bride, and co-owner Barbara Coolidge Tibbetts (the mom) penned I Want My Mother's Dress to Match the Napkins...Funny Stories and Serious Advice for Looking Your Best at Your Child's Wedding. The store has 2,500 specially selected special occasion outfits in stock, from size 0 to 28W. Best of all, you can have a custom shopping experience: Pop by and wander through the colorful racks at your own pace, or have expert navigation help if you want it. The boutique also carries statement accessories to complete the day-of ensemble. Read real brides' reviews here!
The 35,000-square-foot anchor of the high-rise mixed-use development West Ave development in River Oaks is known for customer service and a vast selection of ready-to-wear gowns from designers like Nicole Miller, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Halston Heritage, AG Phillips, Kamali Kulture, Dior, ML by Monique Lhuillier, and Azzedine Alaia. Tootsies also carris shoes, bags, accessories, and jewelry from Kenneth Jay Lane, Alexis Bittar, Claudia Lobao, and many more. We especially love the oversized fitting rooms.
A fixture on Houston's fashion scene, Project Runway winner Chloe Dao offers a full range of custom bridal design services, from wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses to mother-of-the-bride (and mother-of-the-groom) stunners. Wedding party players may find something they love from her feminine and flattering collection, which has some gorgeous floor-length gown options for less than $500. The lovely and laidback Dao is often in her store, and advises potential bridal clients to call for an appointment or "just come by our boutique."
Camille La Vie
Tucked into Memorial City Mall, Camille La Vie takes some of the intimidation out of shopping for the all-important occasion dress — for mom and everyone else. The shop has stylish dresses and separates, ranging from $80 to $500, to suit every style from glam to conservative to modern.
Linda Cunningham's eponymous designer boutique in the River Oaks area feels like a fashion showroom. She carries the latest women's ready-to-wear clothing and accessories from top designers and features her own collection of cocktail dresses, suits, gowns, eveningwear and sportswear. A seasoned designer who has been sewing since she was 10, Cunningham also offers custom design consultations by appointment. She has a rainbow of sumptuous European fabrics, jewels, stones and laces — and even a beading specialist — to produce made-to-order garments, including one-of-a-kind bridal gowns and exquisite mother-of-the-bride dresses.