The Best Places to Shop for Prom Dresses in Seattle

From affordable to ritzy!

Seattle Prom Dresses
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Looking for a prom dress in or near Seattle? From Seattle to Tacoma, there are so many great choices you may not even know where to begin! The obvious options are the local malls. Department stores provide ample places to find a dress, but there's no reason your prom shopping experience has to stop there.

A good place to start may be your budget. If you're looking for a more affordable dress, mall department stores like JCPenney provide a solid mid-range.

Need something even more affordable? Thrift stores, vintage and boutique shops provide some cool prom dresses you won't find elsewhere. If the sky is the limit, then where you shop is up to you.

Shopping Malls in Seattle and Tacoma

One of the most convenient options for dress shopping is simply to head to a nearby mall. Malls usually have Macy's, Nordstrom, JCPenney or smaller dress shops and have a number of price points for mid-range shoppers. Seattle-area malls include Westlake, Northgate and South Center that are easy to get to. The South Sound also has plenty of malls, the largest of which is Tacoma Mall.

Thrift Stores in Seattle and Tacoma

Thrift stores can be great places to find affordable and more unique prom dresses. The best thing about going thrift is that you never know what you'll find. Vintage eighties dresses are plentiful, but beautiful and barely used newer gowns and dresses are not unheard of.

Plus, hunting for the perfect dress among the many that are definitely not perfect can be a lot of fun.

There are several thrift store chains in the Seattle-Tacoma area. These include Seattle Goodwill, Tacoma Goodwill, The Salvation Army and Value Village. You can also expand your search to consignment stores, Goodwill boutiques and other secondhand shops.

Boutique Stores

If you want a one-of-a-kind prom dress, boutique stores are likely the way to go. Some Seattle prom dress boutiques overlap with bridal stores. Some are very expensive; others are surprisingly affordable. Some feature vintage wear while others have a designer who custom designs the dress of your dreams. Whatever you seek, there's a boutique ready to help make your prom perfect as long as you have a moderate budget to worth it.

BCBG Max Azria
Details: Unique and classy formal gowns and cocktail dresses.
Price Range: Expensive
Location: 600 Pine Street, Seattle

J's Apparel
Details: A large selection of prom, quinceanera, and other occasion dresses.
Price range: Moderate
Location: 145 SW 152nd Street, Burien

Kiko House of Couture
Details: Appointments are recommended. Kiko is a designer so your dress will be completely unique. Ideal for bridal wear, but evening formal wear is also available.
Price Range: Very expensive.
Location: 4631 S Fontanelle Street, Seattle

La Belle Reve
Details: A variety of formal, short, and flirty styles, many with highly stylish flare to them.
Price Range: Expensive
Location: 10630 NE 8th Street, Suite 4, Bellevue

Luly Yang Couture
Details: Appointments necessary.

High-end dresses, especially bridal party dresses, but evening formals as well.
Price Range: Very expensive.
Location: 1218 4th Avenue, Seattle

Pala Pala


Details: Lots of colorful formal and semi-formal dresses and gowns, as well as accessories and shoes.
Price Range: Moderate
Location: 1216 1st Avenue, Seattle

Red Light Vintage Clothing
Details: A vintage store that has dresses, too. Don't count on finding the latest fashions, but look for hand-beaded gowns, seventies dresses, and more.
Price Range: Affordable to Moderate
Location: 4560 University Way NE, Seattle

The Ruby Room
Details: The Ruby Room isn't a boutique, but is a program to help young women who can't afford to buy prom dresses. Eligible girls are paired with a personal shopper to find the ideal dress and accessories.
Location: 821 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 205, Seattle

Samila Boutique
Details: All dresses, all the time. This boutique has a great range of dresses at a variety of price points. Plenty of prom dresses, but also dresses for other events.
Price Range: Moderate to Expensive
Location: 16300 Redmond Way #100, Redmond

The Wedding Bell Tres Chic
Details: Almost 1,000 prom, homecoming, and other special occasion dresses in stock means an amazing selection to choose from.
Price Range: Moderate
Location: 2609 6th Avenue, Tacoma