My friend had been on the prowl for a cocktail dress, for a wedding dinner – not hers of course, she’s married. Whilst I have written about where to find cocktail dresses in Singapore, the recommendations were not suitable for her.

She has found her dress, thankfully, but I wished I checked my email earlier. I missed out an email about Miss Selfridge’s Christmas collection which looks very glamorous and seems to be aligned with what she was looking for!

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The cocktail dresses in this collection are opulent, most of them with focus on detailed embellishments and beadworks that are reminiscent of “The Great Gatsby” style.

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You could go for some show-stopping white crystal embellished dresses, which played with both hard and soft textures, or go for all over lace bodycon dress which brings out a luxurious and dramatic look.

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PS (I): For sweeter, more toned down versions of cocktail dresses, you could try Forever New. They have stores at Raffles City, Wisma Atria, Tampines Mall and Vivocity. The dresses that I came across were very wearable, appropriate yet affordable.

PS (II): My next recommendation for cocktail dresses is a hidden gem. We stumbled upon Fraiche at Raffles City #03-29 by sheer luck and accident. Other than their own house brands, they have quite a number of dresses from US labels such as Jessica Simpson, Laundry, Nicole Miller, Adrianna Papell etc. If you have shopped online on Nordstrom, Macy’s and Ideeli, you would probably be familiar with these brands. Prices are affordable – typically less than S$300 – and you get to try the dresses on, as well as have them altered at the store.

If you have other suggestions, please leave a comment or email! I could compile all these recommendations into a list.

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