419 N. Euclid Ave.
St Louis, MO 63108
Start with a Saturday lunch meeting in the Central West End to discuss your plan of attack with your friends. Ask everyone to bring their calendars so you can coordinate shopping and getting ready around activities. Dressel’s is a local tradition, not too expensive and has a great atmosphere for scheming. The French toast is to die for, or try the fish and chips.
6301 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130
If you don’t want to run into another girl wearing the same dress you are, think outside the box and shop outside the chains. Devil City has lots of pinup-style cocktail dresses from retro brands like Pinupgirl, Stop Staring! and Sourpuss. It has cute rockabilly accessories, too, including handbags and shoes. Rock a bold, glamour-girl look by adding red lips and softly curled hair.
One Night Stand
121 Old Meramec Station Road
St. Louis, MO 63021
For a more traditional dress, but a less traditional shopping experience, try One Night Stand. This store rents formalwear. What a great idea for when you want a fabulous dress but don’t expect to wear it again. Also, boys can rent tuxes. Shop for cocktail dresses, full-length gowns, jewelry and even shoes. Get a fabulous dress for the dance for a fraction of the price you’d spend elsewhere.
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110 E. Jefferson Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
For an upscale shopping experience, complete with chandeliers in the dressing rooms, visit Paperdolls Boutique in Kirkwood. It’s a great place to shop for unique accessories, but if you haven’t found your dress yet, you’ll also spot some cocktail dresses and a few casual maxis. Check out the selection of shoes, handbags and jewelry, or find the right warm wrap or jacket to keep your dress covered until you’re ready to reveal. Paperdolls offers a boutique shopping experience at its finest.
Cocktailz: A Beauty Bar
6150 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
For the latest in nail design and makeup, plan a stop at St. Louis’s newest concept salon. This shop will sculpt your brows, apply lashes, contour and highlight your features and give you the perfect smokey eye. If your girls want to make a party of it, call Cocktailz and schedule a group event. Then take your amazing faces up the street to Ranoush, at 6501 Delmar, where you can lounge like desert princesses on floor cushions while you share a plate of Syrian appetizers before the dance
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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at Lauren@LaurenHaas.com