Designer dresses in Scotland can be found both in store and online. Over the last 5 years the trend has been for more and more luxury dresses to be bought online, but there are still fantastic stores and boutiques to enjoy. And for some shoppers, nothing beats the in-store experience.

While many people still shop for something new, you can have great fun seeking out preloved and vintage designer dresses across Scotland. Buying preloved or vintage may make your budget stretch further unless you are seeking out the most prestigious of brands in which case you may have to cast your net further and look in Europe or the US. Here, I am going to focus on what is available in Scotland. It’s not an exhaustive list, how could it be, but you can use it as a starting point.

Retail Stores / Websites Worth Seeking Out

With its HQ in Knightsbridge, London, Edinburgh remains the only Scottish outpost of Harvey Nichols luxury department stores. A true luxury fashion destination whether you are based in the capital or not, it’s worth seeking out.

The Edinburgh store is a great place to browse and stop for lunch. You’ll find floors of fashion devoted to International and Contemporary designers and there are plenty of dresses on offer. There’s plenty of floor space devoted to accessories too. You can get a sense of what’s on offer by browsing the website – your order can be shipped, or collected from your choice of Harvey Nichols store. It’s also possible to book an appointment with a member of the Edinburgh Personal Shopping Team, but you really need to know what you are looking for. Brands stocked in Edinburgh include Max Mara and Amanda Wakeley.

Cruise Fashion, now part of the Frasers Group, has stores in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow. It’s Cruise Fashion’s newly revamped Glasgow store on Ingram Street, you want to seek out, for a superior shopping experience. The A to Z of brands stocked includes names you have heard of, and some you may not. Think everyone from Helmut Lang to Giambattista Valli. Accessories are very well represented on the Cruise Fashion website – Jimmy Choo, Converse, Gucci and more.

Designer Dress Boutiques in Scotland

While Glasgow is awash with independent dress makers – many of them catering to the bridal market it’s in Edinburgh you’ll find designer dress boutiques covering a range of both well-known and lesser-known brands. Here, I am thinking the luxury end of the designer market.

In Edinburgh two long-standing names stand out: Jane Davidson and Corniche. Corniche has made a name for itself selling cutting edge brands including Vivienne Westwood plus others that might be new to you.  Then there is Jane Davidson, stocking a reliable selection of well-known designers from The Vampire’s Wife to Goat and Roland Mouret. It’s a store that doesn’t rest on its laurels and periodically adds to its roster of designers.

I am also a fan of Godiva Boutique in Edinburgh where you’ll find work by local clothes designers as well as vintage finds.

Independent Designers

There’s nothing quite like supporting home-grown talent. Do a local search on Google to find independent dress designers in your area.

Christopher Kane is a Scot, although my understanding is he’s no longer based in Scotland. You can find his designs on his own site and at net-a-porter.com. He has won Scottish Designer of the Year multiple times so sneaks onto my list. His designs are very wearable.

Among my favourites are Edinburgh’s Carolyn Baxter who will happily make you a dress for a special event and Laura Ironside who makes silk dresses with an emphasis on sustainability.

Vintage and Preloved Options

Here at A Good Frock in Edinburgh I try to have some Preloved and Vintage designer dresses in stock to buy online, just like this Dolce and Gabbana floral dress. If pounding the pavements is more your thing, I can wholeheartedly recommend Starry Starry Night Vintage in Glasgow’s West End and Carnavàle Vintage in Edinburgh. Both sell quality pieces.