Finding a designer silk dress in Scotland – is not difficult if you know where to look. I have made no secret of the fact silk is probably my first choice for dress fabric. One of my favourite designers, Dolce and Gabbana use it to very good effect. Sometimes blended with elastane or other fabrics, they are all delicious!

You’ll find silk itself comes in various forms / finishes and different weights. It’s a great all your round fabric, but really shines in the summer months. I particularly like silk blended with a touch of elastane. There really isn’t a more comfortable fabric.

What follows is my round up of where to find a designer silk dress in Scotland.

Also consider some local silk dress designers at the luxury end of the market are bridal specialists. But my top tip is don’t overlook these designers as some will happily make you a special occasion silk dress, although having something bespoke made comes with a premium. Also, perhaps your favourite local boutique stocks designer silk dresses?

A Designer Silk Dress in Scotland Under £500

If you are looking for resortwear, you could head over to Poppy Silk, based in Elgin. Here you’ll find easy to wear dresses in bold colour choices, including some recycled silk dresses. The recycled dresses are made from sari fabric.

Also designing in bold colours is kaftan maker Taiser Gibreel. Their kaftans can be worn as dresses or teamed with your choice of jeans or leggings. The colours and prints are beautiful. They also have dresses.

Just launched (June 2021) is Ellipsis. Owner Nicole Christie is a product of The International Artisan, a collaboration between Yoox Net-a-Porter Group and the Prince’s Foundation. The current collection is small but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for new additions. All silk used by Ellipsis is sourced from the UK.

You may also be able to find a silk designer dress at Pampas a Glasgow based boutique in Hyndland that’s been around since 1990. It also operates online. When I was looking, I found silk dresses by Bella Freud and Pinko. You can easily email Pampas to ask what they have in stock. Prices start at well below £500. The Bella Freud dress I looked at was just over £600. Remember its website might not show all shop stock.

Harvey Nichols website has a good selection of silk dresses – just search for ‘silk dresses’. You can cross reference what you find on the site with the brands stocked at the Edinburgh store. Prices start at less than £500. Currently it has a sale on and is always worth a browse.

Dresses for Bigger Budgets

Scottish stalwart Cruise Fashion seems to have been around forever. It stocks a range of silk dresses and as of July 2021 it has a sale on! Here you’ll find a wide range of designers including Saint Laurent, Ganni, Dolce and Gabbana, and Ann Demeulemeester. Shop online or head into one of its stores. Call ahead to check a particular store stocks your chosen designer or go to browse.

Here at A Good Frock I always aim to have some silk or more likely, silk blend Dolce and Gabbana dresses in stock. It’s a small collection of New dresses from previous collections, plus Vintage and Preloved dresses. You can ask any and all questions about any particular dress, including measurements. Calf-length midi dresses are a particular speciality. Currently online only.

For slightly more Avant-Garde offerings head to Corniche. Established in 1975, is probably best thought of as one of the original designer boutiques in Edinburgh, if not the first. I don’t tend to think of Corniche as a dress specialist but it’s always worth a look. Designers stocked include David’s Road Women, Magnolia Pearl and High. I searched on Google (Corniche Edinburgh + silk dress). Alternatively, pop into its Jeffery Street boutique after checking current opening hours or phone ahead.

Jane Davidson based in a townhouse on Thistle Street is always worth a look, stocking in its own words, ‘designer classics and niche brands’. You can browse collections which will soon include the Vampires Wife. Other designers on offer include Roland Mouret, Dries Van Noten and Isabel Marant. Dresses are available at a wide range of prices. You can book at appointment.