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Hi ladies,

I'm currently living in Melbourne and will be moving to Zurich soon. As soon as I arrive in Zurich, I will have a 2-day wedding to attend (1st day proper wedding function, 2nd day brunch).

Trivial question I know, but where can one go for a good range of reasonably priced, fashionable dresses in Zurich? I'm after a high concentration of choices as I'll need to buy one quite quickly.

Also, has anyone lived in both Melbourne and Zurich, and can let me know if it's actually a better idea (price and style wise) to shop in Melbourne?

Any suggestions would be welcome The last time I had to buy a dress for a wedding in a hurry, I ended up settling on an overpriced and not-so-flattering dress, so want to prevent it from happening again!

This is also the first time I'll meet my boyfriend's extended family, so want to make sure I wear something nice/appropriate.
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

Most Swiss women wear trousers.
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To weddings? Really?
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Hi ladies,

I'm currently living in Melbourne and will be moving to Zurich soon. As soon as I arrive in Zurich, I will have a 2-day wedding to attend (1st day proper wedding function, 2nd day brunch).

Trivial question I know, but where can one go for a good range of reasonably priced, fashionable dresses in Zurich? I'm after a high concentration of choices as I'll need to buy one quite quickly.

Also, has anyone lived in both Melbourne and Zurich, and can let me know if it's actually a better idea (price and style wise) to shop in Melbourne?

Any suggestions would be welcome The last time I had to buy a dress for a wedding in a hurry, I ended up settling on an overpriced and not-so-flattering dress, so want to prevent it from happening again!

This is also the first time I'll meet my boyfriend's extended family, so want to make sure I wear something nice/appropriate.
Been there, done that.
If you don't have enough time to look for something appropriate in Zürich, by all means do it where you are now, you'll be disappointed by the number of choices you'll have.
Although I could imagine you'll be looking a bit exotic for the locals...
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

Ignore him!

I'm not a dress wearer myself (never get invited to posh do's ), but there must be someone on here who knows the best places to shop.

Good luck with the move, and have fun at the wedding, in your lovely dress!
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

Thank you hannah'sauntiev

greenmount, I'm Asian and I think no matter what I wear, I'll look exotic anyway haha. People stare at me on the street in Zurich everywhere I go, like I'm an alien...

Normally, it would be a no brainer to shop in Melbourne given the time limit (and I think Melbourne has better choices anyway), but it's winter here now and I haven't had much luck finding something summery...!
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

For fashion there is nothing better than a weekend shopping in Milano, easily done from Zurich by train. In Zurich you can find nice small shops but everything that is Swiss made will be expensive.
Except if you go for usual big brands, than probably it doesn't matter where in Europe you are buying.
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

I'd probably like to spend no more than 200 CHF per piece, big name brands such as Kookai are perfectly fine. Is there an area/shopping centre in Zurich that would be good to tackle?

nejc, always wanted to go to Milano but probably won't have time to do so before the wedding. Are there lots of boutiques in my price range?
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

There is a Kookai in Zurich just off Bahnhofstrasse.

https://www.google.ch/maps/place/Bou...57503?hl=en-gb

Also Mango is on the same side of Bahnhofstrasse, nearer the Bahnhof. (Bahnhofstrasse 82.) How about Zara, also Bahnhofstrasse.

You could maybe try Jelmoli and Globus (department stores)
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Careful, the Kookai store is no longer next to the English bookshop. It moved. Couldn't find where to on the Webpage. I suggest you try www.zalando.ch to see if they have anything that you like. If they don't you are better of trying to find something in Australia. If you see something that you like maybe you could order it beforehand so that it should await you once you are here (you could give the address of your bf Family so it could be sent to them). You can try and see what you like and return the rest. You usually have two weeks to do that so make sure the timing works.
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

I really like Naf Naf It's located at Limmatquai 20, 8001 Zürich.
It's not formal wear, but they have cute 'girly girl' dresses, which would work well for the brunch. Plus, in case you're the petite asian type, they have size 32 (xs).
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

Honestly I do not think that Zurich has great shopping for dresses in the 200 CHF range...especially for a wedding.

The best selection I have seen is at Jelmoli and Grieder, however the prices are quite steep.

There is a Tres Pommes outlet on SeeStrasse in Wollishofen that you might want to check...they actually have some very special pieces.

I would also check the Sandro and Maje section in Jelmoli and Globus.

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Hi ladies,

I'm currently living in Melbourne and will be moving to Zurich soon. As soon as I arrive in Zurich, I will have a 2-day wedding to attend (1st day proper wedding function, 2nd day brunch).

Trivial question I know, but where can one go for a good range of reasonably priced, fashionable dresses in Zurich? I'm after a high concentration of choices as I'll need to buy one quite quickly.

Also, has anyone lived in both Melbourne and Zurich, and can let me know if it's actually a better idea (price and style wise) to shop in Melbourne?

Any suggestions would be welcome The last time I had to buy a dress for a wedding in a hurry, I ended up settling on an overpriced and not-so-flattering dress, so want to prevent it from happening again!

This is also the first time I'll meet my boyfriend's extended family, so want to make sure I wear something nice/appropriate.
Please buy something suitable before you arrive, it's simply not the sort of thing you want to do in a rush, especially if you're aware that you're going to some extent to be 'on show' to the in-laws.

As you're clearly aware of your exotic appearance then whatever you do, don't try to play it down; simply buy what you know suits you personally, if you're comfortable in what you're wearing you'll be better able to cope with everything else (note; Swiss weddings tend to be less formal than, say, English weddings.... so is there someone else going that you could ask for a few etiquette pointers about dress?).

Buying something in a rush is almost always a disaster. Especially if you're not even sure of the local shops.
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

Not everyone's style, but certainly has some wedding appropriate frocks, is Phase-eight also on Limmatquai near Naf Naf (which I haven't been into but admired the window displays). i have only been to two weddings since my own 20 yrs ago, not really sure what the dresscode is these days...but whatever you feel really happy wearing that doesn't "wear" you.

As everyone has pointed out the prices will likely seem steep, though I have no clues about Melbourne price tags. I was recently comparing prices for Phase-eight as my daughter honed-in on a prom style fit-and-flare dress that made me look like a 50's Stepford wife and her like Marilyn Monroe For comparison the UK price was £140, w/special bank holiday offer bringing it to £112, Swiss price (no offer available) 260sfr and to add to confusion Swedish price 1999sek (about 200sfr). Given the Swiss VAT is only 7-8% and the EU rate 20% it is fairly easy to conclude what ups the price...

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Please buy something suitable before you arrive, it's simply not the sort of thing you want to do in a rush, especially if you're aware that you're going to some extent to be 'on show' to the in-laws.

As you're clearly aware of your exotic appearance then whatever you do, don't try to play it down; simply buy what you know suits you personally, if you're comfortable in what you're wearing you'll be better able to cope with everything else (note; Swiss weddings tend to be less formal than, say, English weddings.... so is there someone else going that you could ask for a few etiquette pointers about dress?).

Buying something in a rush is almost always a disaster. Especially if you're not even sure of the local shops.
Thank you for your help everyone!!!

Anjela, your advice is great and I think I might stick to buying something here in Melbourne. I know all the shops and I'm also too scared to risk the first time I will be 'on show' to the extended family

The Swiss boyfriend is completely clueless about dress code. If I show him a dress and ask him if it's suitable for a wedding, he simply replies "How would I know...I've never been married before." (Well, darling, surely in your 31 years of being alive, you would have been to at least one wedding? Anyway...)
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Re: Girls - dress shopping in Zurich

Hi kacheekmonstar,


I'm from Melbourne and have lived in Zurich for 7 years so far, and definitely agree to buy something there before you come here. There are some lovely shops here where I'm sure you would find something (and of similar price actually...! Melbourne and Zurich prices aren't overly different, depending of course where you shop) but as it's already been said, it's best not to leave it until you get here and have more stress and pressure.


And re dress code, I think as long as your dress isn't too short, too low cut or too bold in colour (thinking bright colours for example), I'm sure it will be suitable for a wedding here. Think elegant and lovely.


Happy shopping!
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Thank you hannah'sauntiev

greenmount, I'm Asian and I think no matter what I wear, I'll look exotic anyway haha. People stare at me on the street in Zurich everywhere I go, like I'm an alien...

Normally, it would be a no brainer to shop in Melbourne given the time limit (and I think Melbourne has better choices anyway), but it's winter here now and I haven't had much luck finding something summery...!
Well, don't worry that much about summery things because the weather can be very mean here.
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Thank you for your help everyone!!!

Anjela, your advice is great and I think I might stick to buying something here in Melbourne. I know all the shops and I'm also too scared to risk the first time I will be 'on show' to the extended family

The Swiss boyfriend is completely clueless about dress code. If I show him a dress and ask him if it's suitable for a wedding, he simply replies "How would I know...I've never been married before." (Well, darling, surely in your 31 years of being alive, you would have been to at least one wedding? Anyway...)
Think semi-informal dinner party.... your boss/manager is coming over, you know him reasonably well, but not well enough to just wear jeans and a tee-shirt sort of thing. Plus, he's bringing his wife and you don't know her at all.

So, a cocktail dress maybe, plus a light jacket or stole (if you're comfortable with a stole, not everyone is), evening shoes (not too high-heeled as you'll do a fair bit of standing about), and a bag (not a sack, but not too small either or you'll be 'borrowing' your boyfriend's pockets all day.

Keep it nice and simple; don't go all loud colours or frills...... no need for gloves or hats unless the invite specifically says 'Morning Wear' or whatever the swiss equivalent is!
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Think semi-informal dinner party.... your boss/manager is coming over, you know him reasonably well, but not well enough to just wear jeans and a tee-shirt sort of thing. Plus, he's bringing his wife and you don't know her at all.

So, a cocktail dress maybe, plus a light jacket or stole (if you're comfortable with a stole, not everyone is), evening shoes (not too high-heeled as you'll do a fair bit of standing about), and a bag (not a sack, but not too small either or you'll be 'borrowing' your boyfriend's pockets all day.

Keep it nice and simple; don't go all loud colours or frills...... no need for gloves or hats unless the invite specifically says 'Morning Wear' or whatever the swiss equivalent is!
Agree with almost everything else except for the first part - I'd definitely dress better than for a semi-informal dinner - no gloves and hat though.
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Agree with almost everything else except for the first part - I'd definitely dress better than for a semi-informal dinner - no gloves and hat though.
Depends on your idea of semi-formal. She probably doesn't want to go the whole hog and be the only person there dressed as though they're meeting the queen/president/dictator!

Personally that is how I'd usually dress for a wedding (with or without hat, depending.... and I mean a proper hat, not those stupid flying saucer things) but that's to some extent a generational thing.

So the trick really is not to over or under do it; I once saw the bride's mother turn up in black trousers, red jumper and a tatty ski jacket, she looked like she'd been gardening and simply couldn't be bothered to change!

Audrey Hepburn rather than Bette Midler, will that do?!

OP; Make sure you feel comfortable and self-assured in what you're wearing, and that included underwear.... nothing that's going to pinch, ride up/down or be difficult to wriggle out of in the loo!
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