Party Dress Hire: Here’s Where To Hire A Dress For Your Next Glitzy Event London Evening Standard
The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it the doubling of the demands of our wardrobe.
We’re freaking out shopping for sequin-embellished mini dresses after work and splashing out on expensive dresses we’re not even sure we like. Anything we wear once or twice, collect the gram, then banish them to the back of the closet.
But rather than panicking, why not tackle the sartorial pressures of the impending holiday season by instead renting a super chic designer kit to wear on that next glitzy night out?
Not only is dress rental a more economically efficient option, but it is also a much more sustainable solution, which at the moment could not be more in vogue.
Be the girl at the party to tell everyone your dress is rented – the good money says you’ll start a trend.
Here are the services to know:
ROTARO is the site specializing in storage only the cult brands that we all covet, but in which we hesitate to invest.
Brands: Rixo, The Vampires Wife, Shrimps, ROTATE Birger Christensen, Zimmerman, Staud, Stine Goya, Cecilie Bahnsen, among others. Say no more: where do we sign?
How it works: Choose your room, select the length of time you wish to borrow it for (4, 8 or 12 days) and choose the date you want it to arrive at your doorstep (if you order before 2 p.m. and are based in London , it can happen to you the same day.)
Sustainability was at the heart of ROTARO: they use carbon neutral DPD, the leader in sustainable delivery in London, biodegradable corn starch packaging and recycled and recyclable tissue paper to wrap their parts. The cleaning process they use to wash clothes is called “wet washing,” which is essentially a more sustainable alternative to dry cleaning, and they only dry clean with environmentally friendly detergents when absolutely necessary.
Price: Yesou can hire the current season ROTATE Birger Christensen from £ 39 (£ 350 RPP) for 4 days – they’ve sorted you out for the holiday season.
By Rotation is the first of its kind: it’s the UK’s premier fashion rental app.
Brands: By Rotation specializes specifically in Instagram “It” brands; there is everything from Ganni to Vampire’s Wife to Balenciaga and Dior. Oh, and do we have to say more about the Manolos to the Carrie Bradshaw also available?
How it works: By Rotation is a peer-to-peer app with no waitlist unlike some other services, which means you can sign up right away and start lending and borrowing. It takes less than two minutes to list an item, and the review system means you can easily find out who you’re loaning / borrowing from.
The good news for Londoners is also that an on-demand delivery service is available, which means last minute clothes are a thing of the past.
Price: The app recommends listing items for no more than five percent of the retail price per day. Flash info: there are Dior panniers to borrow for as little as £ 60 a day, so what are you waiting for?
Download the By Rotation app from Google Play, the iTunes Store, or learn more about the company here.
This peer-to-peer dress rental platform is perfect for renting something fast in London and has a good stock of styles ready for wedding guests.
Brands: Everything from & Other Stories to Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.
How it works: Hurr is a peer-to-peer rental platform, which means the company doesn’t have a central hub, but rather the lenders are responsible for posting, mailing or exchanging their articles. in person. To rent or lend clothes on the platform, you must first be approved by the Hurr team – apply here.
For those who live in central London, items can be sent using the fully eco-friendly Pedals bicycle courier service.
Lenders are responsible for dry cleaning the item once returned. They can use any supplier, but Hurr has teamed up with the award-winning White eco-friendly dry cleaner at special rates. The platform currently offers a protection fee of £ 5, which covers stains and minor damage on any returned item. Renters can borrow items in seven day increments, up to one month.
Price: Renters can access designer pieces for around 20% of the retail price. The business earns money by taking 15 percent of the rental price from the lender and 15 percent from the tenant. Seven day dress rental from £ 30.
For more information on Hurr, read our in-depth review here.
The endless wardrobe
Founded in January 2019, The Endless Wardrobe currently has a pretty limited supply of dresses, but what they do have is super cool.
Brands: Currently, cool-girl brand De La Vali dominates the dress selection, along with other items like Alexa Chung and Free People.
How it works: Unlike Hurr, The Endless Wardrobe is not a peer-to-peer service, instead they buy and hold all the stock themselves, meaning they have multiple sizes in almost every item.
Pick a dress from the site and choose from a rental period of 5, 10 or 16 days (you can book up to 3 months in advance), with a slight price increase for longer periods.
If you want to try the item in advance, book a five day rental, try it out, then send it back for just £ 4.99. They also offer refunds on up to two unworn items, so you might as well try a few options or order your piece in a few sizes for added security.
Return in the original packaging by attaching your prepaid return label and bringing it to your nearest DPD drop-off point. Prices include delivery and dry cleaning, and they cover you for normal wear and tear.
Price: Items are listed for 10 to 20 percent of the retail price. Five day dress rental from £ 19.
Girl meet dress
Founded by the ex-UK public relations manager of Hermès, Girl Meets Dress is one of the UK’s largest dress rental services, offering an impressive range of 4000 dresses from 200 designers.
Brands: Everything from cool-girl brands like Ganni, Dodo Bar and Self Portrait, to top designers like Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana. The dresses are in season and popular items are kept on the site longer.
How it works: There’s no need to register or subscribe, you don’t even need to create an account with them. Just browse and order a dress to rent for two or seven nights. You can try on up to three dresses and pay only for the dress you are wearing. Dresses are delivered within 24 hours (next day in UK and same day in London) and returns are free. Alternatively, sign up for a VIP membership and get continuous delivery of three dresses at a time.
They also have a showroom in Fulham where you can come in and try on as many dresses as you want.
Price: Hire of two nightgowns from £ 19 to £ 119. VIP subscription £ 99 / month.
Hirestreet is the perfect antidote to other services that mainly offer luxury pieces, as it offers high-end fashion items for its target audience of 16-30 year olds.
Brands: Chic and less expensive brands offered by the service include Lavish Alice, French Connection and Rat & Boa.
How it works: Simply choose your outfit, select your rental period and proceed to checkout to reserve your item. You can borrow coins for as little as four days and up to 16 days and, once you’re done, you can return it using a prepaid postage bag and drop it off at your designated drop-off location.
There you have it, sustainable style for a fraction of the retail price!
Price: Hirestreet’s street goods start from £ 9, but customers can rent premium dresses for £ 200 for just £ 20, so there’s something for every budget.