While we all know the damage that fast fashion can have on the world, it's understandable that when you've got an exciting event to go to, you might want something new to wear. But rather than spending lots on a dress that you might only wear a couple of times, why not rent it instead?
How does renting a dress work?
Think of it like renting a bike. Although sites can differ, most work whereby you visit the website, select your size, choose your dress of choice and how long you'd like to rent it for (this can range from 1-14 days). Providing it fits and you're happy with it, you can then go ahead and wear the dress before returning it.
What if I spill something?
Generally, while minor stains are covered by rental fees, most platforms will charge you the market value of the rental piece if it gets seriously damaged.
Why rent a dress?
• It'll save you money!
• You can rent a designer dress which you might not have worn before.
• Will reduce the amount of fabric that ends up in landfill
• You'll save wardrobe space.
• Eliminates panic buying
Things to consider
• Sizing might not be accurate and it may not fit
• You cannot make any adjustments or changes to suit you
• You might fall in love with a dress and not be able to buy it afterwards
The best sites to rent a dress UK
Hirestreet is a fashion rental platform committed to making style and sustainability accessible for all women. They believe that fashion is for everyone; premium, high end and global fashion and that no one should have to compromise on confidence.
Top brands available: Lipsy, M&S, French Connection
HURR is a tech-first platform with thousands of renters and lenders (yep, you can loan your own dresses) building a smart solution for fashion. If you're looking for a designer dress, this is the place to go.
Top brands available: Alexander Wang, Burberry, Chanel
Specialising in dresses, with Girl Meets Dress, you can either pay as you go and order for two or seven nights or sign up for a membership (£99 per month) where you get three dresses on rotation every month.
Top brands available: Jenny Packham, Versace, Joules
Believed to be the UK’s first fashion rental marketplace, with My Wardrobe HQ you have the option to buy your dress if you really love it and then when you want to share and earn some money from it, simply list it back on the platform.
Top brands available: Hobbs, HUGO BOSS, DKNY
Founded in 2013, Hire The Catwalk ship dresses all over the UK. They offer over 150 designer dresses available to hire in different sizes starting from just £24.99.
Top brands available: Needle & Thread, Ted Baker, Forever Unique
Can I rent a wedding dress in the UK?
Absolutely! We all know how expensive wedding dresses can be and renting one is a cost-effective way of looking and feeling fabulous.
From many of the same sites you'll also be able to rent bridesmaid dresses too.