Hubby and I were recently invited to his colleague’s wedding – we don’t often get the chance to dress up and attend fancy events so we were really looking forward to a night of dinner & dancing!
I knew I wanted to wear something unique…yet after my closet reorganization, I was hesitant to add an unnecessary item to my wardrobe. In addition, I wanted to wear something glamorous and unique – not a reusable/versatile dress (like an LBD). I remembered hearing about Rent Frock Repeat at the last Blogger conference I attended, so I contacted them regarding a possible rental.
WHAT IS RENT FROCK REPEAT?
- Canadian-based designer dress rental company
- Registration is free, Rental fees range from $50 – $295
- Each dress comes with a complimentary back-up in a different size to ensure fit
- After the event, just mail the dress back in the prepaid envelope provided with your order – the company takes care of dry-cleaning the dress!
MY SKYPE CONSULTATION:
|Carly showing me a dress from their showroom|
Rent Frock Repeat offers private fitting consultations at their showroom, but with small kids at home, I opted for an e-consultation over Skype. My stylist, Carly, was SO helpful! Prior to our session, we exchanged emails regarding my dress requirements and preferences, as well as information on my measurements.
During the session (as screencapped above) Carly showed me dresses I had chosen from the site, while also displaying some of her own recommendations. She explained which dress would suit my body type, and advised me on which sizes I should order. One of my main concerns was dress length (I prefer my dresses to be knee-length or longer), so after our session, she emailed me photos of the dresses I selected on a fit model with similar measurements. She also provided suggestions on hairstyles, makeup and accessories – I’ve never had a personal stylist before and it was wonderful!
dresses arrived in a slim box complete with hangers and garment
bags. Also included were: dress care instructions, a prepaid envelope for their return AND fashion tape + stain removing sponge – such a sweet and useful touch.
I took advantage of Rent Frock Repeat’s “add another dress for $35” offer and ended up choosing 2 dresses for the rental. A black and white Badgley Mischka dress and an orchid David Meister dress. I needed help deciding which would be more appropriate for the event, so I asked my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram followers for help. As you can see, the verdict was unanimous in favor of the orchid dress!
|Love my Instagram friends ♥|
Although the Orchid dress is more evening appropriate, I still have a soft spot for the black and white dress – the fit is divine- it sucks me in and makes me stand straight! I think it would be the perfect dress for a fancy brunch. The quality of both these dresses is amazing – the material and tailoring is exquisite. I can see why they retail for such high prices –
and am glad the rental fee is only a fraction of that!
THE DAY OF THE WEDDING:
It was a little nerve-wracking being responsible for such a valuable
dress, but it was reassuring to note that the dress rental insurance
covers: “Normal wear and tear (…) minor stains, rips, missing beads,
stuck zippers or other minor damage.”
While purchasing a new dress is always exciting, there are some instances when renting a dress makes more sense. In my case, the only time I ever need to get dressed up is for hubby’s work events. I have to wear formal attire, and can’t really repeat the same outfit for different events.
It’s true that the rental fee is costly – but buying a formal dress would be even more expensive…especially if I never wore it again. (Of course, there’s always the possibility to re-sell the dress, but that can involve some hassle). I don’t mind investing in accessories as they can be worn with different outfits, but it’s hard for me to justify purchasing expensive dresses – so I’m glad I had the option of renting instead!
Hope you enjoyed reading about my experience. Have you ever rented a dress before?
DISCLAIMER: I was interested in trying their service so I contacted Rent Frock Repeat regarding a collaboration, and they kindly provided me with a promo code to use on my rental. All opinions are 100% my own.