Christmas party season is nearly here – but avoid the temptation to shop, shop, shop and check out one of the myriad rental dress services on offer instead. Not only do they offer more bang for your buck, rented clothes are a sustainable way of enjoying luxury items without the guilt of wearing once and forgetting about them, or the boredom of wearing something on repeat.

And it’s not just for party season – whether you’re looking for a big item, like a wedding dress rental or even luxury maternity wear, or just some additions to your day-to-day wardrobe, there are endless options available. There are now a raft of apps offering the chance to borrow clothes at a reasonable price. These are our favourites on the market right now…

1. Girl Meets Dress

Girl Meets Dress was founded by Anna Bance, a former PR for Hermes, who knows her Dolce & Gabbana from her Dior. It works on a pay-as-you-go system, where you hire a dress for two or seven days. You get the option of ordering up to three to try different styles. And you only get charged for the dresses you wear, so if none of the dresses fit you can send them all back free of charge.

There is also a monthly membership for £99 and you get three dresses on rotation so you can rock up to weddings and meetings looking fabulous, and just generally be prepared for any event at any time. They also have a physical store in SW6 in Chelsea that you can pop into if that’s more your thing, you just need to email them to organise an appointment. They have everything from Dancing Leopard to Self Portrait and Diane Von Furstenberg.

Style: Summer dress sophistication 
Website:
 www.girlmeetsdress.com

2. Hire Street

High street. Hire Street. Do you see what they did there? Excellent wordplay. The Newcastle-based company is a more high-street level rental service (hence the name) renting out brands like Talulah and Never Fully Dressed. Like many of the other websites, they have outfits for all occasions from black tie to street style chic. You select your size, rental period (choose from 4 to 16 days), and delivery date, then head to the checkout. If you are unsure of the size or style you can return the items with the ribbons and tags on them and receive rental credit for next time.

Like other services, you can pay for insurance which will protect you against small spillages, which is inevitable at a wedding, particularly when you stand around eating mini burger canapés with only one hand (why is this a thing!?).

The items come in resealable packaging with a returns label so you can pack everything off at the end of your event. What’s more, you don’t even need to wash any of the clothes – they do that for you!

Style: High street fashion
Website: www.hirestreetuk.com

3. My Wardrobe HQ

The one you’ve all been waiting for – the one that gave Bo Jo’s missus her wedding dress. My Wardrobe HQ is the one that gave Carrie her bell-sleeved, embellished tulle gown by Greek designer Christos Costarellos for just £45 a day. Safe to say their Instagram and website are now plastered with pictures of that dress. We imagine their sales have done pretty well in light of the whole thing.

Their list of designers is ridiculously long. All the big names are there: Roland Mouret, Roberto Cavalli, Rupert Sanderson, Ralph Lauren… and that’s just the Rs. You can also buy some of the pieces at hugely discounted rates. Great for your wardrobe, terrible for the bank balance.

Style: Designer labels, high street prices
Website: www.mywardrobehq.com

 

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4. Hurr

Start scrolling through the Hurr collection of pre-loved pieces and add them to your basket (designers include Maje, Fendi and Marni). The fee covers next-day delivery, eco-friendly dry cleaning, and damage protection. Last-minute requests are their thing, so if you find yourself in a panic a few nights before a big event (maybe like Carrie did but for all the wrong reasons), just take a look online and you’ll be put at ease straight away.

What’s more, this website is actually really useful for lenders too. So if you have a stash of super nice dresses in your house (lucky you), and you’re not going to wear them anymore, you can list them on the website to make a quick buck or two.

Style: For a sustainable style
Website: www.hurrcollective.com

5. Onloan

Tamsin and Natalie are two friends and the fashion-obsessed founders of Onloan. They have a shared mission to reduce waste, curate brilliant independent designers, and reignite a love of clothes without guilt. So that means not spending £300 on that frock for your cousin’s wedding that doesn’t even fit properly. Designers include Farm Rio, Hayley Menzies, and Joseph.

This website works with a monthly fee. You can either get two items a month at £69 or four items at £99. And within this fee, you’ll receive items worth up to £1,000. You’ll also just look blooming lovely every time you leave the house. It makes a difference to the jogging bottoms and t-shirts of the past year. Go on, treat yourself.

Style: Independent designers
Website: www.onloan.co

6. Cocoon

It’s not all about dresses you know. Accessories are equally as important, which is what Cocoon knows all too well. The focus for them is entirely on your arm candy.

Much the same as the other websites you choose your membership plan (in this case you can pay monthly or quarterly). They’ll ship the bag and then do monthly swaps or if you like the bag a lot, you can hold on to it for up to three months.

Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Chloe… the gang’s all there. Just avoid make-up, perfumes, ink, Sainsbury’s sandwiches, juice cartons, lipstick, and pens like the plague. Because you’ll be paying for the repairs…

Style: Bags, bags and more bags
Website: www.cocoon.club

7. By Rotation

By Rotation is one of the few companies that rent pre-loved garments on an app, making it super easy and flexible. It sets itself apart by being a purely peer-to-peer platform.

Founder Eshita Kabra-Davies started the brand with the planet at the forefront of her mind. When on her honeymoon to Rajasthan, India, she saw the devastating effects of fast fashion and wanted to redress the balance but also remain close to one of her biggest passions: fashion. By Rotation aims to be not just an app, but a planet-conscious community. Both lenders and renters can get involved in renting their wares and giving them a new home for a couple of days. Brands include Whistles, Ted Baker, and Chi Chi London.

Style: Fashion but on an app
Website: www.byrotation.com

 

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8. Rotaro

From Ganni to Coperni, Rotaro is filled to the brim with luxury faves you’d love to try on. With various sizes on offer, you’ll be able to squeeze into your desired Birga Christensen black dress or a JW Anderson jumper.

Whether you want it for 4 days or 8 days, you can rent their garments for close to two weeks, all without the guilt of mounting waste. So don’t be shy, and pamper yourself with your favourite high-end designers.

Style: Classy and never out of style

Website: www.rotaro.co.uk

9. For The Creators

For The Creators is definitely aptly named. A rental wear platform for both expectant and postnatal mothers, For The Creators shows you that there’s no need to sacrifice style during your pregnancy.

From high-end brands like Massimo Dutti and Reformation to maternity brands like Cari London, they’ve got you covered. For The Creators even have sections dedicated to baby showers and christenings.

Whether you’re a mum-to-be or a new mum yourself, For The Creators is the way to go for top-tier luxury clothing.

Style: Stylish, maternity wear for stylish, expectant mothers

Website: www.forthecreators.co

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