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Designer Dresses You Can Rent

Ever wish you could rent a designer dress for a special occasion? Well now you can—that is, if you live in the UK, although I'm sure it's only a matter of time before something like this opens on this side of the pond.

Girl Meets Dress is the UK's new fashion equivalent of Bag, Borrow or Steal, but instead of borrowing designer bags for a fee, you can rent a designer frock.

Choose from designers such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Marni and Tibi. Prices start from around £24 for two nights (though most cost more), and you can keep the dress for up to 7 days before you have to say bye-bye and return it.

It's nice to know such a service exists, although I would probably have absolutely no use for it. Whatsoever. Unless, maybe, I was going to make an appearance on Oprah because then, ya know, it would make for an interesting conversation starter as I segued into my budget fashion manifesto.

But what about you? Would you rent a designer dress? (And if you know of a designer dress rental in the U.S., do tell!)

Renting a bag is one thing but a dress? No way! Not keen on putting on something worn by (many) other people.
#1 Ollie on 2009-02-06 00:37 (Reply)
I don't think I would either, but guys rent tuxes all the time! Difference between them and us, I guess.
#2 EllaBrody on 2009-02-06 04:08 (Reply)
I totally would, if I ever had the need. But, like you BB, I can't imagine such a need arising anytime soon!
#3 Sal (Homepage) on 2009-02-06 09:54 (Reply)
Ohh! I could totally do that! Imagine a high school reunion (ugh, mine's coming up) or a swanky wedding, where you want to look like a million bucks... I'd have to try them on though....
#4 Lisa (Homepage) on 2009-02-06 11:56 (Reply)
Cool idea! They totally need that in Canada. I hope they would have more everyday items as well as fancy b/c yes, most of us don't have the occasion to wear such items! If I even wear something other than jeans at my office, people really notice - imagine if I walked in wearing 3.1 Philip Lim!
#5 MizzJ (Homepage) on 2009-02-06 13:14 (Reply)
I can't get my head around wearing something after somebody else has already been in it. Plus what if you spill something on the dress or accidentally rip it or something. I'm sure if you damage it you bought it. I don't think this dress thing will go over well. Renting handbags and accessories seems much more feasible to me.
#6 budget chic (Homepage) on 2009-02-07 06:10 (Reply)
Guys, it's no different than renting a tuxedo and I'd say the majority of men who run into the need for a tuxedo go for rental over purchase.

Personally, I probably wouldn't just because I can't think of reason why I'd desperately need a name-brand label on my fancy dress. That's the same reason I wouldn't use the rent-a-bag service. But if in some twisted comedic situation, I found myself pretending to be a rich girl for some reason and then needing to keep up appearances to impress the man of my dreams (or some similar plot line found only in chicklit and romcoms), then yeah, sure. Why not?
#7 brista on 2009-02-07 13:28 (Reply)
I have seen designer gown rentals in Costa Mesa Ca, next to Daria's. I would rent one for a fancy wedding or event.
#8 Ari on 2009-02-08 20:31 (Reply) loans designer dresses across the United States weekly at 10% of the retail value. The dresses look pretty amazing too!
#9 eve on 2009-04-29 16:06 (Reply)
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