I don’t know about you, but my budget and the number of my friends getting married, means that I’m having to wear dresses MULTIPLE TIMES. The horror.
So I tackled this budgeting conundrum and researched Australia’s dress hire options. It turns out that they’ve moved on from pastel chiffon bridesmaid, and now stock the latest designs from everyone’s favourite brands.
Below are my top five dress hire places. All ship Australia wide, all have an aversion to red wine stains. Make sure you read the T&Cs before handing over your cashola.
Her Wardrobe ships Australia wide and is definitely one of the leaders in this exploding industry. The selection of dresses is up-to-the-minute and prices range from approximately $79 to $200 per hire. All of Her Wardrobe’s prices include postage, including return. There’s also suggested added extras that you can purchase, such as matching nail polishes or millinery.
Our pick: This Yoejin Bae number, perfect for spring races.
Glam Corner has one of the most extensive selections that we’ve seen, including Australia’s favourite local and international designers. The website is super easy to use and there’s helpful sections such as stylist’s picks, under $100, and bump friendly. Prices start at roughly $70.
Being the legends they are, Glam Corner offer free $100 insurance, as they totally get that having an excellent time can naturally mean some wear and tear. Damage or cleaning charges over $100 are on you, baby.
You can also add a ‘back up dress’ for only $15, meaning that if you’re unsure about size or are undecided about two styles, you can grab options just to be sure. (Just make sure you don’t remove the tag from the dress you don’t wear)
Our pick: This uber elegant Self Portrait dress.
The Birdcage Stylist
The Birdcage Stylist has a good selection of brands on offer, however only a very limited selection of styles from each brand. Prices start at around $89. One thing to note is that they request that wearers don’t fake tan before wearing their garments.
The Bird Cage Stylist also offers ex-rental dresses for sale at drastically reduced prices. (Just like car rentals, really!)
Our pick: This cute LBD from Nicholas
Started by young-gun entrepreneur, Briella Brown, Your Closet is easy-peasy to navigate. While the selection of brands is smaller than other dress-hire sites, there are plenty of different styles and designs from each designer that is stocked. There’s a $5 insurance fee that covers minor repairs and cleaning, but if it’s a case of girls gone wild, you’ll be lumped with the full retail price of the garment (but you’ll get it for keeps)
Our pick: This super cute Camilla and Marc bell sleeve dress
The selection at Something Borrowed is excellent, though the starting rental price is a little higher than other sites of its kind. They have showrooms in Melbourne and Sydney and you can make appointments to go and try dresses on, otherwise you’re free to just order online. Postage is freeeee.
Our pick: This fun little romper from Camilla
Image credit: Yoijin Bae