Fashion

The Best Dress Hire Shops In New Zealand To Get You Through Event Season

By Lauren Sanderson
24th Nov 2022

Two women pose in their dresses hired from Treasureboxx, one of the best dress hire shops in NZ.

Dress hire has become a staple in the world of event season wardrobes and we’re here for it—sustainable fashion, the latest season’s styles and a fraction of the price you’d usually dish out. 

From weddings to spring racing, hens parties and winery tours—we can’t think of an occasion where you’d be stuck to hire your look for the day. The best bit? You get to give it back and go for a whole new outfit the next time around. It’s no wonder dress hire stores are popping up all over the place. 

So without further ado, here are the best dress hire shops in AucklandWellington, ChristchurchDunedin and online. Get your browse on.

The Best Dress Hire Shops In Auckland

A woman wears a striking blue number from the curvy rental boutique, one of the best hire dress shops in NZ.One Fit Hire

Fashion fiends be sure to check out One Fit Hire, a Māori-owned clothing rental business that is paving the way for change in plus-size fashion. Support your fellow wāhine by checking out their affordable range of stylish playsuits, classy dresses, blazer sets, suits, and heaps more. They even stock accessories so you can sort out the finishing touches while you're at it. The store in Newmarket takes walk-ins every Saturday but we recommend getting there early to find the dress of your dreams. 

Oh Rent Me LTD

Another go-to place to find something smokin' for any occasion is Auckland-based hire company Oh Rent Me. Browse your way through over 300 outfits from a variety of top-notch brands that will leave you feeling sexy AF and receive 10% off your first rental. If your social calendar is bursting at the seams with events, then a subscription may be the way forward as that nets you up to six garments per month. Winning. You can also dial up your outfit with some super cute accessories, from bags to belts, and even a selfie booth to capture those must-remember moments, they’ve got you covered.

Stylestarter Boutique

Try before you hire at this sleek Auckland boutique stocked with a variety of dresses by diverse designers such as Camilla, Zimmermann, Sisters the Label, Thurley, and many more. Hailed as New Zealand's Premier Designer Dress hire, you’ll find an abundance of sophisticated styles here and we’re talking about some real head-turners. The store located on Auckland’s North Shore is open six days a week and is appointment only, so be sure to book your fitting with one of the in-store stylists pronto.

The Curvy Rental Boutique

With the belief that all bodies are beautiful, the Curvy Rental Boutique has to be one of the best dress hire shops in New Zealand. Located in Glendowie, you can book a slot to try on all their wonderful threads, take one look at their Insta and you’re going to want to book an appointment, stat. We’re in love with their festival range filled with fun festi pieces to help you stand out from the crowd.

The Social Wardrobe

Whether you need an elegant gown for a formal event, an outfit for an evening engagement, or a beautiful dress for a wedding, The Social Wardrobe is a platform that offers a carefully edited selection of pieces from New Zealand and Australian designers. Book an appointment at their Mt Eden Studio and browse their alluring colour collections IRL—we're talking floor-length, red gowns and stunning midi dresses. 

First Date Rentals 

First Date Rentals is a boujee dress hire company based in Auckland, that will help you create your dream revolving wardrobe. Home to hundreds of designer goods—think beautiful gowns and playsuits from New Zealand designers and around the globe. Whether you love a bold number like this mini or a little black staple like this maxi dress, FDR has got something to suit any style. Try on your dress at their Epsom store and If you're a newbie to the rental game, then don't forget to nab 10% off your first order. Winning. 

The Best Dress Hire Shops In Wellington 

Three women pose wearing different dresses.Pretty Little Hires

Wellington-based dress rental Pretty Little Hires is a one-stop shop for everyone who’s been stuck with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. No matter your budget, step into their fabulous wardrobe filled with jumpsuits, tops, bottoms, dresses galore, and so much more. They even have a tab dedicated solely to rentals under $30 a piece, so what are you waiting for? Bag yourself a bargain or two… or three or four. 

Dress To Impress Rental

It’s in the name, Dress to Impress is a prime dress hire business located in Palmerston North and is home to an incredible line-up of designer fashion brands including House of CB, Ownley, Bec & Bridge, Ruby, Dissh and that’s just to name a few. So if you’re on the hunt for an exquisite dress for your next rendezvous look no further. If your budget is looking a little on the bleak side, not to worry as there is a selection of gowns for under $40. Score. And if you love your rental that much you can share the love by giving the gift of fashion with a flashy gift card.

The Best Dress Hire Shops In Christchurch

Two women laugh while sitting on the beach in outfits from Treasureboxx, one of the best dress hire shops in New Zealand.Treasureboxx

Treasurboxx has got it going on. The Christchurch-based rental store sells some of the most stunning sets we’ve ever seen. The Fashion Gods have truly outdone themselves. We adore this colourful set by Zimmerman— it’s fab, funky and will make for the ultimate summer get-up. The perfect combination of formal and casual, TBX has everything you need to create your dream wardrobe. Don’t forget to nab 15% off because every little helps.

Lend The Label

If you’ve got champagne taste but a beer budget then Lend the Label will have you looking sophisticated and on-trend in no time. With more frocks than you can shake a stylish stick at, you’ll truly be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking your party dress. We know we’re talking about rental dresses here, but if you love an item that much then you’ve got to have it, right? Well, you can nab some amazing designer pieces for a hot price when buying ex-rentals. 

The Best Dress Hire Shops In Dunedin 

Love Me Rent Me

Renting designer dresses has never been so easy. Dunedin-based dress hire shop, Love Me Rent Me is here to tend to all your fashion needs. Run by a mother-daughter duo who know their Chanel from their Dior, you'll be amazed by their personalised service and quality garments. With over 650 dresses in their collection, you really will have the pick of the bunch.  

Rent For An Event

If you're based in Dunners and are fretting about wearing the same dress twice, fret no more! Rent For An Event has got your back—or should we say your entire body as they help you dress to impress. There’s an impressive array of dresses and outfits available for you to try on, so no matter what you’re style you're guaranteed to find a winner. No outfit is complete without a statement piece of jewellery, so be sure to check out their hand-picked collection for that extra sparkle. 

The Best Dress Hire Shops Online

A woman in a lovely orange gown holds an espresso martini while looking at the camera. She wears a dress available to rent from HireSociety, one of the best online dress hire shops in NZ.HireSociety

HireSociety is a popular choice when it comes to renting stunning outfits as it boasts a beautiful collection of 98 dresses from brands like Zara, Ruby, Bec & Bridge, Jagger & Stone, Shona Joy, and heaps more. With a wide range of sleek silk garments, marvellous midis and classic black numbers, there’s something special for all occasions. You can even rent by event, so whether you’ve got a wedding to attend or are going to a ball, HireSociety caters to all. If you're in need of a last-minute frock, then no worries as each order is shipped using an overnight delivery service and if you’re based in Auckland you can take advantage of the pick-up service. 

Designer Dresses

Dress to impress with designer dresses, a boujee online dress rental service that curates a collection of the best designer fashion brands from around New Zealand and globally. Think bold and beautiful garments that will have you looking and feeling your best in no time. We’re loving their midis and minis selection, and their silk slip dresses are simply divine. They even offer postal try-ons so you can find the perfect fit. So, if you’ve been searching high and low for your next statement piece, then look no further. 

Rabbit Borrows

Join Rabbit Borrows to combat the ever-growing trend of fast fashion. An online retailer on a mission to support more ethical and environmentally friendly production environments by purchasing high-quality garments from boutique and designer brands. Browse their site and you’ll find a range of impressive minis, midis, and maxis to suit any style and occasion. Got some one-hit wonders in your closet? Then you can rent them out with Rabbit Borrows totally stress-free. So, what are you waiting for? Clean out your closet, dress to impress, and support slow fashion—doing your bit for the planet has never looked so good.

Dress Rental NZ

Dresses, jumpsuits, two-pieces, tops—you name it, Dress Rental has got it. With 195 outfits to choose from you’ll be truly spoilt for choice. Home to a stunning collection of designer gowns from brands including Kookai, Nookie, Bec and Bridge, Shona Joy, Sir the Label and so many more. If you’ve got a number of boujee events locked in your calendar then the bulk rentals option is a given as you’ll get some ‘bang for your buck’. Score. We’re loving this little festive number by Hello Molly, which will leave you feeling like a million dollars.

Designer Wardrobe

Sick of scouting the web for your outfit? You can experience the tangible shopping experience, without the immense guilt of overspending, by visiting Designer Wardrobe. The ultimate dress rental company makes it easy for women to shop in an affordable and sustainable way. The rental game is strong here, as there are literally thousands of amazing garments for you to feast your eyes on. With over 23 different searchable occasions (even bump-friendly) there is something for every event.

The Borrowed Collective 

Want to own a revolving wardrobe? Look no further than this super glam high-end designer rental company. Say hello to The Borrowed Collective, an all-female-led designer boutique that believes you should feel incredible in the clothes you wear without compromise. Amen, sister! With over 300 bold and beautiful looks by a variety of top-notch designers, you'll be truly spoilt for choice. With a goal to end fast fashion, join these fabulous ladies in the renting revolution. 

Now your lewk is sorted, why not pick up some of the best jewellery in NZ?

Image credit: Treasureboxx, @thecurvyrentalboutique, @prettylittlehires_nz, Treasureboxx, The Borrowed Collective.

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