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, dress hire shops are the perfect balance between feeling fine in a new 'fit without forking out, and the best bit? You don't even have to deal with the dry cleaning.
Get ready for glam season with the best dress hire shops in Sydney and online.
Best Dress Hire Shops In Sydney
Skip the City's gaggle of shops to browse a dream collection of dresses at Your Closet. Head into the store to try on dressed by designers like Rebecca Vallance, Camilla & Marc and Alemais, which you can take home with you on the spot, or reserve for an upcoming event. They even stock accessories so you can sort out the finishing touches while you're at it.
Dress For A Night
Stocked up with more than 600 gowns, Dress For A Night has you covered when you really don't have anything to wear. You can book an appointment if you're organised or walk on in if you're in a serious pinch to browse labels like Aje, Cult Gaia and Pasduchas. Added bonus: you can return your dress 24/7 at their dry cleaners in Mosman or Neutral Bay.
One Night Stand Boutique
This insanely good dress hire shop is an Australian icon with stores across Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. One Night Stand stocks dresses from some of Australia’s glitziest designers as well as labels that you’d be lucky to see anywhere else. There’s an impressive array of dresses and outfits available, so no matter what you’re style, we’re pretty sure you won’t walk out empty-handed. Just note: you need to make an appointment to visit them in store.
Sizes: 4 to 16 (limited in 16)
SBS Dress Hire
Step out with complete confidence in a hire dress from SBS Dress Hire. You can book in to try on their range before you book to find the perfect style and fit for your special event, with 300+ dresses in the collection.
Swing by this suite of style to browse designers including Camilla & Marc, Nicholas, Dion Lee, Rachel Gilbert, Alice McCall. You can enjoy a complimentary styling appointment with one of Dressed Up's stylists if you're looking for some guidance, and pick up and drop off your garment to skip the shipping fees.
High St Hire
Try before you hire at this bright and breezy boutique stocked with more than 500 dresses that was founded on the values of access over ownership and disrupting the disposable fashion economy. High St Hire stocks Aussie and international designers including By Johnny., Leo & Lin and Vince, and are open seven days so you can always find a dress when you need it.
Sizes: 6-12 (limited garments in 4, 14 and 16)
Best Online Dress Hire In Sydney
The Volte is a peer-to-peer rental platform housing some of the most iconic names in fashion. There’s a ridiculously good array of clothing to choose from and you can filter by colour, length, occasion and designer to find exactly what you’re looking for. Brands stocked include local and international designers from Acne, Alex Perry and Camilla and Marc to Gucci, Valentino and Balmain—just to name a few. If you’re lucky enough to have a few designer dresses of your own, you can sign up for an account and let some lucky peeps across the country have access to your wardrobe.
Glam Corner is the absolute royalty of rental platforms with an incredible line-up of Aussie fashion brands including Alex Perry, Zimmerman, Ellery, Sass & Bide, Dion Lee and Carla Zampatti. They’ve also got pieces from international icons such as Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabanna, Versace, Helmut Lang, Marc Jacobs and Christian Louboutin—plus a whole lot more. You can hire as a once-off or fulfil your fashion dreams with a membership and a rotating wardrobe. If you’re going for the once-off option and aren’t 100% sure of your style or size, you can grab a backup dress for an extra $15—this is as good as getting glam gets.
You know, there is such a thing as too much choice—and this is where Style Theory really shines. If you suffer from fashion omnivore syndrome, where you love just about everything you see on the 50+ pages you’ve spent hours flicking through, then a more custom collection might save you some heartache. Whether you need an elegant gown for a formal event, an outfit for an evening engagement, or a beautiful dress for a wedding to outshine the bride, this is a platform that offers a carefully edited selection of pieces, mostly featuring Australian design icons such as Zimmerman, Rachel Gilbert, Alex Perry, Christopher Esber, Carla Zampatti, Dion Lee, Sass & Bide and more.
Designerex calls itself the world’s first secure designer clothes renting app, by “combining the sharing economy and leading technology such as real-time ID verification, with high-end designer clothing, enabling women to tap into designer clothes”. Yay! Being the largest peer-to-peer platform of them all, you’ll find a mix of both instantly recognisable and hard-to-find runway pieces such as Alexander McQueen, Armani, Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, Celine, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci, Hermes, La Croix, Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, YSL, Discount Universe, DSQUARED2, House of Holland, Ted Baker, Anna Sui—the list (literally) goes on and on.
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