6 Of The Best Party Dress Rental Websites

Theres something so pleasurable about putting together a special outfit for an occasion, however most of us are unlikely to wear many of these purchases more than once. In order to make less of an environmental impact it makes sense to rent clothing for the party season. Here are 6 of the best dress rental websites.

December and party season give us a perfect occasion to reflect on our purchasing habits and whether or not we can and want to change them. It’s an awareness that will follow you all year. Whether it’s a wedding, a graduation, a Christmas party, a formal occasion or having to attend Fashion Week, having a strategy behind your style choices for your special occasions will come in hand and will be undeniably beneficial – for you and the planet – in the long term. 

It’s understandable that we have the desire to make a great impression, we can’t consider every single purchase an investment piece. On the other hand, the fashion industry is one of the greatest global polluters: 1 Million Women reported that if everyone in the UK didn’t buy new clothes ‘for one day, the emissions saved would be equivalent to driving a car around the world 8,640 times’.

Are rental services the future of fashion shopping? It’s hard to tell, as you might want to have everyday staples on constant wardrobe rotation: cotton jeans of your favourite fit, a black blazer, or the infamous little black dress. And there are plenty of sustainable brands paving the way for a brighter purchasing future, not to mention the incredible accessibility to vintage items.  However, sometimes it’s ok to feel like you want to try something new or have a new, fashion crush.

As reported by By Rotation (see below in our rental platforms suggestions), the amount of clothing we consume has doubled over the last 15 years and 30% of our garments haven’t been worn in over a year. Isn’t it concerning? The same textile production industry produces approximately 1.2 billion tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent per year, more than the aviation and shipping industries combined.

You might consider one of the downsides of renting your outfit is the pollution derived from the shipment of your clothes. This should be  taken into account, but it’s still incomparable to the footprint left by the Clothing industry, with CO2 emissions expected to rise to nearly 2.8 billion tonnes per year by 2030. On addition, UK citizens  only wear 44% of the clothing they own.

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If we’re getting used to being active users of the Sharing Economy, why wouldn’t we be coveting the same concept for our wardrobes? You can have your favourite dress from £20 to £100 a week, but you can keep an item for longer, even for a month – in case you’re planning a holiday, for example. We’ve done the research for you and chosen the best rental platforms in the UK! As you can see, every one has its own vision, system and even its own creative taste. In the long term, you can make bolder choices – and have more fun! 

6 Of The Best Party Dress Rental Platforms

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By Rotation 

Launched by Eshita Kabra-Davies after an eye-opening trip to her motherland Rajasthan, India, By Rotation is a community of pragmatic style-conscious individuals. Their useful mobile app, allows you to lend and rent items in less than 2 minutes. Whilst their #NotJustForChristmas campaign encourages people to rent instead of buying their party wear this festive season, as it can be quite a wasteful time of the year. Having sustainability and diversity at its core, they offer a versatile wardrobe which values quality and statement pieces while trying to build a community by organising ad hoc events. Plus: It’s a great way to make some extra cash with your stunning – yet unused – sequin dress.

HURR COLLECTIVE

Hurr Collective, aka “the Airbnb of fashion”, is the UK’s first peer-to-peer wardrobe rental platform. HURR delivers a streamlined rental process that allows women to share their wardrobes, with the aim of making renting an everyday occurrence. In a world where trends change faster than ever, what could be better than an unlimited online wardrobe for every one of your social occasions? Making immediacy a priority, they’ve built an on-demand platform that uses real-time ID verification, geo-tagging and AI-powered fashion stylists. For their members, this is a unique network of like-minded entrepreneurs who access fashion for a fraction of the retail price and turn their wardrobes into investments. 

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HIRESTREET

On Hirestreet outfit options are divided into different styles or occasions, helping you to find the perfect option for your social day, and if you are unsure around sizing, you can get in touch with their stylist. After you’ve made your decision you can simply select your delivery date and a rental period from 4 to 16 days. Optional insurance at the checkout has you covered on accidental damage fees. You won’t have to worry on red wine or chocolate mousse stains and can enjoy the event.  (Even though they would take care of dry-cleaning anyway). If you’re unsure of the outfit once it’s arrived, they have made returning and refunding easy for you.

 MY WARDROBE HQ

MY WARDROBE HQ is the UK’s premier destination for luxury fashion rental. Perfect if you want to try designer clothes without having to break the bank. Customers include Arizona Muse, Poppy and Chloe Delevingne, Olivia Buckingham, Roxie Nafousi, and Caroline Fleming. It features  high-end clothes and accessories from designers including Stella McCartney, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Isabel Marant and Chloe. The unique buy and borrow model allows consumers to ‘try before they buy’, with no hidden catches. 

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ROTARO

If you’re having a crush on the latest it-girl dress, well it’s very likely you will find it on Rotaro. On Rotaro, you’ll find the latest additions from the trendiest designers: De La Vali, Ganni, Rejina Pyo and Attico to name a few.  You can then use their biodegradable bag & drop your rental outfit at your nearest – carbon neutral – DPD point. Then, they use wet-washing”, a more sustainable alternative to dry-cleaning. They only dry-clean with eco-friendly detergents when necessary. A Ganni dress at £30 for 8 days? How could we say no!

HIGHER STUDIO

Founded by Sara Arnold, it’s not just another rental platform: it’s a UK excellence. It’s a rental platform with a strong creative identity: you can find bold choices and future-forward designs. It defines itself as a community of creatives, designers and users that ‘seek to defy a system that’s leading us to extinction’. Sara is an influential voice of Extinction Rebellion and treats the climate crisis as an ’emergency, acting as immediately and as uncompromisingly as possible’. But how? By working with selected brands that incentivises the responsible creation of clothing. At the same time,when free from the commitment, burden and cost of ownership, people can wear and be what they want.

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