Now that I’m working in a different industry (technology, not fashion!) I’m being a lot more considerate about how I spend my money when it comes to clothes.
With a mixture of…
- wanting to make more sustainable fashion choices,
- wanting to save money,
- yet still being in LOVE with designer style and craftsmanship,
- still wanting to wear beautiful and on-trend pieces, not to mention…
- I only go to a few events per year now,
I think I may have found a solution in online designer dress hire.
I’ve dabbled with dress hire years ago but didn’t have the best experience, and I found that the range available from local dress hire shops wasn’t great.
But I recently discovered All The Dresses, after co-founder Olivia reached out to me. They bring together all the items available for hire from online rental companies across Australia into one website.
It seems dress hire has come a long way since I last tried it! The range included all new season from my fave designers and it was super-easy to compare prices and sizes between different dress rental companies, without having to trawl through heaps of different Google searches and websites.
I just hopped onto their site, threw my filters – in my case, Zimmermann, Dresses, Size 6 – and bam —> it told me there are 150 dresses to scroll through on one page. Pretty easy.
I scrolled, scrolled, scrolled, favourited, favourited, favourited, culled, came back another day, added more favourites, culled again, then haha – finally – chose the dress I want.
My BIGGEST Concern:
I was nervous about sizing, but I discovered that most of the dress hire boutiques on All The Dresses help with that by offering things like Simple Returns if it doesn’t fit, the option of a backup dress (so good!) and some even offer try-ons by post for a small fee, if I’m really unsure.
The dress arrived THE NEXT DAY, coming from Melbourne.
It came in good condition and with a pre-paid and pre-addressed return postage satchel. I was soooo happy with it.
It was absolutely stunning! I wore it to a special event and I got so many compliments!
It was a tiny bit big, but just wore it a little higher and no one seemed to notice :)
That evening, I took the dress off, bundled it carefully back into the provided post bag, and popped it into the post box the next day on my way to work, and it was DONE!
Dry cleaning is taken care of by the rental boutique and is included in the price. The whole experience was easy, smooth and fast.
As they say in the tech industry, the user journey was a “frictionless experience”. I am one happy customer.
I’ve got a few dresses I LOVE sitting in my wishlist on All The Dresses and can’t wait for my next occasion to pick one of them to hire! Thanks to the team at ATD for giving me this experience.