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Fast fashion is fast becoming a faux pas.
When you get to the wedding season of your life, you will constantly search for something new to wear. It can be challenging to find dresses, never mind expensive trying to keep up.
We all know the feeling of staring at your wardrobe. You’ve worn everything, it’s been photographed, and you have another wedding just around the corner. Although not necessary, sometimes it’s nice to have something new.
The solution could be to rent wedding outfits.
As we all become more conscious of our carbon footprint and circular fashion becomes more of a trend and more readily available – there are more options on the market for renting some gorgeous dresses. You can rent a top-of-the-range, designer gem for a fraction of the price of purchasing a new dress.
Wedding outfits – sorted. Here are five places you can rent wedding outfits.
Size Range: UK 4 – 16
With stunning options from Badgley Mischka, Zimmerman, Sleeper, Ganni, Solace London, and more – The Designer Room will help you make a statement at your next event. The website is a little tedious, so set aside some time to work your way through all the options.
Size Range: UK 6 – 14 (approx)
Visit their brick-and-mortar store in the Royal Hibernian Way for the full range available, or have a look online. You’ll be able to find outfits from several high-end brands, such as Selkie, Rat and Boa, The Attico, and Aje. Greens Are Good For You have various clothing options available to shop; co-ords, dresses, blazers, and even jumpsuits and knitwear. You can even rent dresses from Irish designer Aisling Kavanagh’s collection.
Size Range: UK 6 – 22
With both an online store to peruse and book your dress, you can also visit the Leopardstown location to touch, try and rent. Happy Days is quickly becoming a favourite amongst the general dress-hunting public and Irish influencers like Louise McSharry, Niamh O’Sullivan, and Louise Cooney, to name just a few. With brands like Dream by Sister Jane, Self Portrait, Reiss, Rixo, and Rat and Boa, there is a serious amount of choice.
Size Range: UK 8 -14
One of the original providers of dresses for rent, The Ivory Closet is still a go-to for many women looking for occasion dresses. Stocking bands such as Alex Perry, Rachel Gilbert, and Bronx and Banco, this spot is heaven for anyone looking for a unique dress for a black-tie ball or a wedding.
Size Range: UK 6 – 12
Showcasing brands like ROTATE, Queens of Archive, Rixo, and Kitri, The Rag Revolution is a popular rental spot for Irish celebs like Rachel Purcell, Una Healy, and Suzanne Jackson. The team at The Rag Revolution offers a try-on service and also will dry clean everything, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
We love the renting revolution.
Renting is a sustainable and viable alternative to the never-ending consumerism of fashion, and thankfully it is becoming a more accessible option.
However, it has to be said that there is still a lot of work needed in the Irish rental market, specifically with regards to size inclusivity. Many Irish women can’t participate in the renting revolution due to lack of size diversity in the stock held.