Scored an invite to a spectacular soiree this festive season? Here's how to be the belle of the ball without a major investment.
That iconic scene from The Devil Wears Prada when Anna Hathaway’s character exhibits a medley of outfits will forever be embedded in our minds. You can (sort of) reenact it too, thanks to these rental shops. Renting your clothes is an economical and sustainable way to pump up the style quotient – not to mention, it’s also easy on the wallets during gifting season.
So the next time a special occasion calls for an amazing gown, evening dress or cocktail frock, don’t panic and rent a dress instead.
If you’ve always dreamt of having an infinite wardrobe (don’t we all!), the fashion gods have answered your prayers. Consider Style Theory your ultimate sartorial lifesaver: from only $99 per month, this fashion subscription service lets you select from over 30,000 designer labels – including the likes of Massimo Dutti, Keepsake, Finders Keepers and Norr – and will deliver them right to your doorstep. The best part? If you love your new outfits, keep them as long as you want. Once you’ve returned them, Style Theory will deliver your next three pieces – easy peasy! The cost includes free shipping and dry cleaning. More of a feel-the-material-and-try-on kinda person? Swing by Style Theory’s flagship store to try on outfits and get styling session by in-house stylists. Rent your favourites on the spot and leave with a brand new wardrobe.
Style Theory, rent your looks online or at the flagship store, 313@Somerset #02-40/41, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895
MadThread offers a curated mix of cult brands and unique styles for weddings and cocktail parties to weekend escapes. Need to rent a dress for a one-off occasion or want to be wowed by new pieces every month? MadThread provides various plans from just $39 for three looks that you can keep up to a month. If you need a new set of looks, just place an order by midnight to swap your current items with three new pieces, the next day. Easy peasy. Feeling bougie? There’s even a Premium Boutique where you can pick luxury brands or limited edition faves. There’s also an option for you to drop by the office for a Fit-and-Go session.
MadThread, rent your looks online or book a fitting at the office, OC Building #04-01 100H Pasir Panjang Singapore 118524
Always aspired to dress like a glamour Goddess? Now it’s perfectly achievable, thanks to Covetella. Probably known as Singapore’s first online marketplace for fashion rentals, it offers an amazing range of sartorial options for any event – be it gala parties, proms, weddings, and even fancy vacays. From glitzy beaded gowns and cocktail dresses to luxe resortwear from the likes of Halston Heritage and Roland Mouret (amongst others), the selections here will leave you spoilt for choice. We also love the Compliment Guarantee – that means you’ll never have to pay for a dress you didn’t have a good experience in.
Covetella, rent online or book a fitting at the Covetella showroom, 201 Henderson Road, #04-08 Singapore 159545
Style Lease is the gateway to your dream closet, thanks to its stellar lineup of over 50 designers ranging from Diane Von Furstenberg to Vera Wang, and even Self-Portrait. Prices are also incredibly wallet-friendly, starting from $70 for a cocktail dress. The rental period is for four days, with the option to self-collect or have your order couriered to your doorstep. No dry-cleaning or return shipping costs either – sweet!
Style Lease, rent online or book a fitting at 86B Circular Road Singapore 049438
The Gown Warehouse
Dreamy wedding gowns aside, this bridal studio also stocks a sizeable collection of full-length evening gowns in head-turning designs. The kicker? You don’t have to fork out a ton of dough for that dream dress: you can rent it as a much more affordable option. Make an appointment with The Gown Warehouse to view the entire collection.
The Gown Warehouse, 71 Loewen Road, #01-02, Singapore 248847
Having trouble finding a dress that fits? Don’t sweat it. With a wardrobe filled with over 200 pieces, Love Potion provides a vast selection of affordable evening gowns to rent starting from $58. Elegant gowns are available in sizes up to XXXXL. Alternatively, you can opt for the made-to-measure service where you can customise, add sleeves to current dresses or start one from scratch with a brand new design.
Love Potion, 110 Towner Road, Singapore 327808
Taking easy rentals to whole new level, Runway.Rent allows you to browse, book and have the chosen dress delivered and picked up in the comfort of your own home. Choose from a collection of evening gowns, statement gowns and little black dresses that are perfect for dinner dates, formal affairs, gala nights, parties and weddings.
Runway.Rent, book a free fitting session at 87 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088508