An aptitude for high style and a fat wallet don't always go hand to hand. Never fear! It's possible to get glammed up in the very latest in celebrity chic for the price of an evening meal for four - at McDonald's. So many designer dress hiring options mean that the sky's the limit in terms of colour, cut, fabric, and fashion. Whether you want to attend your cousin's wedding looking like a fairytale princess or head out to the club in cutting-edge fashions from hometown designers, we've got you covered (before you go swilling too much of the Shiraz, though, make sure you read the fine print to avoid dishing out a fortune for unfortunate spills).
Your Closet: Bump friendly dresses, gowns for black tie occasions and simple yet exquisite mini-dresses are all on offer through this easily navigable rental site. Browse by occasion, designer, style, body type, colour and more to find your perfect outfit, then treat yourself to extras like gold leaf crowns, clutches, and capes. A mere five dollar insurance cost covers cleaning and small repairs.
The Birdcage Stylist: Dresses ship nationwide at this rental company which hires dress labels including Camilla and Marc, Costello and Alex Perry for a limited hire period of Thursday to Monday (unless otherwise arranged). The company also has an ex-rental shop with incredible deals on designer garments - those not ruined by fake tan, wine or makeup stains, that is, which is strictly frowned upon.
Something Borrowed: Too posh to travel by post, these rental dresses must be picked up at one of three showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide. Offering an exclusive collection of fashions from a wide range of designers, this company asks you to return your rented gown to the dry-cleaners and pay the bill but looking like a megastar might just be worth it.
Glam Corner: Fashions in sizes ranging from 6 to 24 can be ordered through this Sydney-based dress order startup. Representing over 150 international and Australian designers, the company has a great selection, with plenty of choices under $100, and extras like makeup also offered for purchase.
Her Wardrobe: Maternity dresses can be hired through this Melbourne-based company, which has a constantly updating selection and a rewards program. If you're concerned about the right fit, take advantage of showroom fittings or their Postal Try On Service for regional customers.
Whatever company you choose to stock your closet with borrowed frocks, enjoy the fantasy for as long as you can and wear it like you mean it!