Monday, October 25, 2010

Dress to Impress: Designer Apparel for All of Your Wedding Events!

From engagement parties to bridal showers and bachelorette parties to the rehearsal dinner, the planning stages of a wedding call for many dressy events where you will be the focus of attention. Having a different dress and looking your best for all the pictures can be costly, totaling to thousands of dollars in dresses and accessories that will probably never be worn again. So I'd like to suggest renting your designer items. Not only will your friends and family be stunned by your new Dolce & Gabbana dress, but they will have no idea how much you saved!

Even if you are just attending an upcoming wedding, check out these sites for trendy attire on a budget!

Rent The Runway is a flexible rental company that has a variety of dresses for any occasion, size, and price point. The company allows you to rent two different sizes to ensure the dress is a perfect fit! They also carry an assortment of accessories and handbags to complete the look. The dress is then delivered right to your doorstep. The website is so user friendly with occasions listed like work event, sorority party, meet the parents, fall weddings, honeymoon, and more!

The first look is Mark James by Badgley Mischka Art Deco Print Beaded Shift Dress, which retails for $520 and rents for $75. The second look is Nicole Miller's Walk on the Wild Side Dress, which retails for $495 and rents for $75.

Wear Today, Gone Tomorrow is another rental company that has created 'Standardized Sizing' across designers, meaning that each article is measured and undergoes sizing calculations to guarantee that if you measure a size six on the standard 'Size Chart', all size sixes on the website will fit. The guarantee is that the dress will fit, or you get your money back.

Avelle, formerly know as Bag Borrow or Steal, is the go-to rental place for all accessories, including designer handbags, sunglasses, watches and jewelry. I really like the idea of renting a David Yurman pearl and diamond bracelet for $46.00 for the week instead of paying the $1,625.00 retail price. 

This Tiffany & Co. Diamond Bow Pendent rents for $111.00 for the week and retials at $1,900.


These Dolce & Gabbana bags are both made affordable through rental. The first option is the D&G Explosion Bow Clutch, which rents at $32.00 a week. The second option is the Velvet 'Glida' Clutch evening bag, which rents for $43.00 a week.

With these websites, a budget doesn't necessarily mean sacrifice. No matter what the event, dress to impress, and do it in your personal price range!

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