Got a big occasion coming up? Create an envious ensemble with rented luxury clothing and accessories.

The sun may have taken a sabbatical, the summer may be rolling ahead at the speed of knots, but one thing the weather can’t deplete is the incredible number of summer events happening right through to September, and what do those events require? Clothes, bags, shoes – you name it. What they don’t require is an excess of money spent on them, why? Because you can rent everything you need from our trusty lists of sites.

We’re huge fans of Girl Meets Dress here at The GWG and for good reason; the slick, well-designed site has an absolutely vast selection of top notch designer kit that will see you through all manner of social events. There’s also accessories and essentials (such as nude underwear) so absolutely every eventuality is covered.

If bags are your poison (and name me a woman this doesn’t apply to), then this site is going to make opening your credit card statements a lot less painful. Membership is free (heavenly) and there are pre-paid envelopes ready and waiting to be sent back. Ease of use is the name of the game.

Who doesn’t love an elegant, chic, minimalist website with the goods to match? The Hat Club is a joy to peruse and the service is just as impressive, if you’re heading to Ascot or the wedding (no doubt your ex is attending), you’ll find the ultimate piece here, and believe us, there isn’t a fascinator in sight.

WWW is another brilliant addition to the dress rental market with easy-as-pie Facebook integration and £10 off any rental when you join. Even better the site will send you two sizes (yes you heard right) to make doubly sure there’s one that fits. In a world of widely varying dress sizes, this factor alone makes us swoon.

So you’ve got the dress, but you look down at your feet and… That’s where Cinderella Me step in. Ever lusted after those coveted red soles but held back from investing? Well, now you can try before you buy. Membership is just £9.95 per month; a bargain price for a whole lot of class.


Now there's only one thing missing to make your rented ensemble complete - namely designer diamond jewellery. We love Adorn for big occasions like weddings, because who doesn't want to shine on that special day? This site provides the sparkle that'll be the talk of the bridesmaids. Best of all is that all their jewellery is insured, and that's included in the rental price - no nasty hidden cost shocks. 

Last but certainly not least The Frock Project certainly deserves its place on the list with its  easy-to-use selection process and the fact they’ll do the dry cleaning for you. Let's not forget the range however: Herve Leger, Temperley and Preen amongst others – just be careful you don’t upstage the bride.

May 2013.