Spring Racing Carnival is here and we all know it’s just as much about the fashion as it is premiere thoroughbred racing. But with 14 Group 1 meets over the course of the carnival, a brand new outfit for each race day can certainly threaten to blow the budget.
Thankfully some clever people put their heads together and thought why buy when you can rent? And the designer dress rental service was born. The process is simple - select your stand out piece, hire it for a specific day at a fraction of the retail price, ensure you take lots of fabulous photos, and then return it good as new. No long-term commitment required!
So if you’ve been lusting over that statement Thurley number or ornate Viktoria Novak headpiece, here’s your chance to look the part and still have change left over for trackside champagnes.
With so many hire services now available, we’ve done the work for you and compiled a list of our favourites just in time for Spring Carnival. Take a look…
Popular online dress hire store Her Wardrobe boasts an extensive range of dresses and accessories from labels such as Elliatt, Rebecca Vallance, Thurley and Lover. Make sure to peruse the millinery section with statement headpieces, crowns and hats from Allport Millinery, Danica Erard, Viktoria Novak and Natalie Bikicki available. With 4-day dress hire prices starting at $59 + delivery a look through Her Wardrobe’s range is a must this Spring Racing Carnival.
If choice is what you want, Glam Corner won’t disappoint! With a section of the website dedicated to racewear, this is your one stop shop for the hottest Australian designers including Asilio, By Johnny, Keepsake and Misha Collection at affordable hire prices. Their extensive collection is available in sizes 6-18 and also features current season millinery from Olga Berg, Morgan and Taylor and Studio Aniss. If all else fails and you need some serious help with your Spring Racing Carnival look, Glam Corner also offer a personalised stylist service where you can schedule a chat with one of their in-house stylists.
With a location in Richmond, Something Borrowed offers you the convenience of online shopping as well as the option to book an appointment and try on a piece in the boutique, always handy to ensure a perfect fit. Designers in their extensive collection include Alex Perry, Scanlan Theodore, Manning Cartell and Yeojin Bae so you’re sure to find something you love. Their one request? Hired pieces be dropped off at On The Spot Drycleaners the next business day after your event. Too easy!
All The Dresses
Feeling a daunted by all the options? Head over to All The Dresses where you can shop items available for hire from 21 of Australia's best online rental boutiques in one spot. Refine your search by size, designer or website and you’re good to go. With an extensive selection of high fashion, Australian and emerging designers you’re spoilt for choice. They even have a helpful Derby Day 2018 category to separate out all the black and white pieces including beautiful accessories from Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Gucci.
Ready to start planning? Make sure you join in the fun and show us your raceday outfits by using the #SpringCarnival hashtag on Instagram over the next three months.