Is it just me, or does it hurt a little to keep buying dresses for special occasions, only to wear them once and then let them take up valuable closet space since you feel like you can’t wear them again? With a few events coming up in the next month (a wedding and my company holiday party), I was having a hard time justifying a shopping trip to buy two new dresses for those occasions, especially right after having spent a lot of money on Christmas gifts.
Enter: Best Dressed. Haven’t heard of it? Best Dressed is a local (to Bostoners) business allowing you to rent high end designer dresses at a fraction of the cost you’d spend if you were buying the dress. Located in Charlestown and now in Southie, you can pop in, try on as many dresses as you want, pick your winner, select your dates and rent the dress for 5 days. When you’re finished with your rental, you just return it- easy as that! The rental price includes the 5 day rental, cleaning and any minor necessary repairs. In other words, their business is similar to “Rent the Runway”, but the difference is that you don’t shop online- you get to go in and try things on, which is a necessity for me!
I had visited their flagship Charlestown store a few months ago and over the weekend I had the opportunity to visit their new Southie location. I figured it was a great time to try their services considering I needed a dress for my best friend’s wedding. However, I ended up loving so many dresses I tried on that I ended up renting one for my holiday party, too!
The store is easy to navigate since they group dresses by size. Within each size category they have a large variety of dress styles: short, long, bedazzled, classy, edgy, flashy, etc. They also change out the dresses based on the season and even carry some dresses from a local designer!
I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to wear for Jessi’s wedding, but I was leaning towards a long dress so I made sure to grab some to try on, as well as some shorter ones. I wish I had gotten more photos of what I tried on because I loved so many of them! Seriously, I had to talk myself out of renting 3 or 4 different dresses.
I ended up finding this amazing dress (first time rental, too!) that we all fell in love with. It fit like a glove and felt classy, yet a little fancy with the mesh back. Even though the wedding is in Florida, I feel like it’s still appropriate for the wedding since it is in December.
The dress I got for my company party is completely different: it’s knee length with a v-neck and then a mid-back V as well. It’s a goldish type of color with a little ruching, which is always a flattering option. It’s super comfortable and festive because of the gold. I can’t wait to wear it- and maybe I’ll even buy it since they do have the option to buy after you rent 😉
And, while your shopping for a dress you can also peruse their jewelry, which is to buy. They have so many beautiful statement necklaces and earrings as well as more subtle ones if that’s your preference. The prices for their jewelry are very affordable, too, which makes it all too easy to buy the perfect piece for your rental dress 🙂
Lastly (I feel like I could go on and on about this store- I’m officially obsessed!), if you can’t get to a store and you live in the Charlestown, Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Wellesley or Newton areas, you can take advantage of their At-Home Personal Styling service. With this you’ll fill out a questionnaire and your designer will pick 10-15 dresses to bring to you. There is a $100 fee for this, but you get 30% off your rental which is a great perk! Or, if you want to plan a girls night, you can grab your girls and book a party at one of their locations, which is how I first learned about Best Dressed. We drank champagne, laughed and tried on dresses. It was SO fun.
AND! Best news of all, Best Dressed has agreed to give all Burpees to Bubbly followers a 20% discount on your rental! With the holidays and New Year coming up, this couldn’t come at a more perfect time, right?! All you have to do is mention my name (Monique or Burpees to Bubbly) when you go to the store. Easy!
In full disclosure, I was provided with a discount for my rentals, but all opinions are my own and I would’ve rented from them even without the discount! It’s a genius business idea and I’m so happy to hear about their successes. Thanks again, Best Dressed!
Questions for you: Have you ever rented a dress for an event before or do you prefer to shop and buy them? Do you re-wear dresses or do you only wear them once?