Want to be “Best Dressed” this holiday season? {Dress rental review & discount!}

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 ūüėČ

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 ūüôā

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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?

Five on Friday {9.16.16}

Hi there! I cannot believe it’s already Friday! And today kickstarts a very long vacation for me, starting tonight with my best friend’s bachelorette weekend in NH and then Sunday with us leaving for our honeymoon. With everything that’s been going on the past few weeks, including working long hours, teaching extra classes, shopping/packing/planning/preparing for our honeymoon, etc., I am MORE than ready to escape for a bit of R&R with my favorite guy.

Since I’m running short on time, let’s get right to the post!

  • Cycle & Sweat Fitness Event for ALS One at Derby Street This Sunday, there is an awesome event happening at the Derby Street shops in Hingham benefiting ALS ONE. ¬†Cycle¬†&¬†Sweat Fitness will feature nine fitness classes over the course of three hours, held every hour, on the hour,¬†from 9am through 12pm in front of Whole Foods and lululemon at the Derby¬†Street¬†Shoppes.¬†Class choices include spinning with Rev‚Äôd Cycling, based in Dedham, yoga with lululemon and ivivva, and cardio boot camp with Mobile Fitness.¬†The first 100 people to register via¬†Eventbrite¬†will receive Cycle & Sweat tanks and swag bags. Classes are $15 each.
  • Sunset Bootcamp Class at ZINC Apartments This is a FREE fitness event happening on¬†Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.¬†The class will take place on ZINC‚Äôs¬†stunning outdoor terrace as the sun sets over Cambridge.¬†The event is free to attend, but space is limited. Please register¬†here. Additional details are here:
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  • Best Dressed On Wednesday, my friend Lauren hosted an event at Best Dressed in Charlestown. Have you heard of that store? It’s a store version of Rent the Runway, which is so awesome. You can go in, try stuff on and rent what you like for whatever event you have coming up. They had a huge selection, as well as jewelry to rent or buy. More to come on this later, but I had to share a bit about it now because I think it’s a genious idea for a store!!

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  • Travel Reads- I picked up 2 new books to bring on our trip. Have you guys read these (Easter Rising & All Souls)? Apparently they’re about a guy growing up in Southie, so I’m excited to read them!

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  • Honeymoon! Our honeymoon is finally almost here! On Sunday we leave for a 16 day vacation throughout the Amalfi Coast. I’ve gotten so many recommendations from friends who have recently gone (thanks, ladies!!), but if anyone else has any “must do/try/eat” recommendations, feel free to leave a comment on this post. We just booked a couple of excursions, so everything is starting to feel more real. B2B will be very quiet while I’m gone, as I’ve decided to not have any guest posts. I couldn’t add another thing to my plate the past few weeks, but don’t worry- I’ll have lots to share when we get back. I’ll also be keeping my other social media channels active, so feel free to follow along there (burpeestobubbly).

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’ll talk to you in a few weeks!