Belfast Fashion Week with Wish Want Wear

Friday, 21 March 2014

As a busy mum, I don't get out much (this week being an exception!) so it's not practical to have a huge amount of going out clothes in my wardrobe. I was aware of dress agencies that rent out gowns, but I had no idea that it was possible to rent something less formal for a special night out.
The benefits are obvious - you get to look amazing in a designer item for one night, all without the designer expense. On top of that, you don't end up with a wardrobe full of once-worn items.
I was asked to attend Belfast Fashion Week on the same day that Wish Want Wear asked me to try out their designer rental service...it was a match made in heaven.  
Wish Want Wear is the UK’s leading designer dress hire website. It was launched in September 2011 and stocks a range of renowned designers including Temperley London, Sass & Bide, M Missoni, Just Cavalli and Halston Heritage. So I jumped on their site for a look at all these gorgeous designers and to see how the process works.
I was able to search by date of rental, garment type, size and occasion and the best bit is that for many of the items, there are photos of real people wearing them, which I found so useful and this ultimately helped me chose my outfit - an Alice by Temperley jumpsuit. With an RRP of £585, the rental for 4 days was just £50.

 It arrived with a courier the day before my event so I had plenty of time to decide how to style it. Inside the box, my jumpsuit looked brand new - it was even labelled and covered in plastic and came with a pre-paid returns label. I should say that I had the option of ordering a second size in the same item for no additional charge. I was confident enough that the 12 would fit me but isn't that great if you're in-between sizes?
In case you're worried about spilling a drink or some food on your item, specialist dry cleaning is included in your hire price - WWW can tackle most minor damage without any further charges to you.
Without further ado, I give you my Belfast Fashion Week outfit...
Jumpsuit - Alice by Temperley from Wish Want Wear
Pleather Jacket - H&M
Black Peep Toes - River Island (7 years old!)
I can honestly say that I felt a million dollars in this - it was such an easy outfit to wear..pull it on and you're dressed. No matching up of separates. I'm *so* getting a jumpsuit in my life after this experience!

The only sad bit was that I had to pack it up to send back but in fact, it's quite a distinctive piece and realistically, I would only wear it a handful of times if I owned it. And that's why rental makes so much sense. 
Thank you Wish Want Wear - I'll be back!
Ax
Disclaimer - Wish Want Wear provided me with a complimentary rental but I was not obliged to blog about the experience. All images and opinions are my own. 

26 comments:

  1. You look amazing in this outfit. I am a massive fan of jumpsuits and wrote a blog about them this week. They are the best, love it that that you can just add accessories and you're done!
    Abbi x

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  2. You look stunning & that is a gorgeous outfit. The jumpsuit is superb and looks great with the jacket.
    Rental makes so much sense from a a user perspective if you find a rental company with the large range of stock & sizes and who offer a good value added service - Nice one!
    :0)
    Paul

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  3. Looking so fabulous Avril.....you look a million dollars! I don't get out much either so renting and outfit would be ideal for this type of event for me too! xx

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  4. Wow Avril, definitely going to remember that service, I imagine wearing a designer outfit makes you feel amazing but knowing that it was £50 must feel even better. Great idea for weddings outfits.

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  5. Wow Avril, definitely going to remember that service, I imagine wearing a designer outfit makes you feel amazing but knowing that it was £50 must feel even better. Great idea for weddings outfits.

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  6. Looks absolutely amazing! I adore a jumpsuit, got my first one four years ago and still totally love them. Hope you had a great night, looks like fabulous fun xx

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  7. Sounds like a fantastic service,and you look stunning :-) xx

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  8. You look GORGEOUS, Avril. And that hair....can't stop staring at how sleek and bouncy your hair is.

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  9. Fabulous outfit Avril and it fits you perfectly, you look amazing hun.

    X x

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  10. Now this is a great idea. You look fabulous. H x

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  11. The jumpsuit is amazing but you look even more fabulous. You're positively glowing here. What's the secret?

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  12. Oooh, I've always wanted to try a jumpsuit - what a great experience! I wondered how it would be for the whole night, instead of just the dressing room. Wish Want Wear sounds like a great idea - I'll check out something similar in the US!
    xo ~kim & chloe

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  13. I was going to say don't send it back! Lol! It looks fabulous on you & I love it with the biker jacket! Such a fab idea to hire something! Ax

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  14. You look amazing Avril and it's not just the jumpsuit! x

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  15. That sounds like a great service, it's always the little things that mount up like the cleaning bills, return postage, wrong size etc that I think makes things like this costly. But with it all included in the price that's amazing. It looks gorgeous on you Avril, perfect fit. Your hair also looks great, I love the loose curls in the end x

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  16. The jumpsuit fitted you perfectly, one super stylish Mama and what a fabulous idea to rent...I have had a look at Wish Want Wear's website and there are some gorgeous designer pieces on there, I know where to look when I am off somewhere special!

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  17. You look great, Avril! Love the jumpsuit with the leather jacket. xxx
    The Jolly Fashionista

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  18. What a great idea for a company! I have loads of weddings coming up. I presume they don't deliver to ROI though?

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  19. You look stunning in these pics Avril... I considered hiring something from WWW for Saturday night; maybe I'll be braver next time having heard about your positive experience. It's a brilliant idea for a one off occasion, esp if you want to wear a wow outfit like yours!

    Nic x

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  20. Avril - a great choice of outfit! And what an amazing service? I had no idea that such a service existed either. A brilliant find. And those shoes are looking brilliant for their age. Wish I knew their secret! ;-)
    Mel (Styled by) x

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  21. Aww what a great jumpsuit, it looks beautiful on :)

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  22. You look amazing Avril....I have bought a black jumpsuit,I think they look so elegant:) Have a good week.
    ~Anne xx

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  23. I can imagine it must be so hard to have to return it when you have had such a great experience wearing it, but what a great idea........Next time I have a big event like "The Oscars" (in my dreams) or the local village knees up, etc! I will definitely check these guys out! xx

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  24. Absolutely stunning! Will definitely think about WWW in future, thank you so much for sharing :-) xx

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