With many galas, grand events and special occasions coming up, shopping for a new dress along with everything else – shoes, accessories, make-up and of course, the actual cost of the tickets, is not only a major concern of money issues for many of us but also a major source of stress. Despite a closet full of clothes, it’s understandable we don’t want to showcase the same frock to most likely the same group of people, so have have to find something new, or at least different. What’s not understandable however, is spending hundreds, if not thousands, of money on an outfit that may just be worn once. What if we can just rent a dress instead of buying one?
Now you can and you can do it right here in Ottawa. A full-service rental boutique, Rent Frock Repeat has finally opened a showroom in the nation’s capital. Launched in Toronto in 2010 after co-founders Lisa Delorme and Kristy Weiber were faced with the same described dilemma and the only designer dress rental service is only available in the US and only ships within the US, Rent Frock Repeat is now open for clients in the Outaouais region and we’re thrilled. Here’s our TOP 5 REASONS TO “SHOP” AT RENT FROCK REPEAT:
1. HUGE SAVINGS IN TIME, MONEY AND EFFORT
TIME IS MONEY is an age old wisdom that applies now more than ever. By renting from Rent Frock Repeat, you not only save on buying expensive designer dresses but you also save on time and effort. You don’t have to search through stores after stores, go through racks after racks of dresses to find the one. Having everything in one place – did you know they also rent shoes and accessories? – saves you some serious time, something so precious we all can use more of in our lives.
2. BIG SELECTION OF DESIGNER DRESSES
Carefully curated and with a great combination of both trendy and classic pieces, Rent Frock Repeat carries a great selection of designer dresses by top world-renowned designers like Badgley Mischka, David Dixon, Greta Constantine, Tadashi Shoji, Milly, Michael Kors, Anna Sui, Caitlin Power, Copious and many more. RFR also has a considerable selection of special sizes such as petite, plus size and for pregnant women. (For a preview of beautiful designer dresses, check out our Rent Not Buy Album in Facebook here.) You can walk in into any Rent Frock Repeat Showroom in Toronto and Ottawa and you can be assured that you will find something special that you will make you the absolute Bell of the Ball.
3. DEDICATED PROFESSIONAL AND EXPERIENCED STYLIST
You could pay a professional stylist or a personal shopper to help you in finding “THE ONE,” or you can book an appointment at the Rent Frock Repeat Showroom and you will be scheduled with one. Shopping with RFR’s in-house stylists who are experienced and knowledgeable makes the process even more efficient and re-assuring. By completing your online profile, you provide your stylist with a great contextual information on your body type, style and dress preferences. And what does this do?
Well, that is a great question indeed. This allows your stylist to pull a selection of dresses before you even arrive, which is exactly what Camille (my designated stylist who’s evidently knowledgeable, highly trained and professional) did for me during my visit at Rent Frock Repeat Ottawa in preparation for the much-awaited NORDTSTROM Ottawa Gala. Knowing which dresses I’ve rocked in the past, she presented me with a fabulous narrowed-down selection of dresses that are appropriate for the event. Since an appointment at RFR is scheduled for one hour, this certainly made the whole process more fun and efficient.
On top of all that? I received a post-consultation e-mail from Camille (truly an amazing asset to the Rent Frock Repeat Team), a testament of customer service that goes above and beyond, with such a beautiful message:
During your fitting, you looked great in the Badgley Mischka Yellow and White Strapless Tiered Peplum Dress with the Gold and Smoked Circle Jeweled Necklace! But when I saw those pictures of you at the Nordstrom Launch Gala, you looked Phenomenal! You talked about wanting to have a frock that was fun, easy to wear and professional for the Launch Gala. You were all of those, and then some!
4. CONVENIENCE IN EVERY STEP
From A-Z, convenience is at the core of customer service at Rent Frock Repeat. You can register online prior to coming, you can shop online and you can schedule a consultation with a personal stylist over the phone, via Skype and of course, in person at the showroom. If renting online, they can ship your frock right to your door and for returning, place the dress in the pre-paid, bubble-protected envelope and you simply drop it at the nearest Canada Post office or your neighbourhood mailbox. For more questions on the entire process, check out RFR’s FAQ section here.
5. GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
With a number of programs like Rent the Dress, Donate the Rest (which donates 10% of every rented to dress to the charity the client is supporting), and the Bridal Program Something Borrowed, Rent Frock Repeat has charity as part of their business operation hence, renting with RFR is also you way of giving back to the community. In addition to that, you also help in reducing our collective carbon footprint and excessive fashion accumulation by choosing not to rent and buy another dress that may be used once and forgotten forever.
These are the many reasons that “shopping” at Rent Frock Repeat is not only good idea for your wallet but also for your time, your relationship (Honey, this is rented, not bought!) the community and in a small way, the planet.