What’s a woman to do come party season if her social life and wardrobe balance aren’t in synch? Turn to one of these top cocktail and formal dress rental websites for a new season dress at less than eBay prices. You’re welcome.

1. Her Wardrobe
There is an abundance of dresses to rent from Her Wardrobe, but what makes them special if that they’re all Australian labels. As with most rental sites now, all prices include delivery and return costs, which makes the process relatively stress free. On top of that, Her Wardrobe also offers millinery (Viktoria Novak is included in its offering), as well as clutches and belts. At time of publish (early December, 2016) prices ranged from $99 per day for the Pasduchas Nicks Dress to $269 for the Thurley Asteroid Dress.

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Aurelio Costarella, Dauphine Dress, hire for $199. RENT NOW

2. GLAM CORNER
Like Her Wardrobe, Glam Corner only offers garments and jewellery from Aussie designers. It also prides itself in having new pieces from its key labels as soon as they drop in store. With more than 500 dresses to choose from and with prices ranging from $39 for the Premonition Dynasty Midi Dress, up to $399 for an Alex Perry Vittoria Gown, you’re spoiled for choice.

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Grace & Hart, Frilling Around Fitted Midi, hire for $69. RENT NOW

3. RUNWAY COLLECTION

While this site isn’t as ‘pretty’ as the two mentioned previously, Runway Collection makes up for it in its designer garment options. Its name says it all, with Valentino, Ellery and more dresses from big-name Fashion Week favourites. The most attractive part of the site is that dress hires start from just $19 for several items, including a Gary Bigeni Ressy Dress, with the most expensive being a Tadashi Shoji number for $149.

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Temperley London, Long Ribbon and Tulle Gown, hire for $99. RENT NOW

4. the birdcage stylist  
What sets The Birdcage Stylist apart from other online hire boutiques is that it gives customers the chance to buy ex-rental dresses – albeit a small range at present. Another unique factor is that it has several crop tops and skirts available for hire along with the traditional style gowns. Prices for dress rental range from at $69 per day for the Lisa Brown Penelope Dress, up to $169 for an Alex Perry Belauh Dress.

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BRONX AND BANCO, FLORENCE MIDI DRESS, HIRE FOR $149. RENT NOW

5. Your Closet
Another great site is Sydney-based Your Closet, which provides a selection of garments from both international and national designers. A $5 insurance fee is asked for to cover minor repairs and cleaning. For major repairs, you’ll be slapped with the RRP of the dress. Hiring the dresses currently starts at $150 for the Alex Perry Benicia Dress, up to $310 for Alex Perry Talise Dress.

Untitled1THURLEY, Khalo Dress, hire for $149. RENT NOW

6. Dressed up
Australian rental site Dressed Up focuses on absolutely stunning, luxe pieces fit for exclusive soirees, balls and those who want to exude elegance at weddings. Examples? Camilla & Marc’s Acacia Dress and Zimmermann’s Silk Petal Twist Dress. There are also Saint Laurent bags available to hire. Prices this month range from $65 for the Nicholas N Ponti Off Shoulder to $290 for a Rachel Gilbert Helen Gown Slate.

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Camilla, A/Utopia Drape Dress, hire for $129. RENT NOW

7. dress for a night
Sydney boutique Dress For A Night lets customers come in, try on the dress they saw online, and decide whether they’d like to hire the piece – therefore, there’s no chance of a rented dress being a disappointment once it arrives. While the designers are quite limited – only nine to choose from – they have several not available from any other Australian rental site, including Nookie and Bronx & Banko. Prices start from $69 for the Talulah Melrose Floral Midi Dress and range up to $90 for an Elle Zeitoune Dolton Gown.

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Talulah, Rhapsody Midi Dress, hire for $79. RENT NOW

8. something borrowed
This site gives you the option of entering your postcode to see what dresses are available on any certain date, so there’s none of that word we all loathe: unavailable. And if you’re skeptical about choosing something online from Something Borrowed, guess what? Good news for residents of Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide – Something Borrowed has boutiques in all of these cities. The site has been so successful that it’s created its own line of four self-titled dresses. Prices range from $99 for Something Beyond’s Lover Dress, to $299 for the Ael’kemi’s Rose Gold Plunge dress.

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Alice McCall, I Won’t Mind Jumpsuit, hire for $149. RENT NOW

9. hiring wardrobe
With a penchant for Australian designers, Hiring Wardrobe offers the best threads by the most eminent designers our country has to offer, from Zimmermann to Dion Lee and beyond. A unique part of the site is that Hiring Wardrobe also acts as an agent for any designer clothes you might want to rent too. So if you have a last season Lover number that’s sitting in the back of your very full cupboard, set a price to Hiring Wardrobe customers to rent it, and there’s a little bit of money for your next shopping spree.

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Nicholas, Thermo Floral Silk Ball Dress, hire for $145. RENT NOW

10. my fashion house
My Fashion House both allows you to hire garments and buy secondhand rentals. Plus, if you’re a Gold Coast local, there’s a unique opportunity: the online gown rental site offers several different packages to help you with all your night-out needs in one go. Just choose one of three options, with beautifying such as eyelash extensions to teeth whitening. Prices for dresses start from $29 per night for the Keepsake End of Time Digital Dress, ranging up to $300 for the Sherri Hill Two-Piece Gown.

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Honey and Beau, High Neck Harper Cocktail Dress, hire for $159. RENT NOW

Cover image credit: Instagram @zimmermann

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