Despite coming back to school two weeks ago, St. Andrews has been overflowing with events (with many more to come). Fashion takes center stage this month with CATWALK starting us off and FS and DW just around the corner. Thanks to an unfortunately large electric bill my budget/closet is lacking in options for the next two shows. Thankfully, we found an affordable alternative – Wish Want Wear, a up-and-coming designer dress hire company started by 3 students.
Since starting correspondence with Wish Want Wear in December, their collection has grown steadily. They lent us four dresses and with help from models Emma Laurent, Kartinah Smith, Fleur Dasazars, and Madeleine Bambridge, and Lightbox Photographer, Renee Horster, we took to St. Mary’s Quad to showcase our models’ top Wish Want Wear picks for a night out.
Emma chose the Missoni Illusion dress (Hire Price: £50). The fun textured fabric stood out on its own, making it an effortless choice for a night out.
Kartinah chose the Alice by Temperley Chateau dress (Hire price: £50), a modern take on flapper’s style.
The fit is relaxed and consider ordering a size down for this style. Rolling up the sleeves and accessorizing with bracelets keeps this dress both fun and chic.
Fleur, who takes inspiration from Alexa Chung and Audrey Hepburn, dressed up this LBD (Hire Price: £55) with a number of gold accessories.
The cut-out back makes this dress ideal for someone who wants a classic dress with a surprise factor.
Madeleine picked from Wish Want Wear’s comprehensive selection of Herve Leger bandage dresses (Hire Price: £85) and picked her dress with FS in mind.
The renting process is quick and painless. Dresses can be rented for 4 or 8 days, with both options relieving the pressure of rushing to the post office hungover. Back up sizes can be added for free (something we would highly recommend using after discovering from our own shoot that some dresses ran bigger than expected).
Their website is user-friendly with filters that allow you to choose for Body Type, Designer and Price (among others). Filtering by body type is definitely something to utilize when picking out a dress online (sometimes I need to be reminded that flapper dresses aren’t usually conducive to a petite, hourglass frame. Le sigh.) Using the occasions tab also allows you to quickly navigate to the ‘night-out’ dresses (although their selection of gowns makes me wish I had a Viennese ball to go too).
The company also offers a trial service, which is not included with a dress order but can be especially helpful if you’re unsure about a designer’s sizing or wary that your dream dress might actually be longer than the picture would have you believe (again at 5’1″ I have been in this situation many times).
One thing that might not seem important at first but ended up being hugely helpful for the dress return was the garment-bag like box that folded easily and had a seal and label ready to go. It was certainly the most efficient dress return I’ve ever done.
Saving the most exciting news for last, Wish Want Wear is launching an exclusive student deal where you can rent any dress on the Student Style page for £60 (if the rent price is below £60, it will remain at the lesser price). The official deal is set to launch soon but Wish Want Wear is giving St. Andrews’ students an exclusive code for that deal.
When ordering your dress, type in: STAWRZNQSH
If you don’t have a Wish Want Wear account, it takes all of 30 seconds to sign up!.
To see more of Owl Eyes’ Wish Want Wear shoot, go on Renee’s blog.
If you have any questions about renting from Wish Want Wear, feel free to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.