Your 21st birthday is one of the most important celebrations of your young life! Turning 21 marks your official transition into adulthood and is a great reason to get all your family and friends together to celebrate you, all the memories you’ve shared and toast to the future. As you are the centre of attention for the evening, you deserve a show stopping designer dress that has heads turning and makes you feel special for such a special occasion. Our lovely customer Catriona shares her experience of hiring our amazing Alex Perry Valerie Silk Cotton Mini Dress for a fraction of the retail price for her 21st Birthday.
Tell us about the special occasion you had and why you wanted to wear a designer dress for it?
I chose to hire a dress for my 21st birthday. Since it was a special occasion I wanted to do something a bit different and wear a dress that I felt perfectly marked the occasion. I wanted a dress that stood out from my usual Saturday night attire and gave me the confidence that comes with a designer dress.
What was it about this occasion that made renting a dress so appealing for you?
I looked in-store and online for a dress to wear in the months leading up to my birthday but the dresses I looked at were either out of my price range or weren’t what I was looking for. I had seen a photo of a celebrity wearing the dress that I hired and knew that it was what I wanted the moment I saw it. Unfortunately, I could never afford to buy the dress – let alone for a one-time event, so when I found it online to hire it was the perfect alternative. Hiring the dress through a trusted company such as GC gave me the confidence that it would arrive on time and took the hassle out of making sure it was dry-cleaned before returning.
Tell us about the dress and the designer label you chose, and why you chose it?
I hired the Alex Perry – Valerie Dress in black. I fell in love with the little details of the dress the moment I saw it. Like any other girl, I’m not necessarily confident in my body but the fitted bust and ruffled skirt perfectly complimented my body. The fit was perfect and so comfortable! In my opinion, the dress was the perfect balance between classy and flirty; the mini-skirt kept it youthful and sexy while the long sleeves and choice of material gave it a more modest appeal. I received compliments on the dress the entire night and all of my female friends were impressed at the fact that I was wearing a designer label without breaking the bank to do so.
Have you rented a dress before or was this your first time?
I had previously hired a dress through one of the self-run websites which you find on Facebook or Instagram where girls my age rent out their own dresses. There was a lot of stress around this experience with a lack of contact on behalf of the owner, the dress was posted late, I was lucky it arrived on time and organising payment was difficult. GC was a far better and easier experience. Since it operates as a business everything was organised online in one go and there was no messing around trying to organise anything. I love that GC gives me access to designer labels which I couldn’t otherwise afford. The cost to hire a designer dress is equivalent to that of buying a cheap dress which I don’t like anywhere near as much, and will most likely only wear once anyway. That is the biggest upside to renting a dress; I love that for the same cost as buying a dress of average quality, I can wear a designer label dress which is always better quality and more flattering.
Tell us about how you first discovered GlamCorner?
I discovered GlamCorner through a general google search of the Alex Perry dress that I was looking for; it was the only rental site I could find that hired the dress. I thought that the prices were fair and reasonable considering all shipping was paid for and dry cleaning was included. It turns out that there was also a promotion running which discounted the dress even further, making it all the more appealing.
How was you overall experience with GC (online and offline) and would you recommend us to other women?
I cannot rate my experience with GC highly enough. To begin with, when I placed my order I accidentally ordered the wrong size. I emailed GC and within the hour I had a response saying that they had corrected the size for me – free of charge. My dress arrived a day early which gave me time to try it on and practice how I wanted to style my hair and make-up before the event. When the dress arrived it was packaged immaculately; I genuinely thought that this was the first time the dress had been worn considering it arrived boxed, wrapped in tissue paper and sealed in a plastic bag with a tag attached certifying that the dress had been cleaned since it was last hired. I received a friendly reminder the day before that I needed to post the dress the next day, which was a simple process where I just folded the dress and put it in the pre-labelled postage parcel and dropped it in the mail. Overall, my experience with GC was wonderful and I have recommended them to all of my friends who are looking for a designer dress for their next event.