Still searching for your perfect party dress? Want something your friends definitely won't have picked up in Topshop? We all know by now that most party dresses are destined for one night of glory, followed by a lifetime of dust collection, so, despite my rather, ahem, acquisitive nature, I'm becoming increasingly drawn to the rental market, especially now I've rifled through the treasure trove that is the Girl Meets Dress website...
I'll always heart the high street, but think about it - with a £30 budget, you could be in for a very stressful trolley dash trying to source your dream dress in your local shopping centre, when for £29 you could rent a Melissa Odabash lace lovely worth £275... And at the other end of the scale, there's no doubt you could find a showstopper with a £200+ budget, but why not be a Proenza Schouler princess for the night, and dazzle in £2,500 worth of sequins for less than 10% of the original price?!
The lovely people at Girl Meets Dress have kindly decided to give Sam Muses readers an early Christmas present - 10% off any dress in the New Year's Eve Collection (which includes over 300 amazing pieces from brands including Herve Leger, Miu Miu, Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Issa, Temperley London and Preen, along with the likes of Forever Unique, Gorgeous Couture and Wheels & Dollbaby) with code GMD1SM, valid until Monday 17th December!
So get clicking girls - prices start at just £29, and there's something for everyone - whether you're a classic glamourpuss or an edgy chick, I guarantee love at first sight. Here's a taster of my top picks...
Top Row, L-R:
1: Opulence England Feather Skirt Lace Dress (RRP £295) - £49 for 2 days, £59 for 7 days
2: Diva Sophia Black Adrianna Dress (RRP £200) - £29 for 2 days, £39 for 7 days
3: Alice and Oliva Selma Metallic Dress (RRP £248) - £39 for 2 days, £49 for 7 days
4: Helmut Lang Gala Knit Stretch Dress (RRP £195) - £49 for 2 days, £59 for 7 days
5: Ekaterina Kukhareva Cut-Out Sequence Dress (RRP £730) - £49 for 2 days, £59 for 7 days, £100 to purchase
Bottom Row, L-R:
1: Dina Bar-El Paris Cocktail Dress (RRP £400) - £49 for 2 days, £59 for 7 days
2: Melissa Odabash Laura Dress (RRP £275) - £29 for 2 days, £39 for 7 days
3: Diva Sophia Jessica Gold Gown (RRP £285) - £39 for 2 days, £49 for 7 days
4: Proenza Schouler Drop Waist Paillette Dress (RRP £2,493) - £219 for 2 days, £229 for 7 days
5: Alice and Olivia Chantilly Lace Peplum Dress (RRP £340) - £59 for 2 days, £69 for 7 days
6: Herve Leger V-Neck Bandage Dress (RRP £1,330) - £129 for 2 days, £139 for 7 days
Need To Know...
Big night not for a few weeks? Don't worry - you can still reserve your dream dress now (and nab your 10% off!).
You can order up to 2 long dresses or 3 short ones to try on beforehand - you'll only pay for your final choice.
Standard rental periods are 2 or 7 days, but longer rentals can be negotiated, and orders can be delivered to you at home or work.
All dresses are new or in like-new condition, and bags, hats and headpieces are also on hand to finish off your perfect party look!
You should be able to find answers to any other questions you might have on the site. Last orders for Christmas need to be in by Friday 21st December.