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Let’s be real: Between our exorbitant property prices and general lack of space, staying abreast of the latest fashion trends in Hong Kong can get expensive—and impractical—fast. That’s not to say you have to spend the rest of your life repeating outfits, though (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Give your trusty special occasion outfit—you know the one—a rest without making a forever commitment with these Hong Kong-based fashion rental sites.
If you plan on renting on a regular basis, a subscription service like Style Carousel’s Style Pass is probably the best bang for your buck. The cost is dependent on your membership type, but all subscribers get a certain amount of credits a month to use on clothes, bags, and accessories, as well as unlimited exchanges, complimentary deliveries, and refundable rental protection.
Of course, you can also choose to borrow items for one-off events without strings if you prefer—if you were renting a wedding dress, for example. Designers range from timeless classics like Chanel, Halston Heritage, and Prada to more avant-garde houses like Rick Owens, Pleats Please, and Sacai.
Style Carousel isn’t just for renters, though—you can also list your own items for rent, provided that they are in tip-top condition. Don’t worry about any of the logistics—Style Carousel’s team will handle the collection, storage, delivery, cleaning, and repairs.
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Do you have trouble understanding what a “garden party” dress code entails? Or are you unclear on what constitutes a cocktail dress? Wardrobista’s got you covered—the website’s huge inventory has been helpfully sorted into smaller, more digestible sections like “wedding” (comprising bridal, bridal party, mother of the bride, and guest edits), “holiday,” and even “horse racing.” If you prefer to browse in person—or want guidance from the Wardrobista team—you can also schedule a visit to their Causeway Bay showroom.
Wardrobista, 2/F, 19 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 6611 8715
As per the name, Prêt-à-Dress is pretty much the place to go if you’re in dire need of a special frock, but don’t plan on forking out a fortune for the honour of wearing it precisely one time. The clothing here skews towards being more conventionally feminine—think Badgley Mischka, Self-Portrait, Elie Saab, and DVF. The site also carries designer jewellery, bags, and even a small range of cosmetics (for purchase only, of course). Prefer to rely on your gut feeling when you shop? That’s fine, too—just drop the PAD team a line to schedule a visit to their Central showroom. You can also sign up for the VIP membership to get early access, special discounts, and free custom fittings!
Prêt-à-Dress, Room 1605, 16/F, Car Po Commercial Building, 18–20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central | (+852) 2217 8330