From the print edition, November 2012
Photography by Carlyle Routh
With office parties, family affairs and nights out with friends, there’s no doubt that holiday dressing requires a little extra time and energy than our usual routine. With that in mind, we enlisted the help of Lisa Delorme and Kristy Wieber, the women behind Rent Frock Repeat, a Canadian website that rents designer dresses for a fraction of the cost of purchase, to provide us with some tips on how to shop for a great outfit. The sales-and-marketing-execs-turned-entrepreneurs were up to the challenge. Here they share how a few universal tips can work for just about everyone—they even upped the stakes by choosing three of their pregnant clients to be the models.
Plan ahead. Consider the event in advance. Is there going to be a lot of standing? Are you sitting down for a meal? Will there be dancing? These things may affect which dress you choose. Before the day of the event, try the dress on to test the fit and see what you can and can’t do in the dress—sit down, dance, bend over and pretend you’re picking something up.
Bring home what you expect. While traditional store shopping can be easier, don’t always trust what you see in the mirror. We recommend having a friend take a photo so you can see how it really looks—that way you’ll know what to expect when it goes on Facebook or Twitter! If you decide to shop online for a dress, take the time to compare your measurements to those listed on the site. Most sites will include size charts or measurements per item—if they don’t and you’re unfamiliar with the brand’s fit, you might not want to take the chance.
Get the right fit. Don’t be afraid to show your shape. One of the biggest mistakes women make is wearing one size (or even two sizes) too big for them. Wearing something too baggy actually does the opposite of what you think it’s doing—it adds pounds.
A few more helpful holiday style tips
You can check out all of the fabulous dresses available from Rent Frock Repeat at rentfrockrepeat.com.