Why spend a fortune buying a dress when you will only wear it once? 

Why spend a fortune buying a dress when you will only wear it once? 

An affordable dress shop has been opened by three young sisters in Elderslie, taking the cost out of the weekend by providing party wear to rent.

The Dress Library aims to prevent the unwritten rule of ‘outfit repeating’ by renting out party dresses and outfits for as little as £10.

Hannah, Rachael and Erin Boyle opened the store in December – renting out dresses for nights out, graduations, proms, balls and weddings to women of all ages.

white dress
Just one of the many dresses that can be rented out. 

Hannah, 19, said: “The idea came from my mum, Sharon, because she has myself and my other two sisters all at a close age and every weekend we would spend £40 or more on an outfit and we would never wear it again.

“We decided to open the shop to save girls like us money, we would only wear outfits once because we’ve had a picture in it or people have seen us wear it. We discovered it’s like an unwritten rule for girls not to outfit repeat.”

The business, which has over 1,800 Facebook likes, opened at the start of December last year, just in time for the endless Christmas nights out planned, and is still going strong.

The three young woman, who all attend university as well as other jobs and commitments, buy in stock from popular online clothing stores such as Pretty Little Thing, Missguided and In The Style.

red jumpsuit
Jumpsuits, play-suits and two pieces can also be rented.

The target demographic was originally young people however the shop has attracted people of all ages and has developed to accommodate this.

Hannah said: “Mums and daughters come in together to get a dress, it’s fantastic. We try and accommodate most ages because everyone is different in the styles they wear so my mum has helped us out choosing outfits.”

In order to provide their customers with the styles they like, recommendations are encouraged, and as well as outfits ranging from sizes six to 16, the Dress Library also sells night out essentials such as false eye lashes, fake tan and nail polish.

Opening Times: 

  • Monday- Closed
  • Tuesday- Closed
  • Wednesday- 3-7
  • Thursday – 3-7
  • Friday – 3-7
  • Saturday – 11-4
  • Sunday – Closed

To read the full version of the story, published in ‘The Pattern’ magazine, details of how to get a copy are here

 

 

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