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What to wear to the Henley Regatta?

Are you going to Henley and are in need of a dress to wear? Well you’re just in luck, as Girl Meets Dress has complied a list of what dress to wear?  Hiring a dress is a much cheaper way of buying a dress that you’ll probably only wear once.

Self Portrait / Azaelea Blue Lace Dress

Self-Portrait has a way of creating the perfect party dresses – This sheer floral lace dress reveals just the right amount of skin, with skinny straps, an open back and a full pleated midi skirt. A visible nude lining stops just above the hem to reveal the legs beneath.

VIONNET / Vivid Print Dress

Vionnet presents the ultimate in regatta attire, complete with a contemporary drape-effect cut and vivid colour palette of royal blue, red, and bright white. Adorned with a chic camouflage inspired design, graphic print has never been so graceful.

FOR LOVE & LEMONS / Clover Maxi Dress

Instantly turn heads in this breathtaking purple floral dress featuring a plunging V-cut neckline. Pleated detailing at the front, short sleeves with elastic detailing, and an open back with deep cutouts at the sides. The slit down the centre gives maximum impact no matter what the event.

LIBELULA / Ellies Sliwa Dress

The sweetest little Summer dress and extremely flattering too. It features a key hole detail at the front and back and a tie at the waist so you can opt for a looser or more fitted look. It has little puff sleeves and a lovely soft skirt, perfect for the warmer weather ahead. Our Blue Ellies print dress works perfectly on this design to add a cooling and stylish effect.

ALICE AND OLIVIA / Epstein Jacquard Dress

Alice + Olivia’s ‘Epstein’ dress is a romantic summer style that’s impossible to resist. The bright sunflowers pop against the rich blue, while the mini hemline keeps the look girlish and sweet. Wear yours with strappy sandals or brightly coloured pumps.

 

 

If you still can’t decide on what to dress to wear? Email: Enquires@girlmeetsdress.com for more styling advice

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What to wear to a Garden party?

So you’ve been invited to a garden party, where they’ll be champagne and Pimms on tap, but you have no idea what to wear; its ok, as here at Girl Meets Dress we’ve composed a list to give you a few options.

Alice & Olivia Pouf Dress

A fantastic mini dress with flare skirt in contrasting tulle with decorative patches on the skirt and collar.

FWSS Imaska Dress

This white dress is similar to what Louise Thompson wore on her recent trip to Dubai. If its good enough for Louise Thompson, then its good enough for Girl Meets Dress, which is why its on the list!

 

Libelula Poppy Snowflake Gown

A Libelula Classic… A lightweight cotton dress in featuring a snowflake print.  The dress has a long tie that can be styled in various different ways. This is a simple but standout long dress.

Red Valentino Whimsical Printed Dress

This whimsical printed dress by RED Valentino is an elegant choice for an outdoor occasion. Styled with neutral accessories, it will strike the perfect note at your next daytime event.

This Self- Portrait Azaelea Lace Blue Dress

Self-Portrait has a way of creating the perfect party dresses – This sheer floral lace dress reveals just the right amount of skin, with skinny straps, an open back and a full pleated midi skirt. A visible nude lining stops just above the hem to reveal the legs beneath.

 

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What to Wear to the Races?

Going to the races, but don’t want to spend a fortunate on a dress? Girl Meets Dress has got your back.  Everyone knows the races is one of the go to events for the summer, its a time to bond with friends over champagne and Pimms. Dressing for the races can be a conundrum, so here are a few options that will guarantee you look fabulous for the day!

This Lacey Coffee Dress by Maids to Measure is perfect for a sunny yet breezy day, when you don’t want to wear a jacket to cover up your dress. It’s fashionable yet classic, this short, lace over satin dress has a ‘vintage’ feel. Round neck with fitted waist and gathered skirt and three quarter length sleeves.

This Clover Lace Dress by Alice and Olivia, is stunning and accentuates all your curves in the right places.  It also features a keyhole back, adding drama from the back of the dress.

This printedFila Box Dress by Alice and Olivia, has a defined waist and flare skirt.

 

Opt for a relaxed and chilled races with this floral Plaza Kimono Dress, by For Love & Lemons, it also features a thigh high slip, so you can show your legs off as well.

Wear the floral Rosemary Floral Dress, by Chi Chi London, for a bold and elegant look that will sure pull in compliments.

Want to look better than all your friends? Book a showroom visit and have our in-house stylist assist you. Email: Showroom@girlmeetsdress.com

 

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Anna Bance Co Founder of Girl Meets Dress

Anna Bance Co Founder of Girl Meets Dress

 

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Anna Bance co founder of Girl Meets Dress

 

1. Was it a light bulb moment when you came up with the basic idea of girl meets dress?

We were the first company to rent luxury fashion online and it is wonderful that Girl Meets Dress is now pioneering the way for rental as an exciting ecommerce category of its own.

The idea for Girl Meets Dress came to me while working as Head of UK PR for French Luxury brand Hermes. As we know, celebrities have always borrowed dresses for special events, and I noticed that with the proliferation of social media everyone is now a mini-celebrity in their own world, adding an increasing social pressure to a women’s inherent desire not to wear the same dress twice.

Launching Girl Meets Dress gave all women can have access to this luxury – being able to easily wear more relevant, trend led, time-sensitive fashions, while continuing to invest and buy only in those classic pieces which will stand the test of time.

 

2. How easy was it to get the business started up?

When Girl Meets Dress launched back in 2009, the recession mindset dominated which was fantastic timing for the concept.

It meant that “cost per use” was a huge driver, as being smart with money and where to spend it was highly regarded.

We operate in a similar way to that of another retailer, buying the stock from designer brands and then renting the items out to customers for between 10-30% off the retail value.

When researching the market we noticed the trend for fast fashion phenomenon which has been fuelled by mass market retailers’ abilities to manufacture and retail in very short time cycles. so much so that women now buy four times as much clothing as 30 years ago and the average woman has 22 garments in her wardrobe that she has never worn. We took this into consideration and established price points from here.

Retail and consumer habits are changing significantly, both in terms of expectations but also in terms of value. The growth in rental is testament to that change and also highlights consumers growing preference for experience over ownership.

In the past most people lived a more predictable, structured life. Most consumers aspired to own a home, and a car or two. There were certain days for work and days for play, clothes for work and other clothes for play, and so on.  Today, people are rapidly evolving how they live and work. What seems increasingly important to people is quality of experience, selection and convenience.

 

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Anna Bance co founder of Girl Meets Dress

 

 

3. Being a novel idea altogether was securing finance by banks easy?

Girl Meets Dress.com raised a round of financing in 2013 from Global Founders Capital, the $200M fund from Rocket Internet’s Samwer brothers and former Delivery Hero co-CEO.

 

 

4. What it something that people were naturally drawn to or was it a bit of a hard sell hiring dresses?

I would say there had always been a potential market for the service we provide. I spotted a gap in the market for online luxury fashion rental after working as Head Pr for Hermes for a couple of years.

Now a days GirlMeetsDress.com provides millions of women the ability to rent designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the retail price, allowing them to look and feel beautiful for all of their social events.

 

 

5. Your part of a sharing economy that is growing by the day. How do you think you fit into it?

When Girl Meets Dress launched back in 2009, the recession mindset dominated. It meant that “cost per use” was a huge driver, as being smart with money and where to spend it was highly regarded. But it was also clear that people have since realised that experience and time are the most precious commodities we have, and that consequently ownership is becoming more irrelevant than ever before.

 

 

6. Where do you see the business growing into?

We started International delivery in 2014 and have expanded into Europe, targeting customers from over 30 different countries including France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

The majority of all transactions are outside of London, enabling customers in all parts of the country to have global designers delivered to their doorstep. Customers can rent over 4,000 dresses from over 150 designers.

This is the first time designer rental has been made accessible in Europe. The expansion will enable customers in all parts of Europe to have access to global designer brands. The expansion into Europe aligns with the GMD team’s global ambition to build a brand combining e-commerce and merchandising expertise with a deep sense of innovation and luxury.

 

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