A day before the wedding of my life group leader, I was literally a damsel in distress. I already spent nights scouring department stores and boutique shops for an attire that will follow the dress code specified.
However, I can’t find one. I JUST CAN’T!
I know… I’m not a fashion blogger. But I’m just really choosy when I purchase clothes.
I want something I’ll gladly wear again when an occasion arises. Plus, I want to look fabulous for my Yogo (Lloyd) since he doesn’t normally see me in a formal attire. I also have to look presentable being a blogger and all.
Sadly, I find the clothes being sold in the mall as expensive. Formal tops start around PhP 800. A formal skirt starts around PhP 1, 500. A non-skimpy and/or comfortable cocktail dress starts at PhP 3, 000.
I tried online shopping too, by the way. One particular online shop, I checked was Zalora whereby Lloyd has a 20% OFF discount voucher. It just ended up torturing me since the dresses that caught my attention started at PHP 2, 000. I also didn’t feel confident in picking the right size for me without physically trying it on.
With that, buying wasn’t an option for me. I rarely spend huge amounts of money on clothes. My luxury, as you know it, is on travel.
I resolved to borrow a gown.
On Renting a Gown
I would have borrowed a gown from my mom if she has the colors specified. But since she doesn’t have, my next option will be to borrow from my friends.
Blessed with more guy friends than girls and having an above average height for a Filipino, I ended up not being able to borrow from friends.
Good thing Lloyd mentioned to me before about Gowns for Rent Manila by Damsel. I checked their FB page to see their gowns.
Lo and behold! I saw a gown I would love to wear. They are just renting it for only PHP 1, 000.
Okay, some of you may say, PHP 1, 000 rental fee is a waste of money. You’ll tell me I can buy a lovely dress for that price at 168, Divisoria, or even Baclaran.
Girl! It’s not reasonable for me. If I purchase a dress there that I half-heartedly like, I’ll just wear it once. It’ll also end up only taking space in my closet that is meant for my autumn and winter clothes.
Good thing Lloyd mentioned to me about a gown rental shop, Gowns for Rent Manila by Damsel. (Oh… What would I do without him?)
So after our lunch at Butamaru in Alabang, we braved the Saturday traffic to Makati Cinema Square.
Gowns for Rent Manila by Damsel
As soon as we stepped in, one of the ates (Damsel’s staff) was eager to assist me. I showed her the blue dress that I like. However, she informed me that it was already reserved.
I learned from them that they have the biggest depository of gowns in the Philippines. So I didn’t have to worry that much as I won’t go home empty-handed.
True enough, I had lots of choices. There are some of the following gowns I fitted:
Gown 1: Pastel Mint Dress
It’s exactly the same gown that I would like to rent. It’s just in a different color. I love the slit and I love how comfortable it is. The only issue we have there is that Lloyd doesn’t have a mint green polo. Thus, if I pick it, we won’t be able to wear matchy-matchy outfits.
Gown 2: Floral Off Shoulder Bodice with Plain Pink Bottom Skirt
I also love that dress. It looks more fitting for a garden wedding, though, don’t you think so? Plus, it’s not fitted on me. Gowns for Rent Manila by Damsel can adjust it for me. However, since I have to use it the next day, they don’t have time to fix it.
From what I recall, adjustment fee is around PHP 250.
Gown 3: Teal Infinity Dress
This is super comfortable and it follows the dress code. Additionally, it can be worn in various ways. I didn’t end up getting this because it’s a bit loose on me. Tying it tightly can be a solution but it will surely give me discomfort as I move around.
Gown 4: Off Shoulder Fitted Gown
I do admire the intricate designed front. It’s primary color though is nude which is far from the dress code. Will rent this out if we get invited to an awards night or gala.
The Gown I Wore
This what I ended up wearing. I felt like a princess plus it has a trail.
It shows my assets (hahaha!) but, at the same time, it looks regal since it’s tastefully designed.
Yes, no cheap feeling! Maybe it’s because Gowns for Rent Manila by Damsel uses imported and quality fabrics and materials.
What I also liked about renting from Gowns for Rent Manila by Damsel is that the gowns are guaranteed clean and odor-free. They dry-clean the gown first prior pick-up. I reserved the night before and Lloyd picked it up in the morning.
So sorry I didn’t get the opportunity to do a proper #OOTD photo since we still had to practice for a dance number.
I felt confidently beautiful that night that Lloyd couldn’t keep his eyes off of me. Anyway, thank you so much to Gowns for Rent Manila by Damsel especially to Ms. Dada, who is very passionate in making her clients satisfied and beautiful, for helping damsels in distress like me.
Gowns for Rent Manila by Damsel
If you wish to rent from them too especially now that it’s wedding and/or prom season these days, you may visit them at LG4 Lower Ground Level, Makati Cinema Square, Chino Roces Ave., Makati City. You may also visit their website at www.ilovedamsel.com to know more details.
Other details you may want to know about them are the following:
Facebook: Gowns for Rent Manila
olx Account: GFRManila
Before I forget some helpful tips when you’re renting a gown from them:
- Go there to reserve a gown weeks in advance to get first dibs on their beautiful gowns.
- Prepare money not only for the rental fee but also for the security deposit fee.
- Their gowns are for overnight rental only. So if you’re planning to rent gowns for an out of town photoshoot, be prepared to shell out more cash. Or just refer your friends to them so you’ll get discounts.
- They accept made to rent gowns or cocktail dresses.
Bonus: We used the gown for our first episode of our Youtube project. There is also a video clip of me near the ending where we performed a special number with the bride.
What do you think? 🙂