Shop Talk

Spring into warm weather trends – tips from fashionistas at Rent Frock Repeat

Spring will be here in but a few days and we are so excited to update our wardrobes. We talked to fashionistas Kristy Weiber and Lisa Delorme who are behind Rent Frock Repeat, a dress rental service that allows you to get a couture look for a fraction of the price, to get their tips on spring fashion trends. From a gala evening to a girls’ night out – you can try some of your favourite designer’s gowns, as well as these spring trends, without committing the cost or the closet space!

Dramatic Florals
These aren’t your grandmother’s florals. These are bold, fashion forward florals steeped in drama. You’ll see floral patterns that are more abstract and vivid or even shocking, contrasting colour combinations.

DRAMATIC

Dresses from left to right: Nha Khanh – top Retail: $400 vs Rental: $60 Nha Khanh – skirt Retail: $600 vs Rental: $90Cynthia Rowley Retail: $750 vs Rental: $120NOIR, Sachin & Babi Retail $1300 vs Rental: $150Cynthia Rowley Retail: $1000 vs Rental: $150

Texture
Spring isn’t usually known for texture – we normally see simple fabrics in light shades or simple laces. But this year we are seeing texture taking the place of your standard pastel hues. For daytime wear, look for embellished fabric and seam or mesh detailing that gives dimension and adds unique twists to otherwise classic silhouettes. For evening, think sequins and rich, modern, embroidered lace that create a statement.

TEXTURE

Dresses from left to right: Catherine Deane Retail: $1350 vs Rental: $150Narces (Canadian) Retail  $1200 vs Rental: $120Shoshanna Retail: $595 vs Rental: $100Badgley Mischka Retail $1000 vs Rental: $160

Saturated Colour
We’re seeing a break from the traditional pale shades and celebrating spring with bold hues and vivid, deeply saturated pops of colour. Even the traditional light shades will be brighter and richer.

SATURATED

Dresses from left to right: Cynthia Steffe Retail: $350 vs Rental: $70Keepsake Retail: $400 vs Rental: $80Copious (Canadian) Retail: $600 vs Rental: $95Badgley Mischka Retail: $1000 vs Rental: $140

Structured Silhouettes
Normally spring is associated with flowy, gauzy, sheer fabrics, but we’re seeing a more structured approach to dresses this year. They can still be fresh and light, but there’s definitely more drama with stiffer bodices, crisp pop-overs, architecturally inspired detailing, and crisp pleats.

STRUCTURED

Dresses from left to right: Narces (Canadian) Retail $700 vs Rental $120Keepsake Retail: $400 vs Rental: $80Halston Heritiage Retail: $725 vs Rental: $130Aidan Mattox Retail: $700 vs Rental: $140