Bangkok fashionistas, we’ve all been there: you’ve worn a beautiful, strikingly unique, statement-making dress to an event that nobody will forget — and that’s exactly the problem. Especially once you’ve put it permanently on social media, you’ll probably never wear that expensive gown again and will have to buy another expensive gown to replace it. But now, with the rise of fashion rental services around the world and in Bangkok, this will soon no longer be an issue.
There are so many reasons why renting clothes makes total fashion sense. The typical Bangkok fashionista simply cannot supply enough wardrobe space to house all her (or his!) clothes, shoes, and accessories. There’s so much money to be saved when you no longer have to buy a new evening gown for every single new event. And, of course, helping to re-use clothes rather than buying newly manufactured items is so much more friendly to the environment since we’re reducing the amount of energy and resources required to produce a garment.
Like Airbnb but for dresses, fashion rental services mean we can now “book” a dress to rent for a few days for a small fraction of the price of buying it. Wear it to your one-time-only event, return it, and feel great about saving closet space, money, and the environment — all in one go. So, where and how do you rent designer clothes in Bangkok? Easy: check out our list of the top 5 places with the biggest range, the trendiest styles, and the best service.
[Feature image: Formal Affair; Hero image: BChu Runway]
Shaking up the fashion rental scene in Bangkok, BChu Runway doesn’t just have a huge store to browse in Siam Square, they’re also the only clothing rental service that’s officially online too. The digital wardrobe boasts a huge range of over 150 world-class brands from Bangkok to LA. You can rent brands from Kingkan to Kendall + Kylie, and Vickteerut to Versace. With over 50,000 pieces to offer, you’ll find everything from evening gowns to handbags to sunglasses to rent. With a personal styling service and premium dry-cleaning to ensure all pieces are in tip-top hygiene when they reach you, BChu Runway is a complete rental fashion game-changer.
How to rent: BChu Runway offers free standard delivery, and a four to eight day rental period. You can return the dress by post or messenger, or drop your items back at their showroom in person.
Rate: From THB790-2,590 for cocktail and mini dresses, and THB2,340-14,500 for evening gowns.
Bchu Runway, Ekkamai Soi 21, Bangkok (Open Mon-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat-Sun 1pm-7pm). Tel: 064-192-6366. www.bchurunway.com.
As the name might suggest, this service specialises in more glitzy and glamorous gowns for your more showy occasions. Stocking beaded evening gowns, haute couture cocktail dresses, and anything with a touch of Gatsby about them, Formal Affair is the place to go for more sophisticated and niche designers as well as brands. Of course, you could find off-the-shoulder dresses from Poem or lace bodycons from Vatanika here too. But honestly, we think you’d be more distracted by the gorgeous gowns by independent Thai artisans or niche international couturists like Aidan Mattox or Adriana Papell.
How to rent: Browse selections online or in store. If you book a dress online, you can either pick it up in store or have it delivered. Return within four days either in person or via messenger.
Rate: From THB1500-3500 for cocktail dresses and evening gowns. THB 2500-2900 for bridesmaid dresses. THB2900-49000 for bridal gowns.
Formal Affair, 1/F, Room 109, All Seasons Place, Wireless Road, Bangkok (Open Mon-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat-Sun 11am-7pm). Tel: 086-359-2293. www.formalaffairbkk.com
Stocking a wide selection of both Thai and international designers, Style Statement offers outfits and pieces for all manner of occasions too. From resort dresses to floor-sweeping lace gowns to 1920s flapper dresses, this is the one-stop destination for dress rentals. The best part is that they stock some very recognisable international brands that might otherwise be hard to come by in Bangkok, such as Alice & Olivia and Carolina Herrera. Now, you can access these brands not just more easily but more affordably too!
How to rent: Once you’ve selected your dress, choose a delivery or pick-up option and your preferred rental period (either four or eight days).
Rate: From THB1,500-5,500 for evening gowns; THB1,500-3,000 for bridesmaid dresses; and THB1,500-35,000 for bridal gowns.
Style Statement, 8 Udomsuk Soi 31, Bangkok ( Open Mon noon-9pm; Wed-Sun noon-9pm). Tel: 096-926-9263. www.stylestatementofficial.com.
This is a place to rent designer clothes and evening dresses primarily by high-end yet trendy Thai designers. Elegant Asava gowns, silky Sobasiz showstoppers, and flirty Disaya dresses are the highlights of the friendly service that gives more support for local fashion designers.
How to rent: Sign up to their website to be able to order online, or call them directly to select your dress and rental period. You can also them visit them in store.
Rate: THB 2000-4000 for cocktail dresses an evening gowns. THB 4000+ for bridesmaids dresses.
Three Wishes, Park Avenue Building, Ekkamai Road, Bangkok (Open 12pm-8.30pm). Tel: 099 654 9964. www.threewishesthailand.com.
One of the most conveniently located places to rent designer clothes in Bangkok, Magic Happens is nestled right in the heart of the city on Langsuan. They’ve got a good range of dresses, but you can also complete an entire look with their selections of clutches and jewellery for rent too. What’s more, unlike most other dress rental stores in Bangkok, Magic Happens also offers a free size adjustment service so that you never have to limit your options to the sizes available. Oh, and they’re also hard to beat when it comes to their great rates!
How to rent: Magic Happens currently does not have an online catalogue, but their welcoming and conveniently located showroom in Langsuan is always available for walk-ins.
Rate: THB 800-5000.
Magic Happens, 2/F The Portico Langsuan, Bangkok (Open 11am-8pm. Closed Mondays.) Tel: 0864042708. www.facebook.com/MAGICHAPPENSSHOP/.