Glam Corner An Independent Review

Positive things are flowing into my life right now and I’m going back and forth between being grateful, humbled and just a teensy-bit proud.


*This is not sponsored content- just my own thoughts*

I love Spring racing Fashion but it can get expensive to put a fresh look together season after season.

Won't ever be able to fit into this pre-baby dress again..but thats AOK!
Money is tight in our family because we are doing a massive extension on our home (totally worth it). Pulling the purse strings has pushed my creativity to a new limit. First, it started with meal planning and trotted right over into smarter fashion.

I’m by no means a label hound (no disrespect if you are, actually I'm just jealous) and I think hunting for bargains is what makes shopping fun. While at University I started shopping at thrift stores and still integrate vintage and pre-loved pieces into my wardrobe. Makes me feel like a treasure-hunting pirate (Plus it's kind of a necessity with Australia's high cost of living) Arrrr!

The Melbourne Cup Carnival starts soon and fashion is the main reason I get involved..well, that and the champagne.
New dresses are out of the question this year so I planned on recycling what I already have but #justincase I turned to Google for a cheeky look at dress rentals. I remember looking a few years ago and was unimpressed with the selection available. But like all online shopping in Australia- it’s boomed in the last five years. Yus!
After scoping out a few sites I settled on Glam Corner for their prices, dress selection and because the website is user-friendly. I also like the fact that you can try on dresses in advance.

Save Money: Rent A Dress

For 30.00 they will ship you three dresses (UPDATE: it's currently two dresses but you can order a backup dress for your event for 15.00) of your choice to try on and keep for 24 hours. Glam Corner makes it really simple to return by providing a pre-paid envelope that you just chuck in the mail. You do need to book these try-on dresses a few weeks earlier than your event so-be organized! Or maybe just wing it- up to you. On the site, each dress has a description of how it fits.

I had to drag my daughter to the post office to pick up the package because I missed the delivery guy. You can tell she was really excited because she refused to let me carry the box (I have no idea where her stubbornness comes from #guilty).

Once we got home it was like Christmas morning for Mummy. To increase the probability of success I threw on a pair of heels and some Spanx .

One of the dresses was actually too big- which didn’t hurt my self-esteem.

No winners in this group
I think with the first three I chose wrong- I went a little too ‘cocktail’ and not enough ‘race-day.’ No worries, I quickly jumped online, ordered another try-on and had three more dresses in just a couple days.
Photo finish- the winners are #2 and #3

Round II. This time I think I chose better. I reserved two of the dresses in this lot, the middle one for Stakes Day (but in Navy) and the one on the right for Derby. Glam Corner even sent me a thank you email with a discount code to use with dress rentals. Score.

With the discount, both rentals cost a total of 136.00 (not including the 60.00 spent on try-ons). Here in Australia, you’re lucky to buy a decent dress for under 200 so methinks this is a reasonable investment. And did I mention all the dresses are designer! So fancy.

Glam Corner recommends that you book your dress a day or two earlier than you need it so you can put your look together. Mine will be arriving on a Thursday for a Saturday event- then I need to place them in a post box (without cleaning) by Sunday. Easy-peasy.

In the meantime, fingers crossed for warm weather because both these frocks are fashioned for heat. Let's hope my luck holds out.

Check out the DIY fascinator I made to match.

Update: In case you were wondering how I went here is a photo of both dresses! They arrived in perfect condition and on time and returning them was not a hassle. Logistics aside- you can't pay for the confidence I had because of these fantastic frocks.

What are your best trips for dressing-up on a budget?

 UPDATE: In 2017 I rented dresses for four events and every time the dress arrived earlier than scheduled (with the same return date) score! I no longer do 'try-ons' because I'm comfortable with the fit and ordering now. These days I order a rental dress and add a backup dress for 15.00- saves more $$ The backups are totally worth it!

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5 comments on “Glam Corner An Independent Review”

  1. Oh my gosh, you're such a babe! I loved that white lace dress in you that you sent back. You look bangin! The other two white lace options you chose were beautiful on you too. I try and buy my dresses every June from Review when their dresses go 60% off. They also go cheaper after xmas. Have you tried their dresses? Totally your style. I love the idea of renting but I'm not sure I'd be game enough to try. Maybe now that I've seen you do it ... They should pay you to do a post for them!

  2. You look gorgeous, and that is definitely a great option to try, I think I'll look into it before all the Christmas events start rolling in.

  3. Thanks Mumma! I haven't tried Review but will definitely take a look fo sho. I love sales and bargains. I'm really hoping everything goes to plan and that it all comes together in the end. I so look forward to dressing up. Will totes keep you posted on how it all goes. xoxo

  4. Such a fun idea to wear something and give it back rather than investing in something that sits in the closet...and shows up on social media. Ha!

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