Change your mind, not your wardrobe

As we start a new year, changes and resolutions are in the air. This year we challenge you to think differently about the way you dress! With the wellbeing of our earth front and centre in our minds, we believe the most sustainable way to dress is to buy less and hire more. A shared wardrobe has so many benefits – more choices, less expensive and less landfill. Below are a few ways we hope inspire you to think differently when it comes to fashion this year!

Buy Things With Longevity in Mind.

As Vivienne Westwood said, “Buy Less, Choose Well, Make it last.” When deciding to purchase something new, think about the longevity of the item. How often you will wear it, and how long do you think it will last. This is especially important when it comes to trends. Our tip: Invest in a wardrobe of staples, and hire the latest trends or ‘one-off’ occasional pieces.

Repair before you replace.

Before fashion became as accessible (and cheap) as it is today, people took pride in their clothes and kept them for a lifetime. Items were repaired and refitted so they could last as long as possible! If you don’t know how to sew, find you local alternation shop and ask them to repair or tweak your older items. Sometimes a repair can feel even better than a replacement! Plus the money you save can be put towards your next hire.

Wash Your Clothes Less and Avoid the Tumble Drier. 

The focus of sustainable fashion often lands on how much and what we buy. But what we do with our clothes matter also. Try to be conscious about how often and with what you are cleaning your clothes. There is a large variety of eco-friendly cleaning products available. For tips on how to look after your clothes more sustainably have a read of this article.

Don’t throw away clothes.

A good closet cleanup can do wonders for the soul, not to mention that having a concise and well organised wardrobe can make dressing everyday much easier and more enjoyable. If you do undertake a clean out, be conscious about what you do with the items you are disposing of. Clean them and make sure they are in good condition and take them to your local op shop. If they are designer pieces, that might be loved by others then why not list them online by becoming a Lending Labels Lender, and make some money at the same time.

Feeling inspired? Create the wardrobe you love at home, and enjoy choosing what to where from your dream Lending Labels closet. 

Spring Racing 2019

Spring Racing will be upon us in no time at all. And with it, the beginning of the party season. Kick off the season with a bold and breathtaking look! Choose from our range of designer dresses, jumpsuits and accessories – and don’t forget the biggest rule of Cup Carnival – HAVE FUN!!

Here are some of our top tips to keep in mind when choosing your outfit this Melbourne Cup.

  1. Be Bold. Racing season is the perfect occasion to let your inner fashionista out! Fashion on the fields favour the adventurous and daring. Think colour, prints, and unexpected finishes!
  2. Accessories, Accessories, Accessories! Spring Fashion is all about the embellishments. Hats, jewellery and shoes can take centre stage, whilst your clothing can remain flattering and coordinated. The sky is the limit when it comes to your Spring Racing Accessories. Shop our range of accessories here.
  3. Think outside the box! Not all outfits need to be a dress. In recent years our favourite looks have come from those brave enough to step away from a skirt. Jumpsuits and two piece sets allow for a playful and comfortable day! Shop our range of jumpsuits here.
  4. Be creative with your headpiece. Hats, headbands, flowers and bows are all acceptable and make a courageous statement that allows your own style to shine through! Shop our range of headpieces here.

And don’t forget the specific race day dress codes!

DERBY DAY (Saturday 2nd November) Black & White

MELBOURNE CUP (Tuesday 5th November) Colour

OAKS DAY (Thursday 7th November) Soft & Feminine

Top 10 Under $100

Lending Labels was created as a way to make designer fashion available for everyone! We offer our customers the opportunity to hire ‘that’ dress rather than own it – a much happier solution for the environment and your bank balance! Check our top ten selection of must have dresses under $100! Looking good doesn’t have to cost the earth!

 

Designer Spotlight | Zimmermann

“The Zimmermann woman is feminine and likes to have fun with fashion. She loves to buy things that make her feel good and beautiful, and has an eye for something new and unexpected.”
Nicky Zimmermann

One of the pre-eminent  designer labels in the Lending Labels wardrobe has got to be the Australian label Zimmermann. Known for dreamy florals, feminine cuts and playful hemlines, the Zimmermann pieces have the ability to whisk us away to an island holiday and resort style living in an instant.

With humble beginnings at the Paddington Markets in Sydney, Zimmermann was started by the talented sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann back in 1991!! In their almost 30 year career the label has gone from strength to strength, capturing the attention of an international fashion crowd.

Perfect for attending a wedding, engagement, hens or birthday weekend, Zimmermann dresses will get you in the mood for fun! And with almost 100 pieces from this iconic Australian label in the Lending Labels closet we are sure you’ll find the perfect piece for your next event.

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Winter Weddings / Style Tips

From country getaways to cosy inner city venues, the rain, mist and atmospheric lighting of a winter wedding make for an intimate and memorable affair. We are so used to dressing for sun drenched weather and outdoor soirees, the idea of dressing for a wedding in winter can seem like a challenge, but that need not be the case! Use these tips as a way to keep your outfit decisions easy, affordable and re-wearable

Add a wrap – A glamorous take on staying warm à la Kate Moss. A wrap is a great cover up for those wanting easily transition to the dance floor with grace!
1. Wrap: Witchery
2. Dress: Rat and Boa from Lending Labels
3. Bag: Olga Berg

 

Choose Velvet – We can often shy away from wearing velvet, but when the right piece is selected, and it is styled correctly it can make for an elegant, warm and sophisticated outfit. Our tip, velvet is statement enough, keep the accessories to a minimum!
1. Earings: Christie Nicolaides from Lending Labels
2. Dress: Elle Zeitoune from Lending Labels
3. Shoes: Wittner from the Iconic

 

Ankle Boots – For an edgy and understated look pair a simple cocktail dress with a statement ankle boot.
1. Dress: By Johnny from Lending Labels
2. Cuff: Lucy Folk
3. Shoes: Loeffler Randall from Net a Porter

Keep it floral, make it long sleeves – Nothing gets you in the mood for a wedding than a fun and flirty floral dress. Choose a style with long sleeves and they can be the perfect solution for a winter wedding.
1. Dress: Lover from Lending Labels
2. Lipstick: Tom Ford from Sephora
3. Bag: Forever New

MBFW – Sydney Roundup

Set against a sun drenched city, revelling in crisp autumn air and an iconic setting, the 2019 Sydney Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was a stunner! It opened with a collection that paid homage to the Australian landscape and the Aje show set the tone for an inspiring week of Australian Fashion.

The week that followed saw as much eye-catching fashion on the streets as there was on the runway. Bloggers, influencers and media personalities alike skipped from show to show, and showcased some bold and glamorous looks. The style  and vision on show by Yan Yan Chan, Carmen Grace Hamilton and Saasha Burns were hits among our team!

The Street Trends: Snakeskin, Strappy Sandals, Miniature Handbags and Coordinated Suits.

On the Runway, show highlights included Christopher Esber, Michael Lo Sordo, Bec & Bridge and Alice McCall – who was celebrating 15 years in fashion! Lots of neutral khaki tones, offset with an array of pastels from marshmallow pinks and lilac purple to cornflower blue and lemon yellow.  See more of our MBFW 2019 highlights below. 

Some images have been sourced from Vogue Australia, or the instagram accounts linked above!

Lender Interview | Closet Thief

The Lending Labels wardrobe is made up of designer pieces from closets and catalogues across Australia. We love getting a peek into the closets, and outfits that inspire our lenders. This month we’d like to introduce you to Agnes, of @closet.thief – a lender with a distinct urban style, and magnificent eye.

(LL) When did you start lending out your closet?
(@closet.thief) October 18 it was the most impulsive hobby. It all started while I was a passenger in a car whilst my husband was driving doing groceries 

How many pieces do you have in your rental collection?
Too many to count it’s just about finding the time to list them all in between a banking career (boring) and being a mum. 

What is your favourite thing about being part of the dress hire revolution in Australia?
Having pieces that no one else has and being able to share my individual style with others.
Purchasing clothes for myself without guilt 

Do you have a favourite piece in the closet.thief collection?
Yes an off-white fuschia dress that Bella Hadid wore. 

Favourite designer?
Very tough question Alexander wang due to variety street wear to statement pieces 

Any tips for making the most of a hired dress?
Wear it with confidence and enjoy your event

Favourite way to get ready for a night out?
With a glass of wine and some great beats 

You can check out Agnes’ curated collection available to hire on Lending Labels here.

VAMFF 2019

The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival marks the beginning of the year’s Fashion activities, and one we were happy to attend! It’s a noteworthy addition-VAMFF is open to the public-allowing anyone and everyone to get dressed up and get involved. This ‘opens the door’ for fashion enthusiasts with ambition, flair and a pinch of courage to make a splash and preen their feathers alongside the industries more celebrated personalities. Located within the iconic Royal Exhibition Hall, VAMFF attracted a cast of Australia’s biggest designers, stylists, bloggers and personalities. Melbourne put on the charm with gorgeous Autumn days, the usual abundance of good food and wine and plenty of fashion fun. See our favourite looks and details from the street and on the runway below.

The trends: Oversized Jackets over summery slips and minis. Statement hair accessories. Monogrammed cross-body bags. Floor length prints. Feature footwear.