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25 Sep

How I Wear Designer Gowns For A Fraction Of The Cost And How You Can Too

Jessi Malay wearing Youssef Aljasmi Emmy's Red Carpet
Jessi Malay wearing Youssef Aljasmi Emmy's Red Carpet

Letting you in on a big secret here… how I wear high end designer gowns, I’m talking Saint Laurent and Oscar de la Renta, for all of my events and redcarpets without breaking the bank, and how you can too! Let’s be real, once you wear a dress to a big event, take your photos, and post them on the gram, you’re probably never going to wear that dress again. So why invest thousands of dollars in a dress you’re only going to wear once? You don’t have to and here’s how. Tips and resources that were once only available to celebrity stylists, I’m sharing with you today!

Online Designer Gown Rental

Jessi Malay wearing Saint Laurent Gown

Janet Mandell Showroom​

Right before last year’s Gold Globe Awards, I discovered Janet Mandell’s showroom. And ever since then, it just keeps getting better and better. Janet’s showroom is really one-of-a-kind, filled with couture labels like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, and Balmain. Not only does she have such an amazingly curated selection of designer dresses and accessories, but she makes the whole process super easy! You can browse up to 3,000 designer pieces online, rent for up to 7-days and then send back with a UPS return label provided by their team. What I love about Janet’s service is that it gives anyone the opportunity to wear couture designer pieces without committing to a pricey purchase and her inventory is always up-to-date! For the Emmy’s I was deciding on wearing this incredible Saint Laurent gown paired with a vintage Saint Laurent clutch and Chanel earrings. All these pieces are available on her website for rent! 

Rent The Runway​

Rent the Runway is another great online service that offers women designer dresses and accessory rentals for special occasions. Not only do they provide one-time rentals, but they also have a membership plan where you’re able to rent multiple pieces per month. They make the whole process really convenient by having the 4 pieces chosen for you, shipped directly to your door and allow customers to swap them out for something new whenever they want! Their website offers so many amazing high-end designers like Jason Wu, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Ulla Johnson, Vera Wang for rental prices starting as low as $30! 

High Fashion Rental Showroom

Jessi Malay wearing Youssef Aljasmi Emmy's Red Carpet


Style PR has become one of my go-to showroom’s in LA! Their showroom carries one of my absolute favorite gown designers, Yousef Aljasmi! I actually wore his gowns to 3 different award shows including the Emmy’s this past weekend! Although Style PR is a public relations showroom, they have a huge rental department in their LA showroom that carries amazing designers like Yousef Aljasmi, Michael Costello, Zac Posen, Jenny Packham, and the list goes on! Anyone is welcome to make an appointment with their rental department, do a fitting, and rent these designer dresses for a fraction of the retail price! 

Online Dress Stores

If you still prefer to own your gowns, these are my go-to favorite online shops that offer chic options, always on or ahead of the trends, in every price range!  

FORWARD by elyse walker

1. Jonathan Simkhai Plisse Lame Maxi Dress


2. Michelle Mason Twist Gown



3. Zhivago Eye of Horus Gown


4. Michael Costello x REVOLVE Justin Gown


5. Norma Kamali Diana Gown
Norma Kamali



6. Satin Fishtail Maxi Dress


7. Little Mistress One Shoulder Satin Maxi Dress


8. Embellished Maxi Dress



9. Captivated Light Grey Cowl Neck Maxi Dress


10. Aveline Navy Blue Off-Shoulder Maxi Dress


11. Kiss Me Again Ruffled One-Shoulder Maxi Dress


  • Cassie

    These are such good tips!! You always look amazing at every red carpet!

    September 26, 2019 at 10:44 am Reply
  • Suzanne

    Loving all these dresses! And you looked amazing at the Emmy’s! Loved the gold dress <3

    September 26, 2019 at 10:45 am Reply
  • Erin

    Your red carpet looks are always killer!! Thank you for sharing this :)

    September 26, 2019 at 10:47 am Reply
  • Elegant Duchess

    Love your dresses Jess, you look like a star! and what a great idea to rent designer dresses! xx

    Elegant Duchess xx

    September 26, 2019 at 11:44 am Reply
  • MJ Junior

    great tips! Thanks for always sharing your knowledge!


    October 3, 2019 at 6:16 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    Babe, you effortlessly rock these. Super stunning on you, especially the first one.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    October 3, 2019 at 7:50 pm Reply

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