Last week, we told you how to rent a bauble. This week, Jeet Dalvi tells you about Style Source, where you can rent an outfit
They say that if you stand outside a store and stare at a dress without blinking for 30 seconds, you won’t be able to fall asleep till you own it. But, the minute you’ve paid for it, you suddenly feel the hole in your wallet! Clothing rental spaces were introduced to the city for this very reason, helping people to look their fashionable best without having to invest in a new outfit that they’d only wear once or twice. While several stores that offer the service have been around for a while, they’re in the spotlight again, and Style Source is the latest entrant to the space.
It may take a while to figure out where it’s located, but it helps to look for Imppa House at Pali Hill which is the nearest landmark. The store was set up a few weeks ago, and includes a fresh collection of party, formal and casual attire for men and women. If you’re a style connoisseur, this high-fashion hotspot is perfect for you.
Dress like Cinderella
The store has a vivid collection of appliqué embellished attire and displays apparel inspired by Indo-Chinese art. You will find that most of these techniques are used for the gowns, which can be rented from Rs. 1,000 onwards, for two days. There are several gowns that are perfect for a cocktail party, but our personal favourite was a black, fitted, backless style with transparent stripes running down it. When it comes to dresses, at Style Source you’re in Fantasy Land. Forget long gowns; even the shorter options were gorgeous and we ended up with several favourites, including a cherry red off-shoulder style, with beautiful twirls at the bottom.
Street style treats
Along with the fabulous, larger-than-life gowns and dresses, the store offers a variety of street style apparel. High waist denims, loose shirts, cotton and satin skirts (Rs. 500 each) and soft overcoats add to the range. Funky crop and printed tops (Rs. 1,200 onwards) are worth a try for a casual night out with friends, if you don’t want to invest large amounts on buying the styles that you want to sport. If you’re fond of corsets, try the lace corset or tube tops with shimmer and neon for about Rs. 350. Fur jackets are must-try too, since buying woollen clothes will only block space in your wardrobe. But, for that rare chilly night, the tainted fur jackets will make you shine!
Best foot forward
Everything for a complete look is under one roof here, so how can we ignore one of our favourite essentials — footwear! The footwear collection has extravagant high heels (Rs. 1,000) that are ramp ready, but they’ve also got spunky, sporty shoes in pink, blue and cream.
So, if you’ve got plans for the weekend and don’t have anything to wear, Style Source is a place worth visiting to pick your look.