It’s a familiar dilemma for Mrs Smiths everywhere: you’ve booked a romantic city break but on planning your vacation wardrobe, find it somewhat lacking in luxury boutique-hotel finesse. We think we’ve found the solution – meet Girl Meets Dress (GMD), a website offering designer threads for hire, with fresh frocks in stock weekly.
For as little as a ninth of the price of buying a dress, you can hire one from GMD, work the hotel restaurant as if it’s decked out in red carpet, and justify the entire cost of your minibreak with the savings you’ve made. Just make sure you pick the right dress for the right city…
Dress: Alexander McQueen tie-dye dress
Wear it in: cosmopolitan Portland – where its boho tie-dye vibe is the perfect arty match.
Flaunt it… browsing the boutiques and galleries on Alberta Street or perching at the open bar at Le Pigeon, while chef Gabriel Rucker rustles up dishes such as halibut with clams and ham and steak with duck-fat potatoes.
Hang it up: in your Marilyn closet at the Jupiter Hotel.
Dress: Miu Miu colour-block belted dress
Wear it in: New York, where its classic good looks work day or night and its demure navy hue is as Manhattan-proof as Miu Miu gets.
Flaunt it… all day long, from shopping at Barneys to dinner at Balthazar.
Hang it up: Make your Miu Miu feel at home the Cooper Square Hotel, a slice of Milan in Manhattan.
Dress: Goddess Gown by Roberto Cavalli
Wear it in: Dubai. This is the place for a showstopper that can outdazzle a gold souk.
Flaunt it… Sipping martinis on the 51st floor at Vu’s, or dining on heavenly French food beneath sherbert pink chandeliers at Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire.
Hang it up: in your muted, modern wardrobe at Address Downtown Burj Dubai.
Dress 3.1 Phillip Lim blaze red tiered dress
Wear it in: equally fiery Spanish capital, Madrid – you’ve every chance of being mistaken for an extremely well-dressed local.
Flaunt it… strolling at dusk through Retiro Park, or enjoying the opera at the Teatro Real.
Hang it up: with your castanets in the Spanish Room at Casa de Madrid.
Dress Haute Hippie city studded silk dress
Wear it in: Montreal – Canada’s second city demands an LBD for the CBD that’s more ready-to-wear than rodeo.
Flaunt it… looking as cutting edge as the exhibits at the Musée de l’Art Contemporain, and mixing with the mixologists at Baldwin Barmacie.
Hang it up: next to your warm coat at the very grand Hotel St Paul.