Dress Sense @ Raffles City Shopping Center, Singapore

Ladies, it’s perfectly ok to admit that you usually wear a dress once before piling your wardrobe with newer clothes. Being the thrifty shopper that I am, I find it quite a waste of money to spend hundreds of dollars on a dress you’re probably only going to wear once for that special event.

Which is why I was thrilled to find out that Dress Sense provides gives customers the option to buy or rent from their extensive multi-label collection of evening and occasion wear, jewelry and evening bags.

I took a step into Cinderella’s closet and should’ve known earlier that I was going to spend the rest of my evening there before making an early dinner date with Lynn Wolf. Lynn came late but just in time after I’ve made my choices.

Anyway, these are just a few of the dresses that I tried on…

I personally prefer going for pastels, blush tones or brightly colored dresses because it compliments my dark skin tone.
But there’s no harm in trying on some dark-colored eveningwear either. Afterall, if everything else fails, you just can’t go wrong with a simple Little Black Dress.

“What if I like the dress but it doesn’t fit me well?”

Dress Sense provides alteration services for an additional fee (yes, even for rentals!) in case you want your dress be fitted perfectly, making the dress of your choice a ‘one off’ of to your requirements.

I found that most of the dresses I tried on did not only have 1) a unique design, 2) the great cut and attention to detail made everything look good and fit me perfectly.

That’s with the exception for some of the long, flowy evening gowns though – which probably would’ve needed to be shortened had I chosen any of them.

Everything in the collection is perfect, and infinitely wearable. Those were my exact thoughts as I browsed through the clothing racks. Like I said, it was like entering Cinderella's closet!

Designer cocktail and evening outfits from brands such as Jovani, Adrianna Papell and Inge Christopher, all loved and worn by our favourite Hollywood starlets on countless occasions, arrive for the first time in Singapore, exclusively at Dress Sense.

These evening gowns were to-die-for. Ready to show off some sexyback? I think so. I went with the outfit on the right. A dress by Nicole Bakti, $859 to buy but only $226.20 to rent for a standard 2 weeks!

The Buy or Rent Concept

Whether you choose to buy, rent or rent first and buy later, the possibility depends on how in love you are with the outfit you chose to want to keep it.

  • You may choose to BUY a brand new piece at full price, just like any normal retail store OR buy a rented/pre-loved piece at a lower price. The price of a dress is automatically marked down each time a piece is rented out.
  • You may choose to RENT a piece for 2 weeks at a fraction of the full purchase price. Say the dress costs $600, you can rent it for 14 days for just under $150 although you have to pay the full purchase price first. When the outfit is returned, you will receive a refund of the difference between the purchase and rental price.
  • IF you need it for longer than 2 weeks, you can extend the rental by another 2 to 4 weeks. However, you are required to pay the rental fee again. Another alternative is to pay penalty late fees, which would come up to less if you just need it for a few more days.
  • If you were renting and DECIDED TO KEEP the piece you rented, simply drop an email to or give them a call (+65 6333 0329) to request for purchase and they will keep your rental deposit as the purchase payment since you’ve already paid the full price of the outfit in the beginning.

Now that’s what I call smart shopping!

^ All the gorgeous accessories are available for buy or rent too. Which means you can get complete your look all in one store. So prepare to spend a whole day in the dressing room, if you could.

Pick from any of the selected collection by Inge Christopher, Kendra Scott, Liquid Metal or Whiting & Davis. Most of these brands have long enjoyed well-deserved popularity with celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria, Tyra Banks and of course, the fashion press.

After 3 hours and more than 8 dresses later, I walked out with 2 dresses and 2 clutch bags to match each outfit. Exhausted, but pleased beyond question.

Dress Sense is conveniently located at Raffles City Shopping Centre (right by City Hall MRT station) at #03-29A.

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The dress I wore to the exclusive Johnnie Walker Jet Black Party on Saturday night – 12 March 2011.

The Hi-Lo Dress by Nicole Bakti – $859 to buy, $226.20 to rent.

Leather Clutch by Inge Christopher – $429 to buy, $113 to rent

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The ‘Sex & The City Dress’ I wore to the Cozycot + International Women’s Day 2011 event to receive my award for being 1 of ‘100 Most Inspiring Real Women’.

Sex & The City Dress by Faviana – $599 to buy, $163.80 to rent.

Silk Handbag by Inge Christopher – $269 to buy, $108.70 to rent (Now on 40% off due to their end of season sale.)

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Like the dresses? Feed your curiosity and visit Dress Sense at Raffles City Shopping Centre (right by City Hall MRT station) at #03-29A.

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