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Fashion Roadtest: Just My Style

Ashleigh Went

How many time have you opened the doors to your wardrobe before a night out or big event and thought to yourself, “can I get away with wearing this again?”

 In a world where every moment is documented on social media, it can be a little bit harder to get away with outfit repeating. For those of us who a) don’t get invites to fancy events too often; or b) don’t have the budget to stock our wardrobes with stunning designer dresses, what to wear can be a real conundrum. Cue a very chic entrance from Just My Style, the Canberra-based designer dress rental business created by Maryanne Franjic.

In a nutshell, Just My Style is my virtual dream wardrobe. A scroll through the dresses on offer is like a foray into the front row of an uber-glam fashion show. There’s Zimmerman (my personal favourite), Thurley, Yeojin Bae, Lover, Elle Zeitoune… the list goes on, and it’s impressive.

I crossed paths with Maryanne when I got invited to a fancy dinner at Brown Brothers Winery in Milawa, and once again found myself with nothing to wear. I spoke to Maryanne about how the business works, and she encouraged me to go online and choose a dress that might suit.

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This is how the dress hire works: you visit Just My Style and pick a dress you love, select from the available sizes, and then pick a rental period. There are two periods to select from: four days and eight days. Then you pick a rental start date, and you’re all set!

The prices for rental vary depending on the recommended retail price of the dress, and range from $70 – $199. When you consider that the dresses that rent for $199 cost nearly $1000, it’s a pretty good deal.

What I really love about Just My Style’s collection is how versatile it is. Every girl is different in terms of how dressed up she likes to get for certain events, so I imagine it would be quite difficult to stock a collection that meets everyone’s needs. That being said, I really believe that Maryanne has a dress for every occasion – from date night, to a wedding (as a guest, not a bride), to graduation, a night out on the town, and indeed – a candle lit dinner function.

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I had a look and selected two Zimmerman dresses – one as a backup, because I wasn’t too sure about my size. This step probably isn’t necessary, as us Canberra ladies are lucky in that Maryanne offers try-on appointments – or you can return the dress if it doesn’t fit for an alternative size or a credit. The dresses were delivered to me, and the HerCanberra office oo’d and aah’d at how beautiful they were.

The night of my event, I slipped on the rose gold Zimmerman Bowerbird dress, and it fit like a glove.

I got more compliments than I could count on my dress, and it really made me feel beautiful. It was the perfect dress for the occasion and gave me the confidence to thoroughly enjoy the evening.

Before I knew it, we were back in Canberra and my precious time with these beauties had come to an end. When you hire the dress, it arrives with an express post bag that you can just put the dress in and pop it in a yellow AusPost box or into a post office. Just My Style take care of the cleaning of the garment, so there’s no need for you to dry clean it. And that’s it!

Maryanne was so helpful and lovely every step of the way. While Just My Style provided the dress hire free of charge for the purposes of this review, I wouldn’t hesitate to rent a dress in the future. The dresses are truly gorgeous, and the process was so easy.

The author received the dresses free of charge from Just My Style.


Ashleigh Went

HerCanberra ACTIVE Editor Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. As someone who loves champagne and cheese almost as she loves a sweaty workout, she's all about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She can usually be found with her nose in a book, planning her next adventure, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue. More about the Author

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