‘Down-to-earth’ Carrie Symonds rented her £2,870 wedding dress for just £45 – ‘thirfty’

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Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson released a photograph from their wedding day after the couple married yesterday. The picture issued by Number 10 shows the newly wed couple gazing into each other’s eyes. For the wedding, Carrie wore a long white dress by designer brand Christos Costarellos. 

Traditionally, brides tend to incorporate “something borrowed” into their wedding looks as well as “something new” and “something old”.

Very few however, would choose to wear a gown on their wedding day that was rented.

In a bold move, Carrie Johnson rented her £2,870 wedding dress for the big day. 

The appliqúed embroidered tulle gown by Greek fashion designer Christos Costarellos was available to buy on luxury website, Net-a-Porter.

Christos Costarellos has become one of Greece’s leading designers since launching his label in 1998, but the brand isn’t very well-known in the UK.

The description of the dress reads: “Created as part of an exclusive bridal capsule, this gown is handmade from tiers of wispy ivory tulle spun with plenty of silk.

“The latticework trims and hand-cut ‘Kopaneli’ corded lace appliqúes are signature of the atelier and woven using traditional Greek patterns.”

It is also available to rent via the website My Wardrobe HQ for just £45 a day.

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The company describes itself as “the UK’s first fashion rental marketplace; a leading destination for renting and buying contemporary and luxury womenswear fashion”.

It has a huge selection of clothing pieces, including jumpsuits and ball gowns, that could cost up to £250 a day to rent. 

Garments can be rented for between four and 14 days at any one time.

The piece on the website currently says: “Ooops, someone else has rented this item.”

This sparked conversation about whether or not Carrie had rented her dress with one person saying how this showed she was “environmentally conscious” with her outfit choices.

Taking to social media, another wrote: “This just shows she is as down-to-earth as anyone else.”

“You wear your wedding dress once, it makes sense not paying a ridiculous price for it to sit in the wardrobe, how thrifty of Carrie,” said a third.

The Prime Minister’s wife is known for championing environmental causes, and has rented outfits from the platform for several previous appearances.

This included a blue belted coat by British designer Isabelle Fox for the Commonwealth Day service in March 2020 as well as a checked dress by Eponine London, worn to visit the Queen at Balmoral in September 2020.

Going for an environmentally friendly option on her wedding day shows how committed Mrs Johnson is to showcasing how you can dress for cheaper.

For the wedding, Carrie paired the rented dress with a floral headpiece, which featured daisies and roses. 

She styled her long blonde hair in a loose wave and sported natural makeup with the look.

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