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6 Websites Where You Should Rent Clothes From Now

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
May 20, 2016 · 1.1k Views
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There are many reasons to give renting clothes online a try. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to refresh your wardrobe and try out the latest trends, but do so without making a full commitment. And let’s be honest, we all have at least one, impulsively purchased item that just hangs in our closet with tags still on. Navigating the online clothing rental scene can be tricky, especially if you are a beginner. To make taking the plunge a little easier, here are six sites to check out:

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1. Le Tote

How It Works

For a subscription of $59 per month, Le Tote sends you three garments and two accessories based on your style and interests. The cool thing about Le Tote is that by simply hearting an item, you build a closet filled with your dream wardrobe. Each tote includes pieces from your closet along with items hand-picked by your “personal stylist.” You get to review your tote and swap items out before shipping. Enjoy the tote for as long as you like, then return it to receive your next one.

What’s To Love

Each tote is valued at $200 and comes filled with brands such as French Connection, Free People, House of Harlow 1960, and Rebecca Minkoff. If you fall in love with an item, you have the option to purchase it for 20-50% off retail.

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2. Rent the Runway

How It Works

Rent the Runway was one of the first clothing rental services that made it fashionable to borrow rather than pay for that designer dress. This service is ideal for anyone who has a special event coming up and needs something fabulous to wear. Renting options vary. You can rent an item for 4 to 8 days at the listed price on the website. Or subscribe for Unlimited at $139 per month and choose three items to keep as long as you desire.

What’s To Love

Shopping for something to wear to a big event can be burdensome. Not only does it tax our time and energy to hunt down that stylish frock, but we also end up paying more than intended. With Rent the Runway, you can leave these worries at the virtual door. And where else will you have the chance to get your hands on Marchesa, Elizabeth and James, and Monique Lhuillier for a fraction of the price?

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3. Gwynnie Bee

How It Works

Loved by plus-sized fashion bloggers, Gwynnie Bee is a clothing rental service offering stylish pieces in sizes 10 to 32. Monthly subscription plans vary, offering one to ten items-out-a-time. Price ranges from $49 to $199 per month. Have fun creating the most chic online closet while items from favorite designers are delivered to your doorstep.

What’s To Love

Women’s sizes are not consistent across brands. This is especially true for plus-sizes, which can leave you shelling out a lot of money for ill-fitting clothes. Now you can try out numerous items at low cost to find the labels and designers that fit you best. You can also hold on to that dress you especially love while sending other items back. There is the option to purchase items at a discount off the retail price.

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4. The Ms. Collection

How It Works

A monthly subscription gets you unlimited packs of clothing and accessories based on your style profile. Each plan varies in collection and price: for $39 per month, receive 3-4 items from the casual and cool Ms. Play collection; for $59 per month, receive 3-4 pieces work-friendly items from the Ms. Business collection; for $113 per month receive up to 6 items that mix work and play from the Ms. Combo collection. Unlike other clothing rental services, you do not get to hand pick with Ms. Collection. This is great if you love surprises and look forward to creatively working pieces into your existing wardrobe. Guys wanting to get in on the action can check out The Mr. Collection.

What’s To Love

If the idea of having a virtual personal stylist sounds attractive, The Ms. Collection is for you. Should you find yourself falling so madly in love with a piece that parting seems unbearable, no problem. Just buy it for up to 50% off the retail price.

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5. Mine for Nine

How It Works

Pregnancy is one of the most special times of a woman’s life. But finding clothes to fit a growing bump and ever-changing body during the nine-month period can be a frustrating challenge. Look no further than Mine for Nine, an online clothing rental service catering to expectant mothers. There is no subscription. Rather, browse the website until you see something in your size and style. Keep the item for up to a month at the price clearly listed. Once the piece no longer fits, return it for a new one. There’s something for every occasion whether you are in the office, have a black tie event, or plan on sticking close to home.

What’s To Love

Investing money in maternity clothes can seem like a loss. What fits great today might not two weeks from now. This doesn’t mean you should walk around feeling like a frumpy mess. Rather, expectant mothers should feel good about how they look. Mine to Nine makes this possible by offering a flexible closet packed with the most stylish maternity clothes at very affordable prices.

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6. Bag Borrow or Steal

How It Works

The right bag can polish off just about any outfit. But the ones we love most also come with heftiest price tags. That’s where Bag, Borrow, Steal comes in. For up to one month, you can rent a designer bag for any occasion. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, and Gucci are just some of the high-fashion names you’ll find here. Price by month is clearly marked on the website.

What’s To Love

It’s no secret that the handbag has much to say about its owner. Or in this, case borrower. Perhaps fashion’s most fetishized accessory, it is perceived as a personal expression of style and taste. Wouldn’t it feel amazing to have that coveted clutch in hand at the benefit gala this summer? In a way, Bag, Borrow, or Steal lets us all be Cinderella for a moment. But the glass slipper has been traded in for a classic Chanel chain bag. Keep an eye out for monthly rental sales.

More than ever before, people are giving careful thought to how they spend their money. Mainstay spending habits are being downsized and reconsidered. It makes total sense that clothing would be one of the first spending categories to be reevaluated under this mindset. Anyone looking to save money, freshen up their look, and have some fun doing it will want to explore the world of online clothing rental.


 

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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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