Renting clothes for a formal or job interview can help you stay within your budget.
It’s your first college spring formal. With music booming, lights shining and friends dancing, this night blows your high school prom out of the water. Not only is the atmosphere fantastic, but you and your $575 dress are, as well.
When you return to your dorm, you don’t have to worry about leaving that expensive dress in the dust — or even paying for most of it. In fact, you can return it, having only paid $75 to rent this designer dress.
While it is tempting to wear more comfortable and casual clothing, looking your best is a significant part of college life, from attending dances to networking with your potential employers. With the number of clothing rental services increasing, staying within your budget for that impressive outfit while snagging that job interview can become a reality.
You can rent designer and brand-name clothing for those special occasions without worrying about footing the bill for what it’s really worth. Not only is this a cheap alternative for high-end items, but renting through these sites is also convenient. Membership, shipping, cleaning and insurance are usually all free.
On the other hand, this is online shopping, which means you can’t just try these clothes or accessories on in a fitting room before buying. Once you receive a rental, you either love it or scramble for a backup.
Still, renting a dress or accessory is worth trying, and these sites below are just some of the best rental services available.
Two University of Alabama law school graduates opened up Tie Try for business this January, and it has already attracted a variety of customers, from lawyers to college professors. Similar to its competitor Tie Society, this startup is also perfect for business students. Carrying designers such as Southern Proper, Hermès, Brooks Brothers, Valentino and Calvin Klein, Tie Try delivers your favorite ties, Netflix-style. Subscribe to have one to five ties shipped to you for $11.99 to $29 per month. Then keep them for as long as you want until you mail them back to get the next tie(s) in your queue.
Rent the Runway
You have probably heard of this site through Rent the Runway student reps promoting its deals of up to 95% off retail on your campus. Founded by two Harvard business school graduates, Rent the Runway allows you to find your perfect dress by color, length, body type, style, neckline and even sleeves. With more than 150 designers you can choose from for any interview, business presentation, dance and even date, Rent the Runway lets you reserve your dresses — including one back-up size per dress — and accessories to have it shipped to you a few days before you need it. Then simply return your items in four or eight days for free.
Bag Borrow or Steal
Made famous by Jennifer Hudson’s character in the 2008 Sex and the City movie, this luxury rental service recently launched its mobile app, making it easier to research and purchase luxury handbags and accessories while on the go. Because handbags are typically needed for longer periods of time, enjoy your rental for a week, month or even season, and renew it like you would a library book. Plus, similar to the eBay-like rental site Zilok, you can sell your own bags. You can also try Rent Me a Handbag, which offers more options, with clothing and shoes for both men and women.
Choose from more than 1,000 couture dresses, tops, bottoms and more to rent or purchase. Brands include BCBG Max Azria, Betsey Johnson, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, French Connection, Nicole Miller and more. Like Rent the Runway, rentals start at $50 for what would sell at retail for at least $150. Unlike its competitors, you can only keep a rental for five days without charge. Add another five days for $25.
Have you ever rented clothing or accessories? Share your experiences below, and happy renting!
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