With the fast moving trends of the fashion world, the choices are endless each season for the “must-have” designer items. So how would one stay in vogue without running up huge credit card bills or cramming more clothing and accessories into an already over run closet ?
Renting designer clothing, handbags and jewelry is a sure way to keep your wardrobe up to date. More and more designer savvy shoppers are turning to rental websites such as Avelle, Adorn, and Rent The Runway to rent genuine, high quality designer goods.
From upscale handbags (think Louis Vuitton and Chanel) to celebrity jewelry and couture dresses, here are the key rental sites that can elevate your wardrobe to a sky high level of luxury.
Avelle - is a site that rents designer handbags, sunglasses, and jewelry and has brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, YSL and many more. Rental prices start from as little as $30.00 per month for a handbag and there is no restrictions on the length of rental.
This delisiuos Louis Vuitton Clutch costs $32 per week to rent.
If you find yourself unable to bear the thought to part with your rented Louis Vuitton vintage clutch, why not make it yours? Avelle offers members a chance to purchase the item they have rented, but be quick because there is only limited stock of each item.
Rent the Runway - Designer dresses and accessories await you at RTR with the likes of Herve Leger, Rebecca Taylor, Helmut Lang and many more designer morsels. The rental period is 4-8 days at a time for each piece rented.
Thinking that the $295 Rebecca Taylor dress you have had your eye on is too much, try renting for $50, a mere fraction of its retail price.
Rent the Runway offers their customers two sizes in the dress they have chosen to rent. This allows for the sizing difference between different designer’s clothing to be taken into account. Rent the runway sends customers the size requested as well as another size, also requested by the customer, to help achieve that perfect fit.
New customers will also receive a “fit kit”, double sided tape, deodorant wipe out and a lint remover are at the members finger tips to ensure everything sits and drapes as it should.
Adorn.com – For all the shoppers who spent hours salivating over the gorgeous gems celebrities wear to the award ceremonies, Adorn is the place to get your fix.
Rent a Bailey vintage diamond drop necklace, that retailed at $18,000.00 for $150.00 per time. Or make your friends green with envy over these Ashley cluster bezel diamond earrings $75.00, small price to pay compared to the retailed $3,030.00.
Adorn asks for the jewelry to be returned the next business day after your event. Here is an example of gorgeous Chandler Earrings that could be yours to wear to an event for a fraction of a price.
Wear Today, Gone Tomorrow - this rental site is the product of former Lucky editor Madeline Passarell. It stocks designer dress, skirts, tops and jackets from Prada, Stella McCartney. and Marc Jacobs. Rental period for this site is one week per item.
You can rent goodies like this Diane Von Furstenberg dress, that retails at $395.00, for $39.00 per week, plus $10 cleaning fee. Other Notable Features & Questions:
- Convenient Returns - each of the rental sites offers pre-paid, pre-addressed envelope that simplify return process.
- Up to date designer items – all sites up date their designer items regularly to bring their customers up-to date designer clothing, handbags, sunglasses, and jewelry items.
- Sounds great but I would be too worried that I would damage the item, what would happen then ? “What if I spill red wine on the dress or a bead falls off, or…” I hear you asking yourself. Do not fear, the lovely people at all four sites have thought of this problem occurring as well. Rent The Runway.com has a built in extra $5.00 to their customers to ease their mind about nasty spills and loose threads.
- Going the extra mile - Each of these sites offers an extra helping hand to all of their members. For example, Rent the Runway has a team of dedicated stylists working to take the intimidation factor out of the designer experience. They have the know how about how each garment featured on the site will fit and feel, as well as suggest ways to accessorize the outfit for maximum glamour and style.
Would you rent designer duds? If so, would you rent everything that you can get your hands on: handbags, dresses, and jewelry? Or do you feel some items, like dresses are not appropriate to rent? Or do you prefer to go the ownership route?