6 Must-Try Clothing Rental Sites to Spare Your Wallet & the Environment
This article was written by The Zillennial Zine’s spring editorial intern Megan Pavek. Find her on Instagram at @megan.pavek. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Zillennial, have you reached the age where everyone you know is either getting hitched, having a baby, or buying a home? There’s a time when the people around you (yourself included!) are consistently hitting new milestones in life and celebrating accordingly. Where does that leave you? Needing an outfit for an endless stream of showers, parties, ceremonies, and more. Maybe you want to improve work outfits after a promotion, try a new trend without fully committing, or need a wardrobe change for your trip down milestone lane. Here are the best clothing rental sites to help you save money, avoid fast fashion, and look cute while doing it!
Nuuly hauls or monthly unboxings have become increasingly popular on TikTok. For a base subscription of $88 dollars per month, you can choose six clothing items to join in on the fun and see what everyone’s talking about. The site promises no hidden fees, fast services, and free shipping for all selections or subsequent returns. Supposedly users are eligible to cancel their subscription at any time. This service is a great choice for those in search of trendy statement pieces. Plus, the reusable bag used for each monthly shipment showcases a true commitment to sustainability.
Rent The Runway
Rent The Runway is for the fashionistas who want designer clothes without the flashy price tag. Are you a plus one to a glamorous event that requires formal attire you’ll never wear again? Rent The Runway has got your back. Geared toward those needing high fashion, dress to impress for a fraction of the price. Depending on the item or designer, because these items tend to be higher quality you can expect to pay more than other rental sites.
Armoire stands apart due to the time taken to understand each user’s style and body type before curating top-notch wardrobe picks. It offers multiple plans for a variety of budgets and highlights a commitment to sustainable and woman-owned brands. This company also prioritizes clothing for the working woman and is the best choice for anyone needing professional outfits for the office. Extra points for the user-friendly website and registration process.
Another luxury rental service, Vince Unfold is one of the more expensive clothing subscription options offering a four-garment plan for $160 dollars per month. For many users, this service allows them to try before they commit to a full purchase, and if they decide they want to ultimately own a piece they receive a discount. However, some reviews warn that there isn’t as much control over which exact items you receive, clothing isn’t always seasonal and pricing can be unclear until you’ve already paid.
Gwynnie Bee is known for being an inclusive, body-positive company that boasts a variety of options for all sizes and currently offers clothing ranging in sizes 0-32. It’s one of the best clothing rental sites for those in search of fashionable plus-size items. Another perk of Gwynnie Bee is that you get 50% off your first box, and get to keep the clothes for as long as you want. According to reviews, new items are added often, the clothing is affordable, and there are many retro-inspired pieces for those wanting a vintage look.
Pickle promises high-end designer brands for over 80% off the original retail value, an accessible platform to rent clothing for any occasion, and the convenience of same-day delivery. What sets this company apart is that it operates using a peer-to-peer marketplace and convenient door-to-door delivery in the specific city you live in. The downside is having limited options and being restricted to renting clothing from people living within a certain radius. If you live in a remote area, pickings might be slim. However, those who are already endowed with drool-worthy closets can use this platform as a way to rent their clothing as a side hustle.
Have you used a clothing rental site? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!