For the past two years or so, I haven’t bought many clothes. My friends know that I love fashion, so whenever I say that, they’re in disbelief. ‘But what about that new dress you wore the other night?’ or ‘What about that beautiful suit?’ The questions don’t stop! The truth is that I still experience and wear lots of different clothes—I just don’t buy them. Instead, I rent them, using a service called Rent the Runway.
Rent the Runway helps me keep up with the latest fashion trends while looking professional. Their extensive variety of styles gives me the freedom to experiment with new clothing and brands I haven’t been exposed to, without the stress of a return date or the cost of flat out buying designer clothes.
Rent the Runway is a phenomenal clothing brand that lets you rent, subscribe, or buy designer apparel and accessories. When you sign up, you’re able to select a plan and choose how frequently you’d like new items. You are then able to build your own shipments by browsing through styles from over 700 designers. Once you get your items in the mail, you’re able to wear them for as long as you’d like—there’s no return date. In fact, you’re even able to buy the piece if you fall in love with it! Otherwise, you can simply return it for a new shipment.
Because I’m able to wear these incredible pieces, I get a lot of questions about where my clothes are from. And when I tell people they’re from Rent the Runway, I get a lot of questions about renting clothes, so in this blog, I’m going to answer some of those questions. Let’s get right to them!
What if Your Rental Gets Dirty?
Probably the first question people always ask me about renting clothes is what happens if you get them dirty? Because naturally, the moment you need to keep your clothes clean is the moment you’re eating something messy or forget how to bring a cup to your lips—we’ve all been there.
Fortunately, that’s all accounted for. Rent the Runway’s rental coverage takes care of most common, small stains, so the risk is really quite low. They have a team who truly understand the science and chemistry behind getting stains out, so you can always count on having clean clothes, and you don’t have to sweat the small stuff.
How Do You Know What Will Fit You?
The other question I get is about sizing. The biggest trouble with shopping for clothes online is that it can be hard to tell how things will actually fit. And for designer items that you really want to fit properly, it can be even more difficult. The thing that really distinguishes Rent the Runway is the community of users that leave notes on each item. This means that for each item, there’s a record of how different sizes fit different people. This means that I’m able to find items that fit me perfectly.
Why Would You Rent Clothes?
For someone like me, my style is constantly changing. I don’t always want to buy clothes because, well, what about when I get bored of them? With Rent the Runway, I’m able to just return them and find something that fits the look I want.
As a lawyer, it is very important that I look my best at all times without sacrificing comfort. Clothes can signal confidence, power, and expertise, but it’s also important to feel that way when you wear them.
While finding clothes that fulfill my needs can be a difficult task, I’ve found that it’s easier with Rent the Runway—it gives me the flexibility to try a variety of different brands and styles until I’m able to find the perfect style and fit. Plus, I don't have the worry of wearing the same outfits repeatedly, as I can return and rent new clothing as often as I please.
Renting is Easy and Fast
Rent the Runway’s intuitive website and app let me quickly browse styles and make selections quickly and easily. As a lawyer, business owner, and single mother, I don’t have a lot of time available for shopping. When I do have spare time, it’s often devoted to my son or late nights in the office preparing for court, so it’s important to me that I’m not forced to spend huge amounts of time finding new clothing.
Rent the Runway’s quick and efficient shipping gives me the confidence that I will always be up to date with fashion and never have to wonder, ‘when’s that package going to come in?’ Plus, with the ability to schedule a pickup, it takes next to no time to return my items—perfect for me.
Renting Reduces my Carbon Footprint
Renting clothes can help lower my carbon footprint. When clothes are made, like with traditional ‘fast fashion,’ there’s a lot of energy being used to produce the materials, ship the materials, produce the clothes, ship the clothes, and so on. Those clothes are typically low-quality, and not even meant to last much longer than a season—can you believe that? So it’s unsurprising that so many clothes end up in the landfill after a year or so.
Renting and sharing clothes means less clothes are being made, less clothes are being landfilled, and that people are being more intentional about their consumption. A win for the planet is a win for me, which is just one more reason I fell in love with Rent the Runway.