Don’t get me wrong, I love a good shopping trip. To me, unbridled luxury is aimlessly wandering with my sister on a sunny day, discovering new brands hidden among the array of New York boutiques, trying on pieces that catch my eye, all to find something that makes my heart sing. But most of all, in a world of doom scrolling and endless Instagram shopping ads, I love how present and mindful I am as a consumer on these shopping excursions.
Conscious consumption and fighting the urge to just accumulate is something I’m consistently working at, especially because at the end of the day…I love clothes, plain and simple. This is where the world of clothing rental services swooped in to help me find the sweet spot of buying less while satisfying my love for fashion. Oh, and the added bonus? Cutting down on the not insignificant amount of time spent deliberating and regretting impulse buys.
I’ve done the research so you don’t have to—here are the best clothing rental services that’ll transform your shopping habits and revive your closet.
Rent the Runway Unlimited
Why you’ll want it: Looking to stand out in the crowd as you catch the bouquet at your friend’s upcoming wedding? Maybe you have a job interview at known cool company and want to dress to impress. Or maybe your everyday wardrobe is in need of a tune-up. Rent the Runway has eye-grabbing occasion-wear and stylishly elevated work-wear, including designer pieces from brands like Tibi, Rejina Pyo, Club Monaco, Tory Burch, Reformation, Jason Wu and more.
How it works: Choose from two plans: Unlimited or Update. Unlimited offers members over 650 designers with items valuing up to $3,000; there’s also the unlimited option to swap items. For those who chose Update, you choose from 400 designers items valueing up to $300, but you can only swap once a month. Still, both memberships allow members to rent four items at a time.
The cost: RTR Unlimited, $159/month; RTR Update, $89/month
Why you’ll want it: Why should you only borrow fashion from your friends? Join in the communal closet at Tulerie, the peer to peer clothing rental app allowing users to rent and rent out the full spectrum of their wardrobes from each other. While you raid countless closets—hello vintage gems!—make money simultaneously by opening the door to yours. The best part? Everyone is incredibly respectful—each new member is vetted via Facetime so that you can feel confident sharing your favorite pieces.
How it works: Download the app, browse, then make rental requests. It’s that straightforward!
To rent out, simply accept requests and ship it out. Don’t forget to professionally clean your clothes when they’re returned to you using the cleaning fee paid by the borrower.
The cost: Priced individually on each listing.
Why you’ll want it: You already spend your paycheck on beloved retailers like Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People, so why not rent from the good folks at parent company URBN each month hassle free?
How it works: First, fill out a short quiz about your sizing and shape. Once your personal edit is complete, you can browse the clothing and choose up to six rentals a month, which include new season items. Laundry and clothing repairs are also included in the price. Purchase any item you love and Nuuly will give it to you at a discount, which varies from brand to brand. Return the ones you don’t need to own.
The cost: $88/month
Banana Republic Style Passport
Why you’ll want it: Banana Republic Style Passport is another clothing rental service that makes dressing for work quick and seamless process so you have more time for things that matter (lattes, sleep, podcasts).
The details: After curating your own closet, you can rent three items at a time and wear them for as long as you want, or return them using your pre-paid label. You also have the option to get more items any time during the month (some services just do a single bulk shipment).
The cost: $85/month
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Fashion to Figure
Why you’ll want it: Made for women sizes 12–24 and XL–3XL who want boundless stylish clothing options to choose from, Fashion to Figure will have you looking and feeling your best. Not to mention, they carry accessories too so you can top off your look.
The details: Fashion to Figure Closet members can rent three styles from the proprietary brand, and can return and repeat as much as you want. If there’s an item you absolutely can’t part with, FTFC will knock up to 50% off the retail price just for you.
The cost: $54.95/month
Why you’ll want it: Gwynnie Bee’s website has stylist-curated categories like work and weekend so members can easily browse clothing for every occasion. The service caters specifically to women sizes 10 to 32 from brands like Calvin Klein, ModCloth, and Eshakti.
The details: Before you even decide to commit to Gwynnie Bee, the company offers a free trial that allows customers to rent two items at a time for one month. After your trial period is over, the pricing increases based on how many items you want to take out at a time. The priciest box allows you to rent up to 10 items and costs $199.
The cost: starting at $69.95/month for two items
Why you’ll want it: The Pinterest-girl closet you’ve been coveting is suddenly within reach. Vince Unfold is a good way to try out the brand’s offerings, from breezy linens for an upcoming vacation to leather and velvet suits that’ll make you look and feel your best.
The details: Vince Unfold members are encouraged to maintain at least 10 items in their virtual closet; the company sends four at a time. You can wear them for as long as you wish within the month and exchange them whenever you want all month long. Vince Unfold also offers members a discounted price on all its offerings so you can keep the ones you want or return your items for a new batch.
The cost: $160/month
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New York and Company Closet
Why you’ll want it: Beat the mall crowd and get New York and Company’s latest arrivals delivered to your door.
The details: New York and Company Closet gives members the opportunity to add up to 25 items to their virtual closet so there’s a better chance of getting pieces you truly love. Three of those items will be shipped monthly; return and replace your selects as often as you want.
The cost: $49.95/month
Why you’ll want it: Think Real Real meets Rent the Runway. Style Lend allows members to rent designer items from other people’s closets. Hear me out: You get to rent designer bags, dresses, outerwear, anything from brands like Zimmerman, Self Portrait, Emilio Pucci, Chanel, Christian Dior instead of paying full retail price.
The details: If you’ve ever wanted to take Chanel’s signature tweed suit for a test drive or haven’t yet decided if you want to add a Louis Vuitton handbag to your collection, Style Lend has all the brands you could ever dream of in its inventory. You can rent a designer piece for seven days, return it, then rent again. The super affordable monthly fee might come as a shock, but unlike other rental services, the inventory isn’t as expansive, you’re only renting items for a week, and can’t purchase the items you love (unless you speak directly to the seller and they’re okay with giving up that fur-trimmed Emilio Pucci jacket).
The cost: $7.95/month
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