You could be rocking a $400 Kate Spade clutch for $12, or a $1,850 Versace gown for $80. Feel like splurging? Adorn your neck with an Oscar De La Renta statement necklace for $150, original retail $2000.
The catch? Each item comes with a limited rental period. The clock strikes midnight and just as Cinderella’s coach turned back into a pumpkin, your $90 Manolo Blahniks must be returned and replaced with your sensible off-brand pumps (Manaloo Blaaniks – they run big).
But you got to feel like a princess for a couple of nights and it was worth it. Which is why we are all about businesses that rent fabulous clothes and accessories.
A quick Google search will turn up a robust amount of links directing you to clothing and accessories rental services. However after perusing the blogosphere, a trusty rental program and model can be found in renttherunway.com.
The site allows visitors to search for exactly what they need, filtering by price, size, delivery date, color, trend, body type, sleeve, neckline, age and designer. You are recommended to rent four days before your event. If the piece doesn’t fit you can send it back in a prepaid bag and receive a different size or style in time for your glamorous plans, guaranteed.
The list of designers available for rent is extensive, including designers like Carolina Herrara, Diane Von Furstenberg, Lilly Pulitzer, Missoni, Prabal Gurung, Vera Wang, Zac Posen and many more.
So if prom, black tie galas, weddings or festive nights-out are in your future, consider an alternative to your current non-designer buying budget. Give rental a try. The glass slipper fit Cinderella perfectly. The Christian Louboutin’s may fit you just as well.
Here are some rental sites we recommend checking out to get you started (per thebudgetfashionista.com):
Dresses, accessories & bags: https://www.renttherunway.com/