The best clothing rental subscription services that'll keep your wardrobe fresh
Could owning everything in your closet become passé? Clothing rental services by subscription are on the rise. Although we love a good fashion box—and will be the first to sign up for Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie box when it launches—renting clothes is a great way to keep your wardrobe always feeling new. You can have a variety of work outfits and a rotation of party looks with just a click of your mouse.
The beauty of these rental subscription boxes is that they give you the feeling of regularly having new and fashionable things to wear. Some of us (and I’m pointing to myself) have a habit of always wanting new things, which results in a closet packed with pieces we have only worn once. With a rental subscription, you get new digs regularly delivered to your door, filling that need for newness without stuffing your closet.
These clothing rental services allow you to try new trends or rent designer clothes without financial investment. If you’re not a fan, back to the service it goes.
And the options for these subscriptions are growing by the day. Banana Republic recently announced it will be launching one, and we suspect more brands will follow. Here are eight of our favorites.
1Rent the Runway Unlimited
Rent the Runway is the OG of clothing rental services. I can’t even remember how many times it has helped me find something for a wedding. With its newer unlimited plan, you can rent unlimited (duh) pieces in a given month, borrowing four at a time. If you want to play with some designer styles without spending your whole paycheck, definitely go with this service. From Proenza Schouler dresses to Phillip Lim bags, you’ll have tons of fun with high fashion pieces.
This newer clothing rental service launched at the end of July is from the parent company of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People. It offers a selection of pieces from those brands, along with hundreds of third-party brands, such as Levi’s, Citizens of Humanity, AYR, and more. It’s perfect for that cool gal who likes to wear jeans but also doesn’t want to show up in the same thing every week.
After filling out an online quiz, you’ll get a box of five items (three clothing and two accessories) suited to your taste. Enjoy the pieces until you want to swap for another five or purchase any of the items you fell in love with at a discounted cost. Soon-to-be moms, check out Le Tote’s maternity box, which takes the hassle out of finding clothes for your growing belly.
In need of some polished pieces, like pleated skirts, silky dresses, leather jackets, and cashmere sweaters? Curate your wardrobe with rentals from Vince, known for its understated luxury aesthetic. You will receive four garments a month with unlimited exchanges.
Gwynnie Bee started as a plus-size rental service, but it now has sizes from 0 to 32. With a structured borrowing plan to fit your budget, you can choose whether you’d like to borrow one ($49 a month) to 10 ($199 a month) items. If you are easily overwhelmed by too many choices, look at its work and weekend sections that help you break down choices by style.
6NY & Company NY&C Closet
Bored with wearing the same dull look to work each week? Then this is the box for you. With celeb brands from Eva Mendes, Gabrielle Union, and Kate Hudson, NY&C Closet has a wide range of clothes. It has everything for work, from pants to structured dresses. You will receive three items at a time, and you can buy anything you love at a discount.
7Rebecca Taylor RNTD
If you can’t get enough florals, frills, bows, and ruffles, then RNTD is the right choice. Rebecca Taylor’s clothing rental service includes four pieces a month with unlimited exchanges. It’s ideal for someone who attends a variety of events every month because you can find outfits perfect for everything from the office to a wedding.
8FTF Closet by Fashion to Figure
Catering to plus-size women, Fashion to Figure has pieces to rent from sizes 12 to 24 and XL to 3XL. With the program, you get three rental items and the option to buy a piece at a discount. We are guessing no one will be sending back this snakeskin halter jumpsuit.
Don’t spend your whole paycheck to fill your closet with one-and-done clothes. Try one of these clothing rental services by subscription.