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By now you’ve probably heard you need only 37 pieces of clothing in your closet. But what about those onetime events when you need to make a damn good entrance?

Well, you end up blowing the equivalent of your mortgage on a patterned dress, statement heels, bedazzled clutch, the works…only for none of those things to ever see the light of day again. 

Next time, rent ’em. Here are nine ways to get by on borrowed clothes.


Best for: Weddings, parties, reunions, interviews, important meetings

What to expect: The dress-rental powerhouse has expanded beyond black-tie gowns and bachelorette-party micro minis. Now you can also score tops, bottoms, jackets, jewelry and handbags for a wider range of grown-lady occasions.

How much it costs: Each piece varies, but, for instance, dresses start at $30 for four days. And now there’s even a Netflix-like subscription option. For $99 a month, you can take out any three pieces at a time and swap as often as you like.


Best for: Everyday outfits and office attire

What to expect: The idea here is a cross between Rent the Runway, and say, Birchbox. You sign up for a monthly subscription and create a profile with liked items from its inventory. A Le Tote stylist will curate a grouping (three garments and two accessories) from your profile and send it your way. Return and swap as much as you like.

How much it costs: Unlimited box deliveries and returns are $49 a month.


Best for: Weddings, parties, reunions, interviews, important meetings

What to expect: A healthy mix of on-trend, luxury handbags (from Chanel, Céline, Fendi, Dior, Saint Laurent…really all the big names) are up for grabs in one-month increments.

How much it costs: Monthly rentals run from $45 (for Trina Turk) all the way to $600 (for Chanel). But there are also plenty in the middle, like a traditional Louis Vuitton tote for $175.


Best for: Maternity wear

What to expect: When you don’t want to shell out $200 for something you’ll wear for only a few months max, this is a lifesaver--the only hiccup being the overwhelming (and largely unfortunate) selection. Pro tip: Your best bets are the solid-colored dresses.

How much it costs: The rental intervals vary. Some basic pieces are priced by month (starting at $35) and other special-occasion ones are priced by two-week increments (starting at $45).


Best for: Maternity wear

What to expect: The inventory here is far more limited than Mine for Nine, but it does have a handful of nice, chic options that are worth a look.

How much it costs: Seven-day rentals (say, a printed maxi dress) go for $48, while 30-day rentals (what up, Paige boyfriend jeans?) are only a tad more at $60.


Best for: Plus-size clothing

What to expect: Comparable to Rent the Runway’s unlimited subscription, this one follows a Netflix-like model. You pay a flat rate to be able to request and return specific pieces throughout the month.

How much it costs: To keep one piece at a time, it’s $35 a month, and that increases in intervals all the way to ten pieces for $159.


Best for: Bridesmaids (and even brides)

What to expect: Just like any bridal shop, there are various colors, silhouettes and designers to choose from--except here the supporting ladies won’t feel bad about only wearing their dress once. Brides can rent short, white dresses for casual weddings, showers, luncheons and receptions.

How much it costs: Bridesmaid dresses range from $95 to $125, and little white dresses go from $50 to $125.


Best for: Bridesmaids and groomsmen

What to expect: Though very similar to Vow To Be Chic, Union Station designs its own dresses (in 18 styles and colors) and even offers coordinating ties for the fellows.

How much it costs: Short dresses are $50, and long ones are $75.


Best for: The dudes in your life

What to expect: Nothing like he’s typically had to settle for at Men’s Wearhouse; these are way sleeker suits. Get him a midnight-blue tuxedo for that charity gala or a slate-gray number for his big interview.

How much it costs: Suits range from $95 to $120.

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