From Maternity Clothes to Fine Jewelry, Here Are 6 Rental Services You Probably Didn’t Know Existed
Rent the Runway not meeting your expectations? (Honestly, why did that dress smell so bad?) Not able to find the refined worky thing you need on Stitch Fix? Fear not! There’s probably a specific clothing or accessory rental service made just for you and your specific needs.
From super-fine jewelry to chic designs for curvy girls (and even clothing made for growing baby bumps), here are six rental services you should consider signing up for.
What It’s Good For: Scouring the closets of your fashion icons.
What’s the Deal: Villageluxe offers rentals from the closets of real girls...including the people you love to follow on Instagram. That means you can get your hands on the exact dress that Leandra Medine wore in her latest Instagram post or the cute clutch that “it” girl DJ Harley Viera Newton carried to that insane Valentino party.
What It Costs: The lender sets the price, usually for a week-long rental, so you’ll see price tags ranging from $45 to $10,000. Casual.
What It’s Good For: Diamonds!!!
What’s the Deal: This service makes it possible to try out your favorite pieces of bling from major designers like Bulgari, Tiffany & Co. and Cartier (plus some more casual, everyday items). The most affordable Flont membership lets you rent up to $1,200 worth of jewelry per month, while the priciest pushes that limit to $8,000. If you love your ring or necklace, you can snag it with a 15 percent discount (also, keep an eye out for exclusive sales throughout the year).
What It Costs: Memberships start at $59 per month and go up to $379 per month.
What It’s Good For: The celebrity red carpet treatment (paparazzi not included).
What’s the Deal: Now you can book a Hollywood stylist to help you get dressed for your next wedding/cocktail party/lavish vacation. Even Micaela Erlanger, Lupita Nyong’o’s go-to, is on Armarium’s Style Brigade. Offering a slew of off-the-runway designs from celeb-adored brands such as Brandon Maxwell, Marni, Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Simkhai, there’s bound to be a slinky/sexy/smart outfit that screams: I’m an A-lister. Not willing to drop cash on a top stylist? Simply use Armibot, the site’s easy-to-use virtual stylist that instantly provides you with a list of chic options that are tailored to your needs.
What It Costs: Each rental is just 10 to 20 percent of the original retail price, for a four-day period.
What It’s Good For: Being 100 percent certain that your borrowed clothing is squeaky clean.
What’s the Deal: As a peer-to-peer model, this app-only rental service allows users to pick up and return their chosen pieces from 40 hubs around NYC, most of which are laundromats. (Um, this is the best way to ensure that your rental is really, truly clean!) Whether you’re renting out your own clothes or borrowing from strangers with enviable taste, you can rest easy knowing that most items from Wardrobe have been worn by their owner only three times, max. That means no mysterious stains or sweaty pits on your borrowed Chanel, Gucci or Fenty.
What It Costs: Between $40 and $50 per piece.
What It’s Good For: Wardrobing your growing bump, for all nine months.
What’s the Deal: It’s a fact: having a baby is expensive. Finding clothing that flatters your growing belly until the final trimester? Well, that’s not cheap, either. Le Tote offers a brilliant wardrobe of maternity styles that will fit you from week four to 41, so you can save your pennies for the fanciest stroller ever. Brands include Motherhood Maternity, Seraphine, Jules & Jim and Tart Maternity. Le Tote also offers Classic rentals for, you know, when you’re not pregnant anymore.
What It Costs: Memberships start at $89 per month and top out at $129.
What It’s Good For: Finding clothes that actually fit your body type.
What’s the Deal: With an offering that includes sizes 0 to 32, Gwynnie Bee is pretty much guaranteed to have your perfect fit, whether that’s a printed wrap dress or a cozy sweater coat. There are also a ton of life-simplifying extras, like free dry cleaning, gratis priority shipping and unlimited exchanges, so you can hold onto your items for as long as you’d like.
What It Costs: The no-commitment membership costs $69 per month, but for a limited time you can get your first month for free.