What I Learned From Doing a Monthly Fashion Subscription
Up until this past month, I had never rented fashion. The concept of paying for clothes and accessories that I couldn’t keep sounded a bit wasteful and potentially like a hassle (I still get confused and cranky whenever I have to go the post office). However, I received an email in my inbox one morning introducing a new monthly subscription initiative from Rent the Runway called Unlimited. Frankly speaking, I had always considered the website a place to go if you had a wedding to attend and didn’t want to buy a new dress, but after my month-long experience with the service, I feel differently and overall more positive about the world of rentable fashion. Read on for more!
For $139 a month, you can rent an unlimited amount of items in their inventory, which includes brands like Equipment, Tibi, Balenciaga, and so on. The catch: You can only rent three products at a time, but if you select the four-day option, you get more bang for your buck. The service includes insurance and shipping, which alleviates the stress of constantly receiving and returning items that don’t technically belong to you (though when you receive compliments from friends, you can pretend they do).
I began with a white lace-up shirt from Equipment and a bucket bag from Elizabeth and James (yes, that’s me in the photo!). Other standout rentals included a tea-green shoulder mini bag from Marni (I did not want to give that one back), an off-the-shoulder poplin dress from Tibi (see my Instagram here), and a beautiful caramel-colored leather bucket bag from Loeffler Randall. I had to travel a fair amount during the month, so I didn’t get to experiment with the service as much as I would have if I was home in New York, but comprehensively, it was a fun, fashion-filled experience that I’d recommend not only to those who have an upcoming event, but also anyone who likes trying new pieces without the commitment.
Interested to see what you could be renting from Unlimited? Scroll through to see my top picks that are available on the site right now.