When renting designer clothing and accessories makes sense

When does renting the runway make sense?


Pinterest is one of my favorite ways to find inspiration. From home interiors, to stunning tablescapes, to inspiring recipes, Pinterest offers the best of the best. But, one of the most exciting things Pinterest does is showcase spectacular fashion. Even I can satisfy my craving for gossamer ballgowns, designer handbags, and heels that could double as artwork.

If you have a special event coming up this winter, Pinterest is the place to discover your perfect look. But, when it comes to actually shopping, consider renting.

The concept isn’t new. Men have been renting designer tuxedos forever. And, rentals of one-time use clothing — such as evening gowns for pageants and proms – has been around for years.

But… sunglasses? Handbags? Boots? When does renting make sense?

The “new renting” is not the exclusive province of evening wear. It’s now possible to rent everything from designer jewelry, to furs, to upscale weekend wear.

For a traditional take, One Night Affair does rent over 1,500 wedding gowns, 1,200 evening gowns, and hundreds of different bridesmaid dresses. But they also carry a full line of glam accessories. And how many bride-imposed pieces of jewelry do you have collecting dust somewhere? Sadly, I have quite a few!

Bag, Borrow or Steal is an amazing site offers an almost unbelievable number of authentic designer handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, and watches. These are high-end pieces from recognizable names such as Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Coach and even Judith Leiber. Unlike other rental options, Bag, Borrow or Steal allows members to keep items as long as they wish and never charges a late fee. Bag, Borrow or Steal also offer the option to buy items. So, if you fall in love you can make it permanent.

And, Rent the Runway offers many rental options, but one of the best is the Unlimited Subscription. For the woman who wants something new to wear for work, weekends and everything in between, she can get three designer pieces on rotation. Plus, you can save 20% on your first month using Code: FIRSTRTR20P.

So, if you are itching to go shopping this week, make it a rental!

Susan Said… WHAT?! is your guide to real style for the way you live. From fabulous fashion and accessories, to gorgeous gardens and stunning interiors, plus the latest products for parties, weddings, and events of all kinds. Susan Conforte McNeill is an author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador and Cover Girl Ambassador. She is also the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! Susan Said…WHAT?! was named one of the Top 50 Beauty Blogs in the World by RebateZone.com. To learn more, visit Family Circle Magazine or click the About tab above.

DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I believe will be good for my readers.

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