Because my daughter attends Georgetown University in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, we recently received an invitation to the Centennial Gala. The invitation is posted on the refrigerator and every time I see it, I have a bit of a panic attack. What am I going to wear???
My pageant days are long (long) gone. So too is the closet bursting with cocktail attire, evening gowns, and sparkly shoes for even the fanciest occasion.
Luckily, I don’t lack for inspiration. Pinterest offers the best of the best. Even I can satisfy my cravings for gossamer ballgowns, designer handbags, and heels that could double as artwork.
Pinterest is the place to discover my perfect look. But, when it comes to actually shopping, I am considering renting a special occasion dress… and some other pieces, as well.
The concept isn’t new. Men have been renting designer tuxedos forever. And, rental options for one-time use clothing — such as evening gowns for pageants and proms – have been around for years. But now, a huge range of other options exist, as well. Sunglasses, handbags, boots!
Today, you can rent everything from designer jewelry, to furs, to upscale weekend wear. Here are my three favorite sites:
- 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.
- 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.
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