You will know about this concept if you watched the Sex in The City Movie where Carrie’s new assistant Louise rents her Louis Vuitton handbag because she cannot afford to buy one outright. Well too right! I can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on a few pieces of sewn up material either.
So I wondered whether we have any such system here. Whilst it is not as extensive as if we were in the US or UK there is a couple of websites that do offer rentals for designer outfits and handbags.
So this one is the one to get the designer bag you have always dreamed off. There are Chanel chain classics, Chloe leather bags, Gucci slings, Prada Shoulder bags and the signature Louis Vuitton bowlers. Prices of course vary on the style but there are options of weekly or monthly rentals. You can also purchase the bags at a cheaper price either outright or over a 6 or 12 month term (but you still get it now). Some of them are pretty cheap and could be a good option if you don’t want to fork out thousands of dollars.
The website also has a clearance outlet where you can buy both new and used items at massively reduced prices. This one isn’t restricted to bags, there are dresses, accessories and shoes on there also. If you sign up there is also a $100 off your first rental.
This site offers designer clothing to be rented for that special occasion where you want to look glamorous but don’t want to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on an outfit. I noticed on a review some people would prefer to buy an outfit rather than pay to hire it but then I also started thinking about my friends and how some of them refuse to wear the same outfit twice-to me that is wasted dollars. Combined with the fact that I could never afford nor justify to spend $800 on a dress this option is looking pretty good.
Designers featured include Alice McCall, Jayson Brunsdon, Wayne Coopers, Nicola Finetti, Camilla, White Suede, Rachel Gilbert, Camilla and Marc and Shakuhachi. Rental for most seems to be around $99 for a week but you can choose to extend your time. There are also no shipping fees and no need to dry clean!
I was not as impressed by style carousel mainly because it seemed a bit more restrictive on its rental conditions-you receive the dress 1 day before your event and you must return it the day after your event. The collection at this time was also a bit limited. Camilla and marc, Life with Bird and Backstage dresser were the only brands available and all dresses were more party/night out kind of ones.
The good thing about these websites is that you can rent something without spending exorbitant amounts on clothing or bags that you will put to limited use. Dressed up was particularly good for this one, as it had a number of dresses you could utilise for black tie/formal affairs-events which are rare and you probably don’t want to be forking out a lot of money for.