As the calendar turns to December, many women are preparing for one of the busiest social seasons of the year. From Christmas dinners and family gatherings to New Year’s Eve parties with friends, the end of the year is booked with events that require guests to look their very best. Fortunately, a number of online fashion rental sites have popped up in recent years that give women thousands of clothing and accessory options at a fraction of what they would pay to purchase the items. In a recent article for the Chicago Tribune, writer Lauren Krause broke down the pros and cons of some of the best rental sites available. Here are a few of her reviews:
Bag, Borrow, or Steal
Pros: The site offers thousands of choices including jewelry and accessories. They also provide free shipping.
Cons: Most high-end designers such as Chanel or Louis Vuitton cost around $200 or more for a monthly rental.
Pros: The site offers complete everyday outfits that you can wear as often as little as you like and there’s no limit to the number of garments you can receive each month. Le Tote also offers free shipping.
Cons: The service is costly if you rent just one tote (a minimum of three garments and two accessories) a month and there’s a $5 fee if an item is returned with a stain or missing button.
Pros: The site sends you three pieces of designer jewelry from some the top names in the industry including House of Harlow 1960, David Aubrey, and Ted Rossi, as often as you would like.
Cons: Members are required to pay $100 and $180 upfront for a six- or 12-month membership, respectively.
Pros: Rent replicas of the diamond drop earrings worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day. All of the jewelry is also insured.
Cons: A 5 percent security deposit is required to rent.
The Frock Shop
Pros: Women can rent evening and cocktail dress for an average price of $50. An unlimited monthly membership is just $99.
Cons: Dress sales are held just twice a year, so if you want to buy your rental you may have to wait awhile.