4 Reasons to Rent Clothes


I loved reading recent blog posts by ABQMom contributors Margo and Taylor on style tips and sustainable fashion. I also wanted to share my secret to shopping sustainably, saving money, trying new trends, and transitioning between seasons. The secret? I rent my clothes from Rent the Runway.

Here are four reasons I rent clothes:

I Can Shop Sustainably

The fashion industry is one of the largest culprits for overproduction, using up vital resources, and excess items end up in landfills. To me, that is a pretty logical reason to implement a change in how you consume fashion. By renting clothes, fewer resources are spent on the production of new goods, and it’s a starting point for a sustainable alternative to fast fashion.

Four Reason to Rent ClothesRenting Saves Money

I spent the last three years fluctuating between a size 6 and a size 12. I was spending way too much money on buying new clothes whenever I needed something to wear. Now, I pay a flat monthly fee, and I can get two shipments per month containing four items. This means I can wear 8 new pieces each month! I choose from hundreds of pieces from designers I could never afford. I can go up and down in sizes to get the perfect fit, shipping is fast and easy, and I don’t have to pay for extra dry cleaning. My experience has only been with Rent the Runway, but other rental companies have similar models.

I Can Try New Trends

If I were buying clothes and trying to save money, I would buy black. I was affectionately called “Wednesday Addams” when I was growing up because I love black clothes. Now, I rent a bright-colored blazer, a color-blocked shift dress, or even a bright yellow plaid coat without spending anything extra. Renting has allowed me to take more fashion risks and try new trends I would normally shy away from if I were purchasing the item.

Transitioning Between Seasons is Easier

Renting coats is my absolute favorite thing in the Winter because I don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on them when the weather requires several different coats (e.g., warm overcoat, raincoat, windbreaker). In the Fall, I tend to rent sweaters and blazers for work and skirts I can wear with boots. In the Spring, I rent flowy tops and bright-colored dresses. I rent different styles of shorts, sundresses, tank tops, and fun handbags in the Summer. Also, a season doesn’t have to change for me to revamp my rentals. I will rent certain items if I’m traveling, going out to a nice dinner, or wearing something new to work.

Photo Collage from @TotalApril on Instagram

As a busy mom, you deserve to feel your best. I know how hard it can be to find your own personal style while juggling busy lives. Dressing professionally and styling myself to feel confident is a priority for me. Renting clothes has broadened my wardrobe horizons exponentially which helps me achieve that confidence.

Have you tried renting clothes? Let us know in the comments.