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THE 101 ON RENTAL CLOTHING SERVICES

The rental clothing industry is booming, making this concierge-level service mainstream for time-starved, wallet-wary and fashion-conscious ladies. As dozens of companies continue to pop-up and crowd the fashion scene, we wanted to compare 3 note-worthy companies to share the good, the bad and the pretty.

LE TOTE

Price: $64 ($59 + $5 insurance) per month; new prices begin Jan. 1.

Delivery: Free priority shipping both ways.

The Scoop: Complete your style profile to fill a personalized tote of 5 items.  Swap out anything you don’t like for another item of your choosing. The tote is delivered to your door and you can keep the items for as long as you want.  As soon as you are finished, send back and get ready to approve your next tote for shipment.

Bonus:

  • Purchase any item you absolutely love for a discounted price.
  • Maternity options available!

What people are saying: Le Tote is great for anyone who needs a few extra pieces in their wardrobe, and don’t want to fork over a ton of cash at the mall.  It is especially helpful for those in a working environment who must dress to impress day in and day out.  Just be aware of the longer than desired turnaround times between totes.

RENT THE RUNWAY

Price: $30-$1,000 per dress (additional $5 for insurance).

Delivery: $9.95

The Scoop: Becoming the “go-to” service for special occasion clothing rental, Rent the Runway connects everyday folks like you and me with designer dresses for a fraction of the cost.  Simply browse hundreds of options from designers like Lilly Pulitzer and Rachel Roy, choose your size and event date, and have the dress on loan for 4 days.

Bonus:

  • 20% off your first order
  • Waive the insurance and shipping fees on all orders by becoming a Rent the Runway PRO for $29.95 per year.
  • Rent the Runway recently launched it’s Unlimited offering at $179/month. Join the wait list now!

What people are saying: On Yelp, Sybil R. writes “I loove Rent the Runway. It’s the perfect way to look like a million bucks without spending a bunch on something you’ll probably only wear once. I appreciate that the shipping is fast and free to ship the dresses back. You can get an extra size for free if you’re not sure.”  There are many ladies who report negative interactions with RTR’s customer service team.

GWYNNIE BEE

Price: $35-$159 depending on the number of items you’d like in your closet.

Delivery: Free

The Scoop: Gwynnie Bee is a clothing rental subscription service catering to women sizes 10–32. Enjoy free shipping and exchanges for a flat monthly fee.  Wear once and return or keep for as long as you’d like.

Bonus:

  • Up to 50 percent off retail for items you don’t want to return
  • Chat with a stylist to get personalized clothing recommendations.

What people are saying: Gwyniee Bee has been featured in Marie Claire, InStyle, Forbes, Huffington Post, Refinery29, and People StyleWatch. Today.com wrote, “At Gwynnie Bee, it’s all about bringing fashion-forward (yet affordable) options to the plus-size market. The business aims to take away the frustration and even anxiety of having nothing to wear and instead make getting dressed in the morning fun.”