Rent a dress: Nine places to hire an outfit

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As the cost of living The crisis continues to take a huge toll on all of our wallets, we are all looking for ways to cut back on spending and save as much money as possible.

This can conflict with the desire to go out, socialize and see our loved ones again after the breakup and isolation we all experienced throughout the year Covid-19 pandemic.

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For many, an occasion or major life event, like a wedding or a new baby, means the need for a new outfit.

But right now, our budgets might not be enough to buy an entirely brand new ensemble.

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Nine places to rent an outfit, including a wedding dress – from Selfridges to Hirestreet.

The good news is that there is an alternative, as you can rent an outfit instead – and it’s not only better for your bank balance, it’s also better for the planet.

We are more aware of this than ever negative effects of fast fashion on our environment, so you can also do your part to fight this and shop more sustainably by choosing to rent clothes instead of buying them.

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However, we realize that renting your entire wardrobe isn’t practical and if you’re looking to shop for a new outfit, take a look at these 18 sustainable fashion brands so that you can shop in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

Here are nine of the best clothing rentals for every need – from everyday to party and brunch to bridal.

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If you want a designer outfit but don’t have the cash to pay the hundreds of dollars that designer outfits cost, then Selfridges Rental is your new best friend.

It allows you to rent the best styles from the store’s leading designers and brands at a drastically reduced price compared to buying outright – and that even includes wedding dresses.

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It’s all part of Selfridges’ groundbreaking initiative, Project Earth, which explores new ways to shop and helps everyone do their bit for the planet.

You shop at Selfridges Rental in the same way as in the purchases section of the website. Choose your item, choose your size, pay your money and the item will be delivered to your doorstep.

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You can choose to rent for 4, 8, 10 or 20 days, so it’s perfect whether you just need something for one occasion or want to take it on a trip and wear it multiple times.

The Devout is a fashion rental subscription service.

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It’s the service for you if you have a busy schedule full of social occasions – be it weddings, birthday parties, holidays, weekend getaways, day trips, summer parties – but you just don’t want to wear the same thing twice.

Whatever your reason, whether you don’t want to be photographed in the same outfits over and over again, or haven’t updated your wardrobe in a while but don’t have the money to buy several new outfits, don’t worry.

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For £79 a month you can get £500+ worth of clothes in one box and it’s a super easy process.

All you have to do is view the garments, add the pieces you want to your cart and checkout.

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The Devout fashion brands include Whistles and & Other Stories and more. Think statement dresses, jumpsuits and even cardigans.

If you are the one getting married then The Devout will suit your needs as well as The Devout has partnered with Whistles to publish some stunning wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses on their member platform.

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Hirestreet, the UK’s leading accessible fashion rental platform, has the slogan “Own your style, not your outfit”.

You’ll find thousands of items from over 50 brand partners, and outfits are available to rent

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from 4 to 30 days from just 18% of the recommended retail price – so you can get premium brands at affordable prices.

Marks and Spencer, ASOS, Lipsy, Oasis, Nobody’s Child and French Connection are all brands that work with Hirestreet and there are many more.

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If you’re shopping for a specific occasion – from a date night to a holiday – you’ll also find each section of the site very useful.

Infinite Closet launched in the UK last year and unlike similar services, its founders work exclusively with independent brands in the UK and around the world – and they only carry clothes too.

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The goal is to support small businesses and address the concerns of many shoppers when they come across brands they don’t recognize when shopping for a new outfit online.

You can shop by occasion – including bridal, brunch, date night or time of day – or simply browse by designer or new arrivals. You are guaranteed to discover a new designer that you will love.

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The rental period is between 4 and 8 days, leaving enough time to love your new outfit before it has to be returned.

Hurr explains they’re giving the world a ‘green face’ and it’s also the UK’s first peer-to-peer clothing hire service, meaning the clothes come from people’s personal closets.

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The list of designers is endless, from Alexander McQueen to Chanel and Nobody’s Child to Vera Wang, there’s something for every taste and budget.

Your bridal collection offers the most enduring way to shine on your big day, or a wide range of ‘beautiful tops’ to pair perfectly with your jeans for a night out with the girls.

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This is the virtual wardrobe you never knew you needed, and with 450+ new items added each week, you’ll find something new to fall in love with every time you look.

It’s not just about clothes either, there’s also an accessories section brimming with must-have finishes – from shoes to jewellery.

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You also don’t have to worry about the fit of the item, if you receive something and it doesn’t fit, you can return it within 24 hours for a partial money and partial credit refund.

For The Creators is a clothing rental store specifically designed for expecting and new moms.

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It offers clothing that meets all the needs of women for maternity and postpartum clothing.

This is a particularly useful service considering that maternity clothes are only worn for a limited time and no expectant mother will ever know what shape her belly will take until it starts to grow.

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If you’re a mom-to-be or new mom, this service means you’ll get clothes that suit your changing figure and needs on a regular basis, without having to break the bank.

There are clothes from many well-known maternity brands including Bump and Milk, Sezane and Whistles.

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Also, if you need maternity brides or bridesmaid dresses then look no further as you can also rent them at For The Creators.

Better still, for every rental order received, the brand plants a tree in partnership with the environmental initiative Ecolog.

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Shopping for vintage clothing is one of the most sustainable ways to shop for fashion, but this rental service allows you to earn extra sustainability points by renting vintage clothing.

The aim of this dedicated rental service is to promote small business, second hand and sustainable shopping and also to help make the vintage market more accessible to everyone.

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It’s ideal for those who want to try on a 1950s dress or a 1960s mini skirt, or who want to dress from different eras but just don’t have the wardrobe space to accommodate decades’ worth of clothing.

The beauty of this rental service is that, as the name suggests, it is all virtual, having been introduced during the coronavirus pandemic when in-person events could not take place.

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The formula still works well as it allows shoppers from across the country to shop from the comfort of their own homes.

My Wardrobe HQ offers one of the most extensive selections of clothing available in the rental fashion market.

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What really sets this service apart is that you actually have the option to purchase the items available for rent – so you can save yourself from heartbreak if you fall in love with an item.

You can wear your item between four and 14 days and do not have to decide in advance between renting and buying. If you decide to rent a piece and then prefer to keep it forever, all you have to do is get in touch with the brand.

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This is a market leader in the UK in terms of the wide range of clothing that includes iconic luxury brands, emerging designers and contemporary brands.

Here you will find everything from jumpsuits to pajamas and bridal wear to shoes.

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Girl Meets Dress is a fabulous all round dress rental.

You can find everything from party dresses to wedding dresses to maternity dresses.

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You have a choice of pay-as-go, which gives you the option to rent dresses for two to seven nights, or a membership, which gives you unlimited items for weekends, work, and special occasions, plus three free dresses in rotation each month .

Shopping couldn’t be easier either; Simply filter by size, colour, style, price, body type or the occasion you are looking for an outfit for.

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A selection of dresses are also available for purchase, and you can try them on before renting too, so you only pay for what you wear.

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