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The 8 Best Clothing Rental Services for 2020

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With so many clothing rental service options available, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is a fit for you. But having a rental company that helps curate options that match your personal style can help you save time and energy shopping in-store, or online. Plus, some of these businesses provide high-end designer options that might be out of your budget to buy, but have the perfect price tag to borrow.

To help you decide which company meets your needs, we've reviewed the best clothing rental services.

Best Overall: Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway

Rent The Runway (RTR), the first big name in clothing rental services, continues to offer more choices than its newer counterparts. RTR Reserve offers one-time rentals on specific items in four- and eight-day increments, while monthly memberships allow you to rent four items at a time, with a top-tier “Unlimited” option to exchange items as many times as you'd like.

The company shines brightest in its formal and cocktail attire offerings, with designs by Donna Karan New York, Marni, Badgely Mischka, and more. But other options abound, too, and blouses, outerwear, pants, and accessories offer plenty of room to enhance your everyday style.

RTR Reserve customers receive two sizes with every order, and if a dress doesn’t fit upon receipt, there’s also the option to replace the outfit for the cost of shipping. But thanks to RTR’s expansive database of user reviews—many of which include photos—finding the perfect fit is generally pretty easy.

RTR Reserve styles start at around $30, and monthly memberships range from approximately $89 to $159. Plus, with the option to purchase any favorites you receive for a steep discount, RTR can help you build a versatile forever closet, too. It’s a user-friendly program with customer service and value that’s hard to beat. 

Best Budget: Nuuly

Nuuly

Nuuly

For about $88 a month, the company behind Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Anthropologie allows shoppers to select six styles and keep them for 30 days. The service—called Nuuly—features a wide variety of casual and everyday items, so a month will give you plenty of time to mix-and-match items for a steal.

Staples, such as high-waisted Levi’s jeans or an Avec Les Filles jacket, will fit seamlessly with the favorites you already have in your closet, while Nuuly’s pre-loved tees and denim will add a vintage touch to your looks. Statement pieces, too—say, a psychedelic, Free People jumpsuit, or a sequined, Maeve midi skirt—can lend a touch of adventure to the daily grind.

Nuuly also has options for special occasions, with plenty of cocktail dresses and a few formal ensembles available for rent. Laundry and dry-cleaning are included with every subscription, and there are no hidden charges for stains or damages. You don't have to worry about delivery or return fees: There's free, two-day shipping both ways.

There’s no limit on the value of the items you can rent, and you can save styles you love in your Nuuly closet, so those clothes will be ready when a new month rolls around. Nuuly is one of the best values in clothing rental, and there’s no commitment, either—you can easily pause your subscription at any time. 

Best Curation: Armoire

Armoire

Armoire 

Part-clothing rental, part-personal shopping service, each Armoire membership begins with a style quiz: a three-minute exercise that tailors their curated monthly boxes to you.

From there, a team of stylists selects merchandise catered to your tastes, from brands like Boden, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Adrianna Papell. The Armoire subscription includes a one-on-one stylist consultation, held over the phone, and sizes range from zero to 24W, with maternity styles offered as well. The monthly membership starts at around $150 for four items, and you can add more pieces to a shipment for an additional fee (or save money by pre-paying for future boxes).

A stylist will recommend clothes to rent, but if you’re unhappy with what’s been selected, there’s time to swap out items before the box ships. And, you can shop confidently knowing that your membership fee is driving positive change: Yes, renting clothes from anywhere is more environmentally sustainable than buying.

However, Armoire ups the do-good factor by partnering with Dress for Success Seattle, an organization that gives back to women in the company’s hometown with job training, professional attire, and financial education.

Best for Athleisure: Le Tote

Le Tote

 Le Tote

Since 2012, Le Tote has offered users a customized, in-home purchasing experience that rivals the personal shoppers of big department stores. So, the company’s affiliation with the recent acquisition Lord & Taylor should come as no surprise.

Stylists at Le Tote suggest new styles based on your browsing preferences, how you rate previous boxes, and even the weather forecast for your area. Subscription boxes are offered with or without accessories and range from about $69 a month for five items, to around $119 a month for 10 items and five accessories, with several tiers in-between.

Once a tote is curated, you have seven days to use the “Tote Swap” feature to customize the box to further meet your needs. Le Tote’s offerings span many departments, including maternity, formalwear, office looks, and more. But the service stands out most for its selection of athleisure, a category with increasing global demand that most other rental services overlook.

That means Le Tote is great for anyone testing out a new fitness regimen or simply looking to switch up their gym and loungewear. From Saturday squats to Sunday errands, a crisp Nike jacket, stylish AXS tank, and smooth Beyond Yoga leggings just might put a little extra pep in your step. The affordable price tag and flexibility to change plans (or cancel) at any time makes Le Tote a great value, too. 

Best for Work: Infinitely Loft

Infinitely Loft

Infinitely Loft 

Vibrant patterns, comfortable fabrics, and elegant style: All the things we love about LOFT are available for rent with Infinitely Loft, a service that launched in 2019. The price tag—around $65 a month, with unlimited exchanges—makes the service an affordable way to revive your workwear wardrobe. And, with nearly 500 LOFT stores in the United States, it’s easy to drop in and figure out sizing before placing an order.

Each box ships with three items from a “Virtual Closet,” an online database that catalogs what you'd like to rent next. Maximize the subscription’s value by keeping your "Closet" stocked with must-try pieces in-between shipments—an easy feat when new styles are added to Infinitely Loft each week.

With petite, plus-size, tall, and maternity options, the service has something for everyone. And, if you love an item, but aren’t quite ready to try it at home, out-of-season or special event items can be bookmarked for later with the “On Hold” feature. Plus, anything in the box that you can’t bear to send back is available for purchase—always below the retail price. 

Best Luxury: Vince Unfold

Vince Unfold

 Vince

From cashmere sweaters to silky skirts, the everyday luxury of California brand Vince offers a refined style that seamlessly moves from office to nightlife. With rental program Vince Unfold, which launched in fall 2018, shoppers can rent four items at a time, choosing from new Vince designs as well as beloved classics.

The uncomplicated pricing structure and limitless opportunity—four items at a time with unlimited exchanges for around $160 a month—makes Vince Unfold ideal for the fashion-forward subscriber who hates to wear the same look twice. Still, any item you love too much to return can be purchased at a discount rate.

A penchant for online shopping is mandatory: The service requires that you have at least 10 styles saved to the “Virtual Edit” feature in order to receive your first box, and recommends keeping a selection of looks saved at all times, in order to guarantee quick shipping.

Just like IRL, shopping is a little better with friends—Vince Unfold offers a referral credit for every buddy who signs up using your link.

Best for Plus-Size Clothing: Gwynnie Bee

Gwynnie Bee

Gwynnie Bee

Gwynnie Bee was founded in 2011 as a service exclusively for sizes 10 to 32. Christine Hunsicker, a Princeton grad, launched the company when she realized women who fall into that size range weren’t being served by traditional retailers, despite the fact that they make up the majority of the American market.

Now, Gwynnie Bee has expanded to include sizes zero through 10, but the priority on outfitting everyone remains one of its biggest differentiators, even as its competitors continue to add plus-size options. Rent one item at a time for approximately $50 a month and up to 10 items at a time for $200 a month.

You can exchange the items as often as you wish. So, even if you're on the lowest tier plan, you can enjoy multiple new styles during each cycle. To maximize efficiency, Gwynnie Bee requires you to keep a minimum number of items in a “Virtual Closet,” so the next shipment is always ready to go when the previous one is returned.

Give it a whirl with no risk: Gwynnie Bee is one of the only companies to offer a free, 30-day trial so you can see if their service is for you. 

Best for Kids: Rainey’s Closet

Rainey’s Closet

Rainey’s Closet

Dressing kids for special events can be a frustrating process—and not just for the tears or temper tantrums. When they grow up fast, it’s hard to justify the cost of an outfit that may only be worn once.

Enter Rainey’s Closet, which found its mission when one forward-thinking mom grew tired of the drama around dressing her daughter for the family's annual photoshoots. Offering five- and 10-day rentals, the site holds plenty of too-cute outfit options for flower girls and ring bearers, with accessories like bows, crowns, ties, and suspenders to top-off the looks.

Whether you’re shopping by size, brand, or occasion, there are enough tutus, bright colors, and sequins, to make any little fashionista feel special. And, with hassle-free shipping and returns—each order comes with a return label, and laundry is included in the cost—you'll come away from the process pretty pleased, too. 

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