5 Best High-end Clothing Rental Stores To Check Out This Holiday Season
Deciding what to wear is never easy. If a woman’s never-ending problem is a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear, what is the solution? An empty wardrobe… well, sort of.
At least that’s the idea behind the rise in high-end clothing rental options in the city. The concept is simple: in a social media-driven society, no one wants to wear the same outfit more than once. With rental clothing stores, you can rent a designer dress, wear it to your occasion and then return it. The fee includes dry cleaning service, as well as the help of the staff who act as personal stylists to help you find an outfit that’s right for you. It’s like living in the perfect world. You get to rent a designer garment at a fraction of its retail price, wear it out and feel fabulous, all without blowing your entire paycheck on actually owning the garment.
To make things even that much easier, we’ve rounded up the top five places in Toronto for high-end clothing rentals.
When it comes to luxury clothing rentals, Rent frock Repeat is a Toronto staple. Not only does Rent frock Repeat have beautiful showrooms in Toronto and Ottawa, but it also has an impressive catalogue of clothing and accessories you can shop online from your own home. Rent frock Repeat has over hundreds of high-end dresses, coats, accessories and handbags to choose from making them a style go-to. No matter what the occasion may be, Rent frock Repeat is sure to have something great for you to wear.
Since launching earlier this year, Boro has garnered a lot of mainstream attention from countless fashion influencers. Boro not only has an incredible collection of gowns and dresses, but they also have more casual pieces and accessories available for rent. For your next night out, borrow from major fashion designers like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Chanel and many others. If being seen in the same outfit twice isn’t your thing, renting garments from Boro is an affordable, stylish solution.
Hidden on Toronto’s trendy Dundas Street West is high-end clothing rental shop Studio Fitzroy. Owned and operated by best friends Angela Pastor and Julie Buczkowski, Studio Fitzroy boasts racks upon racks of beautiful, high-end garments from designers like Asilio, Self Portrait, Elle Zeitoune, Love and Lemons and more. Most rentals start as low as $100 which is more than reasonable considering some of their dresses come with price tags close to four figures. Consider Studio Fitzroy your best friend’s closet, only with better stuff.
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This high-end Yorkville boutique offers a wide variety of vintage finds from different countries and different time periods. From a Spanish embroidered-silk cape from 1910, to a cream silk lace dress from 1930, to a Persian lamb and mink coat from 1965, Divine Decadence has everything you need to dress like an A-lister. Considering very few of the store’s items have a price tag less than $500, the 20 per cent of the cost rental fee is a steal. The boutique also offers package deals that include a dress, jewellery and a purse for a reduced, bundled cost.
Photo: Your Favourite Dress
The online, Toronto-based Your Favourite Dresses is the perfect one-stop shop for your next event – and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home. With Your Favourite Dresses, you’re able to browse through countless designer dresses and accessories for all occasions at up to 80 per cent off the retail price. Not sure if your garment will fit? No worries, Your Favourite Dresses offers a try on option for a flat rate of $30. And the best part is that your rental pieces will arrive on your doorstep within one business day. Shopping has never been so easy.
Would you borrow a dress from one of these rental clothing stores?
Featured image: Instagram/ @rentfrockrepeat
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Brooklyn is a Toronto-based journalist and if she isn’t writing, you can find her enjoying a nice glass of merlot. She is a lover of good books, Sunday brunches and running around the city with her girl gang. She’s your basic Blair Waldorf in a world of Jenny Humphrey’s. You can follow her on Twitter @BNeustaeter.