Got a special social event coming up that requires something your wardrobe does not accommodate for? Don’t want to buy something that’ll hang in your wardrobe collecting dust after one wear? Australia’s clothes rental and borrowing services have got you covered. Borrowing and renting clothing instead of purchasing is great for the planet and great for your wallet. It means you can own less but still have the variety and wardrobe options you need to suit all occasions. These are your top options for renting or borrowing clothes in Australia.
If you’re looking to out dress your colleagues at the Christmas party this year, this may be your best bet. Outdress connects renters with lenders in their local communities to hire luxury brands, designer dresses, suits – you name it. Hit explore and filter by newly listed, lowest or highest price, and most importantly, distance. When I had a look there were heaps of options near me in Brisbane, with the price of a Bec & Bridge or Zimmermann dress sitting around $60-$100 for a week’s rental. It’s free to participate.
GlamCorner is a clothes renting platform for designer dresses. It is not peer-to-peer, so you’re renting the designer clothes from a company that buys the items and manages/ships them out to its customers. The brand says its aim is to support “designer labels by introducing their brands to a larger market while offering a service that empowers every customer to reduce their individual contribution to landfill by borrowing clothing for once-off occasions as a sustainable alternative to purchasing and disposing afterwards.” In terms of shipping and cleaning – GlamCorner includes a prepaid return bag with your item and they take care of the dry cleaning. Sounds good enough to me.
The Volte is a high-end designer clothing rental platform. The clothes are a bit more expensive as they’re a bit more exclusive. It is technically peer-to-peer but it seems more like legit businesses have set up shops on there to hire out clothes. The general lend period is 4 days and dry cleaning’s included in your fee.
Designerex calls itself the world’s first secure designer clothes renting app, by “combining the sharing economy and leading technology such as real-time ID verification, with high-end designer clothing, enabling women to tap into underutilised designer clothes”. Yay! The prices are mid-range and they have the same designers you’ll find on the other platforms (looooots of Zimmermann to be rented out there!). There is both individual and business lenders on the platform.
What started out as a run-of-the-mill clothes renting platform in Brisbane, is now a fashion label and renting platform for womenswear that is all maternity friendly. You can choose to buy the Australian-made garments or rent them for special occasions. The Lána team say they aim to cut down the brand’s fashion footprint by using natural fibres and producing their clothes in Australia. They say that versatility and inclusivity is at the heart of their designs.
Online clothes sharing platform Tumnus focuses on facilitating the ability to share quality fashion with people in your area. The brand wants you to “Find your fashion twin and find a new friend too.” Whether it’s a statement piece for something special, or keeping it fresh for work, to trying out a brand you’ve always wanted too, Tumnus is a stylish solution that means you can always look a million bucks without having to spend it.
Melbourne-based Style Theory started out with a boutique in South Yarra which allowed shoppers to come, try and rent formal wear. Now available to shoppers around the country, the online platform allows you to browse garments by dress styles, occasions and designers to find the perfect outfit for your upcoming occasion. You can choose between a 4 day or 8 day rental and your dispatch dates to ensure you get it on time.
Rent a Dress wants to help renters make money out of their wardrobes and help shoppers to save money in the process. With over 3,000 items and 1,000 dress owners, they aim to create variety for Australian women, without them having to spend all their money to do so. Rent a Dress is a peer-to-peer service.