Clothing Rental:
Trendy or Costly?

Clothing rental isn’t just for tuxedos or Halloween costumes anymore. Now you can rent your casual and business clothes too. While rentals may keep your closet fresh and trendy, is it really worth the cost?

Clothing Rental: The Netflix of Fashion

Enjoy a virtual closet full of outfits you can wear and return. The process is easy. Go online, choose your item(s) and wait for the mail to arrive. As an added benefit, some sites allow you to purchase items – with a decent discount – if you fall in love with a piece.

Is it worth it? Maybe.

Clothing rental isn’t for everyone. However, if you fall into at least one of these categories it may be an affordable alternative.

  • You never want to wear the same outfit twice.
  • You want access to the latest trends without over-filling your closet.
  • You have a special event to attend and don’t want to spend big bucks on an outfit you’ll wear once.  (Some websites have bride/bridesmaid rentals too.)
  • You want to test a style before you commit to purchasing.
  • Your limited closet space can’t support your clothing obsession.

Renting clothing may not be a good fit if you:

  • Tend to wear classics that never go out of style
  • Would rather own clothing than rent
  • Typically spend little on clothing or you have limited funds.

If you’re new to the concept of clothing rental,
here are a few sites to test out:

The Mr. Collection
Men’s business or casual, this is the easy way to shop for clothes.
Pros: Create a style profile and staff stylists will choose and send items specifically for you. If you love the threads, you’ll enjoy a 40% price discount on purchases.
Cons: You must make all returns on time or you’re stuck with the same package for another month.

Rent the Runway
Rent designer dresses and outfits for your next special occasion.
Pros: In addition to free dry cleaning and postage, the site offers outfits from more than 95 designers in a range of sizes. Choose to rent one item at a time or opt for the “Unlimited” plan.
Cons: The more expensive the garment, the higher the rental price. So a $1,200 gown could cost you $250 for a four-day rental.

Gwynnie Bee
Great for women size 10-32 you’ll have access to casual, business and special occasion styles.
Pros: Add as many outfits to your closet as you would like. The site also offers outfit suggestions based on your body type. Plus, you have the option to buy a piece if you love it.
Cons: One of the pricier sites, they offer one item rental rates priced at $35 a month and three item rental rates at $79 per month.

Le Tote
Different from one-and-done rentals, this site offers complete, everyday outfits that you can wear as long or little as you want. For $49 a month, you will receive a tote filled with a minimum of three garments and two accessories catered to your personal style.
Pros: There’s no limit to the number of garments you can receive per month, plus free shipping and cleaning.
Cons: The price is a bit steep if you only rent one tote per month, and there’s a $5 fee if an item is stained or missing a button.

Fresh Neck
Men can rent designer ties, cufflinks, pocket squares and bow ties for a monthly membership fee.
Pros: There are three options to choose from–silver, gold and platinum–but all options offer unlimited monthly rentals and zero late fees. Silver starts at $20 a month and includes designers such as Michael Kors and Calvin Klein.
Cons: None that we can see.

For women in constant search of the next statement necklace, this site sends you three pieces of designer jewelry as often as you would like.
Pros: Designers include House of Harlow 1960, David Aubrey, Gorjana and Ted Rossi.
Cons: The six- and 12-month memberships require you to pay $100 and $180 upfront.

Tie Society
Similar to Fresh Neck, this site rents men’s accessories. However, rental prices are based on the number of items you rent per month versus a monthly fee of unlimited rentals.
Pros: You can exchange one item at a time or all at once, plus free postage.
Cons: The cufflinks collections rather limited


Source: Krause, Lauren. “Clothing and Accessory Rental Web Sites for Men and Women.” RedEye Chicago. 19 Nov. 2013. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.

Cheap Date Ideas for
Valentine’s Day

What do you do when you have been pinching pennies and you don’t want to splurge, even if it is for the one you love?

 You get creative.

Here are a few options to help you save big AND give your Valentine a date they’ll remember.

Stay in
Create a romantic evening in.  Prepare your date’s favorite meal or one that may be sentimental in some way (perhaps the meal you had on your first date). Cooking at home is always less expensive and it can be much sweeter if you add the little touches… think candles and flowers. Avoid the crowd and expensive movie theater. Create a spot to snuggle and enjoy a Redbox® film after dinner. The possibilities are endless.

Go old-school
Take a cue from nearly every popular romantic comedy and create a simple, magical moment. For example, go to an ice skating rink, hold hands and create your own story to share. A stolen kiss after a fall, topped off with a more info

hot beverage and some warm-up cuddling is an adorable, silly way to bring you closer. Plus, spending less than $50 on such an event will make your pocketbook smile.

Be adventurous
Think karaoke. Why this works…duets. If you are worried about an audience, there are places where you can rent out a room for a smaller venue for your voice like Lu-Lu Cafe in Centreville. Private rooms can become expensive, so get some other couples together and make it an event to share.

Sweat together
Cross the finish line together while running or walking a 5K. Run in your “bedroom best” at The Cupid’s Undie Run in Washington D.C. It looks like a blast, plus proceeds support the Children’s Tumor Foundation. If that is too race-y (pardon the pun) for you, there is a Couples 5K Run/Walk at Fort Belvoir.

Anything you think of can be a wonderful activity. Remember, the important part is that you are spending it with the one you care about.


National Coffee Day

National Coffee Day is Saturday, September 29. I’m quite the coffee drinker, so bring on the discounts and free coffee deals! I’ve rounded up where to take advantage of this ‘holiday’ below. Let me know in the comments if any other companies are participating.

Weeklong celebrations:

  • McDonalds: Stop in for a FREE small coffee, every day if you’d like, through the 29th.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels: Instead of a free drink, you’ll get 50% off specialty coffee drinks. Each day brings a new drink to try! Check out their calendar of drinks HERE.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: Present this coupon for a 10-ounce hot latte or 16-ounce iced latte for just $.99 through September 30th.

National Coffee Day – Saturday, September 29th:

  • Caribou Coffee: Get a FREE small cup of their new Amy’s Blend Coffee. If a small just won’t do it, you can get a larger size for a discounted prince – $.50 for a medium and $1 for a large.
  • Krispy Kreme: Stop in for a FREE 12-ounce cup of coffee. Plus, you’ll have the chance to enter to win free coffee for a year. More details HERE.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels: Enjoy BOGO (buy one get one free) of their pumpkin spice latte.