The festive and wedding season can be a nightmare. Simple. Zillions of events and functions crop up almost every other week, which mean more events and parties to attend, and consequently, shopping for clothes which you will wear basically once. Unless, you are into wearing a heavy embroidered salwar suit to the office? How about that halter neck red lehenga set for a meeting?
But here’s the thing; it’s not just Indian wear that you need to shop for. Of course, there will be cocktail parties for which you need a gorgeous dress, which will never see the light of the day once back in the closet. And, of course, you won’t repeat the last exorbitant outfit you bought for this very same purpose, since more than half the world (on Instagram) has already seen and liked it.
Don’t Steal or Beg, Just Borrow!
Women are not novices when it comes to borrowing clothes. It’s just smart that hefty and pricey saris, lehengas and Anarkalis will be used less so it’s best to borrow from friends and cousins, rather than buying. We’ve also done it for formal wear required during big meetings and office parties.
But it’s time to take it a notch up.
Thanks to a plethora of rental services in India, high fashion is now just a click away. Think Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi, Ritu Kumar, Masaba and more.
An ardent renter, Shruti Khanna believes that buying just doesn’t make sense. “I just started working and I can’t afford to keep buying clothes because I will be broke”, she says. “Especially since I am Punjabi and for us, functions don’t just end at one event”, she added.
But she’s not the only one. Modern and cost-conscious women are beginning to understand the benefits of renting their favourite design over saving every penny to buy one outfit.
Even Parul Shah advocates the concept of renting. “How can I ever afford a Sabyasachi lehenga? Its costs a bomb! Renting from e-commerce sites like Flyrobe, Stage3 just makes sense. I get to wear the latest designer wear at 1/4th the price and then return it. It’s a win-win situation”.
Beginning to feel that you are ready to chuck the idea of buying and hop on the bandwagon of renting?
Then we have the list of the best online stores you can rent from. It’s as easy as this — Just rent a garment after paying a deposit (you will have to pay rental also) and return it once you are done. Go on, take your pick and start browsing.
You can rent designer clothes, shoes and bags from this Mumbai-based service. They feature brands like Mango, ASOS, Quirk Box, FCUK, Masaba, Ritu Kumar and more. They even have a men’s section where you can pick from options such as Club Nights, Groom Lounge, Suits and more.
Every item on this website is so gorgeous and fresh off the runway that it gets difficult to choose. Besides the fact that you can rent attires from Sabyasachi, Ridhi Mehta, Rina Dhaka and more, they also offer services such as free personal styling and try at home before purchasing.
The best thing about this portal is that they don’t charge a security deposit. And… it also makes alterations according to your measurements! Even better is the fact that they allow a trial run before actually renting, at only Rs. 350.
There you go. With so many amazing options, there’s no need for you to break the bank for a stunning outfit that you’ll likely wear just once. Word of caution, though. Since designer items are exorbitantly priced otherwise, make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully before renting.