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If you ask us, fashion clothing rental is the best way to transition to the new normal 2021. When you’re in-between sizes, life stages, work locations and the like, why buy when you can rent? If you’re feeling the same way, this one’s for you. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of the best items available on fashion clothing rental subscriptions right now, including Rent the Runway, for chic outfits for office life, formal evening gowns, casual weekends and more.

fashion clothing rental subscriptions to the rescue!

Sometimes it’s a little hard to know how to dress during these uncertain times. There are a chorus of folks championing the art of dressing up again and proclaiming that anything goes after the pandemic.

One of our favorite writers, Mary H.K Choi wrote in Elle this past spring, “Call it a circadian rhythm, call it desperation, but I could not get over this pent-up kinetic energy, this need for catharsis, this unslakable desire to get a ’fit off, to dress at someone.”

We’ve certainly felt the same. Our team at Dandelion Chandelier has splurged recently on everything from head to toe floral sets to taffeta confections that we just couldn’t resist. 


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Still, many of us are working from home — embracing loungewear all day, everyday. And why not? Fashion brands have stepped it up and designed luxurious and elevated sweatpants and tops that actually look chic and feel oh-so plush and cozy. 


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While we’re waiting to see where the sartorial dust settles, clothing rental subscriptions have caught our attention again. When you’re in experimentation mode, in-between sizes, or just not sure how you’re feeling style-wise, renting clothing is such a smart option.

the best items available on fashion clothing rental subscriptions right now, including Rent the Runway, for chic outfits for office life, formal evening gowns, casual weekends and more.

the best items available on fashion clothing rental subscriptions right now, including Rent the Runway, for chic outfits for office life, formal evening gowns, casual weekends and more.

best items for every occasion available on the top fashion clothing rental sites right now

Ahead, we’ve dug around some of our favorite clothing rental subscription services to bring you a peek into the fresh options available for work, outdoor parties, night-outs and casual weekend getaways.

1. Best fashion clothing Rental for work

The flexible hybrid work schedule looks like it’s here to stay which makes investing in work clothes less, well…investment-worthy. If you’re only going to be in the office 2-3 days a week, renting not only saves money but time spent going to the dry cleaners as well. These choice outfits arrive fully clean and crisp so you can concentrate on the important stuff. 

From left to right: From the Rent the Runway, which needs no introduction, Emporio Armani’s muted green polio dress looks modern and chic. This denim jumpsuit with utilitarian vibes is available at Eloquii, a rental service specializing in sizes 14 and up. 3.1 Phillip Lim’s studied dress gets a dose of whimsy with a distinctive polka dot pattern, available at Rent the Runway. Vince’s elevated and understated clothes are now also available for rent via their rental service, Vince.Unfold. These high-waist cropped pants are a timeless staple. And this Great Jones blazer available at Rent the Runway has the perfect slouch for business casual work environments. 

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Clothing rental subscription for the office, date nights, casual weekends and so much more. Courtesy Photo.


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2. Best fashion clothing Rental for outdoor parties 

The return of weddings, showers, and backyard bbqs call for festive outfits that mark the long-awaited return to socializing. These optimistic and bold dresses are perfect for the mood right now. 

From left to right: Available at Eloquii, this flowing, summery maxi dress is the thing to wear while dancing as the sun sets. Vince’s elegant twisted bodice dress falls to a pleated skirt and can be dressed up or down according to the occasion. Proenza Schouler’s floral cut-out maxi stuns without trying too hard and is rentable via Rent the Runway. Nuuly is the clothing subscription that culls from the eclectic and boho offerings at Anthropologie, Free People, and Urban Outfitters. How could you not have the time of your life in this swishy lime green number from AMUR? Strike a distinctly modern maritime vibe for gatherings at coastal locales in this striped mini from Nuuly. 

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Clothing rental subscription for outdoor parties, the office, date nights and so much more. Courtesy Photo.

3. clothing Rental for a formal evening or girls night out

No, it’s not too late to participate in hot girl summer. Maybe you’ve jumped back in the dating scene and need a dress to impress. Or you’re simply feeling yourself and want to party with the girls. These fashion clothing rental options are perfect for a formal evening. Or a Girls Night Out. Either way, in these fun and sexy outfits you are sure to turn a few heads. 

From left to right: Made from a stretchy, rayon fabric with an asymmetrical neckline — this dress from Eloquii hugs all your curves.  Matthew Bruch’s colorblock cut-out halter just works with that downtown edge in an easy-to-wear silhouette. Sau Lee’s one shoulder dress is pure summer: crisp, cool and cut-out. Rent it at Rent the Runway for that outdoor concert. If you’re more of a denim girl, Free People’s mandala-inspired going out top makes it easy to make a statement with minimal effort. If you’ve got summer’s must-have crop top, pair it with Flynn Skye’s whimsical tie-dye mini from Rent the Runway. 

Clothing rental subscription for date nights, the office, casual weekends and so much more. Courtesy Photo.


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4. Best fashion clothing Rental for casual weekends

Sometimes it’s the casual pieces in our wardrobe that need a little refresh. But we don’t necessarily want to devote an afternoon to shopping for them. The endless options are overwhelming! The rental subscription services do the curating for you — based on your previous preferences — so that all you have to do is click. 

From left to right: These playful and relaxed shortalls from Nuuly are a non-committal way  to try out something that you probably haven’t worn in a few decades. How cute is this tangerine print top from Rent the Runway? Easy throw over a bikini or cut-offs for an instant summer mood outfit.  When you’re sick of all your t-shirts, check out Eloquii’s ruffled peplum in a gorgeous statement emerald green. If you’re packing for quick weekend getaway, consider Vince’s ribbed halter neck for a wrinkle-free and sophisticated dress that works for sightseeing and brunch. 

Clothing rental subscription for casual weekends, the office, date nights, and so much more. Courtesy Photo.

fashion clothing rental is a perfect solution for rapidly-changing times

When you’re not in the mood to overthink your sartorial choices, these clothing rental subscriptions make getting dressed everyday or for a formal evening easier and way more fun. In addition to the ones featured above, you’ll want to read this piece for even more options. Be part of the sustainable circular economy and look fabulous doing it!

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

Julie Murphy

Julie began her career in fashion as a design intern at 3.1 Phillip Lim after graduating from Parsons School of Design. As the fashion editor at Dandelion Chandelier, she brings over a decade of experience as a designer and marketing creative to cover trends and styling.