Style is not always about the price tag. From thrifting to clothing rentals, this month, we’ll be exploring popular money-saving tips and practices that will help us look good for less.
Earlier this year, we wrote an article exploring the rising trend of renting clothes instead of buying new ones. It's a concept that appealed to many consumers because it allows flexibility and is a more affordable (and sustainable) option than constantly buying brand new clothes just to stay on-trend. You also get to dress up in unique designer pieces for special occasions without having to splurge.
But it's also worth asking: what is it really like to rent clothes? Is it really convenient as it's marketed to be? To help us gain insight into this practice, we interviewed people who have been renting their everyday clothes for quite some time. Ahead, their takes.
The perks of renting
Their fave pieces
Some tips to note
It turns out that the challenges customers face when it comes to renting clothes are not that different from the ones experienced when doing online shopping. "Sometimes gauging colour, material and fit on rental sites is difficult," Laura says.
But Joy has a nifty tip to overcome this speed bump: "There will be times when a style that looks good on the app doesn’t look good in real life. So what I do is to look at what others have rented through hashtags and tags and see what would look good in real life."
Another tip is to be on the lookout for sales and discounts to save even more money. "Pay close attention to your favourite rental company's sale page. Some of these rental clothes will be put up for sale every once in a while, which is a great opportunity to purchase something you've had your eye on for a fraction of the price," Laura shares.
Check out some thrift flip tips from Youtuber Rachel Gania.