Style Savvy: What It's Really Like To Rent Clothes | Clozette


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



When asked about the number one perk about renting clothes, fashionistas Laura and Joy both said the same thing — it saves them tons of money. "When I go into shops, I second guess whether I should buy something because I have a clothing rental subscription that can pretty much take care of all occasions," Joy says. "I also get to try styles that I normally wouldn’t wear just for the fun of it without any commitment to owning the pieces."


Another major perk is not having to worry about laundry. "Not having to worry about laundry nor ironing helps save a lot of time," Joy shares.


Their fave pieces



Both Laura and Joy use their clothing subscriptions to rent pieces both for work and significant events. "I rent clothes regularly for work, big events and trips abroad. Sometimes, I also rent designer bags to complete the look," Joy shares.



As for Laura, her favourites include a pink maxi skirt she rented for her Bali trip (see above). "I thought it was the perfect accessory for my travel photos," she says. Another one would be this dress with a unique hemline (see below) that she got for a nice lunch with her family. 



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."


Renting Clothes Southeast Asia


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.


READ MORE ON THIS TOPIC


 


Need to be sophisticated for the day? Wear black outfits! Stick to this versatile shade and your look will surely not go wrong. Wear the bold, dark colour from head to toe for a sleek ensemble, or opt for a classic black-and-white pairing for a striking contrast. Mixing and matching plains and prints is a great way to style the colour, too. Get some chic ideas from these stylish ladies from the Clozette Community.

(Cover photo from: megannmonday)

 


Not enough black in your wardrobe? Find stylish pieces below.

READ MORE ON THIS TOPIC


It's safe to say that putting together a good, awe-inspiring streetwear ensemble is an art.  When it comes to this style genre, there's only a fine line that separates looking effortlessly chic and appearing sloppy. Since we’re dealing with super casual pieces, one wrong choice will most likely make you look like a frumpy fashion victim drowned in oversized clothes. But that's shouldn't stop you from giving this trend a try! Like anything, it takes some practice before you can perfect it.


Streetwear Outfit Inspiration


Ahead, style tips from #TeamClozette on how to sport streetwear like a boss.


Start by picking one statement piece


Streetwear Outfit Inspiration


Start by choosing a streetwear statement piece that calls out to you. Then, you can build an outfit based on its colour palette. Sure, it's a safe bet, but it's a useful tip to keep in mind if you're a beginner. Trust us, you can never go wrong on this one. In this outfit, Stephanie chose a silver metallic belt bag from FILA as her main piece, then incorporated other grey pieces and complemented it with some denim and white sneakers (which are FILA Uproot Chunky Shoes). "This silver metallic bag caught my eye because it's versatile and can pair well with any piece," Stephanie says.


Choose pieces that will go well with your sneakers


Streetwear Outfit Inspiration


This tip echoes the first one, but it is worth highlighting. When you're unsure about what outfit to wear, go for clothes that will complement the colour of your sneakers. If your sneakers feature a loud colourway, you may opt to pick one of the shades then match that with your outfit. As for Sabrina, she went for a comfy one-piece FILA dress that pairs well with her white sneakers. And to add a preppy touch, she wore some matching FILA ankle socks. "I specifically chose this dress because it's something I could throw on in a minute and it would instantly help me create a good streetwear outfit that will match my sneakers," Sabrina shares.

Go one size bigger


Streetwear Outfit Inspiration


It's an unwritten rule in streetwear: the bigger the size, the better. Forget about tight, form-fitting clothes; streetwear is all about comfortable pieces that can still flatter your silhouette. Sufi says, "Going for oversized pieces will give you more swag, which is something you'd want when wearing a streetwear look." But remember not to overdo it! To balance his ensemble, Sufi added a cute FILA bucket hat that complements his oversized FILA Logo-Printed Top.


When in doubt, choose black


Streetwear Outfit Inspiration 


Going for black when in doubt may be the most classic style tip, but this timeless fashion advice also works well for contemporary streetwear. It can be easy to get lost in all the big logos and flashy prints, but when you do become overwhelmed, the best thing to do is go back to basics. Jamie says, "I'm a minimalist at heart, so even in my streetwear picks, I stick to timeless pieces like this comfortable and fashionable FILA turtleneck sweater — definitely something that will stay in my closet for years."



Inspire and be inspired


Streetwear Outfit Inspiration


Before putting together this look, Dhivya sought inspiration first from other streetwear fanatics. "First, I went to FILA's Instagram page and viewed the tagged posts and hashtags. From there, ideas kept coming in and I finally put together this cute yet edgy ensemble featuring this statement-making FILA pullover." She also takes cues from celebrities who adore streetwear like Kim Kardashian West and Kylie Jenner. In this age, style inspiration is everywhere and if you're a streetwear novice, looking to more experienced fashionistas will go a long way in helping you develop your own style. 


Check out these FILA pieces and more here.

READ MORE ON THIS TOPIC