Clothing Rentals Pt. 2


Would you venture out into clothing rental?

To continue with my Clothing Rental saga.


Next stop Onloan. I found out about them recently as Olivia Rose The Label was creating some pieces for them. They are based on monthly subscription: either £69/ month for 2 items worth £500, or £99/ month and get 4 pieces total worth around £1000. Maybe for those a bit picky with wearing someone else's clothing that would work better in a way, as the company itself is responsible for cleaning and storing. They sell Mother of Pearl and some other sweet smaller brands. There are no shoes/ bags/ accessories, but that might work for some people as there is less choice, there is less time spent browsing. You cannot lend your pieces due to a different business structure, but I am sure you could be making money off other platforms while renting on Onloan at the same time. Onloan is still pretty hip street style kinda vibe. Stocking Alexa Chung and Mother of Pearl makes it pretty wearable yet cool. I had a concern that it is quite expensive (£69/ month), but two months in a row I spent more than £100 on shoes/ clothes, so really £69 isn't too bad. I understand that everyone is in different economic position, but just try and see how much you spend/ month on clothing to decide whether this model would suit you or not. 


Good things:

  • I liked their style surveys they offer to send personalised suggestions of pieces you could rent

  • There are lovely selections curated by various fashion divas like Dolly Alderton and Emma Slade Edmondson

  • Cool smaller designers (the fact that they have Olivia Rose the Label is a huge 😍 for me)

  • Free next-day delivery

  • No penalty if you decide to keep your pieces longer or just forget to return them (if you lose it, I'm sure you would have to pay)

  • I think there is a variety of sizes per piece

  • If you rip the piece or stain it, it is covered (unless you destroy the rented item beyond repair, be reasonable)

  • You can pause or cancel your subscription at any point

  • 24-hour window to notify the team if the items you borrowed do not fit

  • You could potentially buy a piece if you really like it (probably at a lower than retail price)

Downsides:

  • You can only borrow 2 or 4 pieces/ month depending on your plan

  • If you return your pieces earlier, you still have to wait for the end of the month to get your new 'batch' 

  • Cannot lend your own pieces


Third stop we have My Wardrobe HQ. A large amount of choice. Deceivingly cheap, as it lists prices per day, so when I thought "oh my this is cheap" it turned out that the minimum rent is 4 days. So there are some cute Erdem shoes in size 38 (not my size), they are £12/ day, so £48/ 4 days. This includes cleaning fee and delivery. You can also purchase the items for a discounted retail price if you wish. I find that overall the selection does not entice me. The reason why I would like to try rental is so I can try brands that are relatively new to me. Wardrobe HQ do not have that. They have a very classy selection of well-known luxury and mid-range brands. So if you like stilettos, wearable pieces, classy simple and expensive (not as much when you rent)- Wardrobe HQ is your place. Rental is for 4, 7, 10 or 14 days. You can extend it if you wish. 

Good things: 

  • Mature selection 

  • Huge choice 

  • 24-hour window to notify the team if the items you borrowed do not fit

  • Can cancel your order right before it has been dispatched

  • They take photos and manage the lending/ sending/ returns/ cleaning process themselves (after the original introduction where you send them photos of top 3 items you would like to rent out). This entices me greatly for some pieces I do not use, but do not want to sell either. 

  • Try to list the same item in multiple sizes when possible

  • Mobile personal styling service for subscribers (I could not find info on how much that subscription is) 

Downside: 

  • £50/ day late return fee

  • The accidental damage depends on the case


Onloan looks. I have assumed I have a 'cheaper' subscription (2 items per month). I would borrow the Alexa Chung cow print skirt and either a matching top or a shrimps leopard print top. The cost of the outfit would be £69/ month (taking into consideration there are no shoes/ bags on Onloan).

My Wardrobe HQ. I came up with two looks I would wear: the Sandro suit with Prada bag with sneakers (£336/ 7 days) or heels (£343/ 7 days). Or a dreamy going out look (I am very tempted to rent the dress) for £434/ 7 days. I decided to do 7 days to match it with Hurr. 4 days would be cheaper if it were one-off wear.




My Wardrobe HQ. I came up with two looks I would wear: the Sandro suit with Prada bag with sneakers (£336/ 7 days) or heels (£343/ 7 days). Or a dreamy going outlook (I am very tempted to rent the dress) for £434/ 7 days. I decided to do 7 days to match it with Hurr. 4 days would be cheaper if it was a one-off wear.


Once again, do not leave me. Wait for the last post, it will be good. I promise!

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