The Benefits of Renting Clothes—and How Much You Save

As someone who spends an average of $300 to $500 a month on new clothing from mostly affordable fast-fashion stores, such as Zara, Mango, and H&M, and around $50 a month on dry cleaning bills, I thought it seemed like a no-brainer to try Rent the Runway’s unlimited membership. Not to mention it seemed especially helpful since I’m a full-time fashion editor (and a time-deprived new mom) who is constantly attending press events and meeting with PR and fashion companies as well as wanting to keep up appearances while working at a fashion-forward company… with very limited time to actually shop.

I’ll also be the first to admit I’m guilty of buying a trend-forward piece, taking one or two pics on Instagram, and then casting it aside for another new piece in a vicious fast-fashion cycle. In an effort to be more sustainable and add more variety and quality items into my day-to-day wardrobe, the act of “borrowing” clothes from the Rent the Runway seemed nothing short of sartorial bliss. It would take my wardrobe to chic new heights, save me money and time, and cause less harm to the environment in the process.