Style, On Borrowed Time

My mother will tell you that since I was a little girl, I have loved rummaging through her closet, casually borrowing tops, bottoms, bags – anything I can find. I still do. Similarly, when I think back to my college years living in a home with two roommates, suffering late nights and long days in school, nothing was more fun than the weekend and primping, prepping and borrowing each other’s latest fashion finds to stretch our college-budget closets for a night out on the town.

Since those days of borrowing the best of 5-7-9 from my friends and my mother’s best, borrowing or renting the latest in fashion, handbags and accessories has become today’s fashion “do.” Like ransacking your best friend’s latest luxury buys, the fashion powerhouse, RenttheRunway.com, makes your best friend’s enviable closet just a click away.

I started using RenttheRunway.com for event wear, and since have made it a practice to rent a power suit for work or for just date night with my sweetie. Shopping is simple and searchable, and real renter reviews and pictures are included to help with fit and style inspiration and questions. Each dress page includes a “Size and Fit” tab that provides fit and measurement details for that style; they even offer a free second size with every rental.

The convenience of a perfectly cleaned and pressed stylish outfit makes it a no-brainer, with no buyer’s remorse, since the outfit goes back worn and wrinkled to the fashion heaven from which it came.

And on a Target budget or to avoid a double-wear scenario, it’s easy and affordable to splurge on a Vera Wang, Herve Leger or Halston Heritage for special occasions or no occasion at all at Runway or other like sites. And, for the commitment-phobe or fashion fiend, a try and not buy scenario is a fashion-lovers dream!

Check out Runway for the latest styles and trends with the promise of no sticker shock on your credit card statement! Also, if you’re particular about your handbags, check out bagborrowsteal.com.

Kira Brown is a certified personal stylist and fashion writer. Kira has interviewed many fashion icons including Tim Gunn, jeweler Neil Lane, international makeup artist Jemma Kidd and Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus. Kira also offers virtual style consultations for women and men. Contact her at kira@fashionphoenix.com.

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