Why Renting is the New Black

You may be wondering if renting is for you… I totally get it. There are uncertainties with trying something new and today I wan’t to shed some light on some of the benefits of renting and why renting clothes is taking off.

“I don’t know what to wear!”

The most common phrase uttered by women across the world before getting ready to go out. Doesn’t matter how many clothes and shoes you’ve acquired over the years or the fact that you JUST bought clothes, at the end of every closet comes… boredom. 

I’ve personally spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on clothes during the past year. Believe me, I’m not rich so I’m not proud of spending this obscene amount of money on clothes. Honestly, most of my clothes sit in my closet dreaming of the day they’ll be worn again. Most women, on average, will spend somewhere between $150 and $400 on clothing a month, which equates to approximately $1,800 to $4,800 per year. That’s literally a student loan or a trip to Greece (I went 2 yrs ago, def recommend). 
 

Here’s 5 reasons to add some spice to your life and consider renting…

1. You save money

So how do we combat boredom while keeping our wallets happy? Drum roll please… Renting! I bought a red dress for a work holiday party a year ago for $300 (I have not worn it since that party, btw). If you would have told me that dress could be rented for the 1/4 of the price I paid for it ($75), I would have rented that dress instead and probably rented three other items as well. 😛 I cant help it!

Renting allows you to wear clothes for special events once or twice – guilt free. Think about your last birthday dress or that dazzling New Years Eve outfit you wore… when was the last time you busted out those bad boys? Believe me, you wont get your money’s worth if you buy clothes and only wear them once. 

2. Reduce one of the largest pollution sources of the world

According to Planet Aid, clothing is the second largest pollution source in the world.

The majority of textile waste heads to our landfills where they release greenhouse gases and release toxins and dyes into the surrounding soil and water. Fortunately, every time you rent, you reduce the number of garments in your closet, thus decreasing demand for clothes in the market. This supports lower demand for clothes which equals less production and textile waste.

3. Try new trends

On a brighter note, renting gives you the freedom to try new trends and wear pieces you normally wouldn’t. Perhaps you’ve been avoiding a certain trend that’s caught your eye, such as wearing joggers and heels or hot red pants. There’s no reason to stall – renting allows you to try those items, no strings attached. Let’s face it, this is the fun part! 

4. You get to wear clothes for your CURRENT body weight

How many times have you bought something a size smaller just to motivate you to lose weight? If you’re anything like me, those clothes are still hanging in your closet. Diet starts Monday… LOL. Renting allows you to shop for clothes for your current body weight, so if you happen to gain or lose a few pounds, you can borrow the clothes in the size that fits you right now. You don’t have to waste money buying clothes that may never fit you! #ThankGoodness

5. #SelfCare

Honestly, I get excited unwrapping packages of clothes I ordered online. The anticipation that leads to unwrapping that gorgeous package and trying on a cute set of clothes is worth the wait. In a world full of uncertainty and busy lifestyles, it’s exciting to have something to look forward to and brighten up your day. Donna and Tom from Parks and Rec had it right, you gotta treat yo’ self!

Renting offers so much more than traditional retail shopping does. Most importantly, it delivers that feeling of wearing a hot outfit that makes you feel gorgeous on a night out. 

It’s the fashion girl’s equivalent feeling of a “runners high.” Am I right?

I hope this article gives you that nudge to give renting a try. Honestly, you have nothing to lose! Thanks again for allowing me to share everything I’m doing with Swap & Strut.

-Jocelyn

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Why Renting is the New Black

You may be wondering if renting is for you… I totally get it. There are uncertainties with trying something new and today I wan’t to shed some light on some of the benefits of renting and why renting clothes is taking off.

“I don’t know what to wear!”

The most common phrase uttered by women across the world before getting ready to go out. Doesn’t matter how many clothes and shoes you’ve acquired over the years or the fact that you JUST bought clothes, at the end of every closet comes… boredom. 

I’ve personally spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on clothes during the past year. Believe me, I’m not rich so I’m not proud of spending this obscene amount of money on clothes. Honestly, most of my clothes sit in my closet dreaming of the day they’ll be worn again. Most women, on average, will spend somewhere between $150 and $400 on clothing a month, which equates to approximately $1,800 to $4,800 per year. That’s literally a student loan or a trip to Greece (I went 2 yrs ago, def recommend). 
 

Here’s 5 reasons to add some spice to your life and consider renting…

1. You save money

So how do we combat boredom while keeping our wallets happy? Drum roll please… Renting! I bought a red dress for a work holiday party a year ago for $300 (I have not worn it since that party, btw). If you would have told me that dress could be rented for the 1/4 of the price I paid for it ($75), I would have rented that dress instead and probably rented three other items as well. 😛 I cant help it!

Renting allows you to wear clothes for special events once or twice – guilt free. Think about your last birthday dress or that dazzling New Years Eve outfit you wore… when was the last time you busted out those bad boys? Believe me, you wont get your money’s worth if you buy clothes and only wear them once. 

2. Reduce one of the largest pollution sources of the world

According to Planet Aid, clothing is the second largest pollution source in the world.

The majority of textile waste heads to our landfills where they release greenhouse gases and release toxins and dyes into the surrounding soil and water. Fortunately, every time you rent, you reduce the number of garments in your closet, thus decreasing demand for clothes in the market. This supports lower demand for clothes which equals less production and textile waste.

3. Try new trends

On a brighter note, renting gives you the freedom to try new trends and wear pieces you normally wouldn’t. Perhaps you’ve been avoiding a certain trend that’s caught your eye, such as wearing joggers and heels or hot red pants. There’s no reason to stall – renting allows you to try those items, no strings attached. Let’s face it, this is the fun part! 

4. You get to wear clothes for your CURRENT body weight

How many times have you bought something a size smaller just to motivate you to lose weight? If you’re anything like me, those clothes are still hanging in your closet. Diet starts Monday… LOL. Renting allows you to shop for clothes for your current body weight, so if you happen to gain or lose a few pounds, you can borrow the clothes in the size that fits you right now. You don’t have to waste money buying clothes that may never fit you! #ThankGoodness

5. #SelfCare

Honestly, I get excited unwrapping packages of clothes I ordered online. The anticipation that leads to unwrapping that gorgeous package and trying on a cute set of clothes is worth the wait. In a world full of uncertainty and busy lifestyles, it’s exciting to have something to look forward to and brighten up your day. Donna and Tom from Parks and Rec had it right, you gotta treat yo’ self!

Renting offers so much more than traditional retail shopping does. Most importantly, it delivers that feeling of wearing a hot outfit that makes you feel gorgeous on a night out. 

It’s the fashion girl’s equivalent feeling of a “runners high.” Am I right?

I hope this article gives you that nudge to give renting a try. Honestly, you have nothing to lose! Thanks again for allowing me to share everything I’m doing with Swap & Strut.

-Jocelyn

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