Fashion subscription services in Singapore: A guide to what to rent for any and every occasion
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Think of the term 'fashion rental platform', and one's mind may conjure an image of manky second-hand clothing — used, unwanted, and no longer pristine — and banish the prospect of engaging such services. However, the burgeoning mounds of textile waste generated every year, coupled with the increased awareness of the dire repercussions of clothing waste, has given the fashion rental sector plenty of traction.
We've all been guilty of impulsive and reckless splurging (who hasn't?), and subsequently chucking new purchases after a single use; somehow, though, most of us still have bursting wardrobes. Seen in this light, fashion rental services, whose business plans rely on maximizing usage of each garment, may not be anywhere as bad as you think. In fact, you can often find whole outfits in perfect condition — from black tie events to The Great Gatsby-themed cocktail parties.
Find our handy cheat guide to the strong suits of each of Singapore's key fashion rental services, after the jump.
Boasting dresses from designers such as Adrianna Papell and Jay Godfrey, Volitude trades in the rental of perfect formal dresses for black tie events and (all too common, and dreaded) wedding dinners. Just pick the date you want your chosen outfit to be delivered to you, preferably two days before the event. So the next time one of your 'ovaries before brovaries' besties ditches you for ''til death do us part', at least you know where to get dolled up for the ultimate betrayal.
The Treasure Collective
Print lovers can shout and rejoice as new arrivals from The Treasure Collective include bold, patterned dresses that are great not just for the artsy-fartsy ones, but also for the modern woman (who is feeling a tad bit adventurous) and wanting to experiment with bolder prints and patterns. They offer per-event rental services as well as a subscription model, Club Infinity, that allows you to pick and choose five fab pieces from their large inventory of garments.
With over 25,000 designer outfits from 250 international designer brands, you're guaranteed to find an item you'll fall in love with on Southeast Asia's largest rental subscription platform. For a fixed price per month, you will be able to enjoy unlimited (yes you heard that right) designer wear. Select three pieces at a time that will conveniently be delivered to your doorstep and simply arrange a pick up when you're ready to order your next three pieces. Easy.
Designer dresses and gowns are abundant but what really stood out for us at Style Lease was the winter wear for rent. From quilted coats to timeless wool coats, you name it, they've got it. Book one piece for your event date and you'll be contacted within two days for a try on service which will include two added pieces personally recommended by their own stylist. Dry-cleaning will be taken care of so you're good.
For casual daytime looks for a date with your significant other or a picnic with your girlfriends, Closet Share has plenty of feminine ensembles for your viewing (and renting) pleasure on a monthly basis. Graphic tees, flattering slip dresses... they got 'em all. It's safe to say that you're going to spend a lot of time browsing their website.
Check out their collection of over a thousand dresses and accessories. Need a close-up? Visit their showroom for a try-on session. Items would be given to you two days before your event and you get to decide on the duration you want to keep them for (either four, eight or twelve days). FYI, Covetella has a collection of flapper dresses perfect for any Gatsby-esque cocktail party — frocks that would take you back in time to the Roaring Twenties.
The Gown Warehouse
For modern brides-to-be envisioning a painfully gorg gown for her big day, this could be place where you find the dress (and not have to spend a bomb on it). Rental packages include hair styling and makeup services, with some including a photo shoot. Bridezilla who?
While not technically a rental company, Le Loop does its part in championing sustainable fashion by encouraging buyers to sell the clothes they bought back to the store, in exchange for cash, thus sustaining a buy and resell chain. Neat.
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