October 1, 2019

the clothing rental boom.

the new look

armoire clothing rental service boden striped skirt

if you are someone who keeps up on all things fashion and retail, you probably know that clothing rental services are on a major upswing. it started with companies like le tote but now brands like vince, ann taylor, and even banana republic have clothing rental services where you can get pieces sent to you monthly for a fee from $50-$200. if you are someone who likes having new clothing on a regular basis but doesn’t love to shop, or favors a few brands, this is a great option. i’ve used services like rent the runway in the past for weddings and events, but struggled to find options on there for my everyday life—either because the styles aren’t right or the things that i love are always unavailable.

armoire is one the newer clothing rental services on the scene, and it focuses more on professional women and dressing them in their active life. so that can mean anything from suiting for meetings, to a cocktail dress to a look that’s perfect for sundays running around to baseball practice. i also love that armoire gives back to the community; each membership supports dress for success seattle through job training, education, and employment.

armoire boden striped skirt striped sandals
armoire clothing rental service boden skirt celine belt bag

the brands on armoire are ones you probably know and love: diane von furstenberg, j brand, nicole miller, rag & bone, 3×1, joie and more. i look at it as a way to expand my closet without adding to it (and spending more money), or a way to try out a new brand. it also helps cut down on fashion waste because you’re renting high quality items vs. buying a bunch of fast fashion that won’t last or you’re get bored of. for some women, their lives are busy with work and family and using a service like armoire saves time and money.

armoire works similarly to some other rental services: you sign up and fill out a style profile, then a stylist will curate a closet for you where you can choose 4 items. don’t love your picks? you can email them to get a larger selection. you can also change your style profile at any time as your style or needs change, like moving to a more corporate environment or having a baby. normally a monthly membership is $149 but if you sign up here, you can get your first box for $49.

my office dress code is more creative, so i used my armoire membership to try out some items that are perfect not only for work but post-work. the boden skirt made for a fun stripe-on-stripe-on-stripe look, perfect for a presentation. the red joie sweater is a good seasonal transitional piece paired with chinos and white pumps (and would be great for the holidays). finally the white floral bomber jacket had a good mix of sporty and feminine (my favorite!), so i wore it with a lace asymmetrical hem skirt and pumps for work and then dinner with girlfriends.

armoire rental service joie sweater
armoire clothing rental service joie bell sleeve sweater
armoire joie red sweater tan chinos white pumps

i’ve talked about this on instagram, but i’ve made a conscious effort to shop less and if i am buying, it’s high quality pieces that i know i’ll get a lot of wear from. using a service like armoire adds more options to my closet without putting out lots of money. i’ll be doing a post soon with my fall shopping list but i’m curious if you have used a clothing rental service and your experience with it. happy tuesday!

armoire bcbg white floral bomber jacket
armoire clothing rental service bcbg floral lace bomber jacket
armoire clothing rental bcbg white floral jacket black lace skirt

look 1: h&m shirt, boden skirt from armoire, marskinnyrippy sandals, céline bag and earrings, super sunglasses
look 2: joie sweater from armoire, vintage chinos and watch, stuart weitzman pumps, céline earrings
look 3: bcbg bomber from armoire, banana republic tank, topshop skirt, manolo blahnik pumps, céline bag, argento vivo earrings, rosefield watch, super sunglasses

photos by angie silvy / this post is in partnership with armoire. all opinions are my own.