12 best places to cheaply rent designer clothes from – Save the Student

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Faced with the dilemma of wanting a new outfit but not necessarily needing one? To avoid buying items that you’re unlikely to wear multiple times, rental clothes are well worth trying.
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Clothes rental has fast become one of the most popular ways to wear the outfit of your choice, without having to break the bank. On top of that, studies show that renting clothes can have big environmental benefits over buying them.
With around 70% of the carbon footprint of an item happening during the production process, clothes rental services offer a great way to access a new wardrobe with less impact to the environment.
Renting clothes is particularly good for events like balls, graduations and fancy nights out. It prevents you from getting something new, wearing it once and then keeping it in your wardrobe for another five years ‘just in case’ another suitable occasion pops up.
And remember you can also make money by renting your own clothes to others. Keep reading for a list of where to rent (or lend) clothes.
These are the best websites we’ve found to rent a dress, a suit, designer shoes, handbags and more:
Swished logo
Best for: Renting/lending womenswear clothes for a range of budgets.
Whether you’re looking to rent or lend clothes, Swished is a great site to try. You can get £5 off your first rental with the code STSDEC5.
Swished has a pretty wide range of brands and prices. A lot of the items that are available to rent are formal and going-out clothes. But you can also find casual clothes on there (see our review below of a knitted cardigan we rented from Swished!).
Some of the brands we’ve seen on Swished include House of CB, ASOS, Ted Baker and Chi Chi London.
Swished allowed us to try out their rental service. Here’s our tried and tested review:
Laura Brown in a cardigan rented from SwishedWhen I saw this cardigan from Myracle on Swished, I loved it immediately so it was such a treat to rent it.
The item was beautifully hand-packaged and came with a note from the lister. It felt more like receiving a gift than a purchase.
It was also very quick to arrive, and even arrived earlier than expected!
Plus, it’s obviously much cheaper to rent the cardigan than to buy it new. At the time of writing, the cardigan is listed as having an RRP of £245, but a rental cost of £14.75 per day.
I would say that, before renting clothes, make sure you’re aware of all the costs involved to ensure it fits your budget. As well as the cost of renting, you’ll also need to pay for delivery to return the item. Swished asks that you use a tracked signed for service, so you’ll need to factor this into the cost of renting.
However, as long as you’re happy with the costs, this can be a great way to save money on clothes – especially if you’re getting an outfit for a particular event. Based on this experience, I would have confidence in the item arriving clean and on time.
If you’re thinking about making money from lending clothes, Swished is a good option as they have relatively low fees.
At the time of writing, the fees are capped at 10% + 50p for the rental price (including postage costs paid by the renter). There are also fees of 1.5% + 20p charged by their payment provider, Stripe, to process payments.
See the ‘How it works’ section on Swished’s website for more info.
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The Devout logo
Best for: Rental subscription service for men’s and women’s fashion.
When looking for a clothes rental subscription, it can be difficult to find one for men and women that’s cheap. Luckily, The Devout is up there as one of the most affordable.
They have a few subscription plans available:
Planning to get a suit or a dress for a specific occasion (such as graduation or a formal ball)? You might find that the outfit itself costs more than the minimum subscription of £39.
If this is the case, it would work out as cost-effective to subscribe to The Devout for a month to rent the outfit. Then, after the event, you can send back the clothes and cancel your membership to avoid paying for the subscription for longer than you need.
The Devout isn’t the only clothes subscription service to rent out suits. See the next one on this list for an alternative option.
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Moss Box logo
Best for: Suits and smart menswear that you can rent via a subscription service.
Hoping to rent a suit? Try Moss Bros.
As well as their suits-for-hire service, they also offer Moss Box, a subscription service for men’s clothes rental.
Moss Box costs £65 per month, and you start by picking out six or more items to add to your ‘virtual wardrobe’. Then, in your first box, you’ll receive two of the items in your wardrobe.
When you’re ready for something new, you can return your items to them using the pre-paid bags included in your box. You’ll need to let Moss Bros. know to expect your return and then they’ll be able to send a new box out to you.
As a general rule, you won’t choose which two items from your virtual wardrobe are sent to you. Of course, this isn’t ideal if you’ve got your eye on two specific items, but there is the option to pay more to make sure you receive your favourite pieces.
If there are certain items that you’re keen to rent (such as a matching suit jacket and trousers), you can pay £9 extra to select a particular item from your wardrobe. It will then be shipped out to you within the next business day.
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Hurr Collective logo
Best for: Renting high-end designer womenswear clothes.
There’s a huge range of designer womenswear available to rent from HURR. You can rent dresses, jumpsuits, bags and more.
As the brands on HURR are generally pretty high-end, the rental prices are a bit higher compared to some of the other sites on this list. But, compared to the RRP of the items, there are still some good offers.
For example, we’ve seen an Alexander McQueen dress available to rent for £65.20 for four days – around 3% of its retail price of £2,200!
If you’re lucky enough to have a designer dress lurking in the wardrobe then you can also list it on HURR. It will need to be less than two years old and have an RRP of over £120, but HURR reckons on average you can make your money back after four to five rentals.
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Hirestreet logo
Best for: High-street fashion available to rent at low prices.
If you’re looking for low-cost rental clothes for women, Hirestreet could be a good choice. You can often find items from popular high-street brands like Zara, available to rent for as little as £20 for 10 days.
Through Hirestreet, you can also find ASOS casual and formal dresses to rent.
One perk of Hirestreet, which not all clothes rental services offer, is that you can get rental credit if you return an unworn item.
Although there are some good prices, on the whole, Hirestreet’s rental clothes might not have the biggest reductions in cost compared to the RRP. So, if you’re looking at the upper end of their price range, you might find better deals elsewhere.
However, Hirestreet now also offers alternative ways to rent clothes with its 2FOR30 and 5FOR55 codes. These allow you to either rent two items for 10 days for £30, or five items for 30 days for £55. This includes items that would cost more to rent on their own.
For example, we found a Mannat Gupta three-piece gown which alone would usually cost £88 to rent for 10 days. Yet, when using the 2FOR30 code, could be rented with a further outfit for just £30. So you’re basically getting £58 knocked off plus a bonus outfit to wear for 10 days. A no-brainer we think you’ll agree!
Just be aware that when using the 2FOR30 and 5FOR55 codes, the items are not eligible for rental credit.
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John Lewis Rental logo
Best for: Renting dresses and accessories for formal events.
John Lewis has recently jumped on the boat and launched a new rental service for clothing and accessories.
You can rent a wide range of designer womenswear and accessories, including bags and earrings. And items can be rented for four, eight, 16 or 30 days.
Dress rental starts from around £22 for four days. Though at the lower end of the price range, we did find a number of dresses listed at more than 50% of the RRP for a four-day rental, so check the RRP to ensure you’re getting a good deal.
You may find it cheaper to buy the dress and then sell it once you’ve worn it.
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Selfridges rental logo
Best for: Renting luxury men’s and womenswear clothes.
Whether you’re hoping to rent women’s or men’s designer clothes, have a look at Selfridges Rental.
They have a wide range of luxury fashion brands to choose from.
You can often find clothes available to rent for around 10% (or sometimes less) of the retail price. To give you an idea of prices, we’ve previously seen a Givenchy hoody that had a retail price of £815, available to rent for £74.10 (around 9% of the retail price) for four days.
Selfridges also offers a subscription, but unlike The Devout, you’ll need to sign up for a minimum of three months. And at £75 per month, it’s pretty steep!
Visit Selfridges Rental »
 

By Rotation logo
Best for: Renting and lending mid- or up-market womenswear clothes.
By Rotation works in a similar way to Swished, letting users lend as well as rent clothes via its app.
This platform focuses on fashion that’s high-end contemporary, vintage, luxury and from boutiques.
So, if you like the idea of a peer-to-peer clothes rental service but are looking for mid- or up-market clothes, it’s worth looking into By Rotation.
In terms of the rental prices, they’re ultimately up to the people lending out the clothes. Items should be priced based on their conditions. Both lenders and renters will need to pay fees.
To lend clothes via By Rotation, keep in mind there will be fees.
At the time of writing, there’s a 15% fee for lenders. This is the same as the fee for renters. Sellers, however, are charged 20% for each purchase. Find out more, including about other potential fees to be aware of, on By Rotation’s website.
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MY WARDROBE HQ logo
Best for: Buying, renting or lending out high-end clothes, bags and shoes.
MY WARDROBE HQ has a huge selection of clothes and accessories, giving you the chance to rent or buy.
They also let you list items from your own wardrobe for others to lend but, like By Rotation, don’t allow high-street brands.
A big selling point of MY WARDROBE HQ is that, unlike a lot of clothes rental services, they give you the chance to rent designer shoes. For example, if you fancy wearing Christian Louboutin shoes for a special occasion, we’ve previously seen a pair available to rent for £48 for four days (8% of the RRP of £585).
As a general rule, they recommend the owners of clothes list their items at 10% – 20% of the RRP.
MY WARDROBE HQ handles the whole rental process, so they charge quite a high commission (40% at the time of writing). If you’re thinking about lending out clothes, compare the full fees of each site that allows peer-to-peer rentals and see which one works best for you.
Visit MY WARDROBE HQ »
 
COCOON logo
Best for: Renting designer bags with a subscription service.
Dreaming of a designer handbag, but don’t want to pay the full cost? Have a look at COCOON, a bag subscription service.
They rent out high-end designer bags from brands such as Chanel, Prada, Christian Dior, Chloé, Louis Vuitton and more. But, as you’d expect, it’s still not exactly cheap to rent them so only use this service if you can comfortably afford it.
Their membership plans are:
* The bag passes cost £45 per week for a Premium bag or £55 per week for a Deluxe bag.
Have a look at COCOON’s website for more info and to see which bags are included in each collection.
You can usually rent bags for up to three months, but the most in-demand bags (like Chanel and Dior ones, for instance) can be harder to get, and might only be available for one month.
Visit COCOON »
 

Girl Meets Dress logo
Best for: Renting dresses.
Girl Meets Dress lets you rent clothes in one of two ways: either by renting individual pieces on a ‘pay as you go’ system, or by paying £99 per month to rent three dresses at any one time. If you’re considering the monthly membership, have a read of the T&Cs as some conditions apply.
As the name suggests, the site is aimed at people who are hoping to rent a dress. Although, if you’d prefer, there’s the option to buy clothes as well.
However, it’s important to be wary of some of the prices on this site. While there are some good deals on there, we’ve previously seen a dress that was actually cheaper to buy in the sale on the brand’s own website than it was to rent for two nights from Girl Meets Dress.
It’s a good idea to check before renting from any site (not just Girl Meets Dress) how much the item costs to rent or buy elsewhere. And this is especially the case if you’re thinking about splashing out on a monthly subscription.
To spot the best deals, look out for the RRP price of clothes as well as their rental cost. This should indicate which pieces are the best value for money to rent.
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front row logo
Best for: Renting designer clothes and accessories.

Front Row is another clothes rental website that specialises in designer clothes and accessories. From established brands like Chanel and Gucci to up-and-coming brands, you’re spoiled for choice.
With Front Row, you can hire items for three- or five-day periods. Prices usually sit between 5% – 15% of the retail price. For example, renting a £3,000 Chanel dress could cost you £175 for three days, and £250 for five days.
One thing to note is that when renting items with Front Row, you can add a £15 insurance policy per item. This will cover any minor damages. Keep in mind that this doesn’t cover major damages or loss of the item. If this happens, you will have to pay for the repair or replace the item.
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baukjen logo
Best for: Renting basics from a sustainable brand.
Baukjen doesn’t have a ton of items available for rental, which is why we’ve placed it as one of the last brands on our list, but it’s still a good service to consider.
The brand mainly focuses on selling its clothes, but it also rents out some of its wardrobe staples.
Baukjen’s brand focuses on slow fashion, working on becoming carbon-negative. It even won the 2021 UN Global Climate Action Award – showing the world that fashion can indeed be done differently.
You can rent items for two weeks, and they’re cleaned by Baukjen with its eco-friendly Ozone Room.
One downside of renting with Baukjen is the price. Even though you can rent the items for two full weeks, you could be paying around 15% – 20% of the retail price for the item. For example,  renting a £449 leather jacket will set you back £91 for two weeks.
It also charges a hefty late fee of £20 per day per item, so make sure to send it back on time!
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blanqo logo
Best for: Renting stylish skiwear.
Even with our tips on cheap skiing holidays, a trip to the snowy mountains can get pretty pricey. And buying brand-new skiwear doesn’t quite fit the average student’s budget…
Blanqo offers a solution. You can rent stylish skiwear for a fraction of the retail price (usually around 10% for six days). Jackets, trousers or a one-piece – Blanqo’s got them all. It’s possible to rent them for seven, nine, 11 or 14 days.
Especially as you don’t use skiwear very often, you could save a lot of money by renting while still looking your very best. For example, a £740 Poivre Blanc one-piece can be rented for seven days for £64.
You don’t have to worry about wear and tear, but beware there’s no insurance for major damage or loss. Also, watch out for the £50 daily late fee.
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Here are the things you need to know before renting clothes:
Sometimes when scrolling through clothes rental sites, it’s not immediately clear how much it actually costs to rent clothes once fees have been added.
Often, the best way to know for sure how much you need to pay to rent an item is by going through to the checkout stage. At this point, any additional fees such as accidental damage insurance and delivery costs should be added to the total price.
It’s also important to read the site’s terms of service before renting in case there are any more potential fees that you hadn’t been anticipating.
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Leading on from the point about fees, it’s essential that you return your items on time to avoid getting charged late fees.
It should be very clear how and when you need to return the items, so make sure you stick to this. If you’re at all unsure, contact the clothes rental service for confirmation.
Generally, when you rent clothes, you don’t need to clean them yourself. Dry cleaning should be handled by the rental service or by the individual who has lent the clothes out to you.
In fact, some clothing rental sites explicitly ask you not to wash the clothes yourself. Again, for confirmation, it’s a good idea to double-check with the company you’re renting clothing through.
The clothes should have been cleaned before they were sent to you. But, if you’re not happy with their condition, contact the lender/rental service about this.
As we mentioned earlier with Girl Meets Dress, it is possible that an item is available to buy elsewhere for less than it costs to rent (particularly if it’s in the sale).
Before renting clothes, do a bit of shopping around to see if you really are getting a good deal.
Keep in mind that renting is a great way to avoid wasting new clothes if you’re not expecting to re-wear them much. But, if you think you’ll get better value for money by buying them, this is still worth considering. Plus, you have the option to sell the clothes later.
When renting clothes, there’s inevitably going to be a risk that you fall so in love with them that you don’t want to give them back. Luckily, there is sometimes the option to buy items after renting them.
It won’t always be the case, but there’s never any harm in enquiring with the clothes rental service or the person who owns the clothes whether they’d be willing to sell them. If they are, you can arrange payment with them and the piece will be yours to keep!
While renting clothes definitely has its perks, there might be times when you want to buy ones to keep instead.
Some clothes rental services like MY WARDROBE HQ and Girl Meets Dress sell clothes, as well as lend them out. On sites like these, you can often find clothes that are on sale for less than their RRP.
However, if you’re struggling to find sustainable brands on these sites, they’re far from your only options. Check out these eco-friendly fashion stores for more ideas.
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Deciding on the right delivery dates is very important when you rent clothes.
If you’re renting an item for four or five days for a specific occasion, it could help to arrange for it to arrive a couple of days before the event. There’s a chance that it won’t fit or look quite as you were hoping it would, in which case you should have (just about) enough time to find a replacement outfit.
On times when your rental dates begin or end on a Sunday/Bank Holiday, delivery and returns might work slightly differently than usual.
For example, it may be that the items are delivered a couple of days earlier, or that you need to return the items slightly early to guarantee they’ll arrive on time. If you’re unsure about this, check with the clothes rental company for confirmation.
You might have noticed that some of the clothes and accessories available to rent from sites like COCOON, Selfridges and HURR are extremely valuable. For the highest-price items, you might be asked to pay a deposit when renting them.
It should be fully refundable as long as you return the item in good condition, but it’s important to factor it into the upfront cost of renting.
Of course, you should always make an effort to look after the rental clothes and try not to damage or lose them. But, accidents do happen, so it’s important to be aware that you could potentially lose the deposit money if anything happens to the clothes.
If you don’t feel like you could afford to lose the deposit money, this indicates it would be too much of a risk to rent this item.
A wide range of clothes and accessories are available to rent. However, as a general rule, you won’t be able to rent intimate items of clothing such as underwear and swimwear.
When buying items like these, to avoid fast fashion, you could try shopping from an eco-conscious store. In fact, Batoko, a brilliant swimwear shop, has made it to our list of the best sustainable fashion brands.
Renting clothes is just one way to avoid waste and live more sustainably. For more ideas, head over to our guide on the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
Laura Brown, Head of Editorial at Save the Student, is an award-winning writer with expertise in student money. She project manages influential national student surveys and has presented findings to MPs in Westminster. As an expert on student issues, Laura has been quoted by the BBC, the Guardian, Metro and more.
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