My first time renting from someone's closet was an ease thanks to Wardrobe
The first time I heard about the Wardrobe app was from a friend, and I have to admit I wasn’t sold on the idea. Like, why would I want to rent clothes from a stranger? And what if my items got ruined? Most importantly, what about personal hygiene? Eek! These were the first questions to cross my mind. But then the rental-service app approached me to do a photo shoot, and after giving it a second thought, I chose to give it a try.
What mostly caught my attention is my endeavor to minimize fast fashion purchases and instead take the slow fashion route with sustainable clothing, buying thrift or vintage and now renting. I’m not saying I’ll never purchase something from Zara or any other mega retailer again, but if I do, I want to make sure it’s a conscious decision.
In case you haven’t heard about Wardrobe, let me give you some insight into what it is and how it works. Basically, you can earn a little extra cash by renting out items you don’t wear as much – you know, something like that one dress you purchased out of impulse and only wore once. You also have access to other closets, and for a weekly fee (price depends on the item) you can borrow everything from clothing to shoes and bags.
To join the Wardrobe community you must first create a profile where you’ll be asked to write a brief bio about yourself. Here's where you can talk about your personal style and what renters can expect to find in your closet. Then, you’ll need to choose a Wardrobe Hub, which is one of the cleaners where you will drop off and pick up items. You see, whenever you rent something there is a cleaning fee which is why items are exchanged at a dry cleaning spot.
For my first rental, I borrowed two items from the same user. One of them was the Merry Bag by Susan Alexandra (I got so many compliments on it btw!) and this sleek printed dress by Ganni. Once I booked the items I then selected the dates and requested to book. Next, I waited for the OK. Once approved, on the first day of my rental I picked up the items at my Wardrobe Hub and for a week I got to pretend they were all mine. On the last day, I simply returned both items to the hub where I first picked them up and done!
So to conclude my thoughts, I would likely borrow again from Wardrobe. I think the app comes in handy when you’re looking for a closet refresh, and instead of buying something new, you can rent it! I have yet to have someone rent from me, but if you’d like to be the first, you can find me with my Instagram handle @naturrlystylish.
Wearing Ganni dress borrowed from Wardrobe, Vince booties, Ale Bremer earrings, thrifted necklace, and Chanel crossbody.