The rise of all things second-hand has taken over our shopping habits in recent years. These days, many are moving from online fast fashion retailers to the world of thrift and resale, focused on more eco-friendly and sustainable efforts. With this new wave comes alternative sites like rental services, and Nuuly Rent is gaining popularity.
Launched in 2019, Nuuly’s clothing rental service allows customers to borrow second-hand dresses from everyday clothes without breaking the bank or committing themselves. For those unfamiliar, here’s a look at how Nuuly works: you can add up to six coins to your bag with a monthly cost of $88, which means each rented coin costs less than $15 per month. There is a wide range of inventory to choose from, including more expensive items such as vintage clothing, outerwear, and designer items. As Nuuly falls under the URBN franchise, customers can mix and match items from Free People, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, in addition to hundreds of contemporary favorites, like Anna Sui, Zadig & Voltaire, Selkie, LoveShackFancy, AGOLDE and many more. others. After.
Once you place your rental order, the items are sent via two-day shipping and once the month is over, you return the selections with a return shipping label provided by Nuuly. Then you can choose your box for the next month and start the whole process again. If you fall in love with a certain piece of clothing, you can easily make a purchase and own it for good. Sounds pretty easy, right?
I’ve been wanting to try a clothing rental service for a few years because not only is my budget always tight, but I’m a minimalist at heart – and accumulating so many items in my closet is overwhelming for me. After hearing great reviews for Nuuly and luckily receiving a three-month trial code to test out the site, I quickly loaded my cart with a few “release” dresses from Maison Amory, Colin LoCascio, and Glamorous. I also couldn’t resist adding a few ready-to-wear pieces from Nuuly’s latest collaboration with Lisa Says Gah, opting for the fruit basket print cropped jacket, the Robyn jeans and the Alex cropped t-shirt. Shortly after placing my rental order, my package arrived in two days, in Nuuly’s soft zippered case made from reusable packaging.
The very first order of business on my list was to make sure the items Actually suited me, so I immediately put in my selections. Much to my disappointment, I was only able to fit in two of the six (!!!) pieces I chose, which was a shame as I triple checked the size guide to make sure something like that didn’t happen. Sigh.
Shopping online with a bigger bust has been a challenge for me over the years, and with such a consecutive work schedule, I rarely have time to run errands, let alone worry about going back. online orders. After asking the Nuuly team and scrolling through the pages of the site Frequently Asked QuestionsI was unfortunately informed that the site does not offer size exchanges at this time, nor do its other competitors like Rent the track. This meant that I was unable to wear most of my selections and instead only had to admire the pieces from across my room.
Despite the inconveniences, I was always happy to wear the dresses that suited me, like the Ruffle Romance dress from Maison Amory, resembling Selkie’s famous TikTok puffs. I wore the pastel mini dress for the first time at Christopher John Roger’s Resort 2023 show in Brooklyn in June. It was quite a struggle to squeeze my size D bust past the side zipper, but once I did, the dress was comfortable and extremely adorable. I paired my whimsical outfit with chunky brown Mary Janes from Charles & Keith and tied my hair in a low bun. Not the best style choice in hindsight, but what can I say, it was a wet day!
A few days later, I attended my friend’s birthday brunch in Brooklyn, wearing Colin LoCascio’s Dorothy Mesh mini dress, which, funny enough, I just happened to spot someone wearing the same dress at the Governors Ball some days before. I wonder if she also got hers from Nuuly, I thought.
Unlike the other pieces, the mesh mini dress runs on the larger side, and even going for my usual size was too big for me. It was a little too loose for my comfort and sometimes I felt like the dress would fall off me. But thanks to the adjustable strap, it held up and the dress was super soft and gorgeous in person.
Since trying Nuuly Rent, I’ve met other friends who also borrow parts from the site and proclaim their love for its services. However, we all agree that the sizing scale needs to be more accurate and offer free exchanges to customers. Another concern that emerged was the frequency of its cleaning services, especially with the rise of new variants of COVID and monkeypox. “Let us manage [the cleaning] in our state-of-the-art professional cleaning and repair center. We are experts in the chemistry of cleaning and sanitizing garments while preserving the integrity of the fabric for the next tenant,” the site states. That’s a vague answer, but I guess I’ll have to trust him.
All in all, I will definitely be renting more of my clothes from Nuuly Rent as I have 21 items and counting on my wishlist, and I am fully aware that this is a dangerous game with my wallet since I I can buy them too.
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