7 Best Sites To Rent A Dress In 2023 

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When it comes to special occasion events like weddings, holiday galas, school dances, or maternity shoots, renting a dress or gown beats buying pieces that only get worn once. Clothes that sit in the back of our closets do not add value to our lives, and neither do cheap fast fashion pieces that quickly go out of style and pollute the planet. Renting is an affordable way to wear designer dresses and it’s a more sustainable option. A win-win. 🏆

Why consider a clothing rental service? 

Clothing rental services are an easy way to access high-end designer clothing at an affordable price. You’ll be able to experience high quality luxurious items you may not typically wear, without the hefty price tag. You can also experiment with new styles and trends without committing to a long-term purchase and without any added stress to your wallet or the environment.

The environmental impact caused by fast fashion is huge. Thankfully, renting clothes is a more sustainable option as it extends the lifespan of clothing items, promotes a circular fashion economy, and reduces fashion waste through the reuse of garments. If you’re also trying to reduce wardrobe clutter or simply don’t have enough space in your closet (or in your luggage when you travel), a clothing rental service helps you provide a temporary wardrobe without you having to worry about storage or traveling with lots of clothes!  Oftentimes for special occasions, you’ll find yourself wearing an outfit once and never again, but clothing rental services make high-end special occasion wear more practical.

Below are our favorite sites to rent a dress or designer clothing online. In curating this list, we’ve prioritized clothing rental services that offer subscriptions for a wide range of clothing options, and that offset their transportation emissions. Many offer subscriptions (we love Rent the Runway’s monthly subscription for everything from occasion wear to seasonal pieces!) if you are looking to invest in staple pieces and round out your wardrobe by renting occasion wear.

Prefer to buy? Here are our guides on sustainable jewelry and handbags for ethically-made and fair trade accessories, or secondhand shops if you prefer thrifting. And for designer options, check out these sustainable luxury designers for pieces you’ll love for years to come.

Most Size Inclusive | Best For Formal Gowns | Best Monthly Subscription Box

1. Rent the Runway

Product Range | Designer dresses, gowns, outerwear, blazers, jeans, jewelry, handbags, sunglasses
Best For | Special occasion dresses
Price Range | One-time rentals starting at $30/piece

Rent the Runway is our editor’s favorite go-to for occasion-specific renting, and also for monthly membership models. The site includes a wide selection of designer clothing and black tie dresses from hundreds of brands, starting as low as $30 per garment for a four-day rental. We love that you can browse the uploaded photos from previous renters to see how the dress fits other people within a specific size/height/body type range—soooo helpful! Rent the Runway will also send you a backup size (just in case) and the chance to purchase the piece if you fall in love. Their sustainability efforts are also impressive, with the brand offsetting 100% of their carbon emissions to and from shipments, and diverting over 90% of waste from their warehouse operations from landfills. Choose from RTR’s three standard plans or rent à la carte for your next big event.

Rent The Runway Review | “Renting aligned my shopping habits with my sustainability values. It helps fulfill the need for a fun new piece for a weekend trip without buying into fast fashion trends.” – @allekjackson (See all reviews)

2. Armoire

Product Range | Curated tops, skirts, shorts, pants, dresses, hair accessories, jewelry,  upcycled clothing
Best For | Maternity clothing rentals
Price Range | Memberships starting at $79/month

Armoire is a one-stop shop for curated, stylish clothing. Each month, you’ll receive items that are personalized to your taste—feel free to purchase, rent and return, exchange for a different size, or send for a complimentary cleaning for as long as you’re a member. Using the results from your personal style quiz, as well as input from customers and current fashion trends from Boden, French Connection, and more, Armoire curates each box specific to you—valued at over $300. What we love most is the collection of workwear and maternity wear that includes fashion-forward blazers, skirts, trousers, and dresses.

Armoire Review | “Armoire was a part of my weight loss journey. Be it when I was a size 8 or fluctuating between a size 4 or 2, I can freely choose my clothing be it for the summer or winter wear.” – Cheryl (See all reviews)

3. Nuuly

Product Range | Dresses, tops, pants, athleisure, rompers, vintage & upcycled clothing
Best For | Thrifting & re-selling clothing
Price Range | Subscriptions starting at $98/month

Nuuly is all about hosting a platform where buying, selling and renting work together in helping us save a little cash, while being gentler on the planet. With Nuuly Rent, you can rent any six items from their extensive collections each month with fast and free shipping, repairs, and laundry included. You can also purchase any items you fall in love with. And if thrifting is more your jam, Nuuly Thrift lets you buy and resell anything from vintage items and baby clothes, to reclaimed dresses and more. Nuuly is owned by URBN (the makers behind Anthropologie and Free People) so you’ll find plenty of their brands and styles, however you choose to shop!

Nuuly Review | “NUULY fits all of life’s occasions – one of the things I love most about it! 🥰✨🎉🌈” – @the_rbrooks (See more reviews)

4. Gwynnie Bee

Product Range | Blouses, cardigans, denim, jackets, casual & work dresses
Best For | Inclusive sizing
Price Range | Memberships starting at $49/month

Gwynnie Bee‘s online clothing subscription service gets members looking stylish and savvy every day! The brand provides free shipping and free exchanges for clothing rentals, and we love the selection of work, casual, and formal wear garments, ranging in sizes 0–32. Many packages start with the first month 50 percent off, and you can rent up to 10 items at once.

Gwynnie Bee Review | “GwynnieBee helped me get my fashionista style back after having a baby. I was in a rut with my self-esteem and comfort came before anything else. My GwynnieBee subscription reminded me that fashion can be comfortable AND help you shine! I recommend this service to every woman I come onto contact with. It’s a lifesaver.” – Leah Gunther (See all reviews)

5. Haverdash

Product Range | Dresses, jumpsuits, maternity, sweaters, bottoms
Best For | Flexibility, unlimited rotation & rental period
Price Range | Memberships starting at $59/month

With zero commitments and unlimited rotations, Haverdash is the future of fashion. This online style subscription service offers its members access to fashion rentals for a flat monthly fee. Choose up to three styles per shipment, and keep them for as long as you’d like. If you want to add the style permanently to your closet, you can purchase pieces at discounted prices. Or alternatively, feel free to send them back and get another box (wash, rinse, repeat)! Shipping (and returns) are always free, as is dry cleaning.

Haverdash Review | “Love @haverdash! I’ve been doing it for years. A great sustainable way to wear new clothes all the time. And I get so many compliments!” – @danielleullo (See more reviews)

6. FashionPass

Product Range | Activewear, loungewear, bodysuits, dresses, jackets, denim, jumpsuits, accessories
Best For | Unlimited clothing & accessories rentals
Price Range | Memberships starting at $49 for the first month

FashionPass’ large collection of clothing rental options will have your wardrobe looking on trend without any commitments! With three rental options to choose from, you’ll receive a variety of clothing items and accessories of your choice each month. If you fall in love with a piece, you can keep it a bit longer for an additional fee or even purchase the item outright for a 30-60% discount. Brands such as Steve Madden, For Love and Lemons and Good American are just some of the popular brands that are available to pick from. And when you’re ready to ship your items back, FashionPass offers prepaid shipping labels, free dry cleaning and member concierge services if you need support. Sign us up!

FashionPass Review | “Returning is so simple, I get a new order every week! ” – Corrine R. (See all reviews)

7. Tulerie

Product Range | Coats, dresses, jumpsuits, pants, skirts, shoes, bags
Best For | Peer-to-peer closet sharing
Price Range | Varies based on member-set rental fee

Tulerie stands out from other clothing rental services through their community closet approach. You can join the platform as a lender or borrower (or both!) to share or rent high-end items in your own closet. The brand is proud to provide a space where ‘sustainability, luxury and community can coexist’ through peer-to-peer closet sharing. To ensure trust and respect throughout the clothing exchange process, interviews are held with every single lender and borrower before they can use the platform. You can even donate any unwanted clothing through their partner Rewearable (free shipping included)! We love the creative approach Tulerie takes in supporting circular fashion initiatives. 

Tulerie Review | “This app has expanded my closet so much! Not only am I extending the life cycle of my own garments, but I get to borrow so many beautiful pieces too”. – Anonymous (See all reviews)