9 of the Best Fashion Rental Brands for Any Occasion

With so many things to celebrate in 2022, now’s the time to start looking for the perfect floral dress or smart tailored fit suit for those special occasions.

Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and summer BBQ’s. And not forgetting the much anticipated Queen’s Platinum Jubilee which will see celebrations up and down the country across a four day bank holiday weekend this June. We have plenty of opportunities to dress up this summer. But all too often we buy an outfit for a special occasion which is worn just once and then shoved to the back of our wardrobes. So what’s the alternative?

Fashion rental brands are taking the UK by storm. Not only are they a great way to hire an outfit at a fraction of the cost of buying new, but they’re good for the planet too.  The fashion industry is one of the biggest global polluters, but consumer behaviour can have a huge impact. After all, who wants another barely worn dress taking up valuable wardrobe space?  

So, where are the best places to hire wedding guest dresses, summer BBQ outfits, and men’s suits? We have the rundown. 

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1. Hirestreet

Hirestreet is a fashion rental platform committed to making style and sustainability accessible for all women. They strive to build a community of empowered individuals, with inclusivity, creativity and care for our planet.

Highstreet believes that fashion is for everyone, and that no one should have to compromise on confidence. Housing brands such as Ghost, Whistles and Rixo, in sizes 4-20, and complete with a try on service so you can find the perfect dress for any occasion, it truly is a super easy option to rent from. 

Once you’ve found something you love, simply select your size, rental period, delivery date and add it to your bag. You can also choose to add insurance to any of your items, which covers you against any accidental damage for that extra peace of mind. 

Rent from Hirestreet

2. Selfridges

As part of Selfridges’ sustainability initiative, Project Earth, the iconic department store has put a curated selection of designer pieces up for hire.

With collections for both men and women, simply select your dream piece to rent for 4, 8, 10 or 20 days and get the look delivered straight to your door. With new outfits added regularly, all their deliveries, returns and dry-cleaning services are complimentary (and they use prepaid reusable packaging too). What’s not to love?

Rent from Selfridges

3. By Rotation

When founder Eshita Kabra-Davies witnessed the first-hand effects of textile waste during her honeymoon in India, she immediately knew that something was wrong with one of her passions in life: fashion. Determined to transform the way we consume fashion, Eshita launched By Rotation, the world’s first social fashion rental app, in October 2019. 

By Rotation allows people to share their personal wardrobes. And with the newly launched resale functionality, you may now have the option to purchase an item if you love something so much that you’re dying to have it. 

It’s totally free to sign up to By Rotation, and they also host regular events to allow members to meet each other. 

Rent from By Rotation

4. Moss Bros Suit Hire

Proud to have such a long and rich heritage, Moss Bros. has been suiting up men for generations. They provide a versatile range of menswear to inspire and guide, helping men feel amazing whatever the occasion.

A man wearing a white dress shirt and a gold watch
Credit: Jonathan Francisca

By drawing upon their 171 years of tailoring experience, Moss Bros. give in-depth knowledge and suiting expertise – adapting the latest trends whilst staying true to their heritage.

Moss Hire allows you to pick one of their expertly put-together outfits, or you can build your own look. Choose from timeless, to of-the-moment looks in a range of fits to suit your style. Then make it yours with their edit of outfit-making accessories. 

Rent from Moss Bros Hire

5. My Wardrobe HQ

With one of the best comprehensive services out there, My Wardrobe HQ (MWHQ) is a rental service that offers brands like Christopher Kane, as well as people’s personal collections that the company intakes, cleans, stores and delivers for you. It also gives you the option to purchase items too. 

My Wardrobe HQ is the market leader in the UK, both in terms of the range of clothing on offer and how easy it is to lend and rent on the platform. Choose from iconic luxury brands, emerging designers and contemporary styles, and let the efficient and experienced team at MWHQ take care of everything for you.   

Rent from My Wardrobe HQ

6. Cocoon Club

Loved by stylists, Cocoon is a premium bag rental service with Instagram-perfect handbags on offer from the likes of Gucci and Prada at just £99 a month. And as they own all of their products, they can guarantee the selection and quality.   

With their monthly membership model, Cocoon can become a part of your daily life. You’re not loaning a handbag for a one-off occasion, you’re developing a long-term relationship and enjoying luxury more responsibly. 

Rent from Cocoon Club

7. Endless Wardrobe

Endless Wardrobe is the only platform where you can shop the same style three ways: BUY NEW, NEARLY-NEW OR RENT. They work with all their brands as an official stockist, so all rental and nearly-new items have only ever been held, and professionally cared for by Endless Wardrobe. 

Specialising in dress hire from a range of desirable brands, this service is ideal for parties and weekend getaways. And as all stock is held in a central location, dresses are available in multiple sizes and do not come from someone’s personal wardrobe. Endless Wardrobe also offers next day delivery, free returns, and full refunds on unworn items for a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Rent from Endless Wardrobe

8. Hurr Collective

Founded in 2018, Hurr falls into the peer-to-peer category and provides a place for people to make money from their wardrobes. You can rent or lend on the platform, and it’s super easy to use. The brand also recently brought its dry cleaning in-house and partnered with Oxwash to provide medical grade cleaning – it’s the only UK-based rental platform that uses a dry cleaning partner also used by the NHS.

Hurr is also now on a mission to make sure its platform is more size-inclusive, and a number of leading plus-size fashion brands have signed up to join the pledge and rent exclusively for Hurr. You also have the possibility of renting from the wardrobes of celebrities and influencers, and you can even rent in-store at Selfridges. 

Rent from Hurr Collective

9. The Little Loop

And not forgetting the little ones, The Little Loop has created a shared wardrobe for kids. Featured on Dragons Den, the platform allows you to rent ethical, fun clothes for your children, while helping to create a world without clothing waste.

Children standing on grass wearing dresses
Credit: Amy Humphries

As any parent knows, children grow out of clothes far too quickly. And aside from the cost of buying new clothing, is the issue of what you do with the items that no longer fit. Storing them isn’t an option if space is tight, and selling online can be extremely time consuming. So do you donate or recycle? 

Dressing your children should be fun. It shouldn’t make you feel guilty, poor, or stressed. Because parents’ precious time is so valuable. Because you should be able to get the clothes your child needs (and loves!) when they need them. And because you should be able to get rid of them just as easily, while knowing that they’ll be going on to another loving home.

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Rent from The Little Loop

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