You’ve gotten used to it being the other way around, but it’s time to make a little dough with the barely-worn dress you have hanging in your closet. Oh, it has tags on it still? That’s even better. Style Lend is a new site that gives you and your fellow fashionista neighbors access to each other’s closets.
Like Craigslist For Cocktail Dresses, you’ll be able to list dresses and accessories you own or shop through the site and choose frocks you want to borrow. A Style Lend stylist brings the dresses to you, along with other styles they think you might be into. Your picks are yours for a week until your stylist swoops back in to take the dresses to the dry cleaner.
In that scenario, you are the celebrity who gets to snap her fingers and have a stylist outfit you in an off-the-runway-but-actually-out-of-the-closet look. Sure, you have to pay, but you’re a superstar so they gave you the diva discount. Most dresses on the site are listed at around 10% of the retail price.
On the other side of Style Lend, you can open up your own borrowing boutique from home. Above is a look at the listing you fill out for your dress. Next step: cash money for that Carolina Herrera splurge!
Dresses are categorized for occasions like weddings, nights out, even holiday-specific shindigs. Everyone has a dress or two that is PERFECT for one occasion, but if you don’t have a baby shower every weekend (phew), give the dress some legs those other 51 Sundays out of the year.
This is a secret weapon for the girl who needs THE dress ASAP. It’s an economical solution for the woman who hates to wear the same thing more than once (we get it, Instagram is a perfect-dress killer). It’s a money maker for the Betty with the Cher-size closet. Cher Horowitz or Cher-Cher.
We luuurve fashion subscription service Le Tote and have had serious luck with sites like Rent the Runway, but love that Style Lend is a local service. Right now, they’re only offering the personal stylist delivery in the Bay Area, but you can get three dresses shipped to you outside of SF before they (hopefully!) expand.
Would you use Style Lend to shop or to list? Want to see it in your neck of the woods? We want to hear from you! Tell us below!