Elizabeth & James top, Rent the Runway
I love fashion. Undeniably, truly and passionately. However, I also love the planet, and as fashion and textiles are contributors of up to 10 percent of global carbon emissions, instant fashion’s thrill is fading fast. Producing a single ton of fabric can require up to 200 tons of water — water that’s often contaminated with untreated dyes and pumped back into rivers. The fashion industry’s effects on climate change are undeniable, and there are choices that we consumers can make to help.
Saylor dress, Rent the Runway
One solution I endorse wholeheartedly, and no, I am not paid by the company, is Rent the Runway. I have been one of their initial Unlimited clients, for a couple months now, and I love it. As a MyHabit and Access Hollywood Style expert, I love to try out new looks on camera, but don’t need to invest in every trend that comes along, or have 15 brightly colored dresses in my closet.
Here’s the genius of RTR: I have access to up to $30,000 in clothing and accessories for a flat fee of $150/month including tax, I can borrow 3 items at a time, keep them for as long as I want, and ship them back when I’m done. Shipping and cleaning are included, and as soon as my items are received, I can order my next shipment online. If I absolutely have to have anything, there is an option to buy.
A no-brainer when it comes to special occasion dresses, like weddings or red carpets, RTR has also seriously quelled my need to shop. They have designer labels, like Narciso Rodriguez, Diane Von Furstenberg, Derek Lam, and so many more, that retail for higher than my typical budget, but are available to me through Unlimited membership, to try out risk-free.
Red Valentino sheath, Rent the Runway
It is simple, streamlined alternative to fast fashion. I look fresh and current, and take bigger fashion risks, all while keeping my closet clean and being kinder to the earth. Win. Win. Win.
Carmen Marc Valvo sheath, Rent the Runway
I’m thrilled to be extending a special discount to you! Just use code: FFUNL1769F7, to receive $20 off your first month of Unlimited membership, so you can try out having the world’s biggest and best closet delivered right to your front door. Try it for a month, and I’m sure you’ll be converted too. Borrowing is the new buying.