Diva on a Dime

In these tough economic times, it can be hard to be fashionable on a budget. If you enjoy the finer things in life, but don’t want to stress about the bills, you can wear all the latest designs without breaking the bank. If you like designers like Reema Acra, Tory Burch or Louis Vuitton, but aren’t exactly sure about the price tag, instead of buying, how about renting? For a night on the town, a high school reunion or a date with that special someone you’ve been dying to go out with, instead of standing in line and buying an item you’ll only wear once, you can take these luxury items for a spin be a diva on a dime with a little help from a few places on the web.

Rent the Runway:rent the runway

Rent the Runway has all the latest designer gowns that you can try for a low cost fee. Just type in the date you’d like to wear the item and select from a huge inventory of dresses. They even have accessories you can mix and match with what you’re wearing. Since designer dresses can be hit or miss in the fit department, you have the option of being sent a second size and keeping the one that’s the better fit. You can even check out pics of other people who’ve rented an item to get an idea of how it fits on different body types. If you’re on the shorter or more buxom side, you can read about others experiences and see if a dress would work for you. This site is a great resource to rent dresses that normally retail for $3,000 or more for a fraction of the price. You also have the option of renting for 4 or 8 days.

Diva on a Dime Price Range: $75-500 per rental


Bag, Borrow or Steal:bag borrow or steal

If you love purses and want to try the newest Chanel or Gucci but, may not have the funds, this is one option you can try. A variety of purses are available to try on a monthly basis. Renewal is automatic if you decide to keep it longer and purses are professionally cleaned to ensure optimum borrowing. The only downside to this site is that rental items are not available for purchase. However, if you have a purse you’d like to sell or there is one you want to buy, there is a section for both consignment and purchase.

Diva on a Dime Price Range: $75-600 per rental, per month.


lending_luxury_twitter_1Lending Luxury:

Based in Florida, this site also features high end designer gowns for rent. Some of these include Tadashi, Nicole Miller and Badgley Mischka. To borrow, you’ll need to register. Creating an account is free, and once an account is created you can choose from their inventory. You can purchase gift cards for friends or family to use on the site, which is great for that niece or cousin who may have prom or another even coming up. However, unlike Rent the Runway, you only have the option to rent for five days.

Diva on a Dime Price Range: $50-200 for rentals, $40-1,500 for purchase.


diva on a dimeHappily Ever Borrowed:

If you are a bride-to-be on a budget, here’s a website for you! Happily Ever Borrowed lends gorgeous accessories like tiaras, veils and jewelry for considerably less than the full retail price you’ll see in stores. Rental includes insurance, so spills and minor damage are a non-issue. Plus, with designers like Atelier, you will look even more amazing as you walk down that aisle to wed your intended. They also have a “Send Before You Spend,” option which lets brides choose up to three items to try at your bridal fitting for only a flat rate of $50.

Diva on a Dime Price Range: $25-175


Now that you’re armed with some great resources that will make both your inner diva and your bank account happy, go forth and be fashionable! Til next time!




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Kenya Evans

by Kenya Evans

Special Contributor. Kenya has been a writer for as long as she could remember. A fashionista with a love of the arts, Kenya’s background in social justice inspires her to help make the world a better place, one written word at a time. When not writing, she can be seen on underground stages across Chicago as a tribal belly dancer and classical Indian dance student of Bharatnatyam.