By Amanda Wilkes:
When I learned about clothing share subscriptions, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. If you’re anything like me, you cannot stand going to the overly packed mall! It all begins with trying to find a parking spot, then searching for hours on end for what you think is the latest style, trying everything on for size and, finally, topping it off by waiting in an endless line at the checkout counter. Unfortunately, a couple of times per year, as the seasons changed, or something shrank, or I had to find something for a special occasion, I found myself dreading what awaited as I headed to the mall.
I was so thankful to find a way to avoid the mall altogether and have more clothing options than ever before by subscribing to a clothing share program. It’s just like NETFLIX, but for fashion! Was it really possible for me simply to enroll online, fill out a form about my fashion likes and dislikes, pay a low fee, have my clothes delivered to my door just a few days later, send them back or keep them as long as I like, and then get all new pieces? I couldn’t possibly have been happier! Unfortunately, I know all too well that there are two sides to everything, and the environmentally conscious side of me began to wonder whether the earth would be as happy about this concept as I was.
Now, just like many other highly debated environmental issues, this matter does not have a clear and concise answer, either. However, by weighing the pros and cons of a clothing share subscription, you can decide whether clothing rental or clothing purchase is best for you and the environment.
- Have a rotating closet (some subscriptions give you the option to purchase)
- Keeping up with the latest trends
- Being prepared for any season
- Never getting bored of your clothes
- Avoiding the mall
- $AVING$ (Most subscriptions charge a fraction of the cost of your regular purchases.)
Here are a few clothing share subscription sites that I have found:
The Dark Side of a Clothing Share Subscription
- Packaging supplies
- Cleaning (Each time the garment is sent back to the company, it must be laundered.)
- Inability to choose environmentally friendly clothing companies
What is your opinion about sharing or buying your clothes? Leave your opinion below!