After a long, comfortably-dressed, two years of WFH, I finally received the ‘return to office’ email from HR. This meant I’d have to start getting dressed for work again, so I dug through my closet and tried on all my pre-pandemic work clothes. Surveying my work clothing options, I noticed how I've wasted a lot of money on outfits I barely wear, so I decided to try renting. Rent the Runway initially came to mind. However, after more research, I came across Armoire. Although they seem similar, my experience has shown otherwise.
If you want unlimited styles for every occasion… Armoire.
Rent the Runway’s site is catered towards fancier events, with many pieces featuring revealing cutouts or daring necklines. Alternatively, Armoire offers a wide variety of high-quality pieces that are suitable for any occasion -- Armoire has it all! For my first case, I selected work clothes, casual dresses, and a cocktail dress. Armoire has designer clothes that fit a range of body types with sizes 0-3X and they’re always adding new styles. Best of all, Armoire offers an unlimited plan, unlike Rent the Runway who no longer offers this deal.
If you want personalized & fully-customized shopping… Armoire.
It took me so long to find something I liked while scrolling on Rent the Runway. Armoire is a much more personalized experience. After completing a quick, 5-min style quiz, Armoire uses an algorithm and personal stylist expertise to show you clothing that matches your choices, rather than overwhelming you with options that you’re not interested in. You can also customize your recommended items by category, occasion, and season to narrow your choices more! Armoire’s community also makes it easier to discover new styles by connecting you with other members and showing how they are styling their items.
No doubt, both Rent the Runway and Armoire offer high-quality, fashionable items – but there are differences between the types of clothes that they offer. If you’re into trendy designer-wear or are looking for a one-time statement piece, Rent the Runway is where you should go. Alternatively, Armoire’s clothing options are more suitable for enhancing a capsule wardrobe or outfitting you for whatever is on your calendar–not just those big events. So, if you’re looking for long-term staples and statement pieces to mix-and-match into a bunch of different outfits, Armoire is where you should go.
If you want flexible returns… Armoire.
Something that blew me away was the fact that Armoire lets you keep all your items until your new case arrives so you’re never without styles to wear. Because you get to hold onto your stuff, you actually get significantly more access to clothing. On the other hand, Rent the Runway requests that you send your items back as soon as you initiate a return, so there can be days when you have no clothing options at home. For this, and many other reasons, Armoire has my vote.
The ultimate winner… Armoire.
Both Armoire and Rent the Runway offer high-quality and trendy items for rent at a reasonable price. However, as someone who is anti-eternal scroll and in need of a more functional and interchangeable wardrobe, Armoire is the obvious choice for my styling needs.