Some little layouts for you!

I don’t know about you, but when I see a trend I love, I ALWAYS get stuck on how to incorporate it into my wardrobe. That’s what’s so great about renting: you no longer have to invest in those trendy pieces you just want to try out, as it abolishes the fear of PPW (Price Per Wear). I mean, how many times do we purchase a trend, wear it once and then regret spending all that money on it in the first place? Or how about that guilty feeling that leads us into outliving the trend in order to make our investment worth it?

We’ve put together some trendy looks for you to try out this summer:

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Formal Stripes

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Inspired? Well head over to Stylelend.com and start planning what trends you will try this summer!

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Oh SNAP, it’s Summer!

Let’s just talk about this crazy weather we’ve been experiencing for a second. I mean, the winter that we just stepped out of has been quite unpredictable. We went from hurricanes, to cold fronts, back to hurricanes, and now we have this summer heat wave that hit us like a truck (in the best way possible…).  It’s safe to say that many of us haven’t had the opportunity to swap out our winter wardrobes for our fresh and light summer wardrobes. So the Style Lend team (Dale, Alex, Lona & Me [Tania]) decided to put together some easy summer looks, that will have you on trend and beating the heat (okay, maybe not the heat in subway station but you catch my drift.)

Patch It all the Way

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“This trend is totally reminiscent of my childhood, as it takes me back to the 90’s. Even the {vintage} Levi’s base was from the 90’s. I love mixing pieces from different decades, it creates dimension in your look.

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The patched-denim trend definitely adds personality to a basic jean jacket, you can throw it on top of a simple outfit and instantly elevate it. It’s like the leather jackets’ cooler, more laid-back cousin.” – Dale @daleborchiver

Rent the Trend: HERE

Funky Sleeves 

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“To me summer is the perfect time to pull out all the stops. The time where you can totally wear crazy sleeves with that crazy skirt. Everything Goes!

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For a more relaxed look, pair with your classic denim shorts and don’t forget to elevate your look with accessories. Finish the look with your favorite chelsea boot or white sneaker.”- Tania @sustainablystylish

Rent the Trend: HERE

 

Slip Into It

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“The revamp of the 90’s slip dress is dominating my summer style. It’s an effortless look that can be truly dressed up or down. As an advocate of the eco fashion movement, I’m always on the lookout for sustainable items that can be styled in countless ways.

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Not to mention, it means lighter packing for summer getaway weekends. Avoid pants and throw a slip over a t-shirt for a boho chic vibe, or pair with strappy sandals and a leather jacket for a girl’s night out. One piece should equal more than one outfit.”- Alex @truoclava

Rent the Trend: HERE

Bring Out the White

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“I love the ‘all-white’ trend because it signifies summer. The time of year when you are tan, it’s hot outside and you are about to go out in the town to have a nice dinner and then to a fun summer party afterwards.

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White is really simple to style because it does not require much effort to match. This is part of the reason I love it! It’s so easy to wear and always look chic no matter the place and occasion (except weddings, of course).  White reminds me of the Greek islands and how beautiful the white stands against the turquoise sea. In a few weeks I will be traveling to Greece for a friend’s wedding and can’t wait to rent all the white outfits on Style Lend and make memories with them.”- Lona @au_lona

Rent the Trend: HERE

Now get outside and start enjoying this weather! See you next week when we let you into our beauty secrets.

Mara Hoffman

It’s the end of May, and there’s no better way to end our brand appreciation month than by featuring Mara Hoffman.  As we get ready for June, there’s no other brand we’d rather be wearing.

These fun and colorful pieces are absolutely perfect for warm weather and will definitely put you in the mood to play with prints this summer.

These are all the pieces we’ll be wearing in June (and the rest summer).  Check them out and be sure to visit our website to see all of our Mara Hoffman items available for rent!

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Rainbow Bird Dress, $30/week

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Ananda Cut Out Maxi Dress, $31/week

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Model Fitted Midi Dress, $33/week

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Leaf Linen Crossover Dress, $34/week

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Cutout Midi Dress, $33/week

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Multicolor Printed Open Back Mini Dress, $35/week

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Tribal Print Mini, $30/week

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Dashiki Beaded Georgette Dress, $45/week

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Mini Dress, $35/week

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Wrap Top Dress, $28/week

All of these dresses are so versatile and absolutely perfect for any summer occasion, whether you’re heading to the park, a picnic, or the beach.  Head on over to our website to rent them all!

Self Portrait

We’re continuing our brand appreciation here at Style Lend and we couldn’t not mention one of our favorites: Self Portrait.

If you like flashing some skin in unexpected ways, this is definitely the brand for you! Tasteful yet sexy and (a little) scandalous, we love the cutwork details this brand is known for.

These are some of our favorite Self Portrait pieces and the best part is you can rent all of them for under $70 versus buying for over $400. (Because we love saving you money!)

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Black Aurelia Dress, $50/week

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Black Lace Off-the-Shoulder Top, $45/week

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Looped Midi Dress, $45/week

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Cutwork Lace Pencil Skirt, $25/week

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A Line Up Lace Dress, $50/week

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Striped Honeycomb-Mesh Midi Dress, $55/week

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Cutwork Lace Jumpsuit, $50/week

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Short Sleeve Guipure-Lace Midi Dress, $50/week

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Scallop High Neck Midi Dress, $65/week

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Leila Guipure Lace and Crepe Midi Dress, $55/week

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Azaelea Guipure-Lace Illusion Dress, $53/week.

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Serena Off-the-Shoulder Poplin Dress, $55/week.

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The Paneled Dress, $57/week

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The Olivia guipure lace-paneled crepe dress, $55/week.

Check out our website and app to see and rent all of our Self Portrait pieces.

Helmut Lang

Known for minimalism, Helmut Lang was staple brand in the late to early 90s.  With the revival of 90s style has also come a renewed sense of appreciation for Lang’s designs.

It’s been over a decade since the designer left the brand but his influence is still felt today in the fashion world–did you know he was majorly responsible for the popularity of NYFW when he decided to show his collection before other European designers?

However, the brand carried on without the designer and has consistently brought out new and innovative yet minimal collections.  So we dedicate this week to Helmut Lang, and here are some of our fave pieces from the brand (all available to rent on our website):

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This leather fitted gown is what dreams are made of!  Where it for your next formal event or a date night when you’re feeling a bit bold.  We recommend pairing it with a thin belt emphasize the waist.

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We’ve got our eyes on this sexy tribal maxi! It’s absolutely perfect for spring and summer.  Pair it with a simple shirt to keep the focus all on the print, and throw on a leather jacket for a great night-out look!

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This Gray Gradient dress, with its slightly asymmetrical neckline and silky texture is the perfect go-to for summer.  Just throw on some sandals to run errands, or don your favorite heels for instant glamour.

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Going out for cocktails? This draped dress is a must.  It falls to the knee and drapes off of one shoulder for an unexpected touch.

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Asymmetric details are all the rage this season and this dress is right on trend!  Pair it with strappy sandals and some bright red lipstick for a fresh look for summer.

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The perfect combination of class and edge, we love this long sleeved little black number.  Pair it with booties and bold accessories to add some fun.

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The Into the Night dress features a beautifully detailed lace neckline and single sleeve.  Great for any occasion where you want to feel sexy and modern.

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Sleek and professional, this ruched dress features a v-cut neckline and slight asymmetrical hemline.  Pair it with the Bunker bag (pictured below) for a modern and lady like daytime look.

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What are some of your favorite Helmut Lang pieces!  Let us know and be sure to check out our website and app to rent all of the items featured here.

For Love and Lemons

We’re showcasing our love for designers and brands this month, and we decided to start out with one of our new favorites: For Love and Lemons.

The designs of this brand are instantly recognizable for their unique use of lace and embroidery.  It is bohemian yet feminine, and dainty yet modern.  We’re obsessed!

These are some of the classic For Love and Lemon styles: delicate mesh cloth with strategic lace overlay skin.  They push boundaries by transforming lace (something often viewed as conservative) into a garment that is daring and unconventional.  We absolutely adore all of these dresses and they are available to rent for as little as $35/week.

These maxi dresses perfectly embody that bohemian vibe while still being totally chic.  The best part, they’re available to rent for as low as $30/week.

Then of course, there’s the mini dresses.  We love these because they’re so ultra-feminine, and range from sexy to sweet.

Shirts, skirts and bodysuits.  We love that you can pair them together, or mix and match.

Check out all of our For Love and Lemon items on our website or app!

Brides | Look Amazing & Save Money

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Just because you’ve committed to a partner doesn’t mean you need to commit to a dress.

Like we talked about in our last post about bridesmaids, weddings can get very expensive.  It’s good to know when to splurge and when to save.  With that in mind, it’s great to splurge on your wedding dress but you probably don’t want to splurge on different outfits/dresses for all of the events leading up to the big day.  I mean after all, there’s the engagement party, the bridal shower, the bachelorette party and the rehearsal dinner: that’s four dresses.

Whether your events are formal or casual we’ve rounded up a few outfits that are going to save you money, and make you look incredible!

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This dress from BCBG is classy but not too formal, and perfect for just about any engagement party or rehearsal dinner! The best part is you can rent it for only $20/week!

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And of course we have plenty of traditional white options for our traditional ladies, which you can browse here.  This BCBG dress is available to rent for $35/week.

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Our Self Portrait Midi Dress is the perfect match of class and sophistication.  Rent it for $55/week.

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The ethereal Alice + Olivia embellished dress can be dressed up or down, depending on how formal your occasion is.

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This Sue Wong dress is absolutely perfect for a fancy bridal shower or rehearsal dinner!

We’re drooling over this vintage LBD and it’s completely perfect for the brides celebrating their last few days of singledom in Vegas! The best part? You can rent it for only $49/week.

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Style Lend is a great option for all brides wanting to save money and look fabulous all at the same time! Be sure to check out our website and mobile app to browse all of our clothes and accessories.

Bridesmaid | Save Money!

It’s wedding season and we here at Style Lend could not be more excited!  We’ve practically been stalking all of Vogue‘s articles on Spring Weddings, and there was one article in particular that caught our eye: a guide on where to spend money and were to save.

As much as we love weddings, they can get expensive, even when you’re not the one who is getting married.  Bridesmaids not only have to spend money on dresses for the events, but on the bridal shower and bachelorette party, wedding gifts and travel costs. Expressing budget limitations early on can be a big help, and luckily Style Lend is here to help you save money.

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Do you remember that scene from Bridesmaids, where Helen wanted everyone to buy the ridiculously expensive Fritz Bernaise dress (“It’s on sale!”) and Annie was vying for the more affordable–and much more plain–non designer dress?

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You don’t want to look plain at your friends wedding, but you also don’t want to spend a ton of money.  Let’s be honest: no matter what dress the bride chooses, no matter how pretty it is, or expensive it is, it’s still a bridesmaids dress.  You’re never going to wear it again.  Like ever (even if it is a Fritz Bernaise).

And once you buy a dress, you’re probably going to have to pay to have it altered (and that is going to cost just as much as you paid for it).  At Style Lend, we have a perfect fit guarantee; so if an item doesn’t fit, you can exchange it for a different item, or even get your money back.  If he bride is kind enough to let you pick out your own dress, renting is definitely the best option.

Here are some gorgeous dresses that are anything but boring:

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Nicole Miller “Ruched Indigo” Rent for $40/week

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Parker “Shane Embellished”  Rent for $40/ week

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Burberry “Prorsum Spring 2014” Rent for $120/ week

You can browse all of our formal dresses here!

Then there’s also the fact that you need so much more than just the bridesmaids dress. Weddings are serious affairs with an almost never-ending list of parties to attend.  Forget about the actual wedding for a moment: there’s also the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette, and rehearsal dinner.  So obviously you need a different outfit to wear for each event right?  You can’t be an outfit repeater!

But we’re here to save you! Here are some of our favorite dresses that are perfect for the bachelorette party.

Free People “Black Vegan Leather Dress” Rent for $20/ week

Parker “Black Elijah Sequin Dress” Rent for $50/ week

Rachel Zoe “Muse V-Neck Sequin Dress” Rent for $55/week

Be sure to check out all of these dresses and items for any other occasion over at Style Lend and on our mobile app!

Meet Our Lender, Amy Chan!

Hey Style Lend girls, allow us to introduce you to Amy, our featured lender of the month! Amy is a super stylish marketing officer by day and a Carrie Bradshaw-esque relationship columnist by night (check out her website here).  Be sure to check out all of Amy’s fabulous items for rent on Style Lend

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When did you start renting/lending from Style Lend and why?

I started renting and lending on Style Lend because it’s the perfect solution for the woman who’s always out and about at events and functions. I can feel fabulous in a new dress for each event without breaking the bank and harming the environment. I can access brands that would normally cost too much to own. And with lending my items, instead of having my accessories collect dust, I can earn money without any hassle.

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Shopping habits (do you shop online, flash sales, in person, etc.)

I enjoy both shopping online and in person. I love shopping for other people.

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Favorite brands/designers and why?

I adore Club Monaco because the stores are so pretty and I feel happy every time I walk in. I splurge on accessories and shop at stores like Aritzia, Rag and Bone and Zara for clothes. You can usually find me in my Nike Sky High Dunks in the day, and then a pair of heels at night. I’m known to mix my sneakers with dresses.

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What are your favorite things to do in NY?

Having a coffee with great company or reading/writing in a cafe is my favorite thing to do. I love to bike around the city, host dinner parties, play ping pong and hang out at SPiN, dance and I’m also obsessed with book stores and psychics.

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Can you tell us a little blurb about your background, job, and how long you’ve lived here?

By day, I’m the Chief Marketing Officer of SPiN, a ping pong social club that was co-founded by Susan Sarandon seven years ago. By night, I am a relationship columnist.  I have an online magazine http://www.JustMyType.ca where I study the psychology behind lust, love and desire. My work has been referred to as “a scientific approach to that of Carrie Bradshaw”. I’ll take it. =)

I’m from Vancouver, Canada originally and I’ve been in NYC for two years. In my former life, I was a luxury hotel reviewer and was immersed in the luxury hospitality industry in both marketing and PR.

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What is your fav styling undertaking? Maybe burning man?

Burning Man! I love how creative you can get with the outfits. Last year was my first year and my home became a costume factory! I had different looks for day and night, whatever my mood matched, I had a cool outfit to go with it.

(For anyone who doesn’t know, Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City, Nevada.)

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What do you love most about being a relationship coach?

I feel that by understanding more about the psychology and science behind why we behave and feel the way when it comes to love, we can have healthier relationships with ourselves and consequently, with other people. A broken heart is like a weapon – if you leave it wounded, you only continue to hurt others and inflict pain. Hurt people hurt people. If I can help even one person, feel a little less alone, a little more understood in the matters of the heart, to me, that is success. I’ve had mothers email me to thank me for helping their daughter’s self-esteem, I’ve had countless people reach out to tell me how my words made them feel less shame and less alone. That is such a gratifying feeling.

How would you describe your style?

My style can be best described as feminine, sophisticated with a touch of edginess. I’ll take any chance to wear a dress because that’s when I feel the most beautiful. My style doesn’t take a lot of effort, I throw on whatever fits my mood. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing or what label you’re sporting, style comes down to how you carry yourself.

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One thing that would be your “dream item” to rent on Style Lend?

My dream item to rent would be a dress from Valentino or Jason Wu.

Why do you like the concept of renting vs. buying?

I like the concept of renting because you can save money, you save the environment, you always feel like you’re getting something new and you don’t have to feel the guilt about wasting so much money on clothes you’d only wear a handful of times.

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Thank you Amy for taking the time to chat with us and letting us into your closet!  Check out and rent all of Amy’s items on our website and app, and don’t forget to enter our AMAZING giveaway!

Play with Pastels

It’s almost inevitable: when you think about spring, you think pastels.  This spring is no exception because once again, dainty pastel colors are a major trend.  But even after all this time, they still feel fresh, and always have the power to make you feel pretty and feminine.

Keep reading to get some pastel inspiration to lighten up your style.

Hair

We just HAVE to mention pastel hair.  It seems to be all the rage nowadays, and while it’s definitely one of the more complicated ways to add pastels into your style, it’s just so fun!  It takes the feminine pastel and turns it into something edgy and non-conservative.

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Clothes

Incorporating pastel into your wardrobe is definitely a faster, easier way to try this trend. Try vamping it up with some prints or keep it cool and chic by mixing different colors together.  Here are some of our favorite pieces!

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Feminine Accessories

Then of course theres the easiest way of all: add some pastel accessories!  You can go ultra-feminine and mix and match these with other pastels, or pair it with a darker ensemble to lighten the look.

We love pastels for spring and we know you will too.  Check out our website and app to rent all of these items and much more!