I come from a humongous family, with members spreading across the globe from the United States and Canada to the United Kingdom and India. I have approximately 30 cousins each on both my maternal and paternal side. And that’s not counting extended fam bam, you know, cousins of cousins, close family friends, and people from the community I’ve grown up with.
All of these relatives and loved ones have up and decided to get married in, what seems like, a conspiracy to have me lugging around big, blingy, bulky lehenga and dropping a bunch of money I don’t have. Allow me to explain and what this has to do with your own struggles.
In any given year, there are, on average, what seems like kabazillion weddings to attend of people I’m close to. Not going is not an option. And if I go, not looking stunning is also not an option.
Another challenge is there are multiple weddings in any one of the aforementioned countries which means packing for a desi wedding is an endeavor in itself. What’s more, desi weddings festivities span over a week. Multiple wedding festivities = multiple outfit changes = a broke AF Nila (and suitcase).
Shaadi outfits come with hefty price tags, too. And with such exorbitant costs, yet another challenge is this: I can’t commit the fashion faux pas of wearing the same outfit to multiple events in one calendar year. So essentially I’m spending a lot of money wearing an outfit once, maybe twice, before zoop! The style is out of fashion and I can no longer get more mileage from it. What’s a shaadi-hoppin’ budget-conscious fashionista to do?!
I may just have a solution, one that you’ll thank me for the closer we get to wedding season. Don’t buy new outfits. Rent ’em!
There are multiple online shops that deliver rented desi clothing. We have names of companies that just deliver within the U.S., U.K., and India, and even one company that delivers worldwide. This means you don’t have to travel with clothing and accessories. Plan ahead and you could even order in the country you’re visiting and have your outfit delivered to you there.
Perhaps the best feature of these rental shops is that you can rock a fabulous lehengha, sari, or kurta-pajama at the next wedding you have to attend for a fraction of the price. Looking fabulous, saving money, and never repeating an outfit just became doable.
Check out these popular sites you can rent your next outfit from:
1. Borrow it Bindaas
Borrow it Bindaas was founded by Riddhi and Siddhi, sisters who loved playing dress-up with their mom’s saris growing up. As they grew older, they began building their own collection of desi outfits but the high cost of trendy outfits stumped them. They began swapping outfits with friends and relatives which is where they came up with the idea for their online boutique. At Borrow it Bindaas you can rent or even buy the latest Indian apparel and accessories at 80% off retail value.
The founders handpick their inventory for the best products and they offer everything from saris to menswear as well as jewelry. The company ships 2 sizes with a pre-stamped return envelope and they take care of dry cleaning and tailoring.
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2. Sari’s and Things
Sari’s and Things was created because of one desi girl’s struggle to find the perfect outfit and accessories for her brother’s wedding. Sari’s and Things allows you to rent designer outfits including the matching blouse, petticoat, jewelry, bindi, and more.
It’s a one-stop-shop for all your desi girl needs this wedding season. You can even get matching outfits for your bridesmaids, making this your go- to for one less thing you have to worry about when you have a wedding to plan. They also provide return labels for less hassles when dealing with return shipping.
3. Bollywood Borrowed
Bollywood Borrowed is a fabulous boutique rental service that provides high-quality designer outfits and ships worldwide! Shipping is even free within the U.K.. They offer a large variety of outfits from sherwanis and saris to fusion outfits for both men and women. They even have an inspiration page and offer made-to-order outfits for your special event. If you live in the U.K. you can make an appointment to meet with them directly for any customizations you need.
Check out these rental boutiques based in India:
4. Stage 3
Stage 3 has a stunning inventory of outfits for men and women, they even categorize them by occasions from date nights to job interviews and of course, all the wedding events like sangeets, mehendis, and receptions.
You can look like fashionista Sonam Kapoor or Bollywood queen Kareena Kapoor Khan by renting outfits worn by your favorite Bollywood celeb or rent outfits from top designers like Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi Mukherjee. They have a slew of top style editors that curate looks, an awesome fashion blog and a killer Instagram page you can shop!
Swishlist is another popular rental company in India that delivers your outfit 2 days before the event, provides you with the return label and has a courier pick it up. You barely have to lift a finger unless it’s to adjust that bindi, Swishlist does all the hard work for you. Swishlist offers western, desi, and fusion outfits for women for all occasions. Although they have some gorgeous outfits, inventory seems to be limited so if you want something trendy for your next event, you better get moving!
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6. Fly Robe in India
Fly Robe offers gorgeous western and desi designer outfits for both men and women. The company even has stores in India where you can have a stylist help you select your outfit for the occasion, get measured for alterations and provide a complimentary pickup and delivery service.
Unfortunately, Fly Robe’s reach is limited in India, as of now they only deliver to Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad. But you can call their hotline to see if they can manage deliveries to your city in India.
7. Rent a closet India
Rent-a-Closet is an online store offers that offers clothes (mostly desi outfits and gowns,) jewelry, footwear, and clutches.
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They have inventory that includes clothing from designers like Shantanu and Nikhil, Ritu Kumar, Varun Bahl, Anju Modi, and more. You can not only rent but you also have the option to purchase your items as well.