Women’s March

We had the honor of attending the Women’s March in Washington D.C. Its hard to explain the powerful feeling of being surrounded by amazing women, so we thought we would share some of our favorite pictures:

Don’t Be Clueless, this isn’t 1995

2016 kicked our butts, which makes 2017 the year to stand up for something & make a difference. Here at StyleLend we are ready to save the world through renting!

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Allure, Elle, Vogue give you the next top trends for the year. Yet most of those looks are way too expensive for the average women. Instead of running to Zara, H&M or Forever21 think RENT. You can get those actual designer items in a sustainable way without the clutter of having to keep those fast fashion trends that go out of style in weeks.

Here are some of our favorite trends:

Yellow is the New Black

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Tulle & Macrame Dress

 

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Multi-colored Striped Maxi

Give them the Cold Shoulder

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Fausto Puglisi

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Robes for Everyday

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Pantera Dress
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Now every women can get the trends no matter how fast they switch! Haven’t tried us? Start here!

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Join us for #GivingTuesday

With over 13 million tons of textile waste in our landfills we were excited to boycott Black Friday & Cyber Monday. Instead we wanted to encourage our community to join us for Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a global day for everyone to give! Check out their list of organizations you can donate, here. At StyleLend we are taking it one step further and extending it to all of December!

We created Style Lend to help customers make a positive impact on the environment – encouraging renting instead of buying and lending instead of tossing.

So, we wanted to offer our customers another opportunity to do good, so we will be donating 50% of the revenue from ALL rentals this month to Fashion Revolution US – an organization dedicated to ensuring that fashion stays accountable for their damage.

Rent from Style Lend and help us transform the fashion industry into a force for good!

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Summer Wedding Style Tips!

We’re very excited to announce that it’s wedding week at Style Lend. While it might be true that it’s technically always wedding week here, we are taking all of the focus off the wedding party (sorry brides + maids) and putting it on the guests. We know how many questions you guys have and the range of dress codes there are, so we’re going to break it down for you.

What do I wear?

The most important factors to consider when deciding on your attire is: time of year, location and the dress code.

And guess what?

These are all things you can find on the invitation (or at least should be). The date and location is a given, and the dress code is generally listed somewhere on the bottom of the invite.  We are expecting that you know that white or ivory should be saved for the bride only! We also suggest not wearing the bridesmaid color either.

Here are the most possible dress codes and what they mean:

Black Tie

The most formal on this list, but a very popular option. Opt for a long gown (or a really chic cocktail dress). We suggest a dark color, such as black, navy, etc.

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Formal or Black Tie Optional

This is a step down from black tie, so opt for cocktail dresses or long dresses.  We suggest if it’s a fall/winter wedding to wear dark colors, and lighter colors for a spring/summer wedding (although dark colors are still acceptable).

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Ria CrissCross- $40/Week

Beach Formal

This is generally for destination weddings, think: formal sundress. We would opt for a flowy dress as it will most likely be hot, but still look formal (do not wear a beach coverup). Have fun with color and patterns! In terms of shoes: flats, sandals, and wedges are all acceptable.

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Semi-formal

If it’s a daytime wedding, you can dress more on the casual side (think dressy skirt and top) and if it’s a night time wedding, we would suggest a dress (although a really chic skirt/top that consists of darker hues will still do).

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Casual

This generally means anything goes, but we would still recommend a cute sundress, skirts or fancier pants and to steer clear of denim or shorts (unless mentioned otherwise).

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Tips!

  • Don’t get too wasted! We know there are open bars, overflowing champagne and people toasting every minute they can, but you never want to be that person (you know, the one who forgot the night and spent the night hovering over the toilet).
  • DO party and dance. The bride and groom want you to have fun!
  • In terms of gifts, get something from the registry or write the couple a check (contingent on how much you believe is appropriate in terms of how much you can spend and how close you are with the couple)
  • Don’t wear white/ivory (as we mentioned previously), however you can have white in the dress, it just can’t be the main event.
  • Don’t assume you get a plus one unless it’s mentioned on the invitation. 

Get Naked With Us

The first week of summer has finally arrived and here at Style Lend we have a lot preparing to do. First it was our outfits, then our summer beauty transition, and now it’s our summer bodies. We’ll give you insight into the teams most coveted items to rent this summer for showing off their legs, abs, shoulders and arms!

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In the summer I definitely like to expose my legs, since they’re in hibernation all winter. I focus on getting them tanned (Jergen’s Natural Glow is a must) and double up on my fitness classes to ensure that I stay as toned as possible. I will definitely be renting the Alaia Lace Up sandals for an extra leg elongation!

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Azzedine Alaia – $85/week

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Practicing hot yoga all winter long has my arms and shoulders summer ready (talk about planks and chaturangas). I’m thrilled about the off the shoulder trend this season because I’m ready to show off my toned shoulders and back. I’ve had my eye on the Self Portrait off the shoulder Georgette dress and Serena off the shoulder dress for a while now!

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Self Portrait – Georgette Dress $75/week

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Summer is my favorite season of the year, not only due to the warm and beautiful weather, but also getting to show off all the hard work I put into my body all year.  I love to do pilates, barre, yoga and meditate as often as I can.  I’m looking forward to wearing all the white and striped dresses we have on style lend as they especially feature cut outs in all the right places.

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Lover + Friends Ocean Wave – $20/week

 

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Knowing what your best assets are is key! I work hard on ensuring my waist line and abs are always on point. Sit-ups are my obsession, I think its also because its the one area I can see results right away. I can’t wait to wear all the amazing crop top’s we have, especially the A.L.C Bronze Metallic one, it will look good with my tan 🙂

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A.L.C Crop Top- $25/week

We can’t wait to rock all the great summer items from Style Lend all season long! What are you planning on wearing on this summer?

Meet, Sherita!

We are so excited to share our StyleLend of the month: Sherita. She is talented, beautiful and has some awesome pieces to rent from.

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

I started renting with Style Lend last fall after I meet the CEO of the site/app at a Levo League event. I knew I had more evening wear than one girl needed and thought it would be a great way to make some extra money from gowns that I wasn’t wearing.

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

I am a huge online shopper! I find that when I am in stores, I get overwhelmed these days since I shop so much online. From flash sales, especially on Gilt to browsing the sales at NeimanMarcus.com, I am addicted.

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Favorite brands/designers and why?

Halston Heritage, DVF, Helmut Lang are definitely a few of my favorites. I like interesting cuts and draping and of course who can live without a DVF print!

What are your favorite things to do in NY?

I am big foodie, so dining out is on the top of my list. These days, when I am not auditioning or blogging, relaxing on my rooftop is the perfect end to my day.

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

Originally from Detroit, I went to Loyola University in Chicago where I studied Finance and International Business.  On the contrast, most of my life has been spent in front of the camera. I have been modeling since I was 15 and am currently an actress, model & Host- In addition to running my blog, Busy Wife Busy Life. I have lived in NYC for over 10 years and it’s where I call home.

What is your fav piece of content you’ve created for your blog?

Even though I love giving fashion & style advice, like in my 7 Habits of Ultra Stylish Women, I would say some of my favorite content are my finance posts. Being able help people be more mindful of their money, is something that never goes out of style.

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What do you love most about being a model?

Being able to work with a variety of people and play different characters/roles is one of the best things about my job. I loath monotony, and being an actress/model gives me the chance to do something different everyday and that is what I love the most.

How would you describe your style?

My style is very contemporary, yet classic. I love interesting cuts and styles but at the same time a great blazer, paired with a white t-shirt and jeans has my name all over it. It really depends on my mood- I am not afraid of color or prints! My go-to’s consist of a lot of pants and dresses – maybe I will call it uptown, meets downtown chic.

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

Well, I definitely wouldn’t mind carrying a Chanel bag, but dishing out a few thousand on a handbag is not my thing (yet). I would love to rent one and just carry it for a few days straight. Lol.

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

I did a post about How Renting Your Wardrobe will really change the way you shop, this was even before I discovered Style lend. I think investing in quality pieces is the perfect way to build a lasting wardrobe, but sometimes you just want to have fun with your clothes. Renting gives you the opportunity to try new trends, experiment with colors you wouldn’t typically wear or just be someone completely different.

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As you can see we had so much fun shooting in her neighborhood! Check out Sherita’s lifestyle blog: Busy Wife, Busy Life (www.busywifebusylife.com) and go rent her style!

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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Off The Shoulder

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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!

Letter from our CEO

Dear Style Lenders,

First, I want to express my deep gratitude to all of you that have believed and supported us from the start and continue to do so every day. Through your comments on social media, likes, introductions, rentals, and shares with friends, you have all made a contribution to help grow Style Lend into what it is today. I also want to thank our lenders, who have shared their amazing items with our community of renters, who love to experience wearing unique, classic, trendy, and coveted pieces from your closets. Style Lend would truly not exist without you.

Our amazing community allows Style Lend to not just be another e-commerce site that consists of only transactions. Style Lend is meant to feel like your ‘best friend’s closet,’ by allowing renters to obtain new outfits from within their community, as well as receive personal styling advice that they would from a friend. We have stylists on hand to give you advice on how to style items, recommend what is appropriate for specific events, and sometimes even answer personal questions you may have (we’ve heard it all). So definitely take advantage of Dale, our ‘Style Psychologist’ who can help you make the most out of your rental so you can create amazing memories with it.

The Style Lend experience, not only allows renters to obtain items that they may otherwise not have access to (or wanted to spend the money on), but contributes and promotes an overall sustainable lifestyle. Sustainability is something we are proud to be a part of and encourage at Style Lend. It’s the future of fashion (does our planet even have a choice?). Celebrities such as Emma Watson, Leonardo Dicaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Anne Hathaway are all advocates for. Check out the article Anne Hathaway shared to promote sustainability HERE.

So what’s to come next for Style Lend? We’re going to reflect our lifestyle and what we truly believe in, in everything we do. You will hear from the Style Lend team and other Style Lenders on how they live the Style Lend life, from fashion to travel to events.  We will share all of it through Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter (stay tuned).

The foundation of the brand, which we are continuing to build upon and express, will also be reflected in our updated look and feel of our website/mobile experience, all of which is a result of your feedback over the last six months.  

Can’t wait to share that with you in July.

As always please email, call, message me with any feedback, questions, concerns.

Stylishly Yours,
Lona & the team.

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!

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.