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Would you rent fancy clothes for your toddler?
January 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Rent Designer Clothes for Your Toddler Because You Have Money to Burn

by Adriana Velez 

borrow mini couture
Ooh la la, Dior!
Be honest, is your toddler keeping up with the likes of Harper Beckham? Feeling a bit slovenly next to Rachel Zoe's son, Skyler? Well it's time to sharpen up, slacker. Behold: Borrow Mini Couture. It's basically Rent the Runway for toddlers! Now you have no excuse whatsoever for not dressing your little drooler in the fly-est designer duds.

Oh, I guess you still have the obvious excuse: Your kid is a messy toddler who ruins clothes. But that's a boring excuse! Let's explore the wonder that is kiddie couture on loan.

To be fair, I can think of a few reasons why it might actually make sense to rent fancy clothes for toddlers. Maybe you have an event where your child is expected to appear -- as a flower girl or ring bearer at a wedding, for example. And you obviously don't want to pay a lot of money for an outfit they'll wear only once, not to mention fit in for just a fleeting few weeks.

Rent this amazing Chloe ombre and sequin shift for $99 (it retails for $403) and your little one can be a princess for a day. I want this dress in my size. Or put your son in this dashing grey Ludlow suit and tie by Crew Cuts for $82 and be glad that you don't have to spring for the full $392. Of course, a suit from Sears will run you as little as $31, but once you've seen the Ludlow it's kind of hard to be okay with the Sears. Or maybe it's just me. (Damn you, Crew Cuts!)

Wait a minute, wait a minute -- I forgot we're talking about toddlers' clothes, not adults'! When I think of toddler clothing I see two things: Stains and tears. At least these kiddie couture outfits are insured and you won't get charged when (not if, but WHEN) your kids ruin them. Honestly, I don't know how they'll stay in business that way, but whatever. That's not your problem!

I don't know... I still think you'll be paying more to borrow a dress than you'd pay for some cheap, frilly number (like from Target) you can let your kid use as a play dress after the event.

Would you rent fancy clothes for your toddler, or would you just buy a cheap fancy dress from wherever?


  • bhow
    by bhow
    January 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Oh brother!  I know many of use are not capable but, I would sew fancy dresses for my girls.  It was actually quite easy. For some I would buy a "boring" dress and use fabric glue to add lace, or toll or fancy buttons that didn't really button.  I made bows and glued them on.  I would just look at things on line or magazines and go from there.  My friends loved them and I still have several, I even lent a couple out for Christmas photos one year.  Some I would glue what ever I liked and matched around the bottom and something around the sleeve, and a couple of matching pretty buttons and a bow on the back and be done.  As long as it all matched it was great.

  • jamminmomma
    January 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    NEVER !!!

  • kitty8199
    January 7, 2014 at 10:20 AM
    My kid doesn't care about a label
  • Firenygirl180
    January 7, 2014 at 10:24 AM
    I could see it as a possibilty if we ever had a black tie event to attend. i don't think is be bringing my kids to a black tie event though. I also don't ever see myself being invited to one in the first place.

    Interesting idea, but ridiculous
  • cindilou13
    January 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    The only occasion I could think of that I would rent kids' clothing would be if they were in a wedding and a flower girl dress/ring bearer tuxedo could be rented cheaper than purchasing.  When my brother and SIL got married she found kids tuxedos online to buy for cheaper than the tux place was renting them. 

    I would NEVER rent for them for any other occasion....I don't care about name brands or the latest couture anyway, and I'm not likely to ever be going to an event that is both black tie and kid friendly lol.  I'm sure I could purchase something suitable for anywhere we would go at a reasonable price locally or online.

    I remember wearing a rented flower girl dress when I was a kid.  It was this huge frilly southern bell looking was hideous...had an actual wire hoop skirt...try walking in that when you are a clumsy 5 year old who rarely wore dresses anyway.  I haven't thought of that in years lol.

  • m.garcia21
    January 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM
    Id just buy her a cute dress thats cheaper anyway
  • Lynette
    by Lynette
    January 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM
    Can't picture wasting money on that. But I would consider it for a flower girl dress.
  • fudgybuddymom
    January 8, 2014 at 8:05 AM


  • Mittens333
    January 19, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    No way would I rent fancy clothes for my toddler.

  • Mittens333
    January 19, 2014 at 10:35 PM


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