You desperately want to make that new Balenciaga bag that you have been eyeing your own but your pockets couldn’t even front the price of the strap. So what do you do?

Think back to the first Sex and the City movie where Jennifer Hudson’s character flaunts her love for fashion through her continuous renting of new designer handbags and accessories. Instead of purchasing the high-end designs, she rented them because she could not afford to own the real thing.

When your economic situation is tight, you have to compromise certain luxuries and go without the things that fall outside of your price range. Instead of dishing out a part of your tuition for a pair of Louboutins, you might have to opt for a pair of $50.00 Dollhouse shoes inspired by the ones you really want. Makes sense, right?

For some, this compromise will not and cannot fulfill their inner fashion cravings. Not-to-mention flaunting a knock-off bag could cause major blows to your social standing, especially when surrounded by those who wouldn’t dare consider discount shopping. A woman wants to feel wealthy and expensive even when she is not. In an attempt to keep up with the Jones’, you can rent what they own. Is this option smart, better yet, is it economical?

How much does it cost to rent designer items? The answer of course depends on the designer and the product. Some designer bags can cost as much as $100.00 a month to rent. If you calculate the cost of renting designer items for a year, you can spend up to $1,200.00. In some cities, that’s more than a month’s worth of rent! That doesn’t sound very economical to me. You end up spending over $1000.00 to rent a bag, when you could have used that money to OWN something.

When trying to be economical and not splurge on frivolities and unnecessary items, is renting fashion contradictory? Is renting fashion dumb?

Let me know what you think!

-Chelsey Wilkins

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