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Designer Fashion Accessories for Less: Find High-End Fashion Rentals Online

By Vicki McClure Davidson

 

Not all of us can afford to spend $900 for a Pinto-designed purple silk shift that we would wear only once, like Michelle Obama did in October 2008. But not all of us are in a financial position to purchase a diamond-studded watch with a matching diamond-encrusted mobile phone, as heiress party girl Paris Hilton did recently. Of course, not many people (and none who are frugal) would want to.

But for those who have a caviar fashion sense coupled with a macaroni-and-cheese fashion budget, a growing offshoot business may be of great interest. Fashion rentals of Prada, Jimmy Choo, and Vera Wang are becoming more and more popular as people's ability to buy high-ticket fashion items becomes diminished during these rough economic times.

This brown and tan couture Louis Vuitton 'Trouville' handbag is one of many designer handbags offered for rental through Bag, Borrow, or Steal
This brown and tan couture Louis Vuitton 'Trouville' handbag is one of many designer handbags offered for rental through Bag, Borrow, or Steal

For those who want the latest or best in designer purses, watches, jewelry, handbags, or sunglasses, but don't want the financial commitment of buying or owning these items, an avenue to definitely explore is that of fashion rentals.

One website in particular—Avelle, the new BagBorrowOrSteal.com—offers what they call "guilty pleasures without the guilt." With membership, you can "borrow" designer handbags created by Yves St. Laurent, Chanel, Burberry, Prada, Vera Wang, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Kooba, Gucci, and many others. Also offered are jewelry (contemporary and vintage) and sunglasses rentals, and the website now offers designer watches and has a handbag cleaning service.

For fashionistas who want or need to trim back on their clothing budgets, this may be a viable, somewhat frugal option to be able to carry a designer handbag for a special occasion or wear high-end earrings for a fraction of the normal triple-digit cost. Why own a high-ticket fashion item if renting/borrowing better suits your needs and your tightening budget?

Authenticity is guaranteed. You can sign up for email notices about special offers and new arrivals. Click here to go to the website for more details about how this fashion rental system works, borrowing terms, and delivery schedules. They have a toll-free number as well: 866-922-2267.

 

The items pictured below were available at the time of this writing, but are subject to availability.

This couture Fendi handbag is one of many designer handbags offered for rental through Bag, Borrow, or Steal.
This couture Fenti handbag is one of many designer handbags offered for rental through Bag, Borrow, or Steal.

 

Smart-looking Isabella Fiore 'Angie' hobo handbag in black leather, with delicate pleating around the logo plate.
Smart-looking Isabella Fiore 'Angie' hobo handbag in black leather, with delicate pleating around the logo plate.

 

A gorgeous Michael Kors python clutch, with a hammered slip-on cuff bracelet and wrist strap, for rental through Bag, Borrow, or Steal.
A gorgeous Michael Kors python clutch, with a hammered slip-on cuff bracelet and wrist strap, for rental through Bag, Borrow, or Steal.

 

This lovely, vintage Chanel starburst medallions & pearl necklace is just one of many quality jewelry pieces available for rental.
This lovely, vintage Chanel starburst medallions & pearl necklace is just one of many quality jewelry pieces available for rental.

 

Need killer sunglasses for a tropical vacation or class reunion? This pair of Prada wide-arm logo sunglasses costs less out of pocket to rent than to own.
Need killer sunglasses for a tropical vacation or class reunion? This pair of Prada wide-arm logo sunglasses costs less out of pocket to rent than to own.

 

Stylish Rolex tuxedo watch... Bag, Borrow, or Steal has recently expanded to include a line of couture watches for rent.
Stylish Rolex tuxedo watch... Bag, Borrow, or Steal has recently expanded to include a line of couture watches for rent.

 

 

 

 

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