Saturday, 2 April 2011

Would you hire a sari, lehnga or other asian outfit rather than buying?

A company called "hire a sari" recently came to my attention, due to a comment left on another blog post. They were cited as a "cheaper alternative" to the designer Asian bridal dresses I'd written about in that post.

I don't think you can compare hiring an outfit with having a bespoke bridal dress made to your requirements, but for brides on a budget or those who aren't overly sentimental about keeping the dress I think this could be a really useful service. Then there's asian partywear outfits - hiring your outfits rather than buying is one way to ensure you've always got the latest looks each season.

Personally I've never tried a service like this before. I wouldn't say I'm overly sentimental about my clothes but I'd say I'm conservative when it comes to outfit choices - I tend to buy things that I know I will be able to wear multiple times. I'd perhaps consider hiring something very seasonal or a stunning designer piece that I'd never be able to afford to buy.

Would you hire an Asian outfit rather than buy? What about Asian bridalwear - would hiring ever be a consideration? Vote in the poll and share your view by leaving a comment below!


11 comments:

  1. Hi Nazma, I wrote a long post and then clicked enter and left before the page refreshed and opened text recognition box :$. I hate that.

    Anyways, what I said was, in a nutshell, no, I would not rent clothes. I feel Asian designers need to focus on creating affordable options that do not cost two months' rent instead of designing self-indulgent off-the-chart outfits that no one can afford.

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  2. I've just checked out "hire a sari" and their range seems to consist off last decade's leftovers...(if even last decade!)..

    And I honestly think you could get some nicer pieces in the sales for that money.
    A terrible collection i have to say..they can't be serious charging that kinda money for that can they?!

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  3. I've always said I would hire my wedding lengha because as you know I'm hardly going to be sentimental about all that. Just seems like a cheaper alternative for a dress I will never wear again.

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  4. I would have to disagree with this post as i have actually hired from hire a sari, the service was excellant!! i ordered a matching vindi, if thats what you call it! They have loads of other designs just not online yet, the lady who works there emailed me other options. So i would advise you should try this service before you mock! Everybody is entitled to their opinion hey!

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  5. I have recently set up my own company Rent A Lengha which focuses on hiring out the latest designs rather than outdated outfits. I believe if the service is right and the products are in line with changing fashion there is definately a market. Check Facebook for Rent a lengha

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  6. I would never rent my lengha...If you're gonna (unfortunately)get married at least have the outfit as a consolation prize! I usually don't care about such things but when you look over at old pictures of your mum and dad (my mum, who actually did give her bridal outfit away, to my dismay) you would want to keep that as a memory for your own children. I mean I was gutten my mum didn't have hers, or I would have worn it myself! Sentiment means more than a price tag. And if I have a daughter one day I'd like to pass it down to her one day. (It'll be 'vintage' by that point and very cool I hope! lol)

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  7. That website hire a sari has had a Revamp, looks good, and has testimonials from customers so must work!

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  8. I am attending an Asian wedding this December and would like to wear a Lengha. I think that for me hiring would be the best option as I am unlikely to wear it again.

    I would like to find something for myself and my daughter to wear but am struggling to find something of a reasonable cost :(

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  9. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I COULD POSSIBLY HIRE A LENGHA????PLEASE REPLY IF YOU DO.

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  10. Hello. To the above posters. We are opening up an online asian clothing rental site this June. If you would like to know more please e-mail Aliya Khan at aliyakh22@yahoo.co.uk.

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  11. Hi everyone. My name's Zora and I'm the co-founder of a site called www.kareenascloset.co.uk.

    We specialize in hiring designer salwars, saris, and lehengas. Most of the products on our website sell for between £250-£500 retail, yet we hire these out for less than £40 which is obviously a big saving on something you would perhaps only wear two or three times!

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