DRESSY HOLIDAY WEAR ON A BUDGET
Ugly sweater parties aside, the holidays are filled with social outings that demand formal attire. But with wish lists in one hand and travel bills in the other, few people have much left in the budget for new duds. The solution may lie in a rental. Renting designer clothing for a special evening is an easy way to save a buck and still dress like a million. Here are pros and cons to renting eveningwear. On the plus side, renters get to wear something they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford, be a little "green" by reusing clothing, and avoid cluttering a closet with items worn just once or twice. Dresses arrive cleaned and pressed, and renters in a hurry can usually choose one- or two-day shipping. But getting starry-eyed over high-end labels can lead to overspending, and the available clothing may not be sufficiently on-trend. Moreover, sizing varies by designer, making the number on the label somewhat unreliable.