Isabel Mundigo-Moore is a freelance writer and social media consultant. Originally from Toronto, she’s lived in London for 3 years working at Browns Fashion and Who What Wear UK and has a penchant for vintage and pink pieces. Keep scrolling for her rent vs. buy edit.
I love the community of fashion. I love talking to makers and designers about their pieces, and sharing the feeling of love we have for our worn clothes. I love finding a vintage piece and thinking about where’s it come from and the places it’s been. But I’ve also always felt a bit at odds with my love of fashion and the human and environmental harm it has, which is why one of my first jobs in the industry was at Fashion Takes Action. With that as my base for the fashion world, I took what I learned with me in each role I subsequently had.
It brings me so much joy to see more and more people questioning who’s made their clothes, because the result is better everything. We’ve been getting better sustainable shopping options, changing the conversation and making positive change in the industry. And it finally feels like circular fashion has hit the mainstream in a really amazing and exciting way. Not only is circular fashion one of the best sustainable options, it also shares stories and connects people through our clothes. And… it comes rather naturally.
Like you, I’ve always had a ‘sustainable’ way of using my clothes: I shared them with my friends! I love seeing how my friends style pieces differently to me (and then copying them the second they give them back). So peer-to-peer renting made so much sense when I first heard about HURR. And, rather than selling pieces I’ve fallen out of love with, I get a pretty regular cash flow from them! Win, win.
Items I Would Rent
I absolutely adore Cecilie Bahnsen, as a brand and each piece she makes. Sadly I can’t afford to invest in a piece just yet, so I will rent instead.
I absolutely adore Shrimps. I have the original Antonia bag and wear it all the time. As much as I’d love to buy every version of these dreamy beaded bags, it’s not the most practical of purchases to buy on repeat. Luckily someone has listed the one I had in my basket so I can rent it instead.
My best friend is getting married next summer and I already have this bookmarked as the wedding guest look I am going to rent.
Everything about this top is divine: the buttons, the sleeve, the shape! I have a lot of black pieces in my wardrobe so I don’t need to buy any more. That’s why I am renting this one. Also Mother of Pearl is such a fantastic sustainable brand.
I don’t wear too much colour so it’s something I’m hesitant to invest in. But the fabric on this dress looks divine, so I’m so tempted to don a bit a blue. Renting is another way to push myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to style. If I rent it enough, I might look for it secondhand.
Items I Would Buy
SIMONE ROCHA EARRINGS
I bought a Simone Rocha pearl hair slide for myself for Christmas last year and the number of compliments I get per wear (and not just to myself in the mirror) has made it so worthwhile. I love statement earrings and can’t wait to buy myself these forever-love ones this year.
I buy all of my handbags vintage. I buy vintage leather because I believe it extends the life of the leather already made. Plus, if cared for properly, it will last me a lifetime. Celine bags of the ’80s are made so well and are absolutely timeless.
I discovered this London-based sustainable sneaker brand earlier this year and fell in love with them. I wear white trainers on the daily, so they don’t make for a great rental piece, but at least I can buy these knowing they were made to last and made well.
I am increasingly trying to invest in pieces made by women who inspire me. I recently saw Rosh, the founder of Alighieri, speak at a Marguerite London event and fell in love with her story, her brand vision, and her honesty. It’s so reflected in her pieces, which makes each one so special.
Feature image via Who What Wear UK