GVR Report cover Online Clothing Rental Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Online Clothing Rental Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By End-user (Men, Women), By Dress Code (Formal, Casual, Traditional), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-089-7
  • Number of Pages: 80
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Report Overview

The global online clothing rental market was worth USD 1.12 billion in 2021. It is expected to expand at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2022 to 2030. The online clothing rental market is expected to expand due to increasing online retail. It is the primary driving factor for this growth. Moreover, technological advancements, internet penetration, and the increasing popularity of online shopping portals during the last few years are the factors driving the market. Furthermore, the rise in the popularity of fashion vlogs, the film industry, and the television industry is expected to fuel market growth. These industries require clothes for a short duration and thus, they prefer renting them instead of buying them.

 U.S. Online Clothing Rental Market Size, By Dress Code, 2020 - 2030 (USD Million)

The COVID-19 has negatively impacted the online clothing rental market. As a result of the lockdown, all businesses except essential services were closed which disrupted the supply and distribution of online clothing thereby affecting the garments manufacturers. When the epidemic hit, demand for clothing rentals, which typically geared to working professionals in urban locations and those getting ready for a big night out, suddenly dropped.

As more people started working from home and occasions like weddings and banquets were postponed, canceled, or held online, rental platforms in particular experienced a decline in demand. According to a report published by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG in 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, consumer spending on apparel was reduced by more than 50% in major markets including the U.S., U.K., and Germany.

For instance, one Australian rental platform entrepreneur reported daily sales decreased from USD 2258 (A$3,500) to less than USD 193 (A$300) in March 2020. However, the market is expected to eventually return to the pre-pandemic situation as people resume their normal life and start attending weddings, banquets, and other events after a long gap. This trend is anticipated to impact positively during the forecast period.

Fashion-conscious individuals who lack the finances to purchase clothes of their choice are anticipated to make use of the available resources to the fullest. Renting a product is always cost-efficient, and more so in this industry where the trends keep changing and consumers do not prefer repeating clothes. As a result, consumers prefer renting clothes to stay trendy.

Increasing e-commerce, especially in Asia Pacific is expected to propel the market in the near future. However, improper regulations, low consumer awareness, and less societal acceptance are the factors likely to hinder the growth of the market to an extent. Furthermore, the market is adopting a new style of online clothing rental as a subscription model. The subscription model creates seasonal income in addition to customers’ choices and preferences. 

The main restrain is the difference in the size of the clothes. Rented clothes cannot be altered based on the size of the individual. Thus, to overcome these restraints, the companies are coming up with innovative methods such as live chats with fashion experts. Some companies also offer the same product in two sizes so that consumers can opt for the most fitting product.

Online Clothing Rental Market Trends

Soaring demand for luxury designer dresses, as well as continuous shifts in consumer fashion sense, are the factors predicted to fuel the rise of the online garment rental sector. In addition, consumers’ increased spending on fashionable pursuits as their disposable income rises, coupled with the rapid growth in the number of fashion brands, is a major element driving the market.

The evolving style statement among young people as well as an increase in the renting of formal clothing items such as premium jackets and suits among price-conscious individuals are the factors, predicted to drive the market expansion. Furthermore, the desire for sports apparel owing to an increase in the number of people playing sports, combined with growth in the number of sporting events, is expected to fuel the expansion of the market.

Manufacturers' increased attention to children's segments is expected to provide profitable market opportunities in the coming years. Kids have become more style- and brand-conscious as a result of their parents' changing lifestyles, which is likely to boost the growth of the online clothing rental space. However, the industry is significantly fragmented in nature due to the presence of several unorganized manufacturers selling low-cost, non-branded goods, which can act as a restraint and hamper market growth.

End-User Insights

Based on end-user, the market is segmented into men, women, and kids. The women segment accounted for the leading market share of more than 59.13% in 2021 and is expected to witness significant growth in the near future. Constantly changing fashion trends are anticipated to propel the segment growth.

 Global Online Clothing Rental Market Share, By End-User, 2021 (%)

On the other hand, the kids segment is expected to register a significant CAGR during the forecast period. The kids grow fast and hence their clothes require constant replacement, thus, the parents prefer renting the clothes. This is anticipated to increase the subscription of rental companies, positively impacting the market growth.

Dress Code Insights

Traditional renting is expected to register a CAGR of more than 8.7% during the forecast period. Traditional clothes are worn during festivals, at rare and special occasions thus, are used very less. Hence, consumers prefer renting them instead of purchasing them.

Formal clothes held the largest market share of around 46.17% in 2021. Formal clothes such as suits and blazers are expensive and require maintenance, thus price-conscious and young consumers find renting as a better option. The casual wear segment is anticipated to hold a significant market share during the forecast period. It includes sportswear, for instance, players who are not able to get sports apparel can rent through online portals.

Regional Insights

In 2021, North America led with a market share of around 39.13% and is anticipated to witness a significant CAGR in near future. In North America, Mexico contributes to the majority of the share and is expected to register a CAGR of more than 8.1% during the forecast period. Europe is the second-largest segment with a market share of around 26.91% in 2021. Western Europe is the dominant segment, due to the high purchasing power and fashion-conscious consumers in the countries, such as France, Italy, and the U.K.

Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing segment, due to the high demand from developing countries such as India and China. Growing consumer awareness and internet penetration are among the prominent growth drivers for the region. India and china account for more than 34.0% share of the global population, thus, rising consumer awareness in these countries is projected to impact overall growth. In these developing nations, consumers are finding a better way of accessing the clothes of their choice instead of having to buy them thus; clothing rental is a suitable solution for them.

Online Clothing Rental Market Trends by Region

Increasing purchasing power and changing fashion trends due to the rising adoption of western trends in developing nations are also the factors driving the market growth in Asia Pacific. Various government initiatives, such as Startup India by the government of India, encourage entrepreneurs to come up with innovative ideas. The idea of online clothing rental came into existence, in India, in 2012. These startups offer rental services at a very low cost to enhance customer experience. Many manufacturers offer high-end designer clothes with added benefits such as free trials at home.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market poses a moderate to low entry barrier as this industry is new. Hence, to expand the business further, many new companies are joining the market. The overall market is driven by product innovation and the introduction of advanced features to enhance the consumer experience.

  • In December 2021, Fly robe, a fashion rental business crossed 1.0 million customers for the fashion rental business, as it starts to recover from the pandemic. Customers are currently serviced by the company in 30 Indian cities.

  • In April 2022, Fly robe joined hands with Franchise Mart for the franchise expansion At RENT IT BAE. The unique online premium rental service brings the latest fashion to the doorstep services.

Some of the prominent players in the global online clothing rental market include:

  • The Clothing Rental

  • Rent the runway

  • Flyrobe.com

  • Share Wardrobe

  • Secoo Holding Limited

  • Gwynnie Bee

  • Le Tote

  • Swapdom

  • Style Lend

  • Dress Hire

Online Clothing Rental Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 1.23 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 2.33 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 8.5% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2019 - 2021

Forecast period

2017 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion, CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, trends

Segments covered

End-use, dress code, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Mexico; U.K.; France; China; India; Argentina; UAE

Key companies profiled

Clothing Rental; Rent the runway; Flyrobe.com; Share Wardrobe; Secoo Holding Limited; Gwynnie Bee; Le Tote; Swapdom; Style Lend; Dress Hire.

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Global Online Clothing Rental Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the latest trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segment from 2017 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the online clothing rental market based on the end-user, dress code, and region.

Global Online Clothing Rental Market Segmentation

  • End-User Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2017 - 2030)

    • Men

    • Women

    • Children

  • Dress Code Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2017 - 2030)

    • Formal

    • Casual

    • Traditional

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2017 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • UAE

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