simply sustainable x riya collective


Hi everyone! Haven't been on the blog in a while because I've been super busy with college apps and other senior year things but finally catching a break and it feels so good! I'm super happy to be getting back to it with something that is super special to me. This collab was super fun and made feel excited to get back to blogging and posting on a regular basis.


I first discovered Riya Collective when I saw one of their stunning outfits on @rianasingh_ 's feed. I did more research and found out that they are a rental company for designer Indian outfits. Being South Asain and attending God knows how many weddings, I have purchased Indian clothing specifically for special occasions countless times and ended up only wearing them once or twice. In the past couple of years that I have been interested in sustainable fashion, I have found a bunch of sustainable alternatives for Western clothing, but one thing I have been struggling with is finding ways to be sustainable with my more cultural outfits. Riya Collective happens to be the perfect solution.


The average American produces 75 pounds of fabric waste every year. BUT, every time someone rents an outfit, the water, electricity and emissions used to create a new piece of clothing are saved. Plus, renting an outfit leads to less clothes in the landfill so it’s really a win-win.


They have tons of unique styles like this one for affordable prices and the 3-step process for renting is super easy:


Step 1: Find Your Outfit

There are three ways to find the perfect outfit! The first is to simply browse their selection. They have a beautiful array of gowns, anarkalis, lehenghas, and indowestern clothing. They even have kurtas, sherwanis, and vests for men!


If you're totally lost, don't worry! After answering a few questions about the type of outfit you are looking for and your fit, you can get a virtual stylist to help you choose the right outfit.


If you're in the San Francisco area, you can also schedule an appointment with them.


Step 2: Style It

Once you choose your outfit and checkout, it will arrive by 9pm on the date you choose to receive it by. Usual rental period is 4 days but you also have the option to rent it for longer.


Step 3: Return It

The good news is that your pre-paid return label arrives in the box with your outfit. So all you have to do is pack it back up, stick on the label, and visit your local post office. Super easy!


Another really cool thing is that you can earn money by consigning your own designer Indian clothes to them.


I'm so glad I got the opportunity to work with such an amazing brand! Make sure to check them out on instagram!

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