Net 'Drobe Dot Com
I want to go to the website, browse through the clothing items available for the coming month, fill my shopping cart with my selections, maybe a couple weeks worth of clothing selections depending on what's coming up in my life, enter my membership number, etc., put the rental fees on my card, and then select "Submit".
In a few days, my clothing selections would arrive. I would unpack the items into my dresser. When done, I would empty my dirty clothes hamper back into the shipment box, no need to sort the colors from the whites, no laundry detergent to buy, no washing machine breakdowns to fret about, no rummaging for quarters to feed to the laundromat machines.
I would simply seal the box up, affix the Return Label, and notify U.P.S. I had a pick-up for them.
Naturally, all my transactions with the Net 'Drobe site would be by way of an anonymous membership number. This would ease whatever potential embarrassment I might feel regarding the state of certain clothing items I'm returning.
I want to rent my clothes and then return them once I've worn them. Our problem is that we've been trained to believe it's necessary that we actually own our clothes. They want us to buy. This drives Fashion. But if we could all pick whatever new wardrobe appeals to us for the coming few weeks, think of the fun we could have. Think of the delightful variety we would see on the street, in the work place, in clubs and restaurants in the evenings.
Party conversation: "Oh! Hey! I wore that shirt last week! It's great, isn't it?"
Teens would develop a sense of their own look rather than adopting "the current uniform". We would begin to think for ourselves instead of surrendering our personal appearance options to somebody else's crimped and stifling sense of fashion. Democracy would be reborn.
Why can't clothes be like DVDs? Who the hell wants to own a DVD? You want to rent it when the mood strikes. You want to spend your money on renting, not owning, so you can utilize your limited resources exploring what's out there. Owning takes up space. Think of all the other uses you could put that closet space to.
No more holes in the toes of your socks. No more fatigued elastic bands in your undershorts. No more missing buttons on your shirts.
Here's the deal... Modern Laundry Science has made us safe from catching each other's cooties. You can survive wearing underwear someone else has already worn. Don't be so neurotic.
Sigh... sounds like wardrobe heaven to me.
(God I hate laundry day....)