We attended our last wedding of the season over the weekend. While I’ve been honored to shower our newly married friends with gifts and love, I am exhausted. Since late August we have attended five weddings, which required four different dresses (two of the weddings were on the same day). Because they were so close to one another, I didn’t want to wear the same dress more than once, but there was no way in the world I could afford four new dresses AND gifts for each couple. I ended up buying two dresses, wearing one I already owned (but had never worn), and renting one from Rent the Runway. This past weekend’s wedding was black tie optional, so it seemed fitting to sport a more formal look for the occasion.
So let’s back up for one second. I want to take a moment to explain what Rent the Runway is and how it works for anyone that may be unfamiliar. Rent the Runway is a website that offers two ways to rent high end designer apparel at more affordable prices. You may rent for a specific day or subscribe to Unlimited. If you rent for a specific date, you find the dress you like, choose your delivery date (usually 1-2 days before your event) and select your return date (you may rent for 4 or 8 days), add a backup size (for FREE), and if you want you can select another dress for $32.50 (a girls gotta have options right?). The dress will be delivered by 8pm on your selected delivery day. After your event, place your dress, accessories, etc. back into the garment bag, attach the pre-paid return label, and return it to your nearest UPS. If you rent through the unlimited option, you can select 3 items and keep them as long as you want. Simply exchange 1, 2, or 3 of the items whenever you get ready.
I LOVE Rent The Runway because it gives me access to dresses I normally could not afford. Additionally, I don’t feel guilty about spending a lot of money for a dress I’ll only wear one time because that’s exactly why I’m renting it! Upon visiting the site, it can be a little overwhelming because there is just so much to choose from. However, the expansive search criteria makes finding the perfect dress a breeze. Some of the things you can search by include color, size, occasion, or designer. Depending on the full retail value of the dress, you could spend as little as $25 to dress in designer threads for an evening.
I selected a red silk chiffon one-shoulder cape sleeve Jill Jill Stuart gown for #Rememberthealamomo this past weekend. The dress retails for $328, but I only paid $75 for the 4-day rental. I actually spent a little more because I decided to get a PRO account which offers 20% off all future offers. This was my second time using Rent the Runway and just as before I was really nervous about the sizing of the dress. With it coming only two days before the wedding, there wasn’t really any time for me to find a new dress if this one did not fit. I read through a large number of customer reviews before settling on 2 sizes. It was really helpful to be able to sort the reviews to match my size, height, and bust size. I ended up being right on the money with my sizing, as anything smaller wouldn’t have fit! The dress was a little on the heavy size, but was perfect for the fall weather. This dress was so classy and stylish it was hard to send it back.
I’ll definitely be reviewing this dress on the Rent the Runway website, as I personally found the reviews to be really helpful. We have two more events this year that I think a dress from Rent the Runway would be appropriate so I’m planning to take full advantage of that 20% off. You guys know I’m always about sharing savings and that’s why I’m thrilled to offer all of you $30 off your first order by shopping through this link. If you order through my unique link, I’ll get a $30 credit for referring you, so help me help you help me! lol. Happy Shopping Royals!
Have you ever used Rent the Runway? Would you ever?