Once I am photographed in an outfit I feel like I can’t wear it again. This inclination makes holiday party season an especially expensive time of the year. Seemingly with a different party every weekend during December I would spend more than I care to admit. Until I tried Rent the Runway. It’s a clothes rental service that lets you pick clothes, from brands like Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Reformation and more. Then they ship your clothes for a rental period, you wear and look fabulous, and return. And the best part is that you can get these designer items starting at just $30!
I first ordered a dress for a black-tie wedding. On the Rent The Runway site they prompted me for my zip code, sizes, and rental dates so I could see what would be available at that time. I could filter by traditional options like color, size (they carry up to size 22), and price but one of my favorite features is the ability to filter by age range. There were literally hundreds of options. All one-time rentals come with a back-up size, in case the one you selected doesn’t fit. This is wonderful, especially because I have some wearable medical devices that can make ordering online a challenge. First-time renters also get a free back-up dress. So when all was said and done, I rented two different designer dresses and a back-up size. After shipping and insurance, the total was just $42.16!
The clothes ended up arriving earlier than expected, so I had several days to try things on. I wore the Harlyn Short Sleeve Slip Gown, and got compliments all night! People kept asking where I got the dress from and I couldn’t help but gush about Rent The Runway. It had been easy, I had so many options to choose from and I felt and looked great. And because of the back-ups they’d sent I had not struggled at all with my medical devices!
Rental periods are either 4 or 8 days so you have some time before returning the clothes. They also take care of all dry-cleaning. So, Monday all I had to do was pack the dresses back-up into the black garment bag they shipped in and drop them off at UPS. Return shipping is included in the price, so all I needed was my tracking number.
I now go to Rent the Runway for all my one-time wear events like weddings and holiday parties. I love that I can always have something new and beautiful to wear without going over budget. They have something for everyone, from very trendy to classic silhouettes that will never go out of style. And while rentals start at $30, prices do go up from there. So it helps to make reservations early, that way you’ll have more options available to you. If you’re ready to rent the runway this holiday season we recommend some of these fabulous designer dresses!
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