My beautiful and smart sister-in-law told me recently about an awesome website called, Rent The Runway. She recently rented an amazing Monique Lhuillier dress for her engagement party. The gorgeous dress she rented retailed at $498 but she rented it for only $40. How awesome is that?
What is it all about? As they say on their website, “Think of us as your best friend with a much bigger closet.” It is a website that rents high-end designer apparel and accessories on a 4 or 8 day basis. Women can rent dresses and accessories from over 100 designers and brands including Herve Leger, Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler and Badgley Mischka.
Oh my goodness!! I can rent a dress and not spend a lot of money on something I will most likely only wear once anyways? I’m ALL IN!
How much? Dress rentals start from $40 for 4 days and $10 for accessories. Again, I don’t even want to tell you about the $180 dress that I bought for a wedding, wore once, and finally donated after letting go of the guilt. Damn that retail guilt. I really thought that maybe I could have it tailored into a blouse or a pillow, but I had to let that go.
What do I think you will love most about Rent The Runway? Checking out pictures of “real” women, not just size 0 models wearing the dress you are thinking of wearing. You can truly get an idea of what the dress might look like on beautiful bodies likes ours.
Here’s how Rent The Runway works:
1. FIND IT: Search their collection of dresses and accessories for your rental date (they recommend 1–2 days before your event), then filter by designer, price, length — even style — to narrow down your favorites.
2. BOOK IT: Once you’ve selected your items, book for a 4-day or 8-day rental period. They also offer all the essential extras like Spanx and Fashion Tape.
3. WEAR IT: Your order will arrive by 8PM on your delivery date via UPS (or by courier in NYC). Time to slip it on and shine!
4: RETURN IT: After your night out, send back your items in the easy pre-paid envelope provided — they’ll take care of the dry cleaning. Don’t forget to upload a photo and review to Our Runway.
I’m super excited about renting my next party dress. Come on wedding and party invites, I’m ready to go shopping at Rent The Runway!!