If you’re like me, then a vital part of enjoying an event, whether it be a wedding, work event, or girls night out, is looking and feeling your best, and part of looking and feeling my best usually involves a new outfit. The problem is, if I buy something for a specific event, I don’t generally want to wear that same outfit for the next big event- I want something fresh and new. So intentionally or not, I’m buying things that I only wear once. On top of that comes the hassle of running from store to store trying to find something I love. I usually have an image in my head of how I want to look, and once I get shopping, can’t find anything that looks and feels quite right.
Allow me to introduce you to an amazing fashion concept called Rent the Runway.
We were invited to an outdoor wedding this past weekend in the mountains (L was the flower girl!) This was part of my motivation for trying out a rental- I really only have summer dresses and needed something more fall weather appropriate. I heard about Rent the Runway quite a while ago, but put off trying them out because it seemed really impractical to spend money on a dress I was only renting, but when I really stopped and looked at the things I’ve bought and only worn once or twice, or wore because I was settling and couldn’t find anything better, I decided it was probably time to try it out. They have a good number of rentals that start in the $30-$50 range, and to me, that’s totally worth it for the chance to wear a good quality, designer dress.
Additionally, I like that they have a TON of dresses in their inventory, and I was able to do all of my shopping online (in other words, I really enjoyed shopping from the comfort of my own bed while L slept and I ate chocolate eclairs, instead of the alternative where I’m sweaty from going store to store and chasing around a toddler and praying she doesn’t crawl under the dressing room door while I’m half naked from trying on dresses that I like on the hanger, but hate on me and getting progressively more frustrated).
So, your next concern might be- if I have to try on a zillion dresses in the store and hate the way almost all of them fit me, how would relying on ONE dress I found online be any more reliable? One word. Reviews. Rent the Runway’s customers are really good about leaving helpful reviews, but the MOST helpful part of the reviews is that you can narrow down the reviewers to read reviews from women with your body type, and a lot of them will post a picture of them wearing the dress. That is FAR more helpful than looking at something on a hanger and deciding if it will look right on you. (Newsflash: I don’t know anyone with “hanger” for body type.) Also, they allow you to pick a 2nd size for free, just in case.
After careful research, I finally decided on this dress, because the color, cut and style seemed appropriate for out outdoor fall wedding, and I thought it would fit me well based on the reviews. All I had to do was pick my delivery date (they recommend one day before your event), and I was good to go. My dress arrived at my doorstep the day before we left for the weekend, and I was SO THRILLED once I tried it on. It was exactly what I wanted. The fit was great, it was comfortable, it flattered me, and I knew the rental was so, so worth it. I got several compliments on the dress and even got the stamp of approval from JD, who liked it so much, he asked how much it would cost to keep the dress!
Rent the Runway even makes the return super easy. You don’t have to clean the dress yourself, all you have to do is put it in the pre-labeled, pre-paid envelope, and drop it off at a UPS drop-off by noon on your return date.
Honestly, I wish I had another event coming up so I had an excuse to rent another dress.
I don’t really ever go to black tie events, but if I did… this one please.
How much fun would this one be for a girls’ night?
If you sign up using this link, you’ll get a $20 credit towards your first rental!
Sadly, there isn’t a great picture of me in the dress. I should have demanded that someone take one, but I’m a mom, so most pictures of me generally involve me awkwardly holding/hiding behind a toddler.
I guess what you really need to know is that I felt great, and that makes it worth every penny.