I’ve been using the the clothing rental service, Rent the Runway, for special occasion dresses for a couple of years now. I first discovered it when I was looking for outfits for my engagement photos. I wanted designer, but my budget said otherwise! I actually heard about Rent the Runway from a co-worker of mine who said she used it all the time.
I wanted to share my experience with you guys today because of you are like me and have champagne taste on a beer budget, then you’d appreciate this post! This is just the type of information that needs to be shared, ya know?
First, lets dive into the basics. Rent the Runway is a luxury and design clothing rental company where you can rent any type of clothing, accessories and even handbags for any occasion. Black tie wedding? Vacation? Bridal Shower? Date night? They. have. it. all.
The process is super easy. You just go to their website or download the app on your phone and answer a few questions and it will populate dresses for you. I like to start with what the occasion is for first. Once you’ve clicked on the occasion it will show you all the recommendations for that occasion. Then, you’ll enter in the dates you like your rental for so they can show you what’s available. RTR either does 4 or 8 day rentals, making it perfect for weekends and vacations. Once you’ve entered in the dates you’ll need the outfit for you can enter in your sizes, how much you’d like to spend, etc.
Where I really think RTR shines is when you get to checkout. Choosing a size for a special occasion dress can be hard to determine right? Brands sizing is all over the place so it can be hard to tell which size you should get. RTR sends you your outfit in TWO different sizes!! That means if you can’t decide between the 4 or the 6, you get both, and they don’t charge you for the backup size. On top of the price of your outfit you pay a $10 shipping fee and $5 for insurance for stains etc.
Once you start looking through your options I think you’ll be amazed at the prices. You can rent $200+ clothing for $30+! I like to use RTR for special events like weddings and bridal and baby showers because you can rent a designer piece for very little, instead of buying a dress somewhere else, spending a fortune, and watching it sit in the back of your closet for 5 years just taking up space. Those are the types of events you don’t want to wear the same outfit twice, so why not rent instead of buy?
When your outfit comes in the mail it comes in a dress bag with your clothing inside, making it super easy to travel with! When it’s time to mail it back they already have the return slip inside the bag for you, all you have it do is slip it inside the front of the bag and drop it off at UPS. It’s too easy!! Every piece I have received has been in great condition, clean and one of my requested sizes has always fit me. It’s such an amazing service that I will continue to use for years!
They also do a monthly subscription which I am really wanting to try out!
Some of my favorite brands in the RTR app are Likely, Dress the Population, Hutch, Parker and Veronica Beard.