I joined Rent the Runway about 6 years ago when I needed some dresses for Fashion Week in NYC and didn’t have the budget to dress how I wanted to dress for it! I did the next best thing I could think of, I rented all the dresses and looks that I wanted for the entire week. I grabbed the most gorgeous purple Nicole Miller dress that I was able to have delivered right to the hotel I was staying at that week. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to find – rent – and GO! It was fashion kismet!
Rent the Runway
If you’re not familiar with Rent the Runway it’s an online subscription fashion service that powers women to rent unlimited designer styles for everyday and occasion. The best part is that fashion plans start at just $69 and truly change your fashion closet from top to bottom with their rentals. Think about being able to shop from a closet with over 400+ designers in it and swap out different looks all month long? Honestly? It’s a fashion dream come true for me.
I’m going to be honest with you right now, I love a fabulous fashion deal. I hate paying a crazy amount of money for ANYTHING. I love being able to find a dress or heel or handbag that I love for a fraction of the cost. I don’t need to pay $500 for a dress that I might wear a handful of times. There’s only a few dresses I would spend that amount of money for and a “random” summer or winter dress isn’t one of them! Rent the Runway lets me dress the way I want, but for a small amount of money.
You can either pay for a single rental on an item you love – OR – you can become a member.
What are some of the benefits for being a Rent the Runway member?
NEW! Flex up and rent infinite styles at a time. Sky’s the limit.
NEW! Access 400+ top designers
Free shipping, dry cleaning and rental insurance
Style recommendations personalized to you
Members-only discounts to buy your favorites (up to 80% off!)
Member Concierge for fit and styling assistance
Outfit inspiration and styling tips sent to your inbox weekly
25% off 4 or 8-day RTR Reserve rentals, always
I started the Unlimited Membership up again last month and so thrilled that I did! This is one of the best fashion investments for me because for $129/month (I grabbed a deal) I’m getting 4 styles on a rotation. My dresses come in, I use them right away and then I return them and get 4 more. I have it down pat right now and I just love that I’m able to get items that I would only dream about wearing before!
There are absolutely NO COMMITMENTS either! You can easily pause or cancel your membership at anytime. It’s always flexible. I personally love that Rent the Runway works with you and your fashion needs. It’s just terrific and I can’t say enough good things about it. You can even make your own special “heart” lists which I love to use and play off of for myself when I’m hunting.
Let me share with you my last 2 picks that I fell in love with!! I had 2 work events that I needed to attend and I just fell in love with these dresses so much that I even wore the Free People one (the blue floral) at home to make tacos for Taco Tuesday last week! It was that kind of fab and I just didn’t want to take it off! My kids thought I was NUTS! LOL!
This stunning (and my personal fave) Free People La Fleur Maxi Dress is exquisite! I personally just love this rental so much and I didn’t want to return it back! The best part is that I have unlimited, so I could keep it for a long time, too. This retails for $250, but I don’t know if I would pay that for this dress because it’s the kind of dress that once people see you in it, you don’t want them to see you again and again and again. It’s a one time showstopper!
This Prabal Gurung Collective Tulip Ruffled Midi Dress from Rent the Runway is a dress that retails for over $300, I wouldn’t have ever been able to buy this for a weekend event. I loved that I was able to wear it for one evening (LOVE IT) and then return it right back. And I know I mentioned it above, but they dry clean it for you! You don’t have to worry about that step at all! It’s a match made in heaven.
All of my accessories are my own, but you can rent those, too! Shoes and handbags are huge for them and you can find some adorable and fashion and trendy styles that you will be gushing over! I promise you won’t be disappointed at all the selections. One of my fave things to do is sit on the couch while I’m watching TV and heart the next items I want to get from them! You just need to make sure your size size is in stock!
You simply cannot go wrong with a rental or a membership! It pays to wear the fashion you want at a fraction of the cost! You can’t beat these prices! They have new arrivals all the time and great categories to help you narrow down your search. It’s so much fun to play around and “shop” online! I have been having so much fun figuring out what to get next. Not to mention – you just can’t beat the savings by renting.
Happy year round shopping everyone! Have fun and find some items that you can’t live without and rent them for any occasion! You could literally rent your entire work week wardrobe each week! It’s that kind of simple and useful and practical!