Wait...Don't Buy That Dress. RENT IT!
Ahhh spring is in the air. Weddings, showers, events...and of course we want to look our best in a brand-spanking new outfit for each one because we are ridiculous. But getting a new dress for all the events you'll be attending is just not practical or... ::adjusts glasses::....fiscally responsible.
Have you guys heard of Rent the Runway? I'm sure a lot you have. Even though I'm a HUGE advocate of trying on a dress beforehand because my body proportions can have me in anything from a size 8 to 12 depending on the brand and cut, RTR definitely worked out for me, and it's worked out for a bunch of people I know.
The way it works is that you search through their stock of dresses from over 350 designers (awesome names like Diane Von Furstenburg, Derek Lam, Monique Lhuillier), pick your size, secure it for the dates you need (they offer a 4-day and 8-day rental), and simply return the dress for free in the pre-paid bag by dropping it off at a UPS store or dropbox.
Rentals run anywhere from $30 to $200 depending on the designer and how fancy-pants the dress is (plus shipping).
The best part? You get a FREE back-up dress in a second size to take some pressure off of the idea that you must fit in the dress you're sent.
My advice when searching for a dress is to carefully look through the pictures and customer reviews offered for each one. You can search through and find women similar to you in size and height, and read how the dress fit them, what shoes they wore, if it was comfortable, if it runs big or small, etc.
Here's a black sequin number I rented last spring for a black-tie event:
..and here's how it looked on:
It was comfortable, sparkly, and beautiful. Both sizes were in perfect condition and true to size (every dress is dry-cleaned by the company upon return). The rental was only $80, and the original retail price of the Badgley Mischka dress is $800. Pretty darn good deal if you ask me.
Here's another dress I went with for a more casual gala over the weekend:
It's the Gizela Dress by Trina Turk. Retail is $400 and I rented it for just $40. I felt super elegant all night--I can't recommend this dress enough!
Not only does RTR have an extensive formal wear selection, but accessories, purses, tops...it's just a really great opportunity to wear some incredible high-end brands that you would never actually purchase for yourself.
Other events Rent the Runway is great for:
-Prom! Hello!! My mother probably wishes she could go back in time. She's a saint for buying me all those expensive prom dresses that I wore once.
-Bridal/Baby Shower. They have such cute white lacy/frilly dresses perfect for your shower.
-Engagement Photos. Why spend a bunch of money on an absolutely gorgeous expensive outfit you'll wear for a few hours?
-Bridal. A little risky but if you're pretty sure of your size and measurements, you could save yourself literally thousands of dollars and spend that money on your honeymoon.
Have you guys ever tried Rent the Runway? If you want to give it a shot...here's a special coupon code for $30 off! Cheers Xx ((click here for $30 off coupon))