If you don’t know about Rent the Runway, I’m about to make your day!
Rent the Runway is a website that allows consumers to browse dresses (and some rompers, skirts, etc…) ranging from casual to black tie, and rent them for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them. This is perfect for events because so many women purchase a dress for a special occasion, pay way to much for it, and see it end up in the back of the closet for years. We’ve all been there.
How will you know it will fit? Customers post reviews of how the dresses fit and their own measurements along with a snapshot of themselves wearing the dress. I am 5’1″ with an athletic build, so when I look at the pictures, I seek out the short girls to see their reviews. RTR also sends a second size as a back-up for free. The worse case scenario is that a few days before your event, the dress comes and it doesn’t fit. No problem! Send back the dress and have a different dress shipped overnight. Don’t worry about spilling something on a designer dress for which you would not want to pay full price. The dresses are insured.
Rentals are available for four or eight day windows. I was able to rent this dress for a beach wedding in St. Lucia by using the eight day window. It worked out perfectly. I almost rented accessories (earrings and a purse) through RTR to match the dress, but I decided to go with some I already had.
If you happen to live in a city with a RTR store (New York, Las Vegas, Washington DC and Chicago), you can actually make an appointment and try on dresses for rent.
The applications for RTR are limitless! I asked my bridesmaids to choose their own dresses within a color pallet and one of my bridesmaids rented hers. So smart! I’m actually really happy that she did not get stuck owning a dress she may not have wanted to purchase.