I have been toying with the idea of trying out “Rent the Runway” for months now. The whole idea was scary to me, and as an anxiety-ridden person…deciding to finally rent a dress made me super nervous.
The whole idea is that you get to rent designer dresses for a fee. It’s not for everyone. A few people have said “Why would I pay for a dress that I don’t get to keep?” I, however, love the idea. I don’t like to re-wear dresses to events because I have this weird affinity that lets me remember EXACTLY what people wore to events. What a silly gift right? It makes me never want to wear the same dress.
Instead of buying a $30-$60 dress at TJ MAXX or Steinmart, and then never wearing it again, I decided I would rather spend that money on renting a designer dress that I could NEVER afford in real life. This way I get to wear it to the event, and send it back when I’m done.
Again, I’m anxiety-ridden so the thought of a 4-day rental had me in a panic (you can do an 8-day rental but that is a bit more expensive.) I picked the dress I wanted online, ordered my size and a delivery date for one day before the wedding. (Next time I would do a delivery date 2 days before the wedding, just in case.) The delivery is guaranteed to be there by 8 p.m. on your delivery date. For me, the delivery was close to 8 p.m. and I was terrified it wasn’t going to arrive. Definitely do 2 days before your event if you are a nervous person.
When you place your rental order you also get a “backup size” for free. I ordered my usual size and a size smaller just in case.
I was out the night of delivery and came home to the Rent the Runway box on my doorstep.
Inside the box there was a garment bag (that you get to keep) with both dresses and an adorable little bag with travel lotion and gum for your event.
There was also an instructional card hanging right on the garment back that explains exactly what to do and the date you need to have your dresses into a UPS dropbox by. It tells you how to return the dresses, what to do if it doesn’t fit, and contact information just in case. I LOVE when a company spells it out for you so there are NO questions on what to do. There was also a return UPS bag to send your dresses back when you are done. It’s nice when they make it easy on you.
I tried on the dress at 11 p.m. the night before the wedding we were going to, obviously panicking. Luckily the dress fit PERFECTLY in my size. I have never been stopped at a wedding before to have someone I don’t know tell me they love my dress. Seriously. It was such a gorgeous dress and it just made my night.
Here I am in the dress:
I’m a curvy pear-shaped girl, so you can definitely find “curve-friendly” dresses on the site. They have 0-14 and then plus sizes as well, so there’s lots of options. I paired this Monique Lhuillier dress with a baublebar necklace I purchased and some gold sky high heels. Oh, and did I mention the dress had POCKETS! How wonderful.
I’m a huge fan of Rent the Runway and will definitely be using them again. I think the key is ordering the dress 2 days before your event so you have time to rush order another if it doesn’t fit, or if you don’t like it. The other key; knowing your body. I know that umpire waists are my friend and skin-tight is not.
This adventure was a success and I’m super excited to order again for my next wedding!