Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rent The Runway

I had been wanting an excuse to try out renting a designer dress from Rent The Runway since the company debuted, and last month I had the perfect opportunity; one of my dearest friends got married in the beautiful Napa Valley, and I knew I wanted a long dress to wear to the wedding since I don't usually get the opportunity to get decked out in long gowns! I ordered my dress about two weeks prior to the wedding, where I was asked to select an arrival date. Once I chose the date, Rent The Runway's calendar application automatically told me when I had to send the dress back. You have the option of renting for 4 or 8 days. What I love most about Rent The Runway is that they will send you the same item in another size (of your choice) for FREE just in case. When my package arrived, I was so excited to open it up and try my dress(es) on! I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package and had FOUR dresses (all the same, in different sizes). I'm pretty sure this was because the dress I chose was floor length and they sent me my two sizes in addition to the same sizing with "regular" and "long" lengths. Each dress came in it's own garment bag (for me to keep), return labels for free shipping via USPS, and a cute little bag of Hollywood fashion tape, a foam sheet, and lint removing sheets.
The dress I rented was by Mark and James by Badgley Mischka, which retails for $550. I rented it for $75.
Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of myself (full body) in the dress, but below is one that I got of the upper half.
 Sending the dress back was SO easy, I just slapped the label on the ready-to-go box and dropped it in the mailbox @ USPS. I will definitely be renting more dresses, especially for my wedding festivities this Spring!
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  1. love the dress! when i first heard about RTR (from another blogger) i immediately hopped online to check it out- it's the perfect site for someone like me who used to spend a ton of money on a dress that i would only wear once! i have a rehearsal dinner coming up in two weeks and ordered my first dress to be delivered the night before- i can't wait to get it and try it on! thanks for posting such a successful review- it makes me even more excited to get mine in the mail!

  2. You looked stunning in that amazing gown, and I am so glad that the process was so convenient! I will definitely have to use RTR for your wedding activities too!

  3. I have heard about rent the runway but had no idea what it really was! I love the concept. You looked beautiful of course =)

  4. I signed up for them a while back and have been dying to try one of their dresses!!!

  5. Lovely! Ive been subscribed to them but haven't had the opportunity to Rent a Dress yet :) Nice Dress picked out :)