Sunday, April 22, 2012

My Rent the Runway experience

As promised, I wanted to tell you guys about my experience with Rent the Runway. Have you heard of it, or rented from them, yourself? If you missed my outfit pictures of the dress I rented, you can see them here.

Rent the Runway's concept is that you rent designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of their retail price, for a couple of days (or longer, if you want to pay more). When I first came across Rent the Runway, I thought, "Why would I waste money renting a dress that I can only wear once?". Then I realized how many formal dresses are sitting in my closet that I have only worn once, and paid much more than what it would cost to rent a designer dress from Rent the Runway.

Once I started browsing what they have to offer, I instantly fell in love with this dress:

Robert Rodriguez Collection, Peony Lace Shift

I was sold! It would be perfect for my friend Rebekah's bachelorette party, and it was super affordable since I got a $20 credit when I signed up! 

Unfortunately, I didn't end up wearing this dress (as you might have realized). I booked the rental months ago in a size 4 and 6 (as a back up), then as I continued to lose baby weight, I realized I would need a 0. Of course, by the time I called back to switch the sizes, they were already rented out for the weekend that I needed them. 

My second (and very different) choice, was this dress:

I loved this dress, and had so much fun wearing it! My only complaint is that it was too long on me. If you click the link above, you'll see that the hemline is well above the model's knee. On me, it was clearly hitting my knee caps. I guess that's what happens when you're 5'3" and have short legs! 

I ended up paying about $30 for the dress I rented. The rental fee was $50, but I had a $20 credit, so I think that was a great deal! My overall experience was good and I will definitely do it again, for the right occasion. I already got a $25 credit just for filling out a survey!

Here's what you can expect to receive if you rent from them too:

Your dress arrives dry-cleaned and pressed, tucked away in a garment bag.

You'll get a pre-paid envelope to return your dress in.

You'll even get a simple instruction card with the date you are to return the dress, plus a checklist to make sure you don't forget anything!

Again, the positives for me were:
  • $20 credit for signing up
  • $20 credit for inviting a friend
  • $25 credit for completing a survey
  • You get to select 2 sizes, to ensure the right fit
  • You get to wear a designer dress!
  • Returning is so easy, just drop it in a USPS mailbox
  • You get to keep the garment bag
  • If neither dress is the right size, Rent the Runway will send you another one, overnight
  • You're not adding formal or party dresses to your closet that you'll likely never wear again!

A couple negatives:
  • Their customer service wasn't overly friendly
  • I was on hold for about 15 minutes each time I had to call (you can leave a message to be called back, though)

So that was my first experience with Rent the Runway! Do you think you'd consider renting a dress from them in the future? Or maybe you already have?! Let me know in the comments!

If you want, you can use my invitation link!


  1. I love this concept. It makes sense since I usually only wear special occasion dresses once. I have a question if you don't mind answering, how did you lose your baby weight? I still have 8 pounds hanging on and am trying to figure out the best way to get it off before summertime.

  2. Hi Natalie! I'm still about 5 pounds away from my pre-baby weight, but I honestly haven't done anything really special to lose it. I've been breastfeeding which I think probably helps a lot, and I've also had to cut dairy out of my diet because Audrey is sensitive to it. I think those 2 things (and time!) have contributed to my weight loss! Hope that helps!:)

  3. This is great - I keep getting emails from them. Granted, I don't have any upcoming events to rent dresses, but I think the overall concept is pretty cool! Looks like you had success! ;-)

  4. beautiful post!! :) i'm following you,visit my blogif you want :)

  5. Thanks girls!

    Mary Ann, it's definitely a good thing to keep in the back of your mind for an event where you want to look extra fabulous! Not that you don't, anyway!;)

  6. You look awesome! And what a fun idea! Definitely something to keep in mind. Hmmmm...where and when is my next event? Thanks for the introduction/sharing!

  7. Aw thanks Roeshel! It is really fun to do! I'm also trying to think of the next time I'll be able to rent a dress!:)


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