I want to tell you guys about a service that I tried out called Rent the Runway. I’m not being paid to write about them. I was just so pleased about my experience I had to share! I heard some chatter about it so I thought I’d check it out. I started out by looking at their website. Here is how they describe themselves:
Rent the Runway is a fashion company with a technology soul. Powered by a transformative business model, proprietary technology, a unique reverse-logistics operation and some of the smartest people on earth, we’re in a position to challenge old systems and rewrite new rules. By giving people access to remarkable luxury experiences, we’re changing the meaning of ownership — and revolutionizing retail in the process.
Here is why it was a no brainer for me:
- Since I’m not paying full price to keep the dress, I can look at options that normally wouldn’t be an option for me
- I won’t be guilted into wearing a dress to multiple events in order to justify the purchase
- I can rent two sizes at a time (for no extra cost) so I won’t need to be worried about not trying it on ahead of time
- Vitual process is less exhausting than physically searching through racks and racks of dresses
- Can plan ahead or find something last minute
Rather than just telling you why I think it’s a smart move, I thought I’d also share my experience with you. I went on their website and created an account. This allowed me to create a ‘shortlist’ (think similar to a Pinterest board) for different occasions. I was searching for a dress to wear to my friend’s rehearsal dinner so I named it ‘HP Rehearsal.’ You enter in the date of the event and then can search by size, occasion, price, length, color, trend, body type, sleeve, neckline, age, style, and or designer. I love being able to narrow the search so much. I started my search by date to be sure not to fall in love with a dress that wasn’t available when I needed it. I took my time ‘hearting’ dresses for a few weeks before choosing one. Once I finally made a decision, I was able to choose 2 sizes (for no extra charge) and place the order. I signed up for the PRO Account which pays for itself if you rent twice in one year. It costs $29.95 and covers shipping and insurance on all orders for one year. It also provides a free rental on your birthday. I placed my order and waited for the special day to arrive!
I had arranged for the dress to arrive a day before my event. It actually ended up being delivered on the day of the event. This made me a little nervous which prompted me to call their customer service team and request an extra day of rental and it was granted to me! When I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised to see a free sample of Aveeno lotion along with the garment bag. I wasn’t sure what the packaging would entail and thought the bag was a fancy touch! The first one I tried on fit like a glove and I was very relieved my plan worked out because I was not excited about my backup dress. Even if it didn’t fit, Rent The Runway has a ‘Fit Guarantee’ where if neither of the dresses sent fit they will try to send you an alternative in time for the event or give you a credit. I really don’t see how you can lose here?!
I wore the dress to the rehearsal and since I had earned an extra day with the dress, I ended up wearing it on Easter Sunday too. Monday I placed the two dresses (no garment bag or hangers) into the pre-labeled UPS envelope provided and threw it in a UPS drop-off bin. The whole process from ordering to returning was incredibly easy and I will be doing it again this year. In fact I booked a trip to Vegas for my birthday and I think that would be the perfect occasion to rent for.