I had the great honor of being the ‘plus one’ guest of my sister to the Inauguration of Kim Reynolds this past week. That involved the inauguration ceremony itself, tours of Terrace Hill (the governor’s mansion) as well as the Iowa Capitol, and we capped the night off with the Inaugural Gold Ball. What an experience! I am so glad my sister let ME be her guest!!
We both used Rent the Runway for our dresses, and I thought it would be fun to review how the process works for anyone else who’s interested. I am not getting compensated for my review, just my opinions. 🙂
I had heard of Rent the Runway before, but had never really looked into it. After perusing the site, I found that you can rent entire wardrobes for a monthly fee, or one time rentals of gowns, dresses, etc. They have sections for the type of dress you are looking for, as well as various price points. You can even rent prom dresses, wedding dresses, or wedding party (ie bridesmaids) dresses! How cool! I narrowed my search to look directly under ‘black tie’ and ‘under $50’ because I’m cheap. There are many many higher priced dresses that were absolutely gorgeous as well. For example, I saw several that were $250 to rent, but list price would have cost you over $1,000. Big savings! All of the dresses are designer labels and very fashionable. You get the dress(es) for 4 days.
I decided on my dresses on a Friday. The dresses delivered right to my doorstep on Wednesday afternoon. I would mail it back via UPS by Saturday at noon.
I was a little skeptical about the packaging as mine had apparently gotten dirty at some point, but the dresses were securely protected inside, each in a sealed plastic sack and on a hanger. They were all perfectly clean. Amelia originally wanted to know why we had a pillow shipped to us 😉
So after I narrowed my search, I decided to go with this black dress as my first choice:
Elegant, formal and classic, I thought it was a solid choice. My original size choice fit!
BUT WAIT, there’s more! Not only do they rent you a dress in the size of your choosing, but they give you a 2nd size FOR FREE. So cool! They also have a feature where you can get an entire 2nd dress for an additional $30 as a backup. I loved this dress as well. The fabric and fit would be flattering on many body types. I wanted to find another event to go to so I could wear this one as well! That dress is here:
But I am a thrifty gal, so I used the promo code running across the top of the site and got something like 40% off my order. All THREE dresses, tax and shipping to and from, cost me a total of $53. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?! Dress shopping does not get any better.
Now on to Mel’s choices.
She also chose her dresses and got the free 2nd size. Hers was a bit more expensive, but utterly beautiful! That dress is here:
She rocked it! Her original size fit as well so I’d say they run pretty true to size.
She also got the second choice dress as a backup. That dress is here:
We were both very pleased with our choices!
The next morning we re-packaged our dresses (3 each) into the provided garment bags that they shipped in. They had included a return shipping label. I zipped up the bags, swapped out the labels and dropped them off and UPS. I seriously does not get any more simple than this!
If I ever get the chance again to attend a black tie event, I will use Rent the Runway in a heartbeat. So easy, so fast and the quality was incredible. I saved loads of money, time and sanity not having to run to various stores and try on dresses. When my girls are old enough for prom, we may even try out renting a prom dress. I would highly recommend Rent the Runway! So fun!