We have a wedding coming up in Sonoma in a few weeks (so excited!) and I needed a new dress! It is a 4pm wedding, but the dress code is formal, and it has been a long time since I’ve been to a formal wedding. As to not be over or under-dressed, I was looking for either a more simple gown or a fancier cocktail dress.
I ended up buying a dress at Bloomingdale’s, but I decided it was just too expensive for how many times I would probably wear it. I’ve always thought about trying Rent the Runway before but never have. At the encouragement of my friend, Morgan, who uses their services often, I decided it was time to take the plunge! There is a showroom in Soho where I could try on dresses, so I made an appointment, braved the snowstorm, and headed over.
The showroom was beautiful and the girl assigned to work with me was super sweet and helpful. She had me go through the racks to pick what I liked, found whatever size she had closest to mine for those choices, and also pulled some of her picks for me.
I ended up with 3 that I could hardly choose between!
I ended up going with the green gown – how many chances do you have to wear a full length dress?! Plus I loved the color and thought it was perfect for an early spring wedding.
I wish I didn’t wait so long to use this service! Now instead of paying $250 for a dress I might wear a few times, I am spending $110 to rent a dress I absolutely love and would likely only wear once anyway. The black and white dress was a close second (polka dots you know), and I definitely plan on renting it for something else for $70. With each rental you will pay about $15 in shipping and insurance, but they do have a deal that for $29.99 you can get a membership that will cover those for all rentals for a whole year. I plan on renting more than twice a year now, so signed up for that.
My suggestion for sizing would be to read the reviews, but I think in general designer clothes aren’t as vanity sized, so tend to go up a size. You get a second size for free with each rental too, so that is very helpful. If you have your eye on a certain dress that is a designer offered in your local department store, you could also go try on a dress for size there. For reference I would say I’m normally a 6 in dresses, but ended up needing a 10 in the green gown, and an 8 in both of the other dresses.
You will get $25 off your first rental, and use this link here to sign up to get a $20 credit after your first rental!
Anyone used Rent the Runway before? Let me know your experience!