Hope everyone is having a good summer! Been enjoying the warmer days here in Chicago, spending lots of time at my pool and on rooftops.
Last July I signed up for Rent the Runway Unlimited to give it a shot. Since then a number of friends of mine have signed up as well. Most love it, a few not so much. I’m here to give you my take on the pros and cons, and share some of the items I’ve worn throughout the year.
Rent the Runway Unlimited, for a monthly fee of $159 (you can try it for the first month for $99), will send you 4 available items of your choice, which you then keep for as long as you want and return as you wish. You can return them one at a time or all at once, which is great.
- Most people wear very few of the items in their closet. This keeps fresh items coming in and out without taking up closet space, and cuts down on clothing waste.
- So often now, especially with social media, we want a new dress for special occasions when we are being photographed. RTR helps eliminate the need to buy a dress that you will only wear once.
- It gives an opportunity to try a trend out that you might otherwise not, to step out of comfort zone with no risk, and to not invest in pieces that may go out of style fairly quickly
- I no longer find myself buying a cheap dress or shirt to wear for the weekend, maybe don’t even really love, only to wear once and be money down the drain.
- I recommend RTR Unlimited especially if you live close to a store you can make returns at. This really cuts down on the time it takes to get new items.
- They carry maternity clothes, what a great way to cut down on having to invest in things you will only wear for a limited time period!
- If you really love something and want to keep it, you have the option to buy at a discount.
- You aren’t limited to just clothing – you can rent accessories and handbags too!
- You have to plan ahead for what you might need for the following week or weekend and return/order accordingly. I’m a planner so this works for me.
- If something comes and doesn’t fit, you can return to store and order a new item right away, but if you don’t have a store, it will take 2-3 days to get back to RTR and then another 2-3 days to get a new item to you.
- Sometimes it seems nothing is available in my size that I really want to rent. If this is the case I will usually just wait a day to order as items are constantly rotated.
- On the rare occasion an item will arrive having been shrunk by dry cleaning or with a hem out. I imagine in this instance if you can’t return directly to a store, they would send a new item out right away, without having to wait to receive the damaged item back. Their customer service is pretty good I’ve found.
If RTR Unlimited just doesn’t make sense for your life or budget, I highly recommend renting for special occasions. Pricing varies based on item, but it is a great way to have something special to wear for your event without investing in something you will only wear once. They send 2 sizes which helps, and I find the reviews very helpful in determining what size will work best for me.
So here are some of my favorite rentals! It was actually really interesting to go back and see just how much use I’ve gotten out of my membership. This is only a fraction of what I’ve rented in the past year, but the retail cost for just the items below is $5,621.
I rented this beautiful blue Theia Mermaid Gown for a gala here in Chicago last August, wearing a size 8R. Lisa’s dress is also RTR. Retail $795
This Jay Godfrey blue romper I wore for a night on the town when my NYC girls came to visit, wearing a size 10. Retail – $396
I loved this Cooper & Ella leopard print top so much I bought it, wearing a M. Retail – $135
Wore this Trina Turk Floral Ace Dress for my cousin’s vineyard wedding in March, wearing a size 10. Retail – $288
Rented this Amanda Uprichard Romper for my bestie Jen’s 30th birthday last November, I loved it! Jen’s blouse is also RTR. Wearing a M. Retail – $225
This pink Parker Blouse was the perfect top for our Galentine’s Day party in February, wearing a size L. Retail – $178
Rented this cute little Kate Spade number to wear to work when I was sick of all my winter work dresses, wearing a size 8. Retail – $448
This Tory Burch Blouse is one of my favorite rentals, wore it on a first date. Too bad the guy was a coward who ghosted me, despite a great date. Oh well, he did take me to a nice dinner and I looked good! Wearing a size 8. Retail – $398
My favorite dress rental so far has been this Jay Godfrey Sheath that I wore to a wedding in New Orleans. It required some shapewear but totally worth it! Wearing a size 8. My jewelry here is also RTR. Retail – $396
One of my high school besties, Kristin, got married in Boston in April. Side note: aren’t my girls gorgeous?
For the rehearsal dinner I wore this cute little Alexia Admore Floral Dress, wearing a size 8. April on the left also in RTR. Retail – $285
For the wedding I chose this fitted Nicole Miller Dress in a beautiful deep blue. It ran quite small, I’m wearing a size 12. All of us, except the bride, are in RTR dresses. Retail – $430
My apartment building hosted a wild west themed party, hence the fake horse. Wore this Nicole Miller Blouse, I love this color. Wearing a size S. Retail – $275
Here is another work look, this black and white Kate Spade Blot Dot Dress was just too cute! Wearing a size 8. Retail – $398
I rented this Parker Blouse to just wear out on the town in the fall and was obsessed. I would have bought it if it was more affordable. But hey, that’s the beauty of renting! Wearing a size M. Retail – $228
For my birthday this past month I rented this multi-colored Parker Magna Dress, another one I wish I could keep, wearing a size 8. Retail – $298
And let’s wrap it up with this sparkly Parker Sequin Dress I wore for NYE! It was perfect for a freezing night to wear with tights. Wearing a size 10. Retail – $448
Any pros and cons I’m missing from current subscribers?
Hope this has helped you decide if Rent the Runway Unlimited might be right for you!