While my pre-children self would have thought buying a dress for each of the weddings I was attending was a prefect way to spend an entire weekend, my post-children self thinks it's an incredibly useless expense that could be better spent on maintaining my Starbucks habit or signing my kids up for swim lessons this summer. That is why when I saw one of those Facebook side ads for Rent the Runway (RTR) I decided to check it out. (Who knew?! Apparently, those ads work because people like me click on them.) That was the single, best ad click I've ever made! I discovered the most brilliant site and one that would have been SO useful back in high school during prom and winter formal season: a place where you can rent designer gowns at the most insane prices! BRILLIANT!!!
I quickly created a couple of "SHORTLISTS", which are basically lists that you create for each event you are attending, and I then placed dresses that I loved into those lists for those particular events. For my brother in law's wedding I was looking for a cute, short length dress that would be perfect for a church wedding, but still appropriate for a garden reception. I didn't want it too fancy, but I also didn't want to be underdressed. Quickly I found dresses that fit my search criteria and saved them into my Shortlist titled "Marc's Wedding". Once I had picked a few dresses, I went back and read the reviews of each dress, which then helped me eliminate dresses. The review feature is the key to a successful rental because you get to see height, weight, size and bra size of other renters. Based on this, you then decide whether this dress is right for you or not, by following the recommendations of other ladies who are your size. Once I narrowed down my choices, I decided on the blue, Issa "Spray Paint" dress. The retail value of this dress is $620, and I was able to rent it for four days at a cost of just $30.
My cousin's wedding was a little more formal, but the weather was predicted to be quite hot, so I wanted a short length dress that still gave me a more formal look. After a few options selected, and then going in and reading the reviews to narrow down my choice, I chose the Karla dress by designer Nha Khanh. This dress retails at $650, however I was able to rent it for four days at just $40. I needed accessories with this dress so I also rented the Southern Plantation Earrings by Nicole Miller for just $5 and the matching bracelet, the Star Light Star Bright bracelet by Nicole Miller, at just $15. I really could not be happier about my experience with RTR.
|Hair & Makeup by Abril Perez (@abril_lizette)|
*This is a review of my experience with RTR. I was not paid or compensated in any way for this post.*