...about Rent the Runway? I don't think I've blogged about this before but if I have, I apologize and would like to blame "pregnancy brain" (yes, there is such a thing and it's taken over with a vengance for this lady). RTR is a website that allows you to rent designer dresses and accessories for a small fraction of the retail price. Brilliant!
The website is set up so you can look for outfits according to occasion, body type, designer, or even sleeve type. A few of the designers offered include Halston Heritage, Gryphon, Diane von Furstenberg, Alice + Olivia and, most recently, Lilly Pulitzer (although if those aren't your style, there are about 75 designers so I'm sure you'll find something that tickles your fancy). Rental prices are determined by the retail price of the dress. For instance, if the dress retails for $395 the rental price might be $50 and if the dress retails for $1,350 the rental would be $150.
One feature I love is that each time you order a dress from a new designer, they send you the dress in two sizes just in case you're not sure of the size you need. How nice are they??
They send your dress/jewelry/bag to you a day or two before you plan to wear it, and then once you wear the item you put it in the provided envelope and drop it in the mail. You don't even have to bother paying for return shipping since it's included in the rental price.
It's definitely worth looking into for special occasions (especially ones when you'd normally buy a dress that you might end up wearing only once). Once you sign up, they periodically send you $20 off coupons. This $20 should take care of shipping and the insurance fee they charge (if you have too much fun at a wedding and spill red wine on your dress, no problem!). I rented a $400 dress and ended up paying about $35 with a coupon, which is less than I would have usually paid to buy a dress. The process was so easy and it's always fun to have a "new" dress to strut!
If you're interested, click here for an invitation to sign up.
Note: I wasn't asked or compensated in any way to write this post, it's just a site that I thoroughly enjoyed using and I wanted to share the fun with y'all!