My Experience with Rent The Runway

My Experience with Rent The Runway

I’ve always been intrigued by Rent The Runway, but for whatever reason I just never used it. I think I had it in my mindset that it was more for special occasions/black tie events and it would be a waste of money to become a member for that. You might want to try it out now, because I think it’s fabulous and perfect for those who want to look cute on a budget.

How it Works

When I signed up, I signed up for the unlimited plan, which means I can have 4 items of clothing/accessories at a time and swap them out as often as I want. Pretty sweet! If you love fashion and get bored of your clothes quickly, or you just don’t want to wear the same thing to every party or event, then this might be a great fit for you. I can’t tell you how many times I see something that I love in a store and then I look at the price tag and I say to myself, I would NEVER pay $500 for that. Well, now you can enjoy those designer labels, well tailored clothes, and gorgeous patterns and then just ship them back when you’re done. They send everything to you with a return label and they dry-clean everything themselves. You literally wear it and ship it back!

Buying is an Option

There are certain items that you rent that you might just fall head over heels in love with.  It may fit you perfectly or it’s just a great staple that you need in your rotation. Well, Rent The Runway gives you the option of buying the item you just rented. Some of the items I just recently rented were 10% and 65% off retail. I think obviously the newer the item, the less discounted it is.

Pros and Cons

In my opinion, the pros far outweigh the cons. In my very first shipment, I added a pair of earrings I had been eyeing to buy online. I added them to my shopping cart and then I just never pulled the trigger. I saw that those same earrings were available to rent so I immediately added them to my cart. I loved them in person, but it pinched one of my lobes so badly that it looked like I had a bruise. I’m thankful I didn’t buy them, but glad I looked cute for the afternoon.  Also for my very first shipment I was super excited to wear my pink skirt. When I put it on, there was a stain on the back, ugh! Such a bummer, but I filled out the experience survey and let them know. I think another bonus of joining is for mamas who are pregnant or trying to lose the baby weight. When you’re in-between sizes and need cute stuff to wear, nobody wants to spend a ton of money on a garment that isn’t going to fit them in a month. I wish I had joined when I was prego, maybe I wouldn’t have worn black my entire 3rd pregnancy, haha. Also, if you are unsure of your size, you can ask for two sizes!

My Outfit Details

In case you want to rent my dress, it’s by the label Alexis and I’m wearing a medium. I probably could have used a small, but I just tied the drawstring really tight. I’m wearing my go-to nude pumps and my fave little dress-up or dress-down bag.

Jess Cathell

Jess Cathell is an Atlanta based lifestyle and interior creator, designer, and tastemaker. With years of experience in home decor and a portfolio ranging from farm house to the beach, Jess is known for creating balanced spaces with notes of the unexpected. Inspired by the fusion of traditional elements with bold contemporary design, she has developed a clear transitional style. Her most recent work can be found in the Atlanta Magazine as a tribute to the modern home work space. She has collaborated with brands such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and is continually looking to connect with local and sustainable sources.

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