The Lady in Red
We’ve all been there.
The save-the-date for your cousin’s wedding arrives in the mail, you pin the invite up on your fridge, and before you have the time to freak out about not having a plus-one to bring, the wedding is a week away and you have nothing to wear. The dress you purchased when you promised yourself you’d lose weight still doesn’t fit. The disco ball of a gown you have from your high school prom is a definite no-go. You’re not about to drop $300 on a brand new dress ‘cause... #rent.
I had a wedding to attend last month, and this time around, I kiiiind of killed it. Not only was I proactive in finding a dress, I was frugal and environmentally-friendly too, thanks to Rent the Runway.
Rent the Runway is an online and in-store rental service that provides high-end designer clothing and accessory rentals for a small fraction of their retail price. Some of the most coveted designer brands are yours for the renting, like Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, and Helmut Lang. The process is simple: shop the site, find an item (or four) that you you’re lovin’, choose your size and a free back-up size, and voila - it arrives at your doorstep in just a few days, or you can opt to pick it up at their flagship Soho location (which is what I did!). You can rent the item for up to 4 days, and if you’re an Unlimited or RtR Update Member, you have the option of a longer rental.
I received so many compliments on this gorgeous gown, and for a fully-sustainable look, I paired it with gold strappy heels from & Other Stories that I thrifted at Buffalo Exchange. Total outfit cost? $70. Environmental impact? Little to none.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to get through wedding season, I highly recommend RtR. I may even try out their Unlimited Subscription!
Have you tried Rent the Runway? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!