This is not a SPONSORED post. All coins came out of my pockets for this experience. On my own. All by myself. The peeps at Rent The Runway SHOULD give me something free for this post. #justsayin #noshame
Rent The Runway Review
Last year, before BlogHer12, I got an invite to Lipstick & High Heels from my girl Trina from The Baby Shopaholic. Not only would I be meeting all the girls that I stalked regularly that were more accomplished bloggers–but I’d be providing the cupcakes too!
As you guys know, I don’t know how to dress myself at blog conferences. So of course, with this being my first conference, I booked a designer dress from Rent The Runway because I was soo determined to be just as fashionable among fashion bloggers.
In pure Nellie fashion, I started over thinking my decision. A week before I was walking through a boutique (no doubt looking for a reason to change my mind) found another perfect dress for the occasion. Sadly, I canceled my Rent The Runway order, and since it was so close to the rental date, they left a credit on my account.
(The boutique dress actually worked awesome considering that it matched my red velvet cupcakes )
Fast forward to the weekend of Blogging While Brown. One of my mentors/big brothers from work invited me to his anniversary dinner for his fraternity Sigma Phi Beta. It was my first truly formal event and I finally had a reason to use my credit!
I ordered the exact same dress that I ordered for the party last year. In retrospect, this dress was wayyyy to dressy for the cocktail party. However, it was perfect for this evening’s scholarship dinner party..
The Rent the Runway boxes arrive
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Rent The Runway, this is a service that allows you to rent designer dresses for under $100 in most cases.
The dress I chose was a Badgley Mischka, and understandably one of the most popular designs on the site. The really cool thing about the Rent the Runway site is the pictures of the dress in action on regular folks. You can see what size they rented, how it fits them etc. Very cool stuff.
Another interesting perk of the Rent the Runway service is that you get the choice of two sizes. Just to make sure you have a fitting dress even if its cut small etc.
Unfortunately, in my excitement I forgot to order a second size but I contacted customer service right away and they added the second size immediately. (Not to mention I sent the email on a Sunday and they responded within minutes! Such a sucker for good customer service!)
When I opened the boxes both dresses were in a very strong and durable garment bag:
The dress was definitively more blush than expected but it was still very gorgeous. My true size turned out to be the right dress and it fit perfectly.
The dinner dance was awesome of course, I managed not to spill anything on myself, came home and put it back in the garment bag
and into the pre-prepared UPS shipping envelope. Since I only rented for 4 days, I would be good as long as I dropped off the package before 12pm Monday. (If you live/work in NYC there are UPS drop offs everywhere, I dropped mine off at the local Office Depot.)
I love it, Rent The Runway was one of those sites I had been window shopping for years before I finally took the plunge. I think if I had an event where I was going to be heavily photographed, I would definitely do it again. Besides, I’d never buy a designer dress full price so its fun to make believe for an evening. Just call it the Cinderella effect.