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Rent the Runway Review

Rent the runway feature

I love my designer fashions. But due to limited closet space and mindfulness when it comes to expenses, I simply can’t have every fashion that strikes my fancy. Or can I?

As part of the Fashion Forward Conference, co-hostess Audrey McClelland and I both got to rent designer gowns for one of our looks for the runway portion of the event.

To begin, I simply clicked on to www.renttherunway.com. So many of my favorite designers were there.  You can sort by price, style, designer, trend, color….it is so easy to find inspiration.

All in, I spent about 20 minutes searching for “the dress.” I wanted something smashing so I started with a few of my favorite designers–Missoni and Donna Karan. I did find this green Missoni right away and after a bit of hunting his blue Diane vonFurstenberg dress. spoke to me.  I ordered both and was able to get an extra size in the blue dress. With shipping the three dresses came to $220.

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The dresses arrived next day (I live in NYC and this service is included) in a hanging bag. Inside the bag were the dresses in drycleaning bags and a return envelop (see below).

rent the runway packaging

I was pretty convinced that the Missioni would be the winner. But when I slipped them on the Missoni was “eh” and the blue one-shoulder number really popped. TIP: Always give yourself options when renting. It’s worth the extra money to make sure you’ll look great for your big event.

The DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Nicoletta Dress rents for $75 (retail price is $345). While I didn’t add them on, RTR does suggest jewelry and a bag for each outfit. A nice finishing touch.

Here’s a look at Audrey & I all glammed up:

After the event, I simply folded the three dress and put them in the white USPS envelop. Postage was included and all I had to do was drop off the dress with my doorman for out mailman to pick up. Easy as 1-2-3. Click-wear-return. Have you ever rented from them? I’d love to hear  your experience.  As for me, I know I’ll try this again for my next big event. This week we have a great set of bangles to inspire you to link up.

 

Monday Mingle is a fashionable collaboration between Momtrends, Glamamom and BonBonRoseGirls. Each week we team up to bring you a fashion post and encourage all of our readers to link up and participate in the fun by linking up a fashion post.

A portion of the fashion show was sponsored by Rent the Runway. Most of these photos are courtesy of Bellamy Blue NYC.

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Nicole Feliciano is the Founder & Editor of Momtrends. Prior to launching Momtrends, she was a fashion executive at Ralph Lauren. Now her mission is bringing style to fashion-starved moms everywhere. Nicole is a lifestyle expert, spokesperson and lover of all things social media. Follow her on twitter @momtrends
  • http://www.rachelthehat.com Rachel

    such a great idea¬ i wonder if there is a British equivalent! The blue looks wonderful on you, it really pops on your beautiful tan. And that gold clutch looks gorgeous! :)x

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      Who knows maybe they will come to the UK soon!

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  • http://babblingsofamommy.com Jenny @ Babblings of a Mommy

    I’ve never tried Rent the Runway, but I’ve heard so many great things from everyone who has. I will definitely use it if I have a need for it.

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      I’m thinking I will use it again this holiday season.

  • http://knockedupfabulous.wordpress.com April

    That dress is perfect on you! Great choice…the color really does pop!

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      Thanks April. I did want something that would stand out in photos.

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  • http://forlaurenandlauren.blogspot.com Katie

    you look beautiful! I love the color of that dress!

  • http://www.talkingwithtami.com Tami

    You look so pretty!

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      Thanks Tami, can’t wait to see what you were wearing.

  • http://www.bonbonrosegirls.com Kristin

    You looked gorg in that dress!

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      I was sad to send it back, but it was fun while it lasted.

  • http://www.tanvii.com Tanvi

    I had tried RTR 2 years back for a friend’s wedding and I became their loyalist. It is such a great concept. Loved your one shoulder dress. Looks great on you :)

    ‘?? © tanvii.com ‘??

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      Tnavi, I’m definitely hooked.

  • http://cuddlesandchaos.com Jen @ Cuddles and Chaos

    Love that dress on you!

    Renting is such a great idea– especially if you have a ton of weddings in a season. It can save you sooo much money while still looking fab!

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      Can’t agree enough–I know I will be back again!

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  • http://www.sandyalamode.com/ Sandy a la Mode

    that is soo cool! i want to try out their service sometime!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

  • http://www.chicsavvymoms.com Tania @chicsavvymoms

    You look fabulous! Great pick for you:)

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  • http://www.seasonalcoloranalysis.net Jeanine @ Seasonal Color Analysis

    That is so cool that you were able to rent what you wanted to wear! You looked absolutely smashing!!

  • http://www.gray-skies.blogspot.com/ Stacey

    Since I almost never have any truly fancy events to attend, there’s really no point in me having any fancy dresses in my closet, so I think if I were invited to an event like that, I would definitely use Rent the Runway!

  • http://www.awifey.com Kim,USA

    You are beautiful!

    Kim,USA

  • http://sarahhulbertstyle.com/?p=3493 Sarah Hulbert Style

    I have always wanted to try Rent the Runway! Since you had such a great experience, maybe I’ll give it a try!!! ~Sarah

  • http://www.scribblesfromemily.com Emily

    Rent the Runway is such an interesting concept! I’ve never heard of it before, but if I ever have a gala to go to, I’d definitely consider using it!

  • http://expressive-style.blogspot.com Carrie

    That’s a great idea. During the holidays I buy a dress that I only wear once a year, this is easy and you can stay in style without breaking the family budget.

    Carrie

  • http://www.verybusymamablog.com Maria @verybusymama

    You look fantastic! But I think the problem I have is that I would want to keep the dresses, haha

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      Well, they do have sample sales!

  • http://glamamom.com Glamamom

    You look stunning Nicole. That color is gorgeous and you certainly have the body for it!

    Believe it or not, I haven’t tried Rent the Runway. $75 for one wear doesn’t make sense to me but I admire the business plan! They carry some major pieces that I normally wouldn’t buy so MAYBE one day!

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      I would normally spend 300 or so on a party dress and would likely only wear it 2-3 times. It’s about managing closet space and managing trends. I would rent trendier pieces and invest in dresses that can go the distance.

  • http://fashiondivamommy.blogspot.com Fashion Confessions of a Mommy

    Had no idea it was that simple. What a great way to wear designer dresses for important events.
    Didn’t get the whole ‘empty stroller’ you were posing with. :)

    The dress looks smashing on you indeed.
    Daphne.

  • http://www.fashion-isha.com Fashion-isha

    I’ve never actually rented from them but I’ve been tempted to! Maybe now I’ll try…I had no idea that the dress you were wearing was from them, it was fabulous!
    xo
    Sharon

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  • http://funkidivagirl.com Funkidivagirl

    It sure is an interesting concept and you looked beautiful!

  • http://delayedmissives.com Alex Elizabeth

    I’ve never tried Rent the Runway but I did just get two dresses from the sample sale, including a Robert Rodriguez cocktail dress for $50!

  • http://www.ascendingbutterfly.com Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    You totally picked the right dress! I’ve been meaning to research info on the Founders of RTR, many moons ago there was a company doing this in Puerto Rico, they did great business out there, I wonder if RTR is affiliated in some way?

    Linked up! And thanks for the Wordless Wednesday and again thanks for the FashForward Conference Invite, I greatly enjoyed it, the speakers were super inspiring, and Jill really nailed it!

  • I Silveira

    Almost two weeks ago I rented a gown from RTR for the Inaugural Ball. Yesterday, Jocelyn contacted me saying that my dress was not available anymore. It made me really disappointed! Megan then told me that I could choose any other dress and they would send me it on time. Of course, the options they had left where not good. So they send me two dresses that I just got today, and both dresses did not fit me well. I called RTR many times, and I also sent them and e-mail. I never received any call or message back. That how this website works. They really do not care about you! The Ball is on Monday, and tomorrow I am going to have to run to the stores to try to find a dress, or I am going to miss the ball. And no one from the RTR cares.