Rent the Runway Review

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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).

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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:

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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.

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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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