Over the past seven years, I’ve attended an average of six to nine weddings a year. My older sister warned me that they would only become more frequent as I got older – although she was right, none of us could have predicted my current tally of 2022: 11 marriages until now, with three more to complete the year. Blame it on pandemic stay-at-home orders that forced events to be canceled and postponed, but this year I had more weddings than ever. As a fashion gal, I want to have a different look for each of these weddings, especially since some take place in different seasons and in different countries. It was a nice thought in theory, but it became very unsustainable when the numbers in my bank account started disappearing.
So as you can imagine, I was over the moon when Rent The Runway asked me to try out their subscription service. Rent the Runway offers three subscription options: a four-element plan for $66 (originally $94); an eight-element plan for $101 (originally $144); and a 12-item plan for $135 (originally $193) per month — all of which are on sale as Labor Day treats for 30% off with code RENTYOURWAY. Not only will you get 30% off subscriptions when you sign up, but you’ll take advantage of that high sale price first Three month of your membership.
Once you’ve locked in a subscription, you can choose items from designers like Esteban Cortazar, Oscar De La Renta, and Badgley Mischka. And it’s not just dresses: you can choose from gorgeous luxury designer bags, jewelry, and other contemporary pieces to completely complement your wedding guest outfit or any event in between.
Plus, renting is a wonderful, sustainable way to take advantage of fashion trends, test out unique new silhouettes without commitment, and afford higher-priced items. In fact, according to the retailer, the average subscriber receives $4,000 worth of branded clothing per month.
Because Rent the Runway has such a wide assortment of sizes, my sister and trusted wedding companion also took advantage of my membership. For the past eight months, we’ve worn Aidan Mattox’s Self Portrait and Aidan to a wedding in Big Sky, Montana; Tome at a wedding in Rubicon, Wisconsin; and Victoria Beckham and Ulla Johnson at other events.
The rental process is fundamentally transparent. Simply select your first four items and receive them in two to three business days, and when you’re done, you can return them by mail or to a drop-off point and start shopping again. Personally, I have my eye on a Simon Miller handbag, Staud jumpsuit, Missoma hoops and ALC high waisted jeans. Like I said, the options are endless and with 30% off, it’s the smart way to create your dream wardrobe. Below are some of the beloved items I have rented from the coveted fashion service.
Tome Collective orange pleated dress
I originally rented this dress for myself in a size large, but when my sister (size small) saw this dress, she immediately fell in love. The oversized silhouette fit both of us like a glove, which was surprising given our height difference. The stretchy polyester material has tons of give and photographs beautifully. It is ideal for outdoor weddings and can work in spring, summer or fall.
Aidan by Aidan Mattox open back draped dress
As a curvaceous little girl, I’m skeptical of draped dresses. Sometimes they will be too snug, squeezing me in the wrong places. Or, they will be so long that they will have to be altered, which can end up costing as much as the dress itself. This Aidan by Aidan Mattox dress was a pleasant surprise. With my schedule, I didn’t have time to try it before the wedding and left blind. Luckily, it fit perfectly, laying loose on my hips and hitting just below my high ankle. What really drew compliments was the royal blue color which shimmered perfectly in the light.
Self-Portrait Green Cutout Midi Dress
My sister wore this Self-Portrait dress to a wedding in Big Sky, and it matched the hills of Montana perfectly. The tasteful slit hits just above the knee and features side cutouts at the hips, making it a breathable and form-fitting option. Plus, the sleeves will keep you warm on those long parties where you’ll be dancing the night away.
Ulla Bec & Bridge Midi Dress
I have a wedding in San Francisco at the end of next month which is taking place in an old opera house. For this, I was thinking of a subtle glam look with old Hollywood style waves in my hair and an elegant dress – and this Ulla dress fits the bill. The one-shoulder neckline is sophisticated and the slight pleats make it a breathable and form-fitting option.
Carina Staud dress
I ordered this dress with my next Rent the Runway shipment for a wedding in Santa Barbara, CA where I plan to match the beautiful sunset. I love the sweetheart neckline and think the cutouts will be perfect for keeping me cool throughout a night of dancing.