I will admit that at first, I was a bit of a hold out to Rent the Runway. I reasoned that if I really loved something that much, I could just buy it. And you know, re-wear it! And that is still my philosophy (anything I buy, I plan on having for a long time – I am not a big fan of impulse purchases and keep a pretty tightly edited closet).
That being said, last Spring we were doing our podcast live shows and Becca convinced me to sign up for Rent the Runway Unlimited. It was seeing her experience that truly sold me on it. I was going broke buying new dresses. Meanwhile, for each show, she pulled out cute dress after cute dress, all rented on Rent the Runway. And so I signed up.
Now, I don’t know what I did without it! (Disclosure: this is a sponsored post, but I have been a member for more than six months before ever partnering together!) Upon signing up, I felt what I like to call, “drunk with wardrobe power.” Especially for dresses. I go to a lot of events and need to dress up quite a bit, but it’s really great being able to rent something, send it back, and get something “new.” And if I really love something I can hold onto it for a while (currently doing that with one of my fav Saloni dresses).
I’m going to share all the things I love about Rent the Runway (and some of my favorite pieces) but before I do that – if you use my link, and code RTRGRACE you can get $100 off your first 60 day trial!
First of all, here’s how it works!
How does Rent the Runway unlimited work?
It’s easy, fast, and really convenient.
You go onto their site, choose four or more styles at a time per shipment. You can keep your items as long as you’d like, or return right away and choose something else. One thing I started doing upon Becca’s recommendation is trying to always have two pieces, and send two back. That way you always have something new on the way!
When you’re ready for something new, return your styles one at a time or all at once. Dry cleaning, insurance and 2-day shipping is covered by RTR!
Why I love Rent the Runway Unlimited!
It’s a great way to try out new trends and styles. And designers!
An example of this is puff sleeves – I hadn’t been sure I could pull it off and would never have invested in this Kate Spade dress. But it works! Since renting this I’ve been wearing a lot more puff sleeves… sweaters, sweatshirts, etc!
It feels like having a revolving closet, a la Clueless!
They have so many (600+, with more added every week!) incredible designers and styles so there’s something for every mood or occasion. It’s particularly great for months when I have a lot of work events (or podcast live shows as I referenced before). No need to try and buy new dresses for every occasion if I’m going to be photographed a lot.
It’s stress-free and easy.
Everything is dry cleaned, delivered to my door, and ready to go! Get it in 2 days or less. Or go to one of their gorgeous stores in NYC, Chicago, Georgetown, SF and Topanga for an on-the-spot swap and try-on!
When you’re done, just send it back via the pre-paid UPS label that comes with every shipment. OR, speed up return drop-offs in WeWork locations in NYC, D.C., Chicago, LA, San Francisco and Miami.
If you’re so obsessed with something that you can’t let it go, they provide members-only discounts to purchase any rentals you love.
It’s a great value!
I love this stat: the average RTR customer wears $33,000 worth of designer clothing a year, while paying $159 per month (less than that if you use my code!)
This Kate Spade dress is a favorite. I hung onto it for a while as I liked it so much – I only sent it back this week! It was one of those perfect times where I had a fashion week party and didn’t like anything in my closet. Then my RTR order showed up (a day early!) and this dress was inside. (See it “in the wild” below!)
Two other items I really love and have been hanging onto this month are this fun faux fur coat (I love the colorblocking) and this Saloni dress (which I’ve had for wayyyyy too long now but I can’t seem to part with – I may end up buying it!)
And here are a few more items you might remember from my recent outfit diaries! (Rebecca Taylor Dress, Tanya Taylor Blazer, Tanya Taylor Dress!)
And we can’t forget the Retrofete dress that I wore to The Whitney Art Party. This one was so perfect that I considered buying it… but it is so special/memorable that I decided against it. Maybe I will rent it again – it was definitely one of my most favorite things I’ve rented on RTR!
Don’t forget! If you use my link, and code RTRGRACE you can get $100 off your first 60 day trial!