Post # 1
Hi hive – I just discovered rent the runway (think I’m a little late to the game!) where you can rent gorgeous dresses for not much at all. I have a wedding coming up and I”m thinking of renting a dress for around $50. Has anyone done this before? Good experience? Is it crazy to rent a dress? I love the fact I could wear something I’d never buy for myself. Since the hive seems to always have good feedback on stuff like this, I thought I’d check here and see if any of you have any thoughts/experiences to share . . .
Post # 3
I’ve used it a few times now and it’s always been great. Everyone’s always loved the dresses I wear and I get so many compliments and questions about where I got them!
It helps if you’re very familiar with typical dress sizing and with your (honest :-p) body type/size (like I know I can’t wear a fitted, non-stretchy dress without alterations because my top is a totally different size than my bottom…so I won’t rent a dress like that).
I’ve heard the stylists you can chat with online can be great help figuring out sizing, accessories, etc, though I’ve never talked with them myself.
Add: Though if you’re looking for the cheapest dress option, this isn’t it…once you add in shipping and insurance, you can certainly buy cheaper dresses that you can then use multiple times. But it’s fun to do occasionally.
Post # 4
I agree with the PP. You really have to know your body type and have a good sense of sizing and the shipping and insurance can drive the cost up. I’ve used it a bunch of times though and I love it. I get dresses for me and my sister since you can get a 2nd dress for $25 plus the backup sizes. You should check early because the popular styles tend to be unavailable. And the return process is super easy. Happy renting!
Post # 5
I rent dresses all the time and love it! I rented a dress for both my bridal shower and rehearsal dinner, and got loads of compliments both times. It’s been really great for me because I don’t have to spend $200+ on a dress I will most likely wear again. Facebook photos have made it hard to rewear clothes, so even dresses I love I find that I can only wear a few times.
Out of the 5 times I rented, only once did I end up with a rental that looked awful on me. The key, I think, is to read the reviews and see what people who have a similar body type/height are saying about the dress, and, like a previous poster said, to know your body type and what kind of dresses work for you. Having an idea of how you fit in certain brands helps as well.
Post # 6
I envy the women that can use Rent the Runway! I have to shorten ::everything:: I buy as I’m 5′.
Post # 7
@techie: Not true! I’m short as well (a little over 5’2) and rent the runway works great for me! I just specifically try and choose dresses that look short on the model, knowing that the length will work well for me. If it looks like a mini on the model, it’s going to hit me perfect. It’s worked pretty much everytime. I would test it out before you give up! 🙂
Post # 8
@SerenaSF: Good point. I might give them a test drive before shopping for my rehearsal dinner dress. 🙂 Their emails keep taunting me!