my tips for using rent the runway

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A few months ago, I found myself needing more than just a few dresses for events like weddings, rehearsal dinners, etc. and really did not want to buy several $300+ dresses, or wear the same dress 10x. Now, I am most definitely in favor of a simple wardrobe, and I do have a few dresses which usually do the trick. But when there are so many events, and a lot of them are around the same people, it really does get boring to wear the same thing all the time.

Then I finally tried Rent The Runway. I must admit, I was a little skeptical at first. It sounded too easy, and what if I ruined it? Or what if it didn’t fit? Well… I’ve now rented about 5 dresses and each time it’s been a dream. ipeEHzThis past weekend, I rented the most fabulous dress by Badgley Mischka. It was perfect for an outdoor summer wedding and I received so many compliments on it!

If you’re considering using RTR for your next event, here are a few of my tips for a flawless experience:

  • Look & reserve early: I recommend starting to look and then reserve a dress about a month before the event so there’s a bigger, better selection.
  • Read the reviews: Many women post pictures and detailed reviews of how the dress fits, the material, the color (sometimes can look different than on a computer screen), and the quality. This is a great way to see what the dress looks like on a similar body shape or height. When in doubt about the size, go to the designer’s website and review their sizing chart.
  • Take advantage of the FREE backup size: Use the reviews to determine if you should order a backup size in either one size up, or one size down.
  • Order the dress to arrive 1 day prior to the event: This will ensure there’s time to call customer service and order another size/style if the one you ordered does not work out for whatever reason. Their customer service is amazing and they will do what it takes to make sure you look great at your event.
  • Consider going PRO: Shipping & handling and insurance adds about $15 to the cost of the dress. If you’re planning to use RTR more than twice, it’s worth it to spring for the PRO membership. It’s $29.95 for the year and covers insurance and S&H for unlimited orders.

Have you tried RTR? Have any dresses to recommend or tips to add? I would love to hear from you!

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