Friday, March 25, 2011

For Once, It's A Renter's Market

Ever heard of Rent the Runway? If you haven’t, you’re welcome for introducing you.  It’s a website that allows you to rent amazing designer dresses at 10% of their retail value.  Once in a blue moon when I do splurge and buy an expensive article of clothing, I covet it so much that it ends up just being closet candy.  Something I keep hanging up just so I can gaze at it every once in a while and oogle over it, but then I seem to never think any event is special enough to wear it.  So, I end up spending way too much on a dress that I wear 3 times at most, not a great financial decision. Rent the Runway is such a perfect solution to this problem.  They have an amazing selection of designers ranging from formal pieces by Badgley Mischka and Nicole Miller to more trendy lines like Tibi and Alice + Olivia.  They even just added Lilly Pulitzer to their collection so this is a perfect place to get your Carolina Cup dress, AND if you use the promo code GIDDYUP at checkout you can save 10%!
When you find the dress you like, you select two sizes that are in your size range and the date that you would like your dress to arrive.  They allow you to pick a second dress size for free just to insure that you have something that fits.  You get the dress for four days and then just send it back, return postage is already paid for.  How great is that? 
In a few weeks I’ll be going to Miami, and I don’t think I have anything in my closet that is hot enough for Meeee-ahhhmi.  So, I’m going to rent something sassy that I could only pull off in the MIA.  Here’s what I’m considering. 
Option #1: Calla Lilly Cap Sleeve Dress by Tibi
            Retail: $378
            Rental: $50

Option #2:  Retro Romper by Halston Heritage
            Retail: $375
            Rental: $50

Option #3: Stardust Beaded Dress by Nicole Miller
            Retail: $800
            Rental: $100

Also, as an added FYI, if you have an account they will send you a $20 off a purchase of $100 or more coupon for your birthday month.  That's the only reason I'm considering option #3.  I know that this isn’t a local company, but this website is just too great for me not to share!  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know which dress you think I should get for my trip.  I’d love to get some feedback.  Happy renting!

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