Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wedding Guest Attire - Rent the Runway

Last year we attended five weddings and just kicked off the 2017 wedding season in California wine country this past weekend. I love going to weddings; I enjoy getting dressed up and dancing the night away (I can't actually dance, but that doesn't stop me). 

 As much as I love weddings, I hate finding the perfect dress to wear. Special occasion dresses are expensive and I find it difficult to re-wear them since a lot of the weddings include overlapping friends and family and lots of photos. So, they tend to sit in the back of my closet taking up space and collecting dust. 

Because of that, I've been using Rent the Runway (RTR) a lot. At first, it seemed very risky given my height and I always get questions on how I get the right fit so I figured I'd share my tips and tricks. 

It took a little trial and error to begin with to figure out the best size and fit for me. As I mentioned here, my very first order was canceled because of a late return and RTR provided two back-up dresses, but neither worked. I learned two lessons as a result of this incident: (1) order only midi or maxi dresses and (2) always have a dress on hand to wear just in case.

Since then, I've only ordered midi or maxi length dresses and have had great experiences. 

Below is a review of the three dresses I've worn and loved from Rent the Runway. 

I wore this dress to a wedding last summer in La Jolla, CA. It was my second time ordering from RTR and I was nervous because my first time did not go well. But, I absolutely loved this dress; the floral pattern is vibrant and fun and the skirt is full with a tulle lining. I received lots of compliments on this dress and I would definitely rent it again. It's my favorite out of the three I've rented and worn. It is still available for rent here.

I wore this dress to a black tie wedding last fall. Unfortunately, the tall was unavailable so it was shorter than I would have liked, but I made it work. It fit well (length aside) and was easy to move in. The fabric is beautiful in person and soft to the touch. It is available for rent here.

I wore this maxi to a vineyard wedding this past weekend in Hopland, CA. I loved the ruffle slit detail and the v-neck (it was deep, but stayed in place). The long was the perfect length for the two inch wedges I planned to wear (it has a curved hem so that it is shorter in the front due to the slit and longer on the sides and in the back). It is available for rent here.

I will definitely continue to order dresses from RTR. Although I don't believe that it is always cheaper to rent a dress, I prefer to do so because it means I don't have to store them and I can wear something new each time.

Have you used RTR? Did you find a dress that is tall-friendly?

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