Monday, May 23, 2011

Rent the Runway

Drooling over that gorgeous, never-in-your-life-could-you-afford-it, $1300 D & G dress? What if we told you you could have it for $ least for a few days anyway?  First, there was Bag Borrow Steal. Billed in Sex and the City as the "Netflix" for purses, this site offers designer handbags for rent at a fraction of the retail price.  But, why stop at handbags? Rent the Runway has kicked it up a notch, offering savy shoppers like us the opportunity to rent dresses, handbags, jewelry and more! 

We are not among the fortunate few who can afford to pay retail price for high end designer clothes, but, that doesn't mean we don't dream.  Thanks to Rent the Runway, our fantasies of wearing gorgeous gowns and dancing the night away with Nate Archibald are just a little bit closer to becoming a reality. Concerned about fit or hygiene?  Don't fret, they want you to be satisfied so much that they send you a back-up size just in case.  And, they'll even pick up the dry cleaning tab so you won't have to worry.  We have not had the opportunity to try this out for ourselves but you can bet we'll let you know when we do!  Until then, take a look at some of the great styles, designers, and amazing prices Rent the Runway has to offer:

 Designer: Tracy Reese
Perfect for: that springtime wedding, engagement party, or graduation dinner you've got coming up. 
We love: the 50's style silouette and pretty lace. 
Retail: $525
Rent the Runway Price: $75

Ladylike Beaded Skirt Dress
Designer: Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent
Perfect for: looking totally sophisticated at your next office party or work event.
We love: the simple elegance of the soft fluttery top and beaded skirt.
Retail: $400
Rent the Runway Price: $50

Designer: Lela Rose
Perfect for: a chic cocktail party or for a modern bride/bridesmaid.
We love: the tasteful, elegant sparkle and halter neck!
Retail: $1,095
Rent the Runway Price: $150

Designer: Sachin & Babi
Perfect for: the edgy rocker chic with a soft side.
We love:  the hard metal details, soft tiers, and that gorgeous yellow!
Retail: $660
Rent the Runway Price: $125

Paris Love Dress
Designer: Milly
Perfect for: commanding the upper east side a la Blair Waldorf.
We love:  the bow, of course!
Retail: $450
Rent the Runway Price: $50

Romantic Sage Gown
Designer: Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti
Perfect for: showing off your love for romantic and vintage style at your next black tie affair.
We love: the vintage blue color, rough edges, and dainty lace trim.
Retail: $1,895
Rent the Runway Price: $250

Red Ripple Effect Dress
Designer: Adam
Perfect for: stealing the show.
We love: the sexy siren-like confidence you'll exude by wearing this.
Retail: $495
Rent the Runway Price: $75

Glenda Necklace
Designer: Erickson Beamon
Perfect for: making a bold statement.
We love: the look of hard tangled metals paired with the delicate pearls and crystals.
Retail: $930
Rent the Runway Price: $85

Crystal Fringe Necklace
Designer: Rachel Leigh
Perfect for: the effortlessly chic bride on a budget.
We love: fringe!
Retail: $190
Rent the Runway Price: $25

So, what do you dolls think?  Planning to try this out for your next event?  Let us know!

Jen & Saira

1 comment:

  1. I love that first dress and the shoulder details of the model's outfit in that last photo! Also, I know a girl who recently got engaged wearing a dress from Rent the Runway...and she looks great in the photos from that night!