If you’ve been keeping up with me then you’d know that my 25th birthday was a few weeks ago and I had a joint celebration with a friend. It was really fun and we definitely danced the night away. If you need a recap, then definitely check that out here. Originally I was planning on wearing a simple, black silky slip dress. But my friends insisted that I get something with more of a wow factor.
I went to a club for my birthday but in regular situations I am the biggest home body ever so I knew I that I didn’t want to spend too much for a dress since I’d likely never wear it again. A long time ago in college, I made a Rent the Runway account but I never used it. I remember them having cute dresses for <$50 so I decided to browse their inventory for my birthday. If you’re unfamiliar with the service, Rent the Runway has designer dresses that are available to rent for 4-7 days. You can also request a second size for free so that you have one as a backup. They ship the dress to you in a garment bag and all you have to do is zip your dress up and drop off the garment bag at your closest UPS center or UPS drop off box when you’re done. Honestly it’s super simple and seemed too good to be true before I tried it.
Most dresses range in price but there are a decent number under $50. More fancy dresses and gowns increase in price but it’s easy to sort by price, occasion, color, style, etc to narrow down your choices and find something appropriate for your occasion and within your budget. I wanted something that showed off my curves but wasn’t too scandalous and I was hoping to find something long sleeved. I was choosing between several dresses and ultimately decided on a white sequins Dress the Population dress.
One of my favorite features about Rent the Runway are the reviews. You have the option to upload comments about the fit, bra size, dress size, photos, body type, and height. It really helped me with sizing to see what sizes other body types purchased so I could know what worked best for me.
Rent the Runway Pro vs. Rent the Runway Unlimited
Overall I loved my experience with Rent the Runway. Like I mentioned in my birthday post I signed up for Rent the Runway Pro ($30/ year) when I placed this order. For $30 you get unlimited dress insurance and free shipping for the year which usually totals to ~$15 per order. So in theory I paid for 2 rentals worth of fees to get unlimited free shipping and insurance for the rest of the year. Additionally you get one free dress a year for your birthday, which is the promotion I used to rent my dress this year (thus making my total only $30 for this designer dress).
At some point I want to switch to Rent the Runway Unlimited which is ~$150/ month for unlimited designer clothes and accessories (you rent 3 at a time). I am definitely not doing that any time soon (#medstudentbudget) but if it’s within your price tag, Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks has linked a few outfits she’s made from her RTR Unlimited Subscription and has me hoping that one day I have enough coins saved up to look just as fabulous. Personally this is my favorite look from her Rent the Runway Unlimited outfits… doesn’t she look so good here?! Anyways, If you’re not ready for the Unlimited subscription, I would definitely recommend upgrading to at least pro. I plan on renting a cute dress or two for my upcoming vacation in December since I’ll have free shipping and insurance with my Pro Membership. I’ll be sure to keep you posted and write a review on what I get with that order.
Overall I loved my birthday look. Let me know what you thought of it. I’m glad I didn’t buy a dress like that because realistically I wouldn’t rewear it. I loved being able to get dolled up in a luxury dress, which isn’t something I get to do often. I’m currently eyeing a cute bandage Herve Leger dress but I’m waiting for the right opportunity to come around before I rent it. Have you rented dresses from rent the runway before? Let me know how it went in the comments below!
P.S. If you’ve never tried Rent the Runway before and would like to save $30 on your first order then use my code by signing up via this link. If you create an account with that link then you’ll get $30 off your first order and I’ll get $30 off my next order!