My Rent the Runway Experience

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Rent the Runway generously gave me store credit to try out their service for myself. About two weeks ago, I went to their website to pick a dress for New Year’s Eve. I found their website to be very user-friendly with lots of categories to narrow my search like length of dress, body type and price. I really like that they have reviews and photos from real women who have rented each item since I’m not a size 2, tall, eat-a-burger-for-the-love model. Those reviews helped me cross a few dresses off my list for sure.

Finally I found my favorite dress that I thought would look good on my 5’3, size 10-12 hourglass body. A super-cool feature is that you can order a backup size of the same dress for FREE! Well, my backup size wasn’t available, so they offered to let me rent a second style in two sizes for a discounted price. Sold. I also decided to take a gamble and order the “mystery bling” for $15.

My box with three dresses and earrings arrived late Wednesday evening. I opened the boxes to find three DIFFERENT dresses, not the two styles that I expected. I wasn’t crazy about the replacement dress that they sent me. It looked too matronly on the hanger. (See #3.)IMG_3213Dress #1 was a nice, thick stretchy fabric, but it was a bit short for my tastes and a little snug through the butt area. IMG_3245Dress #2, my favorite, came only in a size 10. This is the one I was expecting to come in a 10 and a 12. I could have zipped it if I didn’t care to breath all night. It was so beautiful with a deep V-neck that showed off the girls nicely. But again, the breathing thing, so…IMG_3253Dress #3, the one I did NOT pick out, fit me perfectly. It looked much better on me than the hanger. Boobs and hips will do that. On the third try-on, I realized that it was a NAVY dress, not black like the others. This required a different shoe option. Panic set in for a moment since I was pretty sure I didn’t have navy dress shoes. But alas, I found a pair of pretty navy ballet flats that did the trick. IMG_3274My mystery bling were these fun ear jackets. IMG_3214I really enjoyed doing my makeup up all sparkley for my night out with my husband. IMG_3269

Anthony looked so handsome all dressed up. IMG_3275WIMG_3278e had a lovely dinner at Good Food by Ferneau. I had the Korean pear salad, then the Surf n’ Turf. OMG — amazing. I didn’t even get a photo of the chocolate pots la creme. It was probably the best dessert I had all last year. I want another one RIGHT NOW. IMG_3279  IMG_3283

Today, I packed up my three dresses and the earrings in the pre-addressed return envelopes that were provided. Tomorrow I just have to pop them in the mail. So easy. I’d definitely use Rent the Runway again — maybe something red and shiny for Valentine’s Day. IMG_3301