I have always been intrigued by Rent the Runway. I think the concept is genius. I cant tell you how many dresses I have in my closet that I bought for an event and have only worn once. Renting is a great plan. I have visited the website, scoped out dresses and found promotional codes but in the end I just couldn’t pull the trigger. I pictured myself the day of an event, too short/tight/big/long dress in hand, sobbing and I just couldn’t take the risk. I am tall (5’10” to be exact) and I have big boobs. I need to try things on.
Recently I was invited to an event for InStyle Magazine. I was confused on how to dress though. It was being held at a nice space in NYC but it was on a Tuesday night from 6-9. Then I looked more into it and I saw that there were bloggers and vendors flying in from California and Texas to attend. Plus, it is InStyle Magazine so I needed to be fashionable. I couldn’t get a handle on how fancy/trendy I should be though.
I learned soon after that that Rent the Runway now has two stores in New York City and saw this as the perfect opportunity to try it out. I made my appointment for the day before my event at the location in the Flatiron District.
In order to visit the store you must pay $25 at the time you make your appointment. This is non-refundable. It is to secure your reservation and also for a stylist that will work with you one on one for 45 minutes. I was okay with that fee as I was still so unsure about how fancy I wanted to go and I figured a stylist could help me.
When I arrived at RTR my stylist greeted me and brought me to a changing room in the back. I explained to her my concerns, gave her information on what I was looking for and described the event I was attending. She left to go pull dresses for me and I went into the front showroom to pick dresses myself. There is not a huge amount of merchandise in the store. I consider that one of the biggest drawbacks. Also, there are not a lot of sizes. I would find a lot of dresses and show them to my stylist and she would advise that that was the only one they had in stock and since it was too big or small I had to put it back. I found that disappointing.
I didn’t love any of the items that my stylist pulled. Not even one. I don’t think we had great chemistry or similar taste. I wound up finding three dresses myself that fit and I chose one of them for the event. I was also not blown away by the whole experience. It might have just been an off day or if I had a different stylist I might have liked it better. I’m not sure. I am not faulting her and actually I found her to be very nice but I did leave the store feeling disappointed.
I should note that my husband and daughter adore the dress that I did pick and cant understand my hesitation.
Here were my three top choices. I am not going to tell you what I chose. You will have to wait and see but I am interested in hearing your thoughts. Which one is your favorite and also have any of you ever rented a dress from RTR? What was your experience like?