Give me an excuse to dress up and I’m ready to go. I love fun gatherings whether it be a casual event or a holiday party because it gives me a chance to live out my version of a SAHM-Cinderella for one evening. I can actually do my hair, apply a little makeup, and wear something that makes me feel
human like a woman again. However, I hate the shopping part of finding that perfect dress because I always spend more on something that I’ll only wear once and never be able to fit into again. Then there’s the ill-lighted fitting rooms, the shame I put on myself watching the other girls (without a baby) try on their 00 sized dresses, and not to mention, the selection of dresses for my postpartum body is slim pickin’. So what’s a girl to do so she can enjoy her one evening out without the baby?
Finally women have taken a hint from the men and created a lovely service where you can find a massive selection of fashionable and high-end quality dresses that you can…wait for it…rent. Yes, rent! Renting a dress takes out the problems I’ve encountered in the past because it’s an affordable alternative to buying a dress for the various events we’re invited to throughout the year. By renting I’m able to enjoy multiple styles and simply return them when I’m done that way I’m not stuck with the same dress.
With New Years Eve coming up in just a couple weeks here are my favorite styles from Rent The Runway that will be sure to be a conversation piece no matter how you choose to spend your evening.
I’m kind of in love with this dress because of it’s elegance with the lace detailing, but edginess with the appearance of layers. The v-neckline makes it a touch sexy and I love the fit-and-flare style, which I find to be most flattering for most body types – including my own.
Emerald is another color I have recently been in love with and this dress is a beautiful alternative to the Golden Flower Dress (see below). The sequins are perfect for NYE and the cut is modest with a little fun with the knee length. And don’t worry about the sequins being itchy or irritating. When I rented a similar dress for my bachelorette party it has an inner liner that keeps your skin safe from those bothersome (but super cute) sequins.
This dress screams art-deco Great Gatsby-ness and I am in love with it. It would be perfect for a themed NYE party or a fun, and different, take on the traditional NYE look.
Another lace option (sense a trend here?) but this time in a deep blue with a metallic threading that adds a beautiful touch. I’m also in love with the draping on the sleeves
If green isn’t your thing and you want to be more literal with your NYE dress then this Golden Flower dress by Badgley Mischka one is perfect! It’s such a beautiful color and nothing says counting down the ball like golden sequins!
Gowns are so elegant and I am always looking for a reason to wear one. Perhaps it’s the Disney princess generation in me, but RTR has a variety of beautiful ones to choose from. My newest favorite trend right now are illusion dresses – meaning there’s some kind of hidden overlay detail. The cap sleeves and lace crew neckline sets this dress out from the others. Not to mention, I find the intricate threading of the green and gold on the lace to be extra beautiful!
Speaking of gowns I cannot speak higher of the Badgley Mischka dresses I’ve rented for my friend and sister’s wedding. These particular gowns are beautiful and are a variation of each other so I knew they would fit perfectly. For a winter wedding I opted for this green Flora Chiffon Gown and I am happy I did considering I had my eye on a different red dress, but red seemed to be the color of the evening! Rent The Runway was also a common theme amongst my friends (see photo) and they each looked beautiful in their dresses!
For my sister’s fall wedding in New Hampshire, and her matron of honor, I rented this Ruby Red Gala Gown also by Badgley Mischka and needless to say I received many compliments throughout the night. It was modest, but attention getting, and the red was a beautiful color for fall.
How It Works
So you’re interested in trying out Rent The Runway for the first time but want to know more about how it works? Awesome! It’s so easy and there are many benefits that are offered – such as 20% off your first order!
- First, begin by browsing their almost-endless selection of styles for any occasion. They have since expanded from dresses to now offer everyday clothing and accessories! Choose from top designers and browse either online or, if you’re lucky to live near one of their boutiques, shop in-store!
- You receive one FREE backup size with each order! This option is a life saver because not all dresses fit the same and when you need that dress in a particular timeframe having a backup is key. Oh! And I love browsing through the customer review photos because it gives me a real-life perspective on how the dress fits. Models are great, but seeing the dress I’m interested on real women really helps me determine if it’s the perfect fit for me.
- You can choose when your order arrives and for how long you’d like to rent it for. You have the option of 4 or 8 rental days and returns are FREE! They handle the dry cleaning upon return so you’re guaranteed a cleaned dress from beginning to end.
Rent The Runway now offers an Unlimited service which is $139 a month and is the perfect option for those who need multiple looks monthly. This option is perfect for each #ladyboss, fashionista, or someone who just loves changing up their wardrobe without the commitment. You receive 3 pieces of your choice with no rental fee and FREE shipping, an unlimited rental period (keep them for as long as you’d like!), and when you’re done send back one or all of your pieces and swap them out for new pieces. RTR handles the dry cleaning, like always, and you can cancel this service easily at any time.
So, what are you planning for NYE? What dress styles do you love most for this holiday season?