Whenever I was in college, I had an entire corner of my closet dedicated to cocktail dresses. Between Greek dances, Homecoming, and other formal events, I always felt justified buying a cute outfit whenever I found a good deal. Since graduating, I have found that my “fancy” events are now few and far between. Suddenly that corner of my closet has become empty, with a few remaining stragglers that I keep thinking maybe I’ll find a reason to wear again one day. With that being said, anytime one of those rare events comes up, I’m faced with the classic question, “But what will I wear? This is where Rent the Runway comes in. I’ve known about Rent the Runway for a little over a year, but I never had a reason to try it. A few weeks ago, my sorority chapter celebrated their 50th anniversary on WKU’s campus. Knowing that this would be the perfect opportunity to reunite with a few friends I haven’t seen in a while, I decided to go. Attire on the invitation was listed as cocktail or better. Cue Rent the Runway.
If you aren’t familiar with Rent the Runway, it is a company where you have your pick from literally thousands of designer clothes, shoes, and accessories. Rather than purchasing, you are able to rent them for 4-8 days for a fraction of the cost. Since their store locations are extremely limited, Rent the Runway does an awesome job helping you make the right choice through their online store. Each piece comes with a detailed sizing guide, stylist recommendations, and customer reviews complete with body descriptions and pictures. Once you decide to rent, you get to choose your delivery date, get a free backup size, and return everything for no charge in a cute garment bag that doubles as a shoulder bag for easy transport.
Knowing that attire was “cocktail or better,” I looked through both the floor and cocktail length dresses over the span of a few days. I finally decided on an ML Monique Lhuillier frock that was a classic take on the trendy high-low style dresses. Perfect—cocktail in the front and formal in the back.
My experience could not have been better. Not only did my dress arrive exactly on the date expected and in great quality, but I also received probably more compliments on this dress than any other piece of clothing I’ve worn. I paired it with fun pearl necklace and some great Sam Edelman nude sling backs with a touch of bling on the toes that I snagged from the Dillards semi-annual sale. Best yet, my dress, which would have been $615 off the rack, only cost me $95 + a 20% off promo code for a 4 day rental.
With the holidays quickly coming up, this is the perfect time to try Rent the Runway for one of the many parties and family get-togethers that will inevitably be filling your calendar. They have put together an awesome Holiday Party Guide, but check below for a couple of my holiday picks. Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up rocking one of these for New Years Eve.
This Kate Spade dress just feels wintery to me. The navy is classic, but it's the jeweled neckline that really sets it off. Put on your best nude heels, and this dress is perfect for a formal Christmas party or a special Christmas Eve dinner. Plus, it's a major steal at only $35.
The pretty but also modest cut of this A-line dress makes it your perfect pick for an office holiday party. Throw in the tiny bow detail at the neck and swoon. Swipe on a Christmas red lip, and you'll be looking much more expensive than the $65 price tag.
A girl can only own so many fully sequined dresses. This makes renting the perfect option for New Years Eve. While my own NYE plans are still TBD, this dress has made the short list for potential outfits I might wear. I'm thinking black tights and booties and maybe even a leather jacket for extra warmth, and this dress has a total New Years party vibe.
What’s in your closet for the holidays?