Despite the fact that many of my girlfriends rave about Rent The Runway, I’ve always been a bit skeptical to try it myself. In fact, I’ve had an account for quite some time, but haven’t had any luck when it came time to rent for an event; the issue being unable to get the piece I wanted, for the time needed, in my size. So what changed my mind to give RTR a try? Rent The Runway Update. My girlfriend recommended I check RTR Update out after trying it herself this past January. I’ll start by confessing that my closet is far from empty. Organized and well-curated, I’m not short of things to wear. Yet, I have items in my closet that I know I would get more use out, of if only I had “X” to wear with them. This is where RTR Update comes in handy. Before I place my monthly order, I look at my calendar to see what events I have coming up. Then, I take a look at my wardrobe to see if I have those events covered. If not, I make a note. Next, I survey any pieces I’d like to wear but don’t, because they are missing “that piece” to complete the outfit – and make a second note. I then take my “shopping list” and select 4 items from RTR Update, to rent and wear for 30 days.
NOTE: This is NOT a sponsored post with RTR. I just happen to like the RTR Update and Unlimited Programs and wanted to share my honest experience with you all.
What I Learned
I found the addition of 4 key items extended my existing wardrobe, and had me covered for events that I would normally go out and shop for. I did not feel the need to shop or go out and buy anything new – beyond my 4 rented pieces. No need to store “special occassion” items or weather specific pieces. After 30 days, I placed my pieces in a bag with the enclosed return label and back they went.
What is RTR Update?
Update members can build their shipment of 4 pieces and enjoy them all month long. After your next billing date (the same day every month) you are eligible to swap your rentals for new styles. Fall in love with one of your at-home styles? You can always keep renting it as part of next month’s shipment or you can buy it at a members-only discount.
What is RTR Unlimitted?
Similar to the Unlimitted program, you rent 4 items at a time with the abliity to swap items as often as you want with NO RETURN DATES. Whether it’s a dress you wear once, or a coat you wear 50 times, it’s yours until you decide it’s not.
How It Works1. SELECT 4 STYLES. Build your shipment from a selection of designer styles for work, weekends, special occasions and more.
2. SWAP EACH MONTH (Update) or WHENEVER YOU WANT (Unlimited). When you’re ready for something new, choose what to return or buy (at discount!) to start your next shipment.
3. FREE SHIPPING & DRY CLEANING. We handle the boring stuff, so you can spend time where it matters. We cover rental insurance, too.
What I Rented: My Rent The Runway Picks | February
How I Styled My February/March Rent The Runway Picks
Most Worn Piece: Elizabeth and James Rain Coat
Second Most Worn: Michael Stars Fringe Vest
Worn Once: The Kooples Butterfly Dress
Worn Once: Style Stalker Wrap Blouse
What I Learned From Trying Out RTR
I own plenty of pieces in my closet, yet I only wear a small percentage of what I own. I own plenty of jeans, bottoms (except skirts), t-shirts and tops but often find I am missing that 3rd piece needed to complete an outfit. Could be I don’t like storing coats, or the fact I dislike shopping for outerwear. Coats and jackets are a bigger investment and require a bit more thought for me. Whatever the reason, the 2 pieces I wore most last month were the Michael Stars Vest and the Elizabeth and James Rain Coat. What was nice about renting these 2 pieces was after 30 days, I had no problem sending them back, and was thrilled to not have to store them till next fall. The dress I rented was for a special occasion. I loved it when I wore it, but now it’s gone and that’s ok. I am sure the next big event I attend, I’ll be looking for something different.
My two cents? Rent pieces that allow you to wear more of your existing wardrobe, and stretch what you already own.
My March/April Shipment is on-route. Will it be a success? Stay tuned!
Have you tried Rent The Runway, RTR Update or RTR Unlimited? What was your experience? Do you like the program for you? What tips can you share for those interested in giving it a try or those currently using RTR?
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That’s an interesting concept! I like the raincoat! And since it rained so much in February, I can see why you would get a lot of use out of it!
Hi Andrea! I really enjoyed using it to update what I have in my closet. The rain coat was a welcome addition with all the rain we had last month. My goal while I am using RTR is to not shop – with the exception of essentials, shoes and accessories. I like the idea of having a few items to boost what I own, send it back and try new pieces for 30 days. Stay tuned!