I was super excited about renting this Tibi dress from Rent the Runway for a wedding this past weekend. I’ve always wanted to try out Rent the Runway and figured a wedding was a perfect time to do so. Unfortunately the wedding was cancelled, but Troy was sweet enough to take some photos this weekend before I had to return the dress.
Tibi Coral Paradise Dress • Club Monaco necklace • Juliet & Company Wilma bracelet • vintage clutch • Forever 21 heels
See the photo below? That’s my I’m-running-for-office-and-I-only-have-a-dog-as-a-family-member photo opp. At least that’s what it looks like to me. I’ve been watching back to back episodes of VEEP so I was channeling my best Selina Meyer impersonation. If you have HBO, but haven’t watched Veep yet, make it the next thing you watch when you turn on your TV.
Adding gold accessories plays up the warmth of the coral-ish color – it’s more orange in person and more pink than the photos on Rent the Runway. If you follow me on Vine you might have seen my video unwrapping the Juliet & Company bracelet. I love it because it makes a jangly sound whenever I move my wrist.
I loved the material of the Tibi dress. According to the website the material is crepe de chine – whatever that is. It looked like a kind of shimmery silk and it didn’t wrinkle. Also it has a kind of formal crop top feel (is that oxymoronic?) without showing the midriff – so two thumbs up in the trend department.
For those of you who have never used Rent the Runway, here’s how it works:
1.) There are a wide range of dresses on the site. I sorted them from low to high. The cheapest dress rentals start at $40, which isn’t bad considering that you don’t have to pay for return shipping or dry clean anything. Once you pick your item, you schedule when you want it delivered and then you have it for four days (or eight if you want to pay double). You can choose to add the same dress in a different size to your order for no additional charge, which I did since I always seem to fall in between two sizes.
2.) The dress(es) arrived in a branded garment bag that you get to keep.
3.) The shipment also comes with instructions just in case you’re like me and forget how everything works. You can see below that I received the same dress in two different sizes. I was really hoping the smaller size would fit, but no such luck! It made me really grateful that you can order more than one size.
4.) On the fourth day, you just pop your items back into the prepaid envelop and drop it off at a UPS box – and that’s it!
Rent the Runway also sends you a cute little Neutrogena goodie bag with your order. I love a good goodie bag!
So all in all my first experience with RTR was a success. I’ve already scheduled another rental for the upcoming Southern Blog Society brunch. I can’t wait to show you guys the dress! It’s very not me so we’ll see how it turns out. Either way, I’ll let you know all about it in a few weeks. I realize this post kind of sounds like a sponsored post, but it’s not. I just figured if I was curious about RTR others would be too.
For those of you who haven’t been following the blog for a while, the dog in all these photos is my parents’ dog, Boo Radley. He’s best buds with my two dogs, likes drinking water from the garden hose, and his favorite dish is chicken with rice and gravy.
P.S.: It’s actually Lar’s week to do a post, but she’s been busy showing two of our Atlanta friends around town so you’re stuck with me and my dress rental story. Our friends are in the UK for two weeks and I couldn’t be more jealous. It bogles my mind that I haven’t seen Lar since December. That’s five months!! We’ll be meeting up in August in Italy and that can’t come soon enough!
You should check out and see if there’s a Rent the Runway type company in the UK – surely there is! Since you have such a tiny wardrobe, renting a dress for a fancy event would be perfect for you!
Did you have fun at the Whisky Society today? I just realized that you can keep out of towners busy for weeks in Edinburgh. There’s so much history and culture to experience. If someone comes to visit me in Atlanta, I can only keep them busy for a few days with shopping, dining and the Coca-Cola museum. No historic castles here – although we do have the Cyclorama, which is pretty amazing!
I can’t wait to hear about everything else you’ve been up to with Alison and Greg. Have any of the pre-festival activities begun yet in town? I get giddy just thinking about the Edinburgh Festival!