It’s been a really long time since any of us had to look our best for (or commit to) anything. If your wardrobe has slowly but surely been overtaken by less-than-exciting ensembles, like leggings coupled with your favorite sweatshirt, you’re not alone. While those outfits might have worked for a casual Zoom date with the rando you met on a dating app, they’re probably not the best pick for weddings, parties or fancy brunches. Luckily, Rent the Runway has the solution — and it doesn’t involve any buyer’s remorse whatsoever.
If you haven’t heard of it, this site gives you access to over 1,000 designer styles, including Jason Wu dresses, Ulla Johnson jumpsuits, Tory Burch handbags and Madewell jeans (not to mention everything you need to accessorize them, from jewelry to sunglasses). While each of these items would cost at least a few hundred dollars to buy, as per its name, Rent the Runway lets you rent them for any event; for the practical fashion enthusiast, this seriously reduces the overall cost and prevents your closet from becoming cluttered with things you’d otherwise wear only once. Shipping and returns are included in the price and the dry cleaning is free too.
In other words, all you have to worry about is choosing your next designer outfit so you can look good, feel good and keep your wallet in check as you unpause your social life. Thanks to the specific filters, it’s infinitely easier than it sounds too. You can sort by category, color, price, formality level, weather, sleeve length, neckline — you name it.
For a single upcoming event, you can choose a one-time rental that lasts for either four or eight days. (You can also opt for a backup size in case you’re not sure how it’ll fit, even after searching the member reviews for detailed feedback on sizing. I know; they thought of everything.)
If you’re a social butterfly and are looking to save serious bucks on designer looks, Rent the Runway’s membership plans are the most logical options. Take, for example, the fan-favorite eight-items-per-month plan, which starts at $99 and gives you access to RTR’s entire closet. Pause or cancel whenever without additional charges, and with CNN-exclusive code CNN, you can even save 30% off the first two months!*
For those who opt for a membership, your boxes are curated entirely based on your own selections and preferences. You can pick the styles you actually want. Additionally, you can rely on 1,000’s of member reviews that offer feedback on a garment’s fit, making it that much easier to find the right size. This virtual closet is always evolving, so you can switch up your look and explore new sizes without a single expensive commitment.
And did you know Rent the Runway is officially a full-fledged resale site as well? Dresses, tops, pants, handbags, even sunglasses — all products across the site are available to “buy now” at a pre-loved price, while still being in excellent condition. Resale purchases are available to members and non-members, sitewide.
So are you ready to spend way less but still show up looking professionally styled and Hollywood ready? Head over to Rent the Runway — the best cost-effective designer solution that still leaves room in your closet for your tie-dye loungewear.
*Terms for promo code: Code reduces the price of ONE 8-item RTR Membership as follows: to $94.50 (+tax) for 8 items (1st and 2nd mo. only). Subsequent membership months will be billed at $135/month (+taxes). Memberships can be paused or canceled at any time. For memberships only – cannot be applied to other purchases or offers, or combined with other offers. Enter code at checkout. Offer subject to end without notice.