I Tried Rent the Runway Unlimited for a Month
I’ve been wanting to try Rent the Runway Unlimited for months. After seeing my friend, in the Hunter Bell Katelyn Dress (dress eight in this post), I decided to finally try it out for the month of September. Note: I had a coupon code and tried my first month for $99. Without a coupon, Unlimited is currently $159 a month.
I received 12 dresses and wore 8 of them (see the end of this post for more on this). The savings alone in dry cleaning was totally worth trying it out for a month.
How Rent the Runway Unlimited Works
- Unlimited rentals (you receive four dresses in your first shipment)
- Swap whenever you want
- Free shipping
- Free dry cleaning
What I Rented
Dress One: I picked the Trina Turk Red Rose Shift to wear first to work. I strategically picked it to wear first specifically…. 1. I love red. 2. The school colors of the University I work at are Crimson and Gray. 3. And being that the day I wore this dress, it was week two of the semester and the involvement fair, red was a great choice. Additionally, it’s always great to show your school spirit by rocking the school colors #govancougs. 4. This dress has pockets! Bonus: I received multiple compliments on this dress.
Dress Two: Of the dresses I rented and wore, this was by far my least favorite. I wore it with a cardigan to work to cover up the fact that the top was too big. This dress reminds me of sorority recruitment days, where we all had to have a dress made out of the same red fabric and this fabric feels like that. Not only did the top run large, I feel like it adds multiple pounds to your rear. I love the color red and Kate Spade dresses which is why I originally picked this dress to rent, but this dress is a miss.
Dress Three: I love polka dots, so of course, I had to include a dress with polka dots in my first shipment. This dress fit true to size, has pockets (eeeep I love pockets in dresses), and it was so fun to wear. This was not a dress that I would want to own because I learned that I don’t love a high-low-hem after trying dress two and three. Rather, I’ve learned that I love the uniformity of a straight hem at the bottom of a dress.
In case you haven’t seen other posts that I’ve done professing my love for Badgley Mischka dresses (see here, here, here, here, here, and here). I’ll say it again, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Badgley Mischka dresses. I visited their corporate headquarters on one of my work trips to Manhattan when I worked for Oregon State. Walking through a closetful of gorgeous dresses at their corporate office is something I’ll remember for forever. I loved this Rent the Runway dress so much that I decided to take advantage of the INCREDIBLE discount that they give you and purchase this dress. Now, I can wear it whenever and I will definitely be wearing this one often. The sleeves on this dress are so fun and I love how well the dress fits.
Thunder Darla Dress by Susana Monaco (rented a size 4)
The photo above does not do this dress justice. Based on how early we took the photo the top almost looks see-through, it’s not. Peter and I loved this dress so much that he insisted I take advantage of the ridiculously good deal on Rent the Runway for this beauty. I love how well it fits and the sleeves, while they might be “trendy” I love them and will wear this dress for years to come! I paired the nearly Jayhawk blue dress with crimson flats. #rockchalkjayhawk
Chevron Dress by Milly (rented a size 4)
I love how this dress looks in photos and in the mirror. The color is perfection and the pattern is quite epic too. I love it enough to want to rent it again. However, I don’t love it enough to want to purchase it. Here’s why… the fabric feels like you’re wearing a wetsuit and the bottom of the dress is unhemmed. Why the designer decided to leave a raw edge confuses me.
Tapestry Lace Dress by kate spade new york (rented a size 4)
This dress is gorgeous. It was a bit big on in the bust, but fit perfectly in the rear and shoulders and I loved the length. An older gentleman I ran into at Starbucks the morning I wore this dress to work, asked me if I was going to a cocktail party (hilarious and cute as it was 7:15 AM). I received a lot of compliments on this dress and loved wearing it.
Katelyn Dress by Hunter Bell (rented a size S)
I absolutely LOVE this dress, so yes, I again took advantage of that amazing Rent the Runway discount and added this gem to my closet. This dress feels like I’m wearing my favorite workout wear. Even the students I advise in the fashion club on campus commented on how much they loved this dress.
What To Do If You Receive a Dress That You Aren’t Able to Wear:
As soon as your dresses come in the mail try them on. If they don’t fit take them to a UPS drop-off location or UPS store, right away so that you can receive your next set of dresses. I did receive a few dresses that didn’t fit. I was quite bummed that this had happened and reached out to customer service. Let me just say Rent the Runway customer service is amazing! They shipped me dresses sooner since I had received two mere days apart that didn’t fit. Tip: To do this you do have to call them and tell them the exact dress you want to try next.
I Did Receive Dresses that I Was Not Able to Wear:
- Plaid Sheath by Slate & Willow (rented a size Small) This dress arrived and it was so tight it would not have been appropriate to wear to work. Wearing a Medium still wouldn’t have been big enough, I’m pretty sure. The fabric quality was also not on par with Rent the Runway’s typical dresses.
- Poppy Sweater Dress by Kate Spade (rented a size Extra Small) Dress two that I rented was quite large, so I sized down in my next rental that was a Kate Spade dress and that was a huge mistake. However, a bigger size still would have been too short to wear to work.
- Leaf Print Wrap Dress by Diane von Furstenberg (rented a size 4) I’ve wanted to try a famous DVF wrap dress for years. When it finally arrived it was comical. I couldn’t get the dress to close well enough to feel comfortable wearing it in public, let alone work. I opted not to wear this dress for fear of it opening and I really didn’t want to have a wardrobe mishap and flash someone.
- Canyon Clay Dress by Christian Siriano (rented a size 4) I had planned to wear this dress to a wedding. I got sick a few days before and the coloring just didn’t mesh with my skin tone when I wasn’t 100% well. It is a gorgeous dress, but I ultimately didn’t end up wearing it because I didn’t feel AWESOME in it. I ended up wearing dress number five in this post to the wedding instead.