I started using Rent The Runway Update back in August when I would walk into my closet and feel like I had nothing to wear. No matter how many clothes you have, everyone gets this feeling from time to time. So instead of heading over to Nordstrom and stocking up on clothes, I decided to try Rent the Runway Update.
To start, there are 3 different options you can choose from Rent the Runway:
- One time rental (Get $30 off your first rental)
- RTR Update
- 4 pieces for a month
- You can only exchange once a month
- RTR Unlimited
- 4 pieces that you can exchange whenever
I decided on RTR Update because that made the most sense for me. One thing I really like about RTR is that you can browse all the clothes before signing up so you know if their selection will match your style. I know $89 is expensive, but comparing it to the $300 I spent on 2 dresses for my birthday and knowing I only wore them each twice, the math added up and RTR was a good deal for me.
Let me give you a few tips for picking out what you select when renting. The first month I made a few mistakes. The first mistake I made was buying a dress because I thought it looked amazing, but I didn’t actually look through my upcoming events and think if I could get use out of the dress. The dress was stunning. Unfortunately, I ended up not wearing it at all because it was a better fit for a trip to Mexico and not a date night in Dallas. The second mistake I made was picking an item because of the price tag and not because I thought I would wear it. Yes, there are a lot of expensive clothes to rent and the idea of wearing a $200 tank top got me excited. In reality, I didn’t wear the tank top the month I had it because it wasn’t my style.
In summary, when picking your 4 items for RTR think about any upcoming events that you want something special to wear. Also, don’t pick something because it’s unique or expensive, pick it because you can see yourself wearing it and getting use out of it. This is important because at the end of your rental you get the option to send the item back or purchase it at a discounted rate. I really like selecting items I will wear on a day-to-day basis so I can purchase them at the end of the month at the RTR discount rate. See below, here is an example of my current rental purchase options:
- Great way to refresh your closet.
- Dry cleaning is included.
- Shipping is included.
- You get 30% off one time rentals.
- I liked renting the clothes so I don’t fill up my closet with items I only wear twice.
- When I rented the clothes I actually wore them more, because I knew I had to return them.
- You can cancel at any time, you’re not locked in for 1 year.
- The biggest problem I have with RTR Update is that it took 6 days in-between shipment 1 and 2. You’re still paying month-to-month, so that’s 20% of the month wasted. If you live closer to New York, maybe the shipping time won’t be as long.
- If the item doesn’t fit, you either have to keep it or pay $12 for a different size. I didn’t have this problem but would have been frustrated if it had happened.
- It’s a little pricey at $89.
Things to Consider
- It’s $89/month + tax. I had forgotten about tax and in TX the cost with tav brings it to $97/month. Not a deal breaker, but something to remember.
- Read the reviews when picking your items! There are lots of great reviews and pictures of other people wearing the items so make sure to read the reviews.
What I Rented
I have been doing RTR Update for 2 months and here are the items I’ve gotten so far. Each month I’ve rented three pieces of clothing and a purse. You can also rent jewelry, but I didn’t think it was worth spending 1 of your 4 items on jewelry.
If you liked this review about RTR, you might also enjoy my blog post about Rocksbox. Rocksbox is a monthly jewelry subscription. Thanks for ready and be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest! Also, don’t forget to sign up for my email list to get notifications about the latest blog posts.
This post is not sponsored by Rent The Runway, all views expressed are my own.