Black Tie Optional with Rent the Runway

March 4, 2016

I am so excited to be partnering with Rent the Runway today to share my wedding look from last weekend. Wedding wear can be difficult, but black tie optional with Rent the Runway is easy. Did you catch my tweet with the hysterical selfie picture?! I don’t know about you, but we attend weddings with primarily the same group of friends. My dress options are to either buy a new one every time or rewear the same dress with the same people. Honestly, neither of these seem very fun. While I have reworn dresses, the fashion lover in me wants something fresh. This is at war with the rational, budget conscious side of me who hates to spend a lot of money on an item I wear so rarely. That’s where Rent the Runway comes in handy! Rent the Runway has a huge selection of dresses ranging from cocktail to floor length gowns you can rent for $30-$100 on average. I rented a black floral Suno designer dress for $100 (retails for $695) and absolutely loved it. The length, fabric, and fit were perfect for the wedding, and I got a ton of compliments on it. Here are some important things to note when going for black tie optional with Rent the Runway:

  1. You pick to keep your dress for either 4 or 8 days. I selected 4. My dress arrived on Friday night, and I shipped it back on Monday.
  2. Read the reviews to help with sizing. Real customers submit reviews (including measurements), so you can better determine which size will fit you.
  3. Pick a backup size for free! I actually ordered the 4 (my usual size) in this dress and the 6 as a backup because some of the reviews said it ran a little tight. While the 4 fit, I was a little more comfortable in the 6, so I wore it.
  4. Your dress(es) arrive in a garmet bag. After your event, you just zip them up and change out the pre-paid label for an easy return. Cleaning is taken care of by Rent the Runway.
  5. Long dresses come in lengths. If you are 5’10” or over, I would recommend contacting the customer service to check. I actually ordered a long one time previously (not related to the blog), and it was too short. I ended up returning the dress, and Rent the Runway was great about it.

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Black Floral Trumpet Dress: Suno c/o Rent the Runway // All in One Bag c/o GiGi NY // Black Heeled Sandals (SO COMFY and available in different colors): Gianni Bini // Sunglasses: Karen Walker via Ditto’s Endless Eyewear Program (use code STRAIGHTASTYLE for your first month FREE) // Double Ring c/o Kendra Scott

Here’s a couple (poor quality but fun) pictures from the wedding (I took these blog photos earlier the same day). It was a great wedding!

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  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista March 4, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Such a gorgeous dress on you! I really need to get on the RTR train for my next big event <3
    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Aracely March 4, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Beautiful dress! My first experience with RTR four years ago was a disaster. I tried them again during the holidays and soooo much better!

  • Reply kali kingsley March 4, 2016 at 8:06 am

    i have rented so many dresses from RTR i absolutely love them!!! How very cool you were able to partner with them.

  • Reply Gina Daily March 4, 2016 at 7:51 am

    First of all – HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY ANN!! You look stunning in this dress (as usual) and it looks like you had a blast at the wedding. I love that red lip color on you! If you happen to remember the name of it I’d love to know! 🙂
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  • Reply Laura Yoder March 4, 2016 at 7:49 am

    You picked a beauty!!! I’ve heard such great things about Rent the Runway…I haven’t used them just yet but hope to soon. Happy Friday!!!


  • Reply Leah Behr March 4, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Rent the runway IS awesome! I use it all the time! You look beautiful!

    xx Leah /

  • Reply Taislany Gomes March 4, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Gorgeous! Love the dress. Beautiful print

    Hope you’re having an awesome Friday! Kisses,

    BLOG | Taislany

  • Reply Zelle Brown March 4, 2016 at 7:12 am

    I love rent the runway! And this dress is so pretty! (i think the selfie shot is my favorite in this post though – so fun!) have a great weekend!

    Southern Style

  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine March 4, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Floral fantastic and what a cute selfie taking group!! Rent the Runway sounds like a super idea! You look gorgeous and cheers to a glorious weekend ahead!!

  • Reply Rach March 4, 2016 at 6:29 am

    I am a big fan of Rent the Runway! My husband loves it because it means less clothes in the closet haha!! Your dress was beautiful!!

  • Reply Blaire Bingham March 4, 2016 at 6:28 am

    What a fun floral dress, and that selfie shot is hilarious! Have a great weekend!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Reply Izzy March 4, 2016 at 6:08 am

    what a beautiful dress! love the print and how you can rent it for a fraction of the price 🙂

  • Reply Jill March 4, 2016 at 5:59 am

    That dress is gorgeous on you! Your selfie stick photo is so funny and the photo of you and Russ is adorable!

    Doused In Pink

  • Reply Rachelle March 4, 2016 at 5:05 am

    That dress is stunning on you, I love Suno.


  • Reply theblackblush blog March 4, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Such a pretty dress! Love the print!
    Have a great weekend!

  • Reply tia_cherie March 4, 2016 at 4:24 am

    Stunning dress! The print is beautiful and I love all the colours against the black background.

  • Reply Carmen Jny (carmitive) March 4, 2016 at 3:24 am

    What a gorgeous dress! The bag matches perfectly – lovely ensemble!
    xx, Carmen –

  • Reply Violette March 4, 2016 at 2:57 am

    You look gorgeous in this dress! Love the prints! Happy Friday x

  • Reply Natali March 4, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Wow, talking about a perfect wedding guest outfit! You look so beautiful and feminine in this dress!!! The design and pattern are simply amazing! That last photo is so adorable!

  • Reply Sheree March 4, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I love Rent the Run Way, they have such great options. Your dress is perfect for weddings and I love the fun selfie stick photos.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

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