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 Anaivilo Borsa March 4, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    What a gorgeous dress! I love the print and the style, you look so lovely! 😀

  • Reply Laura March 4, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    What a gorgeous dress! I’ve often thought about using Rent the Runway but haven’t. Thanks for all the tips!

  • Reply disqus_5n9vU7FZce March 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    You look so pretty with that dress, hun!
    Seems you really enjoyed your time at wedding! 🙂

  • Reply Shea Sayers March 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve heard such good things about Rent the Runway but I’ve never tried it. Next time I have a wedding I may have to check it out!! That dress is a great pick–the floral print is so fun and I love the colors!

  • Reply Ally March 4, 2016 at 11:56 am

    You look beautiful in the dress Amy Ann! I’m so glad you had a great time at the wedding. I hope we can catch up again next time either of us in town.

    Xo Ally

  • Reply Laura March 4, 2016 at 11:21 am

    First off…you and your husband are a gorgeous couple and second, this dress fits you like a glove! Stunning!

  • Reply Cara E March 4, 2016 at 11:18 am

    that dress is gorgeous on you! x

  • Reply Bella B @ xoxoBella March 4, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Awe Amy I love this dress, I hope you had a wonderful time at the wedding!!

  • Reply Caliope Couture March 4, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Renting a dress for an event seems like a really great idea! I wonder whether we have that in Germany…
    Christina ♥

  • Reply Nidhi March 4, 2016 at 10:50 am

    The dress looks stunning on you! I love that RTR has real customer fit reviews that make finding the perfect option so easy!

    An Unblurred Lady

  • Reply Krisztina Williams March 4, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I really need to try that site. I go to a lot more dressy events lately but don’t want to buy a new dress every month. You and your husband look so great. I love the poor quality shots ha. Love the dress shots too. It’s such a gorgeous dress.


  • Reply for seven seasons March 4, 2016 at 10:45 am

    This dress is such a stunner. I love the bright floral pattern on it! I’ve heard of Rent the Runway before. Sounds like a wonderful alternative to constantly purchasing new dresses.

  • Reply Kacie Ellis March 4, 2016 at 10:31 am

    That dress is so gorgeous! I feel the same way as you do about dressing for weddings. I don’t want to always buy new dresses but I also don’t want to re-wear the same thing over and over. Rent the Runway is such a great option!

  • Reply Nicole Layne March 4, 2016 at 10:24 am

    All of my friends have had great experiences with RTR. That dress looks so good on you and it looks like you had a lot of fun at the wedding! I hope you have a great weekend!

    Nicole to the Nines

  • Reply Lily Ayala March 4, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I’ve seen where ladies rent their bridesmaids dresser through RTR, I think that’s great…I wish I would’ve known about this when I got married.
    You look fabulous and it’s such a beautiful wedding look, love the heels!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Reply Lisa @ Daily Style Finds March 4, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I have always heard great things about Rent the Runway. You look great! Enjoy your weekend.

    Daily Style Finds

  • Reply Courtney March 4, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I’m a huge fan of Rent the Runway!! I’ve used them a few times in the past and I love that you can have a designer dress for a few hours and not have to shell out the big bucks!

  • Reply Threads for Thomas March 4, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I love this dress on you, and it looks like it was a fun night! I love the idea of renting dresses. I’ve never tried RTR but have heard good things!

  • Reply Amy Johnson March 4, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Such a gorgeous dress! You look like you had a lot of fun!

  • Reply WhatWouldVWear March 4, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I LOVE Rent the Runway, and you picked out such a fab dress!!! And the pictures from the wedding below are so fun! Looked like y’all had a fab time! Super cute!

    Happy Friday, my gorgeous friend!

    xoxo, Vanessa

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