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 Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom March 5, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I am always tired of everything in my closet when I have a wedding to attend and always buy something new. I should try this service for the next one! This dress is so pretty and love the fun selfie stick shots!


  • Reply Wynne Prasetyo March 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    you’ve got impeccable style! that dress is perfect on you, love the vintage looking flower pattern.

  • Reply Denise de Assis March 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    That dress is so cool!! The flowers in black are amazing!! Stunning!!
    Kisses from Portugal

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  • Reply Chow Down USA March 5, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    You look STUNNING as per usual! I haven’t tried anything from Rent the Runway yet but you’re totally selling me on it! It’s incredible that you get a second size for free, and it obviously paid off since that dress fits you perfectly! Also, major lol to those wedding pics – looks like you had so much fun!

    Chow Down USA

  • Reply Dressed2dNines.Com March 5, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I’ve used Rent the Runway quite a few times and it’s never let me down! I love the first group pic … your facial expression is priceless and you look flawless in this pretty floral print dress!

  • Reply Eniwhere Fashion March 5, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I love this dress Amy Ann. Print is really nice and it looks so perfect on you. It makes me really want to spring! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Bloglovin of Eniwhere Fashion

  • Reply Surbhi Suri March 5, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I love the concept. the print to the fit to the colour, its just perfect. Can’t blame u for being hysterical and excited. haha
    New Post on my blog, do drop by soon ,<3

  • Reply Now That's Chic March 5, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Such a darling look!


  • Reply Melisa March 5, 2016 at 9:37 am

    gorgeous as always, loving your dress! <3 x

  • Reply Simona . March 5, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Aww, you looked so cute in that floral print dress! Your clutch is perfect and so are the sandals! <3

  • Reply Sabrina maida March 5, 2016 at 2:55 am

    how great amy !! you look stunning

  • Reply Aldora Muses March 5, 2016 at 1:03 am

    You look amazing in the tiny floral prints, Amy!! ✨ have a fab week ahead ?

    xoxo, Aldora
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  • Reply Abby Castro March 4, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Oh Amy, this is the prettiest dress I’ve seen on you. Love the fit and the length – the flounce hem is a bonus!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  • Reply Birdie Liau March 4, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    This floral dress is super on point with the clutch, love your outfit so much. x

  • Reply Alina Aronow March 4, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Love the dress on you! It’s so pretty and delicate! Looks like you had so much fun!

  • Reply Valerie Price March 4, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Your dress is absolutely stunning!

  • Reply Theboxqueen March 4, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    You look stunning Amy Ann, and I share your sentiments in wanting to wear something different every time especially with the same group of friends but also want to be sensible. Great solution you got with that beautiful dress. XOXO, Elif

  • Reply LIN+LIN March 4, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Beautiful look!

    xo, I

  • Reply dominique March 4, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    This is such a great idea and I totally know about having to buy a new dress every time there is a wedding or big occasion, so this is a great alternative! xx

  • Reply Heidi D. March 4, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I love Rent the Runway and I love the playful print that you chose! Such fun behind the scenes shots too!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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