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 Nevena Krstic March 6, 2016 at 10:02 am

    You look lovely! That’s a really great idea and it’s nice that they throw in extra perks such as a second size etc! 🙂 xx

  • Reply Debbie Stinedurf March 6, 2016 at 10:00 am

    That is such a gorgeous dress and so perfect on you! Rent the Runway is such a genius concept because who wants to spend a ton of cash on something you might only wear once?

  • Reply kayla kruse March 6, 2016 at 9:32 am

    You look absolutely amazing! I love the website rent the runaway! It’s no point to buy an expensive dress for just one night. Have a great weekend <3

    Lots of love,
    Kayla xo // Kayla’s Vibration

  • Reply Wendee Isaacs March 6, 2016 at 7:43 am

    this dress is gorgeous

  • Reply Red Reticule March 6, 2016 at 7:28 am

    That dress is absolutely beautiful!

  • Reply Desiree Iyama March 6, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Love your dress!

  • Reply Pam Hetlinger March 6, 2016 at 5:56 am

    So cute! love the dress and how you styled it! Beautiful! xoxo Pam

  • Reply Mica March 6, 2016 at 5:37 am

    I was looking at renting dresses for some Christmas parties here – I think it’s a wonderful idea to wear something special for an event without taking up wardrobe space!

    I’m sill debating doing it for a wedding later this year, just have to see how organised I am at that point if I can get it in time. You have to book the dresses quite far in advance here I’ve found.

    The dress you picked is lovely on you too – I like the red clutch with it 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Reply Pisa March 6, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Beautiful dress! You look great! 🙂
    Hugs, Pisa ❤

  • Reply TOUCH OF GUCCI March 6, 2016 at 5:33 am

    I love hearing of services like these! Definitely going to check them out! x


  • Reply Eileen March 6, 2016 at 5:03 am

    What a great idea – I have a bit of a uniform whenever I attend weddings so being able to rent a dress for an occasion is fabulous! This dress is amazing!
    Eileen x

  • Reply Edita Lozovska March 6, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Love idea of Rent the Runway – you in that dress is a dream!

  • Reply Rachel March 6, 2016 at 2:34 am

    ‘Rent The Runway’ sounds like such a fab service! The Suno dress you chose looks absolutely stunning on you 🙂

    Rachel xx

  • Reply Sophia Morena Biffi March 6, 2016 at 12:25 am

    very femenine and elegant!!!! This dress is really nice and well combined with accessories!

  • Reply Style hue March 5, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Great post !. You look stunning as always.
    Have a great day!

  • Reply Marie March 5, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Pretty dress, beautiful people!

    The Flower Duet

  • Reply Kelsey & Kenecha March 5, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Such a fun dress, you look beautiful doll x


  • Reply Ellese Launer March 5, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Very cute! I love rent the runway and picked a very similar dress from them recently! Thanks for sharing. Xo, Ellese


  • Reply Nicky mywishstyle March 5, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Oh what a Wonderful look, absolutely in lovnewith the dress


  • Reply Larissa March 5, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    This dress really is an eyecatcher and the weddings sounds and looks like so much fun! I will attend a wedding on Boracay (Philipines) in October and I am already now thinking about what to wear 😉

    Thanks a lot for your last comment : )



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