Yes, that’s right: I paid $50 for my $425, Fall 2010 Collection, Tracy Reese dress.  You can too, and this is how:

I rented my dress for The Mad Hatter party this past Saturday night.  Yep.  I even rented my earrings.  I chose my dress through the website Rent The Runway (RTR) and had it delivered on Sept. 24th, a day before the event.

Then, I put the dress and earrings in a bag, provided by RTR, and sent it back – through the mail – on Sept. 27th.  I love the fact that I didn’t need to go beyond my front porch for this return!

I didn’t even need to put shoes on to return the dress and earrings!

This is what I figured: there are many dresses that I really want to have hanging in my closet.  My go-to’s.  And I need a couple more of those.  But this was not that dress.  This was just a fun, wear once or twice dress.  So, I drastically reduced my price-per-wear by renting.  And now I have money to go shop locally and get the dress I really want, and will wear many times over.  RTR carries designer dresses including: Tracy Reese, Alice + Olivia, Badgley Mischka, Calvin Klein Collection, Diane Von Furstenberg, Helmut Lang, Herve Leger, Milly, Missoni, Nicole Miller, Robert Rodriguez, See by Chloe, Theory, Temperley London and close to 100 others!

The rental price for my earrings: $35.  The retail price: $250.

Aren’t these earrings great?

This whole process was just so easy: I picked out my dress and earrings and then selected the date I wanted them to be delivered.  I knew I was a size 6 in Tracy Reese.  If I had not been so sure, I could have had another size (for me an 8) sent FOR FREE.  And I could have rented a completely different dress – with a same date delivery – for just $25 more!  That is reason enough to say YES to two parties in the same weekend!

I wanted to try out RTR last year, but I needed a full-length gown and there just wasn’t much to choose from.  Today, that has all changed.  There are plenty of full-length gowns and many of them have caught my eye.  So, no matter if you are looking for a micro-mini, knee length, tea length or full length, consider RTR’s inventory.  How perfect is this for all the weddings in our life?

Here are some of my favorites available on RTR:

Mark & James by Badgley Mischka. Retail $520, rental $75.

Lela Rose. Retail $1,495. Rental $150.

Badgley Mischka. Retail $800. Rental $100.

Black Halo. Retail $350. Rental $50.

Missoni. Retail $3,000. Rental $300.

Happy Renting!