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Need a dress? Why not rent?

December 23, 2009

Rent the Runway is a new way to actually get couture designers pieces for a fraction of the cost.  Since people can rent handbags, why not rent a dress to match?  According to an article in NY Times, Rent the Runway is hoping to make high-end fashions much more accessible and almost as easy as renting a movie from Netflix.

The rentals run $50 to $200 for a four-night loan and are shipped directly to the customer’s doorstep. After wearing the dress, you can put it into a prepaid envelope and drop it in the mail. Dry cleaning is included in the price, but damage insurance costs $5, and in the case of outright destruction of the dress, the renter is responsible for the full retail price.

Rent the Runway is a great site to rent designer dresses for events, which you normally can’t afford.  However there are a few down sides to this site:

  • The clothes are not catered to plus size women.  The largest size was a 10.
  • The dresses are so beautiful; it would be very difficult to give them up.

Rent the Runway has only been in existence for maybe a month now, so hopefully, more designers will become part of this phenomenon.  And hopefully, some of these designers will carry plus size clothing.

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