Open the doors to my dress closet, go ahead, I DARE you. No, there isn’t a passage to Narnia in there, and there aren’t any magical creatures. My dress closet is jammed packed with dresses I have managed to collect throughout high school. It literally has to be pried open, and this amazing feat only happens when I retire another dress to its solemn resting place after the latest major event.
So now as homecoming approaches I have a few decisions: I can re-wear a dress (OHMYGAWDNO
) or I can buy a new one, wear it once, then banish it to the dreaded dress eater, a.k.a
. my closet. My wallet could go without another dress I will only wear once. But, then I discovered RENT THE RUNWAY
. That’s not a show on Oxygen, my friends, but exactly what it sounds like, a website where you can RENT designer dresses for any occasion.
Okay, so the word "designer" scares me, too. Don’t worry, I’ll hold your hand. Still skeptical? Well, this should convince you: You can rent designer dresses for as little as $45 (plus shipping). They will ship you two different sizes of the dress you choose. There are dresses for any occasion, from girl’s nights out to prom.
Still not hooked? Take a peek at this dress:
Okay, so this ah-maze-ing Hervé Léger gold glimmer strapless dress is sold in stores for a whopping $2,800! I only dream about wearing dresses that cost that much. Scratch that, that dress is too expensive for my dreams. But, for $200, Rent the Runway will ship this dress in two sizes to you. Okay so yes, $200 for a dress is a lot, and you don’t even get to keep it, but let’s keep in mind that you could buy the dress, wear it once and shove it into your closet for oh, almost three grand.
So, how does this magic work? You have a four day rental period. So, let’s say, Homecoming is on Saturday night. Have your rental start Thursday, and the dress will arrive on either Thursday or Friday. You wear the dress to homecoming, then Monday morning you put the dress in the provided pre-paid envelope and you send the dress back! Voilà! If the dress you order doesn't fit -- you don’t pay.
The site also features handbags, shoes and jewelry. Yes, it is a bit risky, but the site has awesome reviews and comments about how true dress sizing is and all that jazz.
So, this year for homecoming, I may not shell out $200 for this Hervé Léger, but I will definitely consider some of the other options for my homecoming runway look.