My last Rent the Runway Review was focused on my experience using Rent the Runway for pregnancy. Now that I’m almost two years postpartum (crazy, how fast time flies!), I figured I would write an updated Rent the Runway review – and also share a Rent the Runway promo code – based on my most recent experiences.
First, I will say that when I first learned about Rent the Runway several years ago, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Why would I want to rent clothes that I’d get attached to and have to send back? At the time, I shopped a ton and the concept made absolutely no sense to me. But now, I totally get it and can’t imagine how I ever got dressed without it!
How Rent the Runway Works
- When you sign up for a subscription, you’ll choose an 8-item or 16-item plan. My Rent the Runway promo code, RTRMARISSA, gets you 40% off one of these plans. This means you can choose to rent 8 or 16 items per month (4 items at a time).
- When you want to get a new shipment, go into the app to select the items you’d like to rent and add them to your bag.
- Checkout and wait for your items to arrive – delivery is always fast.
- When you get your items, try them on and wear them as much as you’d like!
- When you’re ready to send your items back, select the items you’d like to send back, choose new items and start the process all over again.
One thing I’ve learned is that the more you work the app, the more it works for you. When I have a few minutes of downtime, I go into the app and scroll through the catalog of clothes to discover new items to rent. I heart the items I like – you can organize based on event, season or clothing type to keep things organized. What a lot of people don’t get is that the more items you “heart” in the app, the more items the algorithm will show you based on what it thinks you’ll like. This is one of the many things I like about Rent the Runway.
Here are a few more …
What I Like About Rent the Runway
One // It’s sustainable. I don’t know about you, but in my 20s, I bought a lot of fast fashion and while it’s affordable and provided many options, its impact on the environment is less desirable. Fast fashion is responsible for 10 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, it’s one of the biggest consumers of the world’s water supply and pollutes the ocean with micro plastics. These days, I much prefer a simpler closet with a few key investment pieces that allows me to fill in the gaps with rental items — all of this has less of an impact on the environment than fast fashion.
Two // It’s maternity-friendly. Read my Rent the Runway for pregnancy review, but in short it offers both maternity options and non-maternity options that may still work for pregnancy.
Three // I can try new styles and designers. For me, this is so much fun because I don’t have to commit to anything and after I’ve worn something a few times, I can try something else. There’s always an option to buy anything I love and I’ve done this a few times. I’ve found a lot of designers that I love through Rent the Runway like Ulla Johnson and Farm Rio.
Four // I have a rotating closet of designer clothes. I once thought I would get too attached to my rentals but that hasn’t been the case at all. I’ve found that I’m ready (and excited) to send my current items back and find new items to try – because there are literally SO MANY! Getting my shipment in the mail is like Christmas morning every two weeks!
Five // I ALWAYS have something to wear. I used to stare into a closet full of clothes that fell like an abyss. I had such a hard time choosing an outfit and at one point I even hired a stylist to create a “lookbook” for me to make getting dressed easier, but those lookbooks can’t last forever and eventually the cycle repeated itself. I find that I love wearing my rentals and will often wear them multiple times because I can style them different ways and just have fun and experiment with every piece.
Six // I save money. I buy so much less now it’s crazy! In fact, I have no desire to shop like I used to. Instead, I can truly invest in a few key timeless pieces. Since dry cleaning is included in every Rent the Runway subscription, I no longer have a sky high dry cleaning – or alterations – bills either.
Rent the Runway Promo Code
Now that I’ve been using Rent the Runway for three years, I’m hooked and truly don’t know how I’d live without it. If you’d like to give it a try, use my Rent the Runway promo code, RTRMARISSA, for 40 percent off your first two months of an 8 or 16-item subscription. You can thank me later!
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