So that Rent The Runway thing I mentioned a few weeks ago...it came today. It shipped last night and I stalked it via UPS all day today. If you've forgotten, I got this Herve Leger dress and it IS AWESOME. It came in a big cardboard box in a garment bag and with a pre-paid envelope. Hehe. So exciting. The first time you rent a dress from a brand you get to try 2 sizes for free to see what size you are in that particular brand, so I got a small and a medium. I'm a size 4, and the small fits perfectly.
I've never worn an Herve Leger dress before. I've heard a lot about how they're so tight and restricting and hard to wear and all that, but this is really comfy. It's basically thick spandex, so it does do a little sucking in, but it's hardly like being mummified in elastic. I love this dress. I want to marry it and have its babies. It's a great length, it fits like a glove, it's a lovely vibrant purple that isn't too bright, and the cut is very flattering. I love me a sweetheart neckline, the straps are thick enough to wear a bra with, and basically it's a whole lot of awesome.
I decided to get a little crazy and throw on a fur stole with it. I feel like a very expensive call girl.
So clearly the dress is GREAT. Seriously. I am eBaying Herve Leger dresses right now. About the Rent the Runway process in general: I like that I get the tracking number for the package, so I can stalk it to my heart's content, and I like that the return envelope is pre-paid. I like that I get to keep the garment bag the dresses come in. I don't like that the 'fit kit,' with double-stick tape and all that, didn't come as promised. However, the overall process has been very smooth. You get the dress on the day your rental starts and you drop it off in the mail box by noon on the day your rental ends (so you really have it for 3 nights). You pay for $12 insurance in case you spill something on it, snag a hem, etc, but if you royally mess up the dress you pay for it all.
It bothered me at first to pay for a dress I don't get to keep. But, once I thought about, I realized that I have a lot of formal dresses that I've worn once or twice, and I've spent more than the $100 I spent renting this dress on those formal dresses. So in the end, it's a pretty good deal for me, or anyone else who likes dresses that are out of their budget and wants something pretty to wear for one night out. Also, if you do it with a friend you can get a discount (woohoo).
So, would I do it again? DEFINITELY. For my birthday for sure. It's a small price to pay for looking and feeling like a million bucks for a night, and it's a pretty easy, low risk system to use.