Exciting news for plus size lovelies who need special occasion dresses, but aren't cool with shelling out over $500 on a dress to wear once. Rent the Runway has just launched plus sizes. Designers Badgley Mischka, Carmen Marc Valvo and Theia, among others, have created plus size dresses exclusively for Rent the Runway in sizes 14-22. Existing plus size styles from Kay Unger and Adrianna Papell are also available for rent on the site.
My Top Rent the Runway Picks
Badgley Mischka Rolling in the Glitz Gown, retail $650, rental $160
Carmen Marc Valvo Black Couture Gown, retail $745, rental $145
Badgley Mischka Blue Martini Splash Dress, retail $495, rental $85
Carmen Marc Valvo Breakfast with Tiff Dress, retail $525, rental $100
If you've read my blog before, you'll know I'm already a huge fan of clothing rental through Gwynnie Bee. About 80% of the items I've worn the past year have been from Gwynnie Bee, which has saved my wallet a lot, and really stepped up my everyday fashion game! (See my Gwynnie Bee outfits here.) They have a good selection of cocktail dresses from my favorite brands like Kiyonna and IGIGI. Rent the Runway is different as you are choosing a specific date to receive your gown, and you must return it in the specified time period (4 or 8 days). It's a 1-and-done service for high end special occasion dresses versus the Gwynnie Bee rotating wardrobe subscription.
Here's a video from blogger (one of my favorites) and Marie Claire contributor Nicolette Mason showing her favorite RTR looks.