If you are following me on Instagram, you know we just wrapped up “wedding season” with three of our friends getting married three weekends in a row.
For the last few years I’ve almost exclusively used Rent The Runway for my wedding guest dresses. When you are going to a lot of events with the same group of friends, RTR is the best way to switch things up frequently without buying a million new dresses. I am sure most of you have already rented from them once in your life- it really is the best! My mom, sister and I always joke about how mad we are we didn’t invent Rent The Runway ourselves- the idea is genius!
This post might sound like it is sponsored by Rent The Runway- but it 100% isn’t (but call me though, RTR 😉 ). I just love their service and as I shared pics of dresses I wore on Instagram, I got a lot of messages asking about sizing and dress details. Thought I’d share it all in one place for your renting pleasure!
A Cape Cod Wedding
For our friends’ tented Cape Cod wedding, I rented this Tanya Taylor dress. I loved the navy and white pattern and thought it was perfect for a Cape wedding- slightly preppy, classic but also had fun details like the ruffles. This dress for true to size and it was a longer midi length for me, but as I am only 5’2″ it could be different based on your height. The wrap/v-neck portion was a little lower cut than I like so I secured it with fashion tape which was pretty easy to do if you feel the same. Oh and an important note when you are attending an outdoor wedding where you will be walking on grass- wear a block heel or wedges! I saw so many girls at this wedding struggle with their shoes. My fave block heel option are these ones from Vince Camuto– they come in a bunch of colors too!
Fall Floral Cocktail
You already know I love fall florals and was happy to see this dress as a cocktail ready option on RTR. This Trina Turk dress is absolutely beautiful in person! The lace overlay and the berry colors floral details is so pretty and is perfect for any fall occasion. This dress fits true to size and has a little bit of give to it. I love that you can wear it with a regular bra and didn’t need to wear strapless or anything special there. Since this dress does make more of a statement, I think a pair of black shoes and a black clutch go really well. I love the idea of matching the berry hues from the flowers to either a bold lip or an earring in the red/pink family to finish the look.
The Black Tie
Dress: Marchesa Notte via Rent The Runway Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
I especially love renting black tie dresses because they are typically a bit more memorable (gotta ‘gram your gowns, am I right?) and I don’t know about you but I’m less likely to wear a black tie appropriate dress frequently. At the wedding we went to in Newport, most of my girlfriends rented their dresses too. In fact I almost had a twinning situation with one of our closest friends. While that would have been super funny, I was so happy with the dress I ended up renting and wearing. This Marchesa Notte dress is absolutely stunning in person. The details are gorgeous- from the velvet trim around the waist and the lace overlay to the pretty neckline. This dress runs true to size to slightly small- there really is no stretch to the dress. If you are in between sizes, I would recommend sizing up.
So I did not get a good picture of it, but I did want to give a shout out to this Nicole Miller dress that I also rented. I shared it on IG stories and so many of you loved it. It’s SO flattering and I love that it has sleeves for the cooler months. It’s a LBD with some flair. Definitely recommend it too- fits true to size!
Have you ever rented a dress from Rent The Runway? Which one of these is your wedding guest style?