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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Another Party Dress

My husband started working for his current employer in October 2009. One of the first things he learned about was their Christmas Party, in particular that it is a huge deal. Not knowing what to expect and not having much direction, I opted for a black skirt and sweater. I was incredibly under dressed. Good thing I am a fast learner because the next year I too went all out.

So as our 4th party approached, I started searching for a dress. My husband asked, “Why can’t you just wear one you’ve already worn before?” He’s kidding, right? But in all honesty, I’d already purchased two dresses that I’ve only worn once. Remembering a story I saw on Fox & Friends about renting designer dresses, I checked out www.renttherunway.com.

Here’s how it works:

• Select the dress and accessories you want. They even offer you a guaranteed fit by sending you a second
size for free just in case. Then if none of the dresses fit, they issue a credit.
• Select the date you want it to arrive.
• Mail it back when you are done.

So I set up an account and got started. The choices are lovely and endless, and they have a user friendly filter that helps you search according to your taste.  I found several things I really liked but ultimately I ended up buying another dress, and here’s why. First, as much as I’d like to wear a Nina Ricci or a Badgley Mischka, I’d be the only one to know that. It’s not like there will be someone at the party interviewing me on the red carpet. Second, all the dresses I picked out rented for $200 or more (but many do rent for $50 - $100).  I purchased my dress for less than $100, and it’s just as lovely.

So while I didn't take advantage of renttherunway.com this year, I will keep it in mind for next year or other occasions.  This year I'll just add to my collection again. Perhaps in another 5 years, provided it’s still in style, I’ll find the nerve to wear it again.

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