BB Dakota // Platforms, Musse & Cloud
You may have noticed a larger array of new pieces on the blog lately. This is in large part thanks to my Rent the Runway unlimited subscription. Full disclosure: Although I am a Rent the Runway affiliate (meaning, if you click on a RTR link or ad on my blog and purchase something, I receive a percentage), I am not receiving any discount or promotion for my subscription but decided to take the plunge all on my own. I've been thrilled with my experience over the past month or so and wanted to share the details with you.
How it works: For a flat fee ($140 per month), you can borrow three items at a time and keep them for as long as you want. Then, return one, two or all of the pieces and order that many new ones. Dry cleaning and shipping is included.
Pros: I've had a blast trying lots of fun trends, like these wide-legged pants. Let's be honest, in a few seasons, these trendy slacks will probably look dated. So it's a great opportunity to try new styles without a permanent investment. As long as your closet is stocked with the basics, RTR has tons of cute tops, bottoms, dresses and jumpers to rotate into your wardrobe. I've noticed that with my subscription, I don't spend on clothes elsewhere, so it ends up being about the same (or sometimes less) than my Buffalo Exchange habit, and I get to go "shopping" all of the time. Plus, it makes dealing with New York City closet space—or lack thereof—a lot easier.
Cons: Unlike one-off RTR orders, unlimited doesn't give you a free back-up size. I have ordered a few things that were too big or too small and had to send them back, but the site has a lot of reviews and size/fit notes to help out. Besides one instance where a dress arrived without a hook-and-eye, everything has been in great condition. And, in that case, RTR was very apologetic, and I ordered a new item right away.
I haven't tried other services like Le Tote or The Ms. Collection, but I like the freedom to pick your own pieces RTR has in comparison. But if you're someone who doesn't have a ton of time to browse or simply wants more guidance, those may be better (and slightly cheaper) options. What are your thoughts on these types of services?