Disclosure: This Rent the Runway Unlimited review post contains referral links, which means if you purchase through my links, I will receive credit towards future purchases and you’ll get a discount off your first purchase.
Y’all, something amazing has happened to my closet and I’m really excited to tell you about it. It’s a review of the Rent the Runway Unlimited subscription. But first, a few confessions and a little back story:
Confession #1: I’m a clothes hoarder. The last time I moved was three years ago. I have an entire jumbo suitcase stuffed to the brim with clothes that has sat in the closet of the guest bedroom for as long as I’ve lived in this house. Nevermind my dresser drawers and the master closet. Eeek!
Confession #2: I am not naturally stylish. I hate shopping in stores because I can never figure out how to style and accessorize things. You can read how I’ve worked around this here.
Confession #3: I have a nasty habit of shopping for events and occasions and wearing things only once. The cost per wear average must be terrible.
And some back story: I was recently inspired to overhaul my wardrobe. This came mostly out of necessity because I completed a 10-week weight loss program called Naturally Slim (which I highly recommend, by the way) and now none of my clothes fit. It’s a great problem to have, but a problem nevertheless.
Enter Rent the Runway Unlimited.
You may know by now that I love me a good styling program (see my Style Box Showdown post). And I’ve been using Rent the Runway for special occasions for years now, so it was only natural that I’d give the Rent the Runway Unlimited subscription a try.
By now, you’ve probably heard of Rent the Runway. The most common reason I’ve seen people use it is to rent dresses when attending weddings. And as someone who considers herself a professional wedding guest, Rent the Runway has been a lifesaver. After being the go to for dress, handbag, and accessory rental, they added designer everyday clothing that I never considered renting until I encountered my current closet dilemma.
The way I describe Rent the Runway Unlimited to people around my age is like the old school Netflix subscription. You’d select DVDs to be mailed to you and sent the back for a new one in your queue. This is kind of like that. You sign up, select three items and in two days, your picks show up on your doorstep.
The selection is pretty fantastic. I can always find something that I want. There are dresses from casual to black tie, dress pants, skirts, and tops for all occasions. And as long as an item isn’t brand new, they are normally plenty of reviews to help you choose the best size. The only thing I wish they’d add are more petite sizes. The cropped pants end up being just regular pants on me since I’m a shortie. And I won’t even look at the maxi dresses because I’ll be stopping on it even in heels.
They’ve also got a pretty robust selection of designer handbags, clutches, and jewelry, which helps me accessorize more than I normally would.
If you order by 2 pm CST, your item will ship the same day and you will have it in Prime time, two days later. Return shipping is also two days, so if you return everything at the same time, you’ll be itemless for four days. To avoid this, I typically rent one or two items for a specific occasion and one that I plan to keep around for at least a week or so (usually a handbag or accessory that I can get a lot of use out of). That system helps me feel like I’m getting my money’s worth.
Is it worth it?
My favorite part about Rent the Runway Unlimited is that I get to wear on trend, fancy AF clothing that I would never in a million years buy. Since subscribing, I’ve been getting compliments left and right on my wardrobe, and not just when I’m dressed up. At work, on the weekend, at the grocery store…I feel like a fancy pants celebrity. It also lets me try out trendy stuff without committing to dedicating permanent closet space to an item I’ll never wear again after this summer. I mean really, how long are we going to be wearing off the shoulder and cold shoulder shirts and dresses, ladies? This is especially helpful in the handbag department. I tend to carry the same bag for ever and ever because I just hate shelling out the cash for a bag that doesn’t go with everything. Now I rotate handbags weekly if I want.
My plans? The truth is, the subscription fee (currently $139/month + tax) is just not going to fit in my budget long term. But while I’m working on filling out my closet in my new size, Rent the Runway Unlimited is the perfect solution. The other thing to keep in mind is that you can cancel your subscription at any time, so when I know I’ve got a vacation or event-filled month ahead, I won’t hesitate to dip my toe back into the Unlimited water to avoid confession #3.
If you’re thinking of giving Unlimited a try, or you’d like to check out the selection, head on over to Rent the Runway. If you subscribe using my referral link, you’ll get $30 off your first purchase!