Kim in Herve LegerEven if you've heard of "Rent the Runway" before, it never hurts to be reminded of its amazingness. Having been a fan of the site since its launch a few years ago during the height of the recession, the luxury e-commerce site has only grown and expanded in ways the founders themselves probably didn't expect. The website, which rents apparel and accessories out to members for a few days and allows them to return it all hassle-free, is a great place to start your dress search if you want to mimic your favorite celebrity look for the special event coming up.
Because lord knows that even though I'm desperate to look like Kim Kardashian, there's no way I'm dropping $1,600 on a Herve Leger dress, no matter how tipsy I am from Saks' free champagne. Renting is the way to go.
For $150, you can get your very own Herve Leger dress delivered to your door to enjoy for either four or eight days. We can get Kim Kardashian's Herve Leger for 10 percent of the retail price! Now I know what you're thinking. Yes, you could totally buy a great frock for $150 and enjoy it for the rest of your life, so true. But if you want something special and really want to feel amazing in an expensive dress you've admired for months but can't spend a week's pay on it, Rent the Runway is a great solution.
We can also get Kim's Nina Ricci beige dress for $175 -- it retails for $2,390. Yowsers!
The site is my first stop before shopping for an event dress, but I've never pulled the trigger. I love looking, but inevitably I always end up borrowing a dress from a friend or wearing something I already own because I'm cheap like that. But say I had something super fancy-dancy to go to, like, you know, if the Kardashians invited me to kick with them on a yacht, I'd rent the shit out of a dress and wear it like I owned it.
Signing up for Rent the Runway is free and easy (yeah I know I sound like a commercial), so hop to it. You never know when you might need a hot lewk for a Kardashian event, or otherwise.
Would you rent a dress? Or do you think it's better to just buy something you can afford instead?
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