Rent These Wildly Glamorous Dresses For Under $50

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Based on emails over the last week, we're all trying to figure out what to wear for Valentine's Day.  You guys want something different.  You want something pretty.  Do I have any ideas?

I do!  I was initially wandering around the internet and obsessing over feather mini skirts and/or ballerina tulle and was bookmarking like crazy and was just about the start pinning….but then I REALIZED SOMETHING (two things, actually):  

1. Nobody wants to spend $400 on a feather skirt for Valentine's Day.

2. Tulle is tricky.

It's the end of a looong holiday season, Mamas.  I don't want anything expensive or complicated, and I'll bet you don't either.  Feathers – OUT.  Tulle – OUT.  A seriously perfect dress as low as $30?  IN.

Have you heard of Rent the Runway?  They rent all sorts of fabulous dresses that would normally retail from $300 – $20,000.  Rental prices vary (some dresses cost a few hundred even to rent) but I wanted to take a hard look at a budget-friendly list:  rentals under $50.  Know what I found?  Serious gorgeousness as low as $30 (for a four day rental).  

Spoiler Alert:  The $20,000 Giles Pegasus Gown isn't on this list.



1. Moschino Cheap and Chic Ruffle Dance Dress, rents for $40 

So flirty and vintage.  Add red lips and heels.

2. Robert Rodriguez Black Label All Tied Up Dress, rents for $50

This jersey dress has some extra fabric for pooch-hiding, too.

3. Halston Heritage Night Spice Dress, rents for $45

This dress is tight, but made from stretchy jersey.  Love the shocking hot pink.

4. Versace Collection, Work Around the Clock Dress, rents for $30

This dress can also be worn off-the-shoulder.



1. Parker Lock and Roll Shift, rents for $50

This silk dress is one of my favs.  I'd warm it up with opaque tights and over-the-knee boots.

2. Helmut Lang Shake It Up Shift, rents for $45

The pictures don't do this dress justice.  This might be my top pick.

3. MSGM Raffia Diamond Shift, rents for $48

The black keeps this shift from being too sweet.  I love it as-is, but you could layer this one over a turtleneck for extra warmth (and a mod vibe).

4. Thakoon Kissed by Marilyn Dress, rents for $30

Love the color and the bunching. Would slip a black moto jacket over it.




5. Missoni Keep Calm and Party On Dress, rents for $35

The side slit kills me.

6. Sachin + Babi Sneak Attack Scuba Dress, rents for $45

Appreciate the contrast panels to help define a waist.

7. Herve Leger Duplicity Contrast Dress, rents for $30

These Herve Leger bandage dresses are classics in my book.  

8. Mark and James by Bagley Mischka Dance Til Daylight Dress, rents for $35

Pretty sparkles of all colors – what's not to like?



1. Nanette Lapore Balinese Dance Dress, rents for $35

Just so freaking cool.

2. Thakoon Chevron Chase Dress, rents for $30

Another one where the picture doesn't do it justice.  Another fav.

3. Moschino Time For Tea Dress, rents for $30

I must be in a romantic mood, because this one keeps calling my name.  I'd wear under a black leather moto jacket.

4. RVN Garden of Eden Dress, rents for $30

Love the bandana-ish print.  This is a seriously striking dress.


Rent the Runway has a TON of other options….enjoy!!  







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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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  1. I LOVE the time for tea dress, so cute! I kinda hate going out on V-day, but I do feel like the next wedding, etc I attend would be perfect for Rent the Runway. I rarely wear special occasion dresses more than once (maybe twice). Thanks!

  2. Yes! I’ve used RTR dresses for weddings and been really pleased. In addition to the good prices, they will also give you a second backup size for totally free, AND a second-choice rental in case the first doesn’t work out, for just $25. And shipping back to them is easy, you just chuck your crumpled worn dress in a bag and drop it at UPS. I swear they don’t pay me, but I love them. I may never buy a special occasion dress again.

  3. Yay! I love Rent the Runway. I’ve used them for weddings and been really happy. In addition to the great prices on many dresses (and if you can go up to $75 your options expand wildly), they give you a free backup size, and you can get a second choice dress for an additional $25 in case the first one doesn’t work out. Between the two sizes they send, I have always gotten a dress that fits. Shipping dresses back is totally easy. I might never buy a special occasion dress again.

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