February 10, 2014

Rent These Wildly Glamorous Dresses For Under $50

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!!  






  • Allison
    February 10, 2014

    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!

  • Lindsay
    February 11, 2014

    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.

  • Lindsay
    February 11, 2014

    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.

  • Clever Girl Reviews
    February 11, 2014

    I really like the RR and the Moschino dresses!

  • Tanaya Mankad
    February 11, 2014

    What a resource! I now wish all my friends weren’t already married. Any suggestions for the same kind of rental for, say, the over-the-knee boots?

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