Holiday parties and invitations are starting to rolling in. I had really forgotten how incredibly stressful it can be shopping for a special occasion dress. I equate it to almost being like shopping for a bathing suit. So my friend shopping for a dress, text me a photo of herself in pick #1 and asks me for my honest opinion. I liked it but I didn’t love it, onto the next. She sends another text with a photo of pick #2. Okay, the second dress floors me, she looks KILLER! I automatically tell her she looks beautiful and she needs to own it, like now!
Another thing I know right away is that there is probably a hefty price tag attached to it. I throw out a guess on the magic number and she quickly confirms my suspicion. Its damn expensive and also damn gorgeous. I’m kind of happy it’s not me shopping for a dress.
Why? Because these special ‘occasional’ dresses are just that, occasional. You won’t be wearing it on monday, to the market, or even scrunched up in a knot over jeans like a tunic. It’ll just sit there in your closet for a long long time.
It was during one of those times where I had somewhere to go that I stumbled upon Rent the Runway. Basically, it is a service that lends you a dress for your party. The wide selection and ease of ordering your “loaned” designer dress without any hassle or worry was great. Till this day, many friends will ask me what they should wear to this event and where they should look first, I always tell them don’t even bother. Rent a dress for the weekend. Send it back Monday. A service catered to mamas that don’t have time to shop, hate to try on dresses or hate buying something for one time use.
There are even stores where you can book a stylist appointment and rent it in person. Even if renting a garment isn’t your thing, they’ve got you covered with bags and jewelry. Whether it is this season or any reason it’s always good to have options. Here are some of my absolute faves…
Available at Rent the Runway
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