Imagine a closet filled with hundreds upon hundreds of designer dresses, each more intricate and breathtaking than the next. Names that you have only seen in the pages of Vogue and could only dream of wearing jump out at you- Cushnie et Ochs, Vionnet, Reem Acra, Monique Lhullier. Now imagine that you pay only 10% of the retail price to wear these stunning creations.
Welcome to Rent the Runway.
Rent the Runway is a revolutionary company that offers luxury experiences without the exorbitant cost of ownership. They offer thousands of designer clothes and accessories on their website and at bricks and mortar locations, all available to rent for a period of time at a fraction of the retail price. After wearing, simply ship back via a pre-paid UPS label and they handle the dry cleaning.
Prior to opening stores, Rent the Runway was solely an online operation. The more recent emergence of locations in NYC, Vegas, Washington and Chicago have been met with extreme enthusiasm from RTR fanatics. We were fortunate enough to have the Chicago store host a private party JUST for attendees of this year’s Dîner en Blanc Chicago 2015! We had sips and cupcakes provided by Sprinkles- the most delish mini treats around.
Rent the Runway is the perfect solution for Dîner en Blanc attendees who don’t want to wear the same dress every year, and prefer not to shell out for a dress that they will only wear once. After visiting the RTR Chicago store, I have officially declared it my favorite place to hang out in the city.
You can book an appointment for $25, which includes a dedicated stylist to help you select the perfect dress for your event as well as a reserved fitting room. They also accept walk-ins at no charge, but there can be up to a 2 hour wait for fitting rooms during busy times.
One of my favorite parts of the showroom is the selfie mirror! You try on your dress, enter your info, and the mirror takes three different photos of you, automatically sending them to your e-mail.
Chicago Diner en Blanc 2015 attendees receive a 20% discount on dresses and accessories until August 21st. Simply use the code “DINERENBLANCCHI20” online, or stop into the store and mention that you are renting for Dîner en Blanc. Since there is no minimum order, this makes the best coupon I have seen offered by Rent the Runway. I have my eye on a few goodies for Dîner en Blanc…
Get excited Chicago…get very excited!!