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Rent This Season's Looks for Less Comments

  • By Katie Karlson
  • June 01, 2011
Dress Haute Hippie_RTR
Haute Hippie
Sultry Safari Dress
Rental: $75, Retail: $445

You want to knock ’em dead at that glam summer wedding you’re attending, and you know just the dress that’ll do it: a slinky, one-shoulder number from Haute Hippie.

It costs $445.

Your budget would explode.

Unless you could find a way to get it for, oh... $75.

You can—if you’re willing to send it back when the reception ends.

Just rent that designer dream from Rent the Runway, which features high-end dresses and accessories from 125-plus designers, for a fee that’s about 90% off retail prices. Every dress is freshly cleaned and looks like new.

How it works:

Find a dress you love. Browse categories like Summer Beach Wedding and Black-Tie Affair.
Select your size (and one free alternate size), and make sure it’s available when you need it. (Caveat: RTR only carries up to size 12/size L.) Order it to arrive 1–2 days before
  the event. Your rental fee covers four days, or eight for a higher fee.
Rock it and return it. RTR includes prepaid envelopes and takes care of the dry-cleaning. You don’t even have to worry about a Champagne stain: The $5 insurance charge covers any “oops.”

Now snap up that dress—and do your best not to show up the bride.

Strut your stuff. Have you ever used a gown or handbag rental company?

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