Need a spectacular dress for a special event, like a wedding, holiday party or a fancy night out? Forget spending hundreds or even thousands.


While talking music with a soon-to-be bride and her sister for her upcoming wedding, the bride's sister mentioned something to me I'd never heard of before. She wasn't going to spend a lot of money on a dress she might only wear once. She didn't want to go to store after store and risk not finding anything.


She found her dress using the website Rent The Runway. She picked out her dress, rented it for 4 days, and after she wears it to her sister's wedding, she'll put it back the package it arrived in and send it back for free. I asked, "what happens if it doesn't fit." She said, "they send me 2 different sizes for no additional cost." She told me you can even rent for unlimited days and send it back when you want.

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And let me tell you now that I've taken a  look at their website. They have every kind of dress you could need:

  • Black tie event
  • Holiday party
  • Little black dress party

Rent The Runway can be shopped by designer or by store. And not only dresses, they also rent clothing and accessories. And they'll give you a 20% discount on your first order.