Rent the Runway Unlimited Tips and tricks

Rent The Runway Unlimited: Tips and Tricks

Rent The Runway Unlimited: Tips and Tricks

Rent the Runway Unlimited is great for experimenting with fashion. But the monthly subscription fee does add up ($170/mo), and you don’t own anything at the end of the day. So how can you get the most out of the service? In today’s post, I am going to share some tips and tricks with Rent the Runway. Hope you find this helpful!

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Topics we are going to go over today:

  1. My Calendar – how often I ship and receive packages
  2. What to watch out for before putting clothes in your cart
  3. Other Tips and Tricks with Rent the Runway Unlimited

Here is my first impression with Rent the Runway.

Rent the Runway Unlimited Tips and tricks

My Rent the Runway Unlimited Calendar

If you are based in Los Angeles, then my experience with RTR shipping may apply to you. Generally speaking, it takes about 1-2 business days for RTR to ship out your order, 2-3 business days for the package to arrive, and 2-3 business days for RTR to receive your returned package.

To optimize the amount of clothes I get to try, I generally return packages at the beginning of the week (Monday/Tuesday). If all things run smoothly, I typically get a new package arrived by Friday. I also return 1 or 2 items at a time to maximize my time spent on each item.

To maximize the value of your RTR Unlimited, here are some basic rules you want to follow:

  1. Return as soon as possible when you know you won’t wear the item again
  2. Always try to return your items at the beginning of the work week
  3. Postpone your return till the next beginning of the work week if the shipment period overlaps with the weekend.

Rent the Runway Unlimited Tips and tricks

Things to Watch out for before Putting Clothes in the Cart

Online shopping will never replace shopping in person. Pictures can be misleading, so reading reviews is definitely helpful! Here are some common issues I run into:

1. Length

Even with my universal height (5’6”), I still rented skirts that were too short and maxi dresses that were too long. So always read reviews if you are renting skirts, maxi dresses and pants, in addition to gauging the model’s pictures (They are usually around 5’8” – 5’9”).

2. Color

Minor color discrepancies are expected, but the problem is highlighted for white pieces. If you are renting a new arrival, then you should be fine. But if the item is fairly old and white, then avoid renting it. Personally, I have rented a couple white pieces that looked grey and old. You can judge how many hands have touched the item by the amount of discount RTR offers if you were to buy it.

3. Damaged items upon arrival

I have not had an item that was damaged upon its arrival. However, I have received items that came with missing parts. Always immediately call their customer service about the problem so you won’t be charged for it.

Other Tips and Tricks with Rent the Runway Unlimited

Use their mobile app instead of their website

Working in Tech has trained me to be hyper-sensitive about user experience. And I have to say Rent The Runway’s mobile app is way better than their website! Their website is definitely glitchy and doesn’t offer as many functionalities such as multi-step filtering, etc.

Save your favorite items as you browse

Last week, I mentioned that I actually spend more time now on Rent the Runway even though I spend less time shopping. Due to the large selection, I found myself browsing Rent the Runway for a long time. To make the process faster, I created different folders and save (or heart) items that I like as I browse.

Hidden items

Rent the Runway Unlimited only displays clothes that are available to rent. Occasionally, certain pieces are hidden from you. To widen your clothing selection, always browse without any filters (select all sizes) and try to change the rental methods (Unlimited v.s. 4 Days v.s. 8 Days Rental v.s. Reserved). In my case, I definitely see shifted selection as I switch up the rental method.

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I hope you find helpful tips here. If you are already using Rent the Runway Unlimited, please comment below and share your tips too!

Smile and style on!

SK


 

Outfit Info

Top: Nicholas

Jeans: Reformation 

Shoes: GREATS

First Impression with Rent the Runway Unlimited

My First Impression With Rent the Runway Unlimited

My First Impression with Rent the Runway Unlimited

If you follow me on Instagram stories, you might have noticed that my apartment got flooded a couple months ago. A lot of my winter clothes were damaged, and I had to find replacement for my temporary consulting project in Pittsburgh. Between the choice of buying and renting, I decided to rent (more sustainable!) and try Rent the Runway Unlimited!

Get another $30 off from your Rent the Runway Unlimited subscription here!

You can see other fashion rental options here: Build a Sustainable Closet #3: A Sustainable Way to Wear Trends

What is Rent the Runway Unlimited?

Rent the Runway Unlimited is a clothing rental subscription service that allows you to rent 4 pieces at a time.

How much is it a month?

It costs US$159/month + tax.

What does the subscription include?

The monthly subscription fee includes includes shipping, returning, insurance, and dry cleaning.

How long can you keep your clothes for?

As long as you keep your subscription active, you can keep the items for however long you want! But since you can only rent 4 items at a time, the longer you keep an item, the less styles you get to try out.

What type of clothes does Rent the Runway Unlimited include?

Currently, Rent the Runway Unlimited only offers women’s apparel. You can find pretty much everything ranging from dresses to accessories, with shoes being the exception.

What brands does Rent the Runway Unlimited offer?

With Rent the Runway Unlimited, you can choose from 450 brands. Most of them are mid end brands ranging around $200 a piece. My favorites are Milly, Nicholas, Alexis, and Keepsake.

First Impression with Rent the Runway Unlimited - C/MEO Collective Sustance Shirt

The Cons with Rent the Runway Unlimited

While clothing rental subscription sounds like a great idea, things don’t always run smoothly as they should in reality. I have experienced all kinds of issues one can possibly imagine. So to set a realistic expectation, I want to talk about the issues I’ve run into with RTR Unlimited!

Missing Part(s)

The very 1st item that I ordered came with a missing belt. But RTR Unlimited offered me a replacement item as an apology. So I was still a happy customer at that point until this happened…

Missing Package(s)

So, the replacement item never arrived. It took me a week to investigate and find out what happened to it. After falsely accusing my apartment complex and calling RTR about it, I found out that UPS actually sent the package to the wrong address. While RTR immediately let me order another replacement item as an apology, this problem gave me so much headache and stress.

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The Pros with Rent the Runway Unlimited

I got a rough start with Rent the Runway Unlimited, and my first impression really wasn’t great. But I decided to give it a few more weeks. Turned out there are reasons to love and use the service, and here are why.

Great for Consultant, or Those Who Travel Often.

RTR Unlimited was especially helpful when I traveled to Pittsburgh for work during winter time. With RTR limited, I got to borrow winter clothes which I don’t normally need in LA. It’s definitely cheaper and more sustainable than buying fast fashion winter clothes.

Prevent You from Making Mistakes

I thought this sweater was going to keep me warm in Pittsburgh, but I was totally wrong! While the sweater itself was pretty thick, the sleeves were too big for my peacoat! I ended up taking a taxi from my hotel to the office (7 mins walk!) because I couldn’t wear a peacoat over this sweater! LOL! Had I purchased this sweater, I would have totally regretted it.

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Be Trendy and Sustainable at the Same Time

Being able to experiment with new styles sustainably is my No.1 reason why I am still using RTR Unlimited. As a sustainable fashion blogger, I often feel guilty wanting to buy trendy clothes and try different styles. But RTR Unlimited totally made it possible for me to stay sustainable while doing so!

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

When you don’t have to make any commitment, you go wild and start experimenting with new styles! I love that I started getting out of my comfort zone and trying things that I would have never purchased otherwise. It makes fashion funner. Plus you get to try out high quality clothes, not just low quality fast fashion!

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Myths

I had so many expectations with Rent the Runway Unlimited, but it worked slightly differently in reality. So below, I am going to talk about some common myths about using the clothing rental subscription.

RTR Unlimited is Great for Fancy Dresses

We often complain about buying expensive fancy dresses for events because we are only able to wear them once. RTR Unlimited is supposed to provide that solution, but I couldn’t find anything I like for my bday or nye because their styles are too conservative. I ended up wearing an old dress from my closet.

RTR Unlimited has All Kinds of Styles

RTR Unlimited does have a huge selection, but I found that their styles a bit conservative and mature. If you prefer edgy styles or street styles (think NastyGal or Yeezy), RTR Unlimited is certainly not for you.

More Time to Do Meaningful things

I thought I would spend less time shopping after using Rent the Runway. While this statement is somewhat true,  but I ended up spending more time browsing and looking for the next things to rent. From time to time, I do encounter this “option paralysis” problem because there are just too many things on the site, and I had a hard time deciding what to rent.

Renting is Cheaper!

Is Rent the Runway Unlimited cheaper? Personally, no. An annual membership with Rent the Runway Unlimited is about $2000, and I definitely didn’t spend that much on clothes last year.

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Verdict

Overall, I love the concept of Rent the Runway. Just like cars (UBER) and houses (AIRBNB), I believe that clothes can be shared as well. I will continue to use my subscription. If you wanted to try this clothing rental subscription service, you can now get $3o off by clicking this link!

What’s Next?

I read this Rent the Runway Unlimited Review before I subscribed to the service, and I would say my experience is very different from hers. There are so much more to be covered about Rent the Runway Unlimited. In the next post, I will talk more about these topics:

  • My Rental Calendar – how often I returned and picked out new clothes
  • What to look out for when renting clothes on Rent the Runway Unlimited
  • Different Rental Strategies – how should you rent clothes to make the most out of Rent the Runway Unlimited

Do you have other questions? Feel free to drop me a comment, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Smile and style on~

SK

Nisolo Sustainable Ankle Boots are Your Fall Best Friend

Sweaters, scarves and jackets are all reasons why we love fall fashion. But one thing that got me especially excited is ankle boots. Ankle boots pair well with literally everything and anything, and they never give you blisters unlike flats or heels. I got these sustainable ankle boots from Nisolo a couple weeks ago, and they have quickly become my go-to shoes.

Sustainable Fashion Review Nisolo Sustainable Ankle Boots

Sustainable Ankle Boots: Nisolo Dari Ankle Boots Review

I understand that ordering shoes online can be a bit tricky, and so I hope this review will help you decide.

Sizing

I always hesitate to buy shoes online, but these sustainable ankle boots are true-to-size. I ordered them in my usual US size 8, and they fit me perfectly with a bit extra room around the ankle area.

Material & Quality

With a buttery soft leather shell and inner lining, these sustainable ankle boots are ridiculously comfortable. I didn’t have to break into them at all. The 2.75″ heels are comfortable to walk around in, and they also add a bit formality for professional situations.

Another feature I love about these Dari ankle boots is the stacked heels. Personally, I prefer stacked heels over leather-covered heels because they are easier to maintain and clean, and you don’t have to worry about scraping the leather.

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Why You Should Buy from Nisolo

One thing I love about Nisolo is that they really take care of their workers. On average, Nisolo pays 27% above the fair trade wage, and they provide healthcare benefits and a safe work place. Nisolo also sponsors and encourages local artisans to launch their own businesses too. This year, they helped a local artisan in Peru launch his own workshop by guaranteeing monthly orders. I really love Nisolo’s sustainable fashion movement. If you plan on spending money on a pair of shoes anyway, why not spend it wisely on a sustainable fashion company that treats their employees well?

Sustainable Fashion Review Nisolo Sustainable Ankle Boots

I hope you find this post helpful! Please let me know if you have any sustainable fashion brand you would like to know more about!

I am wearing an Everlane sweater, and I am loving it! I also bought two cashmere sweaters from them, and you can read my reviews here: Sustainable Fashion Review: Should You Buy Everlane Cashmere Sweaters?

Lastly, if you like this post, please give me a follow on Instagram and Facebook!

Smile and style on!

SK

 


Outfit Information:

Everlane Sweater

Reformation High and Skinny Black Denim

Sold out. Similar here.

Nisolo Dari Ankle Boots

Sustainable Fashion Review: Naja, Sustainable Lingerie

One simple way to feel instantly lifted is to put on beautiful lingeries. While lingeries are usually marketed as things that you wear for your significant other, I wear them for myself. I put on cute lingeries simply because they make me feel happy and confident. Today, I am reviewing this beautiful Orchid Madagascar lingerie set from Naja. Scroll down to learn more!

Related: Sticky Bra Alternatives: The Reformation’s Bra-Friendly Line Review

Naja Makes Sustainable Lingerie

Naja is a sustainable lingerie brand that makes elegant lingeries, activewear and swimwear. One of the coolest things about this Naja Orchid Madagascar lingerie set is that the fabric is digital printed. Compared to traditional dying methods, digital printing doesn’t use any water to color the fabrics, and it’s much better for the environment!

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Buy from Naja and Empower Women

Besides their eco-conscious efforts, I also love Naja’s mission to empower women. When you scroll down on each product page, you can read the story of a garment worker. Naja primarily hires single mothers and female heads of households. In addition to paying the workers competitive wages, Naja provides healthcare benefits and subsidizes their children’s education expenses. And with each purchase, Naha donates a percentage to provide these women’s education and help them get better employment opportunities in the future. After reading the workers’ stories, I prefer buying lingeries from Naja instead of other lingerie brands because I know I am helping to better these women’s lives.

Naja Lingerie Sizing

In terms of sizing, I have to be honest, I was a bit nervous when I first ordered this Orchid Madagascar lingerie set online. But as soon as I tried on the set from the mail, my initial concern was gone. The fabric is beautiful, and the sizing is perfect. I ordered the same size that I would normally order from Victoria’s Secret, and the set fit me perfectly. While the Christine bustier is unlined, it makes my boobs look round and full.

Affordable Sustainable Lingerie

Now that I have tried on a Naja’s lingerie set, I am completely hooked because their pieces are extremely well designed and also very reasonably priced. This bustier is US$55, and the underwear is US$25. In my opinion, this sustainable lingerie set is very affordable. If you are planning to buy lingeries for this upcoming Christmas and New Year, I urge you to support Naja instead of other lingerie brands because your purchase can make someone’s life better!

To support Naja’s initiatives, you can now use this discount code “SK15” to enjoy 15% off your Naja’s sets.

P.S. I DO NOT make any affiliated profit from this discount code. Naja is very kind in sharing this with me and you! Share this code, and share the love. With every purchase, you are contributing to make a woman’s life better! Enjoy shopping!

Here are some of my favorite sustainable lingeries from Naja:

 Naja sustainable lingerie Olivia Bra Ivory Madagascar
Olivia Bra Ivory Madagascar
 Naja sustainable lingerie cecilia thong blue talavera
Cecilia Thong Blue Talavera
 Naja sustainable lingerie miss galore cheeky knicker
Miss Galour Cheeky Knicker
 Naja sustainable lingerie Adriana barrette poppy red
Adriana Bralette Poppy Red

I hope you enjoy this post! Please comment below to let me know what you think about their mission and pieces!

Smile and style on!

SK

Sustainable Fashion Review: Amour Vert Striped Tee

For every tee purchased, Amour Vert promises to plant a tree in return. So far, the sustainable fashion company has planted over 100K trees to help restore forests after timber harvests. I love their environmental contribution and conscious manufacturing. But beyond their great mission, is their tee worth buying? I must admit, it’s difficult to spend almost $100 on a classic tee from just browsing on the internet. But after I touched and tried on a Amour Vert tee myself, I am a big fan of this U.S. based sustainable fashion brand!

Sustainable Fashion Review: Amour Vert Striped Tee

I actually borrowed this Amour Vert French Tee from a friend, and she let me style it for this review. (Thanks, Melanie!)

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From my first impression, the Amour Vert French Tee feels incredibly soft and substantial. As mentioned on the website, Amour Vert only sources high quality, responsibly-made fabrics, and this tee is made with organic cotton.   The tee is moderately thick, and it’s form-fitted. I love this type of fit because I can tuck it in and layer with it. But if you prefer a looser fit, you can opt for a similar style from other sustainable fashion brands. For my U.K. and European readers, you can find a similar style on PeopleTree: here, here, here. For my U.S. readers, you can find a similar style on Patagonia, and Everlane. Side note, Nordstrom now carries Everlane in store! 🙂

When I am presented with the opportunity, I always opt for organic cotton over traditional cotton. You can learn more about organic cotton here: Organic Cotton v.s. Traditional Cotton.

How to Style a Striped Tee

A classic striped tee is timeless and versatile. For classic items, it’s worth spending more on because you will wear them a lot. Below, I have gathered some of my favorite outfit ideas to help you style a striped tee from summer to winter!

1st Outfit Idea

For summer time in LA, I love pairing this French tee with a black mini skirt as pictured below.  Classic white sneakers from GREATS, now available at Nordstrom.

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2nd Outfit Idea

If you have a slip dress in the closet, you can layer it on top of your striped tee. Other sustainable slip dress options: herehere, here, here and here

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3rd Outfit Idea

 

A striped tee paired with wide pants can be a cute outfit idea for the fall! Here are some sustainable wide pants options: here, here and here

Sustainable fashion review amour vert striped tee mara Hoffman culotte

Sustainable fashion review amour vert striped tee vetta capsule culotte

4th Outfit Idea

Winter means layers, layers and layers. You can layer a striped tee underneath a button up or a sweater. For street looks, you can also wear a leather jacket over it. For office looks, a blazer or a cardigan will do as well.

Of course, there are so many other ways to pair a striped tee – with jeans, denim shorts, pencil skirts, or even a coveralls, etc. You get the idea. Striped tee may be “basic”, but it’s worth investing in a high quality one because of its classic style and versatility. I hope you enjoy this post! Please let me know if you have other sustainable fashion brands that you may be interested. I will try to do a review about them!

Smile and style on!

SK