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:
- My Calendar – how often I ship and receive packages
- What to watch out for before putting clothes in your cart
- Other Tips and Tricks with Rent the Runway Unlimited
Here is my first impression with Rent the Runway.
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:
- Return as soon as possible when you know you won’t wear the item again
- Always try to return your items at the beginning of the work week
- Postpone your return till the next beginning of the work week if the shipment period overlaps with the weekend.
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:
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”).
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.
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.
I hope you find helpful tips here. If you are already using Rent the Runway Unlimited, please comment below and share your tips too!
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