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!
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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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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~