Review :: Rent The Runway Unlimited

Every season, I like to buy a few fresh pieces at the start to refresh my wardrobe. This year, I was having a terrible time. Nothing looked right, fit right, or particularly excited me. I needed some smart work clothes and some breezy weekend clothes, so I tried a few box clubs (like MM LaFleur and Elizabeth & Clarke) to no avail. After weeks of frustration, I decided to give Rent The Runway's Unlimited services a try (with my own $$$, this is not a sponsored gig).

Here's how it works: For $139/month (plus tax - ends up being around $150) you get to rent three items at a time, which you can exchange for new items as much as you like during the month. You can send back 1, 2 or 3 items at a time and they let you pick what's next - it's not a queue situation where you just get blind shipments.

For me, I wanted to make sure I was getting my money's worth. That meant I wanted my rented items for the month to total more than what it would have cost to rent them individually. I ended up achieving this in the first shipment - those items would have cost $200 to rent if I'd rented without Unlimited. In June, I received 11 items total, with a retail value of $3663! The breakdown is below:


Parker Romper $60 Rental / $298 Retail
Marissa Webb Lace Dress $75 Rental / $498 Retail
Cut 25 Pink Sheath $65 Rental / $350 Retail
Rebecca Taylor Shirtdress $80 Rental / $395 Retail
BB Dakota Stripe Pants $30 Rental / $85 Retail
Cut 25 Pink Sheath $65 Rental / $350 Retail
Trina Turk Jumpsuit $75 Rental / $348 Retail
Theory Maxi $70 Rental / $395 Retail
Slate & Willow Colorblock Sheath $55 Rental / $298 Retail
Parker Blue Floral Dress $55 Rental / $298 Retail
Kate Spade Romper $65 Rental / $348 Retail

Total: $695 Rental / $3663 Retail

All in all, I can say with confidence that this is a GREAT deal. If you're the type of person who likes wearing new stuff all the time (I am!) and loves designer duds, you'll love it! You can get a lot of items in a month - dresses, tops, pants, skirts, jewelry, scarves, hats, sunglasses, and bags. 

The pros outweigh the cons for me as well. While the monthly price is steep, I've been saving money shopping because I just don't feel the need to do it anymore. I love having new things, and I shop when I'm bored (a deadly combination) so being able to wear a new outfit every week has made me much less likely to browse and buy! It also lets me experiment with looks I wouldn't normally want to spend money on.

Wanna see what I rented in June? The slideshow is below. RSS folks, you may want to click through for the slideshow widget, since it just lists them in readers. And if you're interested in joining Unlimited or Rent The Runway, use my link for $30 off your first order!

There are a couple missing, you'll notice. I got the pink sheath TWICE and these hips were just not having it, and the blue lace dress wouldn't zip up. So they were kind of duds, but will probably rent the blue dress again in a larger size!

What questions do you have about Unlimited? Hit me up below.