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What I’m Wearing This Week: Rent the Runway

Rent The Runway
3.7 overall rating
7 Ratings | 3 Reviews

Hey there, happy 2022! It's started off splendidly with everyone catching Omicron (except for Mr. HGL) and then we had a little bit of a snow issue, but now it's beautifully cold outside. I'm also really hoping to complete Dry January without a sip of alcohol (7 days in, so far so good) and I've hopped on the Keto Diet bandwagon too (for health reasons, to lower my blood pressure). How many of you are also doing Dry January? Let's do it together!

I'm sad to report that Mr. HGL's lawyers sent me a cease-and-desist letter because he no longer wants to be a part of my photoshoots for free. Then his agent contacted me and sent me a bill for all of his previous guest appearances. Who does he think he is?

Kidding, but whenever I set up the tripod and start moving things around, he knows it's photoshoot time, so he stomps, growls, and hops off to the bed to hide. Don't worry, I'll make sure he's still involved in each post whether he likes it or not. Who knew bunnies were so smart? And what is he going to do with that money anyway? Stock up on spiked carrot juice or maybe buy a fur coat?

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I TOLD YOU to contact my agent!

So, last time we covered RTR I asked you to pick out my outfits. I was able to borrow and wear two of your top choices and managed to snag two more for the next RTR post which might happen next week. Also, did you know they're having a sample sale right now? Anyway, let's get down to the business of fashion!

WHAT I'M WEARING THIS WEEK: Rent the Runway 

Welcome back to What I'm Wearing This Week Rent the Runway where you can rent and wear designer items by names you know and love, and up-and-coming designers too! 

For the newbies to WIWTW, every Friday I’ll take you on a trip through my life (recovered from COVID in March, now fully vaccinated), where I’m going (90% of the places are outside, and I wear a mask), what’s missing in my closet, my current obsessions, what I’m excited to try — and maybe even buy. Well, that's if the price is right!

Rent the Runway is a clothing rental company, but it was the first clothing subscription platform that provided the everyday woman with access to authentic, luxury fashion. Since its launch in 2009, RTR has gone through many iterations, some of which were the result of the pandemic, and now it's also a sustainable resale platform where shoppers can rent, buy, or subscribe to secondhand clothing. 

This is a review of the Most Loved Up to 8 Items Per Month plan.

ACTIVE DEAL: Use code NEWYEAR100 to get $100 off 2 months of an 8 item plan
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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

WHAT I RECEIVED 

All four of the items by JW Anderson, Mother of Pearl, Ulla Johnson, and Rosetta Getty arrived on time and in great condition. Each item was fresh from the dry cleaner, on the hangers, and sealed in a plastic bag.

THE GOODS 

JW Anderson Cap Sleeve Asymmetric Hem Dress, Retail Value $1,050

 

The backstory: I must say, you all did an absolutely amazing job picking out this dress for me. I wore it so many times, I can't tell you half the places, but I did wear it on Christmas Day! We all had too much to drink, way too much fun, and I posted videos of all of us dancing on TikTok.

Of course, I deleted them the following morning. Who have I become?

How I styled it: Oh geez, where to begin? I found this awesome black leather obi belt on Etsy, and it goes with everything. Since the waist of the dress is a little bland, I kept switching belts to see which one worked the best and the obi was the winner. I also wore the Gucci Studded Leather Jacket, a pair of Kat Maconie Sock Ankle Boots, black tights, Mignonne Gavigan Mini Madeline Earrings, and the Chanel 19.

Size and fit: I ordered the US 8 and it fit perfectly. I love the looseness of the cap sleeves and the flow of the handkerchief hem skirt. The extended pull on the back zipper may be a bit extreme though. 

Condition: Great

Honest review: Absolutely loved everything about it, aside from the price. YIKES. I may rent it again in the warmer months though. One of the great things about this dress is you can dress it up or down and you can layer it for the winter or wear it alone during the summer. I'm all about versatility!

 

Mother of Pearl Strawberry Nora Dress, Retail Value $595

 

The backstory: I was also able to get the strawberry dress so many of you loved. Uh, is it a dress or a tunic, or does it belong in the kid's section?

Well, since the tunic was too short to wear in public, I wore it on Christmas Eve, and everyone was thrilled for me to roll up in yet another baby doll ensemble. Yes, mom told me it was way too short, and my dad said I looked like I was working the corner. How sweet it is!

How I styled it: I wore it with super opaque black tights, a pair of pointy-toed flats, a vintage Ferragamo Bag, and a long wool coat with a fox fur collar.

Size and fit: The fit is so wrong. It was tight in the shoulders, tight in the chest, the front pleat was too high, and the skirt was too wide and short. The one thing I did like was the pleated bell sleeves.

Condition: Great

Honest review: Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic. The strawberry dress, neither a dress nor a tunic, discuss.

If you get this reference, we can definitely be friends! Seriously though, what the fluff is this thing? It's like one of those weird baby doll dresses from the 1990s that I was still too tall to wear. Sure, I have freakishly long legs and torso, but I still don't think the designer knows what they wanted it to be. A dress or a damn tunic? Make up your mind!

 

Rosetta Getty Paisley Scarf Top, Retail Value $850

 

The backstory: I wore this top about a dozen times because it's lightweight, stylish, and comfy. Whether it was out to grab dinner with my family or meet friends up the street to pretend to like football, it's the perfect top!

How I styled it: You have to wear it with slim-fitting pants, or you'll look like a clown. I wore it with two different pairs of leather leggings, a pair of Guiseppe Zanotti Studded Combat Boots, a shearling vest (to avoid covering the sleeves), my fave hat, and a pair of over-stated gold earrings. Mr. HGL approved so much, he showed up for a few pics and then hopped away again once he realized I was still taking pics.

Size and fit: I got the 6 and it's definitely oversized, but it's supposed to be. It's a front button design which makes it easier to put on and take off, but the buttons are a little stiff. At times, the shoulder ruffles need to be rearranged and the sleeves can get in the way, but I loved it.

Condition: Great, no issues.

Honest review: Sigh, another item that's too expensive to justify purchasing. I went on Google and spotted it for $510 and I even found the dress version too, but there's no way I would drop that kind of money on a shirt, even though this one is actually worth it.

 

Ulla Johnson Joni Dress, Retail Value $645

 

The backstory: Another day, another RTR outfit I wish I could own. I wore this dress for my virtual interview with Tulerie and lined up my babies in the background for them. Also wore it to the new brewery over at Capital One's campus called Starr Hill Biergarten.

Capital One is taking over Northern Virginia! Richard Fairbanks, the founder and CEO, is based here and from what I've heard he's a really, really great guy. I worked for them for about a year and wrote just about everything for the launch of Creditwise and surprisingly enough the majority of my copy is still there.

How I styled it: I wore this dress about a dozen times and paired it with black tights, cowboy boots, a shearling vest, ankle boots, and one fluffy white bunny rabbit. It's the perfect throw-on-and-go piece that's well made of super soft merino wool, has a sweet, flounced hem, and a fun zebra print.

Size and fit: This sweater dress is comfy, stylish, and cute! I got the Medium and it was the perfect fit, with just a little extra stretch. The puff sleeves take it from casual to dressy, and the fabric is heavy enough to keep you warm in the winter, but not so toasty that you're sweaty and gross everywhere you go.

Condition: Perfect

Honest review: I loved this sweater dress so much that I set a Google alert for it. So far, I can only find it in a beige and tan combo in a large, but I'll keep looking.

DID THEY DELIVER? 

  • What items were most helpful and versatile to own this week to ensure I got the most out of my rental and completed the look I craved? Every item aside from the strawberry dress was worn multiple times, to the point where I felt like I owned them.
  • Did they meet or exceed expectations? Yep, RTR is winning again. 
  • What’s the return process like? Simple! Just place your items in the pre-paid garment bag, slip in the return label, and send it back via UPS! 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Dear Diary,

I love RTR.

The end.

NO, NO, NO! I SAID NO PICS.

CAN YOU STILL GET THIS BOX IF YOU SIGN UP TODAY? Yes, all these items are still available to rent. 

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VALUE BREAKDOWN: The Up to 8 Items membership costs $99/month (and goes up to $135/month after the first two months) and so far, I've received styles with a retail value of $21,467!

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Mary Zubritsky
Mary Zubritsky
If shopping were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. And while my bank account often feels the crunch, I just can’t stop buying secondhand clothing and accessories, under-the-radar designer goods, stuffed animal unicorns (I have about 75), and toys for my pet bunny rabbit. After 20 years of city slicking in NYC and DC, I now have a car and love to tour the Virginia countryside looking for vintage shops, undiscovered wineries and breweries, historic sites, and Thai restaurants—I’m addicted to Thai food. I never leave home without a spare phone charger because I love horror movies and therefore have an irrational fear of being stranded somewhere with a dead battery.

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24 comments

Claudia

I now own an Andreeva dress and that obi belt. You are dangerous and wonderful. Also, we’re the same age and you wear it well.

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Mary Zubritsky

I absolutely RUINED my feet wearing heels all the time in NYC. One day I should take a pic of them for reference. Bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails…all types of nastiness. Skip the point-toed everything (they cause bunions and hammertoes) and stick with block heels, platforms and chunky lug soles. And always carry a pair of flats in your bag everywhere you go, but in a shoe bag so you don’t transfer the nastiness from the city streets onto your cosmetics bag and into your mouth. BARF!

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Claudia

Solid advice, indeed; I wish there were some magic tips, but what can you do. Thanks for replying.

Mary Zubritsky

Ahhh!! Your wallet’s going to start protesting. When I worked at Saks my coworkers called me devil because whenever they’d show me an item they wanted, I’d make them get it… unless it was heinous or a stupid purchase. I might be to blame for some of them maxing out their corporate cards.

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Claudia

I think I have a similar reputation in my friend group. If I could figure out how to monetize my shopping habit I’d be rich.

Any tips for heel-wearing? I live in Brooklyn and it seems like such an incredible effort, but I’m 5’2″ and sometimes the extra height is just needed.

Mary Z

Jeanny, there’s some glitch here which won’t let me reply to you again. I’ll let them know. Anyway, Vivrelle is somewhere between $199-$279 per month, they’ve only got three Birkins and you must subscribe to at least a 3 month plan for access. Tulerie has a few as well, but they start at $1,000 and go up to $4,500 for four days which is absurd. I could buy a vintage chanel and rent it out for that amount.

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Jeanny

Mary!! Where do I start about how much I love you💖 & 💗your reviews💗??!! I would be over the moon to sit down with you & Linda Rochman for a cup of coffee(or a lovely glass of wine)!! So now, you & I are officially friends, right?! Also, I love the photo of you in the elevator! What designer is your purse in that photo?👜

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Mary Zubritsky

Hi, Jeanny! Yes, of course. Mike Myers is such a comedic genius…that would be awesome. 🙂 That bag is the small Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour and I got it because I love the Hermes Birkin but will never be able to buy one (although I may rent one on Tulerie). At the time (purchased in 2018) I think retailed for about $2,500 and I found it authenticated and practically new on eBay for around $1,100. https://bit.ly/3r15PzS The size is a little too small and it’s very structured to the point where the stiffness can make it a little tricky to quickly reach and grab items. Meanwhile, the Balenciaga Classic Agneau Medium City Bag is the best tote ever. Super lightweight, durable, stylish and it’s like a black hole…it magically expands and can hold so much more than you could ever imagine. It’s usually my carryon bag when I go flying because I can shove everything in it, and it doesn’t weigh me down. It’s reasonably priced on the resale market, and you won’t lose much money if you resell it. I love the ones with the huge gold-tone studs. In fact, I predict the value will go up. https://bit.ly/33gBqVL Don’t buy the giant! It can fit a small child. Also, don’t get the Neo Classic. It’s super stiff.

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Jeanny

That’s exactly what I thought!! I actually did think it was a Birkin! How much is it to rent one?? Very curious because I would sell my practically anything(except for my 3 mini doxie babies) for a true Birkin!

Joanie

Mary, what size/width Obi belt did you order from Etsy? I need to copy you. Love it!

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Mary Zubritsky

I got the Medium and 4″ width. This belt is AWESOME. It’s simple, soft and made of real leather. And it goes with almost everything. What a great find!

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Mallory

How do you like keto so far? I’ve been on it since August after needing to make a serious lifestyle change. I’ve lost 55 pounds so far (combined with exercise) and have seen some of my PCOS symptoms ease up. But I don’t want to do it forever. I miss bread and bananas. I’m going to get closer to my goal weight and then switch to low carb (<50 a day instead of <20). How long do you plan to do it? It's nice to have someone else doing this diet with me lol!

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Mary Zubritsky

Wow, Mallory! That is really impressive! GO MALLORY! I think at this point you can reward yourself here and there. Why not? And if all else fails, hop back on the Keto bandwagon. Treat yourself! I’m definitely not a health expert as I live on Thai, Chinese, fried chicken, wine, Chick-fil-A, and Mcdonald’s, but I have high blood pressure and my family has a history of heart disease and heart attacks so I’m trying to be healthier.

In 2015 I tore a ligament in my foot, and it sidelined me for about a year. Before that I always relied on running, lifting and sprint intervals to keep my body in check. I gained over 20 pounds and couldn’t fit into any of my clothes, so I drastically cut back on drinking and started Keto. I used to work out like a sick psycho and was shocked at the difference a healthy diet could make (wait, so those 20 McNuggets I would eat at lunch really were bad for me?). Since then, I’ve gone through phases where I’m on it and then off, but now that I’m 44 my injuries don’t heal quite as well (or at all) and now my knee is bothering me (family history of knee issues and bad arthritis) so it’s time I make a lifestyle change. I go from knee injuries to shoulder injuries, and chronic Achilles’ tendonitis. It’s so frustrating!!

Anyway, long story short is I go on it and then off. It’s much easier to follow a healthy diet when I’m not drinking (duh) and — surprise, surprise — my blood pressure is so much lower now too. However, V8 (not low sodium) is my obsession. I love salt!

I’ve been Googling recipes and following them and sometimes I fail miserably because I’m not the best cook. I never cooked until 2016. I lived in a horrible little studio in NYC for 5 years that didn’t have a kitchen, but some gigantic cockroaches and for those reasons, I’d never keep food in my place.

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Jody E

Mary, I love, love those combats boots!! Rock on girl!

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Melissa

That’s what I was thinking, too! Love the boots and wonder where to get them.

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Mary Zubritsky

They’re by Giuseppe Zanotti and I got them off The Real Real in Jan 2021. I think they were from maybe 2013 because I remember writing about them for Saks Fifth Avenue’s website. They retailed for around $1,400 and I paid $200. Check out his other stuff! https://bit.ly/3f1t9YH

Shopping tip: find whatever you like on Google and then set a Google alert and also search for it on The Real Real, heart it, and then stalk until the price drops. You do not have to pay retail price for anything anymore. I personally love his boots with the gold chain and might have to search for them too. 🙂

Lydea

I feel like my generation was the first to embrace the LBD. When I was in college, I was in my hometown and going out for the night, leaving from Mom and Dads. I had on my LBD, a sweet purple silk blazer with the BIGGEST shoulder pads and tights & heels. My mom was seriously stressed that I looked like a “streetwalker”. Mom and dad were also having a party that night and guests arrived before I left. The next morning, first time ever, she said to me “you looked beautiful last night”. I know her friends calmed her down and let her know I was “OK”. Still 30+ years later it means the world to me that she apologized in her own way. ❤️

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Mary Zubritsky

Awww…that’s sweet. Shoulder pads are back! So are silk purple blazers. I’m going to guess this was in the late 80s. LBDs are the best! You can dress them up, dress them down, look professional, or look like a streetwalker 😉 I really love Roland Mouret and Black Halo’s LBDs, but I think Black Halo knocked off Roland Mouret so that’s probably why. Wow, I never realized that until now. Hmm…

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Mary Zubritsky

Hey Snow! Won’t let me reply for some reason. In May, I quickly packed up and moved to escape a bad, Dateline NBC-type of relationship (when he was out of town). When the stalking began, I turned to wine to help calm my nerves and anxiety. I spent many hours a day staring blankly at a wall sobbing, while I gorged on Thai and Chinese. I wasn’t working out and need exercise to keep my anxiety in check. I was drowning. Finally decided to make changes in September and take control of my life. 2021 was very difficult, but everything’s worked out ok and I’m very ready to start anew and get back to being a little healthier and mentally sane again! I have a lot of things I want to catch up on and accomplish since I put things on the backburner for almost a year. I know by not drinking for a few weeks, I’ll have a clearer head, and can get sh!t done. I also eat terribly! I love Thai food, Chinese, fried chicken, French fries, McDonalds, and Doritos. The McDonald’s app notifications get me every time.

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JoJoB

Thank you so much for being so open and honest about the food thing! It’s very refreshing and I admire you for it very much. I sometimes feel like I’m the only person in the world who actually LIKES McDonald’s and struggles at my age not to eat it. I feel like everyone else has their S&!$ together and runs on kale and açaí and wouldn’t be caught dead admitting to actually enjoying KFC so thank you for the window into the real you. It’s very nice to see. 💛

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Mary Zubritsky

Oh, my life is a mess. Luckily I can laugh at myself.

Kristin

Your parents comments were priceless on the strawberry dress/tunic/kids dress. Back when I was in high school I would go to leave the house and vividly remember my mom saying “you are really going to wear that out”. Ah good times.

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Mary Zubritsky

Back in the mid to late 90s I used to wear bandanas as tops and backless shirts with a thin string (seems they’re in style again). I’d come downstairs and my grandmother would look at my dad and say, “George! Are you really going to let your daughter go out in public looking like that?” Then my dad would sound like Cher’s dad in Clueless and tell me to go upstairs and put on some damn clothes! LOL the good old days.

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Snow

My pet peeves is when my mom makes comments about my hair. Like, I’m already stressed out enough about it, why are you rubbing (in a very hard way) salt in my wounds, MOM?! Some people just don’t understand wavy hair. It has a mind of its own and can be extremely hard to style. At least with clothes, those can easily be changed. 😁

Fun post, as always Mary. Do you mind me asking why you are going keto? Also, dry January?! Ha, January is one of the most depressing months of the whole year (that and February and March,) so unfortunately I need all the help I can get. 😆