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What I’m Wearing This Week: Rent the Runway

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskyApr 29, 2022 | 17 comments

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Happy Friday, y'all! Hope the weather is amazing wherever you are. It's my dad's birthday weekend so we'll be out and about celebrating, and tonight I'm going to a White House Correspondents' Dinner after-party in DC. Don't worry, it's not political for me — I'm always looking for a good reason to get dressed up and see my friends. I'll include those pics in next week's roundup.

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, where I’m going, 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!

For sizing reference, I am 5'11", weigh 140 pounds, and have a 33" inseam.

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: Limited Time Only! Get your 1st & 2nd months of 8 items/month for $99 (regularly $135/month)
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WHAT I RECEIVED 

 

All items by Hunter Bell, Rokh, Marissa Webb, and Monse were fresh from the dry cleaner, on the hanger, and sealed in plastic bags.

THE GOODS 

Hunter Bell Casper Leopard Dress, Retail Value $422

 

The backstory: There was a dress I really wanted to wear to the Middleburg Spring Races, but the next day RTR contacted me to tell me I had to pick something else (I guess it was damaged), so I went with this dress, and it was such a fun choice! Met up with some friends I hadn't seen in a long time and made some new ones too.

I'm sure your town probably has its own version of the steeplechase, but I love these horse races because it's unlike anything I used to do in NYC and Middleburg is one of my favorite small towns in the US. Before we got to the races, I waited on my friends at the Best Thai Kitchen, the family that owns it is super sweet and the food is amazing — you know how much I love Thai food! Afterward, we went over to the Salamander Resort (which is owned by Sheila Johnson, founder of BET) and had dinner with the president of the resort, his wife, and some friends. If you ever make your way to DC, I strongly suggest you come out to Middleburg and drop by the Salamander too. It's divine!

How I styled it: Well, I thought it was going to be chilly, so I planned on wearing it with a gold-tone metal belt and my studded Gucci jacket, but I was actually quite toasty. Since we were walking around on the grass, I wore block-heeled sandals by Cole Haan and my Chanel 19 bag.

Size and fit: I ordered the 6 and it was a perfect fit. Sleeves were a little short because my arms are too long, but otherwise, it was great. It features a ribbed-knit waist and cuffs, and a back zip closure. It's super comfy too! 

Condition: Great condition.

Honest review: Love. It's like Rainbow Brite got into a fight with a leopard and won. I'm really feeling Hunter Bell! 

Monse Deconstructed Jersey Dress, Retail Value $1,390

 

The backstory: There's really no backstory to this one. I considered wearing it to one of the weekend festivities but instead wore it on a bunch of video calls for work. Actually, I also wore it to take Mr. HGL to the vets because it's so comfy and heavy, it's the perfect driving dress. He's ok, just a runny nose that causes him to snort like a pig when he did figure 8s around my feet.

How I styled it: Just threw on a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo wedges.

Size and fit: It's hard to tell with the fit because it's been worn so many times, and it's been stretched out, that the medium seemed a bit large. It is really comfy — almost like a fashionable nightgown that men will never understand.

Condition: Fair condition. It's been worn A LOT and should probably be retired soon.

Honest review: I love Monse and I think it's a really cool dress, but it would need to be a lot cheaper to justify a purchase.

Marissa Webb Collective Puff Sleeve Canvas Dress, Retail Value $332

 

The backstory: First of all, that's not my Birkin... I just had to hold it. It's owned by my fab friend Roxy who conquered some serious challenges in life to become one of the most inspirational women I've ever met! Since I was in a horsey mood, I rounded up another group and friends and we attended the Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Races. The weather was beautiful, we played around with cool hats, and swatted off a few ticks and bees.

Afterward, we (my friend Rania too) went over to Capital Burger and sat outside to recap on the day and gossip a bit. As a former waitress and bartender, and reviewer for the Zagat Guide, I like to call out good places because the hospitality industry really could use some extra help these days.

How I styled it: I didn't really change much about this outfit. Still wore the block-heeled sandals, Chanel 19, and my newfound favorite chain necklace off Etsy. I also brought a sunhat that reminded me of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. My favorite look from that movie is when she's running outside to catch a cab and runs into Fred Darling and his "Interior Decorator" and Holly is wearing oversized sunglasses, the wide-brimmed hat with a white scarf, and a little black dress.

Size and fit: I got the 6 and it fit very well. It's a little stretchy so it'll conform to your body shape, the sleeves are elasticized, the adjustable belt is attached, and you don't have to worry about the snap-front closure popping open on you.

Condition: Very good, but I can tell it's been worn a lot. And it wrinkles very easily.

Honest review: What a wonderful dress! All the reviews were glowing for a reason... because you glow when you're wearing it!

Rokh Floral Split Frill Dress, Retail Value $1,208

 

The backstory: I didn't end up wearing it... let's discuss.

How I styled it: I've had this dress on my wish list since I first started with RTR, and my expectations were shot to sh!t. It was a strong contender for my weekend shenanigans, but once I put it on (after figuring out how to pull it on without tearing it), I felt defeated. For starters, it was missing the black belt or drapey fabric that was supposed to accompany the dress, and then I noticed the huge cutout on one side. Plus, it was very sheer and too short on one side to wear outdoors all day. I then tried on the shoes, hat, and jewelry with the Marissa Webb dress, and I was sold.

Size and fit: I got the US 6 and practically tore through this lightweight silk design. There's a hidden side zip closure that I finally discovered after practically dislocating my shoulder, trying to put it on. The asymmetrical skirt features a pretty ruffled trim, and the floral design is very springy and pretty.

Condition: Great condition, and probably better before I tried to slink into it.

Honest review: It's just too much. Between the asymmetrical skirt, the ribcage cutout, the weird necktie, and the missing black piece of fabric, I had to give it a huge thumbs down. It's so sheer... how does it retail for over $1,000? It needs a slip too! Even Mr. HGL has his back turned towards me!

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? I got the most wear out of the Marissa Webb and Hunter Bell dresses. Loved them both!
  • Did they meet or exceed expectations? RTR is almost always great. 
  • 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

I've been following some local Facebook groups and something I've seen trending is the stress of going back to the office and out into the real world because women have forgotten how to dress. They're constantly referencing how comfy they've become in leggings, loungewear and oversized sweaters, and since they sold or trashed their closets, they have nothing to wear.

I'm curious, pandemic aside, what are your biggest concerns and confusions about getting dressed now? And what are next steps? Are you going to start shopping again, and where? Or will you give rentals a try? Will you go the consignment and resale route? Or will you try out a subscription box like Wantable and Stich Fix? Clearly none of us will go out and replenish what we had in the past, but just how do we move forward now? Let me know in the comments!

In other news, I got a couch that doesn't feel like cotton balls glued atop a cardboard box, but it doesn't arrive until June 1st. Of course, Mr. HGL will get the most use out of it and his dirty butt will mark all the spots.

This photo features Ukraine's national flower and the colors of their flag too, but Mr. HGL is a Brit. Cheerio, and have a great weekend!

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

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Get your 1st & 2nd months of 8 items/month for $99 (regularly $135/month)
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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 $50,953!

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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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17 comments

Jeanny

I left a message, but I don’t see it posted yet…
maybe too many emojis…?? I do get carried away🤪sometimes!!

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Mary Zubritsky

My mom gets very emoji-onal so I’m used to it. My brother says she writes in hieroglyphics.

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Jeanny

Happy May Day!! Did you ever celebrate this overlooked holiday as a kid? We would make little paper baskets or punch holes in a Dixie cup & put pipecleaners thru the holes to fashion a little bucket. Then, we’d fill them with real flowers🌷🌼(like from the garden- not the florist-we were only kids on a very very low budget… lol!) & candy🍬🍭. Then, you’d go hang them on your friends’ doorknobs or front porch, then ring the doorbell or knock on the door & run off! It was supposed to be a surprise!!🎉
Any-hoo, that Hunter Bell dress was sheer perfection on you & you made it shine with your beauty, pose, style, & humor!! That dress looked like some dreamy item from a 90’s Lisa Frank dream!!! Remember her & all her cool stickers & school supplies?!! There are now Lisa Frank cookie & bakery kits at WallyWorld right now. Grab them quick b4 they’re gone 4ever!!🌈🦄🦄🌈🦄🌈🦄🐆🐯🐅🦁🦒🦓🐼🐧
ps- a quick tip! Get babywipes & wipe Mr.HGL’s bum after he potties. I do it with my 3 mini-doxies & my furniture & blankets/throws are pretty much unscathed!! Seriously!💯🐶

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Mary Zubritsky

Hi Jeanny! No, we never did — probably because my dad’s birthday is the next day so he’d prefer we celebrate him instead. 😂 I loved Lisa Frank (and still do) and I have the most obnoxious collection of unicorns because of those stickers and Trapper Keepers! Wait, Wally World like from National Lampoons Vacation? I didn’t know it was a real place! The comments have been a bit off — I’ve spent a lot of time responding this weekend and they’ve all disappeared. I will attempt to wipe his butt, and he’ll surely stomp and growl.

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Jeanny

No, there is no real Wally World. Darn!! I was talking in code & secretive-ly for Wal-Mart!! Do you have 1 by you? That’s where I saw the Lisa Frank cookie kits in the bakery aisle by the cake mixes. I was looking for the new Dolly Parton cake mix-Southern style banana, which I found but haven’t made yet. Did you know Ulta has LF nail polish??! I picked up “Hit the Spot” & might go back for more- if there’s even any left. Hit-the-Spot is all kinds of rainbow dots(which is heavy on the dots- so you don’t have to do like a million coats to get the desired effect. It would go awesome-ly with your Hunter Bell dress!! You need to try more by this designer because you looked Absolutely Fabulous(now I know you watched that show!! Being a lover of ALL things Brit, which I am too) in it!!
ps- lmk how it goes with wiping Mr.HGK tush. My fur babies tried to stomp & grumble, but let them know I AM the Mommy & must do as I say!👩‍🦰😠

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AH

The Birkin! I don’t blame you one bit for grabbing it and taking a picture. They seem to be like mythical unicorns. Haha. However, I have heard some absolute nightmare situations for those on a “Birkin journey”. I would love your opinion on if you think the cost and what you have to go through to get one brand new is worth it?
My fashion style and what I wear is all about comfort now. I’m in chronic pain, also at my highest weight, on SS disability and I’m 38 🙁 I was an engineer for Toyota and my life is basically a shell of what it used to be. The chronic pain situation has made me fully embrace being comfortable at all times in clothing because I’m never feeling physically good. And also because I no longer work or can do much at all physically, I dress extremely casually these days. I really do adore your posts and letting us sneak a peek in what I would call a fairly glamorous life. I love your sense of style and live vicariously through your posts!
I think it’s so interesting how fashion has evolved. I don’t keep up with it like I use to, but it seems like streetwear, loungewear, the leggings, are here to stay for a lot of ladies. Fashion should always make you feel great about yourself, and I fully understand why some women don’t want to go back to wearing things that are uncomfortable or leave you with injuries when you get home. It also seems like there’s a huge movement with incorporating very high end designs with much more casual clothes. It just seems like all the fashion rules are out the door and anything goes these days. I have always stayed true to my style, I don’t usually go crazy over fads, for instance I can count on one hand how many times I’ve worn leggings! I have to have a wide leg or bell. It’s partially due to a past fracture, genetics (my grandma also couldn’t stand anything tight on her legs), and what I think looks best on me. I think I look like an upside down Christmas tree in leggings! Lol You have no idea how much I wanted leggings to go out of style for years as it was soo hard to find the style I desired for a very long time. I was so happy when I saw wide legs making a come back in the fashion magazines years ago as I knew it would trickle down into the pants that are less than $100 eventually.
I didn’t mean to write a novel, but alas here we are! Lol

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Mary Zubritsky

I’m so sorry to read this, AH. I wish there were something I could do to help you! Roxy’s Birkin story is crazy, and I plan on writing about it soon. She contacted the CEO of Hermes to get one of her two bags — it’s a massive production and the waitlist is sometimes over a decade long. In my opinion, Birkins aren’t what they used to be due to the resale market. I’m curious to see what these high-end brands do next to make their items more exclusive again. With regards to leggings and athleisure, I think anything goes nowadays, as long as someone’s dressed appropriately for the location and occasion. I’ve been studying to become a style coach and have been reading about how leggings and skinny jeans basically don’t flatter anyone unless their body shape is a ruler or thin rectangle. I LOVE flares and bell bottoms… the only time I’m not the biggest fan is when I’m not paying attention to where I’m walking and trip over them, up a flight of stairs or trip over (up or into) the escalator. OUCH that’ll scar your shins.

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AH

You are a doll! I would absolutely love to hear Roxy’s story, just the little bit you’ve said, omgosh I want to know more! Resale markets have definitely taken away the exclusivity, and I have heard Hermès will look into such things and stop their journey (but not let the person know explicitly) if they know that person resells. I’m curious as well as to what they’ll do to attempt to regain that exclusivity. I’m sure Hermès will definitely try something. Hermès is such an interesting brand to me. Have you heard of brands like LV actually sending people like Snooki a competitor’s bag (she was arrested on tv with her Gucci bag allegedly gifted by LV lol) to cheapen the brand? It’s just wild if that’s true!
I am not at all surprised to hear about leggings/skinnies being flattering for just a couple of body types. I think a lot of ladies have grown to only wear those because for a very long time that was almost all that was offered when it came to pants. I think wide legs and bells are much more universally flattering if the fit is right and they are long enough. And I would agree that the biggest downfall (slightly punny lol) is when they are long enough, you definitely can trip or get caught. And of course, they can get wet if you aren’t careful when it rains.
I wish you the very best with your style coaching. From your posts here on MSA, I think it’s a very complimentary skill set for you!

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Claudia

I gasped at the Birkin at first. 🙂 You wear clothes so well!

I am someone who always loved dressing nicely–and I still do–but I am admittedly on a serious comfort kick and I’m finding it harder and harder to pull out of it. I suspect it’s connected with my declining patience in general, no longer willing to put up with discomfort.

That said, I’m getting my fix from luxe fabrics and buying fewer pieces of better quality. I have done well via buying secondhand from Rent the Runway, with 2/3 of my purchases great successes.

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Mary Zubritsky

I love secondhand clothing and accessories, and I also love the Birkin, but even if I had the money, I don’t think I’d buy it. The resale market has killed the exclusivity factor.

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Jody E

I think all items were a hit on you modeling them for us. I even like the last dress with so much going on you still rocked it for the review!
I have been looking at consignment type stores now. Too me it’s like a thrift shop which who knows what you will find. I got my aunt a Kate Spade wallet for 75%off their cost!! Looks brand new. Wait, that wasn’t a clothing item. lol

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Mary Zubritsky

Thats a great deal, Jody! If you search, you can uncover some amazing items for a lot less than retail price. On that note, maybe I’ll go check out a resale shop near my dad’s today.

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Lydea

😂 on the Birkin- the first thing I did when I saw that picture was try to zoom in on it. Which brings me to a request. I am old and usually need to zoom in to see detail. But the pictures on my phone won’t zoom because of the scroll format. Is there any way to have at least one pic of each that isn’t scroll so I can see detail?

Back to the dresses. The Marissa Webb was absolutely lovely! You did just shine in that dress. I am sad the Monse was so stretched out, it is really great. Probably a little costly for trips to the vet though! (At least for me).

Your reviews are always a highlight of my Fridays! Have a great time this weekend.

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AH

Hi Lydia, I’m not sure if this will work on your device or not, I’m on an iPhone. Anyways, on my device I can still zoom into the scroll pics if I pinch just above or below the pic. If the detail is out of view, I can scroll to it. Hope this works for you!

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Mary Zubritsky

It doesn’t work for me 🙁 I’ll try again!

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Mary Zubritsky

Hi Lydea! You’re not the first person with that ask. It seems you can’t zoom in on slider images so I moved one of the images of the complete look to the “how I styled it” section so you can zoom in on it in the meantime. I’ll investigate further. And thanks for reading!

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