Borrowing a Little Fabulous from Rent the Runway

Hello all:) Being sick blows! I’ve got a virus that’s wiping me out and keeping me indoors, but I came across pictures from last summer when I visited friends in NYC and Michigan, and I got inspired to tell you about my experience with Rent the Runway.

I had two big events to celebrate: a class reunion and a bachelor party (yes, you read that right). Of course I wanted to look and feel amazing for both, so I turned to Rent the Runway to turn me into Cinderella (or Beyoncé, JLo, etc.).

When I signed up for a membership, this was before RTR began a RTR Plus line (launched late last year), but at the time I was able to select designer label gowns up to a size 16 (the new Plus line goes up to a 22). There is no fee to sign up and you can create a profile with your size, style preference, and “wish list.” Designers such as Badgley Mischka, ML Monique Lhuillier, Kay Unger, and Carmen Marc Valvo are available to we curvy gals!

Depending on the occasion, a dress can be rented for as little as $30 for 4 days (an extra fee for 8 day rental). Every rental comes in a garment bag (yours to keep!), the pre paid shipping envelope, AND a free 2nd size in case one dress doesn’t fit.

For my class reunion, I originally chose a Badgley Mischka midnight blue sequin cocktail dress, but the size 16 was just a bit too tight in the back (this was before the plus line, remember), however, RTR shipped me a different dress the next day! Here is the Badgley Mischka Forbidden Territory gown I chose (wore a 16 R):

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Heels by JustFab, necklace and earrings c/o Hollywood Princess Fashion, dress by Badgley Mischka (Rent the Runway)

This dress is SO comfortable and hugged every curve! Perfect for channeling your inner Angelina Jolie!

For my best friend’s bachelor party in NYC, I channeled my inner Carrie Bradshaw and chose another Badgley Mischka, the Orion Sequin Orbit Sheath. So chic! I also rented earrings, these Lulu Frost Crystal Cruz Pyramid danglers.

RTR sent me a size 14 and 16, and the 16 fit more comfortably in the bust. My choice was confirmed when my friend and his (then fiancé) now husband told me I looked fierce! I even got some compliments from girls on the street!

Waiting to get on the party (subway) train!

Waiting to get on the party (subway) train!

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Partying with the two grooms to be!

Partying with the two grooms to be!

My only gripe about Rent the Runway? They don’t ship to an APO address, which is what I have while we live in Germany. I’ve asked customer service about it, and they told me they hope to ship to military addresses soon. I hope so!

So, if you have weddings, reunions, parties, or a special trip taking place this summer, then let Rent the Runway glam you up! I would definitely rent from them again!

Have you tried RTR? What’s been your experience?

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Got This Wrong

Today I read a troubling quote by Karl Lagerfeld, head designer of Chanel, in regards to plus size women and plus size models:

“The hole in social security, it’s also [due to] all the diseases caught by people who are too fat,” before reiterating his previously stated view that “no one wants to see curvy women on the runway”. (published on dailyvenus.diva.com)

Now, I respect Lagerfeld as a designer and have loved the Chanel brand for a long time. But, basically Mr. Lagerfeld is dissing me as customer, as well as millions of other women. I love that he has decided that “no one wants to see curvy women on the runway.” Really, Karl?

Plus size fashion, considered size 12 and up, has become a major force in the sales market. According to a April 2013 piece by  ABC News, “Plus-size clothing was worth $17 billion in sales last year.” Tommy Hillfiger, Donna Karan, and Oscar de la Renta are just a few of top designers reaching out to the plus size customer. Just this last summer, I rented a Badgley Mischka gown from Rent the Runway for a class reunion. As a size 14, I appreciate designers who care about fashion being for all women!

I don’t want to stop supporting the Chanel brand, but I cannot feel comfortable giving my hard earned money to a brand that does not support me. Sorry, Karl -but you’ve got it wrong.

Gown by Badgley Mischka. Shoes by JustFab.

Gown by Badgley Mischka. Shoes by JustFab.