Ever get a wedding invite and feel like you have “nothing to wear”? You may have many choices, but there’s nothing like having something new to wear to your next event.
Two of my friends got married this past weekend in a beautiful ceremony on Belle Isle in Detroit. I went with Rent the Runway for my dress and accessories and had the best experience!
Summer and winter weddings are a little easier to dress for – I have tons of summer dresses and in the winter it’s easier to pull off a fancy dress. Fall and spring are trickier, especially if the wedding is outdoors like this one was. I found I didn’t have a lot of great fall dress choices that were dressy enough for a wedding, so I was very thankful for Rent the Runway.
How it works is you pick the days you need to rent the dress, choose a dress, pick two sizes, and (optional) add a few accessories to go with it. The dress came promptly on Thursday in a structured bag with the two sizes of the dress, a cuff, and earrings. I was so impressed with the neat packaging! They even put the return label on the inside to swap out with the outside so there’s no need to print anything out.
Here’s what made my experience with Rent the Runway so great:
- The process was so easy. The reviews for each dress make it easy to pick your size, and having an extra size available put my mind at ease. The way they packaged it and sent email reminders to return it really made the whole process simple and user friendly.
- It’s less expensive than buying a new dress! The dress I’m wearing is Lilly Pulitzer and is $50 to rent, which is less expensive than buying a new dress that I may never wear again.
- It allows me to dress a little outside my comfort zone. The dress is something I’d wear, but the cuff and earrings are not something I would normally pick out! It was nice to wear items I wouldn’t invest in because it changes things up from my normal wedding attire. It’s like borrowing items out of a fashionable friend’s closet.
dress – c/o rent the runway / cuff – c/o rent the runway / earrings – c/o rent the runway / wrap – borrowed from mom / shoes – talbots (old) / clutch – vintage
I highly recommend Rent the Runway for your next event! It was awesome to pick from high end dresses and accessories for an event I initially felt like I had “nothing to wear” to.
With it being a transition season, fall can either be unusually warm or cold (or both in one day) depending where you live. This means you need to consider several factors when deciding what to wear to a fall wedding. But first, check out these wedding basics first before you begin your outfit search.
Location: Where is the ceremony and reception at? Be mindful of the location to give you cues on how to dress. A wedding at a country club will be a little fancier than a wedding in a barn.
Weather: Will either the ceremony or reception be outside? Make sure you layer correctly according to the weather. If it’s nice out, wear a dress but bring a jacket because it will get significantly colder by the time you leave the wedding. If it’s chilly, wear nylons or tights, especially if you’ll be outside for any part of the event.
Color Palette: The colors you choose in your outfit should be different than what you’d wear to a summer wedding. Gravitate towards richer, deeper tones as opposed to the lighter and brighter colors of summer. *Remember: do not wear white.*
Accessorize: This season brings more possibilities to layering and accessorizing, so have fun with statement jewelry, colored tights, silk scarves, and hair accessories.
I went to two weddings this past weekend, and the weather was gorgeous enough where I didn’t need a sweater, however, I did bring a trench coat with me to the reception to wear when I left. The first outfit is a deep, royal purple with lace detail. I put a big necklace over it, and kept my other jewelry simple. The nude heels are my favorite since they are neutral and blend in, which trick the eye into thinking you’re taller – I’ll take it! The purse is my mother’s lucite clutch she bought from an antique store. It is from the 1940’s and is a gorgeous mother-of-pearl shell on the outside.
My second outfit was a silk dress that’s a mix between a deep plum and rich brown. It has a wonderful ruffle detail around the neck to add some interest. I wore a delicate necklace not to compete with the neckline of the dress, and wore the same nude heels and brought the same clutch as above.