Last Wednesday, I got a call for a job interview 🎉.
At first, I was excited. But I quickly realized, I really had nothing to wear. I knew I didn’t want to buy a bunch of new, formal pieces that wouldn’t blend well with my very casual wardrobe. So I thought of the next best thing: Rent the Runway’s Unlimited membership. I’ve used RTR once before and was pretty happy with their service, so I figured, why not?
The details: For $159 ($99 for the first month) you get to rent out an “unlimited” amount of pieces throughout the month (four at a time) for as long as you like. Once you return an item, you can rent out a new one. And, you can cancel your membership at any time.
This turned out to be the most cost effective option for me. Especially since buying a decent blazer or work bag would have cost me way more than $159.
What I wore/what I rented
I had to rent my entire outfit except for my shoes. I’ve always worked at relatively casual environments so it’s really not that much of a surprise that I don’t own a blazer, a bag that isn’t a canvas tote, and pants that aren’t jeans.
Blazer: Derek Lam 10 Crosby (size 2). This is the comfiest blazer I’ve ever worn. It’s made of a heavier weight cotton material that has just enough structure to make it more formal.
Peplum tank: Rebecca Taylor (size 0). I really like this peplum tank. I’ve never found one that I’ve liked as much as this one. It doesn’t feel restricting at all, which has always been my qualm with peplum style things in the past. I would never pay full price for this though ($275).
Sunglasses: Karen Walker (my own). I’m wearing them to cover the swelling and irritation around my eyes (I’m having some kind of allergic reaction at the moment). But I am definitely not wearing them during my interview.
Pants: Bailey 44 (size xs). These pants are so cute with the eyelet detail. However, I would have wanted it to be a few inches longer. I assumed it would fit longer on me than the model. But this time, it hit me at the exact length shown on the site. This was the best option available to rent and arrive in time for my interview. Given the three day time frame I was working with, I got pretty lucky. I’m writing this post on the night before my interview, so I’m really hoping this length is okay. Aside from the length, the pant is stretchy and instead of a zipper, it has a waistband. As far as work pants go, these are very comfortable.
Leather tote: Annabel Ingall. I really like this bag. The dusty rose color is a nice break from the traditional brown or black leather bag. I also like that it’s not super structured. It seems to be perfect for work, school, and weekends. This is the one thing I see myself purchasing for everyday wear. It does cost a pretty penny ($415 retail) though, so I would only buy it if there was a major sale.
Flats: Repetto (size FR 38.5/US 7.5). Luckily, I had these trusty flats since there’s no shoe rental service available…for now.
Final thoughts on RTR Unlimited
-Everything arrived on time. I ordered all four pieces on Wednesday and they arrived on Saturday, as promised. I will say though, if you need something to arrive quick, your options will be a bit more limited.
-Everything is packaged very well. The whole thing comes in this navy rectangle cloth bag that zips. Inside, each piece is on a hanger and covered in a plastic bag (I wish there was a more eco-friendly option though). The leather tote came in its own drawstring pouch that is lined with a fleece material for extra protection.
-Their RTR Unlimited membership is the most cost effective one they offer (in my opinion). Renting a single dress on RTR’s Reserve (a la carte option) will cost you anywhere from $30-$800 (depending on the designer). They also offer a mid-tier membership (RTR Update) where you can rent out just four pieces for the whole month. I knew that I would be returning these four pieces for new ones, so I decided to go with the Unlimited membership.
-Will I continue my subscription? To be determined. Initially, I was only planning to do this for a month. But, I like the idea of being able to rent out trendier or dressier pieces to wear without having to make a long term commitment. It also happens to be eco-friendly. I guess we’ll see how I feel by the end of the month.
Overall, I really like my experience with RTR. It totally saved the day for me.
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What would you wear to a job interview? Would you rent or buy something you would only need to wear once? Have you ever tried RTR or something similar?
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