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I ran across a deal today that seems very intriguing.  Instead of buying a formal dress for an event and then never wearing it again, how about renting a top designer dress and returning it when your event is over?

I confess I’m not the person to even know who half the designers are, but looking through all the dress options there are definitely more options than in any of the department stores in our area.  I actually love this one…

So the deal:

For the next two days get a gift card for $125 towards your next rental (plus free shipping) for $50 on Groupon today.  You have until March 17th, 2012 to rent your dress.

So question, do you think that renting a dress is a way to save?  Or would you rather own the dress at the end of the event?

    • Carolyn

      Jenny, when I pull up your website the main page shows up off to the right out of view.  Not sure what to do.

      • Anonymous

        Mine did the same thing, so I closed and reopened and it’s been fine.  Oh, and the same thing happend with the KMart site when I went there before coming here…..so I’m not really sure what is causing this today…..I’ve not had this happen before…have you?

    • Chris

      Note that you can also rent accessories like jewelry (both costume and real) as well as bags and such.  Check out Bag Borrow or Steal (bagborroworsteal dot com).  Sometimes this is a very cost effective way to wear a name yet not have to make the investment if you’re only going to use something once.

    • Lucy2778

      Wow that’s pretty cool. I never wore expensive dresses, but the idea is great. Right now I have 7 dresses in my closet, 5 of which I only wore once.

    • Michelle

      depends on how much I’m saving. If, for example, I spend $125 on renting a dress, I’d rather buy it because at least I COULD wear it again, rather than spending another $125 the next time I need a formal dress. I guess if the dress cost something like $300-$400 that would be a savings, but only if you would actually spend that much on purchasing a dress anyway. $150 is the MOST I would ever consider buying a dress for so I don’t think this would help me much. Still, good idea for some.

      • Chris

        Even though you may have a price point limit usually this could potentially open up an avenue to have access to dresses and accessories that normally cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars.  So at $125 a pop to rent something that would normally cost $1000 that a significant savings – especially for a special event item (and it’s a lot easier on the budget).

        • Michelle

          I guess if you are super into fashion or attend large corporate parties in NYC or LA or something like that. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea for everyone, but for my life, the fanciest place I am going to go is to an Anniversary dinner with the hubs or a wedding, and I don’t feel the need to wear an Oscars-quality gown for that. I have some beautiful dresses I bought at Macy’s for under $100 that suit me just fine.

      • Crafty_cat_86

        I was thinking we could rent the dress for $50 or something and then add cool accessories (who needs a red sequined clutch more than once?).  Those little things really add up.  Plus, I’m willing to splurge on myself once in a while b/c I save so much elsewhere!

    • KeavenNeely

      My dad actually wanted me to rent my wedding dress this way. I refused! It was my wedding… I’m keeping that dress forever. But for a prom or some other formal event… I would totally rent a dress. I’m all about saving some $$$.

    • FYI, you have to sign up to find out that they only go up to a size 12.  So if you are an “Average” woman, they have nothing for you. 

    • Amy

      Cool idea.  Only problem is it would be hard to know how well the dress fits/ how good it looks on you without trying it on first.  If they had a brick and mortar shop like this, I would definitely try it out.

    • Anonymous

      If $125 is only TOWARD the rental cost of a dress, then I would absolutely rather buy it and own it at the end of the event. I can find a great dress for $125 or less :)

    • Hokiesbaby79

      Ummmm No, they are kinda price for a rental. Considering how many times they are going to rent that dress out & how would you know the fit was right for you unless by chance you have  tried on a dress very similar recently. Just not my thing. =)

    • mmmwhee

      I had a friend rent her wedding dress. It was a designer dress that would cost $6000-$8000 and she knew she would never wear it again. I think she rented for like $350 or something. She was THRILLED!  And she has a ton of photos of her in the dress without seeing it wrapped up in a closet or box. And more money to spend on the wedding!

    • Melissa

      A college girl who works part-time in our office has used them twice.  On one particular dress they sent 2 just in case the sizing was off a bit.  She really liked the dresses and the convenience.

    • I agree with the other comments – if there were a physical store where I could try on dresses and rent one I would LOVE the idea. The trouble with ordering something online is that I rarely find a good fit that way. Definitely a good concept though – I always feel sick when I have to buy something for one occasion and know I’ll never wear it again.

      • Chris

        As an idea you could go to a store that carries the designer you’re interested in and try on something by that designer to see how their fits run.  That would give you a better idea for sizing yet still allow you to take advantage of renting vs buying.  Obviously it’s not a solution for everyone – I wish they had a men’s rental method too (aside from just tuxes).

      • Ashley

        They usually send two of the same dress in different sizes. 

    • Laurie

      One of my son’s female friends has ordered dresses from some company like this – she has worn dresses worn by Taylor Swift and some other cute, young celebrities, and she has really enjoyed it.  I am not sure if this is the same company, though.

    • Jennie

      Meh.  The last formal I bought was on clearance in JC Penney’s homecoming department.  I spent $25 on a LBD that I absolutely LOVE, and I have worn it several times now.  I think my way’s the better deal.  :)

    • Anonymous

      As a frugal individual, and one who must attend dressy events at least twice a year, I know I can find great deals other ways.  My wedding dress was a JC Penny markdown.  It was white and formal.  Add a veil and accessories I was dressed and ready to go for under $100.  The few times a year I do need formal wear I have advance notice.  I go for classic colors and cuts so I can dress them up or down and get more than one use out of them.  My favorite are retail markdown, thrift shops and out of season sales.  A rental might work be nice for prom or JROTC ball.  Still the rental cost is higher than any dress my mother ever bought for the occasions. 

    • (Speaking for myself) If I’m not going to pay extra for brand name cheese, I’m not going to pay extra for a brand name dress! I can find a great dress at Ross, TJ Maxx, JC Penney, etc for $15-50 based on how formal the event is going to be. Then, after the event, I can sell it on consignment or even swap dresses with a friend so neither of us have to wear the same dress twice! 2 for 1? Who doesn’t love a BOGO? =)

    • Anonymous

      I am constantly scouring clearance racks. If I come across a great dress, but no event in sight, I’ll still buy it and hold. Same concept as our pantry stockpiles. Most dresses can be worn more than once since social circles can be mutually exclusive. When done rewearing, sell on consignment at a resale shop!

    • Kim A.

      Absolutely I would do that!  I rented my wedding dress when I got married 15 years ago.

    • Delledeals

      For those prices I would rather buy my own.

    • alicia

      Thank you so much, Jenny! I have a huge event to go to and am looking forward to looking FABULOUS for LESS!:)

    • Reb

      I would rather buy the dress and then either resell or pass it along to someone. Also, ebay is a GREAT place to find special occasion items at rock bottoms prices, so I likely wouldn’t even need to pay for a brand new dress.  I have sold formal dresses, a suit of my husband’s that no longer fit him, and many other clothing items on ebay. Take good pictures, ask lots of questions. You can get burned, but you can also make out really well!  At a wedding last weekend I wore a J Crew dress from their bridal collection that I bought off ebay for $8.99 + $4.50 shipping.  It had been worn once and was in like-new condition.  Even if it did need alterations (it didn’t) I would gladly pay for that on an expensive, quality dress that normally retails for close to $200.  

    • Dawn

      Taking advantage of this deal to rent my daughter’s homecoming dress!  I can’t think of any other way to wear a $500 dress for $50!

    • Anonymous

      Not when TJ Maxx and Marshalls are right up the street.  And I’m lucky enough to be able to shop the Juniors section too so I have lots of choices and for easily under $50!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Jenny! I have a black tie even coming up and I wasn’t looking forward to purchasing a dress that I will never wear again. Now I can go in style!

    • Anonymous

      I think it would be better to rent if it’s cheaper than buying the dress because I never wear formal dresses. I bought a bridesmaid dress and shoes once and was able to resell them on Ebay and get about half of what I paid.

    • Ummm mind you this is coming from someone who wouldnt be caught dead in one of these types of dresses, and fortunately I dont have to! – I bought my wedding dress at the $99 davids bridal sale. Way back when I needed a prom dress it was on clearance (last minute decision! – for $80) I personally am very clumsy, and the minute I put on some fancy designer dress that costs thousands of dollars, it would rip, or get some sort of stain on it that never comes out! I am sure its a great idea for some people and its awesome that its out there. Just not a good idea for me. :)