This was my second time using Rent the Runway. I average around 6 weddings per season and for a while I was dropping quite a bit of money on dresses for each one. Even hitting TJ Maxx and Mashalls was starting to add up. I tend to avoid Macy's and other department stores when shopping for an event since you always run the risk of having the same dress as someone else. Enter Rent the Runway. I love it, I honestly can't say enough about the great experiences I have had. This review is for the THEIA So Jaded dress. This is the stock photo from Rent the Runway:
I rented this for a destination wedding in D.C. I wanted something that would be comfortable but travel well in a carry-on. Since my boyfriend was in the wedding it needed to look good with a tux as well! I was hesitant at first because this isn't a style I usually wear, but the reviews were positive. It turned out to be a dream!
I was able to wear a regular bra with it which was a huge plus. I was able to roll it and pack it in my carry on and it didn't wrinkle, another plus. I did hang it for two nights in the hotel prior to wearing it, so I don't know if that would hold true if you had to arrive somewhere and wear it the same day, but I was pleased. My favorite part, though? The pockets! I loved them and they came in handy to keep my camera available during the ceremony. I'm not sure why I love dresses with pockets, but I do. Maybe its because they always seem to flatter my hips or because it keeps my essentials close by without having to lug a purse around, but pockets are always an awesome addition in my book.
I was curious about the fabric on this dress. I will say I think it is more beautiful in real life than in the photographs. It really is gorgeous, its more of a blue-green in person, but it looks very expensive and has a heavier feel to it. Despite the good quality and weight of the fabric it was not a "hot" dress. I wore it on a 90 degree day and it was fine.
In terms of fit this dress did run a bit tight in the rib cage area. I'm usually a size 2 in dresses and I ended up going with my back up size, a 4, which fit perfectly. I definitely recommend sizing up for this dress! I'm fairly tall and I was concerned about the length because its always hard to tell from photographs, but the length ended up being great as well. It was long enough to be appropriate for a wedding but short enough to still be fun (and cool in the humidity).
Overall I would definitely recommend this dress it was comfortable and still very chic. I danced all night and was sad to send it back the next day. Even the bride complimented my dress- that's when you know its a good one! The only reason I didn't give it five stars was that I felt it ran small, but sizing up solved that problem. I would also recommend some fashion tape as the V-neck while not being inappropriate is a little deep, so you may want to tape your bra in place.
I will definitely be renting this dress again! Also, if you haven't- check out Rent the Runway- I love, love, love it! Click here for a link to the dress on Rent the Runway. I believe they are still running a special where you get $25.00 off of your first rental. In full disclosure I am not being paid to review this dress, I'm just a happy customer who wants to share the love!