Rent the Runway changed the way I shop, and I first tried it on Cyber Monday - here's how much this year's deal will save
- Rent the Runway is offering a Black Friday deal of 25% off orders of $100 or more.
- The discount applies to the first month of Rent the Runway Unlimited, which typically costs $159.
- Rent the Runway's unlimited subscription allows you to have four items at home at a time, with unlimited exchanges.
I've already written about how Rent the Runway's unlimited subscription has changed the way I shop.I tried the service for the first time last year, thanks to a Cyber Monday discount and a recommendation from my stylish friend Yelena.
This year, Rent the Runway is offering 25% off orders of $100 or more on Black Friday, including RTR Reserve orders as well as the first month of an unlimited subscription.
If you sign up on Black Friday, your first month will cost $119.25, plus tax. That breaks down to less than $10 per item if you rent at least 12 items during the month.
Here's how RTR Unlimited works
For a monthly fee of $159 plus sales tax, Rent the Runway's unlimited subscription allows you to rent four pieces of clothing or accessories at a time and make exchanges as often as you like. You can pause or cancel your account at any time.
The fee includes shipping both ways, dry cleaning, and insurance. I happened to be at a restaurant, wearing a dress that retails for $1,500, when a diner at a neighboring table spilled an entire glass of white wine on me. So, insurance is important. But keep in mind that significant damage, loss, and theft are not covered.
If you really like a certain piece,there's no limit to how long you can hang onto it as long as your account is in good standing.Added bonus: When an event calls for attire outside of your standard wardrobe, an unlimited clothing subscription like Rent the Runway allows you to choose exactly the right outfit for the occasion, instead of buying something you'd wear only once.
That could end up saving you money in the long run, considering the average person has 57 items of unworn clothing and regularly wears just 44% of the clothing they own, according to a recent survey by non-profit Oxfam and British retailer Marks and Spencer.