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The Lust List: Rent The Runway Unlimited

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As the seasons change we change our closets—out with the dark winter garb and puffy coats, and in with the bright spring attire!

Our new favorite resource? Rent The Runway’s new Unlimited service. The service lets you to rent three items at a time, and trade them in-and-out as seasons change or want to try something new.  And, it’s no longer just formal wear but casual attire, accessories, handbags, and more for work, play, and brunch!

To celebrate RTR’s Unlimited, we’re throwing cocktail parties on April 6 in the Rent the Runway Washington and Chicago stores—so you can come enjoy cocktails, treats and try the service for yourself. RSVP to Chicago here and DC here). RSVP quickly as there are limited tickets to these complimentary cocktail party. In advance of the big event, we styled our favorite pieces from the new RTR spring collection, below.

Alexis

Photo credit: Tek Chung
Photo credit: Tek Chung

I admit it: I am addicted to Rent The Runway. If you haven’t used it before, you are seriously missing out. Since 2013, Rent The Runway has been saving me the hassle for deciding what to wear for countless weddings and special occasions—they are a godsend! So, when Rent The Runway debuted their Unlimited Collection service last year, no one was more excited than me.

I have used Rent The Runway Unlimited a few times before, and rented everything from a Kate Spade everyday skirt, to The Row sunglasses (several times for several different pairs, to be specific). So when I was asked to use the service again and pick a few samples to wear, I was delighted.

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Parker Romper (c/o Rent The Runway) | Zack Posen Bag (c/o Rent The Runway)  | D’Orsay Pumps | Dannijo Necklace (c/o Rent The Runway)

Spring is here, Bitches, and I am all about showing off my legs as soon as the temperatures rise above 65 degrees. I am in love with this Parker floral romper. I paired it with heels but have since worn it to brunch with some lace-up flats for a more casual look. It embodies ’70s flare meets modern chic. And it also happens to be comfortable.

Probably the best thing about Rent The Runway’s Unlimited Service is that you can rent a bunch of stuff that you probably couldn’t afford in everyday life. While I have a couple of fancy pieces— a Mui Mui bag here, a Fendi jacket there, and a few Dolce sunnies—my closet is not like the fashion closet at Refinery 29. I don’t know about you, but I definitely do not have a floor length Christian Siriano dress hanging in the back of my closet. The difference is that with Rent The Runway Unlimited, you can rent pieces to incorporate into your existing wardrobe and wear again and again, as opposed to renting a dress for a wedding that you most likely will only wear once.

I accessorized my romper with a few other obsession-worthy pieces. First, was this gorgeous pale blue Zac Posen shoulder bag. When investing in pricey bags, I tend to go with your everyday, “goes-with-everything,” staple black leather handbag. That’s why I love Unlimited; I can rent a beautiful bag that’s in season, and return it when it’s out of season. This color is perfect for spring!


When it comes to jewelry, Dannijo is a favorite of mine. Truth be told, I idolize the lady-boss designers behind the brand. So for a necklace, I chose this chunky silver statement necklace to go with my look. It is tribal, but elegant, and it really does make every outfit look just an extra bit more fabulous. It is comfortable, and I love that you can tighten the length so it basically becomes a choker, or you can wear it loose like a regular statement necklace.

Rebecca Minkoff Leather Moto Jacket (c/o Rent The Runway)

And while I am ready for spring, Chicago weather hasn’t quite caught up. I could show my legs and wear something short in the current weather, but I still needed a jacket to block me from the wind that passes through the city. This cropped leather Rebecca Minkoff moto jacket was the perfect jacket to pair with my outfit. It is cropped a little shorter, so it didn’t overpower the romper.

Needless to say from my enthusiasm and undying love for everything Rent The Runway, I am excited for April to arrive so I can acquire some new pieces. There are so many great day-to-day options to choose from it can be difficult, but it is oh-so rewarding in the end. Rent The Runway Unlimited is here to help step up your wardrobe’s game.

Allison

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Photo credit: Tek Chung

When spring weather finally creeps into the Chicago forecast, I anxiously unbox all my bright, light, and happy outfits! After donning black and gray since November, I love having some corals and florals back in my life. Plus, warm weather means brunch on patios and to the Bitches, nothing is better than that!

To say I’m a bit of a girly-girl is an understatement. When I was in preschool, I refused to wear tennis shoes because they weren’t “cute”—my mom knew she was in trouble then and there.

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Tori Burch cardigan (c/o Rent The Runway) | Keepsake top (c/o Rent The Runway) | Elizabeth and James sunglasses (c/o Rent The Runway) | Kendra Scott earrings | Kendra Scott necklace | Kendra Scott ring (c/o Kendra Scott) | Kate Spade bracelet (similar) | Loeffler Randall handbag (c/o Rent The Runway)| J. Crew jeans |

I spotted this pink sweater from Tory Burch and fell in love. It’s the perfect layering piece  when wearing something sleeveless isn’t possible for an early brunch date. Spring can be fickle, so layering is a must!

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But as the day warms up, being able to adjust is ideal for Chicago’s crazy weather. This floral top by Keepsake makes for a an effortlessly chic look, sans sweater, with its pleats, floral pattern, and flared bottom. I knew it would be a bit risky for me to choose this top since I am on the taller side—no one likes getting a top that becomes an unintentional crop top! It worked perfectly so no need to fret.

Jeans in a variety of cuts: from skinny to bootcut, are necessary for every wardrobe. My favorite bootcut jeans from J. Crew were the perfect contrast for the blush and pink tones and they always make an appearance when I’m sick of my standard skinny jeans.

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To complement the shades of pink, I chose gold and pink accessories that were more on the neutral or blush side.

For jewelry, I chose my Kendra Scott Elle earrings in rose quartz, a Kate Spade bangle, the Decklyn pendant from Kendra Scott, and the Emaline ring in pyrite from Kendra Scott. Like Kendra Scott much? It’s hard not to love simple and classic accessories when they go with everything.

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This Loeffler Randall handbag is the perfect neutral—it lets the outfit do the talking, while still being a trendy and cute handbag. Nude heels are a spring staple, as they don’t detract from the outfit. Plus, I firmly believe that outfits look best when you match the bag and heels.

Sunnies are essential to building the perfect outfit. Tortoise shell is always my go-to and these Elizabeth & James sunglasses are perfect for spring patio brunches.

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Whether you live in a big city, small town, or the ‘burbs,  a revolving closet is helpful for every season and every outing.

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