I’ve wanted to test out Rent The Runway Unlimited for a while now. The designer clothing rental company launched the service back in 2015. It allows subscribers to borrow an unlimited number of items each month and keep them as long as they like.
The caveat is that you can only check out three items at a time and must ship them back or drop them off to a store before borrowing new items.
I had a busy month of TV and event appearances, so I figured this would be a great time to try the service and add a bit of fabulousness to my life.
Lots of thoughts run through your head when you’re using Rent The Runway Unlimited which color your perception of the service. It’s a bit of a rollercoaster ride that stirs up a bunch of emotions, so you want to be prepared in advance.
Here are 43 thoughts you may have when trying Rent The Runway Unlimited:
Do I really want to spend $139 a month to rent clothes? I mean that’s like $1,700 a year.
The thought you have as you enter your credit card number into Rent The Runway’s website to start your Unlimited membership.
Everyone looks so stylish. I hope I look as good wearing this.
The thought you have as you scan through photos customers have uploaded of themselves wearing the clothes to the RTR website.
These sizing recommendations are helpful. I hope they’re accurate.
The thought you have as you’re trying to guess if your online selections will fit.
This heart feature is the bomb. I have like a hundred dresses in my queue. I’m going to slay for months.
The thought you have as you “favorite” dresses to save for future ordering.
Will these really arrive in 3 days?
The thought you have after you hit order.
Wow, my items actually arrived on time.
The thought you have the moment you realize that two-day Prime isn’t the only way to guarantee items arrive on time.
Damn, I must look good. I’ve gotten so many compliments.
The thought you have the moment a third stranger says, “love your look.”
Do people hate what I normally wear?
Also, the thought you have the moment after a third stranger says, “love your look.”
Wow, I wore all three dresses already? That was fast.
The thought you have the moment you realize you’re out of Rent The Runway Unlimited clothes to wear.
It takes three days for my order to arrive, three days for me to wear them and three days for them to be returned. That means I can borrow around 9-12 new items each month.
The thought you have after you realize the quicker you return items the faster you can borrow new ones.
If I return my items to a Rent The Runway store instead of shipping them back I can double the number of outfits I borrow each month. Why doesn’t everyone do this?
The thought you have the moment you realize it might be worth it to take a subway, two buses, and rickshaw to get to the nearest RTR store to return your items.
There is a blinding amount of marble in this store.
The thought you have the moment you walk into a Rent The Runway store.
There sure are a lot of lines in here.
The next thought you have after the moment you walk into a Rent The Runway store.
This self-return line isn’t that long, I guess.
The next thought you have after you compare the length of the checkout and pickup lines to the self-return line.
Why are these barcodes printed so small on this label?
The thought you have as you try to find the hidden barcodes to scan on the clothes you’re returning that is printed in like 1-point font.
So, I have to sign in for a fitting room? Ok, that feels odd?
The thought you have the moment the front desk associate tells you must enter your information to use a fitting room.
Why are these iPads so hard to operate? I mean, I’ve used iPads before. It shouldn’t be this hard to check in.
The thought you have as you tap the iPad at the check-in desk 35 times so you can enter your name and number.
I wonder how long the wait is?
The scary thought you have the moment you realize the iPad said it would text you when your fitting room was ready but didn’t give you an estimated wait time.
OMG, this store is now my personal closet. I just infinitely quadrupled my wardrobe.
The thought you have the moment you get past the store check-in area and make it to the actual showroom.
I can’t believe I can borrow anything I want in here. This is insane.
The thought you have the moment you realize you might love pretty clothes more than you would admit aloud.
Everyone working here is really tall and skinny.
The odd thought you have the moment you realize that everyone who works in the store is taller and skinnier than you.
Um, there doesn’t seem to be much in my size.
The frustrating thought you have as you scan the clothing racks for items to try on.
I’ll ask that associate to see if they have this in my size.
The thought you have the moment as you scan the floor for one of the 10 sales associates you swear you saw moments ago.
Did she just ignore me? I bet she didn’t hear me.
The thought you have the moment you ask a sales associate a question and they blow right by you and disappear into an office.
I have to wait for a fitting room to find out if you have my size in a dress? Why?
The thought you have the moment you ask after the sales associate you flagged down and nearly tackled tells you can only find out if a dress is available in your size during your time in the fitting room.
Ok, I guess I’ll pull everything I like and see if they have my size once I get a fitting room.
The thought you have as you resign yourself to the fact that the associates are really going to make you wait to find out if an item is available in your size.
Um, my arms are tired from holding all these clothes.
The thought you have as you debate whether you really want to try all these clothes on.
All the seats are taken and everyone looks pissed off.
The thought you have the moment you look around the store and realize that every customer in here is feeling some kinda way about the service they’re receiving.
It’s been 35 minutes. I’m tired of waiting for a fitting room.
The thought you have the moment you realize you have no idea how long you may have to wait to try on your selections.
My feet hurt.
The thought you have the moment you realize you really can stand in one spot any longer.
Did I just spend $139 to try on clothes in a bathroom?
The thought you have the moment you walk out of the Rent The Runway bathroom after giving up on waiting for a fitting room.
I really want to know if they have this in my size?
The thought you have as you visualize how this one gorgeous dress would look you on if it came in your size.
Did the fitting room associate just snap at me??? OMG. She did.
The thought you have after the fitting room associate snaps at you for asking if she could check a size for you when you haven’t received a text message to enter the fitting room.
I guess they don’t need to be nice to customers since they already have our money.
The thought you have when you realize you just spent $139 to be berated.
Wait, I have to wait in line to check out too?
The thought you have when you realize your shopping adventure has turned into a herculean trial.
OMG, why is this line so long?
The thought you have when you realize that three checkout associates are not enough for this store.
Did I really just get a text message saying my fitting room is ready.
The thought you have when you realize you have been in the store more than an hour and “waiting” most of that time.
Dear god, please make this checkout line go faster.
The thought you have right before you scold yourself for making a first world problem prayer.
Did the checkout associate really give me attitude because I asked for a garment bag and shopping bag?
The thought you have when realize you’ve really got to stop asking the sales associates for things.
Wait, did she just give me more attitude because I asked for a return shipping label too.
The thought you have when you realize this is now kind of your fault and you should have just emailed customer service for a return shipping label.
I really can’t wait to get out of this store.
The thought you have as you wait for the sales associate to hand you your items.
I’m not sure if this is worth it.
The thought you have has you depart the RTR store and make your way back home.
Well, maybe I’ll just ship items back instead of returning them to the store.
The thought after you receive your third compliment of the day while wearing your latest RTR outfit.
*** I visited the Rent The Runway Manhattan location.