By now you may have heard of Rent the Runway, a site that lets you rent dresses (and very soon, jewelry too) for about 10% of their actual price.
This can be a lifesaver if you have, say, a fancy wedding, but it can also provide some welcome and not-too-pricey respite from a wardrobe that’s starting to bore you.
Below, we’ve taken five Rent the Runway dresses, and shown you how to wear them to work on Thursday, then out Friday night, using pieces you probably already have in your closet.
Doo.Ri ruffle-front dress ($100 rental, $850 retail)
Day: Add a blazer ($168) and a simple pendant necklace ($78) for a feminine office look.
Night: Sexy, strappy gunmetal sandals ($180) work well with the dress’s color and floaty shape; a big faceted cocktail ring ($39.50) adds sparkle.
Halston Heritage dress ($50 rental, $325 retail)
Day: An all-white dress can stand up to bold accessories, like colored-stone earrings ($105) and a print-happy handbag ($98).
Night: For more structure and shine, add a beaded belt ($132); a sleek clutch ($98) won’t interfere with the dress’s clean lines.
Vena Cava Kinga dress ($75 rental, $575 retail)
Day: Button a cropped cardigan ($19.50) over the dress and get the look of office separates, then add a simple black flat ($70).
Night: Peep-toe, cutout booties ($298) do well to temper the dress’s sweetness, as do edgy chain earrings ($48).
Lela Rose Portrait Collar Dress ($150 rental, $1,275 retail)
Day: Patent pumps ($298) and a ladylike bracelet ($195) are all you need to dress up this piece for work.
Night: These right-now strappy shoes ($385) elevate the classic silhouette into eveningwear. And you really can’t argue with a purple sequined clutch ($160).
Catherine Malandrino dress ($50 rental, $395 retail)
Day: A big, neutral satchel ($268) and woven sandals ($29.50) provide a work-friendly counterpoint to the bold color and body-conscious ruching.
Night: Sky-high platform heels ($365) and a glossy black bracelet ($195) make the outfit feel totally seductive.