So Rent the Runway offered me an additional gifted month of their Unlimited Service after my Australia trip, and to be honest, I wasn’t completely sure if I would find it that useful in my real life, post trip. I have a closet full of clothes and no important events coming up, so do I really need to rent more stuff?

If you didn’t catch my post on the sustainable way to get your vacation wardrobeRent the Runway is an online platform that allows you to borrow clothing and accessories for a set period of time at a small fraction of the retail cost. What makes their Unlimited service different is that you can rent up to four items for an unlimited amount of time (you get charged a monthly subscription cost), and get to swap them out for new styles anytime. Domestic shipping and dry cleaning is included, so you simply slip the clothing back into the shipping bag they came in when you’re done. The service was perfect for my two week trip to Australia, as international shipping isn’t available and I was able to wear the items as much as I wanted while away.

I found RTR’s Unlimited service to also be really useful during the month after the trip, as long as I followed a couple of rules. Here they are:

Tip 1: Rent that trendy item you’ve been dying to try but aren’t sure about.

During January and February, Los Angeles was going through an especially cold spell (for California), so I ordered a couple of heavier pieces of outerwear. But these weren’t your average, everyday jackets. I WENT FOR IT. I already have a collection of basic outerwear (black puffer, leather moto, etc.) so I opted to try two of the biggest trends of the season: the vibrant puffer and the teddy bear coat.

My vibrant puffer of choice was one fashioned in pink velvet. Yes you heard right, pink velvet. I was immediately drawn to it for the bold color and fabric choice online, but it just looked too loud against the rest of my wardrobe when I actually tried to wear it. In fact, I didn’t wear it out once and will be sure to steer clear of all vibrant puffers in the future. #goodtoknow

On the other hand, the teddy bear coat I ordered quickly became one of my absolute favorite coats of all time. I wore it almost every day this month and paired it with both jeans and boots, and dresses with tennis shoes. But do I think I would love it this much next winter? Probably not. It’s such a trendy item that I’m happy to return it, passing it on to the next lucky renter.

Whether you end up loving or hating them, RTR Unlimited, is a great way to try trends while still being mindful of your carbon footprint and limiting your strain on the Earth’s resources.

Tip #2: Rent for the life you want, not the life you have.

I was instantly drawn to this Cupcakes and Cashmere dress, although it was something I would normally shy from for being too sophisticated for me. I took a chance and ordered it, reasoning that it would be great to have on hand in case any important meetings come up where I want to feel extra confident. And what do you know? The very next week such a meeting arose that I felt like a total BOSS in, thanks in part to this sweater dress.

The experience reminded me of the saying “dress for the job you want, not the one you have”. I love that RTR Unlimited let me take a baby step in the direction of dressing as the badass boss babe I’ve always wanted to be.

Try RTR Unlimited.

Even if you don’t have any special occasions or trips coming up, I think RTR’s Unlimited service is still a smart and sustainable way to try new trends and styles throughout the year. You’re also accessing $50,000 worth of clothing for only $159 a month (and there are deals for new customers) so the savings really add up. If you would like to try the Rent the Runway Unlimited Service, click here.

Photos by @sdrpick.

Rent the Runway provided products in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

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