Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Couture At Your Door!

Over the weekend, the Greater Cleveland YMCA celebrated their 160th anniversary with a gala at The Westin in downtown Cleveland. It was a wonderful evening thanks to the great group of people from Parker Hannifin, the outstanding entertainment by Band X, and my fabulous dress from Lending Luxury!

As the date of the gala was quickly approaching, I found myself running out of time to go shopping for a dress and, as luck would have it, Lending Luxury and I happened to cross paths. Lending Luxury is an online fashion store, with the most exquisite couture dresses available to rent. These are not your everyday dresses, however, they are the crème de la crème of dresses! You know, the designer labels that celebrities wear on the red carpet. Many of the dresses on Lending Luxury's site retail for well over $1,000!  And the best part is, it will cost you nowhere near that to rent one!


Lending Luxury's customer support team is AMAZING! Since finding a full length gown that isn't too long can be challenge for somebody like me who is 5' 3", in her platform pumps, I turned to Lending Luxury's customer support team for help. I'm soooo glad I did. They provided me with the measurements of the first dress that caught my eye and, as often happens, it was way too long in length. Hem tape is always an option, but unfortunately, this particular dress was white and tape would most likely have shown through the sheer fabric.   

The customer support team was kind enough to send me links to full length dresses that were on the shorter side and available in my size. They also suggested some dresses in my size that would work well using a taped hem.  Of all the dresses they suggested, I was instantly drawn to an elegant black dress designed by Tadashi Shoji. It has a retail value of $595, has been worn on the red carpet, and available to rent for $80! I placed my order using standard Priority shipping on a Wednesday, and by Friday I received my dress!  
 I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my package. There were lovely scattered rose petals, a folder containing instructions with a return label, and a Lending Luxury note pad. A first class presentation.
The dress arrived in a full length garment bag, which is mine to keep! Nice touch!

And now, the dress....
First off. Pictures don't do this dress justice. Cameras can't capture how it luxuriously flows and drapes over your body. 

It truly is a lovely dress. I had so much fun wearing a sexy "illusion" dress. That's right. There's a nude fabric bodice underlay. I usually wear "cutesy" dresses, so this was quite daring for me, but I loved it! I did make sure my children and hubby knew it was not my skin showing, but rather an illusion. Call me silly or old fashioned, but I don't like to be too revealing. I felt very confident wearing my white strapless bra and there were no wardrobe malfunction worries wearing this dress. 



The illusion fabric is awesome. I'm actually wearing a white bra! Can you believe it?


At the event, I was stunned when Joanne from Parker asked if I was wearing a Tadashi Shoji. Joanne's daughter is getting married soon and she's looking for a mother-of-the-bride dress. She said she recognized the designer's style right away. I was very impressed! Below is a photo of us at the event (me, Joanne and my sister, Marien.

I'm sure Joanne will be visiting Lending Luxury's site in search of the perfect mother-of-the-bride dress. Joanne took a few pictures of the dress to show her daughter, so here is another photo taken at the event with an iphone! The quality of the photo is a bit grainy, but you can see how the dress beautifully cascades down to the floor. Thanks for the photo, Joanne!


I would highly recommend visiting Lending Luxury to find the perfect dress for your special occasion or event. I had a wonderful experience using Lending Luxury. It's great wearing a fabulous designer dress seen on the fashion runways and red carpet without paying the hefty price tag! They also take care of return shipping and dry cleaning! Love it!

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28 comments :

  1. I love the dress. I will be checking to see if they have anything for a wedding rehearsal dinner I have coming up.

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  2. That's a really smart idea to rent a dress instead! I have a few dresses hanging in my closet I've worn only once and spent too much money on. What a beautiful dress!!

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  3. Oh that is a pretty dress. Such great deals on renting a dress that you will only wear for the special event!

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  4. This is genius! You'd be paying way more for a formal dress, which you'd probably only wear once! What's the point? Really, renting formal wear is just common sense!

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  5. You look lovely and I am totally in love with that dress you got!!

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  6. Very pretty! I love that dress, love that it comes right to you!

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  7. That dress is stunning. What an amazing service and such a great price!

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  8. You look beyond stunning in that dress! I love love love the way it looks, and the detail is amazing!!! Sounds like a great site to shop on!

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  9. What a beautiful dress! I have always loved the idea of being able to rent designer dresses, since you usually won't wear them more than once.

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  10. Oh my goodness, how totally beautiful. It looks amazing on you, too... I love the fit... had no clue you could rent a dress like that

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  11. I love the idea of renting fabulous dresses! What a great site! You looked gorgeous!

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  12. This is pretty cool. My girlfriend would love this.

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  13. This is so cool! That dress is beautiful, and I love that it came in a full length bag. Swanky!

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  14. If I didn't see it here, I wouldn't believe. Those are some swanky digs to get delivered like that. Very cool.

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  15. Wow. I would never think that you could get clothes like this delivered. And in a full-length bag? That's amazing.

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  16. This is such a wonderful deal! I'm the type of person who would get something less than I wanted just because of the price. It sounds like Lending Luxury makes it possible to have the fab dress at a fab price.

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  17. This is a really great idea! They have some stunning dresses!

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  18. What an interesting idea to rent a designer dress. That's a great way to get the exact look you want for a special event for a fraction of the price!

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  19. I'm definitely going to be remembering this. I'm on the petite side like you, so I'm so glad they have things that work. You look great!

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  20. That dress is so elegant! It could be used for just about any occasion. You look beautiful.

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  21. great dress! we have a similar service in canada and the dresses are fantastic!

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  22. Renting formal wear should have been thought of years ago, it's perfect! Those are some fancy dresses there, I can't believe how cheap it is to rent!

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  23. I love this idea! That dress is pretty amazing!

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  24. I wish i had known about this site last year for my daughters prom. W looked around our area for dress rentals but could not find anywhere. We ended up spending over $400 dollars for a dress that was worn for 3 hours and now lives in the back of the closet.

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  25. how genius!! i wear fancy dresses maybe once every 3-5 years. NOT often enough to justify purchases. this is awesome. and you looked amazing!

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  26. Wow, you look so pretty and sleek in that dress! I have always loved black dresses myself!

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  27. That is beautiful. You look awesome.

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  28. That is a beautiful dress. I like the idea of being able to just rent a dress for an event rather than purchasing something you may only wear once.

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