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How To Dress For The Oscars For $100 Or Less!

Mon, February 28, 2011 6:18pm EDT by Add first Comment

Want to look red carpet ready without breaking the bank? We have the perfect fashion secret for you: Rent the Runway

As the gorgeous ladies at this year’s Oscars know, finding dresses for an event can be super-stressful. That being said, celebrities usually have an entire team of stylists helping them pick out dresses, and they often don’t even have to pay for them! Dresses, particularly formal ones, are often too expensive to afford purchasing a different one for every party you have, so staffers Lorena O’Neil and Kirstin Benson found the perfect solution — Rent the Runway!

Rent the Runway (available at allows you to rent designer dresses for a period of 4 days (8 days if you pay an extra $160). They send you a dress in the size you request, with a free backup size if available. When you search, you can sort by size, date needed (the calendar date, not the boy kind), type of event, style of dress, and designer.

For example, Lorena’s black open back sequined Nicole Miller gown is usually $750, but she rented it for $100. Rent the Runway didn’t have her backup size available, so they allowed her to rent a completely separate dress for just $25 as a “just-in-case”.

We loved dealing with Rent the Runway and if you have a big event coming up and want to look as glam as Oscar stars we strongly suggest you check it out too!

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Lorena O’Neil and Kirstin Benson