12 Dresses to Rent This Holiday Season

When there are gifts to buy, the idea of renting a festive wardrobe is more of a Christmas miracle.

This article originally appeared on SouthernLiving.com.

Every merry holiday season includes a few festive, must-attend events. The attire is usually a little more dazzling than your usual Saturday night out. This is the time of year when sparkles and shine are totally acceptable. Plan on plenty of picture-taking, which we all know leads to photo tagging and social sharing. It’s natural and normal to feel the pressure to look your absolute best for all those occasions on your social calendar. Are you still cringing each time you pass by that marsala-colored lace midi in your closet that’s been wrapped in a dry cleaners plastic bag since December 26th of last year? Rather than splurging on one-time-only holiday looks, think about renting a different style for every event you’ve accepted this season. We love Rent The Runway (a designer rental service) for its seemingly endless options that come at affordable rates. We also love that, unlike the department stores, you can get insurance on the items you’re wearing. For those of you whose usual party routine includes both a glass of malbec and lots of hand gestures, that hilarious story about your Collie getting stuck in his yuletide sweater won’t be nearly as risky this year.


Slate & Willow Fifi Dress

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Try the classic LBD with a metallic twist. This fit-and-flare will make you the life of the party as soon as you walk in the room.

Rent it: $50; renttherunway.com

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Nicole Miller Oxblood Pleated Sweetheart Dress

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Pleats, please! A rich red hue and knife pleats take your expected spaghetti strap frock and take it up a few notches.

Rent it: $80; renttherunway.com


Keepsake Blue Escape Dress

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Try this look with an up-do and eye-catching earrings.

Rent it: $40; renttherunway.com


Issa Go for the Goal Dress

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Get holly-hued and ready to be viewed. This curve-hugging knit dress is a head-turner on ladies with an hourglass form.

Rent it: $30; renttherunway.com


Christian Siriano Kiera Dress

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It’s flirty, fun, and perfect for any party.

Rent it: $30; renttherunway.com

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La Petite Robe Chiara Boni Burgundy Kate Sheath

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This burgundy sheath is all about two subtle but stellar details—a little bit of vertical ruching along the hip and a modest cut out on the upper chest.

Rent it: $40; renttherunway.com


Slate & Willow Copper Fleur Shift

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A Southern girl knows how to sparkle and so does this mini dress. It’s perfect for ringing in the New Year.

Rent it: $40; renttherunway.com


Slate & Willow Purple Ruffle Flute Dress

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This frock doesn’t need much accessorizing. We recommend pairing with either a minimal up-do and show-stopping earrings or textured waves and a cocktail ring.

Rent it: $65; renttherunway.com


ERIN Erin Fetherston Hourglass Dress

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It’s all of a Southern girl’s favorite things—tailored, feminine, preppy, and timeless.

Rent it: $45; renttherunway.com

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ML Monique Lhuillier Bridgette Dress

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With a sheer long sleeve lace overlay on a strapless bodice, you get the best of both cuts—a cocktail look and plenty of coverage.

Rent it: $75; renttherunway.com


Carmen Marc Valvo Cranberry Jacquard Dress

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Cranberry hue + jacquard fabric = a perfect holiday look. The structured material, cinched waist, and cap sleeve make this number universally flattering.

Rent it: $90; renttherunway.com


Nanette Lapore On Off Shift

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Not all LBDs are created equal and this one has a little more pizazz in it’s DNA.

Rent it: $35; renttherunway.com