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.

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