What to wear?! Vintage or Rent the Runway?

Vintage gowns via Countess de Vinatge blogspot

With the runway show only four weeks away, the question of What do I wear? keeps coming up among friends.  I’ve been thrilled to hear the most popular options don’t include a trip to the mall!  Since it’s Fashion Friday, I thought it’d be fun to explore those shopping options together.  If you’re not here in Dallas to attend the show, these ideas will be useful for any gala or cocktail attire event.

Disclaimer: I’m not a fashion expert by any stretch of the imagination!  If you read this and we show up looking like we just stepped off the set of Saturday Night Fever, well hey, at least they’ll be two of us!  

Alright, if you’re still with me, let’s go!

Vintage gowns have been a popular choice for women on the red carpet in Hollywood for years, but only more recently have they made their way into our lives. We might not have cute little boutiques around the corner that only sell vintage Oscar de la Renta and the like, but with technology, we have access to all we need!

There’s so much to love about this trend.

By purchasing a vintage or pre-loved cocktail dress, you make a statement that you care about people and being kind to the environment.  You can also save big bucks, which is sometimes hard to do when purchasing ethical fashion.  On top of that, evening gowns can be so classic, the trends we keep with everyday fashion aren’t important.

In my quick browsing online to find vintage gowns, the options seem endless!  So I picked a few to show you.  The prices of these dresses literally range from $9.95 (!) up to $100.

These gems are on the Goodwill Auction site by simply searching “dresses”:


These beauties are on Ebay by searching “Vintage dress gown”:

Vintage gowns on ebay

As you can see from my quick search, if you’re looking for vintage, there’s a huge variety of options to choose from with just a tap of the screen.

Another fun way to get a dress for the evening is to rent one.  The dresses aren’t fair trade or ethically sourced, but I think it’s a better option than buying brand new.  It’s all about baby steps to making more purposeful choices.  Check out this site called Rent the Runway.  If you haven’t heard of this, it’s like getting access to all your friend’s closets for a rental fee (and you get 20% off your first order).  I haven’t actually tried it yet, but many of my friends have and they say it’s amazing to have a dress of your choice arrive at your door and ship it right back afterwards.  Sounds dreamy to me!  Prices here seem to start around $40 and head up as high as you’d like to go!

These fun styles are on Rent the Runway:

Rent the Runway


Alright, so there you have it, some fun and affordable ways to find something to wear to Fashioned for Freedom 2015.  I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and see pics of what you decide on!  I’d also LOVE to hear more ideas of how you plan to purchase with purpose for this event.  Shoot ’em on over!

to more love (and fun ethical fashion!),


P.S. If you don’t have your tickets yet, get them quick!  They are going fast and you really don’t want to miss this.  The best part is that all the proceeds from the ticket sales go to such a beautiful cause in the fight for freedom and restoration for all!

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