Dress Diaries: City Wedding

Yigal Azrouel Arcadia Gown Rent the Runway


This Dress Diary entry was brought to Rent the Runway by Monica Khan


My boyfriend’s close friend was getting married in New York City and the invitation highlighted attire as “black tie.”  I wasn’t ready to shell out the cash to purchase fancy, expensive designer dresses so this was the perfect opportunity to try RTR.  I also was excited about using RTR for its simple delivery and return process.  I live in San Francisco and was both relieved and ecstatic about the idea of not having to lug expensive dresses aboard cross-country flights (with layovers)!

Christian Cota Silk Sensation Dress Rent the Runway
For the rehearsal dinner, I wanted something that was sexy and form-fitting, but also chic and fashion-forward in an understated way.  I decided to go with the espresso-colored Christian Cota Silk Sensation dress.  The dress ended up being a perfect choice to wear to the dinner, as its asymmetric draping gave the dress a unique flair and flattering fit that drew many compliments, and above all else, it made me feel hot (but not too hot!).  After the dinner, several of us decided go to a bar to cap off the evening.  I was so happy that the dress was versatile enough to transition from a semi-formal setting to a night out in the city.

Monica Khan Dress Diaries Rent the Runway

For the ceremony and reception, I wanted to wear something safer on the more formal end of the spectrum.  Gown (not dress) was the word that came to mind, as I wanted something long, elegant, clean and classic.  I chose the navy jersey Yigal Azrouel Arcadia Gown.  After getting an up-do and putting on my make-up, I slipped on the dress and was immediately taken by how the flattering ruching, draped bodice and the one-shoulder top gave me a modern yet classic look.  I paired the dress with an edgy pair of silver earrings and studded cuff.  I also took a bold leap of faith and opted for bright red lipstick given the dark monotone color of my dress.Thanks to RTR, wearing this dress made me feel “Old Hollywood” glamorous and it goes without saying that I was showered with compliments for my look all night.