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Shhh! This Is Where All the NYC Fashion Girlies Get Their Designer Work Clothes on a Budget



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If you’ve watched The Devil Wears Prada or Sex in the City, you know there’s nothing quite like the New York City fashion girl. She’s elegant, poised, and, most of all, stylish. She has impeccable taste that’ll make you wish you had her job — or her outfit, at the very least. It might be easy to believe that all those women have massive closets loaded with designer clothes like Andy Sachshowever, most borrow their looks from one place: Rent the Runway.

Yup, it’s true. Rent the Runway is the true wizard behind most of the fashion scene’s wardrobe, and you would never suspect a thing. Even though the industry seems super posh and glamorous, looking the part can be ridiculously expensive. Buying all the high-end brands and designer looks outright would cost most people a month’s worth of rent — and as tempting as that could be, it’s easier just to loan it out. I know tons of writers and editors (this one included) whose best work looks are thanks to the subscription service. Whether for fashion week, a big meeting, or an after-work happy hour, Rent the Runway is where most New York City fashion girlies snag their work clothes. 

And if you’ve been itching to revamp your entire office wardrobe for the new season but aren’t looking to shell out a ton of cash, you should definitely consider signing up for a subscription. Currently, their most popular plan is 40% off with the code SUMMER40. With this option, you’ll be able to pick out 10 items a month across two shipments of five pieces and have access to their full subscription closet, which means nothing is off limits for just $87 for your first month. And of course, you can cancel or pause at any time.

To show you how good these styles are we gathered a handful of designer pieces that you can add to your closet in an instant. Keep on scrolling to give your work wardrobe the promotion it deserves, all without breaking the bank.

Sandro Gabriel Dress

$87 a month

$299 Original Retail

71% off

Sandro designs beautiful knitwear of the utmost quality. This two-toned button-down dress is perfect for a casual day at the office and a sunset dinner after work. 

Ciao Lucia Amira Top

$87 a month

$225 Original Retail

61% off

If you haven’t heard, vests are making a huge comeback this season. This beautiful button-up top by Ciao Lucia is both playful and conservative, so it’s appropriate for any summer work wardrobe. Pair it with a breeze pair of cream slacks or your favorite high-waisted jeans.

Veronica Beard Braeton Dickey Jacket

$87 a month

$598 Original Retail

85% off

This is the perfect time of year to experiment with different colors and styles. Have some fun with this traditional blazer, which has a unique, eye-catching two-tone design that’ll surprisingly go with many neutrals in any basic wardrobe.

Ashley Park x RTR Navy Pinstripe Pleated Skirt

$87 a month

$150 Original Retail

42% off

Who doesn’t love a cute mini-skirt this season? Keeping up with a timeless suiting theme, this pinstripe pleated skirt is both serious and saucy. It’ll look so chic with a black blazer or a cropped denim jacket.

Tory Burch Accessories Black Miller Slouchy Bag

$87 a month

$578 Original Retail

85% off

You can even get purses, sunglasses, and other accessories on Rent the Runway. If you’ve had your eye on a particular bag for a while, there’s a good chance you can find it there, like this sleek Miller Bag by Tory Burch that’ll become your new work tote for the summer.

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