Rent the Runway Outfit Ideas for Summer

September 13, 2021

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My word of the year for 2021 has been “luxurious,” and life has been more beautiful than ever. Luxurious can mean fancy, but more so, my intention was to begin living, receiving, and serving at a higher level.

One of the biggest changes I made was inside of my closet. I knew that I wanted to dress for the job and life I wanted, yet I didn’t know quite where to begin. 

At the beginning of the summer, I had already decided that I was going to try finding dresses through Rent the Runway for two upcoming weddings. But I hadn’t ever looked beyond their formal wear and was delighted to find a massive catalog of everyday outfits, date night dresses, and even bags and accessories.

If you’re considering a Rent the Runway subscription, you can save 40% off of the eight or sixteen-item plans for your first two months when you use code RTRFAM592B5AE at checkout.

Rent the Runway Outfit Ideas for Summer

I decided to take a chance on their eight-item plan and try it out for the summer. Here are some of my favorite Rent the Runway pieces from June, July, and August:

June Wedding

I took a risk ordering this Aidan Aidan Mattox Watercolor Chiffon dress to wear to my cousin Denise’s wedding. The neckline was a little low and I wasn’t sure if the multi-color pattern would work, but the second I slipped it on I became a believer. I felt amazing in this dress, it was comfortable and I got so many compliments, both at the event and on Instagram.

Birthday Dinner in Boston

Rompers also fall in the category of “risky” for me, but as you’ll see, I wore a bunch of them this summer. The first was this Greylin Anabella Stripe Culotte Jumpsuit that I wore to my birthday dinner at an amazing seafood restaurant in Boston. My sister Laura showed up serendipitously in a matching dress.

Exploring Cape Cod

I selected this classic Caviar Black Tank, by Club Monaco and loved it so much that I considered purchasing it (which you can do from Rent the Runway, at a discounted price). Instead, I wore it a couple of times before returning it, notably here, eating a chocolate croissant at PB Boulangerie, my favorite French Bakery on Cape Cod.

Summer Friday

I wasn’t traveling much in July, nor did I have any formal events to attend, but that didn’t stop me from making everyday life a little more fun. I wore this Waverly Grey Stripe Yaya Jumpsuit on a summer Friday while I answered emails from my in-laws’ pool. That’s how you start a weekend.

July 4th

We stayed local for July 4th, barbecuing with my husband’s family and watching the neighborhood fireworks show on the beach. This Greylin Celine Fringe Trim Midi Dress was perfect for lounging, walking, and sipping rose on a beach blanket.

Family Dinner

I let this Krisa Smocked Halter dress sit in my queue for a few weeks while I worked up the nerve to order it. I thought it might be a little too short for someone my age, but I’m glad that I pushed outside of my comfort zone. This was such a fun dress, I loved the color, and felt comfortable enough to wear it out to a family dinner.

At the Salon

After the Watercolor Chiffon dress I wore to my cousin’s June wedding convinced me that I could sport a deep v-neck, I took a chance on this Rebecca Minkoff Red Floral Lucy top. This ended up being one of my favorite pieces of the summer. I wore it to the salon to get my haircut and true to my word of the year, it made the experience all the more luxurious. 

Coffee Date

By this point in the summer, I was feeling a little adventurous, and so I selected this Roller Rabbit Flying Karma Ryana Jumpsuit. Even the name sounds like something I would never choose. While definitely something I wouldn’t wear on repeat, I loved the look and feel of this romper. I wore it on a coffee date with my friend Muriel, and got several compliments in the short window of time that I stood at the counter waiting for our order. They say you can’t buy confidence, but that day, I rented it.

In the Parks

This Nicole Miller Smoked Knit Peplum top was one of my safer choices, but I also wore it three or four times before returning it. It felt special, but still comfortable enough to wear around the house, and out at the parks. You can see me wearing it here at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with my handsome husband.

Family Reunion

I fell in love with this Polo Ralph Lauren Sleeveless Hys Dress before it arrived on my doorstep, and it lived up to my expectations. It was the perfect combination of comfy and dressy, making it the most versatile piece that I ordered this summer. I wore it twice—once to a family reunion (pictured here alongside my cousin Amanda), and again for a dinner out with friends.

To New England and back

In August, I headed back to the Northeast where this Club Monaco Chambray Stripe Casual Cami fit right it. I wore it out and about in Cape Cod, and hung on to it to wear again when we got back home to Florida.

August Wedding

I had a few different dress options in my queue when it came time to select something for my cousin Erica’s late August wedding and I’m so thrilled that I chose this one! The lacy BB Dakota Hearing Sirens Dress fit perfectly and was so comfortable, which is something you can’t always say about formal wear. Here I am again with my beautiful sisters.

Beach walk

Summer is winding down and I don’t have any weddings for the rest of the year, but I decided to hang on to my RTR membership. Here’s a peek at the Louna Flutter Tie Back Dress from my latest shipment, which I wore just this weekend, to the coffee shop, and out for a walk on the beach.

I have loved my Rent the Runway experience and am so excited about what I have picked out to wear this fall. If you’re looking to add a little luxury to your year, I have a special coupon code for you to use for the exact plan to which I subscribe.

Save 40% off of the eight or sixteen-item plans for your first two months with Rent the Runway when you use code RTRFAM592B5AE at checkout.


This post is not sponsored, nor is my subscription, but I am thrilled to be a Rent the Runway Ambassador. If you use my coupon code it unlocks some extra outfits for me which means savings for you, and gives me the opportunity to share more posts like this.

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