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Rent the Runway Launches an Unlimited Monthly Subscription Service

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Is your favorite part of Clueless when Cher goes to get dressed in the morning, sits down at her (giant) computer, and, with just a few taps on the screen chooses her outfit? Her virtual closet decides a yellow plaid jacket and uber-short skirt combo—now so iconic—are the way to go. It's just atypical day in her "way normal life." (Normal? As if!) And now, 20 years later, there's a service that aims to make your everyday question of what to wear just as easily solved.

Rent the Runway, the go-to for renting designer clothes (need some pieces for a wedding weekend? no prob) since it launched in 2006, has gone nationwide with its monthly subscription service. For $139 a month (dry cleaning, shipping, and insurance included), you can get an unlimited amount of dresses, blazers, skirts, tops, coats, bags, jewelry, and more. Basically, everything except for shoes, because, ew. Jennifer Hyman, Rent the Runway's CEO, told me the inspiration actually came partly from that Clueless scene and calls the new plan a "closet in the cloud." You can take out three pieces at a time—sign up, go into the Unlimited section of the site, click to choose, and they are shipped to you. You can keep them as long as you want (or even buy them at a discounted price), or send 'em back to get more.

Depending on how much time you want to spend on swapping things out, you could potentially be renting several outfits a month, or integrating new pieces into things you already own—a Tory Burch dress here, a Rebecca Minkoff bag there. (This reporter did a Derek Lam tweed coat, and a Nina Ricci lace bomber and bag.) And, yes, you can access RTR Unlimited from anywhere by using its app. So, it's kind of like you get to have Cher's closet, without having to commit to actually purchasing anything. Add up all the "junk food" clothes, as Hyman calls them, that you spring for in a month (fast fashion impulse buys, say) and it might just equal—or go over—the amount of a Rent the Runway Unlimited membership.

The possibilities aren't endless, but they're plenty—especially when it comes to work outfits. We went through RTR's latest offerings and picked some things that are spring-y and office ready, then added in some other pieces you can shop elsewhere online (i.e. shoes). Scroll down for ideas. You won't find any yellow plaid, but we think the 2016 Cher Horowitz would still approve.


Rent the Runway Launches an Unlimited Monthly Subscription Service
Tibi pants, Anya Hindmarch bag and Lele Sadoughi necklace, available on Rent the Runway Unlimited. Zara tee, $16. Steve Madden sandal, $134.

Rent the Runway Launches an Unlimited Monthly Subscription Service
Rebecca Minkoff jacket, Clare V. clutch and Balenciaga sunglasses, available on Rent the Runway Unlimited. Tory Burch dress, $895. Kristin Cavallari lace-up pump, $130.

Rent the Runway Launches an Unlimited Monthly Subscription Service
Kate Spade trench, 10 Crosby Derek Lam dress and Nina Ricci bag, available on Rent the Runway Unlimited. Quay sunglasses, $40. J.Crew loafers, $288.

Rent the Runway Launches an Unlimited Monthly Subscription Service
Joie top, Loeffler Randall bag and Giles & Brother cuff, available on Rent the Runway Unlimited. Boden skirt, $48. & Other Stories sandals, $135.

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Rent the Runway Launches an Unlimited Monthly Subscription Service

How to Make Fall 2015 Runway Trends Work in a Corporate Office Environment

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Even though we've already broken down runway trends into what's really wearable, it's time we take things a step further. Fall 2015 had lots of looks that might be easy enough to translate to date night or hanging with friends on the weekend, but for your super buttoned-up, tailoring-required office? It's trickier, but far from impossible. We called up Rent the Runway CEO and cofounder Jennifer Hyman, a Harvard Business School grad whose career has taken her through the corporatized halls of Starwood Hotels and Resorts and IMG, to see what advice she had to offer on merging fashion trends with a work wardrobe that has to remain super professional.

Play with color.
Even in today's most office'y offices, there's no rule that says you have to wear black or navy. "Look at Michelle Obama or Hilary Clinton and how their styles have evolved. Women in power are wearing lots of color," Hyman commented to us. She loves burgundy and emerald done in professional cuts like pencil skirts and sheath dresses and is supported by the pros: Pantone's official color of 2015 is wine-red marsala. Another runway hue trend that's easy to make work for work? All-white or cream, massive in the fall collections and easy to replicate in the pieces you typically see worn by employees in your company. To try, pick up slacks, a blazer, or fine-knit sweater in an eggshell color.

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How to Make Fall 2015 Runway Trends Work in a Corporate Office Environment

If you're going to do a print, keep the dominant color dark.
There's a huge catalog of print out there, and it goes without saying that some will be too loud or inappropriate for serious work environments (the robots and monsters fashion loved in the spring probably aren't a good idea for a board meeting). The good news is that one of the season's most major print trends—dark, moody florals—is on the opposite end of anything that could read as juvenile. To wear, shop for a large-scale print with a dark dominant color in dresses or sharp tops. The bigger the print, the less busy it'll read.

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Shop separates and include one trendy piece.
"Over the past 15 to 20 years office attire has loosened up, and even in the most conservative industries the Working Girl dress code is officially dead," said Hyman. "The traditional black or navy business suit has been replaced by sophisticated dress silhouettes and separates that allow you to showcase more of your personal style." So? Keep your trusty black trousers and replace the basic button-up with a shirt that has a ruffled collar or skinny tie at the neck. The '70s were massive for fall and in lieu of attempting a total look, shop for a pussy bow blouse or something with a subtle amount of sheen.

Wear something other than pumps.
Shake yourself out of a rut where you pull on the same simple pair of black or nude heels every day. Crazy lace-up stilettos or multimedia shoes might be way too much for your work space, but you can totally play with the season's trendy menswear-inspired flats and brogues.

How to Make Fall 2015 Runway Trends Work in a Corporate Office Environment

Prabal Gurung dress, $40 rental, renttherunway.com, Bailey 44 top, $40 rental, renttherunway.com, Carven shift dress, $115 rental, renttherunway.com

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How to Make Fall 2015 Runway Trends Work in a Corporate Office Environment