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Your Fairy Godfather’s Guide to Designer Couture at a Budget Click

Updated on January 18, 2012
Ruby Augusta Gown by Reem Acra
Ruby Augusta Gown by Reem Acra | Source

© 2011 by Aurelio Locsin.

Here’s the dilemna, darling. You want to look spectacular for your anniversary fete, promotion party or first date. But the latest Vera Wang couture is just a tad out of the budget. Fear not and let moi, your virtual fairy godfather, wave his magic mouse and turn you into the belle of the ball.


Grand Entrance Gown

Take a look at the number on the right, my pre-Cinderella: 100 percent blue silk charmeuse with an assymetric neckline, scoop back, hook-and-eye closure and a hidden side zip. How much would you pay to don this glamour?

If you answered $1,495, the retail price, then you’re one of the rich but evil stepsisters, and I banish you from my writings. For the rest of you sleeping in the cold and drafty storeroom, my magic mouse grants you the goods at only $250. That’s almost 85 percent off!

Before you hem and haw that the price puts the miracle out of reach, think about what your closest frenemy Bitzy would say as you descend the grand staircase finally draped like a goddess. The evil stepsisters shall contort their over-made-up faces in envy. Men shall gaze upon you with romance in their hearts. Only your bedazzled Prince can halt their advances. Save your pennies then, for the pittance will be worth this magical evening.

Carolina Chiffon Dress by Lilly Pulitzer Lilly Pulitzer
Carolina Chiffon Dress by Lilly Pulitzer Lilly Pulitzer | Source
Pink Palm Dress by Hervé Léger
Pink Palm Dress by Hervé Léger | Source


Alas, like all fairy sprigs, my magic mouse has its limits. For at the stroke of midnight on the fourth day of your attirement, the gown must disappear. For it is but a rental that will grant you the memories of a lifetime.

The source of this magic is To avail yourself of this power, perform this encantation:

  1. Browse the magnificent collection of dresses by color, length, body type, style, neckline or sleeves. You’ll uncover cocktail attire, party dresses, dinner gowns and first-date seductions by Christian Cota, Dolce and Gabbana, Hervé Léger and Versace, to name a few. Prices range from $50 for a black short-skirted Carolina Chiffon Dress by Lilly Pulitzer to a sleeveless burgundy Crepe Column Gown by Nina Ricci.
  2. Chat with a fit specialist online if you have any questions.
  3. Click your choice and then choose two sizes: one is the size you think you are and the other the size you actually fit into.
  4. Schedule a delivery date. You’ll receive both sizes and can keep your treasures for four or eight days. If the dresses don’t fit, you don’t pay.
  5. Wear the outfit and stun the attendees at your celebration.
  6. At the end of the ball, put both selections into the post-paid package and drop it in the mailbox. Their elves take care of dry-cleaning.

Emerald Eye Chandelier Earrings by Gerard Yosca
Emerald Eye Chandelier Earrings by Gerard Yosca | Source
emerald Anastasia Clutch by Kate Spade New York Accessories
emerald Anastasia Clutch by Kate Spade New York Accessories | Source


Your fairy godfather knows that even with the gown, you might as well be naked unless you also shimmer with matching accoutrements. RentTheRunway grants access to such baubles in the form of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and clutch purses by the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Kenneth Jay Lane and Gerard Yosca. Prices range from $10 to $400.

It pains me to reveal that the magic factory offers no matching footwear. However, a pair of heels in black or dress-matching color should suffice. You want to keep it simple and elegant, so your admirers are drawn to your form rather than your feet.

Keep the Magic Alive

If you do indulge in this luxury, please let your godfather know with a bit of calligraphy in the Comments below. I would also appreciate any honest and constructive criticism for my new writing style.


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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I just had to read this in light of Michelle Obama and all the anticipation of seeing what she wore to the ball. I have never heard of Rent the Runway. But, now that I know about them I know from where the gown for my next gala event will come. Oh, on #2 - "Chat with a fit specialist online if you have any questions." I thought you meant chat with a guy who works out... Then I read it again and realized my brain was off function. I really enjoyed reading your hub and I'm glad to have the information.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks vespawolf.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow alocsin (or should I say Fairy Godfather), this is quite a departure from your usual style. I found myself laughing aloud! So thanks for giving me a jump start this morning. I've never considered renting a gown but I have to say the long, black number might be enough to convince me. Voted up all the way across the board and shared.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I wish they had something similar for guys. The tux shop fashions are just too formal or stiff sometimes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I would never have thought to rent such gowns...but it makes sense. I found it interesting also that they send two sizes...the one you "think" you might fit into and another one that really fits. Haha! Voting this up, useful and definitely interesting!

      Perhaps you should start a rental business for the shoes!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You have superb taste, teaches.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      I am very surprised at the price savings for such beautiful dresses. Your content is very well researched and written. I'll take one of each in basic black.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks JE. If you ever try this out, let me know of your experiences.

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      JEOrtega 6 years ago from Southern California

      Anything that fits into my budget is a wonderful thing. Thanks for the tips!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Glad you liked it. It's quite striking and available to any woman.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you both and especially cclitgirl for the multiple votes.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

      Very whimsically written, alocsin! Impressive. Fairy Godfather? Hmmm...Salakadoola mitchakaboola bippity boppity boo...put 'em together and what have you got? Bippity boppity boo. :D Voted up, awesome, funny and beautiful!

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      Katina Davenport 6 years ago

      I will be bookmarking renttherunway! Great hub. Two thumbs up!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Your fairy godfather wishes you all a fabulous new wardrobe. Thank you for visiting.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

      How creative! Women love it when men pick out something sexy for them. I love this style! Well done!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very nice! I'm with Nell, where's the magic wand??? :)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, now this is my type of hub! lol! I want that, and that, and oh that too! where's the magic wand? great stuff! cheers nell

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Wow Alocsin, you never cease to Amaze me with your Versatile Hubs. So, Hey Godfather I Loved this Hub, you can pick out Clothes and Accessories for me for that Special Occasion, anytime, my Friend.