My 2018 High Holiday Outfits

In 2016 and 2017, I shared my high holiday outfits. Those posts are still surprisingly popular, so I’m continuing the tradition in 2018. I think it struck a cord because I discussed how I save time and money on special occasion clothes by renting rather than buying.

Rent the Runway has a huge selection, good prices, and eliminates many, many hours of hunting and trying-on at the mall. 

Since I normally only attend services for two days, I rent two dresses, one for Rosh Hashanah and one for Yom Kippur, with a $100 budget. 

Rosh Hashanah: Trina Turk Bookish Black Dress

Black knit fabric with 3/4 sleeves and a white collar. It was stretchy and fitted, but not too tight, and because the hemline is long, it was very modest. I did use a tummy slimming slip for a smoother look. The cute, retro collar is what attracted me initially. Rental price is only $60 for a $328 dress!

For accessories, I wore black pumps, pearl earrings and pin, and carried a black and white bag—all from my own collection.

I’m happy to report this dress was a success. I was comfy, stylish, and felt good with my choice. 

Yom KippurLeota Calico Perfect Faux Wrap Dress

This dress has a pretty floral print, adjustable waist and a V-neck—3 things I adore. The fabric is a soft jersey, which drapes so well. There is a separate belt, too. I will probably add a black camisole underneath. I have a true hourglass figure and wrap style dresses work very well for me. Best of all, the cost was only $30! (Retail is $148.)

Accessories will be the same black pumps, a black bag, and gold earrings/necklace. 

I haven’t worn this yet, obviously, but I’m confident it should be fine. My sister commented that I should’ve reversed the order and worn the black dress second because it’s more “serious.” She may be right, but it’s too late now. They’re both appropriate, so it’s not a big deal. 

If you’re nervous to order without trying on first, Rent the Runway provides the option to select a 2nd size dress for FREE! (How is awesome is that?) I do read the suggestions in the fit guide, but everything looks different on. Having a backup is so worth it.


And, if it’s your first order from Rent The Runway, you can receive 20% off with coupon code FIRST.   


I’d love to hear about your High Holiday outfits.

2 thoughts on “My 2018 High Holiday Outfits

  1. Chris Ann

    I am a newer subscriber and enjoy your blog. I am not Jewish and I respect you and your beliefs. I’ve learned more about your faith…I’ve learned cost saving tips, read some good recipes and appreciate the thought that goes into your blog…I love the black dress! I don’t live in a big metro area and have never thought of renting clothes – great idea for that special occasion…Our husbands have worked hard and we need to be honoring and mindful with our blessings…This is one of my favorite Bible Verses.. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7…We must continue to be good stewards…and your cost savings on renting a dress is one example…thank you.

    1. The Jewish Lady Post author

      I have many readers that aren’t Jewish and that is awesome. I LOVE my friends in the Christian community and support Interfaith activities. Both Jews and Christians agree that we should all put God first! So glad you’re here and welcome.

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