Black Halo

Red Carpet Dress

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$325 retail

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Stylist Notes

Black Halo takes a simple silhouette and gives it a bold makeover.

Size & Fit

This dress runs slightly big. We recommend going one size down for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized XS-L. Size XS=0,2; Size S=4,6; Size M=8,10; Size L=12.

BUST: Great for any cup size
WAIST: Fitted - fitted throughout and ruched fabric conceals abdomen
HIPS: Fitted
LENGTH: Mini to mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra and seamless underwear
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types

Product Details

Red shiny jersey. V neckline with draping detail at shoulder. Side ruching detail on body. Draping detail on skirt. Hidden side zip. 36" from shoulder to hem. Model's height is 5'10".

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117 reviews
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Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
January 13, 2011

terrible dress. looked like a red potato sack. i am clearly not made to wear drapping.

Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Body type: Athletic
September 24, 2011

I rented an xs and it was actually slightly big on me. In fact, it made me look like I had a stomach when I don't. Love the dress itself and style. I just needed about an 1 - 2 good inches removed from the dress in the waist to compliment my figure, give me a bit more definition in the waist and not bulge out in front.

Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Body type: Straight & narrow
October 17, 2011

The draping on this dress did not fit my body type properly. In the photo, it appears that the draping is secured, however its the curves of the body that hold the draping in place, as my bust and waist is smaller than this woman's, the draping did not drape properly but hung unusually. I ended up not wearing this dress at all.

Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 24
Body type: Petite
October 21, 2011

This dress was way too big. I ordered a small and a medium and the layers on the small were literally hanging off my body. I'm usually a 2 or a 4 so I thought that the small would fit me but it didn't and I ended up not wearing it for the event.

Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
October 22, 2011

I looked at the other reviews and ordered my dress a size smaller than usual-I'm so glad that I did. This dress is really flattering on hourglass figures, although if you have a fuller bust, you might need to use dress tape to help keep the front together. Also, the dress is dark red, rather than the bright cherry red shown in the picture.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
November 14, 2011
Wouldn't recommend

I rented this for my birthday party, and the fabric is much shinier and a much darker red than it appears in the picture, it felt cheap. I tend to wear a 4-6, and the small was too large. I can see this flattering curvier types, but the way it hung on me made me look shapeless.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
December 22, 2011
Awkward top but overall good.

The top drapes a little funny. Though the XS had a higher seam I managed to shimmy it down lower so it looked like the picture. I was able to get 2 sizes in this which was GREAT because I read a lot of reviews and they were mixed with either fit is too large or too small. Overall fit in my opinion runs relatively large. I wear anywhere from a 0-4 depending on brand but definitely a size 26 waist and I felt the XS was not tight by any means but it does run pretty short. BTW, I think it photographs well too.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
July 18, 2012
Runs large

This dress was very comfortable and was made with very forgiving fabric. The draping around the midsection can make you look thicker, so I wore a size down.

Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
August 6, 2012
Not good

Perhaps because I'm petite, but this dress was huge on me and I rented the smallest size. I do not recommend this dress for shorter women.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
August 14, 2012
Cheap fabric in real life

I was extremely disappointed in this dress. I thought it would be a fun, bright red dress to wear in Vegas. Unfortunately, the fabric is kind of shiny and did not look classy in real life. I usually love Black Halo, but this is not one of their best.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
August 28, 2012
Flattering and a great color

I must say this dress is very forgiving in the stomach area. However, it runs large so I felt like I was swimming in it. Despite the dress being too big I still got tons of compliments on it.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
August 30, 2012
No love for this Vday dress

I rented this dress for a Valentine's party. Way too much fabric to really show off your figure. The color was more orange-red than true-red. Not a fit for me.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 5, 2012
This dress is vibrant and super soft. I was comfortable the entire night while looking great in red.

The small was too small and the medium left me with a little wiggle room. I think that the dress may hang better on someone with a larger bust. The material is reall soft and slinky.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
April 10, 2013
Droopy, not drapey.

I ordered this dress as a backup style for a holiday office party, and while the size was slightly too large, I could also tell that even the XS would have been droopier and longer than I had imagined. My chest looked saggy, which is definitely not what you want! RTR has some fantastic red dresses available -- go check them out instead :)

Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
April 27, 2013
arrived on time, and i love rent the runway! even though this was just a bad dress.

it fit loose and the color was more of a dark red. the material was like basketball jersey shorts. i didn't end up wearing it because it looked a little cheap.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
June 24, 2014
Lady in red!

The fit runs a bit large and I ended up wearing the S. It was very comfortable and loved that I could wear a bra with straps. The style of the dress was very flattering to my body type and camouflaged my flaws. I dressed it up with a statement necklace and peep-toe black heels.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Body type: Hourglass
July 14, 2014
So sexy!

The draping makes this dress SO flattering, and you can actually breathe!

Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 22
Body type: Petite
October 2, 2011

I didnt like the way this dress draped over my body. it felt and looked like a curtain. this dress, however, would look great on someone more curvy

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
January 12, 2015
Fit is not flattering

Did not end up wearing this dress in either the M or the S as the fit was very, very unflattering. It was too tight in some areas and too looser in all the wrong areas. Would not recommend this dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
December 30, 2011
Not what I expected

I was super excited to rent this but when I tried it on, it was not flattering on me at all! On the model it looks super fitted and ruched all over. In all actuality it looks like there are 2 drapes of fabric over a regular short red dress. One drape over the breast and the other draping on the other diagonal across the stomach. I'm curvy and it made me look shapeless and wide. Super disappointed :(

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
June 20, 2012
I felt beautiful in this shiny cocktail dress, it really shows off your legs!

I ordered this dress becuase I was working the DC Emmy awards (I'm a cheerleader for a DC sports team) and was told I needed to wear a short, red cocktail dress. For the most part, it looked great. However, I agree with other reviews that the back can get a little short and the draping looks a little funny at times. I've got some curves but also a small waist and unfortunatly this dress doesn't flatter the waist. It made me look "boxy" with loose material hanging at my sides. I fit into both the S and XS (I usually wear mediums). If you aren't trying to show off your waist, this is a great dress. It flatters curves in a great way. But if you have an hourglass, beware! It'll make you look like you don't.

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Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Body type: Hourglass
October 13, 2010

I agree with most of what has already been said it’s very slimming, very forgiving and no stretch. I also agree that right side drape "pops-up" and I do not have a full bust. The color is vibrant…this is a stand-out dress! I received so many compliments while wearing this. My only suggestion would be order the size you think you are and then one size up. I’m a TRUE size 4 but I have hips so I thought by ordering the small (size chart says that’s a 4-6) and I felt it was a tad too small with no give.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 165lbs
January 10, 2011

This dress looks a lot better in the picture than in person. I was planning on wearing it to a weeding, but it was way too short and tight in some areas and baggy in other and the red a deeper red looking. This dress might be fine for a romantic night out but NOT a wedding.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
January 12, 2011
Not for me...

I rented this dress for new year's eve but was not able to wear it. It would have fit perfectly if it weren't for my huge chest. I wear a 36D and the bands that go across the chest did not sit right. I ordered a L and M but didn't even bother trying on the M. Beautiful dress but I think it's more for smaller-chested women.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Body type: Hourglass
January 23, 2011

if you have a long torso, then I do not recommend this dress because it will not hang quite right at the top. I was totally bummed because it looks great in pics. Good thing I had an awesome back-up dress!

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 159lbs
February 7, 2011

I have a 34" inseam, so this dress looked obnoxiously short on me. Luckily, I rented a backup, which was worn. This dress is too expensive to look cheap, but that was the outcome. Would probably look great for clubbing or a hot date night out, but this was definitely too short to every be considered classy on a tall girl like me.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Body type: Hourglass
September 13, 2011

This dress looked awful on my body type. It is also very very short.

RTR CustomerSeptember 13, 2011
I'm petite like you, but did you find the sleeves overwhelming? Some comments say they are huge. Also it looks as though the dress hits you right above the knee?
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
October 20, 2011

I ordered an xs which is typically my size but it was too small in the bust. The drapes did not lay right and I was unable to wear it. It is a beautiful dress but if you have a larger bust, I would order a size up.

Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 26
Body type: Hourglass
November 1, 2011

it was too short :-( i was so sad i didn't get to wear it. the material didn't have a lot of stretch. large in the waist, the material was hanging off

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
December 11, 2011
I felt comfortable and sexy in this dress!

I loved this dress and had many compliments. I have a curvy figure, this was perfect and comfortable. It is a bit short so be careful! Beautiful shade of red and showed up great in photos.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
February 13, 2012
Had to return it

It looks a lot different than what I expected. And the fit was way off, so I had to return it and had to wear a dress that I already had. I am 5'9" and 130 lbs, so I thought that the length would be similar to the models, but it was extremely short. The fit up top was a little awkward too. The draping was not as flattering as it shows on the model, but not in a way that should be expected. It didn't hang naturally and kind of hiked up over my chest. As for the condition, the dress was very clean and was what I would expect for a dress that has been worn before. Overall, I think the first time for ordering a dress from this site, it was a good one despite the fit issues.

Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
August 14, 2012
awkward...

the fabric felt very inexpensive, and the whole dress fit me very poorly. it's definitely not made for tall girls, but i wouldn't recommend it for anyone. i didn't even end up wearing either of the sizes that i rented.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
August 23, 2012
It was WAY too short for me

I rented this to wear out on a date with my husband. I rented both the S and the M, but they were both way too short to wear in public.I am only 5'2", so this is not usually an issue for me. I was unable to wear the dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 119lbs
December 16, 2012
I love RTR and will rent again, just not this designer.

I ended up not wearing either size. Poorly constructed dress already ripping at the seam when I took it out of the bag. The dress is extremely short and if you are busty this is not a good dress for you. The empire waistline did not leave much room for my boobs. Would not recommend this dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
January 2, 2013
Wasn't able to wear it

While the dress is cute and looks adorable on the model I didn't end up wearing this to my family Christmas party. I ordered the small based on all of the reviews with the medium as my backup size. The medium was unavailable for my date but I ordered anyway. The dress that came did fit. However it was tighter than I was comfortable with for a family event. I'm only ft tall and the dress was short even on me and quite tight on my backside. Had I been going out for a night on the town it probably wouldn't have bothered me but for a family gathering it just didn't feel right. Overall the dress is cute but it just wasn't right for my event.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
February 15, 2013
Runs small and short; better for thin framed person without curves.

I was disappointed with this dress--I usually run a size 6/8 and the medium was way too small. The bust area was not designed for someone with greater than an A sized cup, and I am 5'5" and the dress length was so short it fell perhaps 2 inches below my hips and if I sat down would not have had enough coverage at all. I was surprised because in the past I have worn a size 6 in Black Halo and the dresses have been designed for a completely different type of fit model.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
April 9, 2013
Great color!

The fit was great. Fabric was very forgiving and comfortable. The length was perfect.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 2, 2014
Fire Engine Red at the Fire Fighters Ball! Really drew everyones attention.

This dress was red hot. It ran a little small in the body, so I went a size up, even though it gave the bust more of a gaping hang, I just kept that in mind if I bent over. The legnth was great, and it sat very nice on the body.

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Size worn:
L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
November 4, 2014
Lots of compliments!

Very pretty dress, I usually am about and 8/10 dress size depending on the material and such so I took a Large in this dress. I think it ran a bit small. I had 2 complaints the slip part was very short and tight and it kept riding up when i sat down; and the draping over the right top on the chest wasn't attached to the dress so when I would move it would bunch up and look kind of funny. But other than that it looked great was comfortable and I got a lot of compliments on it.

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Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Body type: Hourglass
February 27, 2011

Runs small on taller people and thus is extremely short. It was unwearable without risking arrest. Size up appropriately.

SariFebruary 27, 2011
Thanks for such specific advice! I have never had luck w/ fashion tape but I am ordering topstick tape now! :)
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