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Elizabeth and James

Purple Bardot Dress

$35 rental
$365 Retail

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Stylist Notes

He won't be able to keep his eyes off of you in this sporty and sexy sheath by Elizabeth & James. Make a statement by pairing the and great cuff with Dannijo’s Samirah Necklace.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-10.

BUST: Great for any cup size – slightly fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted – dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted – stretchy fabric allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless or racerback bra. Try Hollywood’s Bra Converting Clips.
FABRIC: Fabric is very stretchy
GREAT FOR: Full Bust, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-10.

BUST: Great for any cup size – slightly fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted – dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted – stretchy fabric allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless or racerback bra. Try Hollywood’s Bra Converting Clips.
FABRIC: Fabric is very stretchy
GREAT FOR: Full Bust, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Size Chart

Size Chart

Product Details

Purple ponte (54% polyester, 38% viscose, 8% elastane). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Racer back. Pencil skirt with asymmetrical hem and slit. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. 33” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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181 reviews

Fit
Small 41
True to Size 120
Large 8
Photos 113
Hammie
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 60
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 111 lbs
Aug 21, 2013

40th Class Reunion

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This was very "hugging" but comfortable. I was happy to have the help of RTR Staff; I am very fashion challenged. The 2 was a good fit for me; my size is typically a 4P or 2 missy.
AUSTIN
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Aug 25, 2013

Wonderful dress. Wish I had a reason to dress up again!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
The neckline on this dress is great for showing off your shoulders. It is a great dress, so classy and wonderful fit. I loved it. Perfect length, perfect fit. The whole process of receiving, returning, customer service, etc. with RTR is stellar. Thank you!
Kara
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 132 lbs
Aug 29, 2013

So many compliments and loved that it fit like a glove!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress fits amazing and I received so many compliments. It really sucks everything right in and I didn't even have to wear spanx! I was pretty nervous about it running small but it fit perfectly. I HIGHLY recommend this dress.
christa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Sep 13, 2013

LOVED!!!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Absolutely loved this dress--the fit, the quality, the fit, the color--everything. It is VERY unforgivng so if you're in the least bit self-conscious about anything, I'd suggest getting some kind of shapewear. I'm relatively fit and I still did--it just made me feel more comfortable. I received SO many compliments on this dress and my boyfriend begged me to not send it back!
DeaB
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125 lbs
Sep 13, 2013

Perfect Fit!!!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress has been my favorite rental by far. Everything about it was perfect, color, fit, style... loved it!! This is a very form fitting dress runs true to size but i would recommend ordering a second size up as a back up. Received many compliments and got a few RTR shout outs as well!! I will definitely be renting this one again, wish I could own it!
Lauren
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Sep 16, 2013

This was an AMAZING dress. Sexy and fitted, but the higher neckline was a perfect balance.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Fitted perfectly throughout hips and waist, thigh slit was a little difficult to sit down with (went pretty high), but totally fine when standing and dancing, Getting into it was also a little tricky, because of my bigger bust, but once the girls were in place, I didn't have to worry about them all night! Overall amazing fit and color (works SO well with blonde hair), wish I could have kept it. Definitely needs a statement necklace to kick it up a notch :)
CC
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Oct 21, 2013

Feeling sexy and confident at a recent benefit

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
This dress strikes the perfect balance between being elegant and sexy. Something about the way the dress is constructed (the shoulder, the seams, the slit) makes it very figure flattering - it creates a really nice hourglass effect. The dress is well lined so I was able to wear it without a bra no problem. I am usually a 6 and I wore an 8 in this. A 6 would have worked but the 8 was more appropriate for my event.
Audrianne
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 27
Body type: Hourglass
Oct 24, 2013

LOVE this dress! Wish I could have kept it!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The picture doesn't do this dress justice. I usually wear a size 8 or 10. I got this one in an 8 because of some of the reviews. When I first tried it on I was afraid that it would be too tight (I'm really curvy) but it was perfect.
Jayne
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Nov 4, 2013

Loved the dress.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Wore it to a friends wedding. It fit well and was really comfortable. I kind of wish that I owned it.
Robin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120 lbs
Nov 20, 2013

Simply stunning, sexy and elegant!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I love this dress. This dress was perfect for the benefit dinner we attended. Was very form fitting, so you need to be confident in your body, but at the same time, was conservative enough to work for the event. Love the color which is definitely a very bluish purple. Loved pairing it with the Upper Nile Necklace like some of the others here did. This is a dress that I would want in several colors because I could wear it to so many different types of events.
Kathleen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150 lbs
Dec 5, 2013

Beautiful color - true to size!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this for a rehearsal dinner for a wedding my husband was in. It was a great color and was tasteful yet sexy at the same time. Loved it with the Kate Spade necklace I rented as well. Perfect fit and true to size.
Kristen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 117 lbs
Dec 12, 2013

Great for a wedding or formal event

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Great fall wedding dress. Although I am not generally a purple fan, the color appears more of a deep blue in person. I thought the dress shape, particularly the neckline, was very unique and flattering. Be aware, however, this dress is very tight so it might not be great for an event where you will be eating a lot. I am usually a 0 in dresses but I ended up wearing the 2.
erica
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Dec 19, 2013

Hot Fun Dress!!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I usually tend to wear strapless, flowy dresses, so I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and this dress just spoke to me! All the reviewers raved about it, so I just had to try it. I loved the color too, it's not one I wear regularly. It photographs a little bluer than in real life, but regardless, it's a stunning jewel tone. I probably could have worn the 6, but wanted to keep it classy, so I settled with the 8, since it's so curve-hugging. It's definitely nice and snug - enough to tuck you in and hold you in place (I didn't wear a bra and was completely comfortable and supported, hopping all over the dance floor). I did have to spanx it, though.. I probably would have been fine w/o, but wanted to do the dress total justice and look sleek. The neckline showed off my toned shoulders and biceps and the asymmeterical lines of the dress leading to the slit were very slimming and sexy. I didn't find the slit to be too high or inappropriate at all. It's a simple dress, yet it speaks volumes - I felt like a million bucks.
Stephanie
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Dec 21, 2013

Best rental yet!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Both the 4 and the 6 fit, but the 4 hugs the body and is sexier. The fabric is stretchy so the dress is comfortable to wear and sit down in. The dress looks blue-ish in a lot of other pictures on the site, however, I think my picture is a good representation of the color in person. It's like a deep royal purple. The only thing I didn't like was that I felt like you could clearly see the outline of the Spanx (seam along stomach and the high waist line). It was my first time wearing Spanx, so I don't know if that's an issue with all tight fitting dresses and Spanx. Regardless, I would definitely recommend!
Nicolina
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Dec 29, 2013

Classy, Sexy with a lot of Confidence!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore the Purple Bardot Dress, and paired it with the Carte Blanche Necklace and a tweed 3/4 sleeve black and white jacket for my friend's November wedding dinner rehearsal. I think the necklace was a great contrasting statement piece with the solid colored dress that I didn't need any other standout accessories. The purple was a great color, and the sporty neck line and front slit were really fun and flirty details. I'm usually a size 2 or 4 in dresses, and based on the reviews I shipped the size 4 and 6. I went with the size 6 because it was a very tight dress, super form-fitting and really hugs all your curves. That's what I mean by classy, sexy with a lot of confidence! The dress was a beautiful, heavy and quality material. I wore a strapless bra and spanx underneath. I received a lot of compliments throughout the night and felt great in it. This was my first RTR rental and really enjoyed the experience. I would definitely recommend RTR to anyone, especially for the opportunity to just try RTR, see how the dresses feel on you and learn what else you might like!
Amanda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125 lbs
Jan 2, 2014

2 dresses for 1 - Got tons of compliments and 1 date

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Fantastic dress! My measurements are 34-25-37 (32B) and I ordered a 2 and a 4. Both fit but the 4 fit a little better so I ended up wearing the 2 for a New Years party in case some one spilled on it and the 4 for a wedding the next day. Both times I got so many compliments. A stranger stopped me to tell how she couldn't believe how I looked like a magazine pic! And at the wedding I ended up getting asked out by a cute groomsman. All in all def worth the rental fee! Also ordered and wore the Tuleste Market Golden Petal Necklace which was perfect with it. Best dress thus far!
Marah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 5, 2014

Perfect dress and necklace combo!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I rented this dress for a summer wedding and it was perfect for the occasion. I received lots of compliments about the dress and necklace. The dress is fitted but just the right amount to make it family appropriate. The dress would be great for lots of other occasions, I wish I owned it!
Allyson
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110 lbs
Jan 13, 2014

Chic, sexy and sophisticated!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this to my soon to be brother-in-law's wedding this past weekend (January 2014). I am short, about 5'1", so I was nervous about the length, but it ended up hitting at a good spot on my legs, just under my knee. It didn't look too long at all. It is definitely a tight dress that shows off your body, but in a good way because the material is thick enough to hide imperfections. I got a lot of compliments. The only thing that bothered me was that because it was probably made for someone taller, there was extra fabric in the torso area, but nothing too noticeable. The color, neckline and overall fit of the dress is super flattering. Thanks RTR!
liandra
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 22, 2014

Hugely flattering, body skimming but polished. Loved this dress.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
It's definitely tight but it's a thicker fabric that is very smooth. I would go a size up from what you normally might order.
Jess
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140 lbs
Feb 4, 2014

Feel like your best self in this dress

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Perfect dress to wear to a wedding for the gal who wants to dance the night away. Sexy without being slutty, classy and comfortable. I got compliments all night long. Do it. Wear it. Love it.
Nikki
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150 lbs
Feb 17, 2014

Sexy and classy.

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Vacation
I ordered an 8 and 10 in this dress and ended up wearing the 10. The dress was tight but didn't show imperfections because of the luxe material. I wore this dress for a night out in Vegas. Love the slit on the leg. I'm 5"5' and I really liked the length.
Brooke
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105 lbs
Feb 21, 2014

Gorgeous dress, worn for rehearsal dinner.

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
True to size, very flattering but unforgiving in the mid-section.
Kimberly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Feb 25, 2014

Fit like a glove

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
Amazing dress. True to size, sad I had to give it back! Wish I owned in every color!
Bruna
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Body type: Petite
Mar 5, 2014

Wore this to a wedding, it was cocktail attire and this dress was perfect for the occasion!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Dress fits perfectly, great color, got a lot of compliments.
Lauren
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120 lbs
Mar 7, 2014

Amazing fit

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Beautiful dress! Fit was tight, like a glove (sucked everything in nicely) but the somewhat longer length made it feel appropriate for a wedding. The color is very rich, more purple than cobalt blue. Would definitely rent this dress again (I'm looking for an excuse to rent the white version).
Stevany
Age: 24
Mar 24, 2014

Fast fun affordable

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
Amazing service! Absolutely love RTR!
Emily
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Mar 24, 2014

Gorgeous, classy, sexy; wore for wedding!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this to my friend's outdoor wedding in Charleston (can you say fairytale?). The fabric is fabulous, and the dress is very well constructed. It's very figure flattering and I liked the hourglass shape/feel. I felt both elegant and sexy, and didn't have to worry about the slit (so fun to rock!) I typically wear a size 2 and it fit well (I knew it was going to be snug - anything smaller would have been a no-no). I did notice a small amount of extra material around my torso, but appreciated the added comfort. The dress fell kindly to my knees; not too long and it didn't bunch up while dancing! l loved the racer back. It's a well lined dress so it did not demand a bra. I paired the dress with nude stilettos, a gold cuff and a cream statement necklace. Received many kind compliments. The color is vibrant, and the worst part was having to return it. Perfection! Thanks RTR!
Kaylyn
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 45
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 114 lbs
Mar 31, 2014

Great dress! Easy to wear & accessorize!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I think the fit isn't as loose as some of the reviews I read. It was snug but very well made. The color is beautiful and the cut is simple so it is easy to have fun with jewelry, shoes, jackets, etc.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Bust size: 36B
Apr 6, 2014

Tons of compliments on this dress and the blue is the perfect shade.

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
Usually wear an 8 but with the cut of this dress I found the 10 to be more comfortable. It is a very slimming dress which is exactly what I wanted.
KC
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 119 lbs
Apr 12, 2014

The Chic Bombshell Dress

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I rented this dress for a party, and wow... it is something! I ordered a size 2 and 4, both fit... but I went with the size 4 because I just feel more comfortable in it for THIS event. I plan on renting the white for my birthday, and I'll probably go with the 2. The only con, and it's a REALLY TINY con, is that it is a little longer than I would like... for a 5'2 shortie like me, it hits at an odd place on my knee (almost mid-knee).
Nicole
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150 lbs
Apr 14, 2014

I everyone kept telling me a looked like a model

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
The dress fit so well. It is form fitting so make sure you have spanx or something that will lay smooth. The dress is so sexy yet classy at the same time. Everyone kept coming up to me and saying how amazing I looked. If you are a tall girl with curves this dress is the one for you.
Rachael
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125 lbs
Apr 18, 2014

Simple and classy, great neckline.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I rented this for a Bar Mitzvah and ended up wearing the 4 because the 2 was tight tight. It's a super simple dress and definitely needs serious statement jewelry. The color is beautiful and the cut is fun for such a basic dress. Just know you should be happy with your stomach because it shows a lot. I wore a strapless bra because I didn't want straps showing, but the dress is tight enough it holds the girls down no problem.
Chandra
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 160 lbs
Apr 19, 2014

I rented this dress for a co-worker's wedding.

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
The dress ran a little smaller than I expected based on the reviews. I definitely needed Spanx to make it work and it was a tight fit, but I was able to make it work. I would recommend sizing up in this dress by one size.
Angie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
Apr 30, 2014

Gorgeous, flattering dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I rented this dress for a party at my 20th high school reunion. I was going for sophisticated-sexy and this dress hit the mark perfectly. The material is thick enough to smooth everything out. It fit like a glove but the length kept it respectable. Another fantastic RtR experience!
DeAynni
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 47
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 113 lbs
May 2, 2014

Omg thank you stylist at RTR!!! Luv you girls your so fantastic

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
My original dress was damaged by the previous girl and they sent this in addition to other dresses and she picked perfect for me!! The neckline of this dress is gorgeous very flattering!! Sexy and comfy! Great dress for cocktail party or wedding loved it'
kelly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
May 4, 2014

Perfect dress for a wedding. Classy/sexy

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
True to fit. Loved this dress! Will rent again :)
Trudy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 124 lbs
May 4, 2014

At the restaurant two older ladies complemented me and that made me feel beautiful.

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
Fits true to size. No issues with this dress at all.
Katie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 138 lbs
May 4, 2014

Sapphire, form-fitting, and minimalist!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Beautiful color, a bit more snug than expected- might want to wear spanx around waist, because it shows all! Quality fabric with lots of give, so not too bad in that sense. No need for much jewelry, as the geometric cut adds enough interest. Wear hair up to show off shoulders- I made a mistake and wore it down. No bra needed, but wore a sticky for extra coverage. A little tight around the bottom, so you can't take long strides! Great for a cocktail party or less traditional wedding.
Katherine
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 165 lbs
May 6, 2014

Sleek and Sophisticated!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress for a friend's wedding where she asked her house party to wear dark purple. The dress fit great & had some stretch which was nice. As a lover of Spanx, I had to keep an eye on the slit and make sure they weren't showing but I think the extra "support" made the dress look even better! Loved this dress & wish I could own it!
linds
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 168 lbs
May 7, 2014

I fit into a dress that was tight and fitted! I never wear clothes like that!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
I wore this dress for my college graduation. The fit of this dress is definitely on the smaller side. I am a curvy girl and was very nervous about it fitting. When you first put it on, it will be tight, but it loosens up as you wear it. I loved the neckline and the back. I didn't need to wear a strapless bra with this dress that's how tight it was. Everything was held in place and even as it started to fit me, it never lost it's shape. The color is gorgeous. The dress is a statement piece on its own. So fun to wear and can't wait to try it out again!
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