Halston Heritage

Call The Kettle Black Dress

$144 to buy
$455 retail
Stylist Notes

This infamous little black dress by Halston Heritage is a must have staple item for every girl’s wardrobe. Figure flattering on all body types and perfect for a special date night.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for back-up (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized 0-12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - runs slightly large at the bust
WAIST: Fitted - fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Not fitted - fuller skirt allows for comfortable room at hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to Knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black crepe (81% cotton, 19% silk). Sleeveless. V-neck halter with button closure. Full skirt. Hidden back zipper. 35 inches from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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169 reviews
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(46)
True to Size
(108)
Small
(8)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127lbs
December 24, 2014
Fit

Overall super easy and fun to use

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 131lbs
January 29, 2015
I didn't end up wearing this because on my 5'3" frame it was shockingly, VERY low cut.

This dress is an awkward fit. I needed the four everywhere but my bust so I would have chosen the 6, except that it was VERY low cut. I ended up wearing something from my own closet instead.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
May 31, 2015
Didn't wear this.

Was too big.

Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
August 23, 2015
Compliments!

Shows the girls (if you aren't well endowed in that dept. like me) Double sided tape to the rescue. Other than that...great dress!

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 20
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
October 28, 2015
So comfortable!

I typically wear an 8 but wore the 6 for the top half. I doubt this dress would fit well on anyone with a small bust. I put a few pins in the top to shorten the length between the waist and neck for some more support. If you're willing to spend the money I would suggest a u-shaped bra but I worked it out without one. All that being said, it was truly comfortable and classy and I got tons of compliments (I wore it to my senior homecoming). Easy to accessorize and the pockets were fab.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
January 11, 2015
Rented for a wedding

Great dress. Ran a little small and really showed the sisters....a little too reveling but beautiful dress.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 130lbs
June 4, 2015
Longer than I expected

I still haven't decided if I'm wearing this option or not. I love the plunging neckline & halter but it's a little too conservative with the long length and plain black material. The dress has little visual interest but it's nicely tailored. I also rented a fun Herve leger so depending on how fat I feel on Saturday we'll see. ;)

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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
November 7, 2012
didnt wear it!

Dress does not look llike it does int eh photo! Length is over the knee (Im 5'9) Very poufy and not a satin or silk material, it looks more like a sundress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 7, 2013
Felt like a million bucks!

I LOVED this dress. Although I wish I had gotten a 2 since the 4 was a bit big around my bust. I expected smoother/silkier fabric for some reason but loved the shape and hold to this dress. It gave my curves an added oomph! I felt like Audrey Hepburn. I highly recommend this dress. Just make sure you have a bra that goes low enough in the back!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
March 4, 2013
.

I wanted to love this dress, and it looked beautiful when it arrived, but it was terribly awkward once I put it on. It runs pretty large, and the 0 ended up fitting (relatively speaking), but the material looked like it was going to swallow me whole. The top fit well, but the bottom was a long, poofy disaster. The material is extremely thick, which makes it feel expensive, but it also ends up making it fit like you're wearing curtains on the bottom. Unless you are 5'10 and want something very poofy, I would definitely choose something else. I ended up having to pick a different dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 142lbs
April 11, 2013
Cute LBD, top fits different than on model

I rented the size 2 and size 4, glad I got the 2. It is a much lower V than on the model, also there is a lot volume in the top

Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
April 16, 2013
Sexy/classy for a girl with hips.

This dress worked out great for me. I think I have a size 6 waist and size 8 hips. I'm a 36B so the smaller size (6) fit best. I didn't need to use tape or a bra or anything. The full skirt with bonus pockets made for a lovely shape. This was my first RTR experience. Everything about it was great. My dress options arrived in perfect shape and even came with a little bonus pack of beauty products and some fashion tape in case I needed it. I just now stuffed the dresses into the pre-addressed UPS envelope for the return. I love this. Now I just need to go to more fancy parties!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 42
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 200lbs
April 23, 2013
Not good if you've got hips

I wanted to love this dress so much, but it just isn't cut well. The fabric is gorgeous, the halter sexy, and I love dresses with pockets. But it runs pretty big; even the 10 was gaping at the top and I am no 8. The halter is nonadjustable; I had to use a black hair band to tighten it so it would stay up. The neckline is much, much lower than it looks on the model; she must have it closed with a pin or tape. I was surprised how good the length was given how short it looks on the model, but it was long enough even for my height. This dress would be great to give ladies without curves the illusion of hips, but if you already have hips this dress isn't for you. The cut of the skirt made my bottom half look 3 times its usual size. Not flattering in the least bit.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
April 30, 2013
beautiful

I loved this dress, however; the material is that kind of material that stretches out as its being worn and gets loose. I was pulling up my dress by the armpits pretty frequently during the course of the night...Luckily there were safety pins in the bathroom and my friend help me pin the dress a bit. With that being said>> WOW.. it was beautiful and classy. Everyone said it was stunning and I agree. Just order a size down from what you normally do, F or example, I usually wear a 4 and i think a 2 would have been perfect .. trust me, you will thank me later.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
May 29, 2013
This dress is probably better suited for a 5'10 model. At the height of 5'2, it looked like a tent.

I ended up not wearing this dress and being really dissapointed as I got it for my birthday night out... which also turned out to be my engagement night. I am petite and only 5'2 and skirt of the dress went down past my knees. It looked like i was wearing an apron. The halter was also too long. It just did not fit well. Better suited for a tall, full busted girl. Even if I went down a size, it would not fit bc the rib cage area was true to size.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
June 6, 2013
Lovely neckline, but not flattering for a petite girl.

I rented this in a size 4, which was still too big even though i usually wear a 6. This dress had a lovely neckline that accentuated shoulders, but it didn't flatter me as I hoped it would. I am a petite 5'1" and the bottom just flared out too much and looked cupcake-y. Also, the top was just a tad too big as well. I could see it look really classy vintage Hollywood on the right person.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
June 11, 2013
Pretty dress, just not for me

This dress was beautiful. The material was thick so its not really for a summer occasion. I loved the top of the dress but was not thrlled with the bottom. It poofed out too much and made my hips look larger than they are. The material was thick so I think that made it worse. I am normally between a 2 and 4 but the 2 was better. Pretty dress, just didnt look great on me.

Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 155lbs
June 27, 2013
Classic dress. Pockets! High quality material. Very comfortable.

Runs a little large. I pinned the top, as I was attending a catholic wedding

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
July 9, 2013
Fun to accessorize - I paired with black and yellow sandals!

Great Party Dress, but it definitely runs big - especially up top if you're not particularly well in doubt. This isn't a showstopper, but it's comfortable, versatile when you don't know what others will be wearing and easy to accessorize!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 117lbs
August 7, 2013
Overall made me feel confident.

Fits great, really flattering, but just a little big...I'm normally a true 2 but wish I'd gone with a 0 for this. Overall a great, classy look with just a slight amount of edge!

Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
August 12, 2013
The neckline took me out of my comfort zone, but yay fashion tape! I had so much fun in this dress!!

For me, the dress was much longer with a much lower neckline than the photo with the model indicates, so prepare for that if you are a shorter girl. I really loved wearing this and didn't want to give it back. And the pockets were amazing!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
December 1, 2013
Way too Big

I rented this dress for my honeymoon but even the two (I am normally a 4), was way too big. The material is nice and very thick but the fit was just too baggy.

Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
January 12, 2014
my boyfriend said it was his favorite dress i've ever worn

i normally wear a size 6 but this dress runs small so i could wear the 4. i got this dress for NYE after trying to rent several others that were unavailable. i was actually happily surprised at how pretty and classy it looked. it was sexy while being classy at the same time. the only bad thing was that the boning was coming out of both sides of the dress and it poked me. the 6 was missing the boning completely. other than that, another wonderful experience with RTR!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
January 29, 2014
Love it, love it, love it

I cannot wait to rent this dress again. It is super comfy and flattering on a petite frame. I had to pin the halter to keep the top from gaping, but I am really small chested; probably wouldn't be a problem for someone with more boobs than a 12 year old boy. I actually liked the fuller skirt because it added a little fun to the dress. I don't think a bra is possible with this one (I didn't wear one) because the back goes pretty low, but a sticky bra would work. The fabric is nice and thick and lovely.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
March 3, 2014
I have never worn such a low plunging neckline before, but it really looked great!

I originally bought this dress for a movie premiere, but when it arrived a day early I wore it to my best friend's birthday party instead. Good thing - it would not have been appropriate for the movie premiere I was going to! But it was perfect for the birthday party! The only bad part was that the bottom half was so poofy - I like the bottom of my dresses to be loose so that it doesn't hug my thighs, but this was too poofy. It still looked great though and the plunging neckline really showed off my chest! I did put a safety pin in the dress behind my neck though, to pull it up and hug my chest tighter, otherwise it would have been a little loose in that area.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
March 31, 2014
Very classy

I rented this as my back up dress for a wedding. If I didn't like the Nicole Miller I rented to much, then I would have 100% warn this dress. It's classic and very comfortable. The plunging neckline makes the dress very sexy. It doesn't look too over the top because the bottom of the dress is very poofy. Con: you have to wear double sided tape

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
April 30, 2014
Much to large

The dress itself is beautiful, but it was extremely large. I couldn't even wear it to the event. I am typically a size 4, and I was drowning in my dress. Size down at least two sizes

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 160lbs
May 10, 2014
Great Dress! Very Sexy!

I didn't end up wearing the dress. I didn't feel comfortable with the amount of cleavage showing for the type of event I was attending. However, I would rent this in the future for the right event!

Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
May 17, 2014
Loved this dress!

I wore this to a rehearsal dinner. It also happened to be my birthday that night so I wanted a dress that would make me feel a little special. This is a great black dress with a nice, heavy fabric. I received compliments all night long and didn't want to take it off! It was just a little large in the bust, although I'm small chested. I think the 2 would have been a better fit but I wasn't able to order it as a backup. Would definitely wear again!

Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
May 19, 2014
I loved my rent the runway experience!

The dress was stunning. Some people said it was too long but I'm 5'7 and thought that the length was perfect. It fell at about mid thigh. I got compliments all night and it was an extremely flattering fit. Definitely had a Marilyn Monroe vibe. I would recommend getting a size smaller than you usually wear because it runs large.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Body type: Athletic
June 4, 2014
I danced all night long!

I wish I would have asked for the size 2. The dress seemed way long (the model photo was misleading), though the length balanced out the lower cut of the neckline. Overall, I would not have gotten this dress for the event I went to had I known the length.

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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
August 19, 2014
I was unable to wear this dress and returned it as soon as I received it.

If you like a fuller bottom half this dress is for you. It did not flatter me at all! I am 5'9 150 pounds... it did not compliment me at all. Thick material.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
September 21, 2014
Classy and sassy, loved it!

I usually wear a 6 but I went with the 4. It fit perfectly. Had to get fashion tape to keep everything in place. Beautiful dress with pockets. Elegant with some sass. It was great!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
April 15, 2014
Very sexy w/o being too showy

This seems very low cut but can be moved around to be less showy. The pockets are amazing and made it so much fun to wear.

Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 7, 2015
This dress was way too big and made me look frumpy. I rented 2 and 4 and swam in both,

Horrible look to this if you are petite. I rented a 2 and a 4 because I'm usually one of those and definitey think that even the 0 would've been too big. The pockets just make the bottom too puffy and look not good at all

Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
January 28, 2015
n/a

I loved the look of the dress but both sizes were too large so unfortunately I couldn't wear the dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 118lbs
March 3, 2015
I felt extra sexy

Wore this as my birthday dress out to dinner. Has a VERY deep neckline but loved the fabric and the fact it has pockets!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108lbs
March 14, 2015
eh ok...

I must say, not my favorite rental. The material is rather heavy and looks a little dull and pay attention**-the dress runs a little large. I did wear it but overall "frumpy" is what I thought of this dress.

Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 23
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
April 20, 2015
Runs VERY big!

I read the previous reviews before ordering this dress and saw that there was a trend of having the dress run big so I ordered a size 4 and 2. Both the sizes were incredibly big on me width and length wise (which is funny because I'm 5'10". Along with the sizing being very off, the buttons holding up the dresses were makeshift buttons that did NOT belong to the original dress which was frustrating because they looked very much out of place. Its a thick material that was not very slimming. I blame the dress, not RTR. They overnighted a new dress and I had it in time for my event, I was just very disappointed this one didn't work out because I was very excited to get it.

Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
May 27, 2015
Got tons of compliments in this flirty, yet classic dress!

It is a little big in the bust, I had to pin it a little. The dress is very flattering on curvy girls. I'm a size 8 and it fit perfectly. I said that it fits big just because of the bust. I would wear it again!

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