Call The Kettle Black Dress

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$455 retail

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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".)

Size & Fit Notes

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".)

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Size Chart

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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167 reviews
Fit
Large
(46)
True to Size
(106)
Small
(8)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 131lbs
August 10, 2016
Overall great fit, cute backless dress!
The fit was great, which it needed to be considering it's backless and has a plunging neckline. I have NO BUST, but with a backless/sticky bra I filled out the top just fine. The skirt is perhaps a tad puffy for my taste, but I like the pleats and the pockets (why do women love pockets in dresses so much?). I'm 5'8'', 130 lbs and the 2 fit like a glove (and was even a little roomie/comfortable). The dress is the perfect length for a wedding--fun, but respectable even if your grandmother is there.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 42
Weight: 125lbs
June 8, 2016
Comfortable, flattering and fun!!
Dress fit beautifully. Loved the pockets, comfortable. The deep V does move around and I had to remove my stick on bra half way into the evening.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 94lbs
March 24, 2016
Everyone thought I was the best dressed! Since I pinned the skirt it added a bubble effect. So cute!
Since i'm very tiny I had to pin the skirt to the inside of the dress to make it a bit shorter. But other than that it fit pretty nicely! I could also tell the dress had been worn a lot because the color was really faded and the fabric of the dress was really heavy.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 170lbs
February 8, 2016
Gapping neck line, order two sizes down or pin it.
I have a large chest (36DD) and the neckline still gaped on me even thought I ordered it in a size down.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 28
December 21, 2015
This was a gorgeous dress. I received many compliments on it.
The neckline was a bit lower than I like, but I have a smaller bust (32/34 A/B) so it didn't look over the top. I would be careful if you do have a larger size in that area as you may be showing more than you might like (especially if dancing is involved).
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
December 4, 2015
Beautiful, sexy dress
The dress fit really well, I am 36DD and wore fashion tape. You could wear a low back bra, but it's not necessary. Slightly snug at the waist, but fit true to size. Longer than it appears in the model photo. It is made of a heavy material, feels almost like satin. Was my first rental and I will definitely rent it again! Felt very sexy all night.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 145lbs
November 20, 2015
Cute & Flattering Dress - Love the Pockets!
Very cute and flattering dress, was comfortable and fit in all the right places. :-) I was a little tight in the chest area and it was a tad short (but I'm 6 ft tall), but other than that I loved it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
November 15, 2015
I felt great, my boyfriend loved it and it was comfortable to dance in
it gapped a little in the front, but I have a small bust
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 41
November 10, 2015
Perfect dress! "Riskay" enough but you could show your face at work the next day. ;-) Perfect!! ;-)
Dress fit true to size. My boobs are a bit bigger so I had to use fabric tape to keep the top part in check but it worked out fine. Cons, well, I didn't get to keep it!
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32A
November 4, 2015
Perfect dress for a formal event!
Overall I was very happy with the dress. The fabric is beautiful, the pockets are a nice touch and the back of the dress is very flattering. The only issue I had like some of the other reviews is that it's very low cut. I was able to tie it where it claps behind the neck and pin it so that it fit correctly on me.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 18
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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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
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Age: 34
July 27, 2015
modern, comfortable dress
The halter neck makes this dress easy to customize. I have a short torso, and got a perfect fit by not using the buttons that fasten the straps together, and instead pulling them tighter and safety pinning them together. The pockets are nice, but too shallow to use in lieu of a purse. The fabric of the dress is heavy, but leaves lots of skin exposed, so this would be appropriate in most seasons. I was able to wear a regular strapless bra with this dress and the bra did not show. I am 5'3 and the hem was above the knee, but not nearly as short as it is on the model. My measurements are 36-29-39, and I ordinarily wear a size 8 but because the skirt is full, I wore a size 6. This would have been a 5 star dress, but I took off a star because both dresses I received had a foul odor. I notified rent the runway, so hopefully this issue is resolved.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 152lbs
July 19, 2015
I wore this for a bachelorette party in Burlington, VT.
Okay I have used RTR many times and have never had major problems. This dress looked great online and on other "real girls" (i.e. other than the model) but I will say it was VERY low (this was indicated in other reviews) and very tight in the ribcage area. I pinned it in front and I could tell that it had been pinned in that area previously by someone else with the same concerns! This dress was also thicker material than I thought it would be. Due to my hourglass figure I felt like it "poofed" out around my butt, and I didn't feel that it was flattering. I wore it to dinner but then changed later. I wasn't comfortable in it physically and also mentally felt very exposed due to the low neckline and "side boobage". Aside from the dress fit....I almost didn't wear it because the packaging it came in really smelled!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 148lbs
June 30, 2015
Felt confident & sexy without being too overt about it.
The dress was very flattering. It was supportive, so no undergarment was needed. I would have preferred the ability to tighten the halter a bit more but it was sufficient. The size was fairly true to size, particularly since it flairs out at the waist/hips. It was a fun party dress--not too over or under dressed for a fun night out on the town!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
June 14, 2015
Sexy cotton dress
Dress was comfortable and got a lot of compliments. Im large busted so I wore a bra, but that made me have to size up to an 8.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
May 31, 2015
Didn't wear this.
Was too big.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100lbs
May 3, 2015
Pretty, but not for me!
I just did not like the way it fit on me...it was pretty though, just not for me!
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 22
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:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130lbs
April 9, 2015
I ended up exchanging it for another style.
The dress was very pretty, but was not flattering for my figure. It made me look larger in my hips and I really think I could have gone a size down. I was looking to wear it to a fraternity formal and it was too dressy, but it would be perfect for a black tie wedding, etc.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
April 8, 2015
Loved the classy but sexy deep v of this dress!
Fit a bit tight around the rib cage, but comfortable elsewhere. Would recommend dress tape! May potentially be better for smaller busted ladies
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
April 7, 2015
I wore a white boyfriend blazer which looked sexy and edgy for an edgy NYE look
I loved the classic look. I have a big booty, and the dress was flattering without hugging, which I love in a dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 48
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
March 24, 2015
Nice Dress
I ordered my usual size 2 with 4 as the back-up size. The size two was larger than the four. I wore the four which was a little loose in the waist. I did a lot of dancing which meant that I had to constantly tuck in the hanger straps. I would still consider renting this dress again in a size 0 and next time I will just secure the straps with tape. Great length for me it touched mid knee. I am small in the chest area so I was able to go bra-less.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
March 16, 2015
Was hoping this dress would be perfect!
The dress is made of great material and I like that it has pockets, but nothing about it fit me at all! The dress was extremely long (went past my knees) and the bust area was large. I would only recommend this dress for tall women with a substantial bust size.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
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:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
March 9, 2015
This dress was perfect for a Children's fundraiser!
Difficult to wear a bar with fashion tape was a huge help. The fabric is thick enough to not wear a bra but feel supported.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
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!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
February 25, 2015
Perfect dress for wedding guest - beautiful for pictures and comfortable for dancing!
I rented this dress for a close friend's Spring wedding, and I couldn't have been happier. Not to mention the great price point, this dress looked DIVINE on and was so comfortable. I had girls left and right saying how much they loved the classic style, and asking where I bought the dress - I couldn't wait to share my RTR experience. The pockets make this such a casual and comfortable look, while still looking effortlessly chic with the halter and flare skirt; it highlighted my shoulders, tightened my waist, and made my legs look thin. I also decided to do the matching earrings with it for a pop of color against the LBD - they were perfect!
ElaineSeptember 8, 2015
Hi, which earrings did you rent? Love your earrings!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 127lbs
February 22, 2015
Large in the bust for this A/B cup gal.
Loved everything about it, except it didn't fit my chest so it end up looking baggy. Would recommend for someone with C cup, not my A/B. I just didn't fill it out.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
February 20, 2015
It was great! I ordered the two and the four and went with the two.
It fit well the length was good. it was a little tight through the ribs at first, but once i started moving it became more comfortable. I have larger breast and it looked fine even though it was very low cut, very comfortable. lots of compliments!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 128lbs
February 10, 2015
amazing dress! elegant but sexy... received lots of compliments!
amazing dress! elegant but sexy... received lots of compliments! deep v-neck so probably best on medium to small chests. best looking dress I've worn in years.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
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.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 133lbs
January 28, 2015
Definitely a sexy LBD!
This was my first Rent the Runway experience. The box arrived early the day before my event, both dresses (I opted for trying a 4 too) were pressed and in excellent shape when I opened the box. There was also a little pack of gum and lotion which I thought was a nice touch! The size 2 fit much better (the 4 was gaping on the sides... good dress for very full breasted women). It is more of a plunging V than on the picture but I knew this might be the case based on other reviews. It is a very sexy dress, my husband loved the way it looked on me and I did too but just had to get used to how low it did go. The waist and length were perfect and the quality of the dress was outstanding. I wore it to a cocktail Gala and had many wonderful compliments on how great I looked!
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
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:
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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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
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
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127lbs
December 24, 2014
Fit
Overall super easy and fun to use
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 133lbs
December 19, 2014
Birthday Party Celebration
I absolutely LOVE this dress! I received non-stop compliments all night! My torso is on the shorter side, so I pinned the halter straps so they could provide better support (and not show off everything), as well as put an pinned the top so it was a little more modest. And the pockets - beyond fabulous! Highly recommend so someone that wants to look fabulous while feeling comfortable.
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