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Halston Heritage

Call The Kettle Black Dress

$30 rental
$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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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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152 reviews

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Small 6
True to Size 98
Large 43
Photos 70
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150 lbs
Jan 3, 2013

Loved it!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I would say to definitely get your normal size and the size smaller. I loved this dress and it is great for a wedding. It was very classy and everyone loved it. I received many compliments on it. It is easy to accessorize as well. I like how the bottom of the dress poofs out bc it makes it more fancy. I thought the material was nice and thick.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Mar 24, 2014

Perfect LBD for a saucy bachelorette party!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Was fairly true to fit. The zipper was a little troublesome where the fabric changed from waist to bust and there was a bit of discomfort in the ribbing. Dress is very low cut. I pinned it for dinner so it was more appropriate. For a night on the town though, it was great! If you have it and love to flaunt it, this is the dress for you! Definitely sassy! Got a lot of hootin and hollerin over the girls! Also, the material is much nicer than it looks in the pictures. It's a really nice, thick fabric. Also the pockets were a plus! Had a great time in this dress!
RTR Customer
Mar 24, 2014

Loved this dress, it was perfect for my event.

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I only had a couple of issues with the fit, I have pretty broad shoulders and back so I ended up wearing the 12, but then it was pretty revealing in the chest area. Nothing unbearable, but it was a tad bit revealing for the event I was attending. Overall a beautiful dress though, and very comfortable.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Mar 30, 2014

Fun Flirty LBD

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I wore this dress for a BBQ rehearsal dinner and it was the perfect little black dress for summer. The halter top is very flattering for an open back and showing off shoulders and arms. The front opening is a bit more dramatic than in the pictures - I think if you are bustier up top this dress would be bait too revealing. The fabric is a bit thicker so you don't have to worry about draping or falling out. Overall, very cute and received complements all night.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 23
Body type: Athletic
Apr 5, 2014

Retro & classy!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this to a charity formal, the waist is fitted and flattering and the skirt is very poofy. I especially love the neckline and open back!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 153 lbs
Apr 18, 2014

Comfortable and classy!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I wore this dress for the Artpace Happening (like an informal gala) and it was perfect. The pockets allowed me to ditch the purse and dance the night away. Yes, it's low-cut, but nothing a safety pin and two strategic pieces of tape couldn't handle. I got lots of compliments and felt gorgeous, comfortable, and confident for this important work event.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110 lbs
May 4, 2014

Felt like a million bucks!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The low cut definitely took me out of my comfort zone, but it looked very elegant and classy! I received a lot of compliments on the dress. Definitely one of my favorite rentals!
RTR Customer
May 11, 2014

Was hesitant at first to wear a short dress to prom but I got so many compliments & felt great in it

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress was a little longer than I thought but not by very much, it looked shorter with a good pair of heels. The v cut was really deep, I had to pin it back. I don't suggest wearing a bra with this dress, I didn't. If anything, I would get the stick-on cups. I loved how simple the dress was, it made it easier to pair up with any color accessories. The pockets were also a plus!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
May 18, 2014

I fit into a size 2 after losing 25 lbs!!!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Front sits very low which my boyfriend didn't like at all. So I wore a strapless bra & pinned the straps tighter on my neck to bring it up. Still showed off cleavage which I liked :-) As a short woman I felt it was a little long but that's what happens & it was ok, still fell above the knee.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160 lbs
May 22, 2014

Great night with a great dress!!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I wore this dress for my bachellorette party. The dress is super sexy, but still classy and made for dancing the night away. Plus it has pockets which are essential for any girls night out.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 21
Body type: Athletic
Jun 4, 2014

I danced all night long!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Jun 11, 2014

Sophisticated and Sexy all in one!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I rented a 6 and a 4 per the stylists suggestions. The 6 fit a little weird but was doable. I think an 8 would have fit but too much material I'm sure. The cleavage was more than I expected and the dress was a lot longer than I expected. All issues were resolved with a little tape and luckily for me I have the cup size to fill it. The waist line was around my ribcage so that was the only fitting issue regarding the size 6. I'm sure if it wasn't around my ribcage it wouldn't have been an issue. Still amazing first rental and I would maybe even rent this again and buy more fashion tape now that I know. Super comfy otherwise and tons of compliments. When people felt the material they were very clear that this was indeed high quality dress making. Wore with flats as event was on the lawn. Simple jewelry (crystals and silver). Hair was more Veronica Lake even thought I initially planned for a Carrie Bradshaw like curly bob (curling iron broke day of event!!!!OMG!!!). This is the most liked selfie on my FB page at this moment. Thanks for helping me looke fabulous! The stylist are amazing!!!! <3 Can't wait to rent again!1
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 50
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Jun 14, 2014

Fit was great and lots of compliments!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this dress for my Project Ladybug fundraiser event. Love the pockets!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128 lbs
Jun 14, 2014

Very comfortable and flattering!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I rented this dress for a wedding. I felt sexy and classic!
RTR Customer
Age: 32
Jul 15, 2014

The pictures, reviews, and ease of ordering/returning.

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This is the second time I've rented this dress - I love the way I feel in it! Fit at just the right part of my waist - the smallest area right below my rib cage. The neckline is for sure pretty sassy, but I loved it - and if you felt a little worries ab a wardrobe malfunction, I'm sure a little tape would do the trick. Pockets are an incredible touch. I got a ton of compliments on it from guys and gals.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160 lbs
Jul 22, 2014

Tres chic!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was a hit at the wedding I went to. Nice classic simple black dress. A little baggy at the top if u have small breasts like me...that was the only downside. If I kept my posture straight all night it wasn't a problem. Great for a woman with curves.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150 lbs
Aug 3, 2014

Very high quality gorgeous dress

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
really low cut so if you're busty, you need some tape and a safety pin. Absolutely loved this dress. The skirt is so poofy and I loved the pockets
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 38
Body type: Athletic
Aug 3, 2014

20 Year High School Reunion

Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Love love love this dress! I wore it to my 20 year high school reunion. It was a a hit! The fit was perfect and I was comfortable all night long. It is a little longer than I anticipated, but such a classy little black dress and the pockets were a great addition to have. Felt so glamorous! Sad to be sending it back!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 150 lbs
Aug 28, 2014

Pockets! Awesome! Love it!!!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Im usually a 6 in pants, but I decided to go for the 8 because a 6 wasn't available for the date I needed, also because I hear dresses run smaller then pants. Anyhow this dress fit like a glove! I might have been able to fit into the 6 but the 8 was just fine. My favorite thing about this dress is the pockets, so cool. I was a little scared that one of the girls was gonna pop out, because it is super low cut, but nope! It holds everything in place perfectly. I was able to wear a strapless bra and I didn't have to adjust the whole night. The puffiness of the bottom of the dress is super cute and camouflaged my lack of going to the gym and also the fact that I ate way too much. I absolutely love love this dress. I wish i had it in my closet. The only bad thing was that at the end of the night I noticed that something was sticking out of the dress and poking me in the back, it might have been doing it the whole night but it didn't bother me at all until the festivities were done. I would totally get this dress again.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
Sep 1, 2014

Perfect bachelorette dress!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Comfortable, easy to wear - fit was great on me. D cup, didn't need fashion tape for the bust which was a nice surprise!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135 lbs
Sep 6, 2014

Got LOTS of compliments!!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
True to size, since I'm petite the top port can be pretty revealing but at my age (40) I thought WTH!! I loved the quality of the fabric, made it very classy. Would definitely rent it again!!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Sep 10, 2014

Basic but pretty.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this to a wedding. The zipper was almost impossible to get up even though the dress was not too small. I liked it overall, didn't love it, but liked it.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 136 lbs
Sep 11, 2014

Super fun dress and very comfortable, very well made.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Great fit, chest was secure. The skirt had movement and the fabric had just the right weight. Pockets came in handy too. Loved it.
RTR Customer
Sep 21, 2014

Classy and sassy, loved it!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
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!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Oct 4, 2014

My own bday party!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Great dress - thick fabric which held everything in place. Loved the pockets. The front was lowcut, as others have said, but as a small-chested gal, it was fine for me. I wore a strapless bra just to get a little more oomph. It was longer than it looked on the model but not too long to look frumpy. Was great to dance in -- didn't have to worry about it all night. Paired it with nude open toe strappy shoes and the Oscar de la Renta earrings from RTR. My best friend rented too!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 155 lbs
Oct 9, 2014

Loved this dress and the fit

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I weigh 155 pounds, I am 5'9 and have a 36 D chest and the dress was flattering. Showed a bit of cleavage but I (and the men) appreciated it. I wasnt falling out of the dress but it was very sexy and classy. I normally wear a size 6/8 but this 6 fit me PERFECTLY. This dress is definitely for you if you have a good amount of chest. I filled it perfectly. I rented this for a semi formal event.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 9, 2014

Such a sexy and adorable LBD! Turns some heads!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I wore this to a sorority formal and it was perfect LBD. It was a bit tight when zipping it up through the rib section but it zipped! The neckline is a plunge so don't think of this dress as a conservative pick because it is for the brave, but I would always recommend this dress it was so fun! #formal #sorority #lbd
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 190 lbs
Oct 29, 2014

So wanted this to work...

Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
This dress was beautiful! I was obsessed with the very plunging neckline and the pleating in the skirt. Unfortunately, the style didn't work with my body type. My hips caused the full skirt to bloom out with the fitted waist. Also, since my bust is proportionally small (38 small B) for my dress size (12 or 14), I was not able to fill out the top of the dress. The top back of the dress sagged because of this. If I owned the dress and could make a few minor alterations, the dress would be perfect!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Dec 15, 2014

Valentine's Day was awesome in this dress!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
I loved everything about this dress! True to size and very flattering for several body types!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 42
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
Dec 19, 2014

Comfy dress! Neckline is LOW.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Let me start by saying that I loved this dress. It was comfortable (once I made sure everything stayed in). Love the thick fabric and pockets. The neckline is low...WAY low. I ended up wearing the 4 due to my wide ribcage. The waist is super tight, but high enough that it didn't bother me once I got zipped in. I had to safety pin behind my neck and in the front to make it fit better and to keep my boobs in. Once I got it pinned, I did not need a bra or fashion tape. It is a little longer than I would have liked, but I am super short. I also wore tights
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 133 lbs
Dec 19, 2014

Birthday Party Celebration

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127 lbs
Dec 24, 2014

Fit

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Party
Overall super easy and fun to use
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Jan 11, 2015

Rented for a wedding

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Wedding
Great dress. Ran a little small and really showed the sisters....a little too reveling but beautiful dress.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 133 lbs
Jan 28, 2015

Definitely a sexy LBD!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
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!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Feb 25, 2015

Perfect dress for wedding guest - beautiful for pictures and comfortable for dancing!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
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!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140 lbs
Mar 9, 2015

This dress was perfect for a Children's fundraiser!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 47
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120 lbs
Mar 24, 2015

Nice Dress

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
May 27, 2015

Got tons of compliments in this flirty, yet classic dress!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
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!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 130 lbs
Jun 4, 2015

Longer than I expected

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Formal Affair
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. ;)
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Jun 14, 2015

Sexy cotton dress

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
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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