Python Matelasse Dress

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Stylist Notes

In a stunning cobalt hue, this Lela Rose matelasse dress is a true showstopper for any evening affair. With a flattering pleated skirt, this style is the perfect cocktail choice.

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Great for any cup size
WAIST: Very fitted - very fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Fitted - fitted on hips and backside - women with full hips should consider sizing up
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with a standard bra and SPANX to cinch in hips and backside
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'11".)

Size & Fit Notes

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

BUST: Great for any cup size
WAIST: Very fitted - very fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Fitted - fitted on hips and backside - women with full hips should consider sizing up
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with a standard bra and SPANX to cinch in hips and backside
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'11".)

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Size Chart

Product Details

Cobalt embossed matelasse. V neckline. Asymmetric draped skirt. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden side zip. 38'' from shoulder to hem.

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79 reviews
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(8)
True to Size
(64)
Small
(5)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 144lbs
May 31, 2016
Watch out for the nip slips
The last rent the runway dress I ordered was a tight six, this was the same. I'm guessing that is my true size (144lbs, 34D). I read many of this dress' reviews about the cleavage etc, and being a 26 year-old that wanted to look good for her boyfriend's graduation I thought, "perfect!" I ended up having to wear a U-bra specifically made for plunging necklines. There's not much to the bra and even then I would look down and see it sticking out! I don't like fiddling or thinking about what I'm wearing too much so frequently checking on my boobs and sitting up and standing perfectly got a bit annoying. Overall it looked nice, maybe a tad riskay for a graduation that my boyfriend's family was at. The side ruching and the back of the dress look fabulous. Great color and fun to accessorize with.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 163lbs
April 27, 2016
Very Blue!
I rented this with another dress and ended up wearing the other one. The material is not as stiff as it looks in the picture. I think it will fit better for someone with a smaller bust. It kind of flattened my bust.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Body type: Hourglass
April 22, 2015
Great dress!
This dress was perfect. I wore it to a Gala for my industry and everyone loved it. Fit perfect, completely true to size!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
January 22, 2015
The dress is absolutely beautiful.
We had to go out and get ourselves dresses. The color was close to what she wanted. The size 6 were a little too tight and the 10 way too big. I would recommend this dress to anyone. I got many compliments and even with all the problems that we all had with the wedding party, after all this dress made a little at easy with everything. I am now 143 pounds and the 8 would be the perfect size for me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Body type: Athletic
January 21, 2015
Don't do it.
This dress looks like it's a fun leathery material on the website and does NOT. It's a wool dress that is most appropriate for a winter luncheon. The fit is also off -- the right side poofs out making the hem fall funny if you don't have the hips to fill it. All in all, I'd say go with another option as this dress is not what it appears on the site.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 158lbs
January 5, 2015
The comfort of the dress
I wore this to a show with my husband. It's soft which surprised me, nice fit , and I wore it with a regular bra and panties.
Kelly September 15, 2015
You look great in that color!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
January 3, 2015
Gorgeous color (fabric not at all like the model)
I rented this for a fall wedding in Michigan. The color is gorgeous and doesn't look pythony at all. I loved the rouching at the waist - really unique! It's low cut but if you're small busted like me, it's still modest
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 172lbs
November 19, 2014
I wore this to my bachelorette party weekend.
Such a cute dress! Makes you look like a bombshell. Fit me like a glove! Such a cool fabric!
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
November 11, 2014
Not what I was expecting. Pretty disappointed.
ORDER A SIZE UP! I couldn't wear this dress to my event because it was way too small. Couldn't even zip it up! And I typically wear a 4, sometimes a 6, but in this case I needed the 8. Unfortunately, the 8 wasn't available. Also, the dress is a fabric material that really isn't sparkly like the photos show.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
October 27, 2014
Fits slightly smaller than normal and is especially tight in the bust area and is very low cut
I wore this dress int the end but it runs a bit small and is very low cut if you're busty like me (36DD). There was a bit TOO much cleavage showing! Also, the dress is not at all what's pictured - the fabric is cloth and not shiny AT ALL. It is not leather or faux leather. It is a CLOTH dress. It was fancy enough to wear to a wedding but had to dress it up with sparkly heels and a clutch.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
October 25, 2014
Did not wear the dress to my formal. It is not the same color in person.
Dress does not look at all like it does in the pictures. I was really upset that it didn't look like the pictures and I was unable to send it back in time to get refund.
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
September 30, 2014
Great dress, the color and the fit were perfect!
This dress was great, very sexy. I usually wear an 8-10 dress size, I wore this in a 12, there is no give at all in the fabric. I'm 5'11" 170lbs 36D. The top fit perfect, just the right amount of cleavage. Bottom was perfect to hide any areas wanting to be hidden. The color was beautiful, like the other reviews, is not shiny like the pic however. Is a wool fabric which I really liked. Very comfortable.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 175lbs
September 9, 2014
Didn't wear it
I thought this was going to be a totally different fabric. It was like heavy sweater fabric and not idea for a summer charity event in Texas. I would maybe rent it again when it gets a little cooler, but like other renters said, from the waist down it feels like it wants to turn around on you at all times. Not what I expected.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
August 24, 2014
Great dress that cinches the waist!
Although I chose to wear another RTR I got at the same time, this is a great dress that cinches your waist and makes you look slim. I liked the low cut in front, too.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
June 30, 2014
wore this to the rehearsal dinner.
Color is great, but the fabric is not true to the picture.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
June 26, 2014
Great Color!
The color was really pretty, however the fabric is very different from what the model photo shows. Its not shiny like that and its pretty heavy weight too. Also the top is very large. I am pretty busty and still had to pin it to make it work. Overall though it worked out for the party that I wore it to.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
June 3, 2014
Material not like photo
Be forewarned, the material of this dress is a wool blend. It is not leathery or shiny as the photo shows. It also gathers on the side of one hip, not both. The color is beautiful but the fit and fabric made it feel like a work dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
May 23, 2014
Really comfy sweater like material. Perfect for spring / fall
The bottom is not symmetrical, the right side kinda flares out due to pleating but it's flattering on someone with boyish hips. Probably wouldn't be as flattering for someone naturally curvy or pear shaped. If A-Line dresses are your friend, this dress will be your enemy. Much more comfortable than it looks and a great poppy color.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
May 11, 2014
Rented it for my one year anniversary dinner with my husband
Overall I loved the dress and it fit great, but you will need a lot of double stick tape.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
May 8, 2014
Great color!
The fabric is not leathery like it looks in pictures, it is much softer so it was comfortable to wear. I got so many compliments! I usually wear a 2 or a 4 and had to go with the 4 because the zipper was a bit jammed.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
May 8, 2014
Cleavage City!
This is definitely a wintery dress, so plan accordingly. Otherwise, this dress is pretty fantastic. The color is bright and beautiful. I wore this to dinner and was pleased with the reactions on the walk there. The pleating is askew which is certainly forgiving. I'm smaller on top and bigger on bottom and this dress worked really well for me. I find that's a difficult combination with fitted dresses and this dress married the two well.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
April 27, 2014
IF YOUR A PEAR.....
Beware! The top on this dress was way too large and bottom fit just fine. I pinned the straps and was okay. I don't blame the dress, just I'm a true pear. Anyone that has equal proportions or a hourglass this dress would be perfect for!!! I wore the 12, but probably should of gotten the 10. ( it was already rented). Also, it has a really odd fit. It feel like it pulls to the left like the entire dress wants to twist to the left ? At first I thought it was lining but no, just the fit. Still gave 4 stars as the blue is so perfect and the quality of the dress was superb! Great to pair with tights for a winter look! Material is thicker so great for early Spring cold nights! It goes perfect with the CINER Anubis Collar Necklace (seen in photos) that I also rented from RTR! Overall, the entire look was a success!!!
LindsMay 22, 2014
True Pear? You look like you have an hourglass figure! You looked great!
StashaSeptember 12, 2014
You look great!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 165lbs
April 21, 2014
Great color, Not the best fit for me thought
I really did love the color but it was a little snug right beneath my bust. Also, it went more low cut than expected. Overall, it worked for that night but not sure if I would rent it again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
April 15, 2014
Odd fit but fun color and beautiful fabric!
When I first put this dress on, I was determined to give it no more than 3 stars (Sorry about the picture quality!). The fit really threw me off - there is definitely some ruching on the right hip area that it took me a while to get used to, especially since I was not expecting it AT ALL. I don't think the pictures really describe the dress accurately in this sense. Fortunately, once you are moving around, it's not that noticeable but be aware that if you rent this dress, it does not fit symmetrically from the waist down. That being said, I wore it to a friend's bachelorette party in April and it definitely grew on me over the night! The color was fun, the material was almost a wool-blend material (not python-y at all!) and the length and fit were appropriate and yet a little sexy. I wore a few small bracelets, tights, and heels to accessorize in chilly spring weather. I would have probably preferred to wear the 4 but since that size was unavailable, I went with the 2, which still fit really well. My main complaint with this dress is the weird fit in the skirt - I made the most of it but given the option, I will rent something else next time!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 112lbs
April 14, 2014
Gorgeous color!
I ordered this along with another option for a wedding. It ended up being too long on me (I'm 5'3), but my older sister who is about 5'7 wore it and it was perfect! She got SO many compliments and looked great in it! It is slightly low for someone with a fuller bust and she had a hard time keeping a normal bra covered, but it still looked amazing!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
March 18, 2014
Loved it, but tight up top for those of us busty women
If I'd rented it a few weeks from now for the bachelorette versus for the bridal shower, it would've been perfect! It was a bit tight on the bust for C+, which I should've suspected (I just thought the V might not be quite that deep...), but once I got it on, it was every bit as beautiful as I'd been hoping it would be (I've been eyeing it for years!). The fabric, as others have said, was not shiny as pictured, but it's a bit different in a distinctive way without being itchy at all--and the color cannot be beaten. Gorgeous, gorgeous slightly purple deep blue.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 41
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
March 16, 2014
Date night, going from cocktails to dinner to a club.
The cut is for one side to drape like a cowl neck dress, but on one hip. I think that is most flattering on thin women, so I wasn't sure about it. I did feel confident in that I could eat dinner and grateful the top was fitted to offset the hips being a full cut style. The fabric is something like a wool or boucle so it looks a little more brunch than club outing.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 145lbs
February 6, 2014
The dress in the picture is very deceiving, would not recommend.
Runs large, order size down. Also very long, I'm 5'11 and it went almost to my knees
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Body type: Hourglass
October 16, 2013
This was the second time I've rented this dress and I love it every time! The color is beautiful!
The fit runs true to size. The front is very low cut so if you're busty be prepared to flaunt it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 16, 2013
Not pleased with this dress
This dress as mentioned by everyone else looks totally different in the photos than in real life. The color is really beautiful but the fabric is thicker and almost a little wooly. Totally inappropriate for a summer wedding. The neckline is also oddly low. Although I am fairly short I did not expect a plunging neckline that I got when I put the dress on. Not awesome. Would not rent again.
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 23
Body type: Petite
October 15, 2013
Fit perfectly
Fit perfectly, color was great
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
September 15, 2013
Absolutely Gorgeous
Looked amazing!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
August 6, 2013
Cute, but not really for me.
I rented this for a fancy date for my boyfriend's birthday and it wasn't really for me. It ran true to size the bust but the lenght was a little too long for me. Plus, the fabric is totally different in person. Not shiny and you can't really see the pattern.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
July 20, 2013
Great dress! The fabric just maybe wasn't the best summer choice.
I picked this dress to wear to a rooftop July 4th party for its bright blue color. The fabric, a wool-silk blend, probably wasn't the best choice for summer, but that was my fault for not checking it before renting. It was still light enough to be wearable for the summer, but it wasn't a breezy as a typical dress you'd normally wear that time of year. The fit was generally flattering, although I did carefully pin down a few folds of fabric to avoid extra "poof" around my hips. Top-heavy ladies should be advised that the bust area was a little tight.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Body type: Hourglass
June 20, 2013
I wasn't crazy about this dress. The color is beautiful, but it wasn't right on my body.
The dress size fit me alright, but was too long. The fabric in the image looks shimmery and shiny, but the dress I received looked more solid blue with hints of gold. I didn't end up wearing the dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
June 16, 2013
Perfect look for being on stage all night!
I had to find the perfect look for hosting an event that had a crowd of about 1200 people -- and this was it! Awesome color, great fit and got a ton of compliments. I honestly probably wouldn't have rented the dress if it looked like it does in the model's pics -- but I always pour through the reviews before selecting a rental and everyone was right on about the fabric (matelasse) and the fact it isn't shiny or python-y like you would expect. I would for sure rent this again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
June 6, 2013
Gorgeous color but too big :(
I rented this dress as an option for a photo shoot, and was only able to rent a size 6. I was so thrilled when I saw the color, but sadly, it just ran too big in the shoulders and hip/thigh area... enough so that I simply couldn't use it for my photo shoot. Also, the dress I got must have been used a lot because the zipper was not in the best condition. I'd size down for this one.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
March 2, 2013
loved this dress!
fit true to size, but the material looked different in person than it did in the picture - still awesome though!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
January 14, 2013
Vibrant color gets a lot of attention
I loved this dress I rented for my graduation. The yellow bag in my right hand is not an accessory -just something I was leaving in my car (just in case you were wondering). At first my boobs felt a little tight, but not later on... I don't know if I got used to it or the dress molded to my body eventually. Either way, I felt comfortable and got lots of compliments on my outfit!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 43
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 122lbs
December 16, 2012
Beautiful styling, cut, and color.
I wore this dress for a semi-formal work event. I feel the overall dress runs true to size and decided to go with the size four to comfortably accomodate my bust even though the size two fit my waist and hips better. This is a common fit issue for me so it was not unexpected. The cut and color made me noticeable in a room of hundreds in traditional work sheaths and suits, yet I still felt work appropriate. I received many compliments and feel the dress is well made, of a good quality fabric, and stylish. I did not review it as five stars because I was disappointed that it did not have the sheen or python pattern I expected from the photos online. Neither were very apparent in person or photos.
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