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Preen

Blue Violet Cocktail Dress

$35 rental
$1298 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Show off your curves in this vibrant one shoulder Preen dress. Your ultimate cocktail dress for that fancy dinner party or charity event. Also, great for a wedding at anytime of the year. Pair with a bold cuff like the AV Max's Gold Hammered Cuff.

Size & Fit

This dress runs slightly small. We recommend going one size up for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized XS,S,M,L. Size XS=0; Size S=2; Size M=4,6; Size L=8.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - low cut on side cannot be worn with a standard strapless bra
WAIST: Very fitted - fitted fabric great for cinching in waist
HIPS: Very fitted - curvy women should size up
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a NuBra and seamless underwear - wear with SPANX to cinch in waist and hips
FABRIC: Fabric is very stretchy
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs slightly small. We recommend going one size up for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized XS,S,M,L. Size XS=0; Size S=2; Size M=4,6; Size L=8.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - low cut on side cannot be worn with a standard strapless bra
WAIST: Very fitted - fitted fabric great for cinching in waist
HIPS: Very fitted - curvy women should size up
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a NuBra and seamless underwear - wear with SPANX to cinch in waist and hips
FABRIC: Fabric is very stretchy
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types

Size Chart

Size Chart

Product Details

Purple stretch bondage jersey(64% acetate; 29% polyester; 6% elastane). One shoulder neckline with pleating detail on shoulder. Ruched body. Exposed side zip. 38"" from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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Fit
Small 105
True to Size 20
Large 1
Photos 63
Anushka
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115 lbs
Aug 17, 2011

Overall fit: Small
LOVE this dress! I'm a 2 and wore a small, and it can be hard to get into so you may need help. Very flattering though! No bra needed.
KB
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Athletic
Aug 29, 2011

Overall fit: Small
I wore this dress to a cocktail party I hosted and I got lots of compiments. It fit beautifully BUT it definitely runs a size small. I am 5'10" and normally wear a 6/8 so I ordered the medium and the large as my back up size since a lot of the reviews said it ran small. I am so glad that I did. The large was nice and snug and fit perfectly and accented all my curves. I am certain that I would have not been able to zip up the medium. The color is beautiful and very vibrant as pictured in the photo.
droman120
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Oct 20, 2011

Overall fit: Small
Beautiful dress but it was a tad tight. I recommend going up a size.
Larue
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 126 lbs
Nov 16, 2011

Not a model, dont rent

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
Unless you have the torso of a 5'10" + model, this dress isnt for you. I am 5'6" and a size 4. I ordered a medium and large as backup. The dress is a super tight fit. My hubby loved the "look" of the dress but not the fit.The top sticks out on the sides in the front. The back one-shoulder strap gaps unless you are two inches taller from your waist to your shoulders. The large was even worse. Beware...there are two small holes on the side and I called RTR they were very nice but I just read another review and it appears this still hasnt been fixed.
Ruby
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Jan 5, 2012

Great once you get it on!

Size worn: L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress to a NYE wedding and loved the way it looked and fit. I normally wear a 6 and ended up wearing the L in this dress. I could zip up the medium (with some serious assistance) but also felt great and a little less like a sausage in large, which still felt like built-in spanx. The right side of the top gaped open slightly but not enough to reveal anything. Definitely recommend!
Kate
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Feb 7, 2012

LOVED IT!

Size worn: M
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wish I could give this more stars! It was so pretty! It did run a little bit small but the medium fit a like a glove. I got so many compliments on the dress all night. I would rent it again!
Jenny
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Apr 11, 2012

Amazing dress, but not for me

Size worn: M
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I loved the idea of this dress but unfortunately it wasn't a great fit for me. I ordered a M and the L as back-up since I read that it runs small. Even though the M was a bit tricky to get into even with a lot of help from my husband - the L was way too big for me. I felt like the dress was ruched at the wrong spots for me, which made my belly look bigger and boobs look smaller. I still would have worked the style, but the zipper on the M was broken and wouldn't stay all the way up, it kept pinching my skin which was very painful and uncomfortable. I tried putting band-aids and fashion-tape on the zipper but after dancing for a while they fell off and the zipper would pinch me again. (I have reported this to RTR so hopefully it won't happen to anyone else) I did love the color and the length was perfect for me, but I guess it was just not a great fit for my body type and the zipper just made the experience worse unfortunately.
Aleta
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 40
Body type: Hourglass
Apr 12, 2012

lil big

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
liked it but it unfortunately did not fit me. Also, the folds by the hips were too big that it actually made it look awkward and i looked like a peacock.
Ashlee
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Jul 6, 2015

This dress made me feel AMAZING! I've never received so many compliments.

Size worn: S
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
The color is gorgeous. I've eyed this dress for a while and almost cried when there was only a small available. When I pulled it out of the bag, I almost didn't even bother trying it on; it looked so tiny. It took two wonderful girlfriends to zip me up, and a safety pin was necessary to hold the zipper in place. But after some squeezing and sucking, the dress was zipped and it looked and felt great. I'm 5'4" and about 130 lbs. I'm small chested, so I had no sideboob issues. My frame is small up top - can wear A-line dresses in 0 to 2, but my hips, butt and thighs are large and in charge - usually 4, 6, or 8 for dresses fitted in hips. I definitely recommend this dress!
Sarah
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135 lbs
Jul 17, 2015

Beautiful Dress!

Size worn: S
Rented for: Other
Loved this dress! Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of me in it on the actual night of the event, only this goofy one of me trying it on to make sure it fit! The other reviews were dead on when they said you need two people to zip it up. This picture was taken right after the battle I had putting it on by myself. I practically dislocated my shoulder trying! But once it was on, it was gorgeous and very comfortable! I was getting compliments from strangers all night :) I'm debating renting it again sometime!
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