Purple Explosion Dress

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$850 retail

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Stylist Notes

Exclusive to Rent the Runway! Look sexy and vibrant in this to die for Robert Rodriguez Black Label asymmetrical mini! It’s the ultimate dress for a bachelorette party, birthday, or night out on the town! Go with earrings like the Badgley Mischka's Dramatic Drop Earrings.

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 - deep V neck reveals cleavage; fuller busted women should consider sizing up for a more conservative look
WAIST: Very fitted - fitted at natural waist; ruching and sequin insert conceal lower abdomen
HIPS: Very fitted - for curvy women, size up
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

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

Product Details

Purple silk. One shoulder neckline. Black sequin inserts. All over ruching. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden side zip. 34'' from shoulder to hem.

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85 reviews
Fit
Large
(4)
True to Size
(47)
Small
(34)
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
January 5, 2011
Maybe I should have gotten the smallest size but it was large in random areas. I could not wear it. I was very disappointed.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 121lbs
August 24, 2012
wore to a friend's birthday party and received endless compliments!
This dress is my favorite rental from RTR. I recieved it as a back up dress because the dress I originally wanted was not available. It fit really well, I just wish I had ordered it in a size 6 instead of an 8. The shoulder that does not have a strap was a little strange at first but my hair covered it so that did not bother me. I will DEFINITELY rent this dress again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
July 26, 2013
Added pounds - went unworn
This was one of the dresses chosen for my daughter's bachelorette weekend, and none of her friends ended up wearing it. They said it looked too bulky on.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
May 1, 2014
Unique cut and style if you want something different
I had my eye on this dress and decided to wear it for the after party for the Marine Corps Ball. I loved the interesting neckline and the color in person. Like some previous reviewers, I found the one side of the dress to stick out a little awkwardly and even with fashion tape, it didn't hold for long. It wasn't something I needed to constantly address though and I still loved wearing this dress. It is a very flattering dress too and holds you all in and flatters your curves. Great for a party or fun night out!
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Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 43
Body type: Apple
March 4, 2011
This dress was sent by the stylist after the size of my first choice dress wasn't available. It's very sexy, but too tight on me - size 0, I couldn't zip it all the way up. Maybe the next size up would have been better. Great color, very sexy and form fitting - hugs the curves.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Body type: Pear
March 18, 2011
God I was excited to wear this dress! I rented it in 2 different sizes and BOTH were entirely too small...couldn't even zip it up! Thankfully, I rented a back up dress that I ended up getting proposed to in! Very pretty, well made dress that runs small. I'd like to rent it again though because I'm dying to wear it!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 129lbs
August 6, 2011
I really wanted to love this dress because the top was so interesting and the color was great. However there were a few things about this dress that made it tough to do so. First off I am typically a 4, but I ordered the 6 as a back up just in case.Thank goodness I did. I wound up wearing the 6. It fit very well through the top and body, but it was VERY tight around my hips and legs that sitting down was nearly impossible. This made the dress look boxy around my thighs leading to an unflattering look. The next problem with this dress was the strings that are used to hand up the dress. One of the strings is sewn in at the top of the strapless side of the dress. Because this part of the dress does not lay flat to the body as it should, the string kept peaking out all night and I had to keep adjusting it. Even invisible tape didn't help. Lastly, the boning on the inside moved around from the zipper part of the dress to the middle of the dress.Very annoying! Needless to say by the end of the night I wanted to rip the dress off I was so uncomfortable. For a $100 rental there are much better dresses available on this site.
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Body type: Pear
September 19, 2011
This dress is so unbelievably cute! HOWEVER, I recommend going a size up. I have to return this little number before I was able to wear it anywhere because it was so tight around my legs that I had no room for my legs to walk. I'm normally a size 8 or 10; which were the sizes I got. It just wasnt meant to be...
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
January 9, 2012
Not the Best Look for Curves
I rented this for NYE but ended up wearing my back-up dress (DVF black, sparkle dress from RTR). This dress did not have any stretch and fit very tight on the bottom. The top wasn't really flattering; I was hoping it would show off my chest, but the placement of the v-neck was awkward and did not look cute. It might look better on someone smaller-chested, but was not working on me. One of my friends tried it on and it didn't flatter her either. The 10 was too small; the 12 fit, but was tight and wasn't doing anything for my figure. The 10 also looked like it had been worn a lot - the bottom hem was falling out and it probably needs to be repaired.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 132lbs
February 14, 2012
Did not work for me :(
I ordered a size 4 and a size 6. I am almost always a size 4, The 4 fit but squashed my boobs (which aren't large to begin with) and was very short. The 6 was a bit large, and because of the all over rouching I felt it was unflattering, making me appear larger. This just wasn't a hit with me.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 113lbs
April 18, 2012
Great dress! Would definitely rent it again!
This dress was BEAUTIFUL. I wore it to my spring formal and received tons of compliments! The fit was a little tight and the side without the strap did tend to fall down, but overall I was very pleased with the dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
May 14, 2012
Snug & Sexy
I rented this dress for a charity event and it was a hit! It was definitely a tight dress so if you're planning on sitting down a lot, i wouldn't recommend. It was very flattering and a great purple color. I liked the pops of sparkle too! Great dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
August 22, 2012
Sent as Back up Gorgeous dress
RTR sent this dress to me last minute because my other dress became unavailable. The dress was great, such a pretty color! However, it was way too formal for the event I was going to. I tried on the dress just for fun. I am wider in the hips but the 8 fit like a glove!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Body type: Hourglass
August 29, 2012
Not my fave
This was a cute dress but it was a little too tight and too sexy for the event I was attending so I ended up wearing my back-up dress instead. I would recommend this dress for a night of going out when the sexiness is more appropriate! Fit was a little bit on the small side.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
October 1, 2012
N/A
My back-up size for the original dress I rented was out of stock the day before it was to be sent, so I chose this as my free back-up dress. I'm normally a 2, but this dress didn't fit - way too tight but it was really pretty! I don't think it's appropriate for a wedding, but would recommend for a night on the town! Just size up on this one.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
December 9, 2012
The service was great, but the dress was not.
The dress arrived in perfect condition, unfortunately it was so tight I could not even get it on. I ordered the 4 & 6. Be aware that this runs extremely narrow in the hips and does not stretch at all! Since I did not wear it, I got a refund and can't wait to pick out a dress for NYE this year (that will hopefully fit!)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
January 3, 2013
Not what I expected
I loved this dress in the pictures but in person it was completely different. The black sparkles looked a little cheap and it did not fit the way a nice dress should. The one-shoulder side pulled very tight to make that side of my chest look flattened down while the other side without a strap didn't hide my bra - or enough to not wear a bra. I tired everything (tape, bra, no bra) to be able to wear it but it never looked good. Save your money and rent a better crafted dress that will be more flattering. It also runs very small and does not have any give in the fabric so if you do decide to rent anyways - rent up a size.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
January 4, 2013
Too small
Cute dress and would have worked for the occasion except this dress ran so small both the size 4 and 6 I ordered were too tiny. Unfortunately I didn't try them on until close to my event date or else I would have returned immediately.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 15, 2013
Absolutely tiny fit.
I ordered the 2 and the 4, I am usually right in between so depending on the material one always fits. These were so small I had my friend a 0/2 try them on and she could BARELY zip up the 4. Dress is beautiful and I wish I could have worn it but sadly neither fit.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
February 13, 2013
Always awesome. I got this dress for $25 after ordering another dress.
Unfortunately , I didn't get to wear this dress because it didn't fit. I would definitely recommend for the curvy gals that you order a size up or consider a dress with a different cut. The dress fit everywhere except the bust, which was a bit dangerous on the open side even though it fit on the sleeve side.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Body type: Hourglass
February 26, 2013
I loved the color!
Loved this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
May 9, 2013
Loved the dress...but definitely size up!
Really cute dress...perfect for my event...however, it does run a little small. I had a bit of trouble driving/sitting down in it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 145lbs
August 27, 2013
Great dress - Runs small
I usually wear a 6-8 but after reading the reviews, I knew I wouldn't fit into the 6 so I ordered an 8 and 10. I started with the 8, couldn't even get it over my hips. The 10 fit but was extremely tight, I couldn't even bend over to put on my strappy shoes. I ended up wearing my back-up dress, but I would rent this dress again, in the 10 and 12. I will say, it hides any stomach imperfections.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Pear
Weight: 137lbs
July 13, 2013
Didn't end up wearing it
Runs really small.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
December 30, 2013
This dress is sexy.
I didnt love the strapless side. its kind of odd. i considered wearing the hanger strap but actually just wore my back up dress. this dress is really tight as i have wide hips and small waist. i plan on renting again when i lose a few more pounds. Also, the black embellishment is the best part and makes the whole dress and the party i went to was too dark to fully appreciate the detail work.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
June 29, 2014
Rented it twice!
The dress is very flattering but doesn't have much stretch to it. I needed to go up a size or 2. You also need to use fashion tape to hold the one side up in the front that comes to a point. I rented it twice about 2 years apart.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
September 10, 2014
Beautiful color!
This dress runs about one size too small, but it is beautiful. The color is so great and the dress is comfortable!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
March 5, 2014
Couldn't even get it on
The dress was supposed to be a 6 and that's what the tag said but I swear it must have been a 0 cause I couldn't get it on! My tiny friend who is 5'2 and size 00 couldn't even zip it up! Either I got a dud or it runs ridiculously small
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
May 1, 2014
Didn't wear dress
This was a back up dress, it runs very small. And the top part without the strap sits up awkwardly, I have narrow shoulders and it went above my shoulders and stuck up.
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
January 29, 2011
Beautiful, well-made dress! I received so many complements in it. That said, the bottom fits more snuggly than the top, which makes the dress slightly uncomfortable,
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
May 2, 2011
Definitely be wary of this dress if you are curvy - the fabric has NO give. I usually wear a 0, I got the 0 and the 2, and I could BARELY zip up the 2. Once I got in on, the dress looked great, but it was uncomfortably tight. But it's a really fun dress, and the color is gorgeous - more purple than navy.
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 29
Body type: Athletic
May 2, 2011
This dress is beautiful, I would rent it again in a heartbeat! Runs a little small, but otherwise no complaints. Rent it! You won't regret it!
Overall fit:
Small
Age: 38
September 21, 2011
I have an athletic build, larger legs and small top (32 A). This dress is definitely not made for me. There is absolutely no give on the bottom. You must have long and lean legs to pull this dress off. Also, the neckline of the dress is odd. It almost looks like Spock! Not flattering at all.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
December 15, 2011
Smokin' Hot!
I wore this to my office holiday party (at a fancy ballroom) and it was great! I got so many compliments! I am usually a size 0-2 which is what I rented, but I "just" fit into the 2, even with a small bust. The great thing is, even if I couldn't really sit down comfortably, it didn't look tight or constricting. I looked at the other reviews and pictures of people who got a tan and I decided against that but instead to wear Calvin Klein black semi-sheer tights with black flats.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
December 21, 2011
Great dress, beautiful color
I wore this dress to the PRISM Awards and loved it. It's sexy but not over-the-top. The color is stunning - I got lots of compliments. It's just a very well made dress. I usually wear a size 6 but because I'm more hourglass I had to wear the 8. I highly recommend this dress!!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
December 15, 2012
it looked awkward
I received this dress as a backup, as the dress I originally wanted was not available. It was very narrow in the hips and the rusching was not flattering. I wore something else.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
February 26, 2013
Beautiful, but didn't work for me
This dress is absolutely beautiful but there is hardly any stretch or "give" in the waist/hips area. I knew I would be sitting a lot at my event so luckily I had rented a back-up (the Tracy Reese "Bardot Bow" dress) and went with that one instead. Typically I wear a 6, but had read that this dress runs a little small so I rented an 8...I probably would have been more comfortable in a 10, though then the top might have been a little big. I really wish it had worked out!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
August 8, 2013
Loved how this dress looked but was a little too tight
I rented this for NYE last year and I loved the interesting neckline and the sequin insets. However, Robert Rodriguez runs small, and unfortunately my go-to backup size (8) was not available. I would have loved to have worn this! Maybe another time.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
November 22, 2010
This dress is super sexy. I got tons of compliments the night I wore it. Ruching is very flatterin. It looks a little more navy than purple to me.
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Body type: Straight & narrow
January 3, 2011
Beautiful color. Quality fabric. Sexy length and details. I did not feel the ruching was flattering for my body type- the extra fabric created a gut. I think it would look great on a curvy body type though.
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