Alice by Temperley

Black Lace Whispers Dress

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$610 retail

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Stylist Notes

He'll try not to stare when you walk into the restaurant wearing this sexy off the shoulder Alice by Temperley black cocktail dress. A fun and unique style for a woman on the go.

Also available in white.

Size & Fit

This dress runs slightly small. We recommend sizing up in this dress (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized 2-12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - stretchy neckline allows for comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - Skirt runs narrow, curvier women should size up again in backup
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch at neckine and not stretch throughout the body
GREAT FOR: Full Bust, Hourglass, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black crepe with cotton eyelet trim(100% polyester; trim: 75% cotton; 25% nylon). Off the shoulder neckline. Short sleeves. Banded waist. Hidden side zip. 34'' from shoulder to hem.

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55 reviews
Fit
Large
(4)
True to Size
(41)
Small
(8)
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
April 29, 2015
Easy to use!
I normally wear a size 6 bit im 5 months pregnant and the 8 fit great! I would have liked it a little shorter if i weren't pregnant lol but it still looked good. There is no stretch or give in this dress... Except in the shoulders of course.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Age: 37
May 14, 2015
The ease of ordering and beautiful dress
I ordered an 8 and no backup sizes were available. I would have sized up based on other reviews, but I really could have worn a 6. It was roomy in the waist- not overly so or very noticeably. The dress was stunning. Fun and flirty and really well made.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
September 24, 2012
Only works if it's a perfect fit...
I have eyed this dress since it first appeared on the site however never rented it before. Although the photo shows it to be look fitted, it actually is a very tailored dress with no elastic in the fabric, so if it's too big, it just sags on you and the smaller size was a tad uncomfortable. The fabric is quite thick and was cut very hippy (I'm fairly hip heavy but there was quite a bit of extra fabric). The top part is lovely and if it were separates, I think it would work better. I should have read the reviews more closely - a prior renter mentioned that it had no give. Disappointing...
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 122lbs
November 10, 2013
Fabulous look! Loved this dress! Great first time rental experience.
Runs slightly larger. Should have rented a size 4
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
April 7, 2012
Classic little black dress
I ordered this dress for a friend's wedding. Since I was in the wedding as a lector of the Scripture, I didn't want to have something super short or tight. I ordered an 8, and had to rush order a 6 because I felt like the 8 sagged in the chest and would look better in a smaller size. This dress has no stretch to it so there is 'built in hips' so to speak. If you order too large you will look 'hippier' than desired. Overall the smaller size 6 was perfect length, fit, and style for the occasion. The bit of lace gave it a delicate feel, while i was still able to feel sexy in a little black dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
May 19, 2015
Easy to wear!
This dress was so flattering. I ordered a 12, but could have definitely worn a 10. It was really easy to wear and comfortable. 4 stars because it looked a little worn out, but nothing major.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
January 24, 2012
Great dress
This dress is really cute the lace detail is really pretty. Although I could have worn the 6, I usually wear a 4, the top gives you plenty of room without looking big in either size but the skirt runs tight and to be comfortable I would go a size up. So I chose the 8 because I was going to do a lot of walking.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
January 14, 2014
Did not end up wearing this dress. Is very beautiful but ran to long for my taste
The dresses runs very long and I am 5'9. hit to my knees. Would be good for a something more conservative, but not a great party dress.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 30
May 6, 2014
Fun dress
The fit was a little smaller than expected but the 6 worked out.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
May 21, 2014
Love the off the shoulder lace detail. Romantic and timeless and not too much
Wore this dress the night i got married (civil wedding) to a romantic restaurant alone with my husband and wore my hair up. Got lots of compliments and the dress was perfect. I wanted something that was going to hide my post baby rolls and this dress was perfect since it doesn't stretch or sit too tight against the body. Since I'm just a little overweight i ordered a size up from my usual 4 because of what other reviewers were saying and it fit perfectly..
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
September 14, 2014
Runs very small, tight in hips.
Very pretty dress but I could not wear it because even the size up was too tight!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
September 25, 2014
Flirty and fun... Perfect summer night!
I loved this dress, but there really is no stretch, so I'm glad I ordered a size up!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
December 8, 2015
I wanted this dress to fit but alas it was too small.
This was a very pretty dress, perfect for a night out or a beach vacation! Unfortunately for me it was too snug around my hips so I wasn't able to wear it. I will reordered it at some point one size up!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Full Bust
May 4, 2014
It was a perfect fit for my Cinco de Mayo party!
It runs very small on top but the lace and quality of the dress is great! The neckline can be worn off the shoulder or up. Its a great dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 64
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 110lbs
January 30, 2012
elegant dress
Slightly different than the norm, it was perfect with the Chanel necklace. It was longer than I expected, but I am short, so not surprised. Very happy with the overall look and fit.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
September 23, 2012
So feminine, sexy and fits like a glove.
I was required to wear black as a personal attendant at a friends wedding; I usually choose color and uniqueness over the standard LBD, but this dress was unforgettable. I am a curvy, short hourglass shape and I felt like this dress was made for me. I usually wear a 4-6; I originally got this as the back up dress in a 4 which fit, just a little snug around my behind and hips, but nothing that was too uncomfortable or inappropriate; just understand that this dress has absolutely zero stretch so crazy dance moves were out of the question. At 5' 3" the length of the skirt hit about an inch above the knee, great length as it balanced out the sexy snug fit with enough fabric to make it classy and not skanky. I am busty and get nervous about having to wear a strapless bra as it usually make the girls look flat or saggy, but the lace overlay across the shoulders and chest is enough fabric to disguise whatever flaws are going on underneath without adding any bulky volume, laying nicely over the bust. Overall I was very impressed, got a ton of compliments, felt totally unique and beautiful. I would recommend ordering up a size due to the the fact that this fabric has no stretch whatsoever and could be pose a challenge just getting it on if not careful.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
October 31, 2012
I wore this for a dinner/birthday date with my boyfriend. Overall great dress.. He loved it!
I chose "True to Size" because that's mostly true. Whatever size you normally wear, you will probably wear in this dress. (If you're bootylicious like me, DON'T go smaller.. I also had a size 2 shipped and that was laughable! lol) I have an athletic shape and the bottom was just a bit snug.. It has ZERO stretch. However, the top was very roomy/strechy. I'm a 34D and had plenty room in the bust area without looking slouchy. I think this dress would be perfect for someone who has that "inverted triangle" shape. (Broad shoulders and/or a full bust and small hips and thighs.) Even if you have a smaller bust I think it would be fine up top. The off the shoulder look is so sexy, but classy!
vivianeSeptember 16, 2013
hi! can i ask if you wore spanx under there? do you think i can wear this with black patent leather peep toe heels?
RandiSeptember 17, 2013
Viviane, I didn't wear spanx under it because I felt it was snug enough that I didn't need them. And I think the black patent peep toe heels would be cute!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
November 12, 2012
Totally cute! Perfect for a western/cowboy theme with cowboy hat!
While I ended up wearing another RTR dress, this one fit well. The waist sit a little higher than I would have preferred but overall its a great dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
December 2, 2012
Perfect for date night!
Loved this dress. The only problem I had was with the elastic on the shoulders. The shoulders kept popping up and loosing the appeal of the dress.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
December 12, 2012
Beautiful and Classy!!!
I needed to find a dress for a funeral...it had to be "special" because it was for my father-in-law. I simply didn't have time to go to the mall to find the perfect dress. This was my first time using RTR. Everything went smoothly. No issues at all. The dress was shipped exactly when they said it would. I ordered a size 4 and 6. I first tried the 4 on. (which I normally wear) It fit, however I decided to wear the 6 because I felt I needed just alittle more room to move. This dress does not give any sort of stretch so I would recommend ordering your normal size and one size larger. Just in case.You will definately turn heads in the room with this dress:)
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
March 14, 2013
forgot to take a pic of the black one- luckily i rented it in white too.
I rented this after I had already rented the white version for my wedding rehearsal dinner. Since I had already worn it in a different color I knew it would fit. I recieved tons of compliments from girls- but the best was all of the looks my husband gave me. A perfect dress for a dressy summer wedding. Love. I forgot to take a pic in the black!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 105lbs
May 1, 2013
Gorgeous dress with a great fit!
Fit like a glove, true to size (except it was a little baggy in the waist).
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 51
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 121lbs
May 19, 2013
Gorgeous...got complemented all day!
Finally an off the shoulder dress that does not pull up to your neckline!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 60
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 103lbs
July 17, 2013
FANTASTIC
It just arrived today as the backup to the other dress I chose and it's hard to pick which one to wear! I love this dress. It's a bit long but when I'm 9 inches shorter than the model, it's no wonder. But it's not too long at all. Don't know which yet I'll go with but this is an awesome dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
August 20, 2013
better than a classic LBD
I loved this dress. I wore it to my friends wedding which had a slightly western theme, and it was perfect. The dress was snug (but true to size I think) and very flattering on my curves. I loved the sleeves and the lace detail. It was an extremely pretty dress with a touch of sass from the off the shoulder. I would rent it again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
August 22, 2013
Great dress with the perfect combination of classy and sexy!
The size 6 fit great...the 8 was way too big. I am typically a 4 to 6. This is a great dress for busty girls. The lace is gorgeous and the fabric is beautifu. It is true, there is not much "give" to the dress. That is what makes it flattering, but probably not great for dancing. I would definitely rent again and will rent it in white.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 44
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
August 25, 2013
Customer Service at RTR is Unmatched!
I rented a size 10 with a backup size 12 since other reviewers said the dress didn't have any stretch. When I got the dresses, I found the 10 to be too large in the waist/hip area and a belt just made the dress look bunched up. I have lost about 18 lbs in the past 6 months and am in-between sizes. I called RTR the Friday evening before my Saturday event and they were able to overnight a size 8 to me which arrived before 12 noon and fit PERFECTLY! My husband loved this dress as much as I did and even asked if I could buy it or at least rent it again :-).
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
January 2, 2014
Stunning! A+
I was in love with this dress! I normally wear a 6 or 8 but the 6 fit perfectly. My fiance loved it! The 8 probably would have fit too but the dress fit like a glove! Was very flattering.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
March 30, 2014
Love, love, love this dress! Hid all the imperfections I hate and highlighted the right stuff!
Sorry I didn't take a full body shot... I forgot. Basically I was trying to hide my post baby belly bulge and my not so sexy arms. This dress was made it all possible. The 6 fit but I ended up wearing the 8 because it was more comfortable. It was a little big in the bust line (I am a 36C/B) but not noticeable due to the lace. If you want a dress that is sassy and comfortable this is perfect!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160lbs
April 1, 2014
Very comfortable and flattering dress! I would recommend it to anyone
The fit is true to size and even allowed for some breathing room.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
May 12, 2014
received so many complements on this dress
this dress was awesome! it fit great and was true to size! wore it for a 40th birthday party easy to dress up or dress down for what ever your occasion is!
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 110lbs
June 29, 2014
Someone came up to me and asked if I was in the fashion world! I teach first grade! Ha!
This dress was great. I paired it with pearls and had so many compliments. The size 2 fit perfectly. The 0 wasn't available for rental so I just ordered the 2 with fingers crossed! This was my first RTR experience and I'm a changed woman! Hope you love this dress as much as I did. I'm sad to send it back!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36AA
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
July 2, 2014
wore to a work 50th anniversary and was a great dress
i usually wear a size 6/8 but they were out so i ordered the 6 great dress, the 6 was a little snug in the rear for me. it was fine with spanx, but i have a larger athletic back side
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
July 17, 2014
Great fit and super comfortable! You can't go wrong with off the shoulder : )
I had originally rented this as a backup but ended up wearing it instead of the other one. The fit was extremely comfortable but still very sexy and beautiful. I love the detail and received many compliments. I wore it to my fiance's birthday dinner and he was not disappointed!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 158lbs
August 4, 2014
Wore it for my engagement photos, and it looked great.
I'm normally an 8, and the 8 fit, but the 10 was a little more comfy and didn't look any different. It runs true on the top and middle, and is a little snug in the hips, since the fabric has no stretch there. Overall, looked and photographed great. Will probably rent the white one for my bridal shower.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 142lbs
September 3, 2014
This made me feel slim and sexy in a classy way!
I use RTR alot for wedding dresses and this is by far my favorite. If you feel like you want something simple yet unique, this is the dress. While I was at the church, I pulled the off the shoulder to cap over my shoulders and pulled down like shown in the picture afterwards. My problem area is my arms and my middle. the ruffling drew attention to the top of the dress, covering my arms but exposing my shoulders where I don't mind people staring. I also have longer legs and this dress was not too short at all. Definitely would recommend this!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Straight & narrow
September 5, 2014
Great dress!
NO stretch but looks so cute on!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
November 6, 2014
Fun for Halloween!
I wore this for my Halloween costume. The 6 fit but if I went to sit down it was a little tight so I went with the 8.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Body type: Athletic
December 29, 2014
Wore this for a destination wedding. True to size, very comfortable, great length!
Definitely would wear this dress again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 127lbs
April 28, 2014
Got SO many compliments!
I usually wear a 2-4, but they only had a 2 and a 6, I ended up wearing the 6 and it was a little baggy around my waist, but tight around my butt! Overall, great dress!
MollyJanuary 14, 2015
Thank you for your review. I am same dimensions as you and there is no 4 available (normal size). I think I will chance it with 2 and 6. Thanks again!
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