allison parris

Cobalt Marilyn Gown

$100 – $115 rental?
$485 retail
Stylist Notes

With a high-low hem and full skirt, this allison parris gown has an updated 1960’s feel. Try it with kitten heels.

Also available in pink.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-12 & plus 14W-22W.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

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

Product Details

Blue crepe (100% Cotton). Sleeveless. V-neckline. Full skirt. Exposed back zipper. Fully lined. See size and fit tab for length. Made in the USA.

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328 reviews
Fit
Large
(22)
True to Size
(148)
Small
(21)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
May 12, 2016
Best dressed in the building!
This is a great dress! Of course you think... How can it not be great with pockets?!?! But honestly it was my first dress with a plunging neckline. I had no problems. I purchased some adhesive bra cups and all was well for the night! It was the perfect length a and the fabric was a good weight and felt expensive. I received complements all evening! I wore the 6 because the 8 was too large up top. I typically wear an 8-10.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
16WL
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Apple
May 16, 2016
Pockets + Perfect dress for a wedding!!
I was obsessed with this dress. The color is stunning. The front wasn't as low cut as other reviewers and it actually showed off just enough. The length made me feel so glamorous as the high low hem worked somewhat like a train. Rent this for the wedding season and expect tons of compliments.
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Size worn:
16WL
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 225lbs
May 17, 2016
The disappointed peacock
This dress was my original choice for a creative cocktail fundraising event with a jungle/animal theme. While the dress itself fit, there was some strangeness to the fit of the bust. It cut right across the center to create a really strange side profile. I tried everything from a stiffer cupped bra to no bra at all and no matter what, I still ended up with a double boob. Otherwise, the dress was absolutely flawless. However, I think a size up would have been too big.
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
February 25, 2016
The dress fit like a glove and EVERYONE complimented me all night! Very flattering for pear shapes!
The dress was a gorgeous shade of blue, true to the color online (except it does not have a different color along the border). I have a big butt and hips and it hid everything. The top gave me cleavage, which I NEVER have. The material was thick but not hot and despite having drinks dropped on me, it never looked wet. And the high-low aspect was so fun, I was twirling all night :) The 6 fit me JUST right, so if you're busty or have a larger midsection, I would probably go up a size (I carry my weight in my arms and thighs so the tight waist was ok).
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 47
February 29, 2016
This dress made me feel like the belle of the ball.
I attended the Boilermaker Ball which is a black tie affair. This year the theme was Under the Big Top so I needed a bright, vibrant dress. This totally hit the mark. I usually wear a size 12, however, the size 10 fit perfectly. (The size 12 fit like a potato sack so I was very glad that I ordered the back up dress in a smaller size.) I am tall and the back up dress was a regular, not a tall. I wore a platform 3" heel and this dress was still quite long. It did not drag, however, unless you are REALLY tall, I would recommend the R and not the L. This dress made me feel like Cinderella. The quality was amazing and it was absolutely gorgeous.
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Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 28
February 29, 2016
I wore this for a Gala and it was a perfect dress for dancing and mingling.
This was a little big on me, but the other dress I had in my size was too short. It looked great and had pockets (big plus)!!
RTR CustomerMarch 2, 2016
What size do you normally wear? I'm about to rent this and usually wear a 14/16 but not sure if how "big" it actually runs! Thanks for your help!
RTR CustomerJune 17, 2017
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100lbs
March 3, 2016
Stylist Review
Love, love, love this dress from Allison Parris! I felt amazing in this dress and I never wanted to take it off!! This is a beautiful option for a formal event. Running true to size, we recommending sizing up for backup. The color is a true, vibrant cobalt blue. The skirt is full without feeling too fussy. It was a bit long in the back with 3 inch heels, but considering I am only 5’2” this was a great option for my petite frame due to the high-low skirt. The front is cut pretty low, but with the right bra, it shouldn’t be a problem. This style should work for all bust sizes. The waist is very fitted and then flares out in the hip area. This has a very classic vibe to it, but the color and high low skirt make it feel modern and fun. Pair with a great statement necklace and you are ready for the party!
RTR CustomerMarch 9, 2016
I am 5 feet but was going to wear 4-5 inch heels, do you think I would be able to pull this off?
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WR
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Bust size: 38D
March 4, 2016
The color was gorg!
I typically wear a 16. This dress I wore an 18w, and even with that it was a little snug around the midsection. It gapped pretty bad around the bust. This style could have benefited from the tiniest bit of stretch (it has none)
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
March 6, 2016
This blue dress really popped among a sea of black and white dresses at my fundraiser.
This was perfect for me especially because I'm petite and there aren't a lot - if any - petite length options. The color and fit was beautiful, just a little big around the arm openings but I was able to use tape to keep the fabric in place.
Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 29
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190lbs
March 13, 2016
Fit perfectly!
This dress was everything I thought it would be. It fit perfectly. I'm quite busty and I had no issues with it being too tight up top. I did have to buy a lower cut bra because the dress is cut very low. I'm 5'10" and the 12L was a great length. I love that it has pockets too! I received so many compliments on this dress. I felt beautiful, fun, and confident. I highly recommend this for a fun, formal event. :)
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Body type: Full Bust
March 13, 2016
Tons of compliments, very comfortable!
Loved this dress! I wore it for a black tie fundraiser and received tons of compliments all night! It's VERY low-cut, so girls will bigger chests- be careful! The high/low was not as drastic in person, which I loved. It was comfortable and easy! Will definitely rent again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
March 23, 2016
Gorgeous dress!
So this was my backup dress but I'm glad I ordered it. The material of the dress was perfect and the back of the skirt flowed so nicely. When I walked I felt like it was gliding behind me. Being a 34DD my breasts were definitely out on display which I was a little uncomfortable with but kind of didn't have a choice as this was the only dress that fit me. Otherwise it was very comfortable and I got lots of compliments.
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Size worn:
18WR
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 18
March 23, 2016
Received many compliments on this dress. Would definitely rent again!
Dress fit well but seemed like it was meant for someone with a taller torso as the straps were very loose. I liked the dress so much though that I still wore it and was comfortable all night. My only other issue was that there was a metal piece sewn inside to keep the v neck straight and one side was unstitched so it kept moving from its spot. No one noticed except for me so wasn't a big deal. Definitely recommend ordering this dress, was great.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
March 23, 2016
Beautiful color
I loved the color, the material was heavy and beautiful but puckered out around the chest in a weird way and had to be secured to not look funny. I loved how it flowed when I walked. It was also a bit loose.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138lbs
March 24, 2016
Stunning flowy dress with pockets :)
A little low cut for me so I added a bandeau. Cinched waist perfectly. A little tight on my chest though but the straps were a little long so sizing up probably wouldn't have helped. Received many compliments from strangers all night :). 2 thumbs up!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
March 26, 2016
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I didn't end up wearing this dress--it's pretty tight up top and seemed to make me look flatter than a pancake. *sigh*
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Wedding
March 27, 2016
Lovely gown<3
Received dozens of compliments--I wore it with some floral fishnet stockings and black velvet wedge pumps to spice it up a bit as it was a long, relatively conservative dress. The bra situation is complicated, but it was incredibly comfortable and absolutely elegant. Loved it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14WL
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 48
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 200lbs
March 30, 2016
I got many compliments throughout the evening
The dress fits true to size. The fit was tight in the busy area, so chose the right bra. Also, a little snug in the waist
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
April 1, 2016
great color
This dress was a good fit for the theme party i attended..the theme was "Cowboys and Saloon Girls", and I needed something sort of flouncy without it looking like a costume. The blue was very vibrant and the dress mostly fit well. It was a little baggy in the strap/bust area, so if you're under an A or B cup I think you'll be sort of disappointed with the fit up top. The dress dragged by about 2 inches in the back, even with me in 4" heels, so i had to carry the train to keep from being stepped on. It was a fun dress though:)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 129lbs
April 3, 2016
It was stunning! I was a guest judge for a pageant and this dress truly made a statement.
Love the way it flowed when I walked and how it made my waist look tiny. The color popped with my blonde hair. I will be purchasing this dress to keep in my closet!
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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 4, 2016
This dress was beautiful and made me feel beautiful! Love the color and the fit!
Only a tiny bit loose in the bust, but nothing that made me uncomfortable. I love this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 41
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
April 4, 2016
Gorgeous dress! Especially if you have curves.
I wore this to emcee an awards ceremony. It was perfect. I would say this gown is about a half size large. I would definitely consider sizing down. I was able to wear a bra with a very low cut front and used lots of tape to keep it all in place. I really love this dress. Very comfortable and tons and tons of compliments.
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Size worn:
14WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38D
April 6, 2016
Great dress; great color; lots of compliments
I wore this to a formal red carpet event. I typically wear a 14 or 16 depending on the material across the chest. I'm a 38DDD and the 14 fit fine. The straps were about 3" too long and the sides gapped funny, so I tacked that all up and then it was perfect. I wore tall heels with it and the length was great. It would've been a little long had I been wearing flats. This dress is VERY low-cut and revealing so be prepared for a little extra attention! I had to buy a u-plunge bra to wear since my regular bra showed too much. Great dress! The color is fabulous!
AnnaApril 26, 2016
Thank you for your review. We have very similar measurements and I feel confident about choosing this dress for me...again, thank you.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14WR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
April 11, 2016
First Sight Love turns to All Night Romance
I fell in love with this dress from first sight, but normally dresses run a bit small at RTR, especially in the bust. Not this dress. It fit all my curves perfectly. LOVED IT. I got tons of compliments and it was fantastic. Ran a bit large, the 12 almost fit, but I decided to wear the larger size so I could feel fine after dinner. Highly recommend to all those busy women out there. Great color, and I love the different level skirt length.
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 13, 2016
Disappointed I couldn't wear it
I was glad I rented a second style. This dress is cut very oddly. The band is tight, but there is too much room in the bust. I'm a 36 FF and still had gaping fabric by my arm pits. I can only imagine what the larger size would have been like!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
14WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 207lbs
April 13, 2016
I loved the way I felt in this dress!
This dress is beautiful and fits nicely. It is true to size. I am 5'11'' and wore 3.5'' heels and wore a long, and it was the right length. Just be careful in the ladies' room as it is easy to forget how long it is in the back and you might also get a toilet dunk situation. The dress also has fun pockets that I forgot to use, they are hidden well. It is a little chesty, but not too bad. I have a very large chest and I felt comfortable in this dress and felt like it showed off just enough.
ACMay 16, 2016
thank you!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 185lbs
April 13, 2016
Gorgeous Dress with one flaw
Bust - did not fit well and bagged out towards the sides. I usually never have issues with the bust of dresses. It was like there was extra width in the fabric. Hips - roomy in the hips but the cut of the dress definitely emphasized them and made me look hipper.
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 32
April 18, 2016
As you'll notice from most pictures of others the top fit pretty poorly. Needs tailoring.
Bottom looks nice but top is pretty loose and unflattering. If you can pin it for the evening, it might look okay.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
April 18, 2016
Beautiful and comfortable!
Pockets were awesome, dress was so comfortable and twirly! The high front is less dramatic in person and makes walking up stairs in heels much easier. Very low and cleavage-inducing so watch out! I really loved this dress. I am 5'7", 125 lbs, 30B, with a longer torso and narrow rib cage, it fit perfectly in my smaller size (0 instead of 2) I really didn't want to take this dress off! Love RTR!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
April 19, 2016
Wanted to love this, but the top fits so strangely!!
The color and hemline of this dress are amazing, so I really wanted this dress to work. However, the excess fabric in the strap/bust area is really bizarre. It seems to be intentional and a design feature in most of this designer's dresses, but at least on me, it just made the dress look ill-fitting through the bodice, like it was gapping. Maybe it would be a cute feature on someone with a small bust, but really did not work for me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Body type: Athletic
April 19, 2016
Hi-lo cut & pockets
It fit perfectly, and I got a ton of compliments on it all night. It was also great for dancing in (skirt twirled around). Totally recommend.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
April 19, 2016
Gorgeous Modern Day Cinderella
This dress was beautiful and I received so many compliments all night! It was awesome to dance and twirl in and it has pockets. Only complaint, was that it was loose in the straps... Even though I am very busty. I feel like someone with a smaller chest would have needed some tape to keep the girls in. Other then the loose straps I would totally rent this dress again!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
April 20, 2016
Love love love
I received so many compliments about this dress! Tried on the coral in the store and was nervous about switching to a color I never saw in person. Seriously, in love with this dress -it has pockets -again it has pocket -BEAUTIFUL blue color -Received compliments all night -GREAT day to night dress, attended a wedding at 3pm and the reception was around 6 -heavy dress but worked in Florida in March/April -Get the dress, I'm usually a 6/8, the 6 was a little tight to sit down in -flattering
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34D
Weight: 145lbs
April 20, 2016
So much fun to wear - loved every minute in it
I wore this dress to a black-tie event that was being put on by my university. The dress was so much fun to wear and I had people coming up to me all night telling me I looked great (there seemed to be a consensus that it was very 50's-movie-star). The dress does have some cleavage, so if that's something you're not comfortable with this may not be the dress for you. The material was heavier than I expected, but the dress flowed beautifully when I moved. With my four inch heels the long *just* touched the ground.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
20WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 220lbs
April 23, 2016
Wore this to a spring wedding in the south. The material was perfect!
A little big on top. Could have used a little more coverage, as I'm busty. But was a bit baggy around the shoulders as well. Otherwise, the dress was a hit!
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Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 205lbs
April 25, 2016
This dress was fantastic!
The fit was great. I was notified the day prior that my second size was unavailable and RTR did send me another dress. However, the first size did fit and I am glad it did! It is a beautiful dress. I was worried about other comments about it being low cut. I was able to wear a regular bra (low v cut and push up) with it. There is a metal v piece to keep the front of the top from moving. Great construction. I didn't have to worry about anything showing all night!
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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
April 25, 2016
Dance the night away in the perfect party dress!
This Allison Parris dress was a big hit at a conservative black tie Virginia wedding. Although the top was low cut, I still felt comfortable because the skirt was so full. I wore a deep V sticky bra, but as you can see it's still slightly popping out, which could be annoying to some people (hence the 4 stars). I'd highly recommend this high-low dress as an alternative for a typical floor length dress at a black tie wedding.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 126lbs
April 25, 2016
Unfortunately, the dress did not work for me.
I really wanted to wear this dress to a gala for work. I waited till the last minute to order, so they only had one size available. I went with it hoping it would work out. It didn't. The waist was too small. However, had I ordered the larger size the bust would have been too big. It also is lower cut than what the picture shows. However, it is what I thought, appropriate for a evening dress.
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
April 26, 2016
Perfect!
The dress was great! I got so many compliments! The bust was a little difficult for me. My bust popped out once or twice - probably could've been fixed with tape. But I also couldn't wear a bra. This dress was a little tight on me but I usually wear a 6/8. The dress wasn't too long either! Which usually is a struggle for me - being 5 foot 3.
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
April 30, 2016
Amazing dress, cut a little weird for hourglass figure. Pockets!
This dress is amazing! The color is stunning, the cut makes you have great cleavage without looking trashy, and the asymmetrical hem makes you look leggy. I got the 8 and the 10, but the cut is a tad off for busty-ladies. The bust area of the 8 was too small, and the 10 was too large. I made do with the 10 bc it would zip around my bust. I ADORE that it had pockets, which really helped for attending a wedding and needing tissues/lipgloss. Fun to dance in, too. I wish I could buy it and have it forever, though it would need some alterations.
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