allison parris

Dark Charm Gown

$95 – $115 rental?
$740 retail
Stylist Notes

A sheer detail adds an unexpected twist to this elegant strapless allison parris gown. Elevate the formal silhouette with simple heels.

Also available in red.

Size & Fit

Sized: 0-12, two lengths available. Regular measures 37'' from neckline to shortest part of hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 40" from neckline to shortest part of hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

Product Details

Black faille (100% Polyester). Strapless. Straight neckline. High-low full skirt. Sheer hemline detail. Exposed back zipper. Fully lined. Regular length measures 37” from neckline to shortest part of hem. Made in USA.

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133 reviews
Fit
Large
(7)
True to Size
(61)
Small
(9)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 122lbs
September 14, 2015
Stylist Review!
Beautiful high-low gown by Allison Parris. This black strapless gown is simple, yet provides edge with the sheer hemline detail. Running true to size we recommend sizing up for backup. The bust is fitted so I'd especially consider sizing up if you're a 36C cup or higher. The waist is fitted but there is ample room below the midsection. While you are able to go bra-less with this style a strapless bra works perfectly and fits comfortably underneath. Pair it with strappy heels and light jewelry.
DianaOctober 25, 2015
This looks a lot longer on you in the front than on the model's picture- can you comment on the length?
AmandaOctober 27, 2015
Hi Diana! The front of this style hit at about mid-calf on me. The model is most likely about 5'10", while I'm 5'7".
AmandaOctober 27, 2015
Sorry for the wacky/cryptic typing! Model is 5 foot 10 and I am 5 foot 7
DianaOctober 27, 2015
Very helpful- thank you :)
RTR CustomerNovember 1, 2015
Is this formal enough to wear to a black tie optional wedding?
AmandaNovember 17, 2015
Yes, definitely black-tie or black-tie optional appropriate!
RachaelNovember 23, 2015
For the back-up size, should i go up or down a size? Thanks!
AmandaNovember 29, 2015
Hi Rachael! I would recommend sizing up for backup.
RTR CustomerMarch 15, 2016
Is material stretchy at all ?
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 25
November 15, 2015
Worn for a Charity Black Tie Masquerade event
Ordered a 4 and a 6; 6 was too loose on the bust and 4 fit perfectly and almost acted as a corset. The gown was extremely elegant with a slight train and the detailing around the hem. For someone who needs to tailor all pants the subtle high-low effect was perfect. Its extremely flattering on your waist and shoulders. Since the details are minimal, you are free to accessorize in which ever way feels best. I opted for gold to match the zipper in the back. I always feeling renting dresses is certainly a risk but, this dress I never wanted to take off. It was absolutely perfect for the event; sophisticated and understated.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 21
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 148lbs
November 30, 2015
Dress perfect for my black tie affair, but unique and beautiful. Hi-low hem made it easy to dance in
Fit like a glove through the waist, stiff fabric held any rolls/extra pounds in - extremely flattering.
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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 30
December 6, 2015
This high-low dress was so much fun! A great pair of heels adds to the beauty of the dress.
I ordered a size 0R and 2R, thinking that I would wear the 2R. The 2R fit me well, but wasn't as snug around my waist as I would have liked it to be so I went with the 0R. The 0R was snug around the chest, but it didn't move around when I lifted my arms above my head when we boogied on the dance floor. This dress is gorgeous and the pockets are *such* a great addition!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
December 8, 2015
LBD with simple detailing. This dress looks more "fun" in the photos.
Too loose everywhere around. I normally wear a size 6 in dresses and this dress was big everywhere and covered up all my curves. The bodice was loose, giving me no shape and the top of the dress was gaping and lose in all areas. The dress is long and was dragging a bit on the floor (without heels and I'm 5'8") so keep in mind that heels of 3-4" are a must with this dress . This dress looks darling in the photos and I was a excited for it, but the fit did not wow me.
Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
December 27, 2015
Perfect dress runs true to size and dose require high hills so you won't step on the back of it
Perfect fit 2R
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
January 2, 2016
The dress was very comfortable!!!
The dress fit well, but was very long. I am 5'3" and I basically had a train instead of the dress lightly grazing the floor (and i was wearing 3 inch heels).
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
January 10, 2016
Loved it!
So many compliments. True to size, and little tighter in the bust. Perfect for black tie affair
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 62
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 145lbs
January 23, 2016
Flattering and comfortable, although must be worn tight
The only part of the fit of this dress that really matters is the bust. I wear a 36B bra, am 5'6", 140 pounds, and the 10R was a snug but proper fit. I believe that snug is the way it is meant to fit, as it has built-in boning. No bra and no spanx required. The dress was longer on me than on the model, but it would work well for ballroom dancing. The dress was extremely flattering as the skirt was pleated and not gathered, so flat on the belly. It lends itself to showing off a statement necklace or a string of pearls. Alas, I did not get to wear this beauty. The dance was cancelled due to a blizzard. I will definitely rent this one again!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 45
January 25, 2016
My company holiday party is a formal event.
This dress is gorgeous and very comfortable. I wear a size 10 and though it was a little tight the 10 still looked great. The length was so fun with the hi-low feature. I'm tall so it was perfect to show off my awesome shoes! It's sexy and flirty and very unique. The zipper in the back actually goes all the way down to the dress to the end and I had no idea, so that was a cool feature! This is my 15th holiday party at my company and I like to wear something different each year. So as you can imagine, I have a closet full of dresses and really didn't want to own another one, Rent the Runway was the perfect solution! This is probably the best I've ever looked and people were stopping me the entire night saying how amazing the dress was. They actually said I looked like I was walking the red carpet. The friend in this picture with me rented her dress from Rent the Runway too. So we both brought it this year! The process was really easy! I'm going on a cruise in April and I have my next dress picked out for one of the formal nights!!!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
January 25, 2016
The skirt and the hemline make the dress.
I have to say, the material and the fullness of the skirt were beautiful...I absolutely loved the bottom portion of the dress. The top was rather unfortunate. I ended up wearing the 4 because the 2 was a little snug in the chest, however the 4 had a rather large gap. There is boning on the sides, giving it the only shape. There is no other support and the cut is very straight forward...no real shaping. It passed for the occasion, but I wouldn't wear it again.
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
January 31, 2016
I got lots of compliments.
It was too small, and therefore very uncomfortable.
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
February 1, 2016
Compliments all night!
I received this dress instead of one that I had originally picked out. I would have liked to try on the size 0 but they only sent me a 2R. The fit overall was perfect for my 5'5'' 115 lb frame but although I am a 32D the bust area was a tad bit too large. This is the reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5.. I had to lift the top of the dress up frequently. I definitely would have preferred the 0R. All in all though, a great experience. Everyone lpved the dress!
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 46
February 10, 2016
Wore another dress that was my first choice
Didn't wear it or even try it on
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 24
February 10, 2016
I wore this to my senior masquerade at Yale and felt so confident and comfortable!
SO flattering! Wore the 12 for extra comfort; 10 fit though. Great for dancing since it doesn't drag on the floor.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
February 18, 2016
Elegant and easy to wear
What a great strapless dress! This comes up high enough and has great support so you never have to worry if you are going to spill out. The bodice is fitted nicely and the skirt flairs out--a great dress for gals with hips! It was a little long on me--I am 5'2" and I wore 4" heels, but with the higher hemline in the front, the back didn't look too long but more like a little train. The zipper on the back goes almost the whole length of the dress--a great fashion statement!! I got a lot of compliments on this dress and my husband said it was the best strapless he's ever seen on me. If you have a thicker waist, definitely do not go down a size because it is fitted. I ordered this as an emergency replacement because my first choice and backup didn't fit and RTR even shipped it out to my event!
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 107lbs
February 19, 2016
Great dress!
Ended up wearing a different dress but this was still stunning. Wearing 3 inch heels and being 5 feet, the back end of the dress still touched the ground.
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
February 24, 2016
Felt like a princess--fit wonderfully with room to move!
Fit well--except a bit small in the chest (I'm a 32D) but absolutely LOVED this dress and got a TON of compliments!!
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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 28, 2016
A true princess dress
A true show stopper the fit was perfect. I wore the size 10 and it fit true to size with the feel of a bridal corset. The waist was comfortable to have dinner before the party and still feel comfortable enough to dance all night long. The length was a tad long but it didn't bother me at all. . I wore my sisters bridal sash for an extra wow factor paired it with a pair of crystal drop earrings and my handmade mask for the perfect masquerade night. Loved every moment in this dress
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 28
February 29, 2016
If you are considering this dress, get it!
This dress is stunning! I wore it for a gala and received so many compliments. This dress is great for ladies with a defined waist and a full bust. It will hug you in a very flattering way. This dress is very slimming too!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
January 15, 2016
Rented for engagement pictures. Looked gorgeous. Fit perfectly
I wore the 8 for the bust. Fit great, looked great!
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 36
March 3, 2016
This dress was light, comfortable, and elegant for our black tie affair.
True to size and comfortable, this dress was a great choice for our evening black tie event. The corset was light but stayed up successfully without the dreaded "pull" of strapless dresses. I loved the line of the hem and the long zipper on the back. The pockets were awesome allowing me to keep my phone with me all night for photos.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 48
March 7, 2016
just a very special night. A Father Daughter High School Dance
Fit fabulous maybe a little on the longer side.
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 165lbs
March 10, 2016
This dress is awesome!
The dress fit was true to size and very comfortable. I received compliments all night on it! The only small drawback is that it is very long in the back, so there were definitely a couple of times I 'subtly' tripped a bit on the back of it. Would definitely recommend it.
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 47
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
March 16, 2016
I felt like a million dollars wearing this gown!
In my opinion, the gown was a bit snug around the waist, but not so snug that it puckered - it's just fitted/tailored. The top part of the dress was perfectly snug - it wasn't so tight that it was uncomfortable, but yet it was snug enough to stay in place without me constantly pulling it up. The pockets were fabulous! They were big enough to put my phone in without a lot of bulk. I would give this dress 5 stars except the train of the dress was a bit too long for me. I'm 5'3" and wore 4" heels but the dress did drag on the floor slightly and did get tangled if I wasn't careful. I would wear this dress again and recommend it to anyone that has a formal event to go to.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 126lbs
March 14, 2016
AMAZING and Fun Dress!
I wore this for a black tie wedding in NYC. I read other reviews, and decided to size down, which was perfect. I will normally wear a size 2 or 4, but the 0 fit perfectly (I didn't wear a bra). The skirt was super fun to dance in. I didn't step on it, and there is a ton of material to wave all over the place. If you're a photo ham, note that photographers will love you dancing in this dress. :-)
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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 151lbs
March 27, 2016
Great customer service! Had a replacement dress to me with an 18 hours!!!
I got so many compliments on the stress! I absolutely loved it. I normally wear a size 8 and had to wear a size 12 because of my large bust. (36DD) The size 10 was so small I couldn't zip it up and the size 12 was still tight but I was able to wear it without a bra underneath. I did have to continually pull the dress up throughout the night.
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 46
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 127lbs
April 7, 2016
Wore this to prom and felt like a princess.
Seamless fit. Beautiful fabric. Perfect length. at my height, I wore silver, shimmery 2 1/2" heels and it was a great length.
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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 10, 2016
Beautiful!
Beautiful dress! I wore it to a black tie gala. It was a little tight in the chest. Overall the dress was beautiful and I got tons of compliments!
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Other
Age: 28
April 13, 2016
Fantastic
I wore this to a formal daytime wedding anniversary. It fit great. The delivery/packaging is awesome. Returning the items was also very easy (this was my first time RTR). Fit is very flattering as it is tailored through the waist and then flows out.
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
April 18, 2016
Great for black tie work event!
Dress was elegant for the event. The dress looked great on my hourglass figure. Only issue was I constantly had to keep pulling up the top because it was strapless. I'm usually a size 4 or 6 and went with the 4 and that went well with my 34B cup size.
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 21
April 20, 2016
Got endless compliments on this piece
I loved this dress the moment I put it on, it hugged my torso perfectly and complimented my height (5'9). I am not very busty, so it was a little annoying that I had to pull it up every so often. On the other hand, I received a lot of compliments on how different and beautiful the dress was. Definitely a show stopper!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 165lbs
May 1, 2016
This dress is absolutely stunning!
This dress is absolutely stunning. I am usually a 32E/30F and the 10R fit just right and I didn't have to wear a bra and it was comfortable and didn't have to keep pulling it up all the time. The skirt part of the dress was so fun to dance in and was not heavy at all! There was so much fabric in the skirt but didn't look bulky at all. The pockets were also amazing! I am 5'9" and the dress was a perfect length.
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 6' 2"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
November 16, 2015
Perfect for a black tie city wedding.
Loved how high the bodice came up across the chest, felt very flattering for a strapless fit. An extremely comfortable dress with plenty of room to move and dance. Loved the detail on the bottom hem with the double layers that gave it extra body. Also loved the detail of having pockets! Received compliments throughout the night.
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
April 11, 2016
Great dress!
I loved this dress. I wanted to order a 4, but it was not available when I ordered my dresses. I was still able to wear the 6, but it was a little loose in the waist and the top of the bust. Still a beautiful dress and very comfortable! Great first RTR experience!
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 175lbs
January 5, 2016
I loved this dress. I received constant compliments on this dress.
The top is a little corset like. The 8R fit me, but dug in too much. The 10R was a little loose but was more comfortable.
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 29
January 8, 2016
n/a
usually wear a size 6 but this dress must run large so I wore size 4
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
January 21, 2016
Everyone was awed by the gorgeous asymmetrical hemline!
Ended up wearing the 2 instead of the 0 because the fitted bodice caused some unslightly bulge at the armpits. Wasn't worried about the larger size though because of how structured the dress was; no concern that the neckline would fall.
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 122lbs
April 10, 2016
This dress is a new twist on the basic black dress with a fun high/low hem.
I found the waist area to run a bit big which then required the addition of body tape to help the bodice stay in place. A size 0 would have been perfect. In any case, I loved this dress and received many compliments. I would definitely rent again!!
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
April 12, 2016
A great dancing dress!
This was an amazing dress for a friend's wedding. Unfortunately, I was just in between the two sizes, but was only noticeable in the top (nothing a good bra couldn't fix). It has pockets!! My absolute favorite in dresses. I received so many complements on this dress! Between the pockets and the A line bottom, I couldn't have asked for a better dancing dress.
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