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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136 reviews
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True to Size
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
July 6, 2017
The dress was great!
Loved this dress! Got so many compliments and it fit perfectly. It was perfect for my work gala.
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 24
June 30, 2017
Love, love, LOVE this dress! It's PERFECT!
The dress fit perfectly! I was worried with it being strapless that I would have to keep pulling it up all night but I didn't adjust it once. I'm 5'8 so the height was perfect and the POCKETS... game changer! I received so many compliments and felt great in it. I will definitely rent this again... I wish I could keep it! Highly recommend.
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 155lbs
June 19, 2017
Used it for my engagement photos
I wore an 8 R. It was super tight around the waist. Loved how flowy and elegant it is. Will rent again
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 31
June 9, 2017
Fun and flirty!!
I rented another for my husband's military ball, but the amount of cleavage made me uncomfortable. RTR sent me this as a replacement and I could not have been happier! It was fun and flirty and the pockets were awesome. The boning in the dress was amazing and needed after 6 kiddos, but I didn't have to add extra spanx!
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
June 7, 2017
It ran small so I wore a dif dress I got from RTR that I loved.
It ran small. I ordered 2 other dresses from RTR and both of those fit in the same size but this one would not zip at the bust area. I'm breastfeeding so I'm full up too and this wouldn't fit. Beautiful dress though.
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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 137lbs
June 5, 2017
Elegant dress that fit me in all the right places
I am in love with the dress and wish I owned it. I received countless compliments and felt beautiful and flattered in it. Would absolutely rent again. Everything about this dress was perfect.
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 24
May 17, 2017
Beautiful fit - tons of compliments!
Wore for a black tie wedding. The fit was great! I'm a true 6 and this dress fit perfectly. I am very small chested so I would suggest ordering a size up if you have a chest for room. Received tons of compliments throughout the night. You cannot go wrong with this classic!
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 34
Body type: Pear
May 14, 2017
This dress was perfect for my formal work party. I received a lot of compliments!
True to size. Good material / well made. Felt like a princess.
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
May 13, 2017
Classic and elegant... lots of compliments... will rent again!
I wore this dress for a formal military event. The high-low hem made it perfect for an event where I knew half the women would be wearing long dresses, and half wearing short. I got TONS of compliments, including many from women who LOVED the fact that this dress has POCKETS! At 5'3" with 3.5" heels, the dress barely skimmed the ground. The skirt moves with you in a way that is extremely elegant. I read reviews that said you should size based primarily on your bust size, and reviews that said you should size based on your regular dress size. Based on my experience, both are correct. In deciding on size, I found it extremely helpful to go to the actual Allison Parris designer website and look at the size chart. According to that chart I should wear a 4 in an Allison Parris gown, and that's exactly what I wore. If you measure your bust and true waist size correctly, and they match a size on the chart, you should be fine. If your measurements indicate that your waist size is larger than the corresponding bust size on the chart, you'll need to order the dress that corresponds with your waist size in order to get the dress to zip. Overall, this dress was my favorite formal dress I've ever worn, and I will DEFINITELY rent it again for another formal event!!!!
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
May 11, 2017
This dress fit me PERFECTLY. Elegant and fun + pockets made it a dress I will definitely rent again!
The fit was snug around my chest (34B) and it flared out perfectly where I wanted to hide my belly. The length was perfect and I wore 3.5" heels. The dress even had pockets which I didn't even realize until 3/4 of the way through the night! Will rent again for sure!
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Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140lbs
May 8, 2017
Loved this dress ... flowy AND pockets!
It was beautiful
Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Party
Age: 39
May 3, 2017
Dressy but casual!
This dress is very tight at the top. I struggled to get it zipped and then felt a bit uncomfortable all night. I am one that likes their clothes a bit lose. That said....it was a perfect company christmas party dress. It looked nice but also had a casual feel to it that was fun on the dance floor. And the pockets!!! Loved those!
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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
May 3, 2017
RTR has a lot of different choices, the ordering and shipping process went very smoothly.
I wore this dress for prom, got a lot of compliments! I loved this dress, this was also my first time renting a dress and the whole experience went well.
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Age: 15
Bust size: 30B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 134lbs
April 26, 2017
I wore this dress to Prom and I got tons of compliments while there!
There was nothing I didn't fall in love with about this dress. There was pockets, made carrying necessary things super easy, without having a guy or a purse to carry them for you. The dress being a high-low made it super fun to twirl and dance in. It fit perfectly like a glove, if you normally get a 6, I recommend the 6R. The black was flattering and slimming, perfect with any dainty jewelry. I didn't have to wear a bra! Yay! I am 5"1 and I was nervous about dragging the train on the ground all night but with my 4"inch heels I was good to go. Perfect dress for Prom. Perfect dress period. 10 out of 10 would recommend!
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Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
April 13, 2017
Simple & classic with fun additions (i.e. sheer panel, long exposed back zipper) - cannot go wrong
There was not a 12L which I was worried about, but the 12R was definitely long enough for my 5"10 self plus 4 inch heels. I was surprised that the dress had a sheer panel along the hem - it's hard to see in photos - and it was not laying flat. I was concerned that it was noticeable, but once the dress is on it looks very cute.
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 9, 2017
Perfect dress!
I fell in love with this dress from the time I took it out of the packing! Gorgeous dress, well-made, and it felt fabulous on! I received compliments all night and the POCKETS!! Genius! The zipper was a little tough to do myself but once I enlisted my hubby's help, it for like a glove and I never felt like I had to continue adjusting it throughout the night. I wish I could have kept it forever. ❤
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 47
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
April 9, 2017
Felt like a princess!
I loved this dress. I got tons of compliments and felt amazing in it. Would highly recommend.
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 25
April 2, 2017
Classy + Flattering
I rented this dress for a friend and she looked amazing. Despite looking simple in pictures the dress turned out to be super flattering. The only weird thing was that the size 6 had a mesh band along the bottom and the size 4 did not - she liked that detail so wore the 6, which was a little too big, and had some difficulty keeping the top from sliding off even with fashion tape. Overall a great dress though!
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Age: 27
March 27, 2017
Top had great structure and stayed up well.
Tight on the bust for a 34 DD in a size 10!
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 149lbs
March 13, 2017
This dress was perfect for a black tie masquerade ball!
I ordered the 8R as my primary dress, with 6R as back-up. The 8R fit me well and still provided a secure mid-section, but the bust area was a little gappy at the top. Also, that dress arrived with some deodorant stains and it didn't appear to have the bottom trim feature. I went ahead and tried on the 6R, which zipped - was VERY snug/secure in the midsection. To me, this is actually a benefit - it made me feel skinny, no sucking in required, and I didn't have to wear a bra! At 5'7" with 3 inch heels, the back of the dress literally just touched the ground. I twas gorgeous and twirled and had POCKETS! So grateful for the free back-up size feature from RTR!
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
February 26, 2017
Black tie wedding
I loved this dress. It fit really well and was very flattering. I got compliments all night. I am a 32 ddd and 5'5". Both the size 2 and 4 fit well. I went with the 2 because it was a little tighter and I could go without a bra. I wore 3.5 inch heels and it was just floor length in the back. The dress has a beautiful full skirt that is fun for dancing. Very comfortable, I would rent it again.
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 58
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 20, 2017
This was for a hunt ball.
I have a wide chest but small breasts and this dress was fine with a nu-bra. I think it would be better for women with a little more upfront. The stays and the fabric were comfortable. Overall it is a lovely dress and I got many compliments. I love the hi-lo for having to negotiate stairs, etc.
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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
February 20, 2017
Stunning!
This dress was absolutely stunning! The dress had a beautiful flow to it. The dress also had pockets which was an added bonus! The bottom mesh area was rumpled so i had to re-situate it and the zipper down the back is kind of noticeable- wish it would have been hidden more but otherwise i loved this dress!
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
February 13, 2017
Very cute dress
I rented this gown for a formal event. I want to review it because I really liked it. I unfortunately could not wear it. I am normally around a size 8. I have a chest size of 34 D. I was not able to get the gown zipped up all the way in that area. I think that the next size up would have come closer to fitting. So if you are heavier chested order a bigger size. Again, this dress was very cute! I wish it would have worked out for me but rent the runway was great and did help me to find a gown that worked perfectly for me.
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 50
January 29, 2017
Perfect for the "cowboy ball" because it allowed me to wear a gown, yet show off my boots!
Although this dress runs small, it was very long for me. I am 5'3". I was able to make it work by pinning it up from the inside of the waist. I still loved it and felt beautiful!
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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Weight: 115lbs
January 15, 2017
A fairytale dress !
I've used rent the runway plenty of times but this was one of the best dresses I've rented! I'm 5'4 and weigh about 116lbs and i wore the 0R. I'm extremely small chested so this was perfect for me and the length was great! I wore the Steve Madden Stacy shoe and the dress was just touching the floor.
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
January 4, 2017
Perfect length and fit!
Loved this dress. I'm pretty busty, but the size 8R fit perfectly (if not a bit snug). I would say to order up if you're not sure!
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
January 3, 2017
"Stunningly beautiful"
Wow! RTR wins again! This dress was exactly what I'd hoped it would be and then some! Fit wise, if you are smaller "up top" I would suggest a size smaller than you usually wear. I am normally a 4 but had read reviews that this dress is big up top so I went a size smaller and it fit (with a seriously padded bra) perfectly! A previous review mentioned that the photographers will love you on the dance floor and that point was spot on, the way this dress moves when you're walking let alone dancing is a sight. All night I kept having people tell me I looked "stunning" and/or "beautiful" and all complemented the dress and my RTR accessories. Well done Allison Parris and RTR!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
December 26, 2016
Loved this dress! Perfect for a black tie wedding!
Perfect dress for a black tie event. The drop waist was a little much for me because I am so petite and just had a baby 5 months ago. But I borrowed my friends corset and it worked wonders. I wouldn't have felt comfortable without it. I wore 4 inch heels and that was enough to keep it off the ground. Overall it did the job!
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 61
December 26, 2016
Beautiful dress!
Great dress that makes you feel like a princess. I had ordered another dress so I did not end up wearing this dress.
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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 150lbs
December 16, 2016
The dress was perfect and the pockets were amazing! So worth it!
It was tight around my ribs and it made my boobs look huge. It fit snug, so I didn't have to worry about pulling on it all night. The pockets were great; no purse needed! I'm tall and the tiered effect was stunning.
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 131lbs
December 15, 2016
Amazing dress!!
The dress fit beautifully. I am a 34D on top and it was perfectly snug without feeling too tight or falling down. I am 5'2 and the back was a smidge longer than I would have liked. Had to hold it up so others wouldn't step on it.
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
December 13, 2016
Gorgeous! Just order!
Gorgeous dress! So elegant! I did have to wear 4" heels so the back wouldn't drag. So comfortable and beautiful. Felt like a princess! Don't hesitate! Just order!
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 128lbs
December 8, 2016
Loved this dress! "It has pockets!"
I really enjoyed wearing this dress for a recent wedding industry Gala. The horsehair trim was a fun and unique detail and who doesn't love a dress with pockets??? It does have a little bit of a train (or maybe it was a little too long for me?) which was a little inconvenient since I love to be on the dance floor! Overall, happy with the rental!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 65
December 7, 2016
I should have gotten a size 2, but had so much fun wearing it, that it was fine.
I ordered a 4 and 6, and wore the 4. I should have worn a 2
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 26
December 5, 2016
Elegant, fun, and princess-like
I'm 5'2, 115 lbs and have a large chest - 32DD. The size 2 was zippable but just too tight on my chest, so I felt uncomfortable wearing it. The size 4 dress fit snugly and comfortably around my waist and chest. It has boning throughout the bodice so a bra isn't necessary but I wore one anyway to keep the top tight. For my height, the dress did have a slight train in the back, but the front revealed my ankles and looked like the correct length with 3.5 inch heels. The fabric is very beautiful, it has a subtle sheen and skims over your body, very flattering. Definitely recommend this for a formal event.
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34B
Weight: 119lbs
December 4, 2016
The dress was perfect!
Fit perfectly, the bust was a little large and the dress dragged on the floor. I wore 3 inch heels and it dragged just slightly! My only suggestion would be to steam it before wearing so the bottom flows properly. Chest area was a little loose. I absolutely loved the dress and got so many compliments! It's perfect for any black tie occasion. I'm 5'1, 119 pounds, 34B
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 40
November 26, 2016
This dress was so much fun to wear! The mini "train" in back made it a great dancing dress.
The bust was a perfect fit, I'm a 34 C, and the length worked well (I'm 5 '4) as long as you have heels 3 inches or higher. I didn't need to wear a bra and the corset binding in the waist gave it a flattering shape. I would love to wear it again!
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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
November 21, 2016
Rent this dress!!!!
I wore this dress after my first rental didn't work out. RTR got this dress to me by noon the next day! They saved me in the middle of my fashion emergency! This dress is so fun and flowy. You won't need spanx or a bra. It is very forgiving in the hips. Perfect for us pear shaped girls. There is boning in the corset of the dress so be aware of that if you hold more weight in your midsection. I can't wait to rent this dress in red!
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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 52
November 20, 2016
Rave reviews
I typically don't wear strapless dresses because I am busty. So I was self conscious all evening. However, I got many compliments. Took a size larger than I thought I would need but it was still pretty tight around the rib cage and bust--that's probably what kept it up. Way too long for me. This more of a Low-Lower than a High-Low on me! I had a little train in the back. Pockets!!!! Great for dancing.
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