allison parris

Down the Middle Dress

$64 to buy
$350 retail
Stylist Notes

Rich, saturated red makes this flirty dress by Allison Parris a luxe pick for your next event. Accent with the kate spade new york Hello Shanghai Milan Clutch and modern heels.

Also available in blue, gold, and purple.

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.

BUST: Great for any cup size - dress features deep v and built in boning
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'6" model)

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

We recommend Hollywood Fashion Tape's Double Sided Fashion Tape.

Product Details

Red crepe. (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. V-Neckline. Full skirt with pockets. Exposed back zipper with hook-and-eye. 35” from shoulder to hem. Made in USA.

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632 reviews
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Large
(47)
True to Size
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Small
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
November 23, 2014
Loved the dress!
The dress is high quality, and made me feel like 100 bucks! I recently had a baby so I loved how the dress gave me a small waist but flaired out under the waist so that it was completely flattering. The low cut neck line gave it a sexy look without looking too revealing. The skirt was very full and beautiful. The only somewhat challenge was that I have a smaller bust size, therefore the top would look a little puffy if I didn't sit up straight...but that is not an issue with the dress. Overall, I loved it and will definitely do Rent The Runway again!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Body type: Pear
November 23, 2014
Classy and sexy dress!
I'm in love with this dress!! The full tulip skirt of the dress was so much fun to twirl around in. The size and fit notes stated that any standard bra could be worn but I did have a problem with the top shifting and a little bra peek-age going on but nothing too annoying. I certainty wouldn't let it preclude you from renting this gem.
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38C
December 3, 2014
Loved the low cut of the dress and the zipper was a great feature as well.
The top of the dress were a bit big. I had to go the the next size down and still had to pin the top of the dress so that it wasn't loose. Aside from that the dress was beautiful and a big hit. Would definitely recommend this dress!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
December 13, 2014
Love love LOVE this dress!
I actually wore the size 4 and it fit perfectly. I have pretty long legs, and the skirt still hit right above the knee. I was worried that the red was going to be too bright for my fair skin, but it turned out to be a very pretty cranberry red. Also, I was able to wear a regular bra, and just clipped the straps in the back so they wouldn't show!
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
December 21, 2014
On point for a winter wedding
I am so in love with this dress. The full skirt is flirty and fun and SUPER forgiving for bottom-heavy girls like me. Huge recommendation for a pear shaped gal. Material is gorgeous and it photographs well, I got compliments ALL night long. Only drawback is there is not a lot of give in the chest- from head on it looks great but the side angle shows that my boobs are kind of squished in. Also pictured: my bestie in her rented Shoshanna!
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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
December 22, 2014
Glamorous and eye catching
This is a beautiful dress but it is made for women with long torsos. I was able to do a little self alteration by twisting the straps a bit to bring up the bodice. The skirt is very very full so if you have big hips and don't like to look fuller maybe this is not for you. But I can say that this dress hits right at the natural waist which is perfect. I was comfortable the whole night.. Got so many complements! I enjoyed wearing it to my friends holiday cocktail party.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
December 23, 2014
Beautiful Dress!!
Overall the dress is gorgeous and I got a lot of compliments! It is very low, however, and finding a bra to work was challenging. I also used quite a bit of fashion tape so the bra wasn't visible on the sides. Also, the dress looks like a cranberry red in photos but is actually more of a wine color.
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Full Bust
January 1, 2015
Gorgeous cut and I love the back zipper detail!
This dress is made very well. It's flouncy and very full at the bottom, but quite fitted in the bust area. I ordered a size up from my normal 12 and got the 14. Sadly it was just a tiny bit too tight in the bust area, which made for an uncomfortable party dress. I decided not to wear it for my event. I recommend sizing up if you have broad shoulders or a large bust.
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
January 2, 2015
Great service and beautiful dress!
This was my first RTR dress. I love this site and they have a very seamless process. I'm glad the second size requested was smaller. The dress is snug in the waist, however I also went a size down than normal. Overall, it was a great dress for a New Year's Eve wedding and I received many compliments!
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 38DD
Body type: Full Bust
January 2, 2015
Sexy but classy!
I wore this dress for my rehearsal dinner and felt so sexy and sophisticated!! I will absolutely rent this again. It was a little tight in my chest, but with the right bra it was perfect!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Date
Age: 28
January 4, 2015
Flowy and elegant look
The size 2 was too tight above my waist and the size 4 was too baggy in the chest. Not made for curvy women with small chests
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
January 5, 2015
It was a beautiful dress and a perfect fit for a wedding!
The size is pretty true to size other than the bust area. I am a 34D and it didn't compliment that very well. It is good support but if you have bigger boobs I would go with the next size up. It made me look very flat. Other than that it was a beautiful dress and I would recommend it!
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
January 13, 2015
Perfect Xmas party dress
Favorite dress I've ever rented! The full and flowy bottom of the dress is flattering and makes you feel like a princess. Thick high quality material. Only downside is that the bust was really tight- would recommend sizing up of you're fuller up top.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
January 25, 2015
The plunging neckline is flattering and the full skirt is perfect for an evening on the dance floor
I actually had to have a size 8 overnighted. I am 5'4" and 145 lbs. but I've just had a baby so still a bit thick through the middle....BUT the dress was a standout! I received so many compliments throughout the evening. I felt good! And this mama needed a night out!!!
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
January 26, 2015
The perfect party dress - fun, flirty, and classic.
This was a great dress. A rich cherry color, it fit like a glove (although I did get some strange fabric gapping up by the shoulders, but nothing too noticeable). I'm small-chested, with a small waist and broader hips and shoulders, and it was incredibly flattering on me; I got compliments all night. It was a tiny bit shorter on me than I had expected - an inch or two above the knee, as opposed to right at the knee, as I had thought from the photo. But that's a minor quibble, it was a great dress that made for a great evening. I'd rent it again in a heartbeat.
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 188lbs
January 26, 2015
I was able to get a replacement dress at the 11th hour
This was awful for a large busted woman 34DD. The bustling did not work. The size 8 fit but just looked off and the size 10 was to big. It was the the wire in the middle of the bustling that made it awkward. If I was smaller busted would be a fun dress.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 115lbs
January 26, 2015
This dress def caught everybody's eyes
This dress was absolutely gorgeous. But definitely required a large amount of double sided tape.
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
February 2, 2015
Not my fav
The size was to small in the ribs. I would have sent it back for another size but did not like the style for my short frame. Made me feel out of portion.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
February 17, 2015
The cleavage!
This was sent to me over night after a mishap with a different dress rented. I loved it! It was a little tight in the rib cage but for a pretty flat chested person I looked like I had a lot of cleavage! Great for my valentines date.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135lbs
February 19, 2015
Perfect for a Valentine's Day party!
Just a had a baby 6 weeks earlier - was looking for something that didn't hug the waist or hips. This dress was perfect. Great color.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
February 23, 2015
Loved the dress the color was perfect.
Needed a dress for Valentine's Day and the only I originally ordered did not work out. RTR sent me this dress overnight. I usually wear a 2 but the stylist on the line let me know the waist on this dress runs tiny, and it is really true.! Because of the small waist I did end up with a longer sleeve and was adjusting the straps a bit. That however was my only complaint about the dress. Definitely order the next size up unless you have a ridiculously tiny waist line. :)
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 141lbs
February 28, 2015
Sexy but tasteful!
Needed a sexy yet tasteful dress for a Valentine event! This dress was perfect! So many compliments!
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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
March 2, 2015
Beautiful dress that was flattering and worked all night!
Loved this dress! I normally wear a 12 in dress sizes but have a large bust and after reading the reviews I thought I'd better get the larger size. I'm glad I did the 14 covered my bust well but still have a good amount of cleavage. One of the best things about this dress is the boning in the neck line. It kept it in place all night and I didn't have to worry about what the girls were doing! Great dress and perfect for my birthday party :-)
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 137lbs
March 22, 2015
The dress didn't fit me as well as I had hoped.
Beautiful dress. Really wanted to wear it, but the straps were to baggy by my armpits. It's very tight around rib cage. Like I said, beautiful dress, but I couldn't wear it.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 165lbs
April 1, 2015
Love the red, very low cut and attention grabbing
Really accentuated the bust! Very low cut, but did not feel inappropriate. Waist is cut tight, but then the full skirt hides larger hips/thighs.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
April 10, 2015
Love this dress! Flirty, flowing, and fiery!
True to size, snug at the waist, deep V is dramatic but can be worn with most demi-strapless bras.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 33
April 11, 2015
So many compliments!! In LOVE with this dress, total hit! Thank you!!
Fit like a glove! Normally wear an 8, but it was a little big on the waist and didn't feel right. Thank god for the 2nd dress that was a 6, and it fit the way it was supposed to.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 185lbs
April 14, 2015
Stunning! Sexy and Elegant!
Wore this dress for my 30th birthday. I felt beautiful and sexy. Loved the deep V of the neck.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
April 18, 2015
This is a classic dress!
I received so many compliments on this dress! The color is a perfect shade of red and it's a truly classic dress. Overall, I felt I could have worn a size smaller, there were some awkward gaps in the dress around my armpits. I also wore a normal bra which some of the reviews said would be fine, but I felt like I was adjusting myself throughout the night. It was snug in the waist but too loose up top. And skirt is amazing!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 19
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
April 22, 2015
I didn't get the right size in my order so RTR saved me and sent me another one which fit perfectly!
Usually I'm a 4 but the straps on the dress are big so I went with a 2. I recommend not using a normal bra and use a braza product instead. My normal bra would peek out a lot
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 23
Body type: Pear
April 26, 2015
Perfect dress that can be dressed up or down!
I wore this dress to a fraternity's semi. It was so pretty, and I received a lot of compliments. My only problem with the dress was how low cut it was, but other than that it was perfect!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
April 28, 2015
Amazing dress! I felt like a movie stat
The dress was really tight in the rib cage but made my waist look super tiny and it was so fun to twirl and dance to. I was nervousness about the low cut but it wasn't too revealing and I was able to wear a normal bra. I did have to pull up the dress a couple of times because the bra was showing and sitting down was sometimes uncomfortable because of how tight it was but other than that it was perfect.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
April 29, 2015
I stood out! In a sea of black dresses my little red number looked gorgeous!
The 8 was a smidge tight bc I'm big busted, but the 10 drowned me. This is a risqué dress...very low cut but somehow not inappropriate bc it's not a wide V. I got many compliments on it. The bottom is double layered and generously cut so the fabric really moves beautifully when you walk. Definitely rent it.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
May 4, 2015
Fun skirt, deep v neck and zipper detail!
This was a very fun dress. I would highly recommend renting it. Great color, zipper down the back and a subtle yet sexy v neck. Boning in the v neck keep it in place. Other women noted they wore a regular bra underneath without an issue but you can see their bras peeking out in the posted photo. I wore this dress with an adhesive bra (also purchased from RTR) and was very pleased.
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 19
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
May 4, 2015
Beautiful, classic dress! Really stand out in a crowd! So classy.
If you aren't tall then it may be a little long.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
May 7, 2015
Beautiful dress!!
Perfect dress!! Fit perfectly!!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 41
May 17, 2015
That the dress for and was so fun to wear
This dress is very fun to wear. The dress is true to size but was a little tight around the rib cage. It does does show a lot of cleavage. Can't wear a bra with this dress but it was right enough I didn't have too. Color was such a great red. I wore it to my friends wedding.
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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 180lbs
May 25, 2015
So flattering
I loved this dress! I am a lot smaller on top, than I am at the bottom. That's perfect for this dress to hide some areas, but if you're straight and narrow, it will add some curves!! I had a few issues with the amount of cleavage. My double sided tape didn't hold up in the current tsunami conditions in Dallas, but I was still appropriate. Definitely recommend!
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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 175lbs
May 25, 2015
Very striking dress with some odd excess fabric issues.
I wore this dress to take engagement photos. I wanted something striking and this dress definitely delivered! I'm usually between a 12 and 14 and this dress was no different. The 12 was tight in the bust but fit nicely in the waist, while the 14 was kind of baggy in the waist. I ended up choosing the 14 (with a belt). Both dresses have this weird gap effect in the chest and shoulders, even the 12, which was pretty tight in the bust. I ended up pulling back the excess fabric with a hidden clothespin. The dress also has a very slight hi-lo effect in the skirt. The skirt was fuller than I was expecting, but it moves beautifully. My fiancé loved the dress and I can't wait to get our photos back!
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
May 25, 2015
The fit was beautiful on me
So many weddings
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