allison parris

Down the Middle Dress

$108 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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619 reviews
Fit
Large
(46)
True to Size
(285)
Small
(63)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
August 29, 2014
This dress is playful and elegant all at once! I love it
I could have worn either the 0 or the 2, but the 0 was more appropriate for a date or a night out, and the 2 was a bit more demure for a wedding and allowed for eating without discomfort. The skirt is flirty - and since I am a B cup, I was able to wear the dress without a bra. The length was right for a wedding, and I wore three inch heels, which kept it from being matronly. It actually fell about where it falls on the model in the picture. Highly recommend this dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 38
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110lbs
September 13, 2014
Elegant, fun, and flirty all-in-one pretty red dress!
I loved how this dress moves. The skirt flares at the the waist and swings when you dance or walk. The color is a cross between a bright cherry and cranberry in person. The plunging neckline was just low enough and has metal wiring so it stays in place - ensuring you won't run into any malfunctions. I really loved wearing this dress but if you have a short torso like me the fabric may buckle in the chest/armpit/ back area. I'm a stickler for the right fit so I noticed it, but wore the dress anyway. All in all - another fabulous rental! Would wear this again for sure.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
September 14, 2014
Beautiful dress. Worn for pictures. Wonderful fabric.
Nice length. Not too fluffy. A little tight at the waste but not uncomfortable.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
September 2, 2014
Perfect Fit. Beautiful flowing fabric.
Perfect Fit. Beautiful flowing fabric. Lots of cleavage. Very sexy dress.
jenniferSeptember 15, 2014
Hi! I was wondering if the dress wrinkled at all when you wore it? Would love to know if the material held up through your event! Thanks so much!
DELSeptember 15, 2014
It does not wrinkle.
JuliaNovember 21, 2014
I have similar proportions as you do--which second size did you order?
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
January 4, 2015
Looked amazing! Felt great in it. Sexy, lady-like. Would buy it in a second
Definitely shows off my cleavage. Lovely full skirt that doesn't add too much volume. Top perfectly fitted
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100lbs
September 21, 2014
I loved this dress, it's the perfect mix of sexy and sweet.
Flattering and comfortable. It needed a little taking up in the shoulders but RR altered it perfectly. I got tons of compliments and felt like a princess.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
September 22, 2014
Wonderful dress for the occasion!
I wore this dress to a Dam Hoi (Vietnamese engagement ceremony). The bright color, which turned out to be more of a magenta than a red, suited the celebration well. It's low cut in front, which I was fine with but I know may not be comfortable for others. The style of dress is very forgiving, as well. I wish I didn't have to give it back!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Body type: Pear
September 25, 2014
"You look like a princess"
The dress is pretty simple, but the cut is great. I wore it to an outdoor wedding with the reception at a country club in North Carolina. The dress continued to look good even when we were rained on and was light enough to keep me from feeling really constricted. The neckline isn't too low and worked for my smaller bust--I'm not sure if it would work with a larger bust without tape or stick on cups. The skirt hit me at the knees. Whenever there was a breeze the skirt did the Marilyn thing. A number of people loved that. With the right clutch and shoes, and a touch a flash, the dress looks great on and in pictures. I paired it with the Kate Spade Glass Marigold Necklace.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
September 26, 2014
One of my favorite rentals!
I'm pretty petite so this dress was very waist flattering without making me look short (due to the knee length). I ended up going bra-less because it's definitely too cleavagy with any sort of bra on. However, it was fine for me since I'm a 32B. I wouldn't recommend anyone with a C+ bra size wear this to a wedding cause you might risk having your boobs outshine the bride. I think that's frowned upon. Anyways, I would definitely recommend! It was so much fun twirling around in it and I received lots of complements.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 19
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
September 27, 2014
Perfect dress for homecoming!
This dress was so beautiful, classy, flattering, and comfortable! The color is very pretty. It was also a good length on me, not too short or too long. Since I'm tall it's difficult finding dresses that aren't too short. The dress is VERY low cut in the front, so I wore a bandeau to cover up a little bit. Also, even though it fit me in the waist and chest, the straps gapped right above my chest. That was annoying, but luckily not too noticeable. Overall, this was a great dress! I would definitely rent it again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
October 3, 2014
Super cute but big
This dress is super adorable. I love it so much but sadly it was too big. I rented the 4 (normally wear 4 or even a 2) but the 2 was not available. The skirt is a bit bigger than I thought and longer too but I'd still want to rent this again and give it another shot.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
October 6, 2014
Fun dress!
Cute dress. I wore the 4 instead of a 2. There isn't a drastic difference between the 2 and 4, however the size up was more comfortable. I am tall and the dress hit above my knee.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
October 6, 2014
Flattering fit and gorgeous color
I loved wearing this dress, especially the color! The fit was good (snug through the chest and waist, flowy skirt), however, it did show my bra a bit. The front of the dress dips very low, so you'll need a bra with a very deep plunge/minimal material connecting the cups. That being said, if you're going to a more conservative event, this dress may show too much cleavage. The material is also nice - substantial but not heavy. I was worried the dress would be too long since I'm only 5'4", but it hit me right above the knee as it did on the model.
JillNovember 5, 2014
Hey Laura you look amazing in that dresses!! I am considering to wear to my husbands work party, my only concern is that I am about the same bust size as you. do you think this dress works for such an event or is it a little too much cleavage for my husbands bosses? Thanks so much you look AMAZING
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 31
October 7, 2014
Fun dancing dress!
This dress is very flattering and has a full skirt that is great for spinning on the dance floor! I received a ton of compliments on this dress. Might be more flattering on someone a larger bust because of the cut.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
October 21, 2014
Got so many compliments on this dress!!
Fit perfectly, low cut but very flattering. I may even rent it again for my company holiday party!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
October 22, 2014
University of Alabama Alpha phi red dress gala !
I loved this dress! Fit was perfect and comfortable to wear. Deep red color! Elegant!
JillNovember 4, 2014
Hey Maclaine! you look AMAZING in that dress!!! I am thinking about wearing it to my husbands holiday party! I am a size 2 and you seem like your a little busty up top, just like me, do you think its still appropriate for a work party or are the gals on display a little bit too much? Thanks so much You really look great!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
October 26, 2014
LOVE this dress!
I absolutely loved this dress. I am so happy that I ordered the 10, because the 12 was a little too big. It was very comfortable and the skirt was so fun, and I received compliments the entire night. I didn't want to give it back!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
October 27, 2014
I loved this dress! But it fits only a very specific body type.
This dress is truly only for girls who have a super tiny waist and broad shoulders / long torso. This dress would have looked good on me if it was tailored and completely remade, but alas. I have a D cup and my boobs were pushed together, flattened and cut into. So anything other than a C cup is ill advised here. My waist was too small on the dress and the shoulders seemed really large. The dress has a very full skirt, more poofy than you'd think. In person, it felt like a 1980s retro dress. It was also longer than I thought. Overall, a very pretty dress on the right body type, I just think the person who can fit into this dress is like 1 in 100.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
October 29, 2014
LOVED wearing this dress. My boyfriend's words quote on quote "I've never seen so many compliments"
I absolutely loved wearing this dress. The size 6 fit perfectly and it is such a fun dress to dance in - te skirt is flowy and perfect to twirl in. The straps gaped a little by the armpit and would show any sort of bra but sticky boobs worked perfectly. There is definitely cleavage but there is a fixed wire so it kept the girls classy and put in place. The dress was definitely a head turner and I loved it so much I considered purchasing it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 133lbs
November 5, 2014
Great dress for dancing!
Loved the dress - lots of swing in the skirt, and the color is a gorgeous deep red - cranberry; thicker fabric so was great for a cool evening. I usually wear a 6 in dresses but the ribcage was so tight I couldn't breathe well. The 8 fit well, although then the bust was too big and I had to do a last-minute adjustment with safety pins. So, probably a better dress for C cups and above (or smaller ribcages!). Lots of fun to wear it though!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
November 5, 2014
Nice dress but it looked frumpy on me. Vey low cut.
This dress looks exactly like the picture. The color is gorgeous. I always love fit-and-flare dresses, but this one just didn't fit quite right on me. It is very low cut, so any bra is visible in the cleavage area. I tried it without a bra and it wasn't flattering. I could have worn a nubra or silicone pasties with it, but that was just too much work for a dress I wasn't in love with. There is some kind of underwire metal inside the dress to preserve the cleavage V shape, so I couldn't tape or safety pin it closed. Unfortunately the metal V was a bit twisted out of position. The straps was a bit loose in the shoulders and gaped above my chest. This dress is better for bustier gals. I couldn't shorten the straps (to tighten it up) due to the ruching detailing on them. This dress would work better on someone 5"3 and taller. It needs to be above the knee to be flirty looking, not frumpy.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
November 10, 2014
Great wedding with amazing friends
I received a ton of compliments on this dress. I loved it. I ended up wearing the 4 as the wire on the deep v in the 6 wasn't laying correctly. I didn't notice a ton of difference in the sizing but it was a bit tight after eating. I would definitely rent this dress again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
November 10, 2014
Lovely dress - not for big chested girls
Really pretty dress, great silhouette, great fabric. Fit perfect except for the chest . Tried with and without a bra with no success, the structure in the v caused there to be a dent in my chest. Can't tell in pictures, but was not flattering in person. Just might be better for girls with a smaller chest.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
November 17, 2014
So many compliments on this dress - I didn't want to send it back!
The dress fit like a glove! The neckline is low, but I have a small chest so I opted for a sticky bra to avoid anything showing and it worked just fine. The dress unzipped all the way in the back, which I did not realize until I opened the package, but the gold zipper and track looked nice with the red, and because of the way the dress laid, the full zipper wasn't really a focal point. The dress had a stiff wire kind of piece in the neckline which prevented it from shifting around which was awesome, and it hit just above my knee which made it comfortable and tasteful. I was so happy with this dress, and sad to see it go!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
November 18, 2014
Had to send it back
The fit was very large in the top. I am a true to size 8, 36C and this size 8 was too large. top of the dress did not fit and I am fairly broad shouldered. I had to send it back. Quality of the material was nice, but the fit was too far off.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
November 18, 2014
Classic red dress for a semi-formal event.
This dress was sexy and elegant. The red was deeper than I thought and it didn't stand out much in dim lighting. It showed a little more cleavage than I would have liked. You cannot use a safety pin to shorten the V in the dress because it has boning inside of it. Still, the dress was classy and not too long for a petite girl. My boyfriend had so much fun twirling me around on the dance floor because the full skirt opened up.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
November 20, 2014
Rich Color and Great Movement
This dress was great! The only downside was the construction in the bust. From the front, it looked amazing, but from the side, my boobs were squished and looked barely there (which is odd since I'm not small-chested. Overall, I would rent this again.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
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:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
November 24, 2014
Fun dancing dress!
I am normally between a 2 and a 4. The 2 was tight in the waist, and since I'm petite with a small bust, the neckline and straps were too large. The 4 was perfect in the waist but even worse in the arm hole/strap/bust area. If I owned this dress, I'd buy the 4 and get the straps tailored for it to fit properly. However, the dress itself is beautiful and swishy and really fun to dance in!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
November 29, 2014
Got so many compliments! Would rent it again!
It nicely hugged my body. However, the cleavage part has a wire so it was hard to wear a bra and it squished my bra that you could see the lining of the bra. You definitely have to go braless. The color was more of a wine color than red. Also the top part was loose in the chest area, so I just pinned the dress at the top. The best part was really the flowy skirt because it moved with me when I twirled all night.
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
December 4, 2014
Arrived damaged - did not wear
I never got to wear the dress, as the size I ordered arrived with 2 stains on the front and the backup was too large. I've been very happy with RTR's customer service in the past, but the stylist who I spoke with to try to arrange a replacement was extremely unhelpful. As a relatively frequent renter, I'm seriously disappointed. That being said, the dress is lovely and fits true to size. The skirt was a bit longer than shown on the model, but it helps balance out the deep V neck.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
December 4, 2014
So much potential but the fit is all wrong.
The color is a deeper red - which I loved. The problem with this dress is the top. It obviously has a low cut, but I did not anticipate it showing the bottom of by boobs. I'm okay with being a little sexy, but the cut was obscene. I'm 5'4" and wear a 36C. The other odd thing about the top of the dress is the way it gapes on the part between the top shoulder strap and where your chest fills out the bust. The skirt and length was fine. But I couldn't wear the dress simply because it was so ill fitting in the top.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
December 4, 2014
The dress was a hit!
It was beautiful! I have a small chest and it made my boobs look great! It was super flowy and just perfect!
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 139lbs
December 8, 2014
Fun Work Holiday Party!
I am 5'7, 139 lbs and ordered a size 2 and 4. Both were too small. The skirt part was fine but the waist was extremely tight on both. I am flat chested and I still thought the upper part of the dress was way too tight. Loved the design, but the fit just wasn't right.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
December 11, 2014
I got loads of compliments on my dress at an opening night party, I felt so glamorous!
Loved the color, the deep v-cut in the front, and the shape of the dress! I typically wear a 2 or 4 and found that although the 2 was definitely a little snug around my middle (thank god for SPANX), it fit me better in the shoulders. The 4 was sliding off my shoulders a bit too much and I thought I'd rather have a snug tummy over the sleeves falling off!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 170lbs
December 12, 2014
Got constant compliments all night--great cocktail dress!
The bust was too large in the size 8 and the size 6 fit my bust way better but was tighter everyone above the waist. However, I loved the tightness because it really zipped me in and made me feel really skinny. Also having a smaller bust, it was the perfect amount of cleavage and just the right amount of sexy. I also loved that it hit right above the knee so you didn't have to worry when bending over or dancing that anything would show. One thing I didn't realize from the picture is that the zipper in the back goes all the way from the top of the dress to the bottom. Overall, loved this dress! Would buy it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
December 12, 2014
Dress was the perfect pop of color.
Dress was true to size, but not made for busty girls. It is very low-cut in the front and hard to find a bra that wouldn't be seen.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
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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