Down the Middle Dress

$168 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.

Size & Fit Notes

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.

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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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609 reviews
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True to Size
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
January 16, 2017
I really wanted to like it, but...
Rented this with the intention of wearing it for New Years and a birthday dinner. The flared skirt was great, but it just didn't fit in the chest. I was ready for the amount of cleavage based on the other reviews, but my 34DDDs were just too big for the size 6, causing a weird line around the middle where the fabric was pulled too tight. Then the size 8 was too big/floppy in the shoulder area to keep the cleavage manageable, while still tight in the same spot. Large chested ladies, beware with this one. It was too late for me to get a replacement for New Years, but I did end up with a great replacement dress for my birthday thanks to RTR support.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
January 16, 2017
Wish it would have worked
I had my heart set on wearing this to my work function. Unfortunately I had put on some weight and they didn't have the next size up available so I went w a different option. Loved the color and the look of this! It's also super forgiving for anyone w a heavier bottom half. Probably not the best option overall if you have a smaller chest as the dress does t give any extra oomph. Although I could see a potential wardrobe malfunction if you had a large chest as well. The color is outstanding. The top is what you should be concerned about w fit. The size 8 would have fit my waist but not my chest probably. The 6 was just a little too tight in the ribs for me to feel comfortable.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 145lbs
January 11, 2017
Ran small
This dress is very pretty, but it definitely ran small. It was my backup dress and not used. I'm typically a 10 on top/8 at waist, but I could barely zip up the dress over my waist in the size 10.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Weight: 150lbs
January 5, 2017
Beautiful wedding on New Year's Eve with friends, family, and S.O.
This dress is quality material and love the cut. It would have been absolutely perfect if it had come in a petite size. The neckline was MUCH lower on me than on the model and too long in the waist/shoulders. I tried using fashion tape to tape the *ahem* girls in, but alas, it did not hold when I danced and such. Therefore, I ended up wearing a shawl all night.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185lbs
January 1, 2017
The little red dress
Great dress but the material DOES NOT STRETCH which is hard is you have a bigger chest. Overall love the cut and the slightly lower back skirt. Twirls wonderfully. I wore a regular bra and was surprised this wasn't too short.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 122lbs
December 29, 2016
Didn't wear - but gorgeous color!
The bottom of the skirt is absolutely stunning and is perfect to dancing. Unfortunately, the top is much too big and even though I'm a 32D, I still did not have enough to fill out the top. :(
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
December 28, 2016
Loved this dress! Got tons of compliments and felt beautiful all night!
The waist is a little tight and the shoulders a little large, but with a little tape, it was perfect. No one else noticed the straps were a little large. Had so much fun, I completely forgot to take a picture.
Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 175lbs
December 28, 2016
Christmas dress!
The color and style was perfect for Christmas. I had to cover the front with a scarf because the cut was really low. I'm a 36dd, so a bra is required. I think the dress is made for women with smaller breast or maybe I needed to find a bra that fit just right. In all fairness, i got the dress a day before the Christmas party.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
December 27, 2016
Most odd fit ever
This dress was the most odd fitting dress I've ever worn! I was so sad because it is so gorgeous. If you have no hip shape, and are large up top this dress is for you. The waist sits so low and gave me major love handles. There was so much extra fabric up top, even tapping it would not have helped. :( if you have an hourglass figure I do not suggest this dress
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
December 22, 2016
Holiday Party Perfection
I absolutely loved this dress!!! The top is plunging but fit perfectly with petals! I'm usually not totally comfortable with lots of cleavage but I felt very secure in this dress like nothing was going to just fall out. Absolutely beautiful.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
December 22, 2016
Great dress, other dress i rented was a better dress for the event.
Great color... awesome quality. I was happy overall, however the other dress I wore /rented was just more of a stand out and more appropriate for my work gala. This dress was a bit low cut and the top was a little baggy in the shoulders. If you have hips, this dress tends to poof out a bit... which is cute . I was looking for a more sleek look.. but this is very cute for a party or wedding. You cannot wear a regular bra without showing the front of it.
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 4' 10"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130lbs
December 21, 2016
Disappointed!
I really loved the dress when I first saw it online. However when I received it I was disappointed. It just didn't fit right. Bit lose some areas and definitely tight around the waist.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 149lbs
December 21, 2016
Office Party Power Dress
I will most definitely be renting this dress again! Was getting compliments all night! So comfortable, even through dancing and dinner. I have a very curvy lower half, so I have trouble finding dresses that fit both my upper and lower body well.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
December 19, 2016
Long straps for 5'3"
I rented this dress because of the big skirt that is great for dancing and the beautiful color which was perfect for a holiday party. The downside (and the reason this wasn't a five star dress for me) was the straps that were too long. I was hoping I could do like other RTR reviewers and go without a bra. The bodice on the 8 fit snug enough to make it possible for my 36DD chest size. Unfortunately it wouldn't work because the straps had excess fabric for my size. I wore a plunge v neck strapless bra and pulled my shoulders back as best I could all night. I couldn't even wear one with straps because they would should behind the baggy straps. I DID get many compliments but I was insecure about the fit all night. Just wish I had a longer torso so this dress would've been a knockout for me.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
December 19, 2016
I got a lot of compliments
It fits really tight around the torso, I just had a baby and was looking for something a bit flowy around the waist. The cleavage/plunge was a bit much for a work event but I was happy to wear a cardigan.
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
December 18, 2016
Not good for my size/ shape
I got a 6 and 8, normally wear an 8. Neither fit. Could not breathe when zipped up the 8 and the straps were too long anyway. Cute dress but better for Someone taller, I'm 5'3", 36c and about 145. I probably could have breathed in a 10 but the straps would have then been way to long.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
December 17, 2016
A Very Joe.e Christmas Show vocal performance @ Grand Theater
Great fit, perfect red color!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
December 16, 2016
The lack of decor and feeling like my boobs were too exposed.
This dress is perfect if you want your boobs to be in everyone's face. I'm not even wearing a bra in this picture, I took it off after a while.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
December 13, 2016
Beautiful Dress, Lots of Cleavage , Figure flattering
This was sent when my original order was delayed. I didn't end up wearing it because it showed to much cleavage for a company event. But I would definitely wear it for a different occasion.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
December 8, 2016
Pretty and fun
The 6 fit me perfect. I'm on the semi-busty size and it could have gone either way and luckily it worked out and it fit without a bra. If you're not sure and are curvy I would go one size up for the extra size to be safe. It was fun and I got a lot of compliments. Great for the holiday party!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 22
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 200lbs
December 8, 2016
Stunning dress
The dress was beautiful on and very flattering. My only complaint was that it was a little challenging to keep my bust in the dress. There were a few inappropriate moments because of this. Another benefit is that the dress is a little longer in the back than it is in the front which is nice if you are on the taller side like me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 22
Body type: Pear
Weight: 132lbs
December 7, 2016
My experience with RTR is just perfect !
The dress is beautiful! It's true to size, the color is pretty bright red so it will make you looks gorgeous on a party.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 140lbs
December 7, 2016
Beautiful red dress
Very low cut so be aware but gorgeous dress, great fit and nice fabric. Got so many compliments
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
December 6, 2016
Beautiful dress!! Compliments all night!
Tight around the waist, beautiful neckline (I'm a 32 B) made my cleavage, what little I have, look great! Not too showy but still sexy. Great length - not too short. And super fun to dance in!!
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 32
December 6, 2016
Loved this dress!
LOVED IT! It's a bit risqué if you're well endowed, but yet maintains class. My size 6 was damaged, so I wore the 8 instead. Will RTR again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
December 4, 2016
Stunning!
What a perfect dress for a holiday party! I got so many compliments on the fit and color. The neckline is low, so you have to be comfortable showing a little cleavage. If you don't have much (like me- I am barely a 32B) the top was a little big in the shoulders and the chest. You can wear a regular bra but body tape is a must! The waist of the dress is very slimming! Loved this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 180lbs
December 4, 2016
I won Best Dressed!!
This dress is AMAZING. It's so flattering and made my legs look 1,000 miles long. I don't understand the reviews that say any bra fit because I had to shop on 2 separate days to find one that didn't show. In the photo, I had just pulled the dress up to cover the bra. I can't say enough good things about this dress (besides the bra thing). I got so many compliments and even won Best Dressed at the holiday party we attended!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
November 28, 2016
Fun party/cocktail dress, best for smaller bust.
This dress held me in but also flatten my chest completely. I'm a 32G and I could wear this without a bra but should have sized up to allow for breathing room. Super cute, may get again in an 8.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
November 22, 2016
Classic dress
This dress is great! Such a pretty red, very comfortable, and just the right fabric. Only word of advice is to be aware of how low it cuts - it is v v boob-y. Ha. Would 100% rent again though.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 26
November 17, 2016
So much fun!
Loved the dress, the fit was amazing! It was the perfect dress for a wedding!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 21
November 15, 2016
Very romantic for a valentine's day semiformal!
Only small complaint was that it was a bit fitted in a very specific spot under the boobs, and I have relatively larger breasts for my size, so there was a bit of an underboob poof from underneath. It barely detracted from the dress at all though!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 137lbs
November 14, 2016
Never felt so beautiful!
I'm either a 4 or a 6 in dresses, and I went with the 4 in this dress. This dress was a little roomy in the bust and a little tight in the waist, but it was still comfortable. This dress was perfect for dancing! The skirt was very twirly. I got a tons of compliments. I'd recommend this dress in a heartbeat.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
November 14, 2016
Stunning color and fit!
This dress was amazing. I fell in love with the skirt so hard! Will show a lot of cleavage and straps were a little long so would recommend fashion tape. Would rent again!
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 25
Weight: 110lbs
November 14, 2016
Sexy dress with fun twirl-ability!
RTR IS AMAZING! I rented a different dress for a wedding that was delivered at home in VA right before I headed to the airport for Atlanta, GA on a Thursday night. Did not get to try it on until I was in my hotel room, way too small! One quick phone call later on Friday morning, RTR emergency delivered this dress to my hotel by 12PM on Saturday, the day of the wedding. GORGEOUS dress! Normally I don't go for low cut/no bra dresses but I felt comfortable, classy & very sexy in this dress. I received so many compliments, even from the bride, on how gorgeous it was. Loved my first experience with RTR!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
November 14, 2016
Rehearsal Dinner Ready!
I wore this for the rehearsal dinner of a wedding I was standing in. Stellar choice! The rich red combined with a flirty skirt was an a hit for the fall affair. I felt all kinds of sassy! I would recommend sizing up as this one fits snuggly around the chest/ribcage. I'm a 36B and usual 6 who ended up wearing the 8. Fun side note, Stila's stay-all-day lipstick in Fiery matches this dress to perfection!
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
November 13, 2016
Perfect Sorority Formal Dress!
Overall, a very beautiful dress. I feel like the dress is made for a taller person as it was a little awkward fitting in the shoulders. With some fashion tape, this was not an issue! I ended up wearing the size zero. I am 5' 2", 115 pounds, and a 32DD chest. There were some reviewers that said the dress was tight in the waist so I was nervous about the sizes I ordered. For anyone else wondering about the waist of the dress, I have a 25 inch waist and the 0 fit that perfectly and the 2 was just a tad bit loose. It was a little revealing so keep that in mind if you are larger on top. I was very happy with my first rent the runway dress and I received compliments all night!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 17
November 9, 2016
Great Dress for Sorority Semi Formal
Tight on the torso and waist but very flattering. The only issue was there is a little plastic piece that keeps the shape of the "V" that was constantly rotating in the dress causing it to be off center.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
November 4, 2016
This dress was a hit - it was comfortable, classy and made me feel beautiful.
Unfortunately, the top was a little large for my cup size and didn't fit too well. But the length was perfect - not too long but not too short.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 178lbs
November 1, 2016
Great silhouette!
This dress is great quality and wears beautifully- even on my 3 month postpartum body. I struggled a little with the neckline and went through a lot of fashion tape- so I recommend thinking ahead! I got lots of compliments on this dress all night.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
October 30, 2016
Disappointed in this style
Size 6 was very tight in the waist when zipped up. Tried the 8 on and it was huge in the waist. Didn't end up wearing the dress
Marian November 9, 2016
Agree! I zipped it up, but it looked weird.
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