allison parris

Down the Middle Dress

$45 – $65 rental ?
$350 Retail

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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, AV Max Signature Cuff Set and modern heels.

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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135 reviews

Fit
Small 17
True to Size 81
Large 12
Photos 85
Rachel
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Dec 16, 2014

The dress is gorgeous!! Great for twirling on the dance floor :)

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I could have worn the 4, but it was a liiiiittle too tight on the rib cage. I could wear a regular VS bra with it, which was ideal. I would definitely rent this dress again.
Kellie
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 152 lbs
Dec 26, 2014

Gorgeous, but didn't fit at all

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I ordered this as a backup dress for NYE and am so glad that my other dress fit. I usually wear an 8 and ordered this in an 8. It was huge and gaped a lot on top. I am not small-busted, so I was quite surprised. I suspect a 4 or 6 would have fit much better. The color and fabric are gorgeous. The full skirt and full zipper in back are fun details, but the skirt sat strangely on my hips and made me look frumpy. I would definitely recommend sizing down 1-2 sizes.
Erica
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 155 lbs
Dec 26, 2014

Great dress!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I love the color! Definitely stood out from the crowd. I received so many compliments and felt comfortable walking around. Beware: if you have a larger bust, the cleavage becomes the focus. Oh yeah! And you can wear a regular bra, which I did, and now I wish I'd tried a push up bra to have them babies shine.
Ariana
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 147 lbs
Dec 28, 2014

The color was perfect!

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Wedding
The cut of this dress is very flattering and the color is beautiful. The only negative thing I can say about the dress is that there is a little puckering on the straps. Otherwise, it's great!
Elle
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150 lbs
Jan 1, 2015

Photogenic dress

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I almost didn't wear this. I thought it looked boxy on me and that the fabric was doing a weird pulling thing around the boobs. But I had to wear some peacock-themed accessories for that particular party, and this was the only dress I had with me that even remotely worked. So glad I wore it! While I do not have access to all of the photos to post here, the dress ended up looking really good in photos. I had a dress that I ended up changing into halfway through the night that I thought looked better in the mirror, but this was the one that actually looked best in photos—flattering and not boxy at all. I was really bloated that night, and this hid it well. And I was apparently the only one to notice the weird pulling thing it was doing around the boobs.
RTR Customer
Jan 2, 2015

Great service and beautiful dress!

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Wedding
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!
Whitney
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Jan 2, 2015

Sexy but classy!

Size worn: 10
Rented for: Wedding
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!
Amber
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Jan 4, 2015

Very flattering skater-dress flare. Great length. Very deep neck-line.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore breast petals for this dress and it worked perfectly.
Nicole
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 4, 2015

Sassy, fiery dress for a "Fire and Ice" New Years

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Fit perfectly, got soooooo many compliments on it. Very comfortable and accentuated my hourglass shape but I think it would make any girl look like she had an hourglass.
Olivia
Top Contributor
Age: 26
Jan 4, 2015

Flowy and elegant look

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Date
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
Laura
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155 lbs
Jan 7, 2015

Compliments all night!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress to an early January wedding in Milwaukee. The fit was generous, but not too big. I'm a classic pear shape wearing most of my weight on hips and thighs (and honestly, I'm pushing close to 160lbs now) and this style was perfect for me in a size 6. I usually can do a size 6 if the bottom is generously cut. I got the 4 on but it would have been way too tight for breathing, eating and dancing! I wore with a regular bra for extra va-va-voom. My decolletage was definitely on display with the low cut v, so I recommend a plunge bra or a way to keep the bottom band hidden. I had no wardrobe malfunctions due to the conservatively-cut back on this dress. I'll also add that the full zipper from hem to neckline was handy for easy on and off. If you're pushing it to get into a smaller size, you will need help, as this dress offers no stretch. The color is more berry than red, so you can still get away with it at a wedding without being scandalous. I got many, many compliments and was told I looked "fit". Get this dress--no regrets whatsoever.
Cheryl
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Jan 13, 2015

Perfect Xmas party dress

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Party
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.
Katherine
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138 lbs
Jan 19, 2015

Flattering Fit!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I have very muscular shoulder and triceps, and this dress was very flattering by not making my shoulders look to muscular in a dress! I absolutely loved this dress and received compliments all night on how tiny my waist looked! The skirt is a fun length to dance in because it twirls with you and you don't have to worry about it being too short. My one complaint was the bust area. I don't have much of a chest so I couldn't go without a bra, but my bra was constantly sticking out and I was constantly pulling and adjusting the top all night to hide my bra.
Jenn
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145 lbs
Jan 25, 2015

The plunging neckline is flattering and the full skirt is perfect for an evening on the dance floor

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Formal Affair
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!!!
Anika
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Jan 26, 2015

The perfect party dress - fun, flirty, and classic.

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Party
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.
Jill
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160 lbs
Jan 26, 2015

I was able to get a replacement dress at the 11th hour

Size worn: NONE
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
Suzanne
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 115 lbs
Jan 26, 2015

This dress def caught everybody's eyes

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was absolutely gorgeous. But definitely required a large amount of double sided tape.
Anna
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 120 lbs
Feb 1, 2015

Gorgeous dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Date
I wore this dress for NYE. I generally wear a size two but I ordered the two and the four. The two was too tight on the bust so I ended up wearing the four. It's a beautiful dress, but it wasn't the best fit for me. The straps were SO long that I had to create elaborate contraptions of pins and double stick tape to keep it from looking ridiculous. This made it a bit uncomfortable so I probably wouldn't recommend for girls with smaller shoulders and torsos.
Chelsey
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
Feb 2, 2015

I felt completely glamorous in this dress. It was a beautiful shape and I got many compliments!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this dress to a black tie optional work event. I'm petite, so I have quite a short torso. Because of my short torso the straps were a little long for me. I had to lift the straps up to make sure the dress was dropping too low in the front showing my bra. It wasn't a major concern though. I was very happy with the overall look and feel of this dress. The color was lovely and the shape was very flattering. I kept my jewelry simple with chunky stud earrings and a simple ring. I work a nude heel that totally elongated my legs and complimented the bold color of the dress very well.
Bonnie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118 lbs
Feb 5, 2015

This is my favorite dress from RTR

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I was really worried about the low neckline on this dress. However, when I tried it on, it was PERFECT. This is my favorite dress from RTR and I will definitely be wearing it again! I suggest not wearing a bra with the dress, so it doesn't push up your boobs too much. I usually wear a size 6, but I had to wear this dress in a size 2. The size 4 fit ok, but the sleeves had too much material and created a weird gap. If this dress ever goes on sale, I will be the first to purchase it.
Danielle
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Feb 8, 2015

This dress was a hit, I got so many compliments.

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I have a small waist but bigger hips and this dress was PERFECT for my figure. The neckline is a little risqué so I personally wouldn't wear this to a professional event but maybe you could pull it off if you have a smaller chest. The tough part was finding a bra that worked, I ended up wearing a plunging bra that I already owned and it worked ok. I had to have great posture throughout the night because if I slouched forward or bent over you could see part of the bra. I felt more comfortable with it on than going without though.
Becca
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Feb 11, 2015

Soo COMFORTABLE ! The perfect sexy twirling dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was my "backup dress," but it clearly won the day! It was snug right at my natural waistline, with the skirt just touching above my knee. There is a wire keeping the lowest shape of the "V" in the front, making it hard to wear a regular bra. So I used a deep "V" sticky bra instead. You don't NEED a bra with the thick quality fabric, but if it is cold out, someone might notice! I received a ton of compliments and felt ABSOLUTELY amazing! I was thrilled I could dance uninhibited and was comfortable, never having to "adjust" the dress while sitting, dancing, or standing. I'll definitely wear this one again!
Emma
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Feb 12, 2015

Classy, yet Sassy! Flawless Fit!!!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was a huge hit for a winter wedding! Many compliments were sent my way throughout the night and it was comfortable to boot. I'm usually a "6", but the "4" ended up fitting like a glove. Couldn't have asked for a better dress!!!
Kelsey
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Feb 16, 2015

Perfect dress for a wedding, gorgeous color and great(tight) shape!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I loved this dress, I really didn't want to give it back. I definitely want to keep an eye for it in their sale! As for the fit- so much better then expected! And I was really worried about fitting. I have a small frame but am a 32 DD in some cases, so I was worried I'd be falling out of the dress. But the boning through the waist and in the deep V cut kept everything in place. I definitely had some cleavage, don't get me wrong but the quality of the dress and the coverage in the back and on the legs made it very elegant! I will say that it was definitely tight in the waist, there's very little give. Luckily I have a small torso but by the end of the night I wanted out of the dress, but to be honest thats me with most dresses. As a whole I loved the dress, so much fun to dance with and multiple people said I was the prettiest girl at the wedding, apart from the bride ;)
britney
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Feb 17, 2015

The cleavage!

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Date
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.
Maria
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Feb 17, 2015

Love this dress!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Great fit overall.
BrazenJess
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 142 lbs
Feb 18, 2015

Spectacular dress - flirty and classy

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
I rented this dress for my 5th Anniversary date with my husband, and I couldn't be happier with it. The color is a deep cherry (the second picture with the wine shows the true color). I usually wear a size 6, and this 6 fit perfectly. I have an hourglass shape - wide shoulders, small waist, and wide hips/butt - and this dress was extremely flattering. If you have a shorter torso or narrower shoulders, I can see how the straps may gap a little at the top, though. The waist on the size 6 was snug (mine is 28 inches), but it was a perfect fit. I was able to wear a regular Victoria's Secret Bombshell bra with this dress, and the deep v worked perfectly with no showing of the bra or straps. A bra with extra lace trim on the edge would have shown a little because the v is very deep.
Mieke
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 17
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115 lbs
Feb 19, 2015

Felt elegant and beautiful in this dress!!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I ordered a 0 and a 2, and although the 0 fit better, I wore the 2. The size 0 had black stains on the skirt, and the wire shaping the neckline was bent strangely. The 0 would have fit a little better at the waist, but I still loved this dress and would absolutely order it again. The perfectly classy red dress!
Mary
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110 lbs
Feb 20, 2015

Perfect for a formal event!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this to my boyfriend's Law School holiday party and it was perfect. I wore the size two and it was pretty true to size. The skirt portion was a little wider/puffier than it looks in the picture, but it still looked great. It was a little longer than I would have liked (but I'm only 5'4). Also the color is more plum than red, but I really loved it. I would definitely recommend this dress!!
Emma
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Feb 21, 2015

Perfect dress for a night of dancing!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this dress to a charity ball. I ordered the 4 with the 2 as a backup, and ended up wearing the 2- probably because I'm not too endowed up top. The dress has a VERY flattering fit, hugging the waist and then flaring out. The back is slightly longer than the front, which made me feel extra secure moving around. It was very comfortable to dance in, too! The v neck was cut quite low, but I was able to wear a bra with very little of it peaking out. The color is GORGEOUS, even better in person. I highly recommend it!
RyRy1218
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130 lbs
Feb 22, 2015

Beautiful dress. Perfect for feeling GLAM

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
pros good length, comfortable to wear, great color cons very low cut, runs small had to go up one size than my normal size
Jessica
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130 lbs
Feb 23, 2015

So much fun in this comfy dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was great for a Valentines Day wedding! I ordered the 4 and the 6. The 4 was snug, but still comfortable and the 6 also fit, but gaped open a little bit at the shoulders, so I went with the 4. The dress was very comfortable and I got great compliments. My only complaint would be that it also gaped open a little bit at the cleavage, so you'd definitely want some double sided tape or something like that. Other than that, the length, color, fit, etc were great! I paired it with a white statement necklace, black heels and a black clutch.
Haleigh
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 21
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Feb 26, 2015

The color was beautiful! I loved how it cinched in the waist then had a big flow skirt!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
The top half of the dress fit nicely, but my usual size 4 did not fit. I went with the 6 because of how tight the top half of the dress was. It was very flattering on my non-busty figure, and it was a great choice for a formal night out. I never fidgeted with it, and it was incredibly comfortable all night long!
Lauren
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 112 lbs
Mar 1, 2015

I wore this dress to my sorority's formal. I got compliments all night and felt so sexy!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This dress is very low cut and tight in the bust. I am not busty so this was not a problem for me, however if you aren't comfortable showing cleavage this is NOT the dress for you. Also the dress is a much darker red than is shown in the photos on the order tab. It is more of a cranberry color. I know many people have had problems with the fit of this dress but it fit me like a glove! I would totally rent this dress again.
Andrea
Top Contributor
Age: 31
Mar 2, 2015

Beautiful dress that was flattering and worked all night!

Size worn: 14
Rented for: Party
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 :-)
Alli
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 18
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 3, 2015

Gorgeous dress!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
A little bit low cut than I am used to but I wore a normal bra and it didn't show. I loved the flare in the dress and how it felt. I would definitely recommend this to women with smaller busts.
Lauren
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 6, 2015

The puppy in the live auction of the wishes & more winter ball we volunteered at.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I meant to get a size 6 in addition to the size 4. The size 4 fit but was definitely snug. Sitting constricted breathing a little bit but it still looked like it fit and I got many compliments on it. The 6 might have been too baggy/ loose but maybe more comfortable? Still recommend!
Tamanie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Mar 6, 2015

Beautiful color and fit!!

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Party
Wore normal bra underneath and it was perfect! Felt so pretty
Amanda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 16, 2015

Eye Catching Red!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Rented this dress for a friend's wedding in October and LOVED it! The color is a beautiful, deep red. It fit perfectly, and even though it has a low neckline, it has wiring that keeps it close to your chest. Such a beautiful, classic dress.
Bianca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Mar 24, 2015

Awesome dress! Flattering for all body types

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Great low cut boned detail. Creates the look of having classy cleavage. Gold zipper detail is FABOOSH
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