allison parris

Down the Middle Dress

$50 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.

Also available in blue

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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268 reviews

Fit
Small 24
True to Size 141
Large 24
Photos 176
Kelsey
Age: 24
Jun 20, 2015

The dress was delivered right on time and was lovely! Returning it was also super easy!

Size worn: 0
Rented for: Wedding
The dress fit great! I loved it! It was tight in all the right places and still comfortable at the same time. It was a beautiful color and the length was perfect
Stephanie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Jun 18, 2015

Absolutely loved this dress I would rent again!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was absolutely gorgeous, I wore it to a June wedding. The bottom truly does flare out a little which gives the dress great volume. I was receiving compliments all night! The only con I had about his dress is that the chest area was very tight. I have a smaller chest and was able to get away with not wearing a bra, but if you have a larger chest I would recommend getting a size up.
Rebecca
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 27
Body type: Petite
Jun 16, 2015

So fun to wear at a formal event for my husband!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this dress to a formal event with my husband's work colleagues. I am currently a size six with a small baby bump, so I ordered both the six and the eight in this dress. The size six fit best on the top and the skirt gave my bump some extra room! I received a lot of compliments on the color, and really enjoyed my first experience with rent the runway!
Shannon
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Jun 11, 2015

Beautiful berry color and such a fun skirt to dance in!

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Wedding
I will admit that at first try-on, I didn't think that the size 6 or 8 was going to work. The 6 was way too snug in the chest and ribs, and for someone that's only a B cup, I couldn't believe how squished my chest was. On the flip side, the 8 was loose in the chest and puckered a bit at the armpits. Luckily, my hubby pointed out that as long as I stood up straight, the 8 fit well. I received lots of compliments, felt beautiful and had a great time dancing in the flowy skirt.
Robyn
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Jun 11, 2015

It's a really fun dress, classic puffy skirt and a sexy low cut neckline.

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress was really great. It's very fun and a little sexy too. Everyone loved the dress. I had been a little nervous that the skirt was too poofy but it was wonderful for dancing. Fit great but beat without a bra.
Brittany
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Jun 11, 2015

I got compliments left and right! I stood out, yet looked classy! I will rent again!!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
The fit was small, but in a good way. It sucked in your middle. I fluctuate between a size 4 and 6 and the 4 fit like a glove. I would recommend ordering up a size for your second size. I loved the flare bottom. The fabric was thick but not hot. I wore a strapless bra but the fabric was thick enough I could of went without (I just wanted some more pushup). It hit right above my knee, which kept it classy. The red color was deep/true red and sexy.
Amanda
Age: 18
Jun 9, 2015

Very great customer service!

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Formal Affair
Very beautiful dress, received many compliments The top was a little large so i had to wear a 2 for it to not be too loose! The dress moves nicely and is very eye-catching.
Katie
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165 lbs
Jun 8, 2015

Perfect style and color for the occasion!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this to my friend's wedding requiring guests to wear either black or red. The color of this dress was perfect, and I was complimented on it many times! The skirt is full and perfect for twirling on the dance floor, and the dress wasn't too low cut despite the fact that I am a bit busty. I did find that it was tight in the bust area and flattened my chest significantly, but overall it didn't affect the look too much.
Lindsay
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 23
Body type: Hourglass
Jun 7, 2015

This dress was amazing. I got so many compliments and it made me feel beautiful. It was perfect.

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Wedding
The fit was perfect around my waist but just a tad big in the shoulders. To help keep the dress in place in the front I used fashion tape and it worked like a charm. I paired it with a bigger cream colored necklace and it looked great with the dress.
Emily
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
Jun 4, 2015

Wished I could've kept it!

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Wedding
Gorgeous! Tight enough to hold boobs in place, adequate but appropriate amount of cleavage, thick enough material I didn't need bra, waist was tight & tiny but then it billowed out so I could eat & drink all night at the wedding!
Louise
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130 lbs
Jun 1, 2015

A beautiful outdoor wedding in Central Park NYC

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Beautiful dress! The neckline is somewhat daring but if you don't have a large bust then it's fine. I felt supported in the dress all day. The high-low hem is not obvious enough which is why I took a star off otherwise would have been 5!
Kate
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
May 31, 2015

Beautiful color

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Wedding
I really liked the dress and thought it was a very cute cut. I was a little less comfortable with the low neckline than I thought I would be, so I added a chunky necklace to feel less exposed. Got many compliments and loved the full skirt and rich color.
RTR Customer
May 29, 2015

Great customer service

Size worn: 10
Rented for: Formal Affair
Such an elegant dress! I wore it to a junior prom and it was absolutely perfect. I typically am a 12 but I do have a small but so I send a size down and had no problem, although where my armpits are there was a awkward material that lifted but other than that I have no complaints.
Amanda
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 156 lbs
May 28, 2015

I really liked having a new dress that didn't cost me a fortune. I got a lot of compliments on it,

Size worn: 10
Rented for: Wedding
The waist fit true form however the bust was very tight. I am very busty combined with broad Crossfit shoulder and back that I've sometimes have bought 12s but had recently lost significant weight and all my 10s in my closet fit loosely. I'm glad the 10 did fit but could have been looser in the bust... Front photos look fine but a side photo flattened my chest like I was wearing an extremely tight sports bar... Actually squared them off as if the banded part of a sports bra was across the nipple part. The profile only goes to D cup size but I'm a large 36DD (could be an E but that requires more effort in bra shopping so I wear DD). I enjoyed the dress and think I looked good but would go with something else if you are big chested and self conscious at all. I used tape at first to put them in place but I would need a professional to make it look good. You can wear a regular bra with it that is a deep v.
Melissa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
May 25, 2015

The fit was beautiful on me

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Wedding
So many weddings
Lisabeth
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 180 lbs
May 25, 2015

Very striking dress with some odd excess fabric issues.

Size worn: 14
Rented for: Other
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!
Kristen
Age: 25
May 25, 2015

So flattering

Size worn: 12
Rented for: Wedding
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!
Candace
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
May 25, 2015

Great dress! Received compliments all night, it's a modern day Marilyn Monroe fit!

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Wedding
It's a bit snug if you're larger chested, however it really accentuated my waist in all of the right places! It flows nicely and was so comfortable that I'll be renting it again for my bachelorette party!!
Gabbi
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
May 23, 2015

It was a perfect fit!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I loved the way that the dress fit. I wish it could have been looser at the bust area because it smooshed my bust to the point that i looked flat chested. I didn't wear a bra with it and it wasn't a big deal. I got a ton of compliments. I wish i could have kept it! I felt beautiful in it!
Sarah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140 lbs
May 20, 2015

Fun, spring Friday night wedding

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Absolutely loved this dress!! I ordered a size 4 it fit pretty well. I'm a little smaller in my bust so I wore a strapless bra underneath which worked great and prevented the straps from being too loose. It's low cut in the front but because of the structure built into the V point it gives you sexy yet tasteful cleavage. The fall of the fabric was amazing too, not too heavy or light, was concerned that I would have a Marilyn moment walking outside because of the wind but the fabric stayed down surprisingly well. I got tons of compliments and people asking where I got the dress from, definitely a perfect and super fun dress for a wedding!
Rosemary
Age: 38
May 17, 2015

That the dress for and was so fun to wear

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Wedding
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.
RTR Customer
May 17, 2015

Never had so many compliments on a dress before!

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Wedding
Wore this to a wedding and loved it. I could not find a bra to wear that wouldn't show, so I ended up with some fashion tape and it worked like a charm. In order to wear a bra, the straps would've had to have been about 2 inches shorter. Probably made for someone bustier. But! I loved this dress. Was a little worried about the low cut, but the tape was a life saver.
Mary Jo
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 142 lbs
Apr 22, 2015

VaVaVoom

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Such a beautiful and fun dress! Can't wear a bra but boning keeps everything in place. Very snug up until the flared waistline but next size up was too big up top. My boyfriend LOVED this dress and I LOVED dancing in it all night.
Angela
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160 lbs
May 13, 2015

Beautiful dress!

Size worn: 10
Rented for: Wedding
The fit was great, the only problem I had was keeping my chest in check. I am currently nursing so my chest is larger than normal. It was difficult to keep them I the right spot, but other than that I loved the dress!!! Great dress for 7 weeks postpartum!!! It was also more of a cranberry color rather than the red I thought it was, which was fine. I liked the color better than red anyway!
Jenn
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 128 lbs
May 11, 2015

Classy yet sexy, a great dress

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Other
This dress is beautiful. A little sex appeal but classy at the same time. I had to buy a low cut bra because I needed the support but if you can rock fashion tape and silicone covers, go for it! The red is more of a cranberry color. Got many compliments!
Alex
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
May 11, 2015

Rehearsal Dinner Rental

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Wore to a rehearsal dinner. Such a fun dress! The color was the perfect deep red, and the fit and flare was very flattering. A little tight in the ribs and chest, but sizing up solved that. The dress also is pretty low cut, but a little fashion tape kept me looking classy throughout the night. Highly recommend!
Caitlin
Age: 23
May 7, 2015

Beautiful dress!!

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Wedding
Perfect dress!! Fit perfectly!!
Kelly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115 lbs
May 5, 2015

Gorgeous

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The fit was perfect. I ordered tape to put on the chest area, as I did not wear a bra with this dress. This is hands down my favorite dress I've ever worn.
Kathleen
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 145 lbs
May 5, 2015

So pretty - great fabric, fun skirt

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I usually wear a 6, but the bodice of this is pretty fitted and I couldn't get it zipped. The 8 fit great in the waist/bust, but the straps were really long and gapped really noticeably in the shoulders. I wound up having to pin about an inch of extra fabric in the back of the 8 to get the top to fit, but overall the dress looked great. The full skirt was super fun to dance in, and the wide straps really minimized my broad-ish shoulders. The v-neck is pretty low, but it is fitted enough in the top that I didn't need a bra, and didn't feel like I was too exposed or popping out of it.
Tristan
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 17
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
May 4, 2015

Beautiful, classic dress! Really stand out in a crowd! So classy.

Size worn: 0
Rented for: Formal Affair
If you aren't tall then it may be a little long.
Erin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
May 4, 2015

Fun skirt, deep v neck and zipper detail!

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Wedding
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.
Erin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
May 1, 2015

Dress is a complete show stopper, felt stunning in it!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Rented a 4 & 2. The size four was too big around the shoulders and waist and the two fit perfect everywhere. The only thing I felt slightly self conscious about was how low the bust cut was. I usually stick with things a little more modest but regardless, it was still extremely flattering. My favorite was dancing in it - the dress twirls so beautifully. My boyfriend honestly couldn't get enough of it! Wish I could have bought the dress.
Jillian
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170 lbs
Apr 29, 2015

I stood out! In a sea of black dresses my little red number looked gorgeous!

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Wedding
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.
Melissa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120 lbs
Apr 28, 2015

Amazing dress! I felt like a movie stat

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Wedding
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.
kendall
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 20
Body type: Pear
Apr 26, 2015

Perfect dress that can be dressed up or down!

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Formal Affair
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!
Natalie
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 17
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125 lbs
Apr 22, 2015

I didn't get the right size in my order so RTR saved me and sent me another one which fit perfectly!

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Formal Affair
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
Molly
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Apr 21, 2015

SO many compliments on this dress, and such a fun night for my sorority formal!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Beautiful, beautiful dress. I probably got it slightly too small, but they were out of 4s so I went with a 2. The bust was tight, so I didn't even need to wear a bra, but the skirt was a perfect length and so much fun to spin around in. The only weird thing was the metal pin/clip that sits right at the base of the V cut - I know it's there for support/to make the V deep and straight, but it never actually stayed straight so I was adjusting it the whole night. Other than that, it was a fantastic dress and I highly highly recommend it!
Abby
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Apr 21, 2015

Great dress! Simple but still makes a statement

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I ordered the 4 and the 6. I was right in between the two sizes with the 4 being a little too tight and the 6 being a little loose. The straps were a bit too long, and the dress would have fit better if I had had a longer torso. I was worried that my boobs wouldn't work with the dress, but I was comfortable all night and could wear a normal bra without it showing. The skirt is really flowy and fun to spin around in. Overall, I was really happy with my choice.
Lindsay
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Apr 19, 2015

This dress was perfect for a formal night out!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this to my boyfriend's grad school event that was held at a New York City social club and I wanted a dress that was classic looking, but with a little edge. The length of the dress and the low cut neckline gave me just that. The dress fit perfectly. I usually run between a size 6 and 8, but the 6 fit like a glove. There wasn't much give to the fabric, but felt the stiffness made the dress more flattering. I was worried that the top of the dress would be too baggy since I am smaller chested, but this wasn't the case. I think bigger chested girls would have more of a problem.
Sara
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Apr 19, 2015

Cute dress, tight in the chest.

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this for a fraternity banquet and it was perfect for the occasion. The 4 fit perfectly everywhere but in the chest. I ended up having to wear the 6 and even had some difficulty zipping this size up once I got to my bust line. The problem was that the 6 ended up being too big in the waist and made me look 20 lbs heavier in pictures (this is the only picture from the night I don't hate). I'm sure the bust is tighter since it's a deep V neckline but if you're a full C or higher I would go up a size but beware that it will be too big everywhere else.
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