Down the Middle Dress

$50 rental
$350 retail

Price varies based on availability. Select your date to see price.

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, 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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526 reviews
Fit
Large43
True to Size260
Small50
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
August 22, 2016
Perfect for a wedding!
The dress was comfortable and flattering! The fit and flare cut along with the straps made it easy to dance in and classy!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
August 19, 2016
Such a fun dress!
Definitely low cut, but beautiful dress. Tight in the waist so I needed my back up size. I wore a shawl for church. Feels expensive. Got tons of compliments, best for dancing. Wonderful first time rental!
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 0"
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
August 18, 2016
Wish I could buy this dress.
Very flattering, but does cut pretty low so be prepared for that. Great to dance in! The skirt moves really well
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
August 17, 2016
Best dancin dress!
I have a shorter torso so my only negative was that it didn't sit right on the waist. I was able to shorten up the shoulder straps which made the fit perfect! The dress was comfortable and so fun to twirl and dance in!
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
August 12, 2016
Fun, flattering and comfy
Great dress for a summer wedding. The red color was really fun and the cut of the dress was very flattering and great for spinning on the dance floor. Just enough cleavage. I ordered the 6 with 8 as a backup. The 6 was a little loose in the chest but fine (I'm 32 DD). Not sure if the 4 would have been too tight. Anyway, great dress for tearing up the dance floor!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
August 9, 2016
Pretty color
Love the idea of this- weird fit for me under the arms and on the side of my breasts- way too loose. Disappointed. Dress is lovely.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Weight: 130lbs
August 8, 2016
Beautiful, sexy & elegant
The dress was beautiful, the length was perfect just right not too long not to short. I have a small waist, and it fit nice and snug. The only downfall for me is, the front of the dress is pretty low cut.. I am 5'4 130lbs and a 34c cup. I believe this dress is a better fit for someone who has a smaller bust or very perky girls.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
August 3, 2016
Very sexy and fun, but a tight fit!
I really liked this dress -- it was fun, sexy, and I got a ton of compliments from total strangers -- but it wasn't my favorite RTR dress. This was the first time I've had to have another size overnighted to me. I waffled between the 6 and 8 a few times and ultimately decided on the 8, which was th right decision. Though the 6 held my birls in a bit better, the 8 was more comfortable. It's definitely snug around the waist (suck it in, ladies!!), and lower cut than what I'm used to, but it was great for a fancy birthday dinner.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
August 2, 2016
Sweat stains non existent!
So because this dress is only fitted through the natural waist I was able to order a 6. I am an hourglass/pear so I would have to order an 8 otherwise to accommodate my hips. Received so many compliments. One girl mentioned how it was just the right shade of red and the color she was looking for but couldn't find it! Another guy told my date that I was gorgeous and all though I was a sweaty mess because the ceremony was outside under no shade in 105* NC, I was able to walk in confidence as the dress moved and twirled as I walked. I felt sophisticated, a tad sexy, and like I could rule the world. The fabric is also great quality fabric. I (seriously) believe I was the only one after the ceremony that didn't have sweat marks under the arms throughout the neck and stomach and even on the behind!
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 41
July 31, 2016
Sexy Red Dress
Overall the dress was great. It's a good thing I ordered a size up, as I felt it ran a little small. Additionally, the low plunge was just too much for me as I am a heavily endowed girl. With a cami underneath, the dress was the perfect attire for a summer wedding. Enjoyed dancing the night with my hubby as he spun me around.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 27
July 31, 2016
Amazing dress!
Too fun to twirl in! It's definitely low cut so be ready for that, but true to size and lots of compliments
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34D
Weight: 140lbs
July 31, 2016
Fun dress!
This is not the kind of dress I would typically wear since my waist is not my best feature. But we had a 50's style party so I decided to try this. So glad I did! Such a fun, feminine dress! Size 6 was a bit tight on waist but I wore a waist trainer underneath and it worked perfectly. The dress is very low cut but I found a low-cut bra from Victorias Secret that worked out great. I would definitely recommend this dress.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
July 28, 2016
Was honored to see two of my good friends get married!
The dress is a beautiful color! Received so many compliments on this dress. I have very narrow shoulders but a full bust so the straps on the dress were a little big. Everything else fit perfectly!
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 28
July 25, 2016
So sad this beauty didn't fit.
This dress came as a back up for my first RTR experience. I've been eyeballing it for a little while as I have another wedding coming up, so I was really excited to see that it was being sent to me. Luckily my initial dress fit beautifully, as this backup was so incredibly small that I couldn't zip it past my natural waist. For reference, I'm 44-37-43 and in between a 12 and 14 for everyday wear. The material was (obviously) great quality with zero stretch and the red was a gorgeous, rich color. I would recommend this dress if you have a smaller rib cage/bust size, as I was honestly a little bummed that it didn't fit because it was so pretty.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
July 22, 2016
Fun skirt!
The only reason I gave it a 4/5 was bc of the tight fit on the bust, I am a 36C and the size 6 was tight and 8 was too loose. Even though it was tight around the bust I still had to adjust the shoulder area, using a safety pin. I ended up not wearing a bra. The skirt was really fun to dance in! Would definitely recommend.
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
July 22, 2016
Like a Disney princess
It was fabulous the moment I put it on I instantly felt like the bell of the ball
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
July 21, 2016
Great dress for dancing.
I loved this dress, but it is VERY low cut and the rib cage area is tight. I am 5'4" 125 lbs. The dress I originally ordered did not work, so I exchanged last minute at the RTR store. They only had this in a size zero. I was barely able to zip it up (I'm usually a 2/4) but I think the tightness ended up being a good thing because I didn't have to worry about any wardrobe malfunctions.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
July 15, 2016
Perfect for a holiday party!
This dress was a perfect choice of a charity holiday party. The color was not a bright red as I was hoping, more of a darker, blue-ish red, but still gorgeous. Runs small, the waist was pretty tight and the top flattened my chest. The low V in the front has a metal V at the base inside the lining, which was weird. While the 6 ran a bit small, the 8 I ordered as a back up was a bit to large and with it being lowcut, I went with the one that fit more snug. Skirt is fun and "swingy". A great party dress!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
July 15, 2016
LOOOOOOOOOOOVED this dress!
Runs a bit large so I sized down and it was perfect. Very flattering! And the color was beautiful--standout red. Would highly recommend this dress to anyone for a cocktail party or formal event!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
July 10, 2016
For flat-chested girls with a booty
I typically rent empire-waisted dresses so I don't run the risk of a sheath dress not fitting my hips. This dress was surprisingly small up top for how much flare the dress had. If you aren't small-chested, size up or order a different dress. My husband even said to me, "how do you have cleavage? I've never seen that before."
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
July 8, 2016
Patriotic Welcome Home Dress
I wore this for my husbands homecoming and it was perfect!! It was sexy but still classy. The length was perfect as I didn't want anything too short. Will rent again!
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 27
June 29, 2016
Beautiful dress!
Definitely tight in the waist and looser on top. Very sexy for date night or a friends wedding, used a nude/lace camisole for the cleavage as this was a family wedding with my grandfather at my table. Would recommend fashion tape of no camisole is used for the neckline- I would have worn it "as is" for a dinner with my husband. I felt gorgeous and received a lot of compliments! Runs a bit small- I am an 8-10, wore the 10, would not have minded trying the 12!!!!!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
June 26, 2016
This dress was stunning! It fit perfectly and was eye catching!
The zipper was a little hard to pull up, but other than that, the dress was perfect!
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 19
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
June 26, 2016
the one and only grad dress!!
not exactly a conventional photograph to go with an RTR review, but the neckline of the dress ended up being a little too scandalous for graduation. so while i am definitely wearing the dress in this photo, i am also aggressively hiding behind my grad gown!! all jokes aside, it really was a beautiful dress. it was form-fitting and flattering up top while flowing out beautifully at the bottom. and i loved loved loved the color. the neckline is definitely extremely daring.. but the good news is that i managed to get away with wearing a nude bra instead of stickies. the only downside for me was the zipper situation. this was the first dress i've encountered that unzipped /all/ the way, and the worst part is that it somehow also ended up being one of the hardest dresses i've ever had to try to zip up. double the fun!! the first dress that i received unfortunately had a faulty zipper--the teeth would come apart even after being "zipped." i contacted customer service about the issue right away, and although they were extremely accommodating and apologetic, they said that the soonest they could ship out a new dress (free of charge!!!) was friday at 8pm. which was problematic mainly because grad started at 7. (note: the first shipment arrived wednesday at 8pm, and my email request wasn't processed until sometime thursday). i was a bit put off at first that they couldn't do more to expedite it, but i was still very grateful and impressed by the excellence of RTR's customer service!! they were very graceful about my complaint and certainly did everything they could to accommodate my situation. this was only further cemented, of course, by the fact that the dress miraculously came in time for graduation YAYY. RTR definitely has the best customer service of anything ever (-: (as well as incredible dresses)
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
June 25, 2016
Not for small boobs!
Perfect fit except the dress assumes your boobs are big enough to contribute to its structure. My boobs evidently are NOT big enough so I struggled for a while w fitting the puckering at the top, fashion tape, and a special sticky bra that never comes in an accurate "nude" color. Doable, just extra work and you have to remember not to lean over throughout the night and to check up on the puckering detail. Dress material has a costume like feel to it, but no one will notice except for maybe you.
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
June 22, 2016
Will be renting this again!
I rented this dress for charity event and received so many compliments. The fit was great and I was comfortable wearing the dress all evening. I will definitely be renting this dress again!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
June 21, 2016
A classic dress with a sexy cut
A classic shaped dress with a semi-sexy cut down the front - I loved this dress! It was a thick and sturdy material (I wore it for a summer wedding, but it was indoors) and it has a very full and fun skirt for dancing (and if you have a bigger bottom like me and like it loose - this is a great dress for you!). I'm between 5'8" and 5'9", so I always worry that dresses like this will be too short, but it was a very comfortable length for a shorter dress. Definitely a nice little update to a classic-looking dress - something that would not be my top choice for a work function but I would definitely recommend for a wedding or other semi-formal (but not super conservative) event!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
June 16, 2016
Pretty, but a bit odd.
I wasn't a huge fan of this dress. The fit isn't great for anyone over a D cup and the skirt made my hips look quite large and I have VERY narrow hips. I had high hopes, but it didn't work out. The color is gorgeous though. Now, your hips are a problem area, this dress would be fantastic to conceal that. I think it would fit best on someone with a smaller bust and wanting hip coverage.
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Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Weight: 170lbs
June 8, 2016
Runs small if you have a chest!
Super cute- love the color and flippy skirt. Nice, heavy material. Couldn't wear. Tight in the chest. I tried to return for a bigger size before my event and ran into some sub par customer service when I called RTR. I've tea such goood things about their service that I will give them another shot but I felt pretty disheartened with their lack of flexibility and knowledge for a first time renter. In any case, I bought a black bandeau and wore it under the dress. This was not my ideal choice and it was still right but I think it worked out well for a wedding I attended and I was able to dance all night. Would rent again but in a bigger size. Color and fabric are high quality.
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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 178lbs
June 6, 2016
Tight on the ribs
This was my back up dress and would have gone with it but couldn't because it fit too snug. I could barely breathe in it. Shame, I really liked the way it looked! The color is amazing.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140lbs
June 5, 2016
Swishy and dancefloor-ready, this deeply cut frock rocked.
Could I eat in this dress? No. Did I look like the Dancing Girl emoji? Yes. I have no bust at all to speak of, and this deep V was elegant and sexy, without looking trashy. Big win. Would rent again in a heartbeat.
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
June 5, 2016
Too revealing for my taste
I ended up wearing a cami under the dress because it just showed too much of my chest. The dress may work for smaller chests because of the way it falls but for me (38C) it didn't lay flat and was very revealing. The rest of the dress was a beautiful color and very full and flowy around the hips.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 113lbs
June 2, 2016
One of my favorite rentals!
This dress has a more cranberry- red color which is great for a wedding. It does have a low cut but I am on the smaller chest size so it worked out perfectly. I felt amazing and received so many complements all night long. I matched it with a nude heel but also look great with a black heel as well. Pros; great color, good length for a wedding , wide straps, good structure Cons: fashion tape is a must to feel secure, do not twirl to fast or the dress will fly up, no pockets
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
June 1, 2016
Great for dancing!
This dress was very flattering and was comfortable all night. The material is very luxurious. I received compliments all night.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 137lbs
May 31, 2016
Beautiful dress
This dress is stunning and I felt like I should be in Europe wearing this dress. Unfortunately I have broad shoulders and a large rib cage so this was very tight on me. I returned it without wearing.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Age: 27
May 29, 2016
Super feminine dress in a classic color
Based upon the reviews and comparing myself to girls with similar stats, I originally ordered a size four (my "typical" or "go-to" size) with a six for a back-up because I felt like the reviews were pretty consistent the the chest/rib cage was the limiting factor for this dress. Being that I am an "aftermarket" 32D, I was concerned that the four would not zip. When the dresses arrived, I tried the four first and was dismayed to find that it was VERY loose--it was baggy to the point that bending over would show EVERYTHING (yes, everything). I needed the dress for professional photographs which were being taken the next day; therefore, I forked over the $13 to have RTR ship me a size two express overnight. The size two fit me perfect--PLUS, despite being a size I almost NEVER fit into, the waist/chest/rib cage actually had a good 2-3 inches of slack still. I am not sure why my experience was so different from the other reviewers--perhaps I have an abnormally small rib cage? It could also be that my breasts are larger than nature intended for my frame? Anyways... I hope this tip saves someone $13 and a bit of worry in the future! Additional information regarding my physical build: I am 5 foot 7 inches, weighing between 127-135 pounds (depending upon the "time of the month"). My measurements are 34 inches/24 inches/36 inches. In general, I would consider myself to be "pear shaped" with very toned arms. At Victoria's Secret, I wear a 32D bra and size small undergarments. I typically wear a size small in shirts. In dresses, I am mostly a small but if the brand is "junior" oriented (i.e., LuLu's) or "bodycon," then I will go with a medium. In suit separates, I am nearly always a size four. In jeans, I am a size four approximately 80% of the time. In certain brands of jeans (e.g., Lucky Brand), I'll get a baggy-in-the-waist six in order to fit my derrière. If the jeans are "junior" oriented (i.e., listed in odd numbers), then I am a size five.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
May 27, 2016
Sexy is an understatement ...
This dress was beautiful and fit well. It had a very low plunge and my bra was not the perfect fit. It showed ever so slightly. I wore it to a day wedding and it turned out it was a bit revealing for the occasion. It brought a lot of attention to my cleavage. Great dress but poor choice for the dry /religious wedding I attended .
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 114lbs
May 26, 2016
Pretty, simple dress. Nothing too special.
The dress does fit true to size but when I put it on it didn't really wow me. It's very simple so if you're into wearing complicated jewelry you can definitely spruce it up. You will need a super low plunging bra and I'd say you do need a bra since you're definitely on display up there.
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 167lbs
May 26, 2016
I received a lot of compliments and loved it. It ran large but was super cute.
The fit is great overall, the ruffle on the back is cute. It is made really well and very comfortable. You can dress up and down. I loved this dress- it was a bit large but I ordered a larger size.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34D
Weight: 170lbs
May 25, 2016
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Great dress! A little tight in the chest area but still easy to zip up. I went with the 8 as the 10 was quite a bit larger in the chest.
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