Down the Middle Dress

$50 – $60 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 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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582 reviews
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(44)
True to Size
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Small
(61)
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: 24
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!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
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: 20
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: 16
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Other
Age: 43
October 30, 2016
Not for short, curvy girls!
I rented this dress for a rehearsal dinner. I thougth the fabric was cheap, no lining. The band hits on your natural waist and then poofs with the pleats, so if you have amy hips whatsoever, you will look much larger than you are because it exaggerates the hip. Also, the top was made oddly in terms of fit. I'm a 36C and there was loose fabric on both the 10 and the 12. I think the cut is better for someone taller and thin, no hips. The fabric has zero give.
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
October 27, 2016
Perfect dress for my event
I loved the way this dress looked. The fit was a little uncomfortable, but it was still a winner. The size 6 was a little tight in the waist area and the chest/shoulder area was too loose. I tried to pin it tighter but was having a difficult time. I had to use fashion tape to keep the top in place. It may have fit better if I had a bigger bust and slightly smaller waist.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
October 26, 2016
Perfect bridesmaid dress!
Wore this as a bridesmaid dress- perfect! It was so cute but appropriate for a wedding. Lots of compliments!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 23
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
October 24, 2016
The dress looked as good as it felt.
I got compliments all night on this dress; everyone asked where I got it! This dress was perfect for crazy dancing, but also appropriate for a wedding, or any number of occasions. I wish I had a decent picture of it to post!
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
October 23, 2016
Classic dress, lots of compliments
I am fairly small chested so the dress was a little large in the chest but I received compliments on it all night. Great feminine shape and classic look.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 20
October 21, 2016
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!
Wish I owned this dress. Sexy without being trashy. It was also super comfortable. The length was perfect, it hit middle of the thigh.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 47
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
October 20, 2016
Amazing dress!
I rented this for my rehearsal dinner in Vegas and it was the perfect blend of sexy and classy. Very fitted through the waist so if your waist is small it will be perfect. The bodice has wore so it stays up and closed so the girls don't show more than you want. The cleavage was a nice plus for my fiancé. Will buy this dress when I can!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
October 18, 2016
Lots of compliments!
Felt amazing in this dress! I'm a 36 C so it was a little revealing for me in the chest area but still classy.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 22
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 122lbs
October 16, 2016
Beautiful dress, I would rent again!
This dress was my second choice after I received a different style in a 2 and 4, and both were significantly too big. I was able to get this dress in a 0 the very next day before noon. It fit perfectly in the waist, and the cut, color, and material is beautiful. The only bummer is it was three inches too big in the shoulders, but a couple pins fixed the problem. I love it so much I wish I could buy it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
October 10, 2016
Pretty but very long torso
I didn't end up wearing this dress, because it didn't fit comfortably for me. Don't get me wrong, this is a beautiful, well-made dress. The waist of the dress hit below my natural waste which made it ride up causing the shoulder straps to fall down. A larger size would have been too large. I wish that I could have worn it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 115lbs
October 10, 2016
Perfect deep color with plunging neckline
I rented this dress for a wedding and loved the deep red color of the dress. The color coupled with the plunging neckline made me feel glamorous. It was the perfect mix of sexy and classy. My only issues were with the fit. I rented the dress in a size four (my normal) and a six because some reviews had commented that it's tight in the chest. The size four was a little tight in the bust but the size six made me look like I was swimming in the dress. The four, while tight in the chest, tended to bunch up under the chest which wasn't very flattering. Overall it was a pretty dress but due to fit issues I probably wouldn't rent it again.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
October 9, 2016
I loved the v neck of the dress and the flare of the skirt! I had so many compliments all night!
I wore a 0 but also ordered a 2 just in case. The zero was tight around the waistband but not uncomfortable. The two was too big in the chest. I am a 32 b and did have to wear a strapless push up bra to fill out the chest a little. Overall the dress was a little tight but I loved it! I wore it to my sorority's 'Red Dress' philanthropy dinner and it was the perfect amount of fancy and fun! I would definitely re rent this in the future!!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 21
Bust size: 36C
Weight: 140lbs
October 7, 2016
Perfect red dress!
I wore this dress to a fall wedding and received numerous compliments all night long! It was a little big in the chest area but with fashion tape and the right bra it was no problem! The zipper goes all the way down which is a fun surprise and the skirt is great for dancing and twirling! This was my first time using rent the runway and it was a total success! The dress did arrive a day later then planned because of a warehousing issue but i still received the dress on time and everything worked out!
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
October 5, 2016
Gorgeous, super flattering dress!
This dress fit my body type perfectly, but I have a significantly larger bust/hips (10 inch difference) than my waist, so definitely take that into consideration! I got a size bigger as my backup since some of the reviews said the waist runs small, but for my body proportions, the original was true to size. The top is a little larger proportionally to the waist, but I think if you had a smaller bust you could wear a thicker bra and it would fit well. It is SUPER low cut, so just be aware of that, although older family members still loved it, so it doesn't get into "trashy" territory. I got tons of compliments all night and I would definitely rent the same style again. The zipper is weird though, even on the larger sized dress it was hard to zip up, and my best friend commented the original "fits perfectly, why isn't this zipper working?!". So, make sure you have a friend to zip you up!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
October 3, 2016
Gorgeous color and shape!
This was an emergency backup dress for my best friend's wedding after the first one didn't fit well, and it ended up being a good last resort! The color is a deep crimson, and the fabric is smooth and stiff so that it holds its shape. I loved the way it fit my waist, but I didn't love the low cut. I worked with what dresses were available last minute, but I wouldn't choose this if you're also small chested. Regardless, make sure you have pasties and sticky tape ready!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 163lbs
September 29, 2016
Beautiful dress. Tight.
This dress was lovely. You need, need, need a high bra or camisole. It was also the tightest 14 in the waist I've ever worn. I'm a 34E and it fit fine in that regards. Was longer than I thought, maybe 4 inches above the knee. Very flowy and fun.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
September 29, 2016
The color is way prettier in person, its more cranberry than red.
The waist band is smaller than expected. I have never had to go up two sizes to get a dress to fit. I ordered a 8 and 10 thinking I would be fine in the 8. We couldn't zip it, the same thing with the 10. I wish I could wear it because I loved the dress, it just was not meant to be.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 21
Weight: 140lbs
September 28, 2016
So much boob
Was so so flattering throughout the chest and waist, but I figured it was a little too boob-y for my grandma's 90th birthday party. I was able to zip the 4 but it squeezed my boobs so much that they looked flat from the side. Also, in this dress specifically, there is a V-shaped metal piece that holds the place of the neckline, but it was completely out of place and I couldn't fix it.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
September 27, 2016
Loved this dress!
This is my second time renting from RTR & it was a success a second time. I gave a 4/5 stars since the fit in the shoulders was rather big, though it fit perfectly every where else.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
September 27, 2016
Great color for fall
I am 5'7 and ordered a size 6. It fit perfect. The perfect amount of flow, and was very comfy. The length came right above my knee. It has a low cut would definitely be hard to find a bra to wear with it. I would not suggest this dress if you have big boobs. I did not wear a bra at all, if I was going to wear something it would have had to be pasties. I loved the color, not too red, closer to maroon. Black or nude heels work. Overall, it was a classy dress, is great for a wedding or any other formal event. It was my first time using RTR and I had a great experience. I will definitely be using it again :)
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
September 27, 2016
5 star event with a 5 star dress. I felt beautiful all night.
I received compliments all night on this dress! This was my first Rent the Runway and I have already recommended it to a ton of ladies. I was in between a size 6 and a size 8, decided to size down and deal with a tighter dress.. My husband liked it hah! No bra needed and the dress lifted the girls which was great. I will definitely rent this dress again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 129lbs
September 25, 2016
Great dress but low cut.
I was worried about this dress because many of the reviews talked about how low cut it was.... But I noticed it looked fine on a lot of girls who were the same shape and size as me, so I thought I would be OK. When it arrived the dress was beautiful and fit well but it was lower cut than I was comfortable with. I used some fashion tape to close the gap a bit and that helped. I did have to check myself in the mirror a few times to make sure the tape stayed but other than that it was a great dress and I received many compliments on it.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 18
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
September 25, 2016
Beautiful color!
I rented this for my senior homecoming, and it looked amazing. The straps are a little long, so I had to make sure my posture was perfect or else it would loosen in the chest. The neckline is also very low, so be prepared for lots of cleavage. But overall, a wonderful dress!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
September 24, 2016
You can't help but have fun in this dress!
This is a very comfortable dress, appropriately snug. I am a 34B and that wasn't quite enough to fill the top. Haha I needed to pin the shoulder straps and wore an "add a cup" bra. When all was said and done the end result received a ton on compliments. Even days after the event. The dress flows nicely in the skirt, holds in the middle and puts the girls on display!
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Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 43
September 23, 2016
So it's a fantastic dress!
I have a wedding on 9/24. I got this dress and a size down, as well as a back up dress in another style. I will actually wear the backup which fit like a glove (will review that one after the wedding). This dress is gorgeous! I also think 'my girls' look amazing in it! it is also interesting - the zipper goes from neck to the bottom of the dress just like a coat. The waistline was super small for me. Even though I was able to zipper the dress by myself, the waist is just too tight. With booze and food involved, there is no way I would be comfortable. Plus the top part of the dress did blouse out around the armpits. For me, had the waist line fit and this was actually my own garment, I would have needed to alter the straps. Also there was no way I would have been able to wear a normal bra. But it was nice to get it and try it out!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
September 18, 2016
What a sexy dress!!!!
amazing !!!! Fits small, so go down a size unless you like it tight in the bust area. The V is low so no bra but there's a built in V to keep everything in place. The skirt is soooo amazing and makes you feel so pretty and girly! LITERALLY rent if you have an event!
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
September 16, 2016
The perfect dress for dancing!
I love this dress. I could've gotten away with the 0 or the 2 but I felt the 0 was a little more flattering. Overall it was incredibly comfortable and the skirt is perfect for dancing. It zips all the way down the back which is really fun too!
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