Down the Middle Dress

$35 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, 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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Size Chart

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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513 reviews
Fit
Large43
True to Size256
Small47
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.
Top Contributor
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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Top Contributor
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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Top Contributor
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
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.
Top Contributor
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.
Top Contributor
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.
Top Contributor
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
Top Contributor
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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Top Contributor
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 .
Top Contributor
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
.
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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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
May 23, 2016
Perfect fit, classy and beautiful
I wore this dress for a singing competition. It fit just right and I loved the way it moved! It's true what others said about the low cut aspect...but the girls looked good and I wasn't uncomfortable in it at all. The color is beautiful in person and I got a ton of compliments. I also advanced to the next round of competition ;) so maybe it's a lucky dress! I may just rent this one again in another color sometime.
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 43
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
May 22, 2016
Did not wear the dress due to it being to fight in the chest.
The dress was to tight in the chest. I would not recommend if you are large chested.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 122lbs
May 19, 2016
Great dress but very deep V
The dress fit like a glove! I loved it the second I put it on, but soon came to realize how deep the V neck was. I felt completely exposed and did not end up wearing the dress as it felt too inappropriate for the event. The skirt was full and gorgeous to twirl in. The color was rich and beautiful beyond what the pictures show. The dress was really lovely but be aware the straps are so long that there is no way to prevent the super deep V.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
May 19, 2016
Great color to stand out
I liked this dress. It runs a tad small in the waist. Moves beautiful when dancing. Would deff recommend!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
May 19, 2016
Did not end up wearing dress
I ordered 2 sizes of this dress, a 10 and a 12. Neither fit well. The 10 strangely enough fit better than the 12. Super disappointing because I was excited about this dress from the pictures on the website.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
May 18, 2016
Knock em dead red dress!
This dress is gorgeous and I think it would be flattering on most body types. I wore the dress to a steeplechase horse race and it was perfect! I have a small waste and large hips. This dress extenuated my waste wonderfully. The only issue I had was the length of the straps. I have a larger chest and the straps were still so long I had to pin them up to keep the dress up. I am short and have a shorter torso, so if you are 5'2 like me just consider this before renting. Also, this dress is VERY low cut, so it wouldn't be good for a modest dresser. If you are worried about going without a bra, I used a low cut sticky bra and it worked perfect for me. Even with the strap issue, I'd buy this dress today!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
May 17, 2016
This dress was a total winner! Would rent again in a heartbeat and wholeheartedly recommend!
I wore this dress to a new years party. It was probably my favorite dress I've ever gotten from RTR. The fabric had just enough stretch, and it also had a little weight which made the flirty, swingy skirt have a lot of fun movement. I am tall-ish and it wasn't too short! I could have worn heels or flats, but of course chose some pumps for new years - still felt very classy but definitely very sexy. The neckline is definitely plunging, but nothing some duct tape didn't take care of. I actually duct taped my chest from boob to boob around the back (not kidding) and it actually worked GREAT! It is also very comfortable. The color is a little deeper - more of a deep berry red, rather than the crimson it looks like online. I felt so sexy in this dress and kept getting compliments all night. I can't wait for an excuse to rent it again.
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
May 16, 2016
Fun and Sexy!
I loved this dress! It was fun on the dance floor. Slightly longer in the back so I wasn't worried about flashing.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
May 12, 2016
Goregeous fit and flare!
My god this dress is so beautiful, however the waist line was way too small for me. If this helps anyone my waist is 30" and I rented an 8.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
May 11, 2016
It was SUCH a cute dress!
Unfortunately the zipper was broken and I couldn't wear the dress but the customer service people were SO nice about the problem. When I did try the dress on I did notice that I would have had SO MUCH cleavage if I had worn the dress. So depending on what you're going for you - it's worth knowing. Beautiful though- very upset I didn't get to wear it :-(
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
May 11, 2016
Wonderful fit!
This dress fit like a glove. Very pretty color. I wore this to a ballet fundraiser.
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
May 9, 2016
Didn't wear the dress.
The dress was a beautiful read dress. I loved this dress when I first saw it in RTR, I made sure I had an occasion I could wear it to. When I got it it was excited to try it on, and when I did I look so bad on me. This dress made my hips look BIG, I felt so uncomfortable in it because of that. I wish someone reviewed that this dress makes hips look big.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
May 5, 2016
Wrong size
For some reason this dress was incredibly large on me as a size 6, which is what I typically wear. Luckily I was able to exchange it for the Allison Parris Havana dress instead at the store. It's a really beautiful color, and I would've worn had it been the right size.
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