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, 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.

Size Chart

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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489 reviews
Fit
Large41
True to Size251
Small43
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: 26
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
Age: 42
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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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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 21
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: 39
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: 36
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.
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108lbs
May 4, 2016
Such a vibrant color!
Loved this dress! Wore it for a formal grad school event. Just needed some stickies to hold the front in place but the fit and length were perfect!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Age: 25
May 4, 2016
Beautiful on the hanger!
The fit was a little off for me. The skirt was very full but the waist was very narrow. It pinched and was very tight and was not flattering on my body.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 27, 2016
Stunning!
This dress was out of my comfort zone in the bust area but I wanted to take a risk and it was beautiful! The fit is forgiving in the tummy so you can eat comfortably. The fabric is luxurious. The deep neckline would be quite intimidating to anyone who wants support as you are really unable to wear a bra. I am busty but was able to use the dress to hold me in. I didn't want to return this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
April 27, 2016
Pretty color
The color was really pretty and I like the cut of the dress but my issue is that at the waist when it pops out, it looked a bit unflattering. Maybe it's because my hips are big enough and I didn't needed the added illusion of even bigger hips. I didn't end up wearing this dress because the zipper was broken but customer service was absolutely excellent and overnighted a backup dress. I love RTR!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 35
April 26, 2016
Great dress, easy to wear.
True to size. Can wear with a regular bra.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
April 23, 2016
Love this dress! It fits and flares perfectly.
Fit true to size for me. Really perfect waist fit.
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 18, 2016
The moment people saw me I had automatic compliments from everyone at the event.
The dress is a beautiful color and has a gorgeous cut. I would say if you are more top heavy especially in the chest area to go up in a size if not two sizes. It fit everywhere else but the chest. But even so it was well worth it.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
April 15, 2016
Perfect for a fall wedding. I had so much fun dancing in this dress!
The color of this dress is perfect for a fall or winter wedding. The skirt is really twirly and my husband had a blast spinning me around the dance floor all night. It is low cut in the front (which wasn't a huge issue for me because I am small busted) but it did make finding the right bra challenging. Overall, this was a great rental!
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 155lbs
April 14, 2016
Tight waist, awkward bust
I was barely breathing the rib cage area was so tight. Did not wear this out for obvious reasons, but I don't believe sizing up would help either as the dress was cut too low to wear with a bra and I definitely needed the support. I generally wear a size 10 or 12, and I still couldn't get my bust in (32J) despite many reviews saying the bust is large.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 175lbs
April 12, 2016
Phew, that low cut! Definitely a fun little dress.
I definitely needed some double-sided tape, because I kept having to adjust the dress so my bra wasn't showing. That said, definitely an eye-catching dress, probably a little outside of my comfort zone until I'd had a few drinks. Very roomy up top, good fit elsewhere.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 22
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
April 10, 2016
beautiful dress!
This dress was great! Like others said before me upper part runs large. Usually I have trouble with dresses being too tight in the top so I thought I might be okay, but it was loose and I had to be aware of it all night so my bra didn't show. Otherwise the dress fit true to size and was really beautiful!
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 22
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Athletic
April 10, 2016
Flirty, flowy, and fun!
This is a great dress! With such a beautiful color and unique silhouette, it was a show stopper. I usually wear a 10 so I got a 10 and a 12 and both fit marvelously. I decided to size up so that I could have a bit more wiggle room for dinner & dancing. I did have to seal the top of the dress to my chest using dress tape so that nothing would become exposed.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
April 6, 2016
It was a happy wedding!
Dress fit well, it's a little low cut so I suggest no bra or taped bra or cups to tape on you! I loved being able to dance freely in it. Very almost "Marilyn Monroe" feel. Beautiful red color and the fabric was thick.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 33
April 5, 2016
We have a Sinatra party every year & so I wanted to wear a petticoat. This dress was perfect!
To was a bit big. This is not an issue I run into often, but I had to go push up bra just to keep it fitted and not moving around. I wore this dress in December and I am still getting compliments on it 4 months later.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32B
Weight: 110lbs
April 3, 2016
This dress was stunning!
It fit perfectly! The only comment I have is that it was a little big in the shoulders but was not a problem. I got so many comments on the dress and didn't want to take it off! The length was the expected length and was perfect with 3" heels. Great dress to dance in and the color was gorgeous! The color is closer to a Cranberry red.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
March 31, 2016
Amazing dress, with a few fit issues. Would definitely wear it again!
As a petite person with a short torso, this dress didn't fit perfectly. After short alterations to the straps, the dress fit perfectly. It was definitely tight, but it was so comfortable and the color was amazing!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
March 30, 2016
Beautiful color!
I ordered the 4 and 6 and went with the 6, even though I usually wear a 4. It fit great, jut hugged around the waist a little more than I would like! It was a darker, deeper red than it looks in pictures that I liked, and was vrery flowy and perfect for dancing! Overall, a beautiful dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 108lbs
March 29, 2016
Really wish it had worked
I rented this dress, hoping to wear it for Valentine's Day. The quality of the dress was totally fine. However, it just did not fit my body type at all. I am very skinny and even the size 0 turned out to be too large for my chest area, whereas the waist felt a bit snug. There was no way to make it work, and I really wanted to because the dress itself was very cute.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 4' 8"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 141lbs
March 28, 2016
I loved the color and pretty much everything about it!
I have really long legs so the length of this dress was awesome! It was a bit snug around my chest but I expected that because I'm just a little bit chesty! It's a very sensible and comfortable dress for any occasion! So sad that I couldn't keep it!
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Body type: Pear
Weight: 132lbs
March 24, 2016
Super fun fancy event in Washington DC.
Super flattering, the perfect color of red! The neckline is low but not too low. The fabric was a nice weight and made the skirt fall beautifully, it hit me a little above the knee.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 153lbs
March 22, 2016
Beautiful dress! Got so many compliments!!
I really liked the length of the dress and the cut was definitely low but it wasn't obnoxious. I'd definitely recommend this for any type of event. If you have a full bust like me I'd definitely go for a size up as your second option.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 174lbs
March 17, 2016
wore this for a swing dance show and loved it!
the skirt is perfect for dancing, and you're able to eat a sweet treat or have a drink too! no problems with the boobs, they looked great and stayed put, no tape needed. no give in the waist, but luckily that is my smallest area, was worried i'd have to go up a size based on reviews but it fit perfectly!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
March 14, 2016
Such a fun dress! Great length, but be prepared for lots of cleavage!
I felt like a total diva! It's so fun to dance in, it's not too short, and it made my waist look tiny! You definitely need the shoulders and/or chest to fill it out, though. It was a little big on top (I'm a 36C), but if I would've ordered any smaller it would've been too tight around the waist. Two words: body tape! You must be comfortable with cleavage to be able to enjoy this dress! If you're not, you either won't wear it or you'll be covering yourself up all night.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
March 13, 2016
Gives you amazing shape and holds your gils in without a bra!
This dress is well made and can be dressed up. I am petite, curvy, and top heavy. There is boning in the cleavage which was fabulous but it just didn't have enough room for "the girls" (DD to FF); it gave me a uni-boob. The waistline is perfect for those who are conscious about there belly bump.
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