Down the Middle Dress

$40 – $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.

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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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469 reviews
Fit
Large37
True to Size246
Small39
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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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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Top Contributor
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.
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: 19
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Body type: Full Bust
March 13, 2016
Ordered it as a backup, but loved it!
I didn't end up wearing this because my first choice worked better for the occasion. This dress was flattering and a great color! Definitely recommend!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
March 8, 2016
Loved this dress! I got a ton of compliments on this dress! The skirt made this dress super fun!
The waist was snug, and the chest and shoulders were a little loose but the dress still fit great!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Date
Age: 31
March 4, 2016
I have been eyeing this dress for months and finally pulled the trigger! Just love it!
This has room in the top, but the waist is very fitted at your natural waist. I have scoliosis and a short torso with a small chest, so I opted for the 2, even though it was just a little tight in the waist. I got so many compliments! One of my friends rented the dress for a bachelorette party for the next week :)
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 56
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
March 3, 2016
the fit, the wear.... made it unforgettable
I used the dress for a Valentine's Day party. It was perfect!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 137lbs
March 2, 2016
Such a fun dress. Classy but still sexy in a tasteful way.
I had to use fabric tap since the neckline dropped so dramatically. No issues though
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Age: 20
March 2, 2016
Worked well for my engagement pictures!
This photographs so well! The color looks beautiful! This dress is so elegant and classy, perfect dress for my engagement pictures!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Age: 15
March 1, 2016
Worn to a homecoming dance
Fits well, knew it was low cut when I ordered it but didn't expect it to be that low! I usually wear a 4, but the 2 was the only thing available. Very tight in the chest and stomach area, definitely can't wear a bra. (Trust me, I tried!) It stuck up in the chest area, I'm guessing because it was too tight. Overall it is a great dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
March 1, 2016
Gorgeous dress, just wasn't the fit for me
I absolutely loved this dress and couldn't wait to wear it. I thought the red wasn't as bright as the pictures online made it seem, but it was a nice color nonetheless. Unfortunately I just don't think I had the right body for it. The dress was too large in the chest area (I am pretty flat chested but I didn't expect it to be to this extent). The chest area was better but still too large even in the smaller size (size 2), but it was uncomfortably tight in the stomach/waist area. I ended up wearing the size 4 because I wanted to be comfortable. Dress tape probably would have helped with the straps, but I didn't have any. I found that if I kept the dress tugged down in the front and kept my back straight and shoulders back, it didn't look too large. Needless to say I had good posture all night! I did get a lot of compliments on the dress & I'm glad I rented it even though it didn't fit as perfect as I'd hoped. The skirt was fun to dance in and it stood out. My best advice is that if you have a smaller chest make sure you have dress tape!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Height: 5' 6"
February 29, 2016
This dress was perfect, it fit the theme perfectly! Fancy and formal, not too skimpy but elegant.
The skit had a nice flow to it, the fitting around the waist was very flattering, however it was difficult to keep my bra hidden and the way the dress is constructed it can constrict your bust. But all in all an amazing dress and I am very happy with my choice.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 27
February 29, 2016
This dress was STUNNING!!
I loved everything about this dress; the color, the fabric, the fit, and the style. The skirt of this dress was incredible and perfect for dancing. I would absolutely rent this dress again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
February 27, 2016
This dress was PERFECTION.
I wore this dress for a work dinner out in Las Vegas. The cut, fabric and fit were perfect. The color was absolutely beautiful! The only downside was the front cut wide and low so a bra (even the clear kind) wasn't really an option, so you have to be kind of secure with your clevage. That being said I recieved compliment after compliment all night. I loved it so much I'm actually considering buying it.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Weight: 158lbs
February 26, 2016
Worn to a semi-formal event. Perfect for a night of dancing.
I should have sized down. The skirt fit fine but I had recently lost weight due to an illness and the bodice was too loose. I ended up using fashion tape but I think it would have been more flattering with a more snug fit. The color is more of a cranberry color which may be more complimentary on a variety of complexions but it would be a knock out red if that's what you're going for. The gold zipper down the length of the back of the dress was a fun accent. I received compliments the entire night and felt like I received a ton of attention without much effort. The fabric was of a satisfying weight so the skirt fell and moved beautifully. Comfortable enough to wear the entire night and I honestly didn't want to take it off.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 23
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
February 25, 2016
Perfect for a night of dancing!
Very full skirt, but I loved the way it fit. I felt comfortable the entire night.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 18
February 25, 2016
Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.
It ran true to size, and fit like a glove! I was worried that I would spill out of it (with a 34DDD, that tends to happen), but that wasn't a concern once I tried it on. Very comfortable, too! It was fuller in the skirt than I expected, but I ended up loving it. I felt like a sexy Bond girl. My date loved it, too!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
February 25, 2016
Beautiful dress! Got so many compliments!!
A little tight at the waist, but lovely! It also came to a little below my knees, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on what look you're going for. Overall, I loved it.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 18
February 23, 2016
This was a BEAUTIFUL dress, absolutely perfect!
I rented this dress for my 18th birthday party, and was a little nervous as it was my first time with rent the runway, and I did not have a back up. I had no reason to worry, the dress showed up a few days early and was gorgeous! I didn't even have to try on my back up size, the dress fit true to size. The only flaw was that there was a little extra fabric around the armpit, and so I had to use fashion tape to keep it against my body. Over all, though, this dress was absolutely perfect, and my first experience with this company was a huge success. Will definitely be back!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
February 22, 2016
Straps too big.
I loved this dress but didn't feel comfortable wearing. The straps were too big on me and the cut was too low for my taste as well. Of course RTR really pulled through. I called them instantly and they held my hand through the process. I got an emergency dress just in time!
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 18
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
February 21, 2016
Definitely the sexiest dress at the dance.
I wore this dress to my schools Sadie Hawkins dance and it was the sexiest, classy dress there. The fit was perfect, and the color was stunning, however the cut in the top was lower than I expected. But overall it was worth the money to rent and would recommend it to anyone.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Date
February 18, 2016
This dress gives you no choice but to be the most confident woman in the room! Thanks RTR!
The bust does run tight, but I didn't feel uncomfortable because of that I felt secure. If you have a very large bust I would go up a size, though. The cut in the front is very low, which is why I chose it, but if you're more modest I wouldn't pick this type of fit. Hits perfectly in the waist and flares out beautifully. Hits right above the knee for me. The color is a deep red and stunning. Honestly the best I've ever felt in an article of clothing.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 26
February 17, 2016
Dress was perfect for a warm(er) fall wedding!
The dress was true to color and very flattering. A bit tighter in the chest. The bottom half is a bit fuller, which was great while dancing. Had to wear a sticky bra since it was a lower cut., and I liked the added detail on the shoulders. Length was a little bit longer on me, but appropriate for the event. Definitely worth renting!
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