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allison parris

Down the Middle Dress

$65 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.

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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197 reviews

Fit
Small 20
True to Size 112
Large 18
Photos 122
Bonnie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118 lbs
Feb 5, 2015

This is my favorite dress from RTR

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I was really worried about the low neckline on this dress. However, when I tried it on, it was PERFECT. This is my favorite dress from RTR and I will definitely be wearing it again! I suggest not wearing a bra with the dress, so it doesn't push up your boobs too much. I usually wear a size 6, but I had to wear this dress in a size 2. The size 4 fit ok, but the sleeves had too much material and created a weird gap. If this dress ever goes on sale, I will be the first to purchase it.
Andrea
Top Contributor
Age: 31
Mar 2, 2015

Beautiful dress that was flattering and worked all night!

Size worn: 14
Rented for: Party
Loved this dress! I normally wear a 12 in dress sizes but have a large bust and after reading the reviews I thought I'd better get the larger size. I'm glad I did the 14 covered my bust well but still have a good amount of cleavage. One of the best things about this dress is the boning in the neck line. It kept it in place all night and I didn't have to worry about what the girls were doing! Great dress and perfect for my birthday party :-)
Alli
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 18
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 3, 2015

Gorgeous dress!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
A little bit low cut than I am used to but I wore a normal bra and it didn't show. I loved the flare in the dress and how it felt. I would definitely recommend this to women with smaller busts.
Lauren
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 6, 2015

The puppy in the live auction of the wishes & more winter ball we volunteered at.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I meant to get a size 6 in addition to the size 4. The size 4 fit but was definitely snug. Sitting constricted breathing a little bit but it still looked like it fit and I got many compliments on it. The 6 might have been too baggy/ loose but maybe more comfortable? Still recommend!
Tamanie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Mar 6, 2015

Beautiful color and fit!!

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Party
Wore normal bra underneath and it was perfect! Felt so pretty
Amanda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 16, 2015

Eye Catching Red!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Rented this dress for a friend's wedding in October and LOVED it! The color is a beautiful, deep red. It fit perfectly, and even though it has a low neckline, it has wiring that keeps it close to your chest. Such a beautiful, classic dress.
kathy
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165 lbs
Mar 22, 2015

40th bday success!!!

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
Loved this dress!!! Perfect dress to celebrate turning 40 on a date night with the hubby!!! Fit beautifully and made me feel beautiful as well. Another successful rental from RTR!!
Annie
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Mar 22, 2015

This dress was perfect! Wore it during the holiday season, the night I got engaged.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
It was a little big in the shoulders, but other than that it fit great. It is a deeper red, so it's great for the winter months. As long as you're aware that it's bares a lot of cleavage and you're okay with it, I'd tell you to rent this dress in a heartbeat! Sadly, we didn't get a very good picture of the dress (I was wearing my coat in all the proposal pictures), but I've attached the best one I've got.
Bianca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Mar 24, 2015

Awesome dress! Flattering for all body types

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Great low cut boned detail. Creates the look of having classy cleavage. Gold zipper detail is FABOOSH
Caroline
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 117 lbs
Mar 31, 2015

Romantic dress!

Size worn: 0
Rented for: Party
The perfect combination of flirty and classic. This is an amazing dress!!!!
Erin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128 lbs
Apr 1, 2015

Sexy yet classy

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
The first thing I noticed upon putting it on was how great and flowy the skirt was. I wanted to twirl around all the time. The neckline was a bit deeper than I normally wear and it took a little bit of getting use to but it added the sex appeal to an otherwise fairly modest dress. Such a great dress and was perfect for Valentine's Day. The 2 fit best overall but was a bit snug in the waistline so I went with the 4. The only problem with sizing up was that the straps near my shoulders bulged out a little, but maybe a bigger chest would have fixed that problem. I would rent again!
Libby
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155 lbs
Apr 7, 2015

Got SO many compliments, and the full skirt of this dress made for a comfortable fit all night long!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I'm pear/hourglass shaped with a 34C bust, and the 6 fit PERFECTLY. This was my first RTR experience so I was thrilled. I normally wear a 6 in dresses, as I'm a 6 up top and an 8/9 on the bottom. The size 8 in this dress fit me more like a 10 would. Perfect for someone a little curvier, with a smaller waist and hips that need room. Such an elegant/comfortable dress, with a semi "Kate Spade" look to it. RENT THIS DRESS.
Rachel
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155 lbs
Apr 10, 2015

Love this dress! Flirty, flowing, and fiery!

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Party
True to size, snug at the waist, deep V is dramatic but can be worn with most demi-strapless bras.
Laisa
Age: 31
Apr 11, 2015

So many compliments!! In LOVE with this dress, total hit! Thank you!!

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Wedding
Fit like a glove! Normally wear an 8, but it was a little big on the waist and didn't feel right. Thank god for the 2nd dress that was a 6, and it fit the way it was supposed to.
Heather
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Apr 13, 2015

I felt like the salsa dancing emoji!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
This dress! I felt like this dress was made for me. It was sexy and flirty and classy and fun. I was so in love with it, I did not want to send it back! The color is beautiful. The deep V is the perfect length to be sexy but not trashy. I was able to wear a regular bra with it, but had to keep pulling it down a little to make sure it wasn't showing. It was a tiny bit big under the arms, if I owned the dress I would have had to get the shoulders taken up a little bit. I would say you could size down in this, so long as you aren't super busty. I am typically between a 2 or 4 in dresses, and in this I wore the 2 and would have liked to try the 0 to compare. I got so many compliments all night long, it was the perfect dancing, flirty, fun, stand out in the crowd dress!
Heidi
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155 lbs
Apr 14, 2015

Stunning! Sexy and Elegant!

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Party
Wore this dress for my 30th birthday. I felt beautiful and sexy. Loved the deep V of the neck.
Lauren
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 22
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Apr 18, 2015

This is a classic dress!

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Formal Affair
I received so many compliments on this dress! The color is a perfect shade of red and it's a truly classic dress. Overall, I felt I could have worn a size smaller, there were some awkward gaps in the dress around my armpits. I also wore a normal bra which some of the reviews said would be fine, but I felt like I was adjusting myself throughout the night. It was snug in the waist but too loose up top. And skirt is amazing!
Sara
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Apr 19, 2015

Cute dress, tight in the chest.

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this for a fraternity banquet and it was perfect for the occasion. The 4 fit perfectly everywhere but in the chest. I ended up having to wear the 6 and even had some difficulty zipping this size up once I got to my bust line. The problem was that the 6 ended up being too big in the waist and made me look 20 lbs heavier in pictures (this is the only picture from the night I don't hate). I'm sure the bust is tighter since it's a deep V neckline but if you're a full C or higher I would go up a size but beware that it will be too big everywhere else.
Lindsay
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Apr 19, 2015

This dress was perfect for a formal night out!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this to my boyfriend's grad school event that was held at a New York City social club and I wanted a dress that was classic looking, but with a little edge. The length of the dress and the low cut neckline gave me just that. The dress fit perfectly. I usually run between a size 6 and 8, but the 6 fit like a glove. There wasn't much give to the fabric, but felt the stiffness made the dress more flattering. I was worried that the top of the dress would be too baggy since I am smaller chested, but this wasn't the case. I think bigger chested girls would have more of a problem.
Molly
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Apr 21, 2015

SO many compliments on this dress, and such a fun night for my sorority formal!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Beautiful, beautiful dress. I probably got it slightly too small, but they were out of 4s so I went with a 2. The bust was tight, so I didn't even need to wear a bra, but the skirt was a perfect length and so much fun to spin around in. The only weird thing was the metal pin/clip that sits right at the base of the V cut - I know it's there for support/to make the V deep and straight, but it never actually stayed straight so I was adjusting it the whole night. Other than that, it was a fantastic dress and I highly highly recommend it!
Abby
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 19
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Apr 21, 2015

Great dress! Simple but still makes a statement

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I ordered the 4 and the 6. I was right in between the two sizes with the 4 being a little too tight and the 6 being a little loose. The straps were a bit too long, and the dress would have fit better if I had had a longer torso. I was worried that my boobs wouldn't work with the dress, but I was comfortable all night and could wear a normal bra without it showing. The skirt is really flowy and fun to spin around in. Overall, I was really happy with my choice.
Natalie
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 16
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125 lbs
Apr 22, 2015

I didn't get the right size in my order so RTR saved me and sent me another one which fit perfectly!

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Formal Affair
Usually I'm a 4 but the straps on the dress are big so I went with a 2. I recommend not using a normal bra and use a braza product instead. My normal bra would peek out a lot
Mary Jo
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 142 lbs
Apr 22, 2015

VaVaVoom

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Such a beautiful and fun dress! Can't wear a bra but boning keeps everything in place. Very snug up until the flared waistline but next size up was too big up top. My boyfriend LOVED this dress and I LOVED dancing in it all night.
kendall
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 20
Body type: Pear
Apr 26, 2015

Perfect dress that can be dressed up or down!

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this dress to a fraternity's semi. It was so pretty, and I received a lot of compliments. My only problem with the dress was how low cut it was, but other than that it was perfect!
Melissa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120 lbs
Apr 28, 2015

Amazing dress! I felt like a movie stat

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Wedding
The dress was really tight in the rib cage but made my waist look super tiny and it was so fun to twirl and dance to. I was nervousness about the low cut but it wasn't too revealing and I was able to wear a normal bra. I did have to pull up the dress a couple of times because the bra was showing and sitting down was sometimes uncomfortable because of how tight it was but other than that it was perfect.
Jillian
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170 lbs
Apr 29, 2015

I stood out! In a sea of black dresses my little red number looked gorgeous!

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Wedding
The 8 was a smidge tight bc I'm big busted, but the 10 drowned me. This is a risqué dress...very low cut but somehow not inappropriate bc it's not a wide V. I got many compliments on it. The bottom is double layered and generously cut so the fabric really moves beautifully when you walk. Definitely rent it.
Erin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
May 1, 2015

Dress is a complete show stopper, felt stunning in it!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Rented a 4 & 2. The size four was too big around the shoulders and waist and the two fit perfect everywhere. The only thing I felt slightly self conscious about was how low the bust cut was. I usually stick with things a little more modest but regardless, it was still extremely flattering. My favorite was dancing in it - the dress twirls so beautifully. My boyfriend honestly couldn't get enough of it! Wish I could have bought the dress.
Erin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
May 4, 2015

Fun skirt, deep v neck and zipper detail!

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Wedding
This was a very fun dress. I would highly recommend renting it. Great color, zipper down the back and a subtle yet sexy v neck. Boning in the v neck keep it in place. Other women noted they wore a regular bra underneath without an issue but you can see their bras peeking out in the posted photo. I wore this dress with an adhesive bra (also purchased from RTR) and was very pleased.
Tristan
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 17
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
May 4, 2015

Beautiful, classic dress! Really stand out in a crowd! So classy.

Size worn: 0
Rented for: Formal Affair
If you aren't tall then it may be a little long.
Kathleen
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 145 lbs
May 5, 2015

So pretty - great fabric, fun skirt

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I usually wear a 6, but the bodice of this is pretty fitted and I couldn't get it zipped. The 8 fit great in the waist/bust, but the straps were really long and gapped really noticeably in the shoulders. I wound up having to pin about an inch of extra fabric in the back of the 8 to get the top to fit, but overall the dress looked great. The full skirt was super fun to dance in, and the wide straps really minimized my broad-ish shoulders. The v-neck is pretty low, but it is fitted enough in the top that I didn't need a bra, and didn't feel like I was too exposed or popping out of it.
Kelly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115 lbs
May 5, 2015

Gorgeous

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The fit was perfect. I ordered tape to put on the chest area, as I did not wear a bra with this dress. This is hands down my favorite dress I've ever worn.
Caitlin
Age: 23
May 7, 2015

Beautiful dress!!

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Wedding
Perfect dress!! Fit perfectly!!
Alex
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
May 11, 2015

Rehearsal Dinner Rental

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Wore to a rehearsal dinner. Such a fun dress! The color was the perfect deep red, and the fit and flare was very flattering. A little tight in the ribs and chest, but sizing up solved that. The dress also is pretty low cut, but a little fashion tape kept me looking classy throughout the night. Highly recommend!
Jenn
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 128 lbs
May 11, 2015

Classy yet sexy, a great dress

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Other
This dress is beautiful. A little sex appeal but classy at the same time. I had to buy a low cut bra because I needed the support but if you can rock fashion tape and silicone covers, go for it! The red is more of a cranberry color. Got many compliments!
Angela
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160 lbs
May 13, 2015

Beautiful dress!

Size worn: 10
Rented for: Wedding
The fit was great, the only problem I had was keeping my chest in check. I am currently nursing so my chest is larger than normal. It was difficult to keep them I the right spot, but other than that I loved the dress!!! Great dress for 7 weeks postpartum!!! It was also more of a cranberry color rather than the red I thought it was, which was fine. I liked the color better than red anyway!
RTR Customer
May 17, 2015

Never had so many compliments on a dress before!

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Wedding
Wore this to a wedding and loved it. I could not find a bra to wear that wouldn't show, so I ended up with some fashion tape and it worked like a charm. In order to wear a bra, the straps would've had to have been about 2 inches shorter. Probably made for someone bustier. But! I loved this dress. Was a little worried about the low cut, but the tape was a life saver.
Rosemary
Age: 38
May 17, 2015

That the dress for and was so fun to wear

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Wedding
This dress is very fun to wear. The dress is true to size but was a little tight around the rib cage. It does does show a lot of cleavage. Can't wear a bra with this dress but it was right enough I didn't have too. Color was such a great red. I wore it to my friends wedding.
Sarah
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140 lbs
May 20, 2015

Fun, spring Friday night wedding

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Absolutely loved this dress!! I ordered a size 4 it fit pretty well. I'm a little smaller in my bust so I wore a strapless bra underneath which worked great and prevented the straps from being too loose. It's low cut in the front but because of the structure built into the V point it gives you sexy yet tasteful cleavage. The fall of the fabric was amazing too, not too heavy or light, was concerned that I would have a Marilyn moment walking outside because of the wind but the fabric stayed down surprisingly well. I got tons of compliments and people asking where I got the dress from, definitely a perfect and super fun dress for a wedding!
Kristen
Age: 25
May 25, 2015

So flattering

Size worn: 12
Rented for: Wedding
I loved this dress! I am a lot smaller on top, than I am at the bottom. That's perfect for this dress to hide some areas, but if you're straight and narrow, it will add some curves!! I had a few issues with the amount of cleavage. My double sided tape didn't hold up in the current tsunami conditions in Dallas, but I was still appropriate. Definitely recommend!
Melissa
Age: 30
May 25, 2015

The fit was beautiful on me

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Wedding
So many weddings
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