Night Watch Dress

$55 rental
$470 retail

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Stylist Notes

A full skirt and ruffled back make this Allison Parris not your average LBD. Add cool-girl edge for a wedding with Oscar de la Renta's Cassini Drop Earrings and complete the look with simple 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: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress very fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

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: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress very fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

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Size Chart

Product Details

Black crepe. (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. Square neckline. Full cascading skirt. Exposed back zipper with hook-and-eye. 35” from shoulder to hem. Made in USA.

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95 reviews
Fit
Large11
True to Size53
Small3
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
May 4, 2016
Beautiful, comfortable, flattering
I absolutely love this dress and wanted to keep it forever and never take it off, but here are a few things I noticed about it: 1. The back zipper goes all the way down. Not really an issue - just a surprise. 2. Very full skirt. Twirled in it like a little girl. Felt like a princess. Loved it. 3. I thought it ran a little large, but I have a very small rib cage. Plenty of room at the bust for fuller breasts, though (I'm a D cup). 4. Can wear a regular bra. The back is low, but not so low that it would expose your bra. The shoulder straps are a little wide-set for me, so I had to place my bra carefully - there was nothing to hold the bra straps beneath the shoulder straps. 5. Long. The 4 was knee length on me and I'm leggy for my height - I have a 35" inseam. 6. Slightly long in the torso. Hit me a little below my natural waist - this might be an issue if you are particularly short torso'ed. 7. Zipper will not stay up. Repeat: Zipper. Will. NOT. Stay. Up. It only unzips a little, but that was annoying. I could hear it unzip, too. There were no hooks at the top of the zipper, like some dresses, to keep this from happening. ANNOYING. 8. Skirt is weird to sit on. I wore this to a funeral and there was a lot of sitting on some not so comfortable seats. The skirt made it less comfortable. This dress is definitely more for standing around and looking fabulous (or dancing! Yay twirls!) than for sitting.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
May 2, 2016
This dress is SO comfortable and fun! I got tons of complements and was comfy all night
The dress fit perfectly and was crazy comfortable!
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 48
April 18, 2016
Beautiful dress
There is absolutely no vanity sizing with this dress. I would say if you're in doubt, order up. Skirt is well constructed and heavy. I would like to have seen a little more weight on the top to balance it out. The zipper is more prominent than in the picture. This is the perfect dress for tall, thin people. :). I really would recommend it, I just got the wrong size and no amount of Spanx was getting me in that dress!
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
April 13, 2016
Loved dancing in this dress.
I thought the fit was perfect. I loved the back, and dancing was so much fun in it. I wish it was a little more glam in the front though. For size, I am in between a 2 and 4. I am 34B, weigh about 128 with athletic frame. I could have worn the 2 with no bra, but I thought after all the eating and drinking and for comfort - I stuck with the 4 and wore a good bra.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
April 7, 2016
This dress is gorgeous. Comfortable and easy to wear. I felt amazing all night!
Length was perfect for me, the bustle was a fun and flirty (I almost loved the back more than the front)! Great for dancing~ Fit like a glove- no bra needed which. Wanted to keep this one!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
March 20, 2016
Beautiful and classy dress! The bustle back was a lovely touch!
I rented this for a semi formal dinner/dance. I am usually a size 6 but I had to get the 4 and 8 because the 6 wasn't available. I ended up wearing the 4 and I actually think it fit me perfectly! I was also able to just wear a normal bra. It was a little longer (at my knees) but for the occasion it was nice. The dress is actually kind of heavy because of all the material. It didn't photograph the best in the dark but in the light it was beautiful. I loved having this be a LBD with a twist!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 52
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
March 19, 2016
Great fitting black dress--classy and fun
First RTR dress and I couldn't be happier. It fit perfectly -- very fitted on top and full skirt on the bottom. The skirt had that nice bustle detail without making you look big. Overall a great choice.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 50
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 144lbs
March 14, 2016
Fun flirty dress
Dress was fun to wear and fit perfectly. I am usually a size 8, 32DD on top. Got a lot of compliments. Would be a great dress to add to the wardrobe!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Other
March 5, 2016
Very elegant dress
This is not ideal for petites but I was able to make it work. I have narrow shoulders so the straps were wide on me and slipped down a bit. It was tea length on me vs above the knee which made it look more formal. Also fabric is very thick so ideal for winter event. Got a million compliments on it. The only con was the bottom was very wrinkled when I got it.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
March 2, 2016
Beautiful Dress for Formal Event
I wore this dress for a formal business event. Dress was gorgeous and has some surprising weight in the skirt. Very figure flattering, but straps were a tad too long and kept slipping. But otherwise, very beautiful classic dress.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
February 24, 2016
Loved the dress.
The only con I have is that the dresses (yes, both) arrived with white fuzz on them. I took it to a dry cleaner, but they weren't able to get it all cleaned off. It was still a pretty dress.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 60
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
February 15, 2016
When you work in a physical job it's fun to have people see you dressed up for a change.
Very comfortable dress, different than the average LBD. I did tack up the shoulders due to my short waisted frame.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
January 29, 2016
Large in the top...
The cut of this dress was gorgeous, but I wasn't able to wear it as it was a bit large on top. I may try renting in a smaller size in the future because I loved the zipper detail on the back!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
January 21, 2016
Great dancing dress with a classy lady like length!
I'm 5'7 135lbs and usually a size 4 dress. I wore a size 4 and it fit perfectly as I expected a size 4 to fit. I can see how the torso could be a bit long for petite ladies but this one fit me almost perfect. I wore it with a chevron fringe jacket so i didn't pay much attention to the small amount of bunching it may have done while under my jacket. I loved the back detail but didn't want to sit on it since I thought it might crimp what ever material was keeping the material loosely curved in the back. Fun for dancing as it spins all the way out, this is a second reason to wear shorty panties. I did also notice the material was somewhat worn on the bottom half of the dress but if it's past dusk or you'r not right on it you can hardly tell. Great dress, would rent it again, sorta want one for myself!
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
January 12, 2016
Wanted to twirl in this dress all night long!!
Hard to see, but I wore this under a RTR coat. The dress was so fun and flirty. It fit true to size, maybe just slightly big. I loved the bottom of the dress. It was sexy yet sophisticated. I wanted to twirl in it all night!!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
January 8, 2016
Such a comfortable dress!
I rented this for an engagement party and I loved it because of the bustle in the back and how much fabric swung around as I was dancing. I felt like it made the night more fun! I also loved how comfortable this dress was! I could move in it and was not worried about any wardrobe malfunction. I loved the detail of the zipper in the back going all the way down too which made it easy to get on. I would recommend a backless bra though since the back goes low. I tried it with regular bras and part of the back of the bra was always showing. The backless one was fine and I felt the dress was snug enough to keep it up.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 155lbs
January 3, 2016
Perfect for a winter wedding!
Loved the dress! Classy and elegant - perfect for a formal wedding. Runs a little big - they only had an 8 so I wore that. A little big in the shoulders but other than that - perfect. Would wear again!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
December 22, 2015
I've never had so many compliments!
It does run small as most reviews have said so I wore size 4 instead of my normal size 2. Overall I loved the feel and design and would rent again!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
December 21, 2015
Fun dress for work holiday party
This was my first time renting--went very well and will rent again! I rented size 8 & 10...I'm in between sizes at the moment...however I was able to wear the size 8 with spanx (tummy control). I'm tall and curvy, but also have a long torso so had no issues with the length. It was a really fun dress, I loved how it swished and the fullness of the skirt. I spent a lot of time spinning, while dancing :-) I also rented a necklace which complemented the look...I felt glamorous and had a great night!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 26
December 8, 2015
The event I wore this dress to was a company holiday party
I really liked this dress, it fit great and I received a lot of compliments on it, the bustle in the back is so much fun. The top of the dress can be a bit snug so I would recommend ordering a couple different sizes just in case. Unfortunately I wasn't able to receive a back up size which was fine because the 8 fit great, but I was super worried leading up to the event it wouldnt fit. I will say, the dress I received did look like it had been worn/cleaned one too many times if you looked up close you could see little stray almost white hairs on it but it wasn't super noticeable. I wore this to a work holiday party and it was perfect for the event.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
November 29, 2015
Absolutely beautiful.
When I first pulled it out of the bag, I was skeptical. However, as soon as I tried it on, I fell in love. This dress is knee length and very flattering. It made me look like a 00 whenever I am a 4. You will never be disappointed with this dress.
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 28
November 22, 2015
Awesome dancing dress. Very understated and sleek so it would be great for a lot of occasions.
Fit was good and loved the flare in the back. Couldn't be happier with the choice and will be stalking online to try and find one to purchase. Highly recommend. Worked well with pointed shoes to balance out volume of the skirt with my short height. Only note on fit was that it was slightly tight so straps didn't lay perfectly flat on my back. Didn't bother me though!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
November 21, 2015
Classic and fun
So many things to love about this dress. The cut is comfortable and classic with the fun flair of the hem and the bustle in the back. The full zipper on the back is a fun detail. I got so many compliment on this dress and people loved the skirt. It was very comfortable to wear and extra bonus you can wear a regular bra! I was worried the 4 would be a bit too tight but it fit perfect.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
November 17, 2015
This is the classiest little black dress I've seen. It was a great fit!
It really flatters a small waist. It was a tad bit snugger in the chest area than I expected, but I'd still say it's true to size. I have a long torso and it fit right at my natural waist - just something to keep in mind!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
November 17, 2015
Very fun dress with a very loose bust
I am usually a 12 but wore this dress in a 10. The waist fit well, but the bust and shoulders were slightly loose, which is surprising for this not small busted woman. Loved wearing it though, the skirt and ruffle are just so much fun without being over the top.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34AA
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
November 9, 2015
Loved this dress! So much fun to wear-definitely not your average LBD.
My first RTR experience did not disappoint. This dress was so much fun to wear. The bustle in the back gave what looks like your average little black dress a heightened sense of appeal. I agree with other reviewers that it was long in the torso, which resulted in either weird bunching at the waist or gaps at the straps. (Had this been my own dress, I would have had an alteration done on the straps to raise it up and make it fit better). I did pull the down to fix the issue, which, had it not been for the darts on the chest area, made it barely noticeable. I wore it with a strapless bra to avoid visible bra straps (there were no "strap stays" like I have in other formal dresses I own). All in all, a perfect dress for my event, despite some small issues with fit. Thankfully, they were barely noticeable and didn't affect how I felt in the dress at all. Not too snug in the waist, great length, and fun to dance (and even walk!) in. I wish I could have kept it!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
November 7, 2015
Great Little LBD!
Definitely ran large on the top for me. I have decently large shoulders but this dress was loose for me in the waist and in the bust. And I'm typically a much larger dress size because of my lower body, so I was surprised at how loose it was. It is a gorgeous dress and the back detail in the skirt is so flowy and fun! It's a thicker fabric than you'd expect from the picture, but it hangs really well. Make sure you open ahead of time to check for wrinkles. I had a large one near the seam in the back that I had to end up hiding with a cardigan because I didn't have time to fix it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
November 1, 2015
Compliments all night
Wore to a concert. Very flattering, great for an hourglass figure. Received compliments on my waistline all night. Material was a little heavy but I got used to it. Ran slightly large in the upper body but was no issue overall.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
October 26, 2015
Dress seemed a little worn out...
Slight pilling and a bit of fading. Didn't seem new and crisp like other dresses I have rented. As for the actual dress, it was just OK. I didn't feel special in it or especially good. The fit was generous up top which I appreciate but maybe some smaller chested women would not. Felt like it was true to size.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34A
Weight: 135lbs
October 25, 2015
I struck gold with this one. Would rent again in a heartbeat.
I finally gave RTR a go after years of lurking – and my first experience was even better than I expected. As a 6'1'' gal, there are plenty of dresses I have to write off simply because they'll be way too short – and to make it even more difficult, I don't have much of a figure. Despite RTR's detailed review system, I've yet to come across other reviewers with a similar body type. (I'm talking *zero* curves.) I was hoping to order a smaller size just in case, but only 4 was available. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous about putting all of my eggs in one basket, but this dress fit absolutely amazing – and the ruffles in the back made dancing all the more fun.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
October 21, 2015
So many compliments!!
This dress is AMAZING. The fit was incredibly flattering, the swirl of the skirt was super fun, and the length was so perfect. I rent from RTR often, and this is the first dress I was really sad to have to send back. I would want to own this dress. I can't even count the number of compliments I got the day I wore it. I felt beautiful, sexy, and playful. What more could you ask for?!
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 29
October 19, 2015
Beautiful and so fun to dance in! It's a heavy but adorable dress. Moves with every step!
Torso was about a half inch too long but it worked just fine. I wouldn't recommend for anyone with a short torso (mine is average).
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
October 17, 2015
Great party dress
Love the flouncy skirt! I felt lovely in this. It was pretty big on top and was glad to have the smaller size. Was able to get away with a strapless bra, which was great. Definitely recommend.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Weight: 125lbs
October 7, 2015
Everyone loved it
The dress is a little tight up top, so a bra shows through. You can easily wear it without because the fabric is thick and it is very fitted. I would go your normal size or a size up. I wear a 4 and could have benefitted from a 6 in this case.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
September 29, 2015
Dress was beautiful and I received many compliments.
Fit was a little big and I actually ended up wearing the 10 when I'm usually a 12. Loved the bustle and how it added nice flare to the dress. I love twirling around in this at the reception lol.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
September 28, 2015
Next Level Little Black Dress!
This dress was a last minute emergency save from the Flatiron store after my original rental was a big fat fail. I am a 6-8 and still wasn't feeling very confident in my 7 months post-partum body. I loved this dress but the only one available was a 6. So I took a chance. I thought, no way. It fit like a glove. I felt more fabulous than I had in 18 months. With very high peep toe pumps and fun fascinator, this was a perfect dress for my friend's vintage cocktail wedding. The fun of Rent the Runway is an endless closet with no need to repeat, but this is hands down a dress I would rent again.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
September 24, 2015
Gorgeous, flowing back!
I have loved every Allison Parris dress I have rented. The signature detail on almost all of them has been a gold zipper that goes down to the bottom of the dress. This was no exception. This dress is elegant enough to wear to a formal event, yet classic enough to wear to work as I did. The black fabric wasn't shiny so it wasn't overdone. The fabric lays beautifully in the back almost like a train, and it is a high low and the skirt has a gorgeous flare making your waist look super small. I LOVED this dress. Wish it had pockets as I'm getting accustomed to them in dresses, and I wish she had more colors in this!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Weight: 130lbs
September 16, 2015
I went to an arts gala. The event was semi-formal.
The dress was fun. The dress is pretty true to size with it being a bit snug in the ribcage area. I ordered a size 4 and 6 and wore the 4. I was very disappointed to see in the size 4 that it looked like the dress had been washed too many times and the material was starting to frey or something. It looked like I had cat hair on me! I had to wear it, I didn't have a back up and luckily the event had dimmed lights. But I was definitely self conscious about it. They need to not send this dress back out. The size 6 looked fine but that size didn't fit me.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
September 3, 2015
Rehearsal dinner for a wedding which I gave a speech at.
Incredibly comfortable, flowy, beautiful fit
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
September 2, 2015
Classy and Lovely and great for taller girls!
(Actually 135lbs and size 4 but can't update my profile) Such an elegant and fun LBD because of the back. Other reviewers didn't lie, this is fun to dance in with the way the back swishes! It fit perfectly and the waist wasn't too high on my torso which tends to be a problem when you're 5'8". I would have loved to have kept this because it is timeless and perfect for so many occasions. Not dress related but disappointed that I added on the $15 mystery accessory rental which didn't arrive and RTR had no record I even added it. This is also the 2nd time in a row where my first dress choice at the last minute wasn't available due to damage/late return from the previous renter (out of 4 total rentals so we're talking 50% sucess rate).Sorry to say that RTR has kinda gone down hill and don't have the trust in them needed for dressing me again for an important event. : ( Which kinda sucks cause it's such a great concept.
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