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Anna Sui

Sweet Surprise Dress

$45 rental
$470 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Rent this dainty Anna Sui velvet bodice with lace skirt dress for your holiday party, birthday, or romantic date night out. Tights are a great addition for the colder days of the year. Add a great statement necklace like the RJ Graziano's Dress Me Up Necklace.

Size & Fit

This dress runs large. We recommend sizing down (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Not Fitted - fuller skirt allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'6" model)

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

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs large. We recommend sizing down (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Not Fitted - fuller skirt allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'6" model)

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

Size Chart

Size Chart

Product Details

Black velvet bodice and chenelle embroidered lace skirt(50% Nylon, 50% Cotton, 82% Rayon, 18% Silk). Scoop neckline. Nude lining(100% Polyester). Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden back zip. 35'' from shoulder to hem. Made in USA.

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31 reviews

Fit
Small 0
True to Size 9
Large 22
Photos 16
STL
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 54
Body type: Straight & narrow
Sep 19, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I was stopped several times during the evening with people complimenting me on my dress! It looks great but the zipper was tough to get zipped - had to go to a neighbors house to do so!
Becky
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Sep 25, 2011

Great fitting dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
This dress ran a little big. I am normally a size 4 and wore the size 2 which fit perfectly. Top runs big, so I recommend it for larger chests.
Liz
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Body type: Petite
Oct 4, 2011

Overall fit: Large
I agree with the other review, this dress runs a little big. I usually fit between a 2 & 4, and I almost wish I had tried out a 0. however, it did give me a little wiggle room, and other than that, I really loved it - I got many compliments on it at the wedding I wore it to, and am thinking of buying it.
Jenn
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 43
Body type: Hourglass
Oct 6, 2011

Overall fit: Large
This was my second choice dress, and I ended up wearing it to a formal wedding and I loved it. It does run a size larger than true to size. The top is a little big so those with narrow shoulders should size down. I thought the dress was elegant and comfortable to wear. I should be a size 10 according to the chart, but the 6 fit me though I ended up wearing the 8 because I felt the 6 was too snug. The 8 had room to spare and I could zip it up myself where as the 6 I had to have someone help with the zipper. I would recommend this dress.
Pink Lotus
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Body type: Hourglass
Oct 11, 2011

Overall fit: Large
I wish there were more reviews prior to my rental so I knew it was larger than true to siz e. In general it is a comfortable dress and pretty, but nothing spectacular. Its light and easy to pack.
Heather
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Oct 26, 2011

Overall fit: Large
Loved this dress! It does run a little on the big side (Im normally between a 4 and 6, and wore the 4 very comfortably), but it's pretty short if you're on the taller side. I paired it with a white blazer, tights and ankle boots and it was great for a night out, but I definitely wouldnt have worn it in front of my boss at a holiday party!
acmes
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 57
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 130 lbs
Oct 26, 2011

Overall fit: Large
Looks great on the hanger--but not so much on me. The skirt was too snug and the top too loose. It felt like the velvet top should have had a bit of lycra in it. It also seemed as if should have had some kind of belting--looked like it was missing something.
Bailey
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Oct 27, 2011

Too big to wear

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
This dress was much larger than I expected. I rented a 0 and a 2 thinking that the 2 would fit, and considering getting a 4 as a backup size instead. I went with the 0 and it was looser in the top than I wanted by a lot. I might wear it to a date tonight, just because I have it, but it is definitely not making it to my event with me. It was also much higher cut in front than I thought it would be. I am pretty busty--32C and usually get a fair amount of cleavage in most dresses, but nothing in this one. Would recommend for someone in their 40s or someone younger to a family or work event, but not for a socialite going to a cocktail party.
Kate
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Dec 7, 2011

A Bit Large on Top

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I loved this dress and it looked great, but the top was much bigger than expected. It would be good for large chested women. The dress fell just above the knee and then length felt very comfortable.
Deeds
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115 lbs
Dec 19, 2011

Cute but certain angles frumpy

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I liked this dress and even took into accounts other peoples reviews but it ran VERY large. I wore it to my work christmas party, so I loved that it was elegant and not too revealing. Also, I noticed that in certain angles the dress made me look slightly frumpy, while at other times I looked normal. Didn't like that too much.
Deeds
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115 lbs
Dec 19, 2011

Cute but certain angles frumpy

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I liked this dress and even took into accounts other peoples reviews but it ran VERY large. I wore it to my work christmas party, so I loved that it was elegant and not too revealing. Also, I noticed that in certain angles the dress made me look slightly frumpy, while at other times I looked normal. Didn't like that too much.
Sarah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Aug 28, 2012

This dress was perfect for the 1920s themed wedding I attended at a 1917 California mansion!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I rented this dress for a 1920s themed wedding. I asked the RTR stylists for a recommendation, was given several and settled on this dress. I was pleased with it! I usually wear a 6 but based on the other reviews I ordered a 4 and a 2. I am glad I did that - the 4 was still big in the bust area/straps too long. The 2 fit better - a little snugger in the hips and butt area but fit up top much better. I am petite - 5'1" and I thought this dress looked fine on me. I also got the necklace in the picture which I liked. Overall I was extremely happy with my RTR experience - helpful stylists (they even recommended the red lip I did), very nice selection, everything on time and easy. This was my first time and I will be renting again!!
Odessa
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115 lbs
Oct 10, 2012

Ginormous

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I had a size 4 and size 2 and both were huge on me and im normally a size 4.
JtoTHEess
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110 lbs
Oct 15, 2012

The picture of me with friends in front of the church. There were pumpkins everywhere! Very 'fall!'

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress to a wedding in October with black patent leather pumps and strands of pearls (similar to what the model wears but they were longer and fewer strands). Anyway, I received many compliments on the dress and the velvet top made it appropriate for the black tie wedding. I belted it with a skinny black patent leather belt because even the zero was a bit roomy. It definitely runs large, so I recommend sizing down one or two if you're considering renting this. Other than that, it's a winner.
Jenn
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Apple
Oct 18, 2012

I bumped into an old college friend while wearing this dress - a great moment I will remember.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This dress is so easy to wear and extremely flattering. The top is roomy enough for a larger chest and is extremely flattering. The cut creates the illusion of a narrower waist and I thought the length of the dress was great for a taller girl who wants to show off some leg!
mariel
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Oct 29, 2012

Very flattering

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was great. It also had a wonderful fit that is very flattering. The top is a little big, and I have a large bust. While I was dancing the straps kept falling down. I would recommend this dress, it's a perfect dress for this season. I got so many compliments.
Samantha
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 124 lbs
Nov 2, 2012

It wasn't my first pic but it was a great back up!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
It was very comfortable and a safe pick for a fall/winter wedding. The straps were a bit too long though.
Lace
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 121 lbs
Dec 20, 2012

I wore this to the company holiday party - which tends to be conservative - and it fit in perfectly

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is perfect, especially for an event that could be casual, or formal. I paired the dress with high black heels, pearls, and a simple updo and it looked gorgeous. The dress runs large, especially if you are petite and have a small bust. The 0 size had some extra room all over (and I wore my most padded bra and spanx) too. The contrast between the velvet top and tiered lace bottom was really flattering - it disguised any bumps. The straps were also a bit loose - I could tell my bra straps were showing sometimes. Anyway it's a lovely dress, classy, and perfect for the party, but I wouldn't rent it again.
Whitfield
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140 lbs
Jan 26, 2013

Pretty dress- bad fit

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
The dress was ill fitting. The lining was much much too long for the lace. Runs large up top.
Rebecca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Body type: Hourglass
Feb 6, 2013

The fact that it was new years!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
It fit great and was very comfortable- the only thing is that the lace tends to rise up and expose the gold silk slip underneath, so the hem looks uneven.
Lauren
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Mar 13, 2013

The neckline and design were appropriately conservative for a semi-formal work function.

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I thought this dress was lovely but wasn't actually able to wear it. Overall, the dress was very conservative but the length was much too short for a tall girl like me. I was disappointed that I needed to return it but would recommend it for someone 5'6" or shorter looking for a modest (but pretty) party frock.
Wanda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 16, 2013

Helped me survive a 1920s theme wedding.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
The dress is ok. It served its purpose of blending in among the flapper dresses around me without making me feel like I was at customs party. I typically wear a 4, but the underline keep moving up weirdly, therefore I opted for the larger version. Not bad, I think it looks nice but would not buy it or rent it again.
Rebecca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Mar 29, 2013

This dress runs quite big so I didnt end up wearing it!

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
The top is very big and slouchy and the bottom is tight. Not one I would suggest.
Corinne
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
May 16, 2013

This was for The Washington Ballet's "Hemingway in paris" gala and the dress fit the theme perfectly

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
Fit great in all the right places!
Jenna
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Oct 7, 2013

Loved this dress, perfect for a wedding in late September!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I loved this dress! When it first arrived, my usual size (6) fit a little weird, and I was preparing to contact customer service for a last minute backup. But I tried the 4 just in case, and it fit perfectly. I'm not sure if the dress runs large, or if it's because I've been working out a lot. It is a snug dress, and my dancing was a little restricted, but it was a wedding, after all! I received lots of compliments, especially on the velvet.
Mary
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 2, 2014

Perfect dress for the occasion! Loved the fit and got so many compliments!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This was my first Rent the Runway experience and I look forward to having another! I wore this dress for a Roaring 20's party on New Years Eve. I rented both the dress and necklace shown in the picture and it was perfect for the occasion. It made finding my outfit a breeze!
meg
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 57
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 117 lbs
Jan 31, 2014

The dress paired perfectly with my light leather jacket.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
It was a little larger than a standard size 4, mostly in the top.
RTR Customer
Sep 28, 2014

How easy it was!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
The dress was nice and worked, but it didn't make me feel like a superstar. Loved the lace and the velour on the top, but the actual fit was just a little awkward. I normally wear a 10 in dresses, but I wore the 8. The top was sort of baggy because the shoulders were too big, but then the skirt felt a tad snug. It wasn't noticeable to other people, but it made sitting a little uncomfortable. I also rented the necklace the model is wearing (Loved!) and that helped hide the bagginess of the top. Overall though, I really enjoyed my RTR experience and am even renting again for an event next weekend!
dbw
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 50
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Dec 9, 2014

Perfect, festive dress. Looks way better on than on the hanger!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Fit was great--wore a zero and it fit totally comfortably but was very flattering. However, the dress is beginning to wear. The lace is pilling and hem coming undone. Also slip shows at bottom which isn't clear on the RTR photos. It looks really cute. Wore it to an office party and also a cocktail party.
Angela
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180 lbs
Jan 12, 2015

Pretty Dress But Didn't Fit Right

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Let me start off by saying that this dress is pretty. The velour and lace give a nice wintry-feel. But it's nothing spectacular. The fit wasn't that great either. It was pretty short on me (finger-tip length). I'm tall (5'8"), but not as tall as the model. Also, the dress fit in the bust and waist, but not the hips. In all fairness though, I'm not a "true" hourglass shape. My hip-area is the largest part of me. Also, the skirt material isn't stretchy. I rented a back-up dress that fit well, so it was no big deal.
emily
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
Apr 4, 2015

The dress was perfect for a Prohibition party!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
The dress runs large in general, with the top half being somewhat roomier than the bottom. Very comfortable, though, and a cute, easy solution for a theme party or Halloween.
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