Sweet Surprise Dress

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$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".)

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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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36 reviews
Fit
Large24
True to Size10
Small0
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
February 15, 2016
Nice comfortable dress
Nice comfortable dress to dress up and dress down. True to size.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Age: 27
January 3, 2016
Pretty but loose at the bust.
I can't really wear it so I ended up returning it. The bust was too loose for me, even I tried to wear a very padded bra underneath it but that didn't solve the problem either. Should have gone size down.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127lbs
December 25, 2015
Comfortable dress perfect for a winter wedding.
I'm normally a 2 or 4 in dresses but read reviews that this ran large so I ordered a 2 and a 0. To be honest, there wasn't much difference between the two sizes and I initially decided to wear the larger because it allowed more room in the hips which I figured would be good for dancing at a wedding. Between the ceremony and reception I ended up changing into the 0 because the dress stretched out a little as I wore it. It was very comfortable and surprisingly warm and I received many compliments. It wasn't my favorite RTR dress but definitely a solid choice and I would probably rent it again. To those considering ordering- I really recommend sizing down. The bottom half will give a little after about an hour of wear but the top runs large and you'll want those smaller straps on the smaller size.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 33
December 22, 2015
It was fun to have a nice outfit sent to me to wear to the holiday party.
Overall the dress fit pretty well. As everyone else has stated, the straps definitely fall down. The top is a little looser than that bottom half of the dress. The lace fringe was not properly pressed in the front so the slip showed through.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 130lbs
November 20, 2015
I got this for an organization's annual dinner with a Roaring 20's theme. It was perfect!
I normally wear an 8 but the top was too large and the dress straps kept falling off. Even the 6 was still a bit too wide at the top. The straps still fell but I wore it anyway. The slip does show a little and it could be that the fabric shrunk so that didn't look very nice. The top is black velvet- very nice for a fall/winter dress. Skirt length is short but it was acceptable for the occasion. The bad part about the dress was that if you have any belly at all, it will show. So girdle up...or wear control tights.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Body type: Hourglass
April 4, 2015
The dress was perfect for a Prohibition 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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
January 12, 2015
Pretty Dress But Didn't Fit Right
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.
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 51
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
December 9, 2014
Perfect, festive dress. Looks way better on than on the hanger!
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
September 28, 2014
How easy it was!
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!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 58
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 117lbs
January 31, 2014
The dress paired perfectly with my light leather jacket.
It was a little larger than a standard size 4, mostly in the top.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 2, 2014
Perfect dress for the occasion! Loved the fit and got so many compliments!
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!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
October 7, 2013
Loved this dress, perfect for a wedding in late September!
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.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
May 16, 2013
This was for The Washington Ballet's "Hemingway in paris" gala and the dress fit the theme perfectly
Fit great in all the right places!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
March 29, 2013
This dress runs quite big so I didnt end up wearing it!
The top is very big and slouchy and the bottom is tight. Not one I would suggest.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 148lbs
March 16, 2013
Helped me survive a 1920s theme 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.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
March 13, 2013
The neckline and design were appropriately conservative for a semi-formal work function.
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Body type: Hourglass
February 6, 2013
The fact that it was new years!
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.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
January 26, 2013
Pretty dress- bad fit
The dress was ill fitting. The lining was much much too long for the lace. Runs large up top.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 121lbs
December 20, 2012
I wore this to the company holiday party - which tends to be conservative - and it fit in perfectly
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 124lbs
November 2, 2012
It wasn't my first pic but it was a great back up!
It was very comfortable and a safe pick for a fall/winter wedding. The straps were a bit too long though.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
October 29, 2012
Very flattering
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Apple
October 18, 2012
I bumped into an old college friend while wearing this dress - a great moment I will remember.
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!
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
October 15, 2012
The picture of me with friends in front of the church. There were pumpkins everywhere! Very 'fall!'
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.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115lbs
October 10, 2012
Ginormous
I had a size 4 and size 2 and both were huge on me and im normally a size 4.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
August 28, 2012
This dress was perfect for the 1920s themed wedding I attended at a 1917 California mansion!
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!!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
December 19, 2011
Cute but certain angles frumpy
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.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
December 19, 2011
Cute but certain angles frumpy
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.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
December 7, 2011
A Bit Large on Top
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
October 27, 2011
Too big to wear
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.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 58
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 130lbs
October 26, 2011
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.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
October 26, 2011
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!
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Body type: Hourglass
October 11, 2011
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.
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
Body type: Hourglass
October 6, 2011
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.
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Body type: Petite
October 4, 2011
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
September 25, 2011
Great fitting dress!
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.
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Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 55
Body type: Straight & narrow
September 19, 2011
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!

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