Beaded Sweetheart Dress

$66 to buy
$440 retail
Stylist Notes

Classy or sexy? Badgley Mischka combines the best of both worlds in this dazzling dress that flatters all shapes. With ruching, built in bustier, and beaded neckline, this dress has it all. Pair with black heels and you're ready to walk the red carpet!

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size - fitted at bust so size up for full bust
WAIST: Very fitted - fitted throughout but ruched detail conceals midsection - wear with SPANX to cinch in abdomen
HIPS: Very fitted
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra or no bra; dress has built-in boning in bodice
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, 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 back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size - fitted at bust so size up for full bust
WAIST: Very fitted - fitted throughout but ruched detail conceals midsection - wear with SPANX to cinch in abdomen
HIPS: Very fitted
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra or no bra; dress has built-in boning in bodice
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10". )

Size Chart

Size Chart

Product Details

Black stretch tulle over metallic silver jersey. Beaded sweetheart neckline. Built in bustier for support. Allover ruching on body. Hidden side zip. 36" from top of bodice to hem. Model's height is 5'10".

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119 reviews
Fit
Large
(2)
True to Size
(85)
Small
(31)
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 105
Body type: Hourglass
September 21, 2011
Very beautiful. Wore it to a rehearsal dinner. The beading on top is very pretty and it actually has sort of a corset inside the top that is very flattering.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
January 13, 2015
Love going to the store to try on the dresses. Also perfect to find last minute accessories!
I'm very hourglass so the stretch in this dress was fantastic and super flattering. I'm pretty busty, so finding a good fit is sometimes difficult...but again the stretch in the dress made it fit perfectly (without feeling smashed or overflowing). It's not very structured, so I was worried about eating/drinking too much...but the ruching and the shiny lining hide the imperfections.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 55
Body type: Hourglass
August 14, 2010
First Love
This dress was the first dress I rented from Rent the Runway. It is my first love. It fits sexy on the body and very well made. I wore it at a gala and I fit in with movie stars that attended. That's what makes this company great. You too can look like a movie star by renting this dress. It is a show stopper.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 31
Body type: Hourglass
September 13, 2010
This dress is super sexy, very tight but also great fit. It got corset and it stays in place. This was my first dress from RTR but not last, I love to dress up and this is cheaper way how to get to wear designers dresses. Loved this dress.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
September 13, 2010
I loved this dress! We got all dressed up for the SATC2 premiere and I rented it and felt amazing ALL night. It's so comfortable and made me feel so sexy. It was HEAVY though, which isn't a problem, but was unexpected.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Body type: Hourglass
September 21, 2010
Wonderful for a wedding!! The corset held by 36C bust in perfect! Fits true to size and fit like a glove. Don't be fooled by the number sizing since it does have some forgiveness(stretch). Hit above knees.
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 4"
Body type: Straight & narrow
September 22, 2010
Love this dress- and so did everyone else! I am very small chested and although I wore one, I could've gotten away without a bra.The beading on top is gorgeous! i was worried that I was too short and the dress would be long on me, but it hit above the knee. I would love to rent it again.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 41
Body type: Pear
October 4, 2010
Very flattering dress. It held up perfectly and was the perfect length for being tall. Got so many compliments!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Body type: Hourglass
October 12, 2010
This dress was really great and I got a ton of compliments! The bust was a little large for me (I am a 34 B/C) but I did not fall out of it and I do not think anyone noticed--the right bra would have given me all the support I needed. This dress was perfect for the black tie wedding I went to and I would definitely rent again!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115lbs
October 12, 2010
This is my frist dress that I rented and let me say the experience was wonderful! Its an extremely flattering dress. I am petite so it was below my knees but I thought that made it a little more dressy for the ball I went to. This might sound funny but its so fitted that I didn't even have to wear spanx with it! I received soo many compliments.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
November 3, 2010
This dress fit like a glove and was absolutely GORGEOUS on! It really makes you feel sexy if you have curves and it will make you the hit of any party : )
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Body type: Straight & narrow
November 15, 2010
This dress was awesome. It is very flattering and I got complments at the weddign all night. I went up a size from my normal dress size.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 5"
Body type: Hourglass
November 22, 2010
Absolutely loved this dress. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is I felt the bust was a bit large. I ordered a 2 and a backup 4, but I should have ordered a 2 and a backup 0. I think the 0 would have fit me much better. Otherwise, it's STUNNING!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 46
Body type: Straight & narrow
January 10, 2011
I am a size 4 and on the rare occasion a size 2. I rented this dress in a 4, and it was TIGHT! I could barely zip it and the material was stretched across my backside. It was also too short for me. I'm glad I also rented a different Badgley Mischka dress (size 4) for my birthday party that was the perfect dress and the perfect fit!
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Body type: Athletic
February 19, 2011
I rented this dress for a formal cocktail celebrating the book signing of Grace Ormonde.It was held at the Park Plaza Hotel in NY. I have never had as many compliments on wearing a dress before! Fits amazing! No need for a bra as the boning holds you in. Made to be a little tight(holds it all in) it was a show stopper. My husband still talks about this dress! It is a little long and ran to the top of my knee but I just tucked under the mesh material and held it with double sided tape to shorten it(the silk lining was shorter than the mesh). I will rent this one again!! People from the magazine STILL talk about it!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
February 26, 2011
This was a great dress. It hugs the body just right and doesn't slip down like you would think a tube dress does.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Body type: Hourglass
March 5, 2011
I normally wear a 2, but was very glad I ordered a 4 in this dress because I had to squeeze myself in. However, it was comfortable and I got TONS of compliments. I wore this to a fancy wedding rehearsal dinner. I still LOVE that I chose this dress.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
March 7, 2011
LOVE LOVE LOVE. Yes, it fits tight, and that's what it's mean to be. My husband zipped me up the back, and I have never felt better in a dress (and I've worn a lot of dresses). Definitely a show stopper, definitely comfortable, and definitely one to feel great in!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
March 12, 2011
Gorgeous dress. Very well made and flattering to your body. Wore it for a black tie optional holiday party. Felt beautiful all night.
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
March 4, 2011
Loved this dress! Gorgeous in person! Highly recommend it!
LeahMay 20, 2012
How was the length?
RTRMay 22, 2012
Hi Leah, this dress measures 36" from top of bodice to hem
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
March 20, 2011
You won't be sorry you rented this dress!! I never wanted to take it off!
ABSOLUTELY LOVE This dress!!!!!!! Would actually rent it again, fit was amazing-felt comfortable & sexy...got soooo many compliments!!! Thanks RTR!:)
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Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Body type: Athletic
April 26, 2011
Loved this dress! Got tons of compliments! Beads on the sides did not bother my arms at all. Rouching slimmed me and the dress stayed on me all night! Would rent this same dress again.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Body type: Pear
May 4, 2011
I absolutely adored this dress!!!! I wore it to a formal event and it was such a hit! It fits snugly and it will show every curve, but it will show EVERY CURVE! All the men were complimenting me as well as all the women - absolutely loved it!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
May 31, 2011
I liked it but I had it on wrong half of the night. There are lots of layers and I guess I didn't pull one all the way down so I felt a little "lumpy" when I first put it on.... It photographed better than it actually looked but I got a lot of compliments. I ended up wearing the size 2... no way the 0 would fit! It came with a run in the material but it wasn't noticeable. I would wear it again!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115lbs
July 13, 2011
Actually, it's not the the dress runs "large", rather that after trying it on a couple of times to compare it to dresses I own, it was very stretched out. The dress also has a ton of give, so it doesn't do anything to conceal any tummy bumps (they'll push the fabric right out!) and a small chest (34A) will completely disappear in it. I gave it two stars because the dress itself is pretty - heavy, but pretty.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Body type: Hourglass
September 5, 2011
I usually take a 4, so I ordered a 4 and a 6. The 6 ended up fitting. The 4 was just too tight to zip up. Everyone loved the dress - I got so many complements! Pros: could wear without a bra and feel supported still. Hugged every curve and stayed up all night. Cons: the bottom of the dress kept riding up a bit when I walked, so I had to keep pulling it down. Not a major problem though.
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Body type: Hourglass
September 12, 2011
This is a very sexy dress! I rented it for a wedding I attended a few weeks ago. The dress was knee length on me but very fitted. It runs small -- I am usually a 4/6 in dresses, but I wore an 8 in this style. One complaint -- the zipper sticks, so it is tough to zip on your own. Other than that, I was pleased with the dress, it looked nice and I got a lot of compliments on it.
LaniNovember 23, 2011
I think I had the size 8 you rented this past weekend because it wouldn't zipper at all!! It arrived with the zipper pulling away from the fabric (probably multiple rentals & the fact that it gets stuck easily with all the layered fabric) so I couldn't wear it. I notified RTR & they are fixing the dress/zipper.
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Body type: Straight & narrow
September 21, 2011
This dress was amazing, fit like a glove , it came in great shape , i was very pleased... would rent again...
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Body type: Straight & narrow
October 17, 2011
It's a beautiful dress, however on my body type it just didn't fit properly. The dress is made with many layers and has a lot of boning to get it's shape, however due to this it added a couple of inches to my already small body, and it did not flatter my body type. I ended up not wearing the dress at all.
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 36
Body type: Athletic
November 2, 2011
This was a lovely dress! Fit well; boning was great!
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108lbs
November 20, 2011
that it just looked great!
This dress was great! :) I'm petite so it fit very well right about my knees. Overall beautiful dress. Great for any event. Feels like there's a bra built in I promise! Plus I'm wearing some RTR bangles. I love RTR.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 106lbs
December 11, 2011
Great for an evening out
This dress was the perfect cocktail dress for a date night I had. I definitely think it tends to run on the smaller side. If you're like me and self conscious of your stomach, you might want to reconsider this dress...it shows everything, despite the ruching. It is very form fitting, the beading is beautiful. My only complaint about this dress is the back. It kept bunching up after I had zipped it, which made it look like it didn't fit properly in the back.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
December 16, 2011
Lots of compliments!
I ordered this dress for a Black Tie cocktail party, but also had to attend 3 other parties that evening as well. I wasn't "wowed" when I first saw the dress, but I got a ton of compliments that evening. When I first tried on the dress, I was worried there was no way it would fit. But actually, after it was zipped up, it fit great! (They didn't have my backup size, so thankfully it ended up working). The lining on the size 4 was hanging down, but I just tacked it up with a little Hollywood Tape. Hopefully RTR will fix. Overall very good experience!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
December 30, 2011
made the party pages!
this dress looks great! i have an hourglass figure and it was very flattering. even if you don't have a perfectly flat stomach, the rouching (spelling?) helps a lot.. it's pretty form fitting --- i got two sizes and wore the larger, you may want to consider doing the same. overall, highly recommended. as mentioned in the title of this review, i got a ton of compliments on the dress and made my city's party pages.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
January 10, 2012
I wore this dress to a concert (on NYE), and the door girl mistook me for VIP, YEAH!!!! :)
I loved how this dress looked!! You can't tell very well in the photo, and I should have taken the shrug off, but this dress looked amazing! The stylist's tips were right on about the bust, it is a little larger, and with the beading, it tended to sag a bit on me and the sticky stuff on the inside of the dress would flip around (no one else could tell, though, so it wasn't a huge deal). The dress is TIGHT! Very tight! I tried on the ten first, since that's what I usually wear, and I got it on ok, but trying to zip it was impossible. I then tried on the twelve, which I had the same issue with. The funny thing is, once the dress was zipped, I didn't feel restricted or anything, it didn't feel small or super tight or anything, it was just a real bear getting the zipper to zip. Overall, loved the dress, felt very sexy in it! :)
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
January 11, 2012
Plenty of compliments all night.
I loved this dress.. very form fitting, but the ruching was plentiful enough to hide figure flaws. I really enjoyed the knee-ish length (I'm 5ft 6 and "hippy"), as it can be hard to find a traditional "sexy" cocktail dress that isn't super short. A total winner, I've been scanning stores and sales to buy this dress for future wear.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
January 30, 2012
A fabulous dress that made me feel both classy and sexy!
This was an amazing dress. I felt beautiful all night, and I got quite a few compliments, even from strangers. The dress is definitely form fitting. If you don't want it hugging your shape, especially the bum regions, I'd pick a different dress. I'm a 34A and a size 4-6 in the hips, but the size 6 dress fit perfectly with a slightly padded strapless bra. The only slight flaw was the hanger straps are attached at the points of the sweatheart neckline, and they kept trying to poke up. Otherwise, it was a really perfect rental. Thanks, RTR!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
January 30, 2012
Great dress I could dance the night away in!
I couldn't have picked a better dress to wear to the Grammys. Received so many compliments! Dress was comfortable and great fit. Definitely recommend this dress! ** I have a large bust so it's hard for me to find dresses that fit where I'm not falling out. This one actually held me the entire night... even with hours of dancing!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
February 2, 2012
Sexy and Snug
This dress is a real showstopper! The surprising thing is that it is actually really comfortable. I didn't even need spanx. I did however use Hollywood tape to pull up the lining. It hangs down a bit longer than the outer layer. Be warned, if you have a large chest, you should go up a size. The dress is strapless so it has to the snug to stay up. I am a pretty standard 8, but the 10 fit like a glove. The routing is very flattering. I paired it with the Badgley Mischka showstopper earrings. Dynamite!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
February 23, 2012
Amazing dress and amazing night in Vegas :)
I wore this dress to a fraternity invite in Vegas and got a ton of compliments on it. It fit great and was sparkly enough to be fun but not too over the top. I'd definitely recommend this dress.
bethJune 15, 2012
glad you said great for vegas. I'm actually on here now looking for dresses to rent for my trip to vegas!
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