Encore Gown

$70 rental
$740 retail

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Stylist Notes

Get ready for your close-up! This showstopper by Badgley Mischka will win you best dressed at the gala. For a truly glitzy feel add Kenneth Jay Lane's Ruby Red Drops and Polished Crystal Ring.

Also available in sizes 0-14.

Size & Fit

Sized: 16W - 22W. Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''). Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

This dress runs small. We recommend sizing up from your normal size and sizing up for back-up.

Size & Fit Notes

Sized: 16W - 22W. Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''). Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

This dress runs small. We recommend sizing up from your normal size and sizing up for back-up.

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Dresses may not be offered in all of the above lengths.

Product Details

Red chiffon (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Full skirt. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. See size and fit tab for lengths. Imported.

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106 reviews
Fit
Large2
True to Size49
Small34
Size worn:
22WL
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 37
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 260lbs
January 16, 2016
Many compliments and I felt beautiful in it
Fit was tight in the waist, but hit every other problem area. I did wear a corset with it and thankful I did. I did love this dress
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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 29
January 15, 2016
The dress fit really well and made me feel beautiful.
I have an hourglass figure so this hugged my waist. but without being too revealing.
Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 26
January 4, 2016
I wore this dress to a formal event.
As a big-busted person it's hard to find dresses that have enough room in the chest, but there was plenty of room in this dress. The color of the dress was beautiful and had a nice flow. It fit me really well, and I was very comfortable in it.
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Size worn:
16WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
December 15, 2015
I felt so comfortable and beautiful in this dress! Absolutely perfect for my holiday photos.
I love this dress so much that it is my second time renting it but in a different color. The perfect cut for my body. The color of this dress is definitely as it appears online. Its fits true to size. The material is light and flows so well. The dress is long so be careful if you don't wear heels. Everything is perfect about this dress except that the zipper is really thin and doesn't zip smoothly.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WR
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Body type: Pear
November 29, 2015
Dress was beautiful! Compliments all night
The dress was gorgeous and comfortable. However, the proportions on the dress were a little off. The top part of the dress wasn't just blousy-- I had a big bubble of fabric on my back all night. I covered it with a scarf over my shoulders until the dancing, and it mostly just bothered me (not anyone else). I still received compliments all night. Reviews are correct-- size up because the dress is snug at the waist-- but this makes for a great waistline and it's not uncomfortable. Overall a good dress!
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Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 56
October 25, 2015
I received so many compliments on this dress (and the necklace, too!) It was comfortable and lovely.
The fit was perfect. I'm not busty, so there was plenty of room there. The comments about the zipper being difficult to zip over the waistline ruching are true. There's no way I could have dressed by myself. I wore flats (mostly for comfort), but the dress would have been too short for anything more than a kitten heel. I loved the dress and will certainly choose RTR again!
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Size worn:
20WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 33
October 1, 2015
Was great. I got so many compliments!
Need a 2 to 3 inch heel when wearing. Bracellet and earrings. No necklace required.
Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
September 27, 2015
This was so luxurious but also very comfortable. Loved it!
Really liked how the dress felt, no spanx needed to get dressed up, so I was very comfortable in that regard. However, from the picture I thought I could use a regular bra and needed strapless. Diminished the value of renting by having to buy the bra. Also, armholes were big so I had to use dress tape so the bra stayed covered. Had the back up size been provided, it would have probably been perfect. Keep an eye out the day before your dress ships in case they have to adjust your order for some reason. I didn't see an email that my back up size was not available (not returned on time or returned damaged). There was a short window of time to select a replacement and it had passed by the time I saw this. Since I did not reply, they did it on my behalf. However, what was sent was very low cut and not appropriate for me for the event I had (wedding of one of my staff). First time renting, so now I know.
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Size worn:
16WL
Rented for:
Wedding
September 25, 2015
LOVED this gown!
LOVED this gown! I was very nervous but after reading the reviews carefully, my first choice fit perfectly. I'm 5'11 and got the long. With flats, it was just grazing the top of my feet/floor. I'm also busty (36G), which is where most of the problems arise but not with this dress. It felt like it was made for me.
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Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
September 21, 2015
It was my first dining out with my husband (a military outing).
The dress was beautiful and well received. My husband and i looked like the next political couple. the dress was true to size!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 190lbs
September 10, 2015
Gorgeous color, my photo doesn't do it justice.
I ordered the 16L which fit well and was the perfect length with heels. The zipper got stuck and my husband ended up breaking the zipper trying to unzip it! I wore the 18R which wasn't nearly long enough - I wore really flat bejeweled flip-flops! The top was also loose so I wore a long bra with a padded strapless bra over it to fill it out a little more. The waistband has no give and was a little irritating after several hours. The zipper wasn't easy on this size either. The material was great, the skirt was flowing and I felt glamorous. I also rented the necklace, which was a perfect accessory!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 250lbs
September 2, 2015
Engagement photos!
Fit my pear shaped body really well!
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Size worn:
20WR
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 51
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
August 5, 2015
Beautiful dress
Loved the dress, love the business.
Size worn:
18WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 230lbs
August 4, 2015
This dress is fabulous!!
Amazing color! I'm normally a 16/18, decided to size up to the 18 based on the other reviews and I'm glad I did. While it was a little loose on top, my bottom half fit perfectly without riding up. Felt like a princess all night wearing it.
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Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
August 2, 2015
The color was bolder than I would normally go but ended up loving it and gave me a little extra sas!
This dress was true to size and worked great for the Military Formal event I went to.
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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 1
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 250lbs
June 29, 2015
Beautiful Dress
Tight around the fitted middle. Very comfortable to wear. Tight around chest
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 55
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 215lbs
June 24, 2015
Rented for a formal wedding.
This was my first choice, the 20WR wasn't available so another, similar , dress was sent. Ended up wearing the other since hubby liked the other better. I have really big boobs (36G) even with a strapless bra on, the top looked too full (no other way to say it). Length was good with 2" heels. Loved the color. Rented earrings to match, perfect color match
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
20WL
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 250lbs
June 17, 2015
Weird sizing
This dress was a huge disappointment. The 20 was a bit small, so I tried on the 22 and it was smaller than the 20! I'm not sure if it was mislabeled or what, but my husband couldn't even zip up the 22, when he could zip the 20. My actual bust size is a 44D (RTR doesn't have that option to list) and the dress really smushed my boobs. It was not very flattering. Also, when I was on the way down to the event, I realized that the dress was practically see through! I had to go back upstairs and change my underwear. Ultimately due to the poor fit and the fact that it was see through, I chose to wear a different dress.
Size worn:
20WR
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 44
Body type: Apple
Weight: 225lbs
June 15, 2015
Perfect red dress, not too orange and not too brassy.
Like others have said, I found it a tad tight in the waist so I'm glad I ordered a size larger.
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 52
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Full Bust
June 9, 2015
LOVE this dress! Compliments all night long...even from people I didn't know.
Very comfortable, flow of the skirt is beautiful. Flattering because of the wide band at the waist. I have a larger chest (38DD) and it fit perfectly. I criss-crossed clear bra straps, which hid perfectly under the 2" inset straps of the dress, allowing me to feel supported dancing all night. Others felt the armhole opening was too deep, but I did not. It is lower than a standard sleeveless, but did not come anywhere near my bra line and I felt "covered." It was VERY comfortable and my arms could move freely. I am 5'6" tall and was worried the length would be too long and I would have to wear very high heels/platforms--no need! I wore a 2" heel and switched to flats for dancing and the dress did not hit the floor--it was PERFECT! I was comfortable and felt beautiful all night!
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 56
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
June 2, 2015
This dress made me so comfortable and confident! It fit well and I loved the flowy fabric!
The hardest part of this dress is getting the zipper up over the fitted waistband, but otherwise it was very easy to wear. I also rented a fancy necklace to go with it, but when I tried them on together, the necklace seemed to overpower the neckline and the dress. So I opted instead for dangle earrings and a fancy bracelet. It was a little too big in the armpit area so I had to tack that closed a bit, but otherwise it felt good.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Body type: Full Bust
May 30, 2015
This dress is amazing. It's perfect for larger chested ladies.
I didn't get to wear this dress, as the size I ordered was unavailable. But it's absolutely stunning and the 20 was 'thisclose' to not fitting. The style is beautiful though and I can't wait to order it again, in my proper size.
Size worn:
16WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 215lbs
May 28, 2015
This beautiful red dress really stood out in a sea of black dresses!
I was expecting this dress to run small based on other reviews, but I found that the smaller size I ordered fit with room to spare. It was extremely comfortable and I was able to wear a racer back bra with it, which was a plus. The only downside is that it's short- I am 5'10" and ordered the long, and I still had to wear flats with it. But it looked great with d'Orsay flats, even for a formal affair! I would definitely rent this dress again for a future event.
Size worn:
16WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
May 17, 2015
I got compliments on the color and flow of this dress all night!
Overall, the fit was good. I have wide hips/thighs so I needed this size, however, the top was a bit baggy/oversized.
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
May 13, 2015
This was such an easy process and items a beautiful!
I went one size higher to accommodate my mid-lower body. The top was a little big but not in a noticeable/bad way. (I'm 40DDD on top) I was pleased!! And I received so MANY GREAT COMPLIMENTS!! I'd rent this style again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
22WL
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 250lbs
May 12, 2015
Sassy Red
This was my first choice dress, I was eyeing it for months, this was my first time using the website, my boyfriends best friend was getting married, all the pieces were falling into place! I really loved the way the model looked in this dress, and I thought it would look great too. The color is more red than I thought it would be. And the material is much heavier than I thought. This was a spring wedding, so to be honest the material was a little bit heavy for my liking. Like I said this was my first choice, by some twist of fate they didn't have my first choice size so they let me pick a backup dress, and I am sooo glad because I did not end up wearing this dress. I have gained some weight so I didn't know my real size but the 22 was a little snug, and like a lot of other reviews it was sooo hard to zipper, my dad couldn't even get it! (My mom could haha) It was a very beautiful dress, I really loved it but for the occasion and my current weight it just did not work out. I would consider renting this dress for an event in the winter or fall but maybe in a different color, the red was just not what I thought. Overall I had a wonderful experience with Rent the Runway. I am so happy I had a second choice. Things just work out sometimes!
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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 22
Body type: Full Bust
April 24, 2015
I LOVED this dress!!!! I had sorority formal and it was perfect!
Around the boobs the dress was very tight! Go up a size just to be sure! But other than that it is true to size
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
April 16, 2015
Didn't get a chance to wear this fabulous dress because the size up wasn't available.
Definitely runs small and if you're short get the regular length because it'll still be long. If you're very busty (42F) get the two sizes above yours is my suggestion
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Size worn:
22WL
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 23
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 250lbs
April 12, 2015
The dress was exactly what I expected. I got so many compliments. GORGEOUS GOWN!
True to size. Everything was perfect. The only con was the dress was a little hard to zip up. Had to call in re enforcement but we got it done. I'm 5'4 so without heels the dress(22WL) dragged the ground a little. But with heels it was the perfect length.
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Size worn:
20WL
Rented for:
Other
April 11, 2015
Perfect dress for a military ball!
This dress was amazing! I wore it to a military ball and it was stunning, I got lots of compliments. I really liked how flowy it was on the bottom, it glides right over my 22 week baby bump. I will say, it runs really small, I am normally a 16 and the 20 fit me like a glove. Size up!!!!
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 240lbs
April 7, 2015
I did not end up wearing either of the sizes I ordered.
Beautiful color. Terrible fit. I read a ton of reveiws of women who were of similar size/shape etc... to myself. I even ordered a size up because everyone said it ran small. I am 5 1/2 months pregnant and it was still huge! The arm holes were really big and its near impossible to get your bra not to show (especially if you have a large chest). The length was good. The back of the dress was very saggy and unflattering.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
22WL
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 53
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Hourglass
March 30, 2015
Rented this dress for a wedding, It was amazing! So many compliments!
the top hangs a bit long under the arm, but that was any easy fix. This dress is comfortable and easy to wear. I have a large bust, and could have gone a size smaller! I think it ran a little large, but still fit beautifully! Rent this dress people, it's beautiful!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 22
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Body type: Pear
March 26, 2015
celebrating the good women of the Virginia DAR
This dress is beautiful, unfortunately, as other reviewers said, it runs small. I'd hoped for good results - the dress is fitted at the smallest part of my body, but no go. I would have needed at least 2 sizes bigger.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
16WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
March 25, 2015
LOVED this dress!
I rented this dress for law school prom (yes, that's a thing). It was amazing. The color was beautiful and it was so comfortable. I'm 5'4" and it was only a smidge too long. I wore it with flats (because I'm lazy) and it was fine when I wasn't walking up stairs. It felt so glamorous! I highly recommend it!
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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 218lbs
March 18, 2015
Everyone sang to me lady in red!
I am normally a size 16. After reading reviews, I noticed most people used a size up so I got an 18 and a 20. The 18 fit perfect but my bust has gone down since I recent lost weight so it was a little bit on the bust. But that didn't stop it from feeling and looking amazing! I love how it felt on and the color stood out perfectly!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
March 17, 2015
They sent me backup dresses because the one I ordered was unavailable.
The empire waist was to tight. I found it would not be comfortable for dinner and dancing.
Size worn:
16WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Age: 30
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 190lbs
March 15, 2015
The awesome customer service with getting a smaller dress size!
Dress ran rather big in the bust and arm holes.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
March 2, 2015
So sad this dress runs so small...
I kind of knew before renting this dress that it wasn't going to fit but I decided to give it a try anyhow. I usually wear a 20 in most brands...but there was no way I was going to be able to comfortably zipper the dress at the band section (even with a size 22). I was pretty bummed but if you are a size 18 or smaller, this dress should fit you.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
February 27, 2015
Flattering and Flowing.
I rented this dress for the AHA Heart Ball, even though the weather was terrible, the dress was beautiful, It was comfortable but also still flattering. The only draw back is that because of the gathering at the waist the zipper was a little tough to pull up.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 250lbs
February 26, 2015
It was a major charity ball in Dallas.
The dress was small - but just barely. RTR was great: I called and they sent me the next two sizes up overnight. Unfortunately neither of them fit either. They were the same. There seemed to be no difference in the amount of material around my rib cage. Beautiful dress though. I was very disappointed that I couldn't get it to zip up, especially since I usually wear an 18 and I tried an 18, 20 and 22 in the dress. I gave it two stars because it would have been beautiful if it had fit.
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