When In Rome Gown

$135 rental
$795 retail

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Stylist Notes

Look and feel like the goddess you are for the black tie event by wearing this figure flattering Badgley Mischka. Accessorize with the Alexis Bittar's Gilded Lucite Bangle and Alexis Bittar's Triple Mosaic Necklace to complete this look.

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - loosely fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Fitted - fitted at hips with flared skirt below hips; SPANX recommended to cinch in hips
LENGTH: Floor length - Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6'') and long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem(recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric is very stretchy
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types

Size & Fit Notes

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

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - loosely fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Fitted - fitted at hips with flared skirt below hips; SPANX recommended to cinch in hips
LENGTH: Floor length - Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6'') and long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem(recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric is very stretchy
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types

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Size Chart

Length Chart

Length Chart

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

Product Details

Jersey (100% viscose). Sleeveless with v-neck neckline. Long, straight skirt. Hidden back zipper. Embellishments on straps. Lined. Imported.

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33 reviews
Fit
Large5
True to Size26
Small2
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
January 8, 2015
Mardi Gras Ball
I rented this for a Mardi Gras ball, and it was absolutely beautiful. It went great with my skin tone (tan), and fit well enough that I didn't need to use any sort of tape or any pins to make things stay in place. It was comfortable to dance in, and draped really well. It was a tad long for me in 3" heels, so in the future I would probably get the petite size if they offer it. I recommend this dress for comfort and style.
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
May 6, 2014
beautiful, elegant, and different - surprisingly comfortable, too!
The jersey knit and ruching make this dress comfortable. Add a stick-on bra (with a little tape for safety), and you are set. The dress was a tiny bit long for me, but it was great with higher heels.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130lbs
April 29, 2014
My sister's wedding.
This would have been perfect had it come in my size. It was big on me but I wore it anyway because it was a pretty dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
October 29, 2013
Beautiful Dress!!!
I rented this for a wedding, but my first choice size was not returned by the previous renter in unusable condition. I was so upset. The 8 almost fit but didn't look quite right. I ended up wearing my backup dress to the wedding, but will want to rent this dress again in the future. I did notice the zipper poking out somewhat on the butt as some of the other reviews mentioned. It wasn't enough to discourage me from wanting to rent the dress again for another occasion but worth noting in case that bothers you.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
September 22, 2013
Wanted to love it, wore backup dress
This dress is beautiful and I really wanted it to be the perfect one for my event. Fit wise everything was perfect and the length was okay with 4 inch heels. The issues were that multiple beads were missing when the dress arrived - not too much of a big deal except that an actual entire string of beading was hanging off the right shoulder of the dress. I would have been more than happy to wear it with some missing beads but I was shocked that a seamstress from RTR hadn't given it the once over to make sure that everything was reasonably secure. The biggest problem with this dress for me though was that the zipper stuck out at the bottom in the back (it looked like a duck's tail for lack of a better description). I don't know if this would happen on everyone or even if it would be a problem with other sizes/models of this dress but it was a deal breaker for me and I ended up wearing the backup dress I had ordered.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 170lbs
September 18, 2013
I wore this dress to the Emmys and it was gorgeous. I felt at home on the red carpet.
The fit is excellent and the dress is so comfortable. I got so many compliments all night and it felt like a dream even after many many hours. The detail work is gorgeous and the draping is unique. It fit me perfectly at a 10L and I usually wear 10, but if you're concerned at all about it fitting snuggly in the hips/butt, you might backup size up. This is my favorite dress I've ever worn to a black tie.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
September 6, 2013
Celebrating my best friend's wedding in a beautiful gown!
I wore this dress as a bridesmaid in one of my best friend's weddings. The dress was incredibly comfortable. The only issue was with the draping which wasn't entirely flattering. It seemed to add bulk, especially if you have a larger chest.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 145lbs
August 26, 2013
comfy while dressy!
i felt great in this dress. very comfortable fit. i would advise against shapers with ribbing. my corset showed a bit. other than that, it's a lovely dress. i wish i had a photo to share.
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
July 30, 2013
Understated elegance
Wore this dress to a wedding at a historic landmark venue. Stunningly simple, beautiful beading and draping, comfortable and not too revealing. Definitely needed spanx to smooth things out, and wore a nude 2" wedge heel. This dress made me feel as special as the event. Received compliments all night. Thank you RTR
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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
June 25, 2013
Wore this as a bridesmaid at my cousin's wedding in Palm Springs, CA.
Flattering draping on the top. Very comfortable fabric, able to dance all night. Perfect length with 3" heals.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
June 18, 2013
Great, effortless, beautiful, comfortable dress!
This dress fit great and was super comfortable. I think I would have gone with the long instead of the regular length (I ended up wearing 4 inch heels). It was otherwise effortless, comfortable, and everyone loved it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 143lbs
May 22, 2013
too short, strange
not the dress's fault, but i rented a regular to wear with flats. however, the dress i think only looks good if it goes to the floor. somehow it made me look short and kind of dumpy. i have a long torso and a well-defined waist. quality was good.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 113lbs
May 18, 2013
Stunning gown for a black tie work event
This was a very easy, comfortable dress. I didn't wear a bra, but was never worried about the girls (32/34 B) popping out (even though I'm a maniac on the dance floor). I'm 5'3'' and didn't have to use hem tape on the dress with heels. It wasn't tight and the draping in the front was just enough to be very flattering and make me feel skinny and sexy without being constricted. Can't say enough about how happy I was with this choice. Still a conservative color without being black. Just enough embellishment on the shoulders to be glam but not overly done or fussy. Revealing enough to be sexy but not too much to be inappropriate for work.
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
May 9, 2013
Beautiful dress!
This was a beautiful dress that I got as a backup (didn't wear it because it was a bit too fancy for the occasion). I am usually a size 4, but easily fit the size 2 in this dress because the fabric is stretchy and cut at a bias. It wasn't tight though; the fabric is thick and has a lot of give. I was planning to wear flats, but tall girls (I'm 6') can easily wear heels in this dress and it will still brush the floor :)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
April 19, 2013
Beautiful dress, very flattering. Got lots of compliments on it!
Great fit and length in long.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110lbs
April 14, 2013
Great dress, definitely recommend wearing with spanks!
very fitting at stomach area- looks fine with spanx.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
March 15, 2013
Comfortable, nice detailing at shoulders!
I ordered this dress as a backup for a Mardi Gras Ball I attended in February. My first choice did not fit so I ended up wearing this one. The material is soft, and thick. The draping in the front is pretty, and will hide a tummy pooch if you have one. The beaded detailing at the shoulders is gorgeous. My skin did get a little irritated directly under where the beading was, so ladies with sensitive skin be aware.
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 52
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 127lbs
February 15, 2013
Way to short!!
I ordered the Long because I was told that the dress runs long---didn't even touch the top of my feet!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 165lbs
February 10, 2013
Too Clingy On Bottom!
The dress is beautiful, but I thought it was just WAY too tight and clingy on my booty/stomach area. The top detailing is very pretty, and I thought the v-neck was appropriately sexy without feeling like I would need to use dress tape. I would have wanted to size up to make the bottom less clingy, but unfortunately I didn't order the 12, so I went with another dress in my order for the event.
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
January 19, 2013
Got a lot of compliments on the details of the dress.
The dress was beautiful, however the side with the skinny strip was too big and had to be pinned up. The dress was slightly long but not too bad, however the seam of the lining and the seam of the dress didn't line up so there was always a little ripple on the side. Overall, not bad but had I actually spent $800 on it, I would have been disappointed.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 58
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 158lbs
January 13, 2013
Stunningly simple
I am hourglass and athletic. This showed off chest, arms, and shoulders. Great flow and hugged in all the right places. Spanx are definitely recommened for a polished look. I was complimented all night long.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 140lbs
January 2, 2013
Statuesque silhoutte and sooo comfy!
The offset beaded detailing on this dress is beautiful and unusual. It hangs beautifully and the draping is forgiving on the midsection. I wore spanks since the rear is not so forgiving! The beading allowed me to wear gold jewelry and gold heels, which was a plus for me. I received many compliments and would defiinitley recommned this dress.
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
December 8, 2012
Absolutely magical!
This dress was the perfect fit. While I could've worn the 6L, I felt more comfortable in the 8. It draped in all the right places. It was perfect for a masquerade ball that we attended. The beading is simply divine! I felt gorgeous all night long and was hands down the best dressed in a part with 300+ in attendance.
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 25
November 20, 2012
Stunning gown, perfect length!
A little snug around hips and shoulders but hangs very elegantly.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
October 29, 2012
Very elegant but still easy to walk around (and dance).
I'm 5'6" with 4" heels and 2L fits me perfectly. The dress feels really comfortable even after wearing it for almost 10 hours. I got compliments all night. Highly recommended.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
October 18, 2012
Classy dress made me feel beautiful even 4 months pregnant!
4 months pregnant so none of my dresses fit my belly and finding something to wear is a challenge. Fortunately the stylists at RtR recommended this dress as a belly-friendly formal option and it was great. I wore it with spanx to smooth me out a bit but otherwise it was perfect, and a fine length for me with 3" heels.
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
October 17, 2012
A dress that hugs in all the right places! PERFECT in accentuating the hourglass figure
This dress was the winner. Not only did I look great, but it was so comfortable as well, a complete package in my book. It was perfect for the wedding I went to, and had gotten compliments on it the whole night. Just my style - maximum impact with a "less is more" attitude.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
October 14, 2012
great for hourglass figure!
I wish I was a few inches taller for this dress. I had rented this as my second pick for my step sisters wedding but unfortunately I could not wear it for two reasons. 1. the wedding colors turned to out to be navy blue and gray as well and I didnt want to look like a groupie and 2. it was much too long for me (I'm only 5'1"). Pros (it I was taller): It hugs your curves like no other The material is thicker and rich looking The details on the top looked great It you are at least 5'3" or 5'4", like to accentuate your curves - it will look great
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
October 12, 2012
Stunning, elegant dress. Rent it, you will not be disappointed.
I was one of eight bridesmaids for an October wedding, vintage themed. The custom dresses arrived 2 weeks out and they simply missed the mark. We collectively decided to hit the stores on our own for long, grey gowns of our choosing. I immediately hit up RTR and found this beauty. I had several "back-ups" that I purchased from the store, but none came close to this truly elegant dress. The details: I'm 5'10, 160. Long waisted, full booty. I wear between a 6 and an 8, more often an 8. I ordered the 8L and it fit perfectly. It was very long (i.e. I wore 3 in heels, and the front of the gown grazed the ground, the back trailed ever so slightly). I personally love a long dress, so it was a hit for me. It was very chilly (low 50's), but the dress is lined with a thick underlayer, so I was suprsingly warm under the circumstances (and no spanx required). A standard strapless bra fit underneath just fine, no hollywood tape required. It's a bit stretchy and forgiving as needed, especially around the middle section. Truly, it was a no muss, no fuss dress that wowed. I would opt for dropped earrings and a bracelet - the embellishments at the shoulder competed with every necklace I tried on. We danced a fair amount and the dress performed beautifully. I am super pleased with the rental (and now - no sad bridesmaid's dress in my closet that I paid $200+ for hanging in my closet until 2018!)
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
October 9, 2012
This is a stunning dress!
I loved wearing this dress. It's elegant, classic, and comfortable. I wore medium-coverage Spanx (as opposed to the really tight ones) and overall that worked well. I got lots of compliments, and I think I may have even inspired a couple ladies to try out Rent the Runway!
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Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 117lbs
September 18, 2012
Pure, Simple, Elegance.
This dress made my night. It was a little long, but only because I wore Dolce Vita suede wedges that were only about 2' because I knew I was going to be on my feet all day and wanted them to be hidden. If you can stand it, I would recommend taller shoes. The detailing on the dress is lovely (although my rental was missing one rhinestone- you couldn't tell), so much so, I didn't wear jewelry so as to not to detract from the cut and embellishments. It was 102 degrees outside when we walked the red carpet, but the dress is double-lined and was surprisingly cool. The fabric draped perfectly and kept looking lovely well into the midnight hour. I was worried about this dress looking too mature, but honestly, it was classic, elegant and the right amount of sophisticated.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
September 13, 2012
My best friend let us pick all of our own bridesmaids dresses and four of us ordered from RTR.
People said that as I walked down the aisle that they wished every bride would let them rent dresses like this from RTR! It fit perfectly and as you can see went really well with the bride's dress and look of the whole wedding. Wore Spanx under as others have mentioned. The best part is I don't have a hideous taffeta bridesmaid dress hanging in my closet now!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 160lbs
August 20, 2012
A man I had never met before came up to me and simply said "WOW"!
I selected this dress for an outdoor Seattle, on the lake, evening wedding. It was absolutely perfect and I got tons of compliments. It was comfortable and fit beautifully. I loved that it was double lined. I did wear Spanks, as recommended, and about a 2.5 black heel. It was a unique dress and I felt elegant! The picture on the website made the dress look a bit taupe colored but it was not - it was a true steel grey. It was hard to put it back in the mail to RTR!
cynthiaSeptember 23, 2012
May I ask what kind of lipstick shade you are wearing? I have the same idea to wear this to a wedding (crossing my fingers it fits!) and was looking for a similar shade as yours
RTR CustomerJanuary 23, 2013
Do you think this would be an appropriate dress for a mother of the groom?
RTR CustomerJanuary 24, 2013
Hi! I Absolutely think this is appropriate for a mother of the groom. It is simple and very stunning!
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