Black Halo

Desert Storm Dress

$50 rental
$300 Retail

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Stylist Notes

This sand colored Black Halo is perfect for a first date or any cocktail party. Add a ring or necklace for an extra touch of shine. Shown here with Badgley Mischka's Decadent Deco Necklace.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized XS-L. Size XS=0,2; Size S=4,6; Size M=8,10; Size L=12.

BUST: Great for any cup size
WAIST: Fitted - fitted throughout waist and ruching detail conceals mid-section; drop waist skirt elongates waist but may not be flattering on curvy hips
HIPS: Fitted - drop waist skirt fitted at hips - wear with SPANX to cinch in hips
LENGTH: Mini to mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model) - curvy and tall women should size up for length

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra and seamless underwear - wear with SPANX to cinch in waist and hips
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Full Bust, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs true to size (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized XS-L. Size XS=0,2; Size S=4,6; Size M=8,10; Size L=12.

BUST: Great for any cup size
WAIST: Fitted - fitted throughout waist and ruching detail conceals mid-section; drop waist skirt elongates waist but may not be flattering on curvy hips
HIPS: Fitted - drop waist skirt fitted at hips - wear with SPANX to cinch in hips
LENGTH: Mini to mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model) - curvy and tall women should size up for length

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra and seamless underwear - wear with SPANX to cinch in waist and hips
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Full Bust, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types

Size Chart

Size Chart

Product Details

Nubuck shiny jersey. One shoulder neckline with flutter sleeve detail. Side ruching detail on body. Hidden side zip. 36" from shoulder to hem. Model's height is 5'10".

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Small 6
True to Size 36
Large 2
Photos 10
rae4sunshine
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Sep 26, 2010

Everyone said the dress was stunning

Size worn: M
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Being short, I was worried that this dress would be too long for me, but that was not the case. It hit just a few inches above the knee. I am also pear shaped, and it really balanced out my bottom and top shape. I am a small size 8, and the M fit beautifully. One tip ,I recommend you invest in some spanx to smooth you out if you don't have a flawless backside (the fabric is not forgiving).
michigangirl
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Sep 27, 2010

Everyone loved the dress and I rec'd compliments all through the event and all through our time at a club afterward!The dress was young, hip and cool and no one was wearing anything like it. Thx, RTR!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Reserved this dress for a cocktail fundraiser with my boyfriend. When I got it, in person, I was a tiny bit disappointed b/c right out of the box it looks different due to the nude color. But when I put it on, it looked amazing.I was actually told I looked like I had gone tanning. Under the lights and with flashes of cameras there is also a cool sheen that does show up which makes it dressier. Paired it with some gold earrings and a big cocktail ring and it was perfect for a semi-formal event. As far as sizes go it was true to size if you believe in fashion sizes. I am a real-life size 2 and fit into the size 4 in this dress. Got compliments all night from girls...and a few creepy older gentlemen. :) Quite a hit!
Jenn
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 41
Body type: Athletic
Oct 10, 2010

Overall fit: True to Size
I rented this dress as my back up and fell in love with it! It is completely comfortable and the material is fabulous. While I went with my other choice for the occasion (this one was just a little too short for my event), I will highly consider getting it again for future engagements.
RD
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125 lbs
Nov 9, 2010

Overall fit: Small
If you have a larger chest I suggest you order a size up. The material is really comfortable and I spiced it up with some bangles and earrings!
Julie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Nov 13, 2010

Overall fit: True to Size
Gorgeous dress! I wore this dress for my birthday and got so many compliments. The dress does ride up a little bit in the back- but I loved the way it looked so that didn't really bother me. Absolutely loved it!
Jackie K.
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Body type: Petite
Nov 16, 2010

Overall fit: True to Size
This is one of my go-to dresses on RTR. I've already rented it twice in the past month! It's very classic, but just trendy enough to stand out. I try to avoid wearing LBDs to everything, and this dress is a great alternative to that. The creamy color is very flattering on fair skin tones, and is a nice contrast to the sea of LBDs. I have a petite frame, (5'6", 110 lbs....I ordered an XS), and sometimes drapey dresses can make me look like I'm drowning in the fabric. That's not the case with this dress. The fluttery sleeve adds the perfect amount of movement to an otherwise form-fitting dress.
LtnArba
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
Nov 24, 2010

Overall fit: True to Size
Unfortunately, I was not impressed with this dress. The fabric is extremely form-fitting (Spanx are an absolute MUST unless you have a flawless physique!) and the dress was overly-flowy. a.k.a no structure, not even around the midsection. Overall, it looked kind of cheap in my opinion.
Jess
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 44
Body type: Athletic
Dec 22, 2010

Overall fit: True to Size
The dress looks great on. I work out so since my thighs are a little bigger, the dress crawled up when I walked which gave me more opportunity to show my thighs :) This dress fits great on a curvy person as I fall in that category as well.
Carly
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Body type: Full Bust
Jan 3, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I loved this dress and was complimented on it all night! The color was a little darker than I expected based on the picture but it still matched my gold jewlery. This dress was very flattering. I have a petite body but a full bust and this dress covered me nicely and still showed off my figure in just the right way. It was a little shorter than I expected but I still loved it.
Jessie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 3, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I said this dress runs true to size because depending on the designer, I am either a 4/6 or small/medium. I wore a medium in this dress and it fit quite well. The dress is a bit more gathered in the front stomach area than in this picture which i actually preferred (a little more forgiving). I was nervous that you'd be able to see undergarments through the material but its thick enough to keep that hidden. I got a ton of compliments on this dress. Wore with the necklace in the photograph and a pair of fun glittery gold peep toes.
Kate
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 22
Body type: Athletic
Feb 6, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I am a senior in high school, and I wore this dress to my Winter Semi-Formal dance. I got so many compliments! I loved the way the dress hugged my body and the color was perfect. I was comfortable the entire night dancing and the fabric was dressy enough for a formal occasion. It is elegant and sexy at the same time. I had guys saying I looked "hot" and girls were begging to know where I got the dress. I would rent it again in a heartbeat! This dress made my night! If you are concidering renting this dress, I say YES!
lc2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 25
Body type: Petite
Feb 10, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
DO NOT RENT THIS DRESS! IT looks so much better on the model than it does in person. First of all, the coloring is not gold like it says in some of the other reviews, it is tan. I have olive skin and clothes don't usually wash me out, but this dress did. When I put on the dress, the zipper gave me three extra "love handles" that I do not have. It was a very unflattering silhouette that was pretty much un-wearable. It came in a day late, and I barely had time to find another dress. I was extremely disappointed with the shape, color, and overall look of the dress. I would never recommend it to my friends.
Cheercol
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32AA
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 110 lbs
Mar 6, 2011

Sexy and comfortable!

Size worn: XS
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
SO SO SEXY! xs fit perfectly, fabric lays great and the ruching is very forgiving. Length was perfect, hit slightly lower on the thigh than where it lays on the model, so not too long or short. Wish I owned it!! If you are considering this dress, go for it - I got tons of compliments!
DSW
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Body type: Straight & narrow
Mar 21, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
Gorgeous dress! Loved it. Wore it to my bridal shower and received tons of compliments. Little short, sexy dress to show off your legs that fit perfectly. Now I want to own it :)
Lynda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 45
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Mar 30, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
This was a very easy to wear dress. The fabric was great and did not show an visible lines. I normally wear a 2/4 and the small fit perfectly.
care23
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Apr 25, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
LOVE this dress!! I rented it for a cocktail/dinner party, everyone was complimenting me all night on it. I liked that it was a little shorter then how it looks on the model and the sleeve makes the dress very elegant. Would definitely recommend this dress to anyone!
jen
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Body type: Hourglass
May 3, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
This dress is super cute. i rented it and my husband thought it was way to sexy.....a good thing. It is really flattering and i will rent it again. I didnt get to wear it the first time because our plans were cancelled, but will def rent again.
Olivia
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105 lbs
May 18, 2011

Overall fit: Large
I rented this dress to wear to dinner in Vegas, but didn't end up wearing it. Because of the material, it arrived very wrinkled. I thought it looked too loose around the mid-section, other than that the fit was fine. I also thought it looked a bit cheap. Cute dress, but nothing special.
Alyssa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 122 lbs
Jun 29, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
this dress was okay... the color washed me out b/c i'm super pale. and it was VERY short on me, but I'm 5'8" and curvy. Very cute for shorter girls!!
Trish
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Jul 8, 2011

wore it for a fantastic weekend in NYC!

Size worn: L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
I LOVED this dress! I ordered it for girls trip to NYC. I the medium fit great but was way too short so I wore the large which fit great too just a little longer. I agree about the color; it does have somewhat of a gold tint. It looked great with gold accessories and got so many compliments!
Renee
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Body type: Athletic
Jul 10, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I rented this dress for a summer wedding in New Hampshire and it was perfect! Definitely good for shorter people- the dress would be too short for heights above 5'6'' or so. It has more of a gold sheen to it in person- much prettier than what's pictured online. The fabric is extremely soft and comfortable for wearing all day/night. I'm usually a 6-8, and the medium fit perfectly.
AmandaBeth
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Body type: Hourglass
Jul 26, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I didn't end up wearing this dress, because I rented it as a backup and the first dress was better on me. I loved this, and I'd definitely wear it, but it is a lot more casual than I thought looking at the picture. Perfect for a Friday night date, but not for a dressier cocktail affair. Really flattering fit!
AP
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 43
Body type: Straight & narrow
Aug 1, 2011

Overall fit: Small
OK I wore this dress for my 40th birtday celebration. It was fabulous! I received comments all evening raving about the dress. It does run a little small and I am tall so it was short! But I loved this dress and would rent it again in heartbeat!!
Jan
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
Aug 8, 2011

Overall fit: Small
Very sexy and fun dress. My only drawback to this dress is that the top part started to sag by the end of the night. Overall though, this dress is hot and it photographs well.
md
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Body type: Straight & narrow
Sep 13, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I'm 5 '7 so i was nervous because these reviews all seem to say this dress is really short/tight. I usually wear a small, which I rented, and it was actually a little bit bigger than I was expecting (which was nice, had some room) and the length was great. Got tons of compliments. It is a bit shinier than it looks here but I wouldn't say "gold". Overall it was a great dress for a big birthday party I went to.
Angela
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 40
Body type: Full Bust
Oct 13, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
This was a backup sent because my backup size wasn't available. I didn't wear it but it fit really well. It is short though. And I did see one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey in this same dress (but red) in US magazine this past weekend.
Teddi
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Body type: Straight & narrow
Nov 2, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
Loved this dress. I wore this to a fall wedding with a greenish necklace and navy pumps and I got a ton of compliments. It is pretty sexy because of the bottom half but the top half makes it not cross the line. It is more of a nude color than a light pink like in the picture.
Nikki
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Mar 1, 2012

Very Cute

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
Great Dress- A little tight on the thighs and big in the shoulders but overall super cute!
Jessica
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Apr 3, 2012

Having a beautiful dress like this for a night. Fun.

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I rented this dress for my sorority's formal. With this dress, I feel like I could have dressed it up or down. I dressed it up with some crystal Kate Spade chandelier ear rings and gold high heels. Over all, I got a lot of compliments on the dress. The dress definitely shows all your curves, but in a classy way. As the night went on though, the top started sagging and I kept having to pull it up. I'd recommend ordering this dress, but only if you invest in some dress tape to make sure the top stays in the right place!
Mandy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Aug 16, 2012

This dess was perfect for the heat in Palm Desert

Size worn: XS
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Vacation
I wore this on vacation in the desert with a few friends. This was perfect for dinner in Palm Desert. The light material was easy to wear in the heat. The one shoulder was sexy. Got lots of compliments on this one.
Heather
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Sep 4, 2012

So much fun, nice color.

Size worn: M
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is a little more blush than I thought. Great if you have peaches and cream skin tone. It is a little low on the bust, so I had to use some double-stick tape, but other than that it fit great! It was very comfortable to wear and perfect for a February night in Nashville.
jennifer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Sep 11, 2012

Perfect, especially with a tan

Size worn: S
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
great rouching that adds to lengthened or leaner appearance, and just a hint of sparkle thats glam without being overbearing. Felt like a model and was complimented all night! (Even by the bride,who i didn't really know!)
Jacelyn
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Sep 19, 2012

Loved it!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Dress was very fun and perfect for my birthday out with friends. It fit like a glove. Only thing I will say is that toward the end of the night it stretched out a bit, but I think it still looked good!
Sam
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130 lbs
Sep 22, 2012

Fun, classy, lightweight dress!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This dress is simple yet beautiful! The color looks great on tan skin and it is so easy to accessorize. I felt very elegant without being weighed down or uncomfortable.
Becca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Body type: Athletic
Sep 26, 2012

Did not wow.

Size worn: M
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
The dress just did not fit me properly and I ended up wearing something else to the wedding. I'm sure this would look great on someone else but I had an overall "no thanks" feeling when I tried this one on.
Melyssa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Oct 24, 2012

Absolutely felt like all eyes were on me!

Size worn: XS
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Runs true to size. I always overestimate myself so I got a 2 and a 4. I wore the 2 and I felt amazing and very confident. The dress draped perfectly on my curves and I absolutely loved the response I got. If you put in long hours at the gym, show it off with this! I liked it so much I ordered it twice!
Katrina
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Dec 26, 2012

not my favorite

Size worn: M
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Wasn't a huge fan of this dress. The material was cheap looking and too close to skin tone. You would have to be pretty tan for this dress to look good.
Jennifer
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Jan 3, 2013

I absolutely LOVED this dress, and got many compliments wearing it!

Size worn: L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
It was a little shorter than I would have liked, but I still felt comfortable.
Jewlz
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Feb 26, 2013

Super fun dress! Wear pasties!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I wore this for my bachelorette party & it was just what I wanted... it runs big though. I typically wear a 6 in designer clothing-- size 4 street sizing. I got the small and it was big everywhere. I thought it was to be worn as more of a bodycon dress so that was different than what I expected. However, super fun, love the sleeve! I felt comfortable in it. The fabric is FABULOUS and it is a well-made dress, for shiz. I would rent this again & recommend it, just get your size & a size smaller to see what works for you. I thought it ran large. Otherwise, LOVED IT! And you could go braless if you are OK with it being quite nipple-y. Let's just go with some pasties, ladies. Last thing, you can see all panty lines and any under garments so I went commando! Just do it!
Lindsey
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Body type: Petite
Mar 20, 2013

Great fit, loved everything about it.

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
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