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Be Optimistic Dress
Rental $60 Retail $1500
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Bring out your inner tiger wearing this sexy Blumarine slimming LBD. Pair with a great cuff for the ultimate fierce look.
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Black woven (85% ny, 15% sp – 96% se, 4% sp). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Criss-cross back. Straight skirt with side slit. Center back zipper. 35” from shoulder to hem. Imported.
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This dress slightly small. We recommend going one size up for back-up (see following fit notes for exceptions). Italian Sizing. Sized 38-44.

BUST: Great for any cup size - fitted at bust and can not be worn with a standard strapless due to exposed back
WAIST: Fitted - fitted throughout midsection; consider wearing with SPANX to cinch in abdomen
HIPS: Fitted - skirt is very form fitting
LENGTH: Mid-thigh (the slit makes this dress somewhat of a mini) - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a NuBra due to cut outs at back
FABRIC: Fabric is very stretchy
GREAT FOR: Apple, Hourglass, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

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Jessica
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 19
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 4343
Apr 7, 2014
This was my backup for an awards show and it ended up being the perfect dress. Simple and elegant.
Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The only problem I had with it was that it kind of rides up a little bit. Other than that I got endless compliments on the dress... especially on the detail in the back. For something that seems so simple, it's truly amazing. The material feels like a light weight scuba suit and it's very form fitting and flattering. You can definitely tell why it's originally priced so high. I felt comfortable and beautiful. Great dress!
Jessica
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 51
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 129 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5633
Jun 6, 2013
Dress looks better from the back
Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I liked this dress - fabric is great-I did not like the front photos especially when I was turned to the left - the front did not lay flat on my stomach like the Herve etc does but it is a lighter nice feeling "scuba lite like" material. I wish I would have posed more on the right side with the slit - I used nipple stickies as no bra would work - which was fine for me Also, this dress packed AMAZING well - which was important for me
Jaclyn
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 136 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5533
May 25, 2013
Great LBD!!
Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I really liked the back of this dress! And the slit is an added bonus!! I read that other reviewers said that the slit did not show. I must say that it definitely does show. The material is almost like a wet suit. Overall if was perfect for my bachelorette weekend in Vegas!! The only negative was that the dress was tight in my rib cage area. I don't know if getting the size up would have helped b/c it is just a tight dress in general. I've always had this problem with dresses so it might just be me. Overall another great experience with RTR!!
Adelaide
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3434
Apr 24, 2013
Amazing!
Size worn: 38
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
It is a scuba fabric that is so comfortable! The slit in the front is not really noticeable unless you stand in a specific way. The back detail is my absolute favorite part of this dress. Overall, this is an amazing dress and would definitely rent again.
Kay
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3443
Mar 25, 2013
BEST dress I have ever worn!
Size worn: 38
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
First RTR experience. This and the Herve Mind Boggling Dress. Fiance loved the Herve, I loved this one. It was classy-sexy, and I could totally eat my fill out at dinner and have it STILL look good. I loved the fabric, the back, the way it helped my body out. I loved everything about this dress. I want to own it. Front is as flattering as the back.
JENNIFER
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5643
Nov 25, 2012
I wore this Blumarine dress for my 25th high school reunion and felt great!
Size worn: 42
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I ordered the size 42 and 44. I wore the 42 because the tighter fit was more flattering. The neoprene like fabric held everything in, although after 3 kids I needed some shapewear as well. This little black dress is perfect because you can dress it up or down and it is appropriate for most occasions.
Janna
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 3433
Sep 10, 2012
Perfect Girl's Night Out Dress!
Size worn: 40
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
All I can say is that is dress is HOT! I love the back detail and the front slit! Definitely a perfect dress for a girls night out. This dress is extremely fitted, and you definitely want to size up in backup. The fabric on this dress is really interesting, it is pretty thick and has a good amount of stretch to it. It hit about 2-3 inches above my knee, and the slit is about 2 inches high.
Erica
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 118 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2433
Sep 10, 2012
Love the back detail!
Size worn: 38
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
The material of this dress is so comfortable and has a nice amount of stretch to it. It does run a little on the small side, so I would definitely size up for the free backup size. I wore a NuBra with it really fit nicely throughout. Great body-con style!
Sophia
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 17
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2232
Dec 28, 2013
The back is amazing!!
Size worn: 38
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Pros: The back, scuba material Cons: Unforgivable material (any bumps or bulges will be seen) and a bit too long (i'm 5"6)
Stephanie
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Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 117 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2523
Nov 19, 2013
RTR is the best thing that has ever happened to my closet!
Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I wore this dress to an engagement party and had everyone's attention. It was so "different" from what is typically worn in my area.
marilynne
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Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 98 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2423
Sep 28, 2013
Didn't work for me
Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I'm only 5'1", but this dress was down to my knee's, and the slit wasn't noticeable, so I suppose it runs big. The back straps made the front fit strange, I think the best candidate for this dress is tall and narrow.
Ashley
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Canonical User Type: 5433
Sep 12, 2013
My new favorite LBD!!
Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I loved this dress!! It was really comfortable and I think it looked really flattering on. The cutouts on the back make it more unique than your usual LBD which was great!!
Stephanie
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4633
Aug 20, 2013
Perfect for my Red Carpet Gala
Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
As the publicist at a Red Carpet event, I needed to look sharp but not draw attention away from the celebs that I represented. This dress was definitely the right call. Very form fitting and the scuba material kept the dress snug while being comfy and stretchy all night. I received many compliments. I wanted to keep it.
Ali
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Canonical User Type: 5443
Jul 21, 2013
Spicy LBD
Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Great Material. Stretchy, so you could possibly size down. Easy to move in. Not too short (I'm 5'9). Classy, with a bit of sexy (back cutouts and side slit). The fit was nice, but I thought the stitching on the side made the sides stick out a little. Not terribly noticeable, but something that bugged me a little. All around great LBD!
Lily
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Canonical User Type: 3433
Jun 18, 2013
Pretty dress. The fabric is thicker so while it is clingy, it doesn't hug too snugly.
Size worn: 40
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
The fabric of this surprised me...almost like scuba gear. But the dress is very pretty and was a nice fit and length. I'd rent it again.
Simone
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Canonical User Type: 3433
Jun 17, 2013
YUP
Size worn: 38
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This is the perfect LBD. The material is unique and hugged my body very similarly to Herve, cinching and defining my waist. In comparison, the material is thicker and honestly a little more forgiving than HL which I didn't hate. The slit on the left leg gives the perfect hint of skin and the intricate back adds another fun detail. Be careful dancing though because this one rides up. My boyfriend was gawking from the minute he got to my apartment to the minute it hit the floor.
dee
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 4343
Jun 5, 2013
Sexy, yet elegant!
Size worn: 38
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
This little black dress is everything! I wore it to an awards dinner and everyone kept complimenting me until I left the dinner. Its just a perfect dress all together but i kept riding up as I was walking around which was a little disturbing. Nothing over the top but indeed a lovely dress. Overall I will recommend it to a friend.
Jessica
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3423
Mar 18, 2013
Very sexy and comfortable.
Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The slit was not as high as I thought it would be. The fit was perfect otherwise, and the material is very slimming. I ended up wearing the other dress but it was a hard choice!
Lily
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2433
Mar 1, 2013
Great customer service
Size worn: 38
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
The material on this dress reminds me of a fancy wetsuit - thick but stretchy. It ran slightly large and may have been a bit stretched out. The front was more flattering than the back. Unfortunately, due to delivery complications, I didn't receive this dress until after the event I had rented it for. However, RTR's customer service was excellent as always, and I was happy to receive a credit for the rental. I look forward to renting from RTR again in the future, but won't choose this style next time.
aimee
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 42
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2633
Dec 24, 2012
LOVE IT!!
Size worn: 38
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Absolutely love the dress! I've rented several dresses from rent the runway and this one is my ultimate favorite! I had a cocktail reception and dinner banquet to go to. Dress was cocktail attire. This is a simple, elegant yet sexy dress. It appears conservative yet is a bit mini and the back is sexy. Perfect for my taste. I'm not a plunging, show the breasts girl. It also was the most comfortable dress I have ever worn. You will NOT be disappointed. I wish I could buy this dress! I will rent this again for sure. I'm a size xs,0- got this in a 38- fit like glove. I got a ton of compliments..
EMILY
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 6441
Nov 22, 2012
Hot dress
Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I rented this last minute when my second dress became unavailable. It is super hot and fun, but unfortunately I didn't wear it because it was too big. I listened to other reviewers who said it ran small.. So I got a size bigger than I normally wear. Then it was big. Also the material is very stretchy and it would look better fitted. Anyway may rent again its a great twist on the LBD!!
Jeanette
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 47
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 105 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2633
Oct 31, 2012
Beautiful
Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
This was my back up dress. Didn't wear it but did try it on. The material was gorgeous but it wasn't tight enough through the hips otherwise I would try it again.
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