By Malene Birger

Black Lacrima Dress

$475 retail

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Stylist Notes

Look polished in this high-collared By Malene Birger dropwaist dress. We love it with strappy sandals & the Liquid Metal Ring by Kenneth Jay Lane.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 32-44, European sizing.

BUST: Great for any cup size (comfortable room at bust)
WAIST: Fitted, fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Fitted, curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Tea length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Hourglass, Athletic, Pear, Petite, Straight & Narrow, Full Bust

Product Details

Black crepe (90% Polyester, 6% Viscose, 4% Elastane). Short sleeves. High neckline. Sheath. Hidden back zipper. 49’’ from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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56 reviews
Fit
Large
(6)
True to Size
(16)
Small
(3)
Size worn:
42
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 49
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
August 28, 2016
This dress works anywhere!

This dress was ordered prior to surrounding work events with my unlimited pieces and figured it could be worn for something. Turns out, that's an understatement! "Test drove" it to dinner on Saturday night. Great fit, easy to wear, looks great, light weight, comfortable. Planned to wear to an all day & late evening work event & then return. Dress was perfect! Unexpected funeral came up during this week and again, this dress came through. Except for fancy, this one will get you through most anything!

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Size worn:
38
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
August 29, 2016
Versatile

I thought this dress was really versatile. I wore it to work with a camisole under the somewhat sheer top. It could be dressed up and work for lots of occasions. It fit pretty true to size. Had a little stretch in the bottom and the upper part was looser fitting. It looks expensive and more fashion forward than a lot of the stuff I have gotten from rtr

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Size worn:
38
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
September 25, 2016
Black on black on black

I read a few of the reviews before ordering and had a totally different experience. The top to me isn't very sheer, I wore a hot pick bra and it didn't show thru. The slits on the sides are very high which doesn't make it very work appropriate. The top is baggy and the skirt has a tone of stretch. Overall good piece!

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Size worn:
34
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
October 7, 2016
Unique dress, comfortable

It fit perfect. It is form fitting around the stomach and unforgiving. It was really comfortable. Loved wearing it to work

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Size worn:
34
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Apple
Weight: 126lbs
October 30, 2016
Classy Look

I liked this dress but it did show up wrinkled, it also was itchy in parts and a little difficult to get on. Otherwise it looks very classy and was great for work hitting at the knee and with the sleeves.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
32
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 128lbs
November 14, 2016
Wore to two job interviews!

This was a cute and comfortable business casual option that could be easily dressed up with a blazer and tights. I was a little unsure about the novel cut, but ended up really loving this one.

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Size worn:
34
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
November 20, 2016
Perfect work dress

Slit might be too high for some - be careful if you wear spanx - they'll show. The fabric is easy to press and is very opaque.

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Size worn:
38
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 142lbs
November 22, 2016
Chic and unique

Feels fabulous on. Very flattering. Distinctive with the length at back. Wore to an important meeting with long necklace. Lots of compliments

Top Contributor
Size worn:
34
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 122lbs
February 22, 2018
Loved this!

Sophisticated and stylish look with a very comfortable fit. I'd rent it again!

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Size worn:
38
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Bust size: 34C
February 14, 2017
Not for a pear shape

I really wanted to like this dress and it looked amazing from the waist up. Unfortunately it was just too tight around my hips/thighs and made me look huge. A 40 might have been better, but then it probably would've been too big on top.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
36
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 124lbs
March 24, 2017
Beautiful dress, more dressy than I thought.

I rented this for everyday wear and it was too dressy so I sent it back. Beautiful dress though!

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Size worn:
32
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110lbs
April 13, 2017
Sexy dress but classy

Tight through the butt and I wouldn't rent if you're self-conscious

Top Contributor
Size worn:
44
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
May 6, 2017
Cocktails in Milan!

This dress is elegant and stylish. It worked well for a cocktail party in Milan on a chilly, rainy evening in late April. It was a bit bigger than I expected so consider sizing down. Really needed a statement necklace to complete the look. It was cute with the RTR leather jacket. Not a knockout but a solid LBD.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34F
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190lbs
May 14, 2017
Stylish

The balance of a soft top with a pencil skirt made this piece perfect for a professional event.

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Size worn:
44
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 10
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 36
Body type: Pear
Weight: 180lbs
May 15, 2017
Great dress!

Really loved this dress. It was easy to get in and out of, as well. That's always nice!!!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
44
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
July 15, 2017
Trifecta- Flattering fashionable and comfortable

This is the 2nd time to rent this dress. 1st time was for a stage performance. This time for a job interview. I gained a little weight and sized up the 2nd time. The skirt is attached only to the front of the blouse, you can leave the back untucked. Skirt fabric has lots of give with the knit jersey. Lots of compliments from strangers. Love that you can dress it up or down. Extremely comfortable and fashionable for those who don't want to show a lot of skin.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
34
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
September 12, 2017
Gorgeous classy dress

This dress was beautiful and perfect for a work event. This style is probably most flattering with heels over flats. One thing to note is that it has slits on both sides of the skirt so make sure you pay attention to it when you're sitting. I will most certainly rent this again, if you're looking for something classy and elegant this is your dress!

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Size worn:
38
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 56
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
October 5, 2017
Classic

Perfect fit. Wish I would have purchased this for my closet.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
42
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Bust size: 34DD
December 1, 2017
Didnt wear

Didnt wear

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Size worn:
36
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Bust size: 32B
March 5, 2018
Elegant but uncomfortable work dress

Very stylish dress with a bit of a unique look. Can easily go from work to cocktails. Wore with black nylons and black pumps. However it was pretty uncomfotable. The top isnt connected to the skirt/bottom in the back and I think this causes the skirt portion to ride up as you walk. I was pulling it down all day. I dont think it was a fit issue because it laid nicely and didnt look or feel too tight or loose anywhere.

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Size worn:
36
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 2
Age: 27
March 29, 2018
GOEGEOUS piece. I dont want to take it off.

I have worn this on several occasions - the fit is incredible and the dress has high class but the relax fit on top dresses it down slightly so its not overdone. Really beautiful, unique piece.

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Size worn:
32
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
April 1, 2018
Beautiful

Classic look, there are slits on the side if you are considering doe a work party.

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Size worn:
34
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 120lbs
August 13, 2018
Great every day work dress

Great dress for your average day in the office. The longer part in back looks vaguely like it's untucked. Your colleagues might not register it but I wouldn't wear it to a big meeting because of this. Gorgeous dress though.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
40
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 54
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 132lbs
September 22, 2018
"Stunning dress" is just one compliment I got. Super versatile.

This is a LBD with an edge. I could use it for work, dinner or an event. The double zippers and the skits on the top are awkward but the dress is worth this small hassle. I love this dress and will absolutely rent it repeatedly if not buy it.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
October 16, 2018
Not flattering in my tummy area- I recommend sizing up

I thought this would be loser fitting or camouflage the tummy a little better- it didn't!

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Size worn:
34
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 44
Body type: Straight & narrow
October 26, 2018
Na

Fit perfectly. Great take on a classic little Black dress with some flair.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
40
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 146lbs
November 20, 2018
This was just ok for my body type

A little larger around the waist than I was anticipating

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Size worn:
34
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
January 3, 2019
Perfect day to night dress

Loved this super chic, classy black dress w a twist! Back of dress is "untucked" which gives it a cool edgy feel. I wore this with booties to the office, then straight out to a dinner date. Also wore it on the weekend running around town paired with sneakers. Very versatile!

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Size worn:
36
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 53
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
February 3, 2019
I really liked the fit. It gives a very slender appearance.

Neckline is a little weird

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Size worn:
34
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 116lbs
February 15, 2019
Slightly boxy on top but pretty

I rented this for work but the breezy back made this feel more appropriate for a dinner party. Fitted on bottom.

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Size worn:
32
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 37
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
March 11, 2019
Wore the dress for work - perfect elegance

The dress was very nice, perfect for the occasion. I wore it with tights and boots and a black blazer since it was very cold. Ill rent it again in spring when I can wear it without a jacket to show the nice.

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Size worn:
40
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 146lbs
November 1, 2016
Fabulous LBD

The high neck and rolled sleeves are fantastic details. The "untucked" back plus the "tucked" front and material of the top half of the dress are figure-flattering when combined with the bottom skirt. I read reviews and went up a size, worried that the tight skirt portion would show a mommy-belly pooch. NOT AT ALL - it looked great, but I could tell I needed to size down. Because the skirt was loose, sometimes you could see peaks of skin between the front and back of the dress at the skirt clasp. I wore this dress to a very important business meeting with black tights (cold, rainy weather around 10 degrees Celsius) and another day just at the office. I will definitely wear this again.

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Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 50
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 153lbs
November 11, 2016
Beautiful

I was so sad that I couldn't wear this dress. It was too big will try again.

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Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
March 13, 2017
Very comfortable! Stylish and classic.

This dress runs a little big, but was still great to wear. I wore it to 2 events, and it transitioned well from day to night.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 48
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
August 23, 2017
Looks great, but was too large. I'll order the next size down and try again.

Generously sized. Very interesting cut, perfect for me. I can't wait to try it again.

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Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 44
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 180lbs
September 12, 2017
Wore this for a product launch

Super comfy, wish the smaller size had been available as it runs large

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Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
October 5, 2017
Difficult to wear properly

Oddly constructed item. It is kind of in 2 pieces so big chance of it coming apart and skin showing. Didn't wear.

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Size worn:
36
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 45
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 28, 2016
Skirt too tight

Unfortunately, the skirt was way too tight and the slit went a little too high to make it appropriate for a client meeting. Disappointed.

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Size worn:
34
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 128lbs
March 1, 2018
Size up. It is a bit difficult to put on. Very beautiful dress! Nice for work and going one.

Pros - Elegant, simple, comfortable. Cons - Hard to put on, weird top bottom connection. Runs tight on the skirt and baggie on top.

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Size worn:
34
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 122lbs
November 16, 2018
Not for girls with hips

I don't think the slits on the sides look good on girls with curvy hips. Was perhaps a bit too dressy for work.

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