A Formal Affair Dress

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$1575 retail

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Stylist Notes

Give your style a sparkling lift with Carlos Miele's light gold strapless sweetheart dress. Pair with one standout accessory for a statement look.

Size & Fit

This dress runs slightly small. We recommend going one size up for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions). Brazilian French sizing.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - bust is very fitted so full busted women should consider sizing up one or two sizes
WAIST: Very fitted - ruching detail cinches in waist
HIPS: Very fitted - skirt runs narrow so curvy women should consider sizing up
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a standard bra or no bra; wear SPANX to cinch in hips and backside
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs slightly small. We recommend going one size up for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions). Brazilian French sizing.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - bust is very fitted so full busted women should consider sizing up one or two sizes
WAIST: Very fitted - ruching detail cinches in waist
HIPS: Very fitted - skirt runs narrow so curvy women should consider sizing up
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a standard bra or no bra; wear SPANX to cinch in hips and backside
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types

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Product Details

Light gold silk. Sweetheart neckline. Built in bustier for support. Fortuny pleating detail with crochet inserts. Hidden side zip.

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39 reviews
Fit
Large7
True to Size17
Small15
Size worn:
36
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
May 15, 2015
Fancy
The top part was big for me. I'm a B-cup and usually don't have this problem with dresses. If you are a bigger cup size, it may fit better. I had to keep pulling it up. Everything else fit fine. Overall, I enjoyed wearing it. It's cute and photographs very well.
Size worn:
34
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 107lbs
January 6, 2015
I rented this for a formal event and was very disappointed.
I knew I had to return this dress as soon as I took it out of the package. The color was completely different, more like a tan/gold than champagne. In addition, the details on this dress made it look tacky. The tiered layers had lace on them and it just didn't look right.
Size worn:
34
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 48
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Apple
Weight: 125lbs
November 24, 2014
This dress was very glamorous and I got lots of compliments. I definitely needed my Spanx though.
Unless you have a perfectly flat tummy, you'll need spnax with this dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
November 8, 2014
Too big, and the material is weird
I rented this dress to wear it for my bachelorette party. I was drawn to the gold color! Fast forward to when it arrived, and it didn't like it. The material was very flimsy and there was no support in the sweetheart neckline so it tended to roll down around the top of my bra. It also wasn't very flattering, and fit me like a potato sack. I was pretty disappointed with it, and didn't end up wearing it out.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
October 8, 2014
Sadly, this dress is NOT made for ladies with an hourglass shape!
I had read reviews in advance, which should have scared me off. Rather, I decided to rent this dress as I loved the look of it. Unfortunately, it was 2-3 sizes too big in the bust, but I could barely get it over my hips. Needless to say, this dress is NOT made for curvy/hourglass kind of ladies, such as myself. Loved the dress on the hanger so hopefully it finds a home soon! :)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 164lbs
August 18, 2014
The dress was for a sweet 16 I didn't get a chance to wear it however.
This dress isn't tailored to big busts unfortunately i was "spilling out" and was unable to wear it. I'm still giving it 5 stars because the fit of the dress itself was fabulous.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 142lbs
July 28, 2014
Not the right size but still wanted to share for other skeptical of what happens when fit is a prob
I sadly did not get to wear this dress. It was stunning and prettier than I imagined when it arrived. I am usually a 6 and ordered the 42 and 38 because the 40 was not available. I am very curvy in the hips and couldn't even get the 38 over my butt (going legs up or over the head) and the 42 fit my body great but the bust could flap right down in the front. RTR was amazing with sending out a new dress of my choice and overnighted it in time for the wedding the next day. I was in a full panic having to wait till the day of but was beyond impressed with their customer service rep, Claire and how well the new rental came so soon!!
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Size worn:
38
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
July 11, 2014
A lovely dress for a semi-formal or formal event. Very elegant and comfortable.
Too big in the bust! There were a good two to three extra inches in the top of the dress. In comparison, the dress is a bit snug on the hips - I could get the dress on if fully unzipped, but the bust is disproportionately larger than the hips (I normally wear a size 27 in jeans). The dress is a bit more on the beige side than a light champagne side, but I really liked it. I was able to pin it to my bra to make it fit and I'm glad I did - it was comfortable and I got a lot of compliments.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 104lbs
July 10, 2014
Too small in the chest area, the rest of the dress for perfect for the size 34. The 36 was too big.
Too small
Size worn:
40
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
June 27, 2014
Spectacular dress; however, did not wear was too big
I typically wear a size 8 so ordered a 40 as this dress supposedly ran small and they did not also have a size 10 equivalent. The size 8 was HUGE, especially in the bust region--was falling off. Material was amazing--silky and shiny. Would have been a great dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
38
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
May 12, 2014
way too small
I didn't wear it it was too small
Top Contributor
Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
April 30, 2014
Didn't get to wear this one
Unfortunately this dress was all wrong for my hourglass body type. I'm 5'6, about 145 and it was too tight on my hips and WAY too big in the chest. Even with 34D's & a padded bra. It also had a tiny tear in the neckline. The fabric was nice, but color was a little darker than I expected. More beige than gold. It's a shame, but I'm very happy customer service was polite and were able to send me a backup style straight to my hotel so it's waiting for me when I arrive tomorrow.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
March 24, 2014
Beautiful but did not fit!
This was my first unsuccessful Rent the Runway experience. The dress was so pretty but just ran so small!! I even had my (smaller) roommate try it on to make sure the dress was just small and I had not put on weight-- she could not even get it zipped either!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
34
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 106lbs
February 25, 2014
This dress was amazing! I got compliments the whole night!
I'm very petite so the dress was a little loose in the stomach area, but only I was able to notice. You will have to pull the dress up when dancing cause its strapless, but it isn't a big deal.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
34
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
February 22, 2014
great evening, so-so dress
Like everyone else, I felt the material was way less luxurious than it looked in the picture. Fit was not flattering either, it was bunchy and loose in the bust area, and offered no support. Dress definitely doesn't look and feel like a designer dress, it almost felt like something you could get from a high street retailer.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
34
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 58
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
February 19, 2014
Love the dress
Too short on the bust so kind of uncomfortable
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
34
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 103lbs
January 13, 2014
First dress I rented from RTR. Extremely flattering and perfect for a formal affair.
The fit was great. And it ran true to size. Very elegant.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32AA
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108lbs
December 17, 2013
I never wore this dress, it came as a back up dress.
I didn't wear this dress, it came as a back up. Beautiful in person but just was too long for my taste and didn't fit me right. I was disappointed because I like my dresses shorter and I just remember this one being a little too long and too big.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
38
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
November 18, 2013
Gorgeous dress but a weird fit
This dress was seriously beautiful, but I felt like I was between the 2 sizes I received. This dress has ZERO stretch, so it was tight on my hips but too big on top. I got some fashion tape to hold up the top but without that tape, this dress would not have been wearable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
September 9, 2013
Looks great on the model, not on me
Beautiful dress but just didn't fit right.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
38
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
May 3, 2013
Loved the color of this dress..
I thought this dress was beautiful. I loved the color and the fabric. It did run small and was a little uncomfortable to move around in. I chose not to wear a bra because the material of this dress was thick enough for support but I had to be carefull when raising my arms or bending down to not have a wordrobe malfunction.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
36
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
January 18, 2013
The dress is a stunner if it fit correctly, but the top of dress didn't fit right in either size.
The liner rolled over the bust line and looked like a bra was showing in two different sizes, so it wasn't a matter of the dress not fitting but seemed to be an issue with wear. RTR refunded my money because of the inconvenience and, luckily, I had a second dress option that worked perfectly!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
40
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130lbs
December 18, 2012
Didn't work for me.
This dress looked good on the model but I wasn't even able to wear it to my event because it made my breasts look flat and unflattering.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 155lbs
December 11, 2012
Beautiful dress but tight at hips and butt.
I loved this dress but it was definitely tight around the hips.
Size worn:
38
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
November 12, 2012
Pretty Dress
Although I liked the dress alot, the picture is a little deceiving. The fabric is not quite as elegant as it appears in the photo on the website. I did still love the dress and received many complements. I ordered a 34, and 38 (I needed a 36 but it was already being rented) I usually wear a 0 or 2 dress size. The 34 fit, but was short on me, and too tight. I ended up wearing the 38, and it was big, but more appropriate for the wedding. Overall I really enjoyed my experience with rent the runway, and liked the dress a lot.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
36
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Body type: Straight & narrow
September 24, 2012
It was my rehearsal dinner dress. It was absolutely gorgeous.
It was a little tight on the hips and around the middle. I was hoping it would have fit a little looser. The neckline dropped a little lower than I would have liked, but all in all it was a gorgeous gown and the fabric/design was beautiful.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
38
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
September 19, 2012
Really nice in pictures, dull color in person
I didn't love this dress, but still ended up wearing it. Larger size too loose to be flattering and smaller was a little tight on hips and bottom area and since it has the tighter bands that criss cross, those sort of cut into my body in a way I thought wasn't great. Top was a little loose too. That said, I did get a some compliments, so maybe not too bad.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
36
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 35
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
August 1, 2012
Perfect Summer Formal
I wore this dress to a summer military ball and it worked perfectly It was a snug fit but what I expected. If you are blessed with a but I wouldn't pick this dress. I felt like it flattered me but I am very small up top and tall. It's true it's more of a shimmery beige and not gold but I loved the color :)
Size worn:
36
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
April 28, 2012
It was so fun to get dressed up for a red carpet event!
The 34 was too small. It was tight in the hips and there wasn't enough room for my breasts in the pre-made cups. The 36 was about 1/2" too large all over, but I wore it anyway. I usually have all formal wear altered, so maybe RTR isn't a good idea for me. One of the dresses also smelled faintly of smoke.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
36
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
April 18, 2012
not really what i expected
It was a very pretty dress however not what i expected.. The dress looks gold however is a more champagne color and the fabric is not as shiny. Also, I usually wear a 34 but the fabric had no stretch and I had to wear the 36 instead.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
36
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
March 27, 2012
My mother's husband asked, "how does it feel to be the most beautiful woman in the world?" ... hello! That moment feels good!
I wore this dress the night before my wedding for our dress rehearsal. I felt beautiful, it was the perfect dress to be the last one I would wear before the "one" that I would wear to begin my new life. I normally am a "0" and was glad I to have both sizes in this dress, I went with the 36 over the 34.
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Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
November 14, 2011
awful proportions
I thought this dress would be the winner for a music awards event I was attending, two thumbs down. I'm 36-28-35 and a D Cup. I ordered an 8/42, but RTR didn't have a backup size. It was the largest 8 I've ever tried. It was too big @ the breast and waist, and too tight on the rear, which to me suggested the cut was off or rather not made for an hourglass or pear body type. Very disappointed, especially given the more expensive rental price.
eshaSeptember 25, 2015
Was the length okay? Did you have to wear super high heels? I'm also 5'2. Thanks!
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
July 20, 2011
I'm a small gal, who finds it difficult to find formal wear that looks good on someone my size. The dress came below my knees, but I was okay with that. I found it to be a great fit except that my bust is too small to hold up the bodice of the dress so my bra showed during the evening I wore it. But I definitely out shined all the other girls at my event, ;)!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
May 9, 2011
I rented this dress in addition to a second dress for an evening wedding. I wanted two options becaues I didn't know how they would fit and feel. I ended up NOT wearing this dress. I rented the size 40 (equivalent to a 6) and the 42 (equivalent to 8) based on the recommendation of the fit specialist. I tried on the smaller size 6 first and it was large underneath my breasts and upper stomach area. I didn't like the way the way the fabric sort of "puffed out". If I had gone with a smaller size it would have fit better. It's a beautiful dress. I chose not to wear it because my back-up dress looked better on me.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Body type: Hourglass
March 26, 2011
I'm a 2-4. The 2 was too small and the 4 was way to big! Gorgeous dress but it was thick and awkward and didn't work for my figure.(curvy 125lbs)
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
December 1, 2010
This dress was gorgeous however I could not wear it because it runs extremely small in the hips. If you have wider hips and larger thighs I would not recommend. I ordered it in my size and a size up and it still was too tight. If you are straight, narrow, and tall, go for it and enjoy!!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Body type: Petite
August 24, 2010
I needed to wear a padded strapless bra as I am lacking in the dept. but it was gorgeous for my anniversary. I am very narrow in the hips and it fit!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
August 12, 2010
AMAZING dress! If only I were a few inches taller!! I am 5'2" and the dress was below my knees. I recommend this dress for women 5'5" and taller :)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
August 12, 2010
Beautiful dress! Great for a night out! While the bodice does run true to size, if you're bigger in the chest I would recommend ordering 1 size up!

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