Carlos Miele

Knock Em Dead Gown

$207 to buy
$2,750 retail

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Stylist Notes

This stunning Carlos Miele gown is a not to be missed black tie statement piece. Add delicate accessories for an elegant evening look.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size (see following fit notes for exceptions). Brazilian French Sizing.

BUST: Works best for C cup sizes and bigger - bust runs slightly large; straps run long so consider wearing with fashion tape to secure
WAIST: Fitted - fitted below bust and through midsection; dress cinches in waist
HIPS: Not fitted - draping conceals lower abdomen
LENGTH: Floor length - available in 2 lengths (Regular, Long): Regular is for heights 5'6" and below. Long is for heights above 5'6." Regular measures 58" from the top of shoulder to hem. Long measures 60" from the top of shoulder to hem.

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn without a bra; consider securing with fashion tape; dress has built-in padding in bust
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types

Product Details

Black silk chiffon. V neckline. Cap sleeve with pleating and chain detail. Silver chain trim on bodice and back. Accordion pleated skirt. Hidden back zip. See Size and Fit tab for length.

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62 reviews
Fit
Large
(7)
True to Size
(37)
Small
(17)
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Body type: Straight & narrow
October 10, 2010
This gown is worth every single penny to rent! It was fashion at its best and a total knock out. If you want all eyes to be on you, this is the dress to wear!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
November 3, 2010
This is a beautiful gown! This is red carpet glamour at its best. Unfourtunatley, this dress was very large in the bust area.
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 41
Body type: Hourglass
November 23, 2010
This dress is gorgeous and well worth the money to rent. I am 5'7" and usually wear a size 2 or size 4 in dresses. I rented the 36L (2 long) and it fit perfectly. It was beautiful!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
34R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
February 10, 2011
Elegant
This is a wonderful dress! I received so many compliments all evening. I am a full C and most of my dresses are a 0, this dress was very small around my rib cage. I should have gotten the 36, which is a size 2. My bust fit perfect in the 34. I would highly recommend this for any black tie party. It was a huge success!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
April 20, 2011
it was a beautiful dress... except the fact that it came to me ripped!!! :( i was soo upset and couldnt wear it.. i left several messages when i called but no one returned my call.. so i ended up paying a fortune for a dress i never wore!! Yet to hear from them :(
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 44
Body type: Straight & narrow
May 10, 2011
Easy to wear, flattering, and super comfortable. Long length was perfect with platform heels.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
42L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Body type: Straight & narrow
June 8, 2011
Got tons of compliments
Love this dress! Received hundreds of compliments and was even told by a reporter that I was the best dressed (impossible, but I'll take it) I'd order one size bigger than normal. Also the chain is awesome..the pics don't do it justice. And I loved the long length..it let me wear heels and it still graces the floor. Being 5'9" I hate when dresses end up being too short when I wear heels.
Jona April 30, 2012
I'm 5'9 and would be wearing 3.5 inch heels and am not sure where this dress will hit, length wise. What size heel did you wear?
RTRMay 2, 2012
Hi Jona, the Long length measures 60" from the top of shoulder to hem. I would have a friend take a quick measurement from the top of your shoulder to see exact length of where the dress will fall!
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Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Body type: Pear
July 5, 2011
I was very disappointed with this dress. Mine did not have the chain in back and the skirt did not have any pleats. The whole thing looked messy. It was definitely a waste of money.
RTR CustomerSeptember 23, 2015
Did you wear a bra with it? If so, what kind? Thanks!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
40R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 45
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127lbs
July 25, 2011
This dress is drop-dead gorgeous!
Got this dress as a replacement for a lost order and I really did love it! I have a large bust, so this dress fit nicely, but I see how it could be a problem with smaller breasts. I felt gorgeous in this dress. Definitely a show-stopper!
MicheleFebruary 27, 2012
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
36R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
July 12, 2011
Customer service was great, items sent on time and in great condition.
I wore this to a black-tie wedding. Everyone loved it, even the bride. It wasn't too over the top, needed little jewelry, fit was amazing.
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Size worn:
36R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Body type: Petite
November 2, 2011
Knock-Out Dress
This dress was stunning at a black-tie wedding. It was sent on time and ready to wear. It definitely lived up to its name. You will receive many compliments when wearing this dress. Thanks M.M. for findng it.
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Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 60
Body type: Straight & narrow
October 3, 2011
I received a four and a six; usually I wear a four. This four was too small and the six was tight but not uncomfortable-- except the bust, which was unacceptably tight and squashy. Both dresses looked a little care-worn, too--fabric was a little tired and sleeves that should have stayed up on my arms (like the photo) drooped down, leaving a gap between the shoulder pads and the bottom part of the sleeves. Made the shoulder chains stand out, which looked a little funny. Length was fine, though. Overall dress did not live up to the photo; I had to send this one back.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 58
Body type: Apple
October 26, 2011
Although this dress certainly lives up to its name, you must be very tall or at least long waisted to wear this gown. The torso portion exceeded my waist to shoulder span and I could not wear it. Gorgeous dress if you have the right proportions to wear it.
Size worn:
38L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
December 1, 2011
Unbelievably Beautiful Dress
This dress is stunning. I have never felt more beautiful! I wear anywhere from a 4 to an 8 depending on the type of clothing, but according to my measurements I ordered the 38L and the 40L. I ended up wearing the 38L, and it was a perfect fit, especially with heels. I would not recommend this dress for short or small busted/shouldered women.
Size worn:
38L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
December 2, 2011
I originally ordered a 4 and 6 in a different dress, but they ended up not having the 4. Due to this lack of inventory, I was able to chose any dress in my size, regardless of price for my event if it was available. I really lucked out! I got this dress for a rental fee of only $100! This is the first time I've used RTR, even though I've looked at it for 1.75 years now! It was a great experience and they handled everything so well. I will certainly use RTR for many events to come.
This dress was amazing. I normally wear a 4 and I ordered a 38L (I'm 5'10") and it was perfect. I wore a backless, strapless, plunge bra from Victoria Secret that worked really well with the dress. I also had to use some double sided tape to keep the shoulders up. They are very heavy so they want to fall down. I have always been an athlete and have larger legs/butt than the average size. The dress was not too tight nor did it pull. The waist synching in certainly makes this dress flattering. I had a million compliments all night and everyone wanted to know where I got it. I had to tell all my fellow Marine wives about RTR. The only cons... Like someone commented before, the dress mailed to me did know have the creases in the skirt and it was missing the chain detail on the back. Regardless, it still looked great.
CourtneyOctober 22, 2012
I'm also considering this for the birthday ball, a much smaller than normal one.... did you find this dress to be conservative enough while still being subtly sexy? Any disapproving glances or just a complete and appropriate head turner?
HannaDecember 19, 2013
I am also 5'10" and I am considering wearing this to my Year End Banquet for work, what height heel would work with this dress?
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
38L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
December 5, 2011
the staff was very helpful in choosing accessories, making sure I had a back up dress ready.
I wore this dress to a charity ball and it was absolutely stunning! I am almost 5'8" and the long size fit perfectly. I wore my highest heels and the dress reached just to the floor. The fabric was so slinky and flowy, it was just perfect! I got so many compliments on this dress all through the night. I am a d-cup and did not even need any kind of bra or stick on bra. It was just perfect! The only problem for me was that the chain detail came loose from one of the sleeves but it was an easy fix that I was able to do myself so I would advise to check that before you go out in this dress. It was sexy and elegant all at the same time!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
38L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
August 9, 2012
Formal Wedding
I wore this to a black tie wedding and received compliments all night long! The dress is comfortable and the material is very nice. I wore petals and no bra and it worked great.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
36R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
August 22, 2012
Beware! Runs Small!
First of all, this dress is stunning. I could hardly get around the event for being stopped by a stranger to exclaim about the gown. However, you must be warned, European designers do not "vanity size" the way American designers do. If you wear a US 2, you will need to order a US 4 (36) in this gown. I even typically wear a 0 in many designers but the 34R would not zip on me...I mean, not even budge past my ribs at no fault of the zipper. Luckily, RTR staff saved the day and rushed me a size larger. A delightful experience but a lesson learned in European sizing. I also must add that I am rather petite and with a platform heel the R length was just fine, I was not stepping all over the hem like I feared.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
34L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 136lbs
September 2, 2012
my sister happy her b-night
Eyes turn..this dress is bad..no matter event this dress willnstand out
JessicaMay 24, 2013
SO FIERCE!!!!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
40
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
October 30, 2012
Beautiful and fun
I loved renting this dress for a halloween party. It fit exactly as expected. Was very flattering and actually comfortable. I am 5'6" and I got the regular because there was not a long available. The long would have been better since I wore heels, but I don't think it was super obvious that it was a bit too short. My only regret was not taking more pics because is one really doesn't show the beauty of the dress.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
November 27, 2012
TOO SMALL
I usually wear a 6 and this dress I got a 6 and and 8 could NOT zip either! Too bad, it looked like a cool dress. What really stinks is I ended up having to pay for it bc my $25 back up dress fit perfect so the order was considered a "success". Expensive "success" for something that I didnt even wear!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
42R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 46
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138lbs
December 19, 2012
Great Detail - Strange Fit
This dress would have been absolutely beautiful - if it fit. According to my measurements and a conversation with a stylist (Bust 38, Waist 30, Hip 39), I should have fit into size 40L. I picked size 42R as a back-up. When I tried on the 42, it was waaayyy to small throughout the torso - once i got it zipped (barely) the shoulders were too big and kept falling down exposing my breasts. Talk about wardrobe malfunction! In addition, according to my height (5'7"), I should have worn the Long, but I found the Regular length was perfect with 4" heels. I was tripping over the Long even with heels. Unfortunately this dress was unwearable for me. :( It might have fit if I went one more size up, but I think this style just wont work for larger busted women. The quality and detail of the dress is gorgeous.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
36L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
December 23, 2012
Dancing at the Davenport lounge at the New Orleans Ritz in the dress was fabulous!
It ran just slightly small. I'm a true size 4 and it zipped up and fit but it was cutting it close! Still dramatic and gorgeous and so many compliments!
HannaDecember 19, 2013
I am your height, so what inch heel can i get away with?
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
34R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100lbs
April 18, 2013
Perfection!!!
This dress was amazing! Everyone thought it was beautiful! I wore four inch heels and the length was perfect. I normally wear a 0, but i got a 2 since it was the smallest size offered which worked out well because it was tight around the chest and rib area. I did have to use fashion tape to keep up the shoulders. I just absolutely swooned over the dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
44L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 182lbs
April 26, 2013
Ill fitting
I ordered three dresses for my event but was most excited about this one. When I put it on, it was just ill fitting and the very cool chains on the arms were different lengths and just looked strange. I am just with a little tailoring I could have made it work, but it needed some work. The satin around the waste which looks like a belt actually wasn't even straight, so that looked funny also. Would not rent this one again unless I could get it tailored first.
Size worn:
36R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 105
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
July 27, 2013
Sexy, a bit punk rock, but runs small. Get a size larger!
I splurged on this dress for a party and didn't even wear it! :( It is incredibly sexy (like an elegant dominatrix) with metal chain details. I loved the different fabric textures and this dress if very well made and it made my straight, boyish figure feel like a woman with a sexy hour-glass figure. However, this dress *Runs Small*! I needed help to get the zipper up and I'm pretty tiny and skinny (jean size 25). Because it's so small, it made my tiny itty bitties (32B) look plump and full because the ladies were pushed up and in (and adding little cutlets made them look luscious!). I didn't go with this dress because I felt like one full breath and I'd rip the dress open, and I needed a dress to shake and shimmy in. I felt too constricted and it was too punk rock, sexy for a 1920's glam hollywood party. Get a size larger and I hope you'll have better luck than I do with it. But your honey will sure love you in this dress. ; )
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 153lbs
October 22, 2013
Not a good fit for my short torso
I have a short torso and long legs. Because of the shoulder detail, it is important that this dress fit just right on the top. Would have loved to have worn this but it just didn't work out.
Size worn:
42R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 46
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
December 11, 2013
Formal affair
Did not wear this dress. Top was too loose...and I am a 32E
Top Contributor
Size worn:
38L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 15, 2014
beautiful dress, received many compliments
im 5'9, wore ~3 inch heels and the long length was perfect
Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 51
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 119lbs
February 21, 2014
N/A
This is a gorgeous dress, but it is not great for c-d cup given the neckline.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
March 4, 2014
Not for the busty!
This dress is an aboslutely stunning gown. Unfortunately, it does not fit busty girls! The detailing is gorgeous, but stay away if you're a D cup!
Size worn:
44
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 165lbs
April 10, 2014
I felt so elegant in this dress!
It fits great because the material and cut of this dress hide everything I would want it to but beware of the plunge because that was difficult to manage all night but with a few safety pins in the right places, totally doable!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
46L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 190lbs
April 13, 2014
Stunning dress! Received compliments all night!
Fit great except for in the bust. Had to pin the straps back to add support.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
38L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
April 14, 2014
Backup Dress was a Flop
I ordered this as a backup dress and it came riddled with problems. Firstly, I ordered a 38L (I'm 5'9" flat footed) and it was about 1 - 2" too short in bare feet. If I would have worn flip-flops with the dress you could have seen them. Secondly, one of the cap sleeves was the missing the decorative chain that was supposed to adorn it. Thirdly, the cap sleeves were so heavy and probably stretched out from numerous wears that any time I moved both cap sleeves would fall down my arm. I'm not sure if fashion tape would even have helped. I tried on the dress with a normal black bra and you could just see it peaking out in the back. You'd probably need to go braless or wear a low-back bra if needed. Other than the aforementioned problems, the dress fit in the bust and through the body. All this being said, RTR customer service helped me rectify the issues and the emergency dress that they overnighted me worked out great.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
46R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
May 18, 2014
Fit the Vintage look!
I love the silhouette of the dress. Very comfortable. Definitely got lots of compliments. It is revealing up front I used a lace bandeau bra. Only downside is the sleeves. I noticed one shoulder had longer chain than the other plus the sleeves keep slipping. I used double stick tape from VS and actually got a burn from the tape and dress.
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Size worn:
40L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Age: 27
May 28, 2014
Just enough sass to turn heads!
This dress is amaze! You will feel like a total rockstar and your friends (and others) will treat you like one! The dress fits like a glove, but needed some help to stay in place. I used double sided tape in the v-neck front and for the shoulders, as the shoulder pads are heavy. Overall, I loved renting this dress for my Gatsby-esque bash--get ready for compliments galore!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
40
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
June 23, 2014
Perfect for a Gatsby themed affair,
Fit was perfect! Received lots of compliments! Would rent again!
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Size worn:
44R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
September 21, 2014
A night of smooth jazz is THIS beautiful dress!!
This dress was absolutely beautiful for an evening at a smooth jazz formal. It arrive on the day expected as well as the alternate/back up dress. I rented the lovely earrings and fashion-statement bracelet to complete the look.; all from Rent The Runway! I received great compliments all night long. This dress is true to size, but I would recommend wardrobe tape on the top. It is very forgiving in my problem area (mid section) and very flattering to my "girls" (top section). The wardrobe tape will help the shoulder pads remain in place and avoid an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. The dress worn in the photo is a size 10 (or 44R) and the detailed chain was not on this dress upon arrival; however, it was on the back up dress (size 12/46R). I still wore the size 10 because after putting on the dress and loving the fit, the detailed chain piece on the shoulder quickly became an after thought. I was able to move and dance easily in this dress too; the fabric is really nice. Great GREAT dress!!
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Size worn:
42R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
December 25, 2014
Couldn't have felt more beautiful.
LOVED this dress. It was classy yet rock and roll with the chain detail which is right up my alley. I received the 42R and the 40L and while I wish there was a size in between I ended up wearing the 42R which fit very comfortably. I'm 5'4" and about 145lb with an hourglass/athletic build. I wore this dress with a shorter heel than normal for comfort, about 3", and the dress fell perfectly. Not too long and not too short. I wanted to rent a designer dress as I know they are just cut better than a cheaper "pretty" dress and I can definitely say I am sold on RentTheRunway.
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Size worn:
34R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
January 31, 2015
Beautiful dress, but that's it
This dress was beautiful. I rented 2 different dresses just to make sure because they didn't have my actual size in this dress and I was worried the backup may not fit well. The back up was the one that fit perfect, except the shoulders kept falling off while I was just trying it on. This dress was my top pick for a gala I was attending, so I was disappointed. I went with my second choice which was also a great choice. I would be weary about renting this one if I were you.
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