Carmen Marc Valvo

Paprika Floral Sheath

$585 retail

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Stylist Notes

Go for saturated autumnal colors in Carmen Marc Valvo’s sheath. Pair the dress with barely-there stilettos for a crisp cocktail look and Elizabeth & James Accessories' Windrose Pave Cuff.

Size & Fit

This dress runs small. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes (fitted at bust)
WAIST: Straight, fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Straight, curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH:

Knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Hourglass, Athletic, Petite, Straight & Narrow, Full Bust body types
(Model's height is 5'10").

Product Details

Orange print jacquard (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Fitted body. Hidden back zipper. Fully lined. 38” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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72 reviews
Fit
Large
(2)
True to Size
(23)
Small
(19)
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
September 6, 2015
Planned to wear to evening wedding - but dress wasn't delivered to correct address

Although I did not receive in time for my event, I did try on the dress - gorgeous colors, beautiful fabric. Top is cut nicely - would look ok for all bust sizes. I am 6 foot tall & the dress hit right at my knee. The waist is horrible. It is odd fitting - too much fabric so although looks boxy. It would be perfect for someone who was a few months pregnant or someone who was larger in the mid-section. The size 4 was too tight in hips.

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
September 24, 2015
Beautiful colors, poor fit

I loved the colors on this dress and thought it a perfect transition piece for fall. Due to my height, the proportions were all too short.

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
January 30, 2016
Lovely dress that chokes you when you sit

Positives: I love the fabric. It's beautiful and multi-textured. Got a couple compliments from coworkers Overall true to size, though I did find it tight in the armpits Negatives: Every time you sit, it chokes you. You have to be very careful about the angle you sit at or face potential death by dress strangulation.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 52
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 195lbs
February 13, 2016
Fits snug in the hips

This is a lovely dress but if you have wide hips it might not work for you. I normally wear a 14, and ordered the 16 as a backup. The 14 fit beautifully when I was standing upright, but was so snug in the hips that I was unable to bend at all for fear of ripping a seam. Unfortunately, the 16 was just too big and was not flattering. Sadly, I was unable to wear the dress.

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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 52
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
February 15, 2016
Slightly awkward fit but beautiful fabric.

I ordered up because reviews said the hips were not forgiving. The dress fit well except for giving me an abd pooch that I don't have. I covered it with a dark plum peplum sweater, and it looked great.

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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 56
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 144lbs
March 6, 2016
I received lots of compliments on this dress - its an elegant fabric and sheath should flatter most

On me it was a bit big around the armhole so you could see my bra. I didn't like that so I returned after wearing once.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 42
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190lbs
March 28, 2016
Beautiful high quality dress, but ran super small!

Ordered this as my first 1 of 3 unlimited dresses. I currently wear a 12/14 and ordered a 14. I could not get into it. But this dress is gorgeous. Brought it to work and had a coworker (size 8) try it on and, yes it was big, but gorgeous and a great length. Would be a very sexy but conservative dress. Perfect length.

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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
April 21, 2016
Beautiful dress, tight in the hips

I had the same issue as other reviewers: the dress is tight in the hips. The top fit well but the tightness in the hips created this weird bubble over my midsection. It's a really beautiful dress though!

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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 175lbs
April 23, 2016
Odd fit and colors

I'd worn other dresses by this designer, so ordered the same size. Unfortunately it was too tight in the hips to wear so I returned unworn. Also, the colors did not flatter my super pale complexion.

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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
May 17, 2016
Beautiful

This is a beautiful dress that is great for work with a sweater or a professional cocktail party.

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
June 2, 2016
I received a compliment mid showroom presentation!

A little large but the texture and pattern were so lovely - jacket helped look less busty and voluminous

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
June 9, 2016
The colors are amazing - much better than the pictures

Great fit for athletic or curvy body. Very flattering cut. Colors are beautiful. Looks great with a tan

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 127lbs
August 26, 2016
Love it!

I love the color and the material!

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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 136lbs
September 3, 2016
I want to buy this dress. Classy. Comfortable. Colorful!

Super classy but comfortable. I felt pretty. It was a fall wedding and outdoors, so the thicker fabric was perfect.

Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
November 15, 2016
Perfect alternative to the LBD

This dress was simple yet absolutely stunning! It fit beautifully and flattered all of my curves in all the right places. I've worn it to evenings events (dinner date, opera, etc.), but it is so versatile that it looks great at an al fresco brunch as well.

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Size worn:
16
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 185lbs
December 13, 2016
Beautiful Dress!

Wore this to a conference for work. This dress is beautiful and very comfortable. It runs a little small I usually wear from a 10-14 depending on designer but this one I sized up due to other reviews. There is no give or stretch to this dress at all. It is lined and the fabric is very nice. I will definitely rent this one again. Would be perfect to wear to the office, a conference, church or a dressy event. I really love this dress the colors are much better in person than the photos.

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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 41
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 185lbs
January 20, 2017
Great dress for work

Good length, great fit, had a small tear in the front seam but otherwise great. Received a great deal of compliments

Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 49
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
January 29, 2017
Beautiful colors !

I'm 5'7" and 170 pounds with a curvy bottom half. This dress fit nicely everywhere. It was slightly loose through the waist and bust but did not gap anywhere. True to size and stunning color combination. I wore it for a semi-formal holiday party the mix is metallic gold was festive!

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Size worn:
16
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 40
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 187lbs
February 10, 2017
So many compliments!

I was told to not send this dress back by many people. The material is rich, and the colors are great - not as vibrant as they look online but even better in person I think. This dress is VERY fitted throughout - so expect to sit on the edge of your chair. Worked really well for a presentation at work where I stood most of the time!

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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
June 4, 2017
Great dress for a conference

Wore to a conference with a blazer, great color and flattering fit. Think this was true to size - I am five months pregnant and growing. I was a 10 at four months; this dress (12) was loose, which was good since the fabric has no give.

Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 131lbs
October 14, 2017
Beautiful dress

Wore the dress to an event I attended for work. Ordered a size 6 and 8 and wore the 6. I could have used a 4 for the top area but it would have been a bit snug around the butt and thigh area.

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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36F
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190lbs
October 31, 2017
Tight in the hips, but loose in the waist

This was a beautiful dress, well made, thick fabric, and lovely colors. It was also a great work-length. My only issue was how tight it was in the hips.

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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 48
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 148lbs
November 4, 2017
Beautiful fall colors

I rented this to emcee a conference in the fall and I loved it. I rented up a size given other peoples reviews and I definitely needed that larger size. It does run small. Very pretty and classic dress.

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
November 16, 2017
Nice fall dress

This dress is nice, not spectacular but nice fit and pretty for Fall. I rented it for a work conference and it was great for the event. It is fitted but not too fitted in the stomach area. The fabric has no stretch.

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
March 5, 2018
Great dress - little tight on the hips.

I'm 5'7 and a size 2/4. Im not curvy and this dress was atill super tight around the hips and bum. If I rented again, I would try the size up. Fit perfect everywhere else but a little hard to walk.

Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
March 13, 2018
Lovely sophisticated dress

I had this dress for my mom towear it for a party.. since she had slight stomach .. this dress was perfect yo make her body toned down. It also looked sophisticated for a 55 year woman to wear it. Honestly its a versatile dress for all ages and ocaasions.. the colors were just perfect :)

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
April 20, 2018
Didn't fit

I'm only 5'3 and the hip darts on this dress hit at the small of my waist. Very unflattering on my pear shaped body. Perhaps need to be very petite/short to wear this.

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Bust size: 34B
April 3, 2019
Unique and beautiful print and quality

This was my first RTR dress and it was such a seamless and easy experience! This dress was a little loose in the chest area. I am a 32B but there was a little more give in the dress. Also it was a little tight in the thigh/hip area but not enough for people to notice (just tight to me when going up stairs etc!). Was a beautiful dress and i got compliments on it. Wouldn't rent this one again because of these small issues but loved the whole RTR experience. I am 5'2" and 130lbs

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
September 2, 2015
Did not wear - sent as backup, but was not cute

I've rented a ton from RTR, but this was an interesting last minute swap for my Elizabeth & James cutout dress that became unavailable. The styles are not at all similar. They sent it to replace the size 4 E&J dress, and I'm usually in between 2-4 usually, but this was LARGE for a size 4. Looked like I was going camouflage into a a piles of leaves. So if you're looking for a loose-fitting dress, this may be for you. But choose smaller if you're in between sizes.

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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Age: 31
October 29, 2016
Beautiful colorful dress.

The colors really stand out more than what the pictures show. Very vibrant. I am pretty busty and the chest was still large/baggy in this dress. I like a snug fit so might be good for some. Fit well everywhere else. High quality fabric.

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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 55
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 117lbs
September 12, 2015
Elegant, simple, different.

The fabric has a beautiful sheen and interesting colors and pattern. The right accessories really helped it pop. I am usually between a size 2 and a size 4 and definitely needed a size 4 in this dress as it has no stretch or give to the material.

Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Age: 53
October 19, 2015
It was a gorgeous evening wedding at a winery in the foothills of Virginia.

This dress was absolutely gorgeous. It had less purple/violet than I'd expected, but fortunately I had opted for shoes that were more the gold color, so it all worked out fine. Typically I wear an 8 or 10, but I'd assumed in this designer I'd wear the smaller size. The 10 fit, but was very snug in the hips and tummy, so if I'd known that I'd have ordered up a size to see which felt more comfortable.

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Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 63
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
October 28, 2015
Wore this to my husband's law school reunion... perfect for the evening.

I ordered both the 12 and the 14, I usually wear a 12 but this 12 was too small. The fit is flattering, the fabric great and it was perfect for a fall evening in Washington DC. Its a fitted dress so it flatters an hourglass frame.

Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185lbs
January 20, 2016
I rented this dress to wear to work.

The dress runs small. Very tight in the hip and thigh area. I was unable to wear it in my usual size 14. If I had gone up a size it might have worked out and would have been beautiful, but alas it was too small so it went unworn.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
February 1, 2016
Great colors, but not good for Pear Shaped girls.

The top was a little loose actually and the bottom was too tight. I'm a 34C bra size and about 145-150 lbs and usually a size 6-8. I am usually able to get away with a 6 in dresses, but the bottom of this dress had no give what so ever and was super tight around the hips. I would have ripped the dress most likely if I'd actually worn it. If you have large hips or a big bottom -- I'd suggest sizing up.

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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 54
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
February 28, 2016
I wore this for a daytime wedding ceremony. It was gorgeous and very well-made. The colors pop!

This dress fit like a glove. It fit perfectly and considering I only had to wear it for three hours it was amazing. For a longer event, I would consider the next size up. I received so many compliments.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 175lbs
March 9, 2016
Tight in the hips!

It looked like it was going to be such a nice dress, but the hips were SO tight. It was difficult to walk or sit, and the dress bunched up at the hips (you can kind of see in the pic). I don't think I have particularly wide hips, and this dress didn't work for me. Also, it's a very "fall" color scheme. Very gold and brown... Not really for springtime.

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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 10
Age: 57
April 12, 2016
I never wore the dress too small no give. My closet is full of size 10 and few size 8.

To narrow fine for someone with smaller breasts and hips

Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Age: 59
October 17, 2015
This dress runs a true size smaller. Normally wear size 12. Size 14 fit perfectly. Loved it!

True size smaller. Should order size up.

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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
January 30, 2016
Beautiful dress for conservative occasion.

Slightly tight in the hips, but loose in the waist. Chest seems true to size. I usually wear size 6 but size 8 was the best fit here.

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