Carmen Marc Valvo

Purple Metallic Dress

$60 – $80 rental?
$545 retail
Stylist Notes

Pleats make this waist-flattering Carmen Marc Valvo dress charming. Elevate it with simple pumps.

Size & Fit

Sized: 0-12 & plus 14W-22W

Product Details

Purple jacquard (45% Polyester, 31% Silk, 23% Acetate, 1% Cotton). Sleeveless. V-neckline. Full skirt. Fully lined. 38" from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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56 reviews
Fit
Large
(5)
True to Size
(25)
Small
(7)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
October 23, 2015
I got so many compliments!
A bit tight in the bust, the dress was also cut close around the arms (which made me sit/stand up straight). Color was fantastic and the fabric was nicely structured. It was great that I got to be the first to wear this (tags still attached)!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
November 10, 2015
Fabulously twirly!
I am petite (only 5'3") and this dress hit just below the knee. I am a 34C and I filled out the chest. Big cupped women will definitely want to go up in size.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
December 19, 2015
Received lots of compliments on this bold, elegant dress!
I wore this dress to one of the events of my friend's Indian wedding, the Sangeet (essentially a cocktail reception and evening of performances, dinner, and dancing the night before the wedding ceremony/reception). Since this was my first time using RTR, I was a little worried about whether I'd order the right sizes. I ended up ordering a size 6 and 8 (my usual sizes) as well as the same dress in a 4 as my back-up dress. I'm so glad I did, since the 4 ended up fitting like glove. I'm pear-shaped (a 32D and usually wear a S for tops but am a 6, 8, or sometimes 10 for bottoms) and the dress's bodice hugged my bust and waist perfectly and the A-line skirt floated off my hips. The dress is a beautiful hue of purple and the fabric is heavy enough to give it a great structure but light enough that it's very easy to move in. All 3 dresses that I was sent were in great condition--the size 4 even had its tag still on. Since the dress is relatively structured, I did end up steaming part of the dress to get rid of a few creases in the skirt and near the neckline, but other than that it was low maintenance. I received a lot of compliments at my friend's Sangeet and am 100% satisfied with my choice. Also, the whole RTR process was incredibly easy--I will definitely be renting for future events.
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 164lbs
December 19, 2015
This wasn't my first choice dress but I loved it anyway!
This wasn't the dress I planned to wear but after a mix up with my first dress, this was my only choice. I ended up loving it. It's a beautiful color and the fitted waist and full skit was ultra flattering. So many compliments and perfect for a cocktail party when you want to wear something other than black!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 185lbs
December 20, 2015
So shiny! So many comments!
This was my first RTR adventure and it was perfect. I ordered two dresses and this was clearly the winner. The fabric is wonderful and the fit is great. It was so comfortable and I got comments on it all night! I felt amazing.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 139lbs
January 7, 2016
Really great dress!
This dress fit perfectly and flares out at the waist so you really don't even need spanx. It has lingerie straps for a regular bra. Really great material and super comfortable.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
February 6, 2016
Great jewel toned party dress!
Got compliments at the holiday party and wedding that I wore this to in the same weekend. Flirty and fun. Great cut that emphasized my waist! My only complaint was it was a little large in the chest area yet tight around the armholes (that didn't affect the look but it was a tad uncomfortable). A little long on my 5'4" frame even with 4" heels. Kind of expensive to rent but on a weekend during the holidays it's easy to get double duty out of a dress like this.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
February 9, 2016
Classy & fun!
Fit was very flattering, beautiful color. Such a cute shape! Got lots of compliments!
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Size worn:
16W
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 41
January 8, 2016
This dress. For my 40th bday, everyone wore black and white--I wore THIS!
I am a 40DDD, which I believe is the main reason I went up a size. Otherwise, the 14W would have fit perfectly. Darn these girls of mine! The texture is great. The vibrancy--well, you see the pictures. Purple is my signature, favorite and brand color. Another reviewer commented that it was a bit low cut--which is precisely why I rented it!!! (smile) But I did not feel inappropriate at all. I am very pleased with this choice! It made my 40th birthday super classy, elegant and special!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
18W
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
November 18, 2015
The people (and feeling good in this dress)!
The dress is gorgeous and great for an apple shape. This purple is really good for olive toned skin.
Size worn:
14W
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 37
November 17, 2015
Classic but fun enough for work party
I'm more of a 12 on top 14 on the bottom. I had ordered two other dresses that were more my pre-baby body so I went into the SOHO shop to find a replacement. Since my top is actually a bit smaller I had to go get a pushup bra for this to really work but when I did the fit was spot on. A little bit old fashioned but the shape was classic and flattering, the color is an even more vibrant and shining purple in person that looks incredible under evening event lights. Skirt is full but long enough that you can spin around without feeling exposed. Deep front V but didn't require taping. High back so no need for alternative bras/petals. I'd say this would make an excellent bridesmaid choice for a lot of different body types. Used for a work 30th anniversary party that went late into the evening. Wore with black tights and modern booties to both stay warm and update the look a bit.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
14W
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
November 16, 2015
Felt gorgeous in this richly colored and textured dress.
The texture and color of the dress were amazing! The length was perfect. However, the dress did reveal a bit too much cleavage for a wedding and had to keep a close eye all night. If you are large chested I would not recommend this dress unless you are comfortable showing off a little.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
22W
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 280lbs
February 29, 2016
Great dance moves and good company
This run's very small, it is not a true woman's sizing and is a very difficult dress to zip on your own. I generally fit an 18W and had to go up to a 22W to get a good fit. As well I would not recommend getting dressed alone in this as the zipper on all sizes was almost impossible to do alone. However beyond that the dress fit like a glove and was perfection. It comes in at the waist in all the right spots and poofs out nicely with the pleats at the hips, instead of making you look wider it just add's volume and flare. The neckline is very modest but also snug fitting to create a nice flattering shape. The material is much lighter weight then I expected but has a beautiful texture and handfeel.
MelissaAugust 29, 2016
Would you be willing to provide your hip/bust measurements? I'm between a 20/18 and debating this dress, but you have me concerned the 22 wont fit.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 57
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 164lbs
March 7, 2016
Great pop of color for a beach gala.
I was happy with the color and style. The dress was a little big in the top so smaller girls may have a challenge. Our event was on the beach so we were in flip flops - this would have looked better with a heel. The jewelry was also RTR and I received more compliments on the necklace than anything else. I liked, didn't love, the dress but needed something I had not been photographed in before.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 33
April 19, 2016
Beautiful Color
The dress is gorgeous, the fit not so much. I ended up wearing size 2, it was a bit large on me but felt better under arms. Size 0 fit me perfectly, but was way to tight under my arms, to the point were it restricted my blood flow. I ended up wearing size 2.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Body type: Hourglass
April 28, 2016
Flattering fit and super fun!
The texture of the dress was great and I felt amazing all night long!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
16W
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
April 30, 2016
LOVED THIS DRESS!
This was not my first choice rental, when my first dress did not fit I chose this one and had it overnighted to me. I was a little worried about when it would arrive but much to my surprise it was at my door BEFORE 10am!!! This dress is beautiful, the fabric is so pretty and a rich purple color. My husband is graduating next month and the event was for his school (colors are purple and gold) so I felt festive! I paired the dress with black heels and a statement necklace that had some colors and bling to it. I loved my dress all night and got lots of compliments! Typical designer sizing, my regular dress size fit but was just a little snug, the next size up fit more comfortably and allowed room to wear a strapless bra. The dress does have buttons to hold regular straps! (Big plus for a nice dress) I would have bought this dress, I loved it that much. #comfortable #gorgeousfit #classy #funskirt
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 50
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
December 3, 2015
Gorgeous color - better for pear fit
This dress runs tight in the bust and large in the hips. I'm a 34D and the v neck helped me fit into the top. I had ordered the 8 as a backup size but the hips run large and the material so voluminous that I felt like I was drowning in that size. The sleeve hole are also cut extremely small/tight. It was fine for a sit down dinner party, but would not work for something more active like dancing.
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Size worn:
14W
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 32
April 2, 2016
My first RTR experience was amazing & I felt beautiful in this dress!
I originally rented the 12, which was just a smidge too small in my chest. The dress has no give on top, so size up if you are large chested. I called customer service and had the 14W overnighted just in time. It looked great in person, a little fuller on the bottom than I had anticipated, but I got loads of compliments all night!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 46
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 146lbs
November 2, 2015
Gorgeous color, flattering fit!
I wore this to host an awards luncheon in NYC. Got many compliments on the dress: color, cut, fit. It's very obviously designer and not "off the rack" (several people commented on it). In addition to the rich color, the fabric has nice weight to it and some texture which makes it even more lovely. I am normally a size 8 and wore the 6 comfortably. I have an athletic build and a smaller waist: this dress felt flattering and fantastic. I found a new designer I love and have already rented my next Carmen Marc Valvo.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 2
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
February 15, 2016
No room for boobs
There is no stretch in this fabric at all. The boob area is quite tight though so if you are full breast like myself then this isn't a great option.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 58
February 17, 2016
loved my entire experience with RTR
Loved the dress, fit perfectly, very comfortable to wear and got multitude of compliments
Top Contributor
Size worn:
16W
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 190lbs
March 13, 2016
This purple dress was perfect for my Valentine's Day date
The dress was a brilliant royal purple color. Really impressive in bright light. The bottom poofs out a little more than I had been prepared for but it wasn't uncomfortable. I felt somewhat princess-like. The only issue for me was up top. It seemed like it was cut a little larger there, which is odd because I have a larger chest. It was easily fixed with a little cropped cardigan over it.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
May 31, 2016
It's a really lovely color, nice details and fit very true-to-size.
I'm pretty busty (34DD - most dresses/shirts don't fit me) so it was pretty tight there, but otherwise it was nice. Neckline wasn't too low. The dress is very full - it flares out a lot. I was worried it'd make me hippier than I already am but I think it looked okay. Definitely a great party dress, I got a lot of compliments.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
18W
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
June 15, 2016
Rehearsal Dinner dream!
This was a backup that was overnighted to me after I realized the dress I picked wasn't going to work. It ended up being so perfect. I thought the cut of the V was going to be a little high, but it fell just in the right place. I received so many compliments on this dress, I would rent it again!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
June 18, 2016
Nice dress but runs large and fabric a little heavy
I'm pretty sure this had pockets which I like. But, I'm really glad I went to the store- this dress for my body ran large. I carry weight in my hips and thighs so, with this dress having a flare, I wore a much smaller size than I would have guessed.
Size worn:
18W
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Body type: Apple
Weight: 200lbs
June 26, 2016
Work event
Gorgeous dress!! Does run just a tad small and the zip is impossible if you don't have someone to assist. Otherwise very comfortable and easy to wear!!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
July 10, 2016
This dress was perfect for a work party. I got so many compliments!
Fit perfectly, and the fabric was excellent quality, so even though it's a simple dress, it looks formal.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 130lbs
July 14, 2016
It was too small for me.
The dress itself looks great, nice fabric, great color - wish it fit; had to send it back. I usually wear a size 6 however it is restricting in the midsection and didn't look great on me.
Size worn:
18W
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 240lbs
July 16, 2016
The fit was amazing!
The color was perfect. The fit was a little snug in the bust but not uncomfortable. I was able to wear a standard bra with the dress. The length was just right and did not hit awkwardly at the knees. I received compliments on the dress all evening.
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Size worn:
20W
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 55
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 180lbs
July 25, 2016
I got so many compliments! I loved this dress!
Beautiful dress and such a rich color! Lightweight enough fabric that even in 90 degree plus weather I stayed comfortable! The dress ran small for me primarily because there is no give in the fabric and it is very fitted in the waist. I carry my weight in my middle. Going up a size gave me the room I needed in the waist and consequently the very fitted waist was extremely flattering! This dress is listed as being a 20W but the tag said 20. I would definitely rent this again and I'd give serious thought to purchasing it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 132lbs
July 30, 2016
Great dress
This is a very forgiving dress. Looks great on. Love the pockets! I did not wear it because I feel in love with another dress I rented as an option!
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
August 7, 2016
This was a such a perfect dress and I got so many compliments on it.
I was a little worried about the V-neck since I'm a pear shape and a dress that fits me at the waist and hips don't always fit me on top. Wore a nice pushup bra with it and it fit well.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 24
August 9, 2016
Got lots of compliments on the dress and the color is beautiful!
If you have bigger boobs I would recommend getting some double sided tape for the neckline as it slid over a bit with all the wedding dancing.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
14W
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 38
August 10, 2016
I wore this to a friend's wedding in Santa Barbara and was perfect
Loved the fit and the color photographs very nicely! The cut and feel of the fabric was very nice and extremely comfortable. I received a ton of compliments on the dress.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
September 4, 2016
Wore this to a wedding! Loved the color of this dress!
Dress fit nicely but shows quite a bit of cleavage. I loved the dress but wish it was a tad shorter.
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 176lbs
September 27, 2016
Gorgeous dress that was SO comfortable!
I'm in the process of losing weight, and while the 10 would've worked, the 12 was more comfortable for the evening. The color is gorgeous and while the material is beautiful, I thought it would've been a bit heavier. The 10 had a snag in it, but only noticeable to me. It was extremely flattering for an hourglass shape, especially with the v-neck, and fuller skirt. The theme of the gala I attended was 50's black and purple. So this fit the bill perfectly! I received compliments all night!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 152lbs
September 28, 2016
Didn't wear for event but tried on and got many compliments
Loved this dress! It ran a little large and there was some puckering in the shoulders.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 112lbs
October 1, 2016
I wore this dress to deliver a speech at the walk to end alzheimers' it was the perfect purple color
Looks big on the hanger but fits really well. Really flouncy on the bottom.
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Size worn:
14W
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 180lbs
October 3, 2016
Entire rental process was fun, exciting and made the event more special.
True to fit, I usually wear a 14. The zipper was a bit more stubborn at the waist seam than I was expecting. Even the larger size. You may need help! Fabric is lovely, textured purple. I wore this for a bachelorette party and it was very comfortable to dance in! I wear 38DD, which wasn't an option in the review filters
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