Carmen Marc Valvo

Courtess Gown

$70 rental
$1,390 retail
Stylist Notes

Steal the show in this fantastically feminine style by Carmen Marc Valvo. With a sexy nude lining, this gown will make you feel like a black tie bombshell!

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size down for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 2 - 12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - stretchy fabric allows comfortable fit throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black Lace with Nude Underlay (100% Polyester). Long sleeves. Crew neckline. Fitted skirt. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. See size and fit tab for lengths. Imported.

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228 reviews
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(16)
True to Size
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Small
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
December 1, 2013
Gorgeous lace gown!
This gown is a pretty and very flattering formal option. The lining underneath is nude and it is fitted so it actually makes for a surprisingly sexy style. Still has the long sleeves and high neck though for a more conservative feel.
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
December 23, 2013
I was told I looked like a celebrity in this gown...multiple times!
I am SO happy I rented this dress for a holiday festive wedding. The dress was the perfect length for my 3(ish) inch red heels, which were a nice color pop when I walked. I received so many compliments on the dress. One wedding guest asked if she could take a photo of me because the dress was "stunning." It was a bit hot to dance in, but well worth the heat! I would TOTALLY rent this dress again!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 55
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
December 29, 2013
People would stop me and tell me how much they loved my dress. Complements all night! Well worth i
Fits like a glove. Keeps nothing hidden.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
January 19, 2014
Amazing!
This dress is AMAZING! I wanted something that covered all of my tattoos for a military ball and something that would keep me warm in the month of JAN in NY. All night long people commented on how gorgeous I was! I am 113 pounds, 5'3 and a half (I claim 5'4), and my measurements are 34-25-36. I usually wear between a 0-4. This dress ran true to size. I was VERY pleased with this dress! Would rent again if I needed it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 128lbs
February 2, 2014
Great classy yet sexy dress
This dress was perfect for a fancy event, very sexy and I was getting compliments all throughout the night!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 4, 2014
GORGEOUS
I wore this for my senior year winter formal dance and it is by far the best dress I have worn to a dance. I am not one to wear fitted dress, but this one looked so nice! I didn't have to wear a slip or anything to smooth underneath, which is uncommon. It did get somewhat warm in the dress, but it was worth it. I love the sleeves too! I got a lot of compliments! I am usually a 4, but the 2 would have fit me if it weren't for my bust (DD). The dress was a little under an inch too long on me (I'm 5' 6"), which is why I wore the teal heels. Any color shoe could go with it. You should probably wear a strapless bra because the nude layer ends right above the bust and bra straps would be visible. The renting experience was easy as well. All my friends have told me they are going to use Rent the Runway for prom because they loved my dress and have already chosen their dresses!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 200lbs
February 12, 2014
Red Carpet Premier of our first feature film, and I needed something special!
First off, It is a lot more fitted in the chest and stomach region than I imagined. Very unforgiving, so wear spanx if you have to! I also thought I could wear a bra with straps but it turns out that the top of the dress is actual lace and bare skin, so I had to opt for a more uncomfortable strapless bra (boooo). It is a very heavy and sturdy dress, and I was actually VERY warm in it inside of the venue, so keep that in mind when selecting this dress. Finally, the neckline tends to choke, a lot. I found myself dying to get out of the dress... But of course, the compliments kept me in it! I felt like a star and everyone loved the dress, so I can't complain!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 151lbs
February 13, 2014
This dress was amazing!
I wore this dress to a black tie affair and I have never received so many compliments in my life! The fit was incredible and the dress was extremely comfortable, classy and sexy. I am actually renting another dress for a cocktail party at the end of the month! Because of Rent the Runway, I may never buy another formal and/or cocktail dress ever again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
February 21, 2014
LOVED THIS! Major compliments, was a walking advertisement for RTR!
My first pick didn't fit just right, and I am so glad this is the dress I chose to go with. Wore for my company's annual banquet. Was so tickled as I received compliments all night, even from men who said they really thought it was a classy and elegant gown. I wore the belt that came with the other dress, I felt it added the perfect touch. The gown was a little loose in my waist so it helped with that, too. Overall, I would rent this again and give it my complete blessing! A understated but beautiful gown.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 118lbs
March 1, 2014
This dress was amazing!!! And fit like a glove.
I could have worn the 2 but because I'm tall I preferred the added length on the 4. With heels it just skimmed the floor. It fit perfectly in all the right places and was not too tight on the butt. And I have a rather large one. Got numerous compliments all night long. One person said my dress was" wicked". The lining matched my skin perfectly so it gave the illusion that I was only wearing lace. Love it!! It was a very sexy dress and I had such a blast that I forgot to take a pic!!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 130lbs
March 4, 2014
Gorgeous dress but short
This was my first choice dress. I still want to wear this dress. Unfortunately I ordered an 8R as my original size and 6R as my backup. Only the 6R came. Also, my necklace did not arrive either. I would've appreciated a heads up from RTR about the unavailability of these items ahead of time so I was not so distressed when I opened the box. I ultimately needed an 8L. That would've been perfect, but it was not available (neither was the 8R). I do commend RTR for sending me two new dresses (although neither of those worked), but because there phone lines were done it was quite a task to get all that done via chat. Its a very stretchy dress but if you have curves it will make the dress shorter in length so opt for a long. I would order a size up. Still bummed about not being able to wear this dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
March 7, 2014
Gorgeous, quality lace and flattering fit!
This dress is so gorgeous! The lace is heavyweight and not stretchy (but still comfortable), making it fall beautifully to the floor and lending to its quality. It's edgy yet still pretty conservative. The only jewelry I wore were some long earrings and it was plenty with the lace. I'd rent it again!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 57
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 185lbs
March 9, 2014
This gown was so flattering and comfortable!
This was the alternate dress I rented for a "red tie" gala. The fit is fantastic, and it is surprisingly comfortable. I rented the long, and wore 3-inch heels. I probably could have gotten away with the regular, but thought the flow and train effect was cool. Would absolutely rent this again.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 129lbs
March 12, 2014
Don't let the photos fool you- this pattern is BUSY
I'm 5'9 and got the 4L as a back-up dress, and it was WAY too short. It hit my ankles. Also, the pattern was really busy, I felt like it wasn't really appropriate for a black-tie wedding.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
March 14, 2014
Loved it!
The fit was great, even though it was a little loose in the waist, it still looked great. The length was a tinsy bit short, though I could have just worn a lower heel (my heels were 3 1/2 inches maybe a 3 or 2 1/2 would have been better). Overall I loved it!
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 47
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
March 17, 2014
Awesome dress! So easy to wear and Rent The Runway was awesome from start to finish!
I was the Emcee of a large Children's Hospital Gala and needed a gown that was comfortable and covered some of my ink, due to the religious affiliation of the Hospital. I'm 5'3" and am curvy with a large chest. This dress was perfect in a 10R. The length was spot on. I had enough "give" in the dress to move freely, yet it layed nicely on my curves without showing every detail of my flab. I received a TON of compliments that evening and told EVERYONE to use RentTheRunway! I cannot believe how easy it was to rent and return. I will definitely use RTR again for my next affair!
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Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
March 23, 2014
PERFECT. Everything I wanted and more. So elegant and classy!
I wore it to my senior prom. Never had I received so many complements on a dress before. The lace felt and looked expensive.I got a 2L I am 5'5'' and it was the perfect length with 3 inch heels. It was stretchy enough to dance in, so comfortable. Rent the runway had wonderful customer service emailed me back right away answering all my questions! Easy process to rent. I highly recommend this dress!
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 28
March 25, 2014
Perfection
This dress was absolutely beautiful. It came exactly as it was described and fit as though it was tailored to me. I'm 5'5 and even with my biggest heels the dress still fell to the floor which is what I was looking for. I would def recommend this dress for anyone looking. It was so elegant and the complements kept coming all night :)
Size worn:
14L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 60
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
April 8, 2014
Fabulous
I got many compliments and I thought I looked terrific. This is my second rental. Both experiences were wonderful. The dresses fit exactly as expected and the process was really easy.
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
April 14, 2014
I simply loved the dress. I would rent from RTR, again. It was exactly the look i was going for!
The dress was a perfect fit and it felt great on me! The dress accentuated my makeup; it was magical. Fortunately, I have no cons for the dress, only pros. I felt like I was star and received positive reviews all night!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
April 22, 2014
Most complimented dress EVER!
This dress is AMAZING. Simple as that. You will feel like the Belle of the Ball in this gown! I wore it to a formal wedding and have never received so many compliments in my life! Seriously, the fit is amazing. I originally had ordered a 4R and 6R based on reviews, but then became worried about the length. I'm only 5'4" but wear sky high heels, so I contacted RTR and they were fabulous (as always) and changed my order to a 4L and 6L. So happy I did that! With 6" Steve Madden nude platforms this dress flowed beautifully and I didn't trip once. I definitely have some hip action going on, and this dress elongated me and gave me an extra curvy hourglass look. I rented the Ben-Amun Gold Deco Crystal Teardrop earrings and they went perfectly...very classy. Not one complaint. Order this gown for your next formal affair...you won't be disappointed!
BriAugust 30, 2014
What bra did you wear with this?
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140lbs
April 23, 2014
The dress was beautiful and I received so many compliments!
I wore this dress to the Zulu Ball in New Orleans and it was amazing! I initially ordered the 6R and got the backup size 6L because I didn't know how long the dress would be. I wasn't able to get the 6L because the person before me returned it in bad condition, but the 6R was perfect! The dress was true to size and fit perfectly! I was extremely pleased! Customer service was awesome because they tried to help me find an additional backup dress since I wasn't able to get the initial dress or wanted! I will never buy another Zulu ball dress again!
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Size worn:
14L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 22
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
April 29, 2014
This was the perfect dress for my senior prom I'm obsessed!
The dress was true to size, fit well, and I felt facility in it!
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
May 7, 2014
Best dress of the night!
I was nervouse because no back-up sizes were available for my dates, but the dress ended up being really wonderful! It was a bit short, but I was already planning to wear flats so it ended up being fine.
Size worn:
14L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 205lbs
May 11, 2014
I got SO many compliments on this dress at a concert and was told it reads well onstage.
I'm a 5'10.5" hourglass, 36DD, and ordered a 14L. I wore it with flats because it just brushed the top of my feet. It fit like a glove. Very comfortable and elegant. I felt like royalty! Modest coverage yet saucy and sexy. Form-fitting yet hides body flaws well. Overall, the perfect dress.
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Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
May 12, 2014
Wanted a more modest dress for a Palestinian wedding & this was perfect! Everyone (and I) loved it!
This dress was extremely comfortable. It looks snug on my body, but it felt very relaxed. I was able to move around and dance with ease. The dress lengths are described perfectly, according to the heel height you plan on wearing. I didn't wear a bra (mostly because I never do if I can get away with it) and you couldn't tell at all! I paired this dress with the Kenneth Jay Lane "gold chain link bib neck" necklace, which I also rented for the evening. Curled hair, dramatic eye makeup, and a neutral lip to top it off. I highly recommend renting this dress, I'm still getting compliments from pictures of the night!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
May 13, 2014
I felt amazing!
All eyes were on me the entire night! I wore this dress for prom and the process was so easy. I think I should've gotten the 4L just for some more length, but the 4R fit fine as well.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 163lbs
May 18, 2014
Beautiful dress. Runs a bit short
I am 5'10" so I wore the L size and still I had to use shorter heel than I would've liked. Without shoes the dress was not touching the floor which means any size heel was already too long. For such a formal dress, it should've allowed for 4". Otherwise very pretty and flattering. Very heavy. Surprisingly so. It was a safe choice type of dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
June 3, 2014
It is a bit more for winter/fall events, but by far the best dress I've rented from RTR yet.
The fit is amazing, very form fitting so you be ready to show some curves (but in an extremely elegant way.) I'm in between a 2 and 4, and the 2 fit me great. It's comfortable to dance all night, and still breath when you sit down. I will rent this one again.
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 65
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
June 12, 2014
I was so totally comfortable all night long and felt very elegant. Had unsolicited compliments.
The fit was devine. I felt so luxurious and comfortable all evening. This was my first rental so I was a bit nervous and had purchased a back up dress. Once I put this on it was NO QUESTION. It's a heavier weight so it falls beautifully and elegantly. It has a little stretch so I was comfortable at the formal sit down dinner and dancing afterwards. I wore a low heel and was so happy it worked.
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 20
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
June 16, 2014
I wore it for my senior prom
SO first of all I was really nervous and exited to receive my first RTR dress and it came a little earlier in the day than expected so that was nice. I really liked the dress a lot because it was really unique and stood out for my senior prom. And I got a lot of compliments on it! It was pretty flattering for curves and fit as expected. The major con to this dress was the weight, it was sooooo heavy and unbearable to dance in. The material was almost like it was crocheted and really busy. Also if you have bigger boobs like I do some pictures turn out a little bit awkward because of the shape of the dress and the beige slip matched my skin tone almost perfectly...Overall was an interesting and cool experience and the dress was pretty but maybe not for prom.
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
June 17, 2014
The dress fit like a glove and was so comfortable.
The dress was perfect for the occasion! It was such a great fit and fabric, very sturdy. You will want to wear a strapless bra or one that cuts lower on the chest because you can see the cups of the bra above the nude fabric lining of the dress.
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
August 1, 2014
Love it <3
Fit like a glove!
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
September 17, 2014
I had a ton of compliments and was very comfortable all evening. It's a statement dress for sure!
The fabric is a bit heavy, nothing insane. If you're a person who gets hot easily, you may want to make sure you wear this in cooler temperatures. Overall, it's very comfortable though.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 1, 2014
Great Fit and length. Received many compliments
Great Fit and length. Received many compliments
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
November 7, 2014
Rented this for my sister in law to wear to usher my wedding. She looked flawless
Arms were a little tight but everything else fit like a glove.
Size worn:
14L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 195lbs
September 16, 2014
Conservative Sexy
This dress certainly stood out in a sea of black cocktail dresses, but was still conservative enough for a formal event at our hunt club. My first choice dress was damaged by the previous client and this was selected for me by the RTR stylists. The dress over all has substantial weight and hangs beautifully. I probably could have even gone down to a size 12L, because the weight pulled the nude lining down so the top of my strapless bra showed slightly. Additionally, be prepared to wear heels, I am 5' 9" and the dress was still touching ground in 3" heels. Despite the hiccup of the original dress not being available, I will never buy another dress for a formal affair.
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
October 1, 2014
This dress made me feel like a rock star!
I don't have one complaint about this dress. It fit wonderfully, so comfortable and fits an average body perfectly. I wore it to a gala and got so many compliments it's crazy. I do wish it was a little longer. I am 5'6 and I wore probably 3-4 in heels, I a, glad i rented the 4L. Highly recommend this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 105lbs
October 2, 2014
Thank you!
This was just what I hoped for. So glad that I was able to rent and mix up my wardrobe with a different style! Thank you RTR!!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
October 3, 2014
Elegant and sexy
Who knew such a conservative dress would be sexier than any sparkle or low cut neckline? The material is heavy and luxurious, but adds a bit of width to the body. I wore shorter heels and didn't have a problem with length. Got comments all night long. This was my first RTR experience and there's no way I'm ever buying another dress.
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