Carmen Marc Valvo

Gold Idol Gown

$155 – $185 rental
$1,200 retail
Stylist Notes

Style is taken to another level in this gold lace gown. This ruched style by Carmen Marc Valvo will make you the epitome of chic at your next black tie event! Bring out the gold with earrings like Oscar de la Renta’s Etoile Earrings.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 2 - 16.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted 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: Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Gold Stretch Lace (100% Polyester). Long sleeves. Crew neckline. Fitted skirt with ruching at waist. Hidden back zipper with hook-and eye-closure. Lined. See size and fit tab for lengths. Imported.

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129 reviews
Fit
Large
(4)
True to Size
(94)
Small
(14)
Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32B
Weight: 110lbs
November 15, 2014
The compliments were ENDLESS. the caterers, wedding party, friends, family, people I didn't know
This dress is more perfect in person! End your search here!! I was a little skeptical at first only getting 1 size in bc the size both up and down were take for the weekend but it fit and turned out beautifully! I wear a 2 in other formal gowns and this was a too also, true to fit. I was called a Kardashian from a TABLE of people... Oh God. But it was stunning and so worth every penny. Will return to RTR! But maybe only for this dress again haha it was perfect!
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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
November 23, 2014
Easy to return! Love this app
Gorgeous dress, comfortable, makes the booty POP ;)
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
December 21, 2014
Unique and sophisticated!
I am wearing a 2R in the photo. I think a 4L would have been perfect. The arms seem to be a little disproportionately tight, but it fit on mine and I do have bigger arms. It was also a little short to wear with the 5 inch heels I wanted to wear. It would have maybe worked with kitten heels. I don't think pictures do this gown justice, as the gold pattern on the dress was stunning in person.
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
December 23, 2014
The gown made me feel super glamorous!
Beautiful fit
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
February 3, 2015
Gorgeous dress!
Because of a storm I received this dress literally 10 minutes before the military ball I was attending started. This was supposed to be my backup dress, but as soon as I put it on I loved it! I got so many compliments and it was honestly hard for me to send it back! I am 5'5 and usually a 6R, but if I had to do it over again I would get the 6L. This dress seems to run true to size, although I could have probably worn a 4L in it because it is stretchy. This dress looks great with olive skin and dark hair. I highly recommend it!
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
April 1, 2015
Stunning dress
I was unable to wear because length was too short for my height with heels.
Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
November 6, 2015
And the award for best dressed goes to....ME!!!
Strangers stopped me to tell me how amazing I looked. One volunteer told me all the volunteers decided I was best dressed!! I did belt the dress which I believe made it look more tailored. It is crazy comfortable and super flattering. Hello boobs and booty, goodbye hips and gut! Amazing!! I don't think it photographs as well as it looks in person so if you're on the fence get it! Length was perfect with two inch heels.(I'm 5'6")
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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
November 29, 2015
I fell in love with this dress when I first saw it, and it's just so much more beautiful in person!!
I was so glad when the 10L became available. It fit perfectly. The dress gives a lot so I could've worn an 8, but the 10 was great. Length was perfect with 4" heels. Showed just enough of my shoes. I was originally supposed to wear this for my engagement pictures, but time got the best of us during our shoot, so we took advantage of the outfit and went to take our annual Christmas pictures right after our shoot and everyone was complimenting me in this dress. Very light. Not heavy or bulky at all. I soooooo wish I could keep this dress! This was my 1st time using RTR but I will definitely be back. I can't thank my coworker enough for recommending it to me!
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Size worn:
14R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
January 30, 2016
Easy to ship and love the credit return option
Very glamorous. Runs small and short. I'm 5 2 and could only wear a two inch heel. I'm a bigger build though short and it was comfortable yet form fitting. Dynamite from the front and back though my profile accentuated some trouble areas but that's not the dresses fault! I have a very hard time finding clothes and I'm shocked this worked. I will use rate again.
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Age: 32
April 6, 2016
Not the dress I wanted but was even better
I'd ordered the Issa Gold Cassia dress in 6R and 8R sizes but my backup size wasn't available at the time of delivery do RTR sent this dress in 8R. I'm so glad they did because this one was better than the Issa dress! Very comfortable and elegant. I wore it to the opera and looked great.
Size worn:
14L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 17, 2016
Tons of compliments all evening!! People went out of their way to comment on the gown.
The fit was great but super short in the front. Ordered a long but still had to wear a small kitten heel. The dress was still too short even with the small heel. I also felt like it looks better to others. I felt super matronly. But after an evening of compliments, I felt like a million bucks. The hair and make up made the dress stand out. Making it in an almost perfect look.
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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
February 29, 2016
Had to wear the back-up size though my measurements met the size 8 dress specs.
Such a comfortable dress. I received compliments all night long. Attended a very formal society event where I had to cover my arms and could not wear black, red or white.
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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 25
August 18, 2016
Showstopper dress
This was my first RTR experience and I was terrified to get this dress two days before the wedding I was attending. It ended up being a DREAM. I normally wear either size 8 or 10. They both fit nicely and I didn't notice a huge difference is size but the 10 felt more comfortable so I went with that. The sleeves were a little on the tighter side but honestly it made me feel even more glamorous because I felt very tight and toned, so to speak.. I received COUNTLESS compliments. The RTR pictures don't do this dress justice. If you have any sort of curves whatsoever this dress will make them pop. It is cut beautifully. Plus you can wear a regular bra, and that's a nice plus when you're jumping around on the dance floor.
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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
November 22, 2016
So comfortable!
I worry about anything form fitting - but this dress was a hit! I got a ton of compliments, I felt stunning in it, and I could dance, sit and eat during the ball with no trouble. This is a truly flattering dress. I highly recommend it!
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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
December 21, 2016
Made my mother's night with this dress, she got constant compliments!
My mom felt great in this dress all night and loved the flowy hem of this style. She is around 5'5" and this dress just skimmed the floor in flats for her. Just a note for us taller ladies!
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138lbs
May 15, 2017
Chosen for me
Last minute email that my selected dress was returned late/damaged. RTR chose this dress for me but was the wrong size and not my style. Did not wear.
Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
November 19, 2017
Almost Perfect
This is an amazing dress that has a very flattering fit. The only problem that I had were the very tight sleeves. If you have slender arms, this should be perfect, though. The long was a touch too long and the regular was too short, even in flats. I wore the long, but had to wear pretty high heels. Another big plus is that you can wear a regular bra with this dress.
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Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 55
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 165lbs
November 30, 2013
Lovely, form-fitting but forgiving fashion stunner. The back view is as wonderful as the front.
I normally wear a size 10 dress but in "designer" apparel tend to need a 12. I got nervous with this one because of how tight the bodice and hops looked in model photos but it RUNS a bit large. I wanted a 12 but it was not available so I figured a 14 would be close but it was very large through hips so I had to pin and pull but the end product was really worth it. A GODDESS DRESS feeling. Have fun!
KimbaDecember 3, 2013
Hi Tanya! You look amazing! Would you suggest getting this dress a size down? As the fit on the model concerns me as well
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
January 1, 2014
This dress was perfect for the winter wedding I went to- it fit like a glove!
I wore 3 inch heels and that worked length-wise for the regular. In terms of the fit- it is stretchy, but not in the way a normal spandex body-con dress is, so it won't necessarily hide flaws. If this is a fear- wear spanx and you will be fine. The only downside is the dress has a little train, which is beautiful, but can be tricky when dancing. The whole dress is really stunning and was a hit- wish it was mine to keep!
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Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 52
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
February 26, 2014
Great gown, but diid not wear it.
I did not get to wear it.
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
September 25, 2015
Amazing gown. The first time ever I didn't wear black. Fantastic!
Beautiful, very flattering. I usually wear a 6 and this one was a little big. The rushing is great. Really loved this dress.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 155lbs
November 15, 2013
Tall girls this is dress is too short even in the long, and size up everyone, it runs small
I was very excited to receive the dress as it looks amazing. However, I usually wear a 6L and this dress was both short and small. It did have room but not enough for me to be comfortable. The quality is of course amazing. I was really not happy because I chatted with 2 stylist before placing my order and was assured that it would be long enough and the right size. " The model is 5"10 so it will be fine." Wrong, wrong, wrong. The dress was about half an inch from hitting the top of my foot and I did not want to have a dress that looked like I was wading in high waters and pulling it down all night. The exchange process was great and should arrive today. Everyone I spoke with was king and assured me that they could get me something prior to my event. However, I would say that I wish they were more informed on the gown options.
SharlaNovember 26, 2013
Thanks for the review. Which dress did you end up with? I'm looking for an extra long gown.
LaurenOctober 16, 2014
Nikki, was this with or without heels? I'm 5'10" and will be wearing it with flats... wondering if I will have the same problem.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 61
Body type: Hourglass
February 8, 2014
This was worn at a 4-5 hour formal black-tie affair with a sit down dinner.
I am 5'4" and usually wear 6 or 8 in dresses. Because this was a form fitting dress and based on reviews, I ordered an 8R and 10R. The 8R more of a glove fit and would be fine for shorter, stand up occasions, although I would definitely wear with a Spanx; and it was snugger in the arms (I have broad shoulders). 10R looser and very comfortable for sitting down at table for a couple of hours, and do not have to wear with Spanx. The material is very flattering and the ruching hides any flaws you'd be worried about! Read reviews about wearing with 3" heels, which I wore in brown. The front of dress was shorter than back, and even though toes of shoes showed in front, it looked fine because of fullness in back and the way it fell. Sleeves were fine and had plenty of give. The dress was just beautiful and incredibly comfy, and i received numerous compliments. As stated in other reviews it has a brown tone back ground. This was my first rental, and although I was nervous about how the dress would look and fit, I could not have been happier with the dress and the entire process, and would highly recommend Rent The Runway.
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 56
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
February 27, 2014
The event was an awards ceremony for the Cinema Audio Society - fab folks! 4 STARS.
I received many, many compliments on the dress, even the next day when i wasn't wearing it. I had to wear the size up that I'd ordered. Since this is the third time I'm considering that the "up" size is now my true size. Haven't gained weight but...who knows. Anyway, the 6R was quite comfortable. I'm 5'6" but chose the R size because I don't wear heels higher than 2/1/2 inches. My feet definitely showed but I prefer that to concerns about tripping. The fabric is delicate - in fact there was a small hole on the right shoulder but wasn't very noticeable. The back hem became slightly torn when my heel caught it. Hopefully those things can be repaired - because it is a wonderful dress. I wore Spanx but the shirring probably makes it possible not to. Anyway, wear this and you'll get compliments.
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
March 2, 2014
I looked like an oscar! Tons of compliments from total strangers - that's the sign of a great dress!
I loved this gorgeous, glamorous, glistening gold gown! Felt fantastic all night. Super comfortable and 'easy' to wear. The long sleeves were perfect for this polar vortex winter in NYC!
RTR CustomerApril 21, 2014
do you think this dress is too sparkly/fancy for a formal evening event? It's an engagement party but not incredibly fancy...
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Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
July 31, 2014
This dress was so beautiful, unfortunately I couldn't wear it because it was too small from the top
Runs small but rent a size up and should be fine. I wished I had rented a bigger size unfortunately I got this at the last min.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 66
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
December 5, 2013
I felt like a queen!
This dress is amazing. Runs small so I had to wear one size up. It fit like it was tailored for me. I loved it and got lots of compliments.
Cinna StyxOctober 29, 2014
shoes?
BetseyJuly 25, 2016
Very close to my profile. I also wonder about shoes - heels how high?
BetseyJuly 25, 2016
Oops! Forgot to sign in to previous comment. Question about shoes....
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Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 41
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
May 22, 2015
modest, flattering gown
This dress is gorgeous. It definitely runs small - so order a size up. It is extremely forgiving. A couple things to note - I only wore 2 inch heels and this was just a tad short, even though I ordered the long. If you're my height, I would not plan on taller heels, and for sure order the long. Secondly, my upper arms are larger, at 13.5 inches, and the sleeves were just too tight. There is no touch of stretch to the fabric, but I barely managed to squeeze it over my arms. I ended up not wearing this gown, because it was simply too mature for me. It is gorgeous and classic, and perfect for any woman 50+. This will be my go-to gown in about 10 years.
Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Body type: Hourglass
June 26, 2015
Absolutely beautiful!
This dress is absolutely beautiful! Don't think twice about renting this. I got so many compliment from wearing this dress. It was really glamorous and not heavy even for a June wedding. I will definitely recommend this for a formal event. The length is more a shorter side. I got the 10L and 12L, even with my 5'4 height it was jumping up. So I will recommend the L. Also the dress is tight on the arms. I am a regular size 10 but the 10 was too tight on the arms and the 10 I received had some tears, so I wore the 12L, which was still very nice.
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Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
August 4, 2015
Stunning
I have very wide hips, though it was big in the hips it draped nicely. Stunning gown. Looks great on. Will rent again
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Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160lbs
November 20, 2015
Scratchy material and too short
I received this gown as a replacement for the one I originally ordered that became unavailable at the last minute due to being returned damaged by someone else. This gown was pretty,but the material is scratchy and has no give. I had a size up from my normal in the long length and it still hit me at my ankles with flats on. There was no way I was going to wear it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 35
December 29, 2015
Very pretty, but runs small
I could tell this dress would have been very pretty, had I been able to zip it. I ordered this in my regular dress size and could barely even get my arms through the sleeves. Consequently, zipping the dress was not even an option.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
14L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 52
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 182lbs
February 10, 2014
So very flattering, loved wearing this dress rent!!
I am 5'7" and rented the 14L all I could wear for shoes was flats or it would have been to short! Fit just perfect, so many complements a real stunner of a dress!
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Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 54
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
April 6, 2014
This dress was as comfortable as it was beautiful!! People came across the room to complement!
The dress length runs a little on the shorter side. No problem- a 2" comfortable heel was in order for the night.
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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
June 14, 2014
Way too short!
I'm 5'9" and ordered a 6L. It was really short on me, even without heels! It was comical! Do not rent if you are over 5'7"
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 69
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 132lbs
January 16, 2015
The Gold dress I was wearing.
This dress was a perfect fit! I loved it from the minuted I tried it on. No adjustments were necessary. I felt GREAT wearing it!!!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 46
Body type: Hourglass
November 4, 2013
Verrryyyy flattering dress!
Wile i didn't end up wearing this dress, it was very very flattering! Lovely, i just decided i would be more comfortable in black!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
November 11, 2013
Rent. This. Dress.
This is it. RENT THIS DRESS. I had a lot of hesitation renting this one without any previous reviews with photos. But this gown is a showstopper. I wore it to a black tie event and had total strangers come from across the room to compliment this dress. All. Night. Long. It looks amazing, it photographs well and it is just so elegantly old Hollywood. First, it was uber comfortable. I stood. I sat. I danced. I'm 5'2" and with 3 1/2 inch heels, the regular length was perfection. It had just the right about of stretch and slink to it. I didn't have to wear anything underneath, thanks to the flattering ruching, and easily wore a regular bra with the boatneck top. What you don't see in the photos: it has a sweet little train, and the sleeves have hidden zippers at the wrist. In summary, stop your search. Do yourself a favor. And rent this dress.
ChristinaNovember 13, 2013
You look amazing!! The photograph makes the dress look silver under the gold - is it?
kimberlyNovember 14, 2013
great comment, pushing me to rent this rather than it's almost look alike the Issa gown. Looks great on you!
NikkiNovember 15, 2013
@Christina it is gold underneath
KathrynNovember 23, 2013
Christina, it's a cocoa-nude color underneath with a gold lace overlay
KimbaNovember 25, 2013
Hi Kathryn, would you say this dress is true to size or would need to go up 1 size due to the make and material of the dress? Thanks!
ValerieNovember 29, 2013
What color shoes did u wear? I can't see them in the pic
KathrynNovember 30, 2013
Kimba, I did, just because I didn't want it to be too form fitting, but I could have worn the 4R and it would have been fine. Just be careful sizing up, the sleeves will look baggy.
KathrynNovember 30, 2013
Valerie, I wore Coach's Starla heel in pink/nude
MeghanJanuary 27, 2014
Hi Kathryn! You look great in this! Was your jewelry (esp. necklace) RTR too?
KathrynJanuary 27, 2014
Meghan, the necklace is J. Crew and the earrings are Nordstroms.
KySeptember 8, 2015
This is the most helpful review that I have ever read. Thank you so much!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
November 27, 2013
Beautiful dress
I originally ordered the wrong back up size for this dress and the two sizes were both too short for me. The 10L fit snug but was still much too short. The dress was beautiful though and if I was a bit shorter it would have been perfect! I love Rent the Runway because they overnighted another dress for me since this one did not work!
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
December 1, 2013
GREAT!
WONDERFUL!
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