Carmen Marc Valvo

Little Lace Secrets Dress

$40 rental
$835 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Get a classic look for the dinner party in this fitted lace sheath by Carmen Marc Valvo. Body-hugging black lace is a surefire hit! Layer on the jewels with Kenneth Jay Lane's Clear Drop Earrings and Polished Crystal Ring.

Also available in sizes 0 - 14.

Size & Fit

Sized: 16W - 22W

Size & Fit Notes

Sized: 16W - 22W

Plus Size Size Chart

Plus Size Size Chart

Product Details

Black lace (60% Rayon, 40% Nylon). Long sleeves with zipper detail at wrist. Off-the-shoulder neckline. Pencil skirt. Scoop back. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. 42” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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28 reviews

Fit
Small 14
True to Size 10
Large 1
Photos 13
Eldwin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 49
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 1, 2015

My wife wore this dress to ring in the New Year 2015 and looked absolutely fabulous!!!

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
This dress is very form fitting. Because of the lace that doesn't stretch much, you might want to get a dress size up. She didn't have too much breathing room. Even though she looked and felt fabulous, she would have preferred a larger size. Other than this, the feel and look of this dress is exceptional. She and everyone loved it.
Laura
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160 lbs
Dec 8, 2014

I felt so fancy!

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I received a LOT of compliments on my dress! It fit very well, the size I wore was a tiny bit big, but I didn't mind it because I had a little room to move around in when I danced. I am always warm and I thought that this dress was going to be heavy and make me really hot but to my surprise it was light and airy and very comfortable!
Jennifer
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 40
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 210 lbs
Nov 29, 2014

You know you look great when the bride tells you that you look stunning! Comfortable dress.

Size worn: 20W
Rented for: Wedding
The dress was heavy and it did stretch out as the night went on. I read other reviews that the sleeves were tight but I had no problem with them. Everything fit nicely.
Jennifer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190 lbs
Oct 31, 2014

Dress is awesome!

Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The 14 and the 16 both fit but I liked the 14 better.
Lourdes
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Oct 9, 2014

Love this dress felt like a Joan from Madmen.

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is awesome. Beautiful and sexy especially if you have an hourglass figure. It is heavy and not sure comfortable for wearing for a long time.
Jessica
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 7"
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 210 lbs
Sep 15, 2014

This dress was beautiful and I received many compliments!

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I normally wear a size 18 and this dress was 18w. I did not have the opportunity to order a size up because it was not available. I suggest if you have an event to reserve at least a month ahead of time to guarantee the right size being available. This was a bit snug but the my spanx really helped! I felt beautiful in this dress and received many compliments. My husband even wanted me to buy it! Thank you RTR!
Laverne
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 49
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 183 lbs
Jul 28, 2014

Beautiful dress ....makes u feel pretty!

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Dress is very beautiful, is beaded and very well made. I initially ordered a 14, , however the arms are so tiny, I could not get the sleeves up past my elbow. The sleeves look like they belong on a size 6 dress! I had to send dress back and call RTR to overnight a size 16w which was perfect. The size 16w had a small tear in the back and some snags but it was not noticeable in the low lighted environment ...I received a lot of compliments. You need a strapless bra as the dress sits off the shoulders.
Cassi
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Jun 16, 2014

Beautiful dress and amazing evening

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Vacation
Beautifully made and high quality. I wore with spanks (after a day of eating!) and it zipped right up. Normally a 14 but I sized up to a 16 because of the arms - arms fit but were a bit tight. Great experience! Love RTR!
Aurelia
Age: 47
May 3, 2014

I have never received so many compliments on a dress. The ordering process was so simple too!

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress fit perfectly! Complimented my curves well and actually made me look thin too ! Dress was very comfortable to wear. #quinceneria #lovedthisdress #renttherunwaycustomerforlife
Angela
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Apple
Weight: 215 lbs
Apr 29, 2014

Absolutely loved it!!! Received so many compliments!!

Size worn: 20W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
It fit perfect! It was very comfortable.
Carla
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 35
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Apple
Weight: 215 lbs
Apr 7, 2014

I felt A-Mazing all night long and got so many compliments on how great I looked!

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I usually wear a 16 but the dress runs small and does not have much stretch especially in the arms where I needed it but the 18W worked well. I'm only 5'1 tall so I was worried about the length but the sleeves fit fine (they have zippers near the cuffs which is odd) and I just rocked it as "tea length." I LOVED the dress, felt great in it and danced the whole night but it only got 4 stars because its a heavy dress so it got warm, the sleeves are full and beaded so I couldn't fully raise my arms and one of the underwires was poking through the lining so I fixed the issue with a slim-fit maxi pad.
Karen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 250 lbs
Mar 23, 2014

I got so many compliments on this dress!

Size worn: 22W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress and several others from the same designer (Carmen Marc Valvo) within the plus size line run rather small. I would suggest ordering 2 sizes up. Even with the larger size, the arms on this dress were VERY TIGHT and I don't normally have problems with my arms fitting into things. The fabric is beautiful but has zero stretch - it's very structured. Even though this dress was somewhat uncomfortable on my arms (very pinch-y, lol) I would still recommend it because it just looked so bloody good on. I received countless compliments over the course of the evening, so the temporary discomfort was worth it - just like a good pair of stilettos. Loved the off the shoulder look and fitted body...
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Dec 23, 2014

The ease of calling a getting a different dress size

Size worn: NONE
Rented for: Formal Affair
Very cute dress , but I was in the process of losing baby weight so I ordered a bigger size than needed.
TJ
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Dec 14, 2014

Glamorous Dress

Size worn: 20W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I wore this to a party, and it was perfect. The lace and beading are beautiful. The other reviewers were definitely correct; the fit runs a bit small, especially in the arms, so you may want to size up, at least in your backup size. It was comfortable, and I could dance in it. I'm tall, and I appreciate that it was long enough on me. Overall, a lovely dress.
Liya
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Hourglass
Nov 10, 2014

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Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
This dress runs wayyy too small. I went a size up and it still didn't fit. And I mean it didn't fit at all, I couldn't wear it to the wedding I was going to the next day. This dress runs small, so my suggestion is to go at least 1 size up, if not two.
Roni
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Pear
Sep 22, 2014

Dress was pretty but I did not get to wear it.

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I filled out a "did not fit" form on my phone and shipped the dress right back. I am not sure if the system captured that form as I can not tell by looking at my account.
AE
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Hourglass
Aug 14, 2014

Gorgeous dress, sizing a little off

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
Simply put, this dress is gorgeous. It's a great mix of trendy (the lace overlay is lovely in person) and old-school glamour (the off-the-shoulder cut is super flattering without being super revealing) and the fit definitely makes the most of curves! All in all, this style strikes a balance between elegant and sexy, and was ideal for a formal cocktail party and rehearsal dinner. Though a rental obviously worn by other fashionable ladies, the dress I received was in great condition - no obviously missing or damaged beads, no pulls in the lace, etc. The only issue I encountered was the fit. I felt the dress ran slightly large, especially in the waist, and yet was significantly shorter than I anticipated. Based on the length advertised in the product details, I expected the dress to hit 2 inches below the knee on my 5' 6" frame; once I shimmied into it, however, it hit at least an inch above my knees while standing - and quite a bit higher than that while I was sitting down. Not a catastrophe, but I'd purposefully chosen a dress with a longer skirt since I would be sitting on an elevated platform for part of the evening. On the upside, I did not have any issues with the sleeves being tight (an initial concern, as other reviewers mentioned they ran narrow) nor any trouble with range of motion in my arms. I absolutely recommend the dress, but suggest chatting with an RTR stylist about the length and fit if you know you want/need to have your knees covered!
JSizzle
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Jul 22, 2014

Beautiful, but too snug in the arms

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Originally I was going to wear a different dress from RTR to a wedding I was attending. However, it only had 1 size available, and that made me nervous -- so I ordered this dress (in 2 sizes) as a back up. the 16w fit very nicely, and showed curves in all the right places.... UNTIL, I went to button the very top of the zipper. The lace sleeve arms are very snug, and do NOT stretch; as a result, when we clipped the top part, I could not move my arms..AT ALL! As a result, i went with the size 18W --which was looser all around, but wasn't as "WOW" when zipped up. Also, it had boning on the sides, and the boning was poking out on the 18w - I tried to sew it quickly. All in all, I enjoyed the dress. BUT, there were some issues with RTR: 1) the dress was supposed to be delivered by 8pm Thursday -- and it wasn't... apparently due to bad weather on the east coast, but I was never notified, and that added a lot of stress about finding something to wear for the wedding 2) the boning sticking out of the side was a bit of an issue as well. HOWEVER, given all that, RTR did credit back for this dress due to the defect. Thank you for that!
Maureen
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 220 lbs
Jun 25, 2014

Beautiful and sexy!

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Date
I rented this dress for a date on Valentine's Day with my boyfriend. I needed the 18W as the material is not stretchy and it was too tight across my bust. I had difficulty zipping the dress all the way on my own. The arms were a little small, but luckily through dinner and a show, I didn't need to do much moving. The dress was beautiful and sexy. My boyfriend definitely noticed that I had dressed up for the occasion :)
Nora
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 31
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 185 lbs
Jun 18, 2014

Compliments!!!!!

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Loved it!!!!
Andrea
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 255 lbs
May 26, 2014

I received so many compliments on my dress and necklace combination! Loved it!

Size worn: 22W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I sized up based on the other reviews and was glad that I did. It was perfect!
E
Usually wears: 14
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 35
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Mar 27, 2014

Gorgeous dress

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I read the reviews and ordered a size up, which was a good choice for me. The arms were very fitted, but comfortable. The dress is classy and beautiful and it was perfect for my event.
Katerina
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 134 lbs
Mar 15, 2014

Gorgeous, but sleeves are too tight!

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I rented this for my mother to wear to a wedding. We both agree that the dress is gorgeous. The detailing and style make it classy and timeless. However, the sleeves are incredibly tight and small in comparison to the rest of the dress sizing. It was almost as if the dress was made nonproportionally. She tried the 14 and 16 and both fit in the body, but the sleeves of both were just too tight to pull up properly even though the dress has off the shoulder sleeves.
Cara
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 250 lbs
Jan 24, 2014

Didn't wear it

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
This dress came as a back up to my back up size since my original dress was returned in un-rentable condition. I was super excited to see this dress in my order and was very impressed w/ RTR's customer services and that they sent me a new backup with me having to ask. That said, this dress is one size larger than what I normally wear and I could hardly get into it. The sleeves are VERY tight and the "side wires" (think bra underwire in the side of the dress) were popping through the material. The dress itself is form fitting which is not what I had in mind for this party.
Tara
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
Dec 17, 2013

Arms are TIGHTTTTTTTTT

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
Didn't wear this dress as it was a back up, but the one thing I noticed from trying it on is that the arms are WAYYYYY TIGHT. I honestly don't know if I would have be able to wear it the arms were so tight. There is no stretch to the arms, it's a solid sheer fabric with beading. No give.
Colette
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Nov 4, 2013

Great cocktail dress

Size worn: 20W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I rented this for a wedding as a back up dress, but ended up choosing the other style. This would be nice for a cocktail party. The fit made my stomach hang out just a bit too much for my comfort. I can also see the sleeves getting pretty itchy after a while.
RTR Customer
Age: 35
Aug 24, 2015

Very elegant and classy. Arms do run a bit small, but overall beautiful look!

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Dress makes you look slim, the only con would be the arms - they are a bit tight and I'm not that big on my arms.
Jen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Body type: Hourglass
Aug 3, 2015

Na

Size worn: NONE
Rented for: Wedding
Wasn't a huge fan. Arms felt oddly tight while the rest of the dress was a little loose. Felt a bit matronly. Didn't end up wearing it.
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