Carmen Marc Valvo

Red Alert Dress

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$480 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Get spotted in this party dress by Carmen Marc Valvo. Add drama to the whimsical look with black accessories — try AV Max Glitzy Glamour Cuff and sexy heels.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Knee to tea length - (on a 5'6" model)

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

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Knee to tea length - (on a 5'6" model)

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

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Size Chart

Product Details

Red and Black Jacquard (95% Polyester, 5% Nylon). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Full skirt with black hemline trim. Exposed back zipper. Lined. 38.5“from shoulder to hem. Made in the USA.

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22 reviews

Fit
Small 1
True to Size 15
Large 3
Photos 8
Kara
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155 lbs
Jan 5, 2015

I loved this dress, it's even more beautiful in person and great for tall ladies!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress in a black tie optional wedding at the Disneyland Hotel (there was something subtly "Minnie Mouse" about it). The dots look a little less red and a little more pink in person than they do online. I have very very broad shoulders and at 5'10' dresses can tend to be short but this dress fit wonderfully. It was a little bit loose in the waist but because it's so structured it still fell really nicely. I can definitely see how the dress could get overwhelming on someone petite, but if you're tall and broad give it a try, I got so many compliments!
Sheila
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 51
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160 lbs
Feb 14, 2015

Great retro dress!!

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Formal Affair
Great retro dress worn to the Heart Ball on Valentine's Day. I am 5'10" and this dress is very different than most I usually wear. Has a throw back 50s vibe...fitted bodice and full skirt. My only issue was the arm hole...was almost too small for the size of the dress. The length was good for my height..just above the knee. Very lady like...Nice dress overall.
Kerrie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155 lbs
Jan 1, 2015

Loved this dress - perfect for a Nee Years Eve wedding!

Size worn: 10
Rented for: Wedding
Loved this dress! The fit was great and it was very comfortable. I loved the fullness of the skirt & the black trim at the bottom. My only wish is that it had pockets.
Alice
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 59
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Dec 24, 2014

Fun dress, loads of compliments....can't wait to use rtr again!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Previous comments about "too much material, runs large" scared me. I sized down for both sizes. I think a 6 would have been ok but the 4 worked perfectly too.
Brooke
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 36
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Nov 9, 2014

So awesome!!

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I was nervous that I couldn't get a size 14 in case the dress ran small. But it fit perfectly. The flair of the bottom makes the dress so playful. It was also extremely comfortable for a full night out. I wish I could have kept it!
Lisa
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 59
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135 lbs
Oct 26, 2014

Couture for a Cure

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress fit great and looked great. I didn't want a short dresss, so this was perfect.
carey
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135 lbs
Oct 5, 2014

So many compliments at a barn wedding.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This was a great dress! It was a little big around my rib cage, but right in the armpit. Other than that I loved the dress! Paired it with red boots for a barn wedding!
Jeanette
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 53
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Oct 5, 2014

Serendipity

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I received an email from RTR a few days before my event saying the dress I reserved had been returned damaged beyond repair and would not be available. I sent them four choices and this dress was on the the list. I was thrilled that RTR sent my first choice dress in another size, sent another dress they chose in 2 sizes, and this dress which I ultimately wore. Great customer service. The dress was beautiful, ran true to size, and did not need any special undergarments. I added some inexpensive jewelry in the color theme and a cuff bracelet similar to the one the model wore. Added a black wrap when the air cooled after dark. I received many compliments and liked this dress more than my first choice. A sticky situation had a great ending.
Emilia
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 62
Body type: Pear
Jun 12, 2015

It was a perfect summer night!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The photos do not do it justice. This is an outstanding, elegant dress. The fabric is gorgeous, and the "dots" are a pinkish red. Perfect fit. I'm short so this hit a bit below the knee -- but it wasn't dowdy. Can't wait to rent this or another Carmen Marc Valvo again.
Margaret
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160 lbs
May 16, 2015

It was nice to have something "new" to wear even though I didn't have time to shop!

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Fit great, I had a baby 3 mo prior to wearing and it hid all the right things and I could wear a nursing bra with it.
Reena
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
May 4, 2015

The dress arrived on time and fit really well. I received many compliments on this dress!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I'd recommend this dress to someone else. I was pleasantly pleased with the fitting and look of this dress.
Stephanie
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 17, 2015

It was a really great dress -- nice material and the shape was great!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
The fit in the hips and ribcage were perfect. The dress did dig into my armpits a bit -- but it was fine. The length was really good; just above the knee. In certain lighting the polka dots look more pink than red.
Christina
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 55
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Mar 4, 2015

Felt so pretty in this

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
When I first opened this dress, I didn't think I was going to like it. It seemed very shiny. Once I tried it on, I liked it better. When I put it on for our date, hair and make up - I loved it! So did my boyfriend!
Meredith
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175 lbs
Feb 19, 2015

I'm usually a 12, but got a 10 as back up. The 10 was perfect!!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Date
Wore this for Valentines Date with my bf. It was perfect: i left beautiful, It fit the holiday without being cheesey, and i got a lot of compliments.
Katrina
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Feb 16, 2015

Beautiful Dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress to a day wedding on Valentine's Day and then out to dinner that night with my husband. I added a black pashmina wrap as I live in Denver and even though it was 60 degrees there was still a chill in the air. I have broad athletic shoulders and the dress fits snugly in the chest. I wore the size 4 which is my normal size. I tried on the size 6 which was more comfortable in the chest but a little big overall everywhere else - the size 4 just looked better. The dress was beautiful and arrived perfectly pressed. It was comfortable to spend the day in. I would definitely rent this dress again.
April
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 170 lbs
Feb 11, 2015

The cut is perfect!

Size worn: 10
Rented for: Party
I'm a total pear and this dress was flattering and comfortable. It flares more than I expected, but that's a small price to pay. The color and fabric were perfect. Loved this dress!
Julie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 105 lbs
Dec 8, 2014

Great Material!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Loved the material!!! Skirt is poofy - and it was almost tea length on me - so be ready for the extra volume, but it was fun for the Christmas party I attended. The colors are great and the pattern is playful. You can tell that it's made with quality! Almost felt like SJP walking down the streets of NYC. Perfect and fun statement for a one time wear!
Blondie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 58
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 116 lbs
Oct 15, 2014

The Wedding was Beautiful

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I did not wear this dress as it was really long and big all over. The fabric is beautiful, but I needed to be MUCH taller. It is also has a very full skirt. It does not seem so in the picture, but it is a puffy skirt.
Marie
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 165 lbs
Oct 6, 2014

I felt like a princess!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress to a wedding at The Biltmore in Asheville, NC. It was perfect! The fabric is rich and a classic shape. The dress is well made and flattering. I paired the dress with a fascinator and felt like a princess. I recommend this dress for conservative events.
Logan
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 147 lbs
Sep 15, 2014

Length is long

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I ordered another dress with a back up size that ended up being damaged so RTR was not able to send me one of the sizes. They offered to send me another dress at no additional charge to make up for it. I sent them my top 5 (this being #4) and this is the dress they selected for me. The dress is pretty, the fabric is nice however the length was a bit long on me. It had a matronly feel to it. If it had been shorter, it may have been okay. I didn't end up wearing this.
Stacy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 121 lbs
Sep 9, 2014

great for full hips

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
This dress swallowed me! Even with a size down, a lot of fabric (albeit, beautiful fabric!). Conservative cut. This was my back up dress, and I didn't end up wearing it.
Ann
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Body type: Pear
Jun 22, 2015

Fit was small but not too tight, skirt too full.

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Work
The torso of this dress is long and fitted which means when I tried the dress on the full skirt made my hips look enormous even though it was flattering to my bust and shoulders (although a tiny bit small). If the dress was more A-line it would have worked out fine, but because the skirt's fullness starts at the hip it doesn't hide the hips, it accentuates them.
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