Sultry Body-Slimming Shift

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Stylist Notes

Flatter your figure in this ruched style from Catherine Malandrino. With it's asymmetric neckline, you'll elongate your look and be ready for that special date night out. Shown here with the RJ Graziano's Gold Chain Effect Bracelet.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized P,S,M,L. Size P=0; Size S=2,4; Size M=6,8; Size L=10,12

BUST: Great for any cup size
WAIST: Very fitted - ruching fabric conceals midsection though consider wearing with SPANX for additional cinch around waist
HIPS: Very fitted
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra and seamless underwear; wear with SPANX to cinch in waist
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'11".)

Product Details

Black 100% silk jersey. Asymmetric neckline. 3/4 sleeves. Ruched body. Hidden side zip. 36" from shoulder to hem. Model's height is 5'10".

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116 reviews
Fit
Large
(11)
True to Size
(82)
Small
(19)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
August 20, 2010
Skin tight dress for fit girls
This dress is VERY tiny. I rented it in a medium and although it fit, it didn't fit properly. For some reason in the photo, it looks loose on the model but it's very tight. Would not rent again or recommend to a friend unless she was a size 00 or very fit.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Body type: Petite
November 20, 2010
Tried on the dress but decided against it since i rented another dress that I liked more. It fit pretty well except it gathered a little bit too much in the back, especially for someone with a butt. Other than that, it's a beautiful dress!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Body type: Petite
November 29, 2010
I'm 5'3, medium-sized bust (with padded bra), 128-130 pounds with curves and the size S fit perfectly. I usually wear a size 4-6 (sometimes 8). This is a great dress, at first I thought it would be too simple and got it as a back-up dress but it's perfect. Its the perfect black dress without being too simple. The asymetrical neck and ruching give the dress that extra umpf. I got a ton of compliments.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Body type: Hourglass
December 29, 2010
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
January 3, 2011
I wore this dress for a NYE dinner and it was great for cold weather in Colorado with the sleeves. I usually wear a small (4) in dresses and the small fit in this case. I would have liked to try on the XS though, just to compare. (I rented the M as my backup size - this was my first RTR experience and I was trying to play it safe) I would recommend renting your true size and a size smaller. The ruching hides any flaws and it is a classy dress overall. I'm looking forward to renting from RTR again!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 110lbs
January 8, 2011
I typically wear a size 0 or XS and weigh 110 lbs. I ordered this dress in a P and S. The Small was a little loose esp in the arms and because of the neck line the shoudlers wouldn't stay in place. I ended up wearing the Petite, but if the arms would have stayed in place on the Small I probably would have worn that it just because I don't typically wear very tight, form-fitting clothes. I don't have a shaply back end and this dress made me look a little more "curvy". A good basic, but stylish black dress.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
January 13, 2011
This dress is really nice, but clingy. I highly recommend wearing it with spanxs.
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Body type: Hourglass
February 7, 2011
I wore this dress to my fiance's birthday dinner and it was fantastic! I wear a size 6/8 and I got the medium and it worked perfectly! It was perfect for colder weather and I would recommend it to anyone!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
February 10, 2011
The neckline of this dress is eye catching and gorgeous; however, if you have an ounce of fat on your body, this dress exposes every bit of it -- which is also due to the fact that the seams are oddly placed. The model has her hands on her hip to hide the bulge that the dress creates. Cute dress, would not rent again.
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Body type: Petite
February 13, 2011
I was a little concerned when I first tried on the dress as it was a bit tight. I normally wear a 0 and am flat chested, so I ordered the PS. The dress is short and might have been inappropriate for the event I was wearing it to if not for tights. Also, the zipper creates bulges down the side of the dress. Thank gawd for spanx. It ended up looking cute though. It did have a faint odor of cigarette smoke.
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
March 7, 2011
I thought the dress was a little lose and I usually wear a Large in everything. I never thought to get a smaller back up size but I wish I would have. Loved the dress though, just as I thought I would!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 33
Body type: Petite
March 8, 2011
Felt cheap and unfitted, material is thin.
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Body type: Hourglass
April 29, 2011
I LOOKED AMAZING. Iam a very shaply woman and I was worried that the dress was going to emphasize my mid-section...how wrong was I! I wore a pair of spanx and the dress was perfect. I think the dress would look good on anyone who wears it. GREAT CHOICE!!!!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Body type: Pear
May 6, 2011
Definitely. Needs spanx. Slightly short too, but fabulous
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 41
Body type: Hourglass
June 16, 2011
Runs a little small - maybe a 1/2 size, which is common with Malandrino's dresses. I normally wear and XS and needs a S. Good thing for back-up sizes!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Body type: Full Bust
August 8, 2011
AWESOME...very slimming, elegant, yet sexy! Catherine Malandrino seems to know how to dress a real woman's body well, and I had a great time in this dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
P
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
September 7, 2011
Wore this to a bachie party - felt super sexy and sassy in it
This dress was extremely hot. I ended up buying it after. I rented a small and petite. The petite fitted best. I agree with the some of the other posts that it is very tight. The most flattering LBD I've had and extremely slimming.
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Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 43
Body type: Hourglass
September 23, 2011
This dress is a show stopper and really makes your curves look good. I recently wore it in NYC during fashion week and felt that it did the job. I love her clothes in general she really understands a curvy body.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 124lbs
October 4, 2011
Gorgeous dress, but I was expecting it to run large based on other reviews I had read. Instead, I found the exact opposite -- my biceps did not fit in the sleeves! I do NOT have big arms by any means. Good thing I had also ordered the next size up.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
October 20, 2011
This is a cute dress, very nicely form fitting. The one complaint I have is that I am 5'4" (not that short!) and it was awkwardly long on me considering my height. I wore a small and the XS would definitely have been too tight! Other than length thought pretty flattering.
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
October 27, 2011
I thought the dress fit great! It's tight, but only in the right areas. I wore this to a work event and was complimented all night on the dress. It accentuates your curves without being too tight all around. My only suggestion would be to wear very thin underwear, since the fabric isn't ruched on one side and you can see the underwear line. Great dress! I highly recommend it!
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Body type: Pear
November 2, 2011
Loved it! Beautiful dress. I normally wear a size 4-6 depending on the brand. I ordered a small and medium for my back up. The medium almost fell off me, and the small was a tiny bit big but overall fit well.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
November 10, 2011
Great LBD
I wore this for New Years eve last year. It was very comfortable and fit great. It was very classy, not too short. I got a lot of compliments on this dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 41
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 116lbs
November 14, 2011
Pretty but flawed
The dress fit and would have been perfect, BUT the zipper was damaged and had a ripple effect over my hip. This made the side of my body with the zipper on it look lumpy. So I sent it back.
RTR CustomerOctober 8, 2015
How tall are you? Does it come with a belt?
Top Contributor
Size worn:
P
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
November 15, 2011
too long!
I'm 5'0" tall and even the petite version was too long. I would recommend this for taller people because it bunches if you're too short!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
November 28, 2011
I wanted to look sophisticated to the event I attended and Rent the Runway helped me to feel just that!
I almost didn't wear this dress because it just didn't feel right at first and was longer that I had wanted, but I did receive many compliments and the dress was very flattering. I was looking for a classy dress to wear and this was perfect for that. Not my favorite rental though. Zipper puckered on the side a bit too.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
November 29, 2011
Love the neckline
This is a cute little black dress. The fit was perfect. I wore it with a normal black bra even though the straps showed. I usually don't like that but I felt it worked here. Felt great wearing it.
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Body type: Hourglass
December 1, 2011
Sexy Simple Black Dress
I wore this dress to an "All Black Party" on black Friday. I am a petite girl with a very curvy figure. I love how this dress accentuated my best assets. The length was a little too long for me but, I just wore a higher heel to elongate my legs.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 58
Body type: Straight & narrow
September 12, 2011
It looked dressier in the picture. The hem did not hold even and I did not end up wearing it. I also purchased earrings that were too loose and did not wear them as well.
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
December 4, 2011
disappointed
The waist was too loose compared to the other areas where it fit good, I think its due to prior uses of the dress by women of different body types. It was also a bit too long for my 5'4 statute. I had to use pins for the waist and shorten the length. Also one of the sides of the dress kept falling down the shoulder.
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
December 4, 2011
very elegant
I loved this dress and got so many compliments. The neckline is really elegant and flattering and the rouching definitely hides unwanted areas but really shows off curves. I also loved the length of the sleeves... perfect for a late fall/winter formal (I didn't even have to wear a jacket around). My only complaint was the length. In the photo it looks great on the model but in reality it was really pretty long. I'm 5'6" and the length was way too matronly- it came pretty close to my knees. I fixed this by creating new hem with some fashion tape but it would have been nice not to have to do that. Overall though- beautiful and classy dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
December 11, 2011
Very nice
Wore it for an office party. Sexy but appropriate for the event. Wore a small and it was a little tight - I had a little bunching on the sides - but the medium just looked awful. I usually wear between a 4-6. would definitely rent again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 39
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 136lbs
December 29, 2011
Great for Large Busts
This dress was perfect for my trip to Vegas. I'm a 36DD and it was perfect for my bustline. Usually, I'm frantically searching for a dress that doesn't make me look larger. This was actually flattering. Someone else in a posting mentioned that the zipper doesn't lay flat on your body and they were correct. Keep that in mind because I was pulling the pucker down all night.
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
January 3, 2012
I got compliments all night and felt great in this dress!
I absolutely loved this dress. it was perfect with the long sleeves for winter and it was super comfortable. I was worried about the fit, thought it might be too tight but it was very flattering. Loved it!
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Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
January 6, 2012
Pretty, but worn
Got many compliments on this dress, but the length was longer than expected. I'm 5' 9", and the dress was knee length - much longer than I expected based on the description. This may just have been because it was slightly worn out. Also, the small back-up dress had a tattered hem. Overall, pretty, even tough not exactly what I was expecting.
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
January 6, 2012
This dress had everyone in awe! Got a lot of compliments and pictures taken.
I am a size 5 (juniors) with wide hips and small fit perfect. I was expecting the dress to be a bit tighter around my thighs but the design of the dress complimented it enough. I was very comfortable and never found myself having to pull the dress down throughout the night.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
January 30, 2012
Flattering Fit
The cut and fit were flattering, and it was true to size. I wore it for my friends bachelorette party and even after a long night it was still comfortable at the end of the night.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 50
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Full Bust
January 30, 2012
Fantastic dress
I've rented this dress twice. I am a large 38 DD and this dress has plenty of room. It is very comfortable to wear and very slimming. I love this dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Body type: Athletic
March 25, 2012
Stunning dress
This dress is amazingly flattering and sexy. The neckline is striking and glamorous. The dress is VERY form-fitting though, and although it is flattering the material is not very forgiving so spanx may be necessary to smooth out any bumps. The zipper puckers a lot which I didn't like but at an evening event or in dim lighting I doubt anyone would notice.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
August 17, 2012
Very flattering!
This dress is great for any body type. Thr rouching gives smaller girls great curves while giving curvier girls smooth lines. It is the perfect LBD! It is simple enough for dinner but sassy enough for a crazy night out, Very comfortable, and everything stays in place!
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