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Chris Benz

Life of the Party Gown

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$1595 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Have a formal coming up? Rent this drop dead gorgeous gown by Chris Benz to blow every other dress out of the water! Paired with CC Skye's Gold Pave Pyramid Stud 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).

BUST: Great for any cup size - fitted in bust so fuller busted women should consider sizing up
WAIST: Very fitted - very fitted throughout natural waist
HIPS: Fitted - dress is fitted throughout so curvier women should consider sizing up
LENGTH: Floor length - available in 2 lengths (Regular, Long): Regular is heights below 5'6". Long is for heights 5'6'' and above.

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra and SPANX to cinch in hips and waist
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
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Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size - fitted in bust so fuller busted women should consider sizing up
WAIST: Very fitted - very fitted throughout natural waist
HIPS: Fitted - dress is fitted throughout so curvier women should consider sizing up
LENGTH: Floor length - available in 2 lengths (Regular, Long): Regular is heights below 5'6". Long is for heights 5'6'' and above.

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra and SPANX to cinch in hips and waist
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
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Size Chart

Size Chart

Length Chart

Length Chart

Dresses may not be offered in all of the above lengths.

Product Details

Gold metallic tweed. Strapless neckline. Stripe grosgrain ribbon belt. Boning at bodice. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden back zip. See Size and Fit tab for length.

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18 reviews

Fit
Small 5
True to Size 9
Large 4
Photos 6
Loring
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Body type: Hourglass
Dec 23, 2010

Overall fit: True to Size
The dress fit great but the ribbon was far too small for my rib cage. Luckily, I took the ribbon from the second dress to make one long one and tied it on the side... But it looked gorgeous on.
Sam
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170 lbs
Jan 14, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
This dress is beautiful. The picture does not do it justice. I orignally rented another dress, but because one size couldn't be shipped, the stylist sent two alternatives. I immediately decided to wear this instead of the original, and do not regret it. I got compliments all night long, but also felt really good as well!!
Nikki
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Feb 24, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I've rented 8 dresses from here and this was the only dud. Looks like cheap carpet. Maybe ok for a prom but if you are over 25 and want to look elegant STEER CLEAR. Dress that came was new with tags and went back that way. Felt like a leftover holiday fruitcake no one wanted. Weird sizing too....Too tight on top.
Nats
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Body type: Straight & narrow
Mar 12, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
This dress is amazing! Its beautiful and elegant. I wore it to a black tie wedding and received many compliments! I recognize everyone has different tastes, but I disagree with the last reviewer...this dress was truly wonderful and in no way looks like a carpet. There are only a few drawbacks: the leg room is small (the cut on the dress is too short) which means you have to learn to walk like a geisha and the other is that the belt runs small/tight. Other than this I would rent it again!
AF
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Nov 15, 2011

It was a night I will always remember - thanks to the dress!

Size worn: 0R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The perfect choice for a black tie New Years Eve! I paired it with the Champagne and Chains Necklace by Ciner - the outfit was a hit!!
Sally
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 53
Body type: Hourglass
Apr 19, 2012

Awful.

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
Horrible. It fit awkwardly and does not look at all like the picture. In real life it looks cheap. Don't bother.
Loree
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 41
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118 lbs
Apr 29, 2012

Horrible fit, awful fabric

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Let's just say I started laughing when I put this on and looked in the mirror. And not in a good way. If you have a short waist and/or small bust like I do, don't bother. It just wasn't happening. I also agree with the other reviewer who compared the fabric to bad 60's shag. I ordered this dress as a back-up style for a formal event, and I'm very glad the first dress worked!
Alison
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150 lbs
Aug 10, 2012

Beautiful Mistake

Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
In Feb 2010 this was hands down my favorite dress on the site, however for a New Orleans Mardi Gras Ball, i opted to rent a less expensive red gown. RTR called me, said the red gown was in bad shape and they would give me any other gown on the site for the original price of the red dress. When this arrived, I was in love. It is stunning and was the best dress at the ball. The only downside is that the belt was not the correct size (think a size 4 for a 10 dress), however it looked gorgeous without.
Cara
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150 lbs
Sep 20, 2012

Not great for wider hips

Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I received this dress because it was chosen by a RTR stylist who sent it to me when my second dress for an event become unavailable. I appreciate that RTR will hand select a backup dress, but it was not my style. Luckily, my first choice dress was fit and looked great so I wore that to my event, but I tried this one on for kicks. It is made out of an uncomfortable threaded material which I didn't like. I have wide hips, and this dress hugged them tightly. Pretty dress, just not for me!
Melissa
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 123 lbs
Oct 12, 2012

This was my favorite dress that I have rented so far.

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I am small busted, so a size smaller fits the bust better. Size 6 is comfortable, but 4 in this dress worked better for me.
Shanna
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 22, 2012

I felt AMAZING in this dress!

Size worn: 10L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I ordered the 10 instead of my usual 8 and I am glad I did. The belt that came with it was a little too small but I found something and impovised. Still a great rental experience!
Erin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110 lbs
Jan 8, 2014

Too large.

Size worn: 0R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
This dress ran very, very large.
christine
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 122 lbs
Jan 15, 2014

Maybe not...

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I LOVED this dress in the pictures, but it's extremely stiff and hard to wear, it made my tummy look not great....granted I wasn't wearing spanx when I tried it on and I think it runs small in the stomach...The bust area was fine but the tummy area didn't look so hot. Also sorry about the socks in the picture haha I was just doing a quick try on!
Mairin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Mar 6, 2014

Beautiful neckline!

Size worn: 0R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
This was a little tight in the hips but then poofed out in the waist. The belt is definitely a must to make the fit more flattering. However, the print of the belt DOES dress it down a bit, so consider a different belt (it's detachable).
Cp
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
Mar 21, 2014

Perfect fit

Size worn: 6R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Amazing! Looks like its worth $$$$$$
Susannah
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155 lbs
Apr 8, 2014

Unfortunately didn't wear

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
It is a beautiful dress, but beware that the dress is not white & gold like the picture. It's more medium silver & gold. As beautiful as the dress is, I didn't get to wear it. Both the size I ordered and the back up size were too tight across the hips. The dress is cut VERY straight so if you have hips or a bit of a tummy, it is not the dress for you. Even my trusty Spanx didn't solve the problem. :(
Constance
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 119 lbs
Apr 29, 2014

More gold than blue.

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
It was a pretty vintage look but it was giant! All the reviews I read made it seem as though it would fit my small waist/large bust but it was giant on me; I looked like I had a huge belly pooch. So alas I did not wear this and opted for a different dress.
Sylvia
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Dec 22, 2014

The dress photographed beautifully!!

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
The dress fit great, true to size. It was a bit worn... The fabric is shaggy and it in some parts a little too much from excessive wearing.,, only reason why i gave it 4 stars instead of 5.. The sash is AMAZE, it was my favorite part!!
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