Nessa Dress

$40 rental
$398 retail

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Stylist Notes

Modern meets classic in this sheath by Elie Tahari. The print will be the topic of intrigue all through the dinner party! Add some evening glitz with accessories like Blue Ice Crystal Earrings for the perfect complement.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 14.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - stretchy fabric allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has some 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 - 14.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - stretchy fabric allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has some 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

Printed stretch cotton (96% cotton, 4% elastane). Sleeveless. V-neckline. Pencil skirt. Exposed back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined (100% polyester). 39” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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84 reviews
Fit
Large4
True to Size56
Small13
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 35
January 31, 2016
Very flattering, stood out in a sea of little black dresses.
Overall, loved it. Nice fabric, very structured to help hide any flaws. My only issue is that on me the cut was way too low and the cleavage was over the top. I wore a lace cami under it which fixed the problem and blended well with the black, you couldn't tell it wasn't part of the dress. If you are larger chested and are wanting to be on the conservative side you should definitely plan to do the same.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 153lbs
November 16, 2015
Flattering dress
Loved Loved Loved this dress. It is very flattering. A little long (I'm 5'4") but the pattern and design really make this dress stand out and cover trouble spots (stomach area for me). The pop of green is a little odd but still... barely noticeable. Perfect for a wedding!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 195lbs
October 21, 2015
Amazing print and colors!
I loved this dress! I paired it with a black pashmina for a Sunday afternoon wedding and got a lot of compliments. Only downfall was the V-neck was pretty deep with a odd neon yellow piece of fabric and I thought the midsection of the dress was a little big. I am between a 12/14 and only the sz 14 was available, a 12 may have fit better.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
October 20, 2015
LOVED the colors!
First, the contrast of colors were beautiful, and overall, the dress "fit", as in, it wasn't too tight or too loose (size 4). However the cut was a little off for my body. The ratio of waist to hip just didn't work. I had a lot of extra fabric in the waist, while the hip area generally fit (if I went to a size 2 the hips would be too tight). Also, the neckline seems much lower than on the model. The review photos are much more accurate. If you have boobs, this probably wont be work appropriate.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
October 15, 2015
Not fitted enough to be flattering
I really liked this print and the pop of chartreuse at the top was so cute. However, it was way too big in the hips and waist. I would have been really flattering if it was much more fitted but on my body, the top fit great but was pretty dowdy on the bottom half. It was also a bit too long. It was great that you could wear a real bra though and it even had bra strap holders.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
September 21, 2015
Great dress that was totally different from the "little black dress" everyone else wore.
The fit was pretty good, but the top was looser and plunged lower than I would have liked.
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
September 13, 2015
Good experience!
I found the 0 to be tight. I ended up wearing the 2, and it was extremely comfortable. Highly recommend!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 146lbs
September 9, 2015
Perfect for a Summer Brunch!
I originally ordered this for a day wedding, but after receiving the dress - I saw that the material is printed so I felt that the dress was semi-formal and not appropriate for a wedding. I had a family engagement and luncheon party to attend the day after the wedding, so I was able to wear this the next day. I am size 6 and the hip area ran true to size. Unfortunately, I have a bigger upper body build (athletic body frame), so it ran tight around the arms. I had to wear a size 8 which fit better for my upper body, but was loose for my mid and hip areas. For those who are proportional in both the upper and lower body, I would recommend this dress for a brunch, lunch, or even a bridal shower event.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Vacation
September 6, 2015
Great dress
Perfect fit. Comfortable!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
August 18, 2015
Vibrant, fun dress comfortable for dancing all night!
This back-up dress really came through for me after the dress that I loved did not fit right. The dress was a great color, very comfortable, and the fabric was appropriate for the summer but thick enough to hide any problem areas. The zipper was broken in the back--but I managed to make it work as best I could. I think I may have been able to fit into the 2--it doesn't run big per se, but I have a small waist and there was definitely some extra fabric there. I completed the outfit with nude pumps and purse and statement earrings.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
August 3, 2015
Fits the body very well, very flattering
The fit is very flattering on this dress, but I just didn't love it. The print wasn't as pretty in person as in the picture, but the fit made up for it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 55
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110lbs
July 27, 2015
Lovely print
This is a very flattering dress, but kinda low cut with more of a V than it looks in picture. It is fitted and give you some cleavage which I was messing with all the time at work. I just don't like the look of cleavage! That being said, the dress fits nicely and the print is very pretty. The flowers are very vivid.
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
July 19, 2015
This dress is very comfortable and the fabric is beautiful.
Fit is true to size. It's a very comfortable dress, great for dancing. I loved the length, down to my knees. It is a very classy, yet sexy look. Some reviewers didn't like the strip of bright green at the neckline, but personally I loved it, I thought it was a perfect look. I would rent this again.
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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 140lbs
July 13, 2015
Very flattering & comfortable!
I got a ton of compliments on the dress & how it fitted my post baby body. I've been very self conscious about my post baby belly & whatnot, but the dress drew attention more to the neckline (just the right amount of cleavage) & the print. I wore this for my sister in law's baby shower & it fit the summer/daytime occasion perfectly.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 158lbs
July 10, 2015
Perfect for graduation season
fit great, wasnt fixing the dress at all which is important when chasing after a toddler. Photographed well also
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 118lbs
July 3, 2015
The dress looked great and I was comfortable for the entire event.
I really like this dress and this brand. It was just right around the waist and still had room for my hips and butt.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 145lbs
June 30, 2015
Looks and comfort
This dress is easy to wear and looks great. No strange fit issues for me, it has just the right amount of give (not stretch) and seemed like it would do well on a variety of body types. The neck is a little low cut for work, so I just added a cami and it was perfect.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
June 16, 2015
Great dress, loved the unexpected colors.
Great fit, it was not too dressy and not too casual.
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 158lbs
June 12, 2015
So flattering!
This is a wonderful dress! It is flattering and unbelievably comfortable. It was a touch loose around the bust line but a push-up bra helped. I highly recommend this dress and can't wait to rent it again!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 198lbs
May 23, 2015
Great dress!
I wore this dress for a Junior League awards and installation dinner with a fiesta theme, The dress was comfortable even though it didn't have a lot of give. The only slight fit issue I had withe the dress was that it was a little loose on top and would probably fit a small C cup a little bit better than my small B cup. The length of the dress was perfect too, and I was wearing 3" heals. I couldn't get past the yellow strip of material (reminded me of a swimsuit) so I pinned it under and it stayed pinned the entire time. I would rent this dress again for a daytime wedding or party without a second thought. I would also rent the same style of dress if it came in other patterns or colors. My only other suggestion is to slip into the dress, not pull it over your head as when pulled over your head the dress isn't as smooth as when you step into it.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 63
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
May 19, 2015
Graduation
Good fit, great print, nice details in the pops of color. The dress label needed a little attention, had to tuck it several times so it didn't become part of the look. True to size and a good length.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 47
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
May 16, 2015
Wore it for business. Works great.
Was a tad small around arm holes; thought it mDe me look larger than I was but others thought it was lovely.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
May 13, 2015
Great dress, I received compliments on the elegant fit
Great dress, perfect for hourglass shapes. I received a lot of compliments and looks the first day I wore it. Gorgeous fit. Accommodated a D bust perfectly - very difficult to find with a sheath style.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
May 13, 2015
Beautiful dress with comfy fit
Dress was true to size, I tried the 4 and 6 but wore the 6. The 4 was slightly snug in the stomach area and I wanted to be comfortable. If you are busty, it is a little lower cut so may have some cleavage but overall very flattering dress with a great fit.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
May 5, 2015
This dress fit like a glove (fun and flattering!) and I got a ton of compliments all night long!
This dress hit me right at the knee and the fabric was very breathable and comfortable. It is an extremely well tailored dress and I didn't have to worry about it being ruined while dancing! It fit perfectly - I do like my formal dresses snug to show off my hourglass figure and this one was definitely figure flattering without showing off TOO much cleavage. The color scheme was also very unique, making me stand out in pictures and resulting in getting a ton of "where did you get that dress?? it looks tailored to you specifically!"
Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 40
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 190lbs
April 29, 2015
Very pretty, fun dress to wear for a birthday party
Great color/pattern. I didn't mind the neon ribbon in front, a little pop of something different. There is no give in the fabric and I had to enlist help to get it zipped. It was pretty short - needed to be aware when sitting down and standing up - and I wear short dresses a lot.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 52
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
April 27, 2015
Did not wear the dress for my event.
Dress fit beautifully, but I am such a "Plain Jane" I couldn't get over the print. And maybe a bit too young for my older years. Rent The Runway has always been my perfect go to for dresses. I'll be back.
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 45
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
April 18, 2015
Fun and classy dress!
Fit was true to size. Top was big on me but that is pretty standard for me. Used fashion tape to keep my bra hidden with the low cut bust line. Overall a great dress and a great first experience with RTR.
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
April 14, 2015
Fit was a bit loose & unflattering.
I really wanted to like this dress and maybe I would have liked the size 12. Fit was just a bit loose and did not accentuate my curves. Very pretty print though.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
April 8, 2015
Perfect Dress for a Day Occasion - could easily dress up with pumps or down with wedges.
I wore this dress for my husbands promotion - I wanted something classic, yet fun. I would have normally rented a 2, and 4 - but the reviews said the dress ran small, I ordered a 4 and 6. I ended up wearing the four, it fit well, but it was loose in the shoulders and neck area, which made me feel as if I had to adjust the top more than I would have liked. Otherwise, I loved the dress - I paired with light blue Kendra Scott earrings, and black strapping heels. I would have opted for black earrings, and pumps if it were for an evening event.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
March 24, 2015
An elegant look for finding out where I matched for residency training! #match2015
I could have worn the size 0, but it was a bit tight under the arms. The 2 was more comfortable and appropriate for this business casual event. Loved the color in the unique print.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
March 24, 2015
Spring in my step!
This dress was perfect for spring. It was a little bit tighter then I prefer to normally wear my clothing, but it looked just fine. I was a little caught off guard by how low the front dipped down. I wore it to work and normally do not wear low cut dresses or tops - so I kept my jacket closed almost all day. Other wise it was a wonderful dress and perfect for spring. Lots of compliments!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 61
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 22, 2015
I got a lot of compliments on the dress.
It fit well throughout and was comfortable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 56
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 138lbs
February 21, 2015
Nicer in person than pic can show
Nice dress that is not too flashy, and a bit low cut.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
February 10, 2015
Everyone raved over how fun and fresh this dress was
Loved the inside details and the exposed zipper. Overall, great dress that fit true to size and was very flattering
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 57
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 19, 2015
gorgeous, fun, surprising, top-quality dress
i rented this for a baptism reception. the details about this dress add so much zing and flair; they really elevates the dress above others. it is so finely tailored, the fabric is beautiful; a vivid print. the neckline has an unusual and pretty shape that is subtly distinctive. the yellow pop of color gets everyone's attention. the size 8 had a hot pink grosgrain ribbon along the interior of the back zipper that I loved but the size 10 did not. the dress is comfortable and very flattering. the interior is lined with turquoise satin. the upper back panel is black: another stylish feature.
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Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
November 7, 2014
I wore this on a date night with my husband
Super comfortable and stretchy. The dress is easy to dress up or dress down. The print unfortunately draws your eyes to the lower stomach, which was not entirely flattering, but we were going out to dinner, so I was sitting most of the night, so it wasn't a big deal.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
November 5, 2014
Wore this to an afternoon family wedding.
Great dress. Runs true to size and adds a nice pop of color and interest while being wedding appropriate. I got lots of compliments! I could have used some fashion tape to make sure a sliver of my bra didn't slip out, but that was rare and was probably because I'm small busted.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 23
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 123lbs
November 2, 2014
Beautiful, Bold Print!
I'm not much for bold prints, but this dress caught my eye and I rented it for a semi-formal work awards ceremony. I have never had so many compliments on a dress! The fit is divine: figure hugging but a thick, forgiving fabric. I have a pretty hourglass shape and the pattern is perfect for accentuating your curves or creating them. I wore a regular bra and it didn't show all night, even though the neckline is pretty low. The pop of neon at the bust is a great touch. The dress hit me just above the knee. LOVED IT!
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
October 6, 2014
cumfy, a little tight around hips
material doesn't wrinkle easily, is very cumfy to wear, and length is just right. there is a neon green/yellow piece of fabric right at the base of the neckline that is a little different, but its a nice dress. ordered the 10 and 12, 12 fit best. 10 wouldn't go over my hips (~40 1/2 ").
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