Elie Tahari

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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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). 38.5” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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52 reviews

Fit
Small 12
True to Size 36
Large 3
Photos 20
Olena
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155 lbs
Mar 26, 2013

Unique Print & Easy to Wear

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is a classic sheath and fit true to size. While it is form fitting there was ample room for my "problem areas" on top and in the middle. Those who smaller on top may consider sizing down for their extra size. It worked well for a "cocktail chic" charity event.
Katie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112 lbs
Mar 27, 2013

Stylist Review!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
My favorite new RTR dress. It's a great pattern which is super flattering for the spring and summer. Material is light and thin without being see-through and still covers problem areas. There is a small piece of neon fabric at the bust which is a great color addition! Would highly recommend for a work event or a cocktail party. Pattern is great!
Linda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 61
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140 lbs
Jul 8, 2013

I loved this dress and received so many compliments.

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
The dress definitely looks better in person than it does on the site. Very figure flattering !
Stefanie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 174 lbs
Oct 23, 2013

Beautiful fabric and pattern

Size worn: 14
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Dress fit beautifully. Perfectly modest yet fancy enough for a church wedding leading into a hotel reception. Fabric was soft and slightly stretchy for a comfortable fit. Rented two dresses and my sister said both looked as it they were made for me. SO much better than spending hours in the mall!
Clare
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Feb 13, 2014

Nice, Office Appropriate Dress

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I rented this for a work holiday party just for fun. The party was right after work, so this was a nice choice to wear with a blazer during the day and without the jacket at the party. No complaints at all about the dress - very comfortable, flattering and perfect for a work event.
Lesley
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160 lbs
Feb 26, 2014

Wore this for my bridal shower.

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
Fit really well, loved the little bits of neon!
Ebeth
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
Apr 2, 2014

Great!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I wore this to my bridal shower and it was great. I needed a bit more coverage for my chest, especially after tucking down the (random?) piece of neon fabric. Overall, would def. recommend!
Hollie
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110 lbs
Apr 8, 2014

Disappointed in selection at RTR store BUT happy with this dress

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I went to RTR store in Soho as I wanted another dress option for friends NYC morning wedding. Was disappointed with the selection of dresses, sizes, etc in the store BUT found this ONE dress. Beautiful Elie Tahari dress. Should have known before I looked at the label. This is one of my go to brands. I thought it ran on the small side as I am normally a 0 and this dress was a 2. I am short 4'11'' so I thought the dress would be a tad too long but it wasn't. I received tons of compliments on the classic style of the dress, colorful print and pop of modern with the yellow. It coordinated well with my fiancé's blue shirt and tie.
Bernadette
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Apr 23, 2014

So chic and perfect for friend's wedding in late August.

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
The size 8 fit, but was on the tighter side so I went with the 10 to be more comfortable. The fabric overall is very sturdy, which was great for holding in some of my wobbly bits, but not too stiff.
Amy
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Apr 27, 2014

The company, the music, and how great I felt in my dress! It was definitely one of a kind :)

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I went into the Rent the Runway store at Henri Bendel (which I recommend you to do if you're in the area! The Bendel location is better than the flagship in my opinion since there are more options) and tried this dress on in a size 4. It fit like a glove and I really loved that the length wasn't short since it was a family friend's wedding so I wanted to dress a bit more conservative. I ordered a 4 and a 6 as my backup since I'm usually a size 6 in dresses. When I tried both on, I decided to go with the 6 instead (which they didn't have on the store so I didn't have it to compare originally) because it just felt a bit more comfortable and I felt that I would have more room to move around while dancing & eating ;) The dress is gorgeous and they both came in great condition. I love the neon detail right between the V in the dress and (although you can't see it when on) there is a neon pink lining inside the back zipper. I took a cue from that and painted my nails neon pink and really loved the pop of color, so thank you to the dress for that inspiration! The fabric isn't super stiff so it's very comfortable and easy to move around in. This was my first dress that I ever rented from Rent the Runway and I couldn't be happier!
Andrea
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 53
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Apr 29, 2014

What to Wear

Size worn: 14
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
This is one of my favorite RtR rentals. While I was waiting for this event, I saw What Not to Wear with Lizz G and she wore this dress for the reveal. No wonder - it's striking without being loud, It's sexy and classy. I wore it to a business meeting and got lots of compliments. It seemed as if people didn't notice me immediately as I entered a room, but they did do a double take at me in the dress when it caught their eye; it snuck up on people. I love the color and print. I wore with cobalt blue heels. The dress hit just above the knee (I am almost 5.6") . The fabric was cotton that seemed brushed - very smooth and with just the right amount of stretch, that made it drape nicely. I still can't figure out the obsession with heavy visible zippers in the back of dresses, but at least the fabric was stiff enough to hold it's own with a heavy zipper and it's black so it was not hugely conspicuous. I did have to wear a shrug in my cold meeting room so it was out of sight. It was the same green as the pop of color on the décolletage and I was lucky I had a match.
Lauren
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 185 lbs
May 2, 2014

Great Print, Roomy Fit

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
I rented this dress for a formal dinner banquet. I ordered it in a 12 and 14, but they informed me at the last minute the 14 was not available. I was nervous the 12 wouldn't fit, but luckily it fit more like a forgiving sheath dress than a formal wear type dress that sometimes runs small. The print was truly amazing and I got a lot of compliments and definitely stuck out among the solid colored dresses there. I would note that there is something weird that does not show up clearly in the photos that is on the dress itself. At the chest area cutout there is actually a neon yellow piece of ribbon that goes across the V shape. I did not like this at all, but was unable to hide it. Otherwise, it was a great dress.
chris
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 106 lbs
May 3, 2014

Pretty dress for a daytime event.

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I wore this for a daytime event. It is a nice fitting dress. It hugs your body in the right places. Fabric is on the thicker side and has a little stretch to it. It is fully lined which is a plus. Does help hide tummy bloat. Get ready to show a little cleavage! The dress works for daytime and not so much for formal events.
Elizabeth
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
May 7, 2014

This wasn't my first choice dress, but it worked.

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
It was very comfortable in this dress. I could dance and sit easily and was never adjusting or tugging at it.
Rachel
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 50
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125 lbs
Jun 1, 2014

This dress was sent as a replacement - would never have chosen it on my own, but it looked great.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Size 4 fit perfectly. Was able to wear a regular bra and use snaps to hold straps in place. Danced in it all night and was super comfortable. Dress was chosen by stylist as a replacement for one that was ruined at the last minute. Never would have chosen it, and I'm still not sure I love the print, but it did look great on. it was appropriate for an outdoor May wedding. Beautifully constructed. Doesn't need a necklace with the busy pattern so just wore earrings....
Cam
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Jun 5, 2014

Birthday dress!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
This dress is very cool and easy to wear. I paired it with pink suede pump sandals and a white blazer for work. It was even cooler because it was a free birthday rental. VIP membership has it's perks!
Jallain
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 53
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 50 lbs
Jun 8, 2014

Stress free way to line up a top design dress ...

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
One problem. wore a 12 but probably need petite so I pinned up top of sleeves. Dress is great and comfy with some stretch.
Barbara
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150 lbs
Jun 11, 2014

Loved this dress - wish I could keep it!

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
This dress is SUPER comfortable and the pattern is absolutely beautiful! I felt so incredible wearing this dress to a wedding I attended. It's very unique and the size 12 fit really well!! I am normally a 10, but the size was just too tight for me. I would keep this dress if I could!
Sara
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Jun 29, 2014

Perfect!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Lovely for a summer wedding
amy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34AA
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125 lbs
Jun 29, 2014

My cousin's graduation.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I felt very comfortable in this dress! Very appropriate for late afternoon graduation ceremony and reception.
Isabel
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Jul 1, 2014

Beautiful dress, high quality and clean!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The thigh area was a bit tight on me and the waist a bit too loose, but that's generally how I'm shaped. This is a gorgeous dress that garnered tons of compliments. It's more purple-y than blue though.
Rachel
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Jul 13, 2014

Great dress!

Size worn: 14
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
Stretchy material. Could have gone a size down because of the stretch. Overall, great dress and would rent again!
Sandra
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Jul 13, 2014

Great colorful dress

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Great dress, long enough that it can be worn to work or other professional functions. A bit tight in the chest, so might not be preferable for larger-chested women. Wore this to a friend's birthday tea and it worked great. Would happily rent and wear it again!
Jenna
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Jul 18, 2014

Awesome dress but not for big chests

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
I fell in love with this dress and wish I could have worn it, but it was just too tight in my chest. I was able to get the dress on and zipped but my chest was smushed in on the top. Not appropriate for my godsons baptism... too much boob lol. I am slowly loosing weight (usually goes in my chest first) and I hope to be able to comfortably wear this again in the fall!
Susan
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190 lbs
Jul 19, 2014

Executive dinner called for an exceptional dress

Size worn: 14
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
The fit was a dream and the color was perfect.
Kelsey
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Jul 27, 2014

Very cute but too long

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I loved the design, colors, and feel of this dress. I didn't like how long it was, though. Even though I'm 5'7 the dress came to the middle of my knee. I wish it was 2 in shorter but I was at a wedding so the focus was obviously on the bride. It was still comfortable despite it being 90+ degrees!
Darlene
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 57
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 175 lbs
Jul 29, 2014

Unique party dress!

Size worn: 14
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I always look for dresses that hit me at the knee and this one was perfect. It was heavier than I thought with a full lining but still comfortable for an outside July wedding reception. It certainly was different from all the other dresses at the party. I was very comfortable and danced without any issues. I also rented the 12 for my back-up dress, but it squished the girls! The 14 was perfect!
Jessica
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130 lbs
Aug 19, 2014

Excellent quality!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Wore this for a daytime bridal shower... It arrived beautifully and ready to wear... Great dress!
Kathleen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Aug 27, 2014

Great Color, Fit, & Print

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I wore this dress to a bridal high tea. It was a perfect size 6. I loved the contrasting neon colors that peeked out at the chest and back zipper.
Hilary
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 43
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175 lbs
Aug 30, 2014

Pretty and comfortable dress

Size worn: 14
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
This dress was great. I marked that it was true to size, but I actually think it ran just the tiniest bit big. There is pretty generous room in the bust. I'm a 38C , my rib age is pretty wide, and I was not squished into the dress. Also, the fabric is a bit stretchy. The fabric is also heavy in a nice way; the dress feels substantial.
Helen
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 60
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Sep 6, 2014

Very happy with dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Dress is nicer than in photo, good material. I got compliments on it from several people. However, it runs a very tight fit, more form fitting than I'm used to (I'm 59, and petite), so make your extra dress a size up. It also shows a lot of cleavage, so be prepared for that, too. Overall, the whole Rent the Runway experience was great, this was my first time. It couldn't be easier to shop this way!
Melissa
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Sep 14, 2014

A great dress for an evening wedding!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Loved this dress! The bust was a little snug in the size 8, but just about perfect in the size 10. I loved the purpley-blue color, and I got so many compliments on it. Would definitely recommend it!
Amanda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 158 lbs
Oct 6, 2014

cumfy, a little tight around hips

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
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 ").
Mariah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 123 lbs
Nov 2, 2014

Beautiful, Bold Print!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
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!
Liz
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Nov 5, 2014

Wore this to an afternoon family wedding.

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: 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.
Elizabeth
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Nov 7, 2014

I wore this on a date night with my husband

Size worn: 14
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
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.
Eileen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 56
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 19, 2015

gorgeous, fun, surprising, top-quality dress

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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.
Nicole
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155 lbs
Feb 10, 2015

Everyone raved over how fun and fresh this dress was

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Loved the inside details and the exposed zipper. Overall, great dress that fit true to size and was very flattering
NoraV
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 55
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 138 lbs
Feb 21, 2015

Nicer in person than pic can show

Size worn: 10
Rented for: Vacation
Nice dress that is not too flashy, and a bit low cut.
Guadalupe
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 60
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Feb 22, 2015

I got a lot of compliments on the dress.

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
It fit well throughout and was comfortable.
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