Elie Tahari

Nessa Dress

$102 to buy
$398 retail
Stylist Notes

Modern meets classic in this sheath by Elie Tahari. The print will be the topic of intrigue all through the dinner party.

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".)

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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95 reviews
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(5)
True to Size
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Small
(14)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
March 26, 2013
Unique Print & Easy to Wear

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.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 64
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160lbs
April 19, 2013
Not for the full figured

Flattering on the models. Too low cut for a full bust. And the black circle pattern below the waist screamed "look at my tummy"

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 127lbs
June 2, 2013
Just perfect!

This was such a win for me. Print is really big now and this is nice one, but the black in the back and the accentuated zipper kept it edgy. The lace is on the print, not a textured layer, so that kept it very modern. I am petite, so it could have been shorter, but with really high heels this was still just fine for a wedding. No problem wearing a bra and the fabric is great for warmer weather but still stiff enough to cover problem areas without showing bulge. Also, the waist line falls a little higher on the dress, so it lays flat over the tummy - a plus for me! I wear 6/8/M, 5'2", 127 pounds, 34B and the six was perfect. I wore minimalist heels as styled on the model.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 48
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
June 11, 2013
Great Dress

I was surprised at how well this dress fit me. The sizing was just right. I am a busty girl with a bit of a tummy and this dress accommodated both well. I normally don't go for sheath dresses because of my figure flaws, but the pattern in the dress hit my tummy nicely. This is a very well constructed, high quality dress. I would definitely rent this again!

Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
August 24, 2013
Wore as a guest for en engagement party and got tons of complements!

Loved the comfort and ease of the dress. I would have kept it. Even with three small boys to chase around this dress was comfortable and looked great.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 152lbs
September 13, 2013
Perfect.

I rented this to wear for a big presentation at work and a client dinner thereafter (black blazer in day, change of pumps/jewelry for evening). It was totally appropriate yet not stodgy. VERY versatile, comfortable, wore well through a 12+-hour day. I highly recommend and only apologize that I forgot to take a photo.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 180lbs
October 1, 2013
Not flattering on larger hips. Very pretty pattern and color.

I found that the dress material was very comfortable, however a little tight in the chest. Material was on the thicker side which worked out well for a fall New England Day. Though the dress was very pretty I don't recommend it for larger hip body types; Made the dress ride up constantly and bunch up in the mid section.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 116lbs
November 4, 2013
I love this dress. It's super comfortable!

The top goes down a bit low so I was showing some cleavage. But otherwise it's a great dress, easy to wear and doesn't need a lot in terms of accessories.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 56
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
November 5, 2013
Very flattering color combination -- I'm fair and blonde.

Fits snug through the hips.

Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 175lbs
February 5, 2014
I got so many compliments on this dress that I rented for my 5 yr college reunion in June! Loved it!

It is snug, but the fabric has some stretch to it, which was great. I wore a strapless bra and spanx just to smooth it all out since the fabric is thin and it worked great. I loved the length, right above my knee and I'm tall, so on shorter girls it would be longer. Overall, great dress and I wish I could own it!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160lbs
February 26, 2014
Wore this for my bridal shower.

Fit really well, loved the little bits of neon!

Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
April 8, 2014
Disappointed in selection at RTR store BUT happy with this dress

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.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
April 23, 2014
So chic and perfect for friend's wedding in late August.

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.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 57
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
April 29, 2014
What to Wear

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.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 185lbs
May 2, 2014
Great Print, Roomy Fit

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.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 106lbs
May 3, 2014
Pretty dress for a daytime event.

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.

Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
May 7, 2014
This wasn't my first choice dress, but it worked.

It was very comfortable in this dress. I could dance and sit easily and was never adjusting or tugging at it.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
June 5, 2014
Birthday dress!

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!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
July 1, 2014
Beautiful dress, high quality and clean!

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.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
July 13, 2014
Great dress!

Stretchy material. Could have gone a size down because of the stretch. Overall, great dress and would rent again!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
July 13, 2014
Great colorful dress

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!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
July 18, 2014
Awesome dress but not for big chests

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!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
July 27, 2014
Very cute but too long

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!

Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
August 19, 2014
Excellent quality!

Wore this for a daytime bridal shower... It arrived beautifully and ready to wear... Great dress!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
August 27, 2014
Great Color, Fit, & Print

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.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 46
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
August 30, 2014
Pretty and comfortable dress

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.

Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 63
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
September 6, 2014
Very happy with dress!

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!

Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
September 14, 2014
A great dress for an evening 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!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 173lbs
October 23, 2013
Beautiful fabric and pattern

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!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
June 29, 2014
Perfect!

Lovely for a summer wedding

Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 61
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 175lbs
July 29, 2014
Unique party dress!

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!

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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
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:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
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:
14
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 59
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
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:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 54
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
June 1, 2014
This dress was sent as a replacement - would never have chosen it on my own, but it looked great.

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....

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 38B
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:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
August 5, 2013
Lovely Dress

This dress is gorgeous and could be worn for several occasions. I loved the pop of neon at the bust, and the neckline is modest enough but still flirty. The material at the shoulders is narrow and has little clasps to secure your bra straps as you can comfortably wear a standard bra with this dress. The back is fully covered, making this dress appropriate for business or church functions. The pattern is fabulous and the dress itself is well tailored, making it quite forgiving in 'problem' areas.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 63
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
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
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!

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