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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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Small 13
True to Size 46
Large 3
Photos 25
RTR Customer
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
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!
RTR Customer
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 !
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
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!
RTR Customer
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.
RTR Customer
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.
RTR Customer
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!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
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.
RTR Customer
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
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!
RTR Customer
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
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!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 27
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 58
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!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
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!
RTR Customer
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!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
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!
RTR Customer
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 ").
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 23
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!
RTR Customer
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.
RTR Customer
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.
RTR Customer
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.
RTR Customer
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
RTR Customer
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.
RTR Customer
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Mar 24, 2015

Spring in my step!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Age: 27
Mar 24, 2015

An elegant look for finding out where I matched for residency training! #match2015

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Other
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.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115 lbs
Apr 8, 2015

Perfect Dress for a Day Occasion - could easily dress up with pumps or down with wedges.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 48
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175 lbs
Apr 14, 2015

Fit was a bit loose & unflattering.

Size worn: NONE
Rented for: Party
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.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 45
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Apr 18, 2015

Fun and classy dress!

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Other
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.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 51
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Apr 27, 2015

Did not wear the dress for my event.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 40
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 190 lbs
Apr 29, 2015

Very pretty, fun dress to wear for a birthday party

Size worn: 14
Rented for: 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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
May 5, 2015

This dress fit like a glove (fun and flattering!) and I got a ton of compliments all night long!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
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!"
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
May 13, 2015

Beautiful dress with comfy fit

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
May 13, 2015

Great dress, I received compliments on the elegant fit

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Everyday
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 46
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
May 16, 2015

Wore it for business. Works great.

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Work
Was a tad small around arm holes; thought it mDe me look larger than I was but others thought it was lovely.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 62
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
May 19, 2015

Graduation

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 198 lbs
May 23, 2015

Great dress!

Size worn: 14
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 158 lbs
Jun 12, 2015

So flattering!

Size worn: 12
Rented for: Wedding
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!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Jun 16, 2015

Great dress, loved the unexpected colors.

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Other
Great fit, it was not too dressy and not too casual.
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