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
Fit
Large
(5)
True to Size
(61)
Small
(14)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
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:
14
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 170lbs
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
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:
4
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
June 16, 2015
Great dress, loved the unexpected colors.
Great fit, it was not too dressy and not too casual.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
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
Rented for:
Vacation
September 6, 2015
Great dress
Perfect fit. Comfortable!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
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:
14
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 38D
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:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
March 23, 2016
Good fit, great pattern!
This is a great dress that fits true to size. The material does a good job of smoothing things out and holding everything in place. You can also wear a regular bra with it, which is a plus. It is very low cut and makes the girls looks great, but might be a bit much on busty gals. I also really liked how versatile it was - dressy enough for an evening wedding but I also wore it to church the next day and didn't feel overdressed. Enjoyed wearing this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 163lbs
April 10, 2016
Fun pattern, perfect fit
I normally wear a 10, but was able to fit in the 8 comfortably. Very flattering style. Perfect amount of cleavage- not too low cut. Fun pattern. Nice, high quality material- smooth and somewhat thin- good for the outdoor wedding I attended. Length was modest without being frumpy. Could wear a normal bra, and the strap clips were clutch. Easy to wear and a great dress all around.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 58
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:
8
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 47
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 50
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185lbs
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
June 12, 2016
I'm hooked!
Dress fit was great. Delivery and packaging were perfect. Only negative was the lining on both sizes would show while seated and also at the neckline. Seemed to be from frequent wear but still got many compliments and was very comfortable. Fun dress that can be casual or dressed up!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34I
Body type: Full Bust
August 2, 2016
Comfortable but revealing
This was sent to me as a back up when the dress I ordered was damaged. While not my usual style, this backup worked for our anniversary dinner out in Bermuda. The colors were nice and bright and it hugged my curves in the right places. I received many complements but also many drifting eyes due to the lower neckline. I paired with glass earrings and tan espadrilles for a nice summer casual look.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
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:
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:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
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!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 26
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
April 11, 2016
Fun design and great length
The material was more stretchy than I expected which was nice, but that being said I probably could have gone a size down which is unusual. The dress was looser than expected around my hips and my bust so it didn't lay exactly the way I would like but it was still very cute. I was able to wear a bra underneath the dress and the shape of the straps is a nice touch. It's a fun dress but I didn't love it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
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:
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"
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!
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:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
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!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 62
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: 36
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:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 53
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:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 62
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:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 49
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:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
June 11, 2014
Loved this dress - wish I could keep it!
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!
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Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Body type: Athletic
October 7, 2013
Cute dress, wish I could have had it tailored.
I thought it ran a little small. It was a little long for my height, 5' 4''.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34AA
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
June 29, 2014
My cousin's graduation.
I felt very comfortable in this dress! Very appropriate for late afternoon graduation ceremony and reception.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
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 ").
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
March 18, 2016
Too Small / No Stretch
I was unable to wear this pretty piece. I rented the 2. I didn't choose a backup size but a 4 would have been too big. The dress fit me well in the area, but the top was a bit too tight. The arm holes were too snug for my comfort. The dress has no stretch and no give. It also has an odd piece of lime green fabric sewn into the bottom of the v-neckline. I wasn't a fan.
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:
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: 47
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: 45
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.
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