Elizabeth and James

Crimson Bardot Dress

$45 – $65 rental?
$365 retail
Stylist Notes

A subtle slit makes this crimson Elizabeth and James sheath sultry. Pair the body-skimming look with gold cuffs and strappy sandals.

Also available in blue.

Size & Fit

This dress runs small. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 12.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Very Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Red crepe (54% Polyester, 38% Viscose, 8% Elastane). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Fitted skirt with front slit. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 39” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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293 reviews
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(1)
True to Size
(54)
Small
(100)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
May 16, 2016
Simple, sophisticated dress for an evening wedding
I tried this on at the Rent the Runway showroom in NYC, so I knew that I needed to order the 6, when I usually wear a 4 or a 2. Break out the spanx, ladies! The dress is very form fitting, but really comfortable. Loved the color - not a bright red, but a more muted elegant red. Strapless bra worked perfectly. Danced all night, with no issues!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Other
Age: 28
May 13, 2016
The designer is amazing and I always know the dress will fit me like a glove!
Only con of this dress is the slit at the bottom.....The seam comes undone rather easily and had to be fixed. Other than thAt the dress was amazing.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 107lbs
May 16, 2016
Beautiful dress but runs VERY small!
I loved this dress but didn't wear it because it was too tight, mainly in the bust. I normally wear a 0 or 2 and the 4 was too small. I might try again in the 6. It's sexy in a classy way and the color is great.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
January 24, 2016
Sexy date night dress
I would say this dress ran small I typically wear a 8 so it isn't too tight on my chest.... But this bad boy fit like a glove top to bottom. Got lots of attention in Las Vegas in this dress. Great if you have some curves but I would size up. I'm tall so it hit me above the knee and it opens in the front for a tiny bit of thigh. Rent the runway cannot have any better customer service these people will bend over backwards for you. I will never buy a dress to only wear one time again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 108lbs
February 8, 2016
Stylist Review
Elizabeth and James tends to run smaller so I would definitely recommend sizing up for this dress. Its perfect for date night or a night out with your girlfriends. This dress is supper fitted and you cannot wear a standard bra with it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
January 24, 2016
STYLIST REVIEW
This dress runs super small, so size up at least one size. It works best for A to C cups, and is fitted at bust. This style works best with a strapless bra. The dress is fitted throughout the midsection, so curvier women should size with fuller hips. The hem is about mid thigh to knee length. The fabric has some stretch. Best for Hourglass, Petite, Tall, and Straight & Narrow body types. Pair with a top knot hairstyle and sunglasses.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 23
February 15, 2016
I received so many compliments!
Gorgeous dress! Other reviews said the dress ran small, but it ran true to size for me. This is the 2nd Elizabeth and James dress that I've rented. They are simple but make you stand out! The dress hugged my curves in all the right places and the color was a deep, rich red. Would 100% recommend this dress!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 26
February 16, 2016
Loved this dress!
Super comfortable and flattering! Runs true to size with a little bit of stretch. Would definitely wear again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 132lbs
February 17, 2016
Flattering fit!
I have an hourglass figure with a 36C. 135 lbs and 5'6". The size 8 fit me perfectly. Very flattering silhouette!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
February 19, 2016
Perfect, body hugging dress that shows off curves and looks elegant!
The dress was beautiful! I lack curves, but the cut of the dress really emphasized what little possible curve I have. The 4 was true to size - I could've actually worn the 2, because the dress is a stretchy material, but I've gained too much weight to get away with that much hugging fabric. Really loved the dress and would rent again for another Valentine's!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Age: 23
February 22, 2016
I wore this on Valentine's Day - beautiful deep crimson was perfect for date night.
The size 2 fit me like a glove. It was a body con but not constricting.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 24, 2016
Perfect color/ classy dress
I wore the size 8 but the 6 fit. The dress is very form fitted so I thought I'd have more room in the 8 after eating etc.. The color was perfect for a winter wedding. I felt comfortable all night / easy to dance in. The material is thick enough that I didn't need spanks. I wore a strapless bra and it worked out fine. I recommend this dress for sure!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Age: 27
February 24, 2016
Sexy, simple, great color for blondes
Fit like a glove! I read the reviews and they all said it runs small so I sized up
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 23
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
February 25, 2016
Super sexy! Loved this dress!
This dress is very form fitting, and the material isn't very stretchy. I wore the size up.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Age: 31
February 28, 2016
Gorgeous; Fits like a GLOVE
I felt like this dress was made for me. Got so many compliments on it. Wore it for a night out in Vegas. Did not disappoint! (Also, very comfortable)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 123lbs
March 1, 2016
Very flattering and hugs all the right places...
Elizabeth & James know how to accentuate a woman's curves. Wore it with Spanx and a slim belt. Lovely deep burgundy and pretty hem detail.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Age: 34
March 2, 2016
Wore this for a birthday party. The dress fit very well but I found the material to be too thick.
The dress fit great. Hugs your curves but the material is very thick almost felt like I was wearing a tablecloth.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
February 28, 2016
Perfect for a weekend in Vegas!
Fits true to size
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
March 4, 2016
Love it - super flattering
The fabric is nice and thick so it doesn't show small lumps or bumps. I'm pretty true to size, and I brought home two different Elizabeth & James dresses and this one I felt the size up was the best fit for whatever reason and another dress I felt the regular size fit despite being the same designer.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
March 7, 2016
Great Color. Loved this dress! Did not want to give it back!
I originally ordered a 6 and an 8. The 6 fit much better but there was a large snag in the edge detail by the slit. RTR got a new size 6 shipped to my hotel in a different state by noon on Saturday in time for the wedding! Great customer service. I received so many compliments and was asked where I got my dress all night. It was comfortable and easy to dance in. Tight but in all the right places. Didn't even have to wear a bra!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
March 10, 2016
Sexy Red Dress!
I rented this as part of the unlimited service, but plan to rent again for my 30th birthday celebration. This dress is everything! The color is a deep (almost blood) red. As with all of the Elizabeth and James dresses it fits ridiculously tight. I'm usually a 4-6, but after trying an 8 in another EJ dress I decided to rent this in a 10 and it fit better. The material is very thick and stretchy and does hug your curves, though I found it flared away from me after the hips which I appreciated. The size and the slit probably have something to do with that. I'm a 36D and found with the tightness of the material I didn't even need a bra, but if you want one it would probably have to be strapless. Excited to wear this again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
March 10, 2016
So sexy!
I got this dress as a backup when my first choice dress was unavailable. I'm a very true size 6, and this dress was TIGHT. Like really tight. It looks fantastic on, but I would highly recommend sizing up. I'm a 34A, so I didn't wear a bra with this and everything was fine. However, if you're the kind that needs a bra, definitely size up and look for something that won't show through the dress because you'll see every lump and bump.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138lbs
March 21, 2016
OBSESSED
I selected this dress as a back up when my original dress was returned damaged. I was originally nervous because they only had it in a size 6, outside of it being a bit big on the bottom it fit great. I received compliments on it all night and everyone asked where it was from!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 132lbs
March 21, 2016
Fit and Color
Although I didn't get to wear it I really loved this dress. I wanted to rent it for a 40th birthday party in SF and it was just a little too sexy for the event. Nonetheless I would rent it again! I preferred the size 6 although the 4 fit perfectly, I just preferred it to be less tight. The fabric was really comfortable and and stretchy. I lie how it was thick which made it feel like good quality. I especially loved how it hugged my curves without being overly tight. I like that the neckline was high and the racerback made it easy to wear a normal bra. The length was great for me and I felt like it was still sexy without being too sort. The only thing I didn't like is that the dress rides up a little causing it to wrinkle in the hip region however this is easily fixed by gently pulling the dress down so it looks smooth. All in all great dress for a party.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
March 22, 2016
Cool fabric
The dress was definitely tight but I was never uncomfortable. Really liked the color and the cut was super flattering.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
March 22, 2016
Winter bday
E&J runs notoriously small, so I sized up to a 6 (I normally wear a 4). I wore strapless spanx underneath and it fit like a glove! Length fell to the top of my knee like on the model. Love, love, love this dress and really want to buy it! Fyi, it's still regular price at Bloomingdale's...
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Age: 31
March 23, 2016
Great dress
The dress runs small. I generally wear sizes 0 and 2. The 2 fit but was snug so I went with the 4. The dress is plain but it's easy to dress it up with a statement necklace.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 28F
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
April 3, 2016
This dress fit me like a glove and the color is amazing!
As the other reviewers have said, the stress runs very small and has no stretch. If you are between sizes deathly go up a size or two. It was very supportive so I didn't need to wear a bra with it. Would definitely rent again! The color is more of a Crimson, but still quite vibrant.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
April 4, 2016
Loved this dress!
Wore this for a bachelorette party. Very fitted, but not too tight, or uncomfortable. Beautiful color and material. Highly recommend!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
April 4, 2016
Super comfortable and flattering. Runs very small, had to go 2 sizes up
Great fit!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
April 5, 2016
The fit, color, and fabric were everything!
Love this dress! Wouldn't have veered from my LBD and now forever changed. This is the new LBD - little burgundy dress! Love the neckline and everything about this made me feel confident.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Formal Affair
April 6, 2016
This dress
If you have a bigger bottom and a small top then this dress will work well for you! I have a pear shape and find a hard time finding the right dress. The material is thick and its knee length. The dress is appropriate for work events such as awards ceremonies and the color is gorgeous!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
April 6, 2016
Absolutely LOVED this dress!!
This dress is absolutely stunning! Unfortunately I didn't get to wear it because this was overnighted to me and I didn't get it in time for my event. The RTR team was extremely accommodating though. They sent me both a 4 and 6.. When I tried them on the next day, the 6 fit like a glove. The 4 was extremely tight and I couldn't get it past my hips. The fabric is on the thicker side so once you get yourself into the dress, it definitely holds you in. Overall, gorgeous dress and I will definitely be renting in the future!!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
April 11, 2016
Another Elizabeth and James favorite
I've worn several other Elizabeth and James dresses with this similar cut, so sizing was easy because of that consistency. It's true to size with some stretch so the dress can hug your curves. Love this understated red that was perfect for an evening event and was a great color for that transition time during fall or early spring!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
April 13, 2016
<3 it! 10/10
This dress is amazing! I have rented it before in the bueish color as a guest to a wedding, so when it was time for my bridal shower, I knew right away I needed to rent this dress in burgundy (my wedding color). This dress is soooo flattering & I got endless compliments! It has just enough give to hug the shape of your body, but the fabric is thick enough to hide any panty lines, shapewear, or imperfections underneath. I opted not to wear a bra for comfort and you couldn't even tell. If I could afford it, I would buy this dress in every color, but until then, I'll just rent it! Thanks RTR!!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
April 14, 2016
Curve-hugging, memorable dress!
I wore this for a night out. It leaves little to the imagination, so it's definitely wise to do a few sit-ups before slipping into it! My boyfriend's eyes nearly popped out of his head when he saw it, and I got a lot of compliments when I wore it a second time out. Great color, great cut.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Everyday
Age: 36
April 14, 2016
Flattering. Great fabric, super sexy.
Runs a little long, so if you are on the shorter end the torso will rise up and the hemline will be a bit long
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
April 17, 2016
Great dress! Slimming & lots of compliments
Definitely runs true to size but overall comfortable dress for a wedding :)
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Age: 29
April 18, 2016
A great day-to-night dress
This dress is perfect if you're looking for a versatile outfit. Wear to work and then for a night out afterwards. The thigh-slit is not too revealing, but adds a nice sultry touch. It's form fitting enough to hug your curves but not too tight to where you can't breathe. The color is eye-catching and has a nice romantic vibe. I wore this dress to work and paired it with black booties, but it could look just as stunning with pumps, strappy sandals and even flats. This is definitely a dress I would love to wear again. The only "con" is that I had trouble zipping up the back of the dress by myself-- but that's what boyfriends are for :) xo
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Age: 30
April 20, 2016
Flattering. Great dress. Hem undone.
The only problem was the hem was undone on the dress. Apparently no one checked this before shipping it to me. Had to run out on the day before the event (when every tailor was closed) and got it hemmed. Luckily I knew a relative of the tailor, or I would've been out of luck! Very classy and can be casual or dressed up.
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