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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309 reviews
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
September 19, 2017
Too tight and small to be comfortable!
I liked the cut, but unfortunately the size 4 I received was just way too small. I had to go with a different dress. The red was also a little "too" red for me, but I thought it was pretty, and the dress is of high quality.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
September 12, 2017
Loved this dress!
I loved wearing this dress! The 6 & 8 didn't fit much differently - I could have easily worn the 6, but felt more comfortable in the 8. I would recommend sizing up for your backup size. Strapless bra was necessary for this one - I couldn't make a racerback work like other reviews mentioned.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
September 12, 2017
Great dress!
Loved the dress, fit tightly. Would definitely rent again
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
September 11, 2017
Favorite dress I've ever rented from RTR
This dress runs small so order a size up. The color is PERFECT. I was able to roll it up and throw it in a suitcase for an out of town wedding and had no wrinkles when I went to put it on. Dress it up or down! LOVED this dress!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Weight: 134lbs
September 10, 2017
Perfect dress for a wedding!
The dress ran a little on the smaller side. I typically wear a size 4 which fit but was very tight. I decided to go up a size which was a little loose but I felt much more comfortable in it. Always love Elizabeth + James dresses such great quality. The slit added a little something to the dress!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 132lbs
September 7, 2017
Flattering and comfortable!
Flattering dress and comfortable fit! Wore to a rehearsal dinner. Runs a bit small ...I typically wear a size 4 dress and wore the 6 in this dress. The size 8 fit almost the same as the 6...just offered a bit more breathing room (great if you're having a big meal)!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
September 3, 2017
Loved the color and fit!
Such a great dress! It was perfect for my work holiday party... form fitting and flattering. The material was thick but not uncomfortable or stuffy. The cut was flattering and fun but still modest. I loved the neckline! It was perfect t with a gold necklace and gold strappy heels :)
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 136lbs
August 31, 2017
Comfortable, sexy and classy
This dress was perfect for a company Christmas party. It was flattering and sexy without being too revealing. Great for accentuating the shoulders too! I would size up. One of my favorite RTR dresses of all time!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 24
Weight: 133lbs
August 23, 2017
Best Dress I've Ever Rented from RTR!
I wore this dress for my work holiday party and got so many compliments on it all night long! It was form fitting, but still classy and appropriate for a work event. The color was perfect for a Christmas party. The dress definitely runs small, so I'm glad I sized up for my extra size, as that's the one I ended up wearing. I was sad to have to return this dress - wish I could own it!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34A
Weight: 140lbs
August 22, 2017
Professional but still cute
Beautiful color and high quality material with a cute slit. Ran a little small, I usually wear a 2-6, ordered a 4 and a 6 and wore the 6. Perfect for a professional, semi-formal affair. Love this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
August 21, 2017
Both Sexy and Conservative
The slim fit was very attractive, but the high neck of the dress kept it conservative enough. Perfect.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
August 13, 2017
Rehearsal dinner
Great fit. A lot of compliments. Definitely get a size bigger.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
August 9, 2017
I loved the color, but the dress did not fit as pictured
I got this dress as a backup for graduation just in case something went wrong with the one I ordered. I ended up wearing it out to dinner and for some family pictures. I have a really unique build in that I'm lanky in the legs and arms but I have a short torso and hourglass figure. I think maybe my proportions didn't work so well with this dress. It was well below my knees. Also: it was WAY more fitted than I thought it would be even though I sized up! Overall, it was kind of MEH for me. I do love the color and the cut of the top of it though and everyone else seemed to like it.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
July 12, 2017
Bada BOOM
This dress is fire. I looked and felt amazing and sexy. The fit was perfect for my body and clung to all the curves. The color is rich and sultry. I would buy this dress. The fabric is thick so it's well made. Slit was perfect and not too much. I received hundreds of compliments. Love love love love.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
July 7, 2017
Perfect dress for a wedding!
I loved this dress!! The 4 fit me perfect although that was my backup size and I was expecting to wear the 2, so size up in this dress!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
June 22, 2017
Form fitting stunner!
I rented this dress for a day wedding and received so many compliments. I'm 5'2 and wore the size 2. The dress was very comfortable and the material was forgiving enough to dance in. I highly recommend this rental!
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 144lbs
June 18, 2017
LOVED THIS DRESS
This dress ran small, I typically wear a size 6 and wore the size 10. It was snug but it was very flattering, was able to dance in it all night. Got many many compliments! I would rent it again. You won't be disappointed. :)
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Body type: Petite
Weight: 116lbs
June 15, 2017
Wore for Vegas bachelorette party weekend . Depends on how tall you are but at 5'1" it's not short.
Runs small!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 115lbs
June 13, 2017
I wore this great dress for my stepson's high school graduation. Loved It!
This was a backup dress as the dress I had chosen was not available, turned out I am so happy that this is the dress that I wore! The color was way better. Glad I looked at the reviews of other's that rented this dress before me to see that it ran small, went with the larger backup size. The size 4 fit perfect, looked amazing! So many compliments. Great first rental!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Weight: 119lbs
June 13, 2017
Classy and a little bit of sexy
The fabric is not suuuper thick, but you can see its good quality. The dress fits well. I'm 32B cup and wear a size 4. It fit perfectly.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
June 12, 2017
Beautiful dress, VERY tight!
I ended up loving this dress. This was my first time trying rent the runway and I got a little nervous when I tried on the 0 and it didn't zip up. The 2 was still tight and I probably could have benefited from spanx, but I was able to enjoy my night and dance without being too uncomfortable all night. I have a very petite frame but I have a muscular build and a small chest. I would recommend this dress, but make sure you can try it on in store or size up. I would rent it again!
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
June 11, 2017
Hot hot hot!
This dress was hot! I got so many compliments all night. Definitely runs small. I have a muscular upper body and a large booty but the dress fit those areas nicely. I probably could have gone one more size up because the fabric kept bunching up in the middle. The wedding was outside in 90 degree weather, but the thick fabric was great to hide my sweatiness.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
June 7, 2017
Another E+J Winner
Loved this dress. It for true to Elizabeth and James (I usually go one size up) and fit like a DREAM. Large bust friendly, this dress will highlight your waist but accommodate your curves. Loved it and felt amazing!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
June 5, 2017
Dress hugs that body!
I am a huge fan of Elizabeth & James, and this dress just proved to me again why I love their work. This dress dress hugs you in all the right places, and it cut so it makes you look slender and tall. It's also relatively thick so you don't have to worry about lumps bumps or nips showing through. I probably could have gone braless in this dress but chose to wear a racerback bra, which worked well. Strapless would have also worked. The slit in the leg goes up a little high when you sit down, but otherwise I loved this dress. Would totally rent again!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 23
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 178lbs
June 5, 2017
AMAZING DRESS
This dress was so unbelievably amazing and beautiful! It runs a little small so get a size up! It stretches a little and has thick material but is really comfortable to wear! The length was great and the slit was in a perfect spot! I'm 5'9 with hips, a butt, and small boobs. 178 lbs.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
June 5, 2017
Super flattering and eye catching!
I ordered this dress as a backup to the orange elizabeth and james dress. I ended up feeling like the orange kind of washed me out without a tan and the red felt more fitting for what ended up being a gloomy and cold spring day. The orange E&J (that everyone said runs small) in a size 2 fit me perfectly as i usually wear a size 0 but somehow i was able to squeeze into this one in a 0. The stretch held everything in perfectly and accentuated my waist and hips. Great dress to add curves to an athletic body type and the neckline is great for smaller busts. This was my first elizabeth and james rental and i'm sure they''ll be many more!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
May 31, 2017
Loved the color, great dress!
Like most of the reviews say it runs small, I ordered the 6 & 10 because the 8 was unavailable. I normally wear a 6 so I figured 8 would be OK, but the 10 fit great. Everyone loved the color. And the slit makes it easier to dress without your dress riding up.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36A
Weight: 135lbs
May 26, 2017
Great color and cut around the neck
This dress was super tight-fitting but managed to still be flattering.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
May 20, 2017
I really liked this dress! It was comfortable, slightly stretchy, and looked great.
The dress does run a little small and I could have worn either the 0 or 2. I liked the material and style of the dress a lot! I wish I could've kept it.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
May 17, 2017
Comfortable, sexy, flattering fit!
This was the perfect dress for me! Surprisingly, it was a back-up to my back-up dress - my original rental was unable to ship, the backup I selected ended up also being unavailable, so this was a dress a RTR designer selected for me and wow was it a great pick! The dress hugged my hips and waist in such a flattering way, it was super comfortable to sit and dance in, and the color looked so good against my fair skin. It does run small, I'm normally a 4 but the 6 here was just right. No need to wear a bra either! Highly recommend this dress - I want to rent it again!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
May 14, 2017
Perfect dress!!
This dress was PERFECT!! I felt beautiful and got so many compliments!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
May 14, 2017
Perfect for Winery Wedding
Beautiful dress- so many compliments! Loved the deep red color and the length was perfect. The fabric is nice and thick so it looks very smooth when you wear it. I did have to yank it down a few times but that is expected especially when dancing! The neckline was perfect- especially for women with big shoulders/arms like me. True to size, but I'm glad I sized up for my back up. It was form fitting but still very comfortable. Great dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
May 11, 2017
Beautiful color
This fit well. The lining and material was thick and flattering. the color is almost rusty and i thought it was beautiful on. The neckline is very flattering. The slit in the front was a little high. It wasn't embarrassing but I was aware of it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
May 10, 2017
Flattering!
I'm going to agree with all of the other reviews of the Elizabeth & James dresses - definitely runs a bit small. I'm usually a 6, but got the 6 and 8. The 6 fit, but it was snug and I though it would impede my eating and dancing so I opted for the 8. The material is flattering and form-fitting, but not in a vulgar or too obscene of a way. This dress was perfect for a May wedding in Manhattan, and I received tons of compliments on it! Even sizing up I was worried about panty lines/bra lines - a seamless thong would be ideal, and I used pasties for the bra situation. Highly recommend - sad to return it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
May 3, 2017
Weird Fit
Maybe it's just my body type and the color of my skin (tanned) but this dress didn't do me any favors. Changed it to another Elizabeth and James and it was much better!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Age: 29
April 23, 2017
I don't have a photo but this dress fit like a glove!
This dress has a super tight fit and shows off every curve. The material is nice and thick so I don't think spanx are necessary. I wore pasties and no bra since the straps were abnormally positioned. I look forward to wearing another dress from this designer. I wore a 4 which is my typical dress size.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
April 22, 2017
Would order again!
Looked and felt great in this dress!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Weight: 120lbs
April 16, 2017
I wore this for a wedding.
LOVE this dress! Sexy yet classy, wish I could have kept it.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
April 14, 2017
Classy, and just the right amount of sexy!
I absolutely loved this dress! I was nervous how it would fit, as all the reviews said this runs small, but it turned out perfectly. The 0 fit but was a little tight, so I ended up wearing the 2 so I could eat and dance more comfortably. The dress was so flattering -- the thick fabric still had enough stretch and smoothed everything out. I would definitely rent this or a similar E&J dress again.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
April 5, 2017
n/a
I wore the back up size, it is a very form fitting dress, very comfortable and gorgeous.
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