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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296 reviews
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Large
(1)
True to Size
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Small
(100)
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
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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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: 27
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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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
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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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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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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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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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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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
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: 28
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!
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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
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.
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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: 25
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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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
April 1, 2017
Stunning look
I loved this dress! Just enough stretch if you have a big booty like me!
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 143lbs
April 1, 2017
Perfect dress!
This dress fits like a glove, very body flattering! Amazing! Definitely size up at least 1 size. I normally wear a 6 so I sized up based on reviews and ordered the 8 and the 10. The 8 ended up being unavailable so they only shipped the 10 and my backup dress. The size 10 ended up fitting me perfectly. Elizabeth and James dresses have an amazing fit. I was so happy with my first rent the runway experience! Will definitely be renting again in the future.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118lbs
March 25, 2017
Loved it!
This dress was great. Fit perfectly. A very simple dress but overall I loved it.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
March 14, 2017
Shows off curves with thick material!
I originally wanted the bright blue color of this same style but had to go with the red one because everyone else must've loved the blue too – sold out! I usually wear size 4, which I ordered as my backup. It was pretty tight, so I'm glad I had the 6, which fit like a glove. It makes me wonder if I could have even used the 8?! I expected the material to be a thick corded material, but it was smooth with a matte look. (Not sure if that makes any sense, but figured I'd share). Overall it was a dress that I felt great in and was the perfect amount of modest for meeting the boyfriend's family and friends for the first time. If I ordered again, I'd go with the blue, and probably get 8 as a backup size, though I'm thinking it'd be too long. Cons: It did ride up around my waist on occasion and was a little tight around the armpits which sometimes created not-so-flattering armpit fat if I wasn't paying attention. It was also a bit long for my liking (it hit right at the knees, I'm just under 5'3").
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
March 12, 2017
Sexy but Classy!
This dress made me feel sexy and confident! I loved the fit of it and the material was thick so it was very flattering! I wore a size 10 which is my usual size but because I have thicker legs I definitely could have used the size 12 (which was unavailable as a backup) but either way it was a great dress! Highly recommend! Simple, Classic, Sexy!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
March 4, 2017
E&J dresses give you so much shape!!
This is my third Elizabeth and James dress that I have rented and they have all given me such good shape. I am a little heavier than normal at about 135 and was able to squeeze into the size 4 (I have previously worn a 4 and a 6) this hugged my body very nicely. This is actually not the dress I chose for my one year anniversary but was sent as a replacement when my backup size in my original dress didn't come, but this is the dress I ended up wearing! The color is fabulous and flattering. The only thing about the fit was it was pretty tight in the underarm area, not sure that would have been an issue in the bigger size. My guy loved it and chose this one out of the three that came. The high neck is nice and length is appropriate with sexy little slit.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
March 1, 2017
Amazing! Fit like a glove!
I was so tempted to just keep this dress. It's super comfortable and sexy but still classy.
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Date
February 27, 2017
I have curves?
Fit was great. Gave me curves I didn't know could exist, lol. The material was on the thick side, but had some stretch, so it was super comfortable. My husband wanted to buy the dress, that's how much he loved it.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135lbs
February 26, 2017
Sexy but classy!
The dress definitely runs small. I am usually a 6 but the zipper wouldn't zip. Glad I had the backup size 8. The color was beautiful and the material was stretchy, very forgiving, and thick. I am petite but very top heavy and was able to wear it without a bra with no issues.
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
February 19, 2017
Compliments all night!!
I love E&J!!! The quality and fit of this dress was amazing and I received compliments from family and strangers all night! Dress is tight fitting, but I was able to wear my normal size (did not need to wear a bra). I can't wait to rent another E&J dress for a different event in the future!!!
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
February 16, 2017
Perfect Valentine's Dress
Normally I'm a size 4 in dresses, but after reading reviews saying this ran small I ordered a 4 and a 6. Ended up going with the 6, and it looked and felt fantastic. This was my first time renting and I was so in love.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Age: 34
February 15, 2017
Beautiful dress!
I am 5'4" and 120lbs. I ordered the size 2 and backup size 4. Both fitted but the size 2 was too tight and impossible to zip it. The size was perfect. Great quality, style, and fit. The color is beautiful, and you will feel naturally sexy but yet elegant. Appropriated for different occasions.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
February 14, 2017
Perfect Valentine's Day Dress
This dress is a typical E&J rental. Runs a little snug, but a super comfortable fit. I loved the slit, it was tasteful for our date. The color was also amazing.
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