Elizabeth and James

Cross the Line Sheath

$50 rental
$465 retail
Stylist Notes

Graphic color blocking and a slit give this Elizabeth and James sheath an edge. Give the cocktail look some depth with some sparkle.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 10.

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

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric is very stretchy
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Blue abstract color-blocked crepe. (54% Polyester, 38% Viscose, 8% Elastane). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Fitted skirt with front slit. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. 41” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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72 reviews
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Large
(1)
True to Size
(18)
Small
(16)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
January 16, 2015
Love this dress!!
This dress was perfect for dinner with my coworkers! It's super stretchy and comfy! Even though it's stretchy it's still very tight. I would recommend sizing up with your back-up if you're a little curvy or have an athletic build like me. Other than that it's GREAT! One of my favorite rentals, definitely recommend this dress :)
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 146lbs
February 1, 2015
Loved it but wore my other rental
Loved it but was a bit tight. I got a size up I'm usually a 6 because all the other reviews said true to size when they wore their regular size but it looked right on them so I wore an 8. Loved my other rental better so I didn't wear it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
February 10, 2015
Unique & fun style!
I was unsure of how this dress would look on me as it is different from my usual style, but I was pleasantly surprised! The longer length is made more party appropriate with the slit and tight fit. I loved how it highlighted my waist and with some stretch, it was super comfortable! The pattern was unique and fun! Be careful with the slit though! Since I have wider hips, the slit pulled somewhat and I was nervous the seam would split! I highly recommend this style if you are looking for a twist on the LBD!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
February 11, 2015
Needed a larger size, wore it anyway, still rocked the party!
Great dress with thick, sturdy fabric. I didn't need slim wear since this stretchy dress firmed everything up. The slit was uncomfortably high but I think if I would have gone a size up, it would have been fine. I'm normally a 6, wore an 8, but needed a 10. My husband loved how it hugged my curves!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
March 16, 2015
Great dress. Comfortable and flattering.
I ordered a size up after reading the reviews and I didn't want it to be too tight. I'm usually a 6 but the 8 was perfect. Still form fitting without being skin tight or uncomfortable. I wore black tights so the slit didn't bother me. Wore with Rebecca Minkoff bomber and Loeffler Randal bag from my unlimited subscription. Loved the look and would def rent again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
March 16, 2015
Amazing Dress!
This dress runs small and I'm glad I ordered the next size up. It was super comfy and I felt beautiful in it. Also I loved the high slit! Definitely a sexy dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138lbs
March 23, 2015
Sexy and sophisticated
This dress is AMAZING! Might be my favorite dress of all time. I rented for my 6 years anniversary and it was perfect. It's sexy, sophisticated, and fits like a glove. I'm normally a size 8 and ended up wearing the size 10 even though the 8 also fit well. It is a very fitted dress so I just felt more comfortable with the 10. There is stretch in the dress so it was easy to move in. I was able to wear a regular bra. I did wear spanx. Highly recommend this dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
March 25, 2015
Beautiful dress, awkward fit
I was super excited to get this dress. The print is beautiful, and the blue is really stunning in person. I would definitely recommend sizing down-- I ordered my usual dress size and it was cut too wide in the bust, even for me who usually needs a little extra space. Was hoping to get another wear out of the dress at the office because of the conservative neckline, but the slit is much too revealing for a workplace setting.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
March 26, 2015
Fitted, fun dress
I really enjoyed how the dress ended up looking but I did find myself a little uncomfortable with the height of the slit. I am only 5'3" but it came up pretty high on me, I had to roll my spanx up on one leg, which was not comfortable! The dress is very fitted, I chose to wear the 6 because I was attending a professional event and didn't want to have a body hugging dress plus the high slit. Overall a fun dress but be sure to size up on your second just in case!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
April 30, 2015
Comfortable and could be dressed up or down
Runs small. I could have fit my usual size since there's a bit of stretch, but it looked much better a size up. It's slightly body con, so very flattering for someone with some hips.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
May 2, 2015
Great fit without shapewear
I'm not the type of person to suffer for fashion. I don't wear shapewear so if a garment requires that I squish myself like a sausage, it won't work for me. This dress is thick enough to hide those lumps and bumps in the midsection. :) I loved the length and if you want to show a bit more skin, the front zipper can accommodate. Another great RTR Unlimited find.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
May 31, 2015
Classy and sexy!
Love love love this dress. It is extremely flattering. Beware the high slit does not make it conducive for work or more conservative occasions, but if you have a place to go that requires classy but you want to push the limits a bit...this is an incredible dress. Felt amazing in it! May have to buy this one!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
June 24, 2015
Exceptionally flattering at waist
Wore to a wedding but was uncomfortable with height of slit. Not quite classy enough for a wedding (but I had no option as was destination and backup didn't work). As a plus It made my waist and butt look amazing. Colors and material are great. Top was big and puckered even with very, very padded bra. I'm a true pear shape.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
June 25, 2015
didn't wear
nice looking dress. while it technically fit, it was extremely tight and the slit goes up really high. ended up returning it as it was too scandalous for my event/my taste.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
July 13, 2015
I wore this to my best friend's rehearsal dinner. It was sexy but tasteful at the same time.
This dress was extremely flattering and very comfortable. I highly recommend it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 30
Weight: 145lbs
July 16, 2015
I love everything about Elizabeth and James and this dress didn't disappoint.
The fit is snug/a little small so I would recommend ordering up and spanx for those with less than perfect tummies. I'm only 5'1 so the length was a little past my knee was complimented by the sexy side slit. I'd definitely recommend ordering this dress for your next special occasion.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
August 6, 2015
Well Made Structured Dress with a Lot of Pattern to Add Interest
Thought this dress was a decent choice - it is quite a loud grouping of patterns obiviously, but the structure of the dress meant that it was simple enough in design that the pattern had a chance to shine. There's only two potential things to consider with this dress (not that are necessarily bad, but just as an FYI): 1) there is a pretty high slit, so if you liked the length of this dress (i.e.: looking a bit longer) then just be aware that the slit comes up high. It's not at risk of showing anything, it just adds a bit of va va voom to an otherwise classic shape, and you need to know whether that's what you are looking for 2) One of the fabrics is a bit shiny, so again, it is not bad, but it certainly gives the dress a kind of 'look' that is harder to see in some of the photos. I was wearing this for a work event so I wasn't as crazy about the slit or the shiny, but for a party or event it might be nice. Overall a decent choice that looks good on
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 148lbs
September 17, 2015
Fits like a glove
I have a very curvy figure so it's hard to find a tight dress that feel comfortable. I have big boobs, hips and ass plus the unmentionable stomach pouch I put on this year. Once I tried the dress, I put away all my insecurities. The feeling knowing a dress fits me perfectly without any help from Spanx is a win for me!!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
September 19, 2015
Show stopping slit!
Although I felt the dress ran a little small, the fabric was very forgiving so the dress was still very comfortable. I was at a wedding in Key West and this thicker fabric was a little warm, but the style and fit was perfect and I received many compliments. I would recommend to anyone looking for a more form fitting dress with a little intrigue ( i.e. slit)
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 6, 2015
Great party dress!
Feels formal with the high neckline but the fact that its form fitting with a high slit still makes you feel good! I would order your size and one size up. May not work on girls that are pear shape, it is very tight!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 145lbs
October 24, 2015
This dress was perfect for my birthday dinner! The dress fit like a glove and was very flattering.
The slit adds a very sexy detail to an already stunning dress! The colors are beautiful and the shape was ultra flattering. It did fit a little tight for a 6 but the material was thick and had a bit of stretch to it.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
October 25, 2015
Unique dress!
The dress I originally ordered didn't work out so I had this sent overnight. I was unsure about it but once I tried it on I loved it! It's so different than dresses I normally rent. I got a lot of compliments! Order a size or two up.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
December 12, 2015
Very pretty colors and Pattern
Very comfortable fabric but it ran a little short on me. I'm 5'11 and with heels, the slit came a little high. It's fine when standing up but you have to watch yourself when sitting.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
December 14, 2015
Great dress, but too sexy for a formal cocktail party.
This dress is really cute. I wore the size 6 rather my usual 4 just because of how tight the dress looked. Definitely a lot of stretch to the dress, but it is form fitting. The slit is nice, I just would have picked this for a dinner date with my husband, rather a party.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Age: 28
January 1, 2016
Amazing experience.
I loved this dress!!! I got so many compliments, it hugged all the right places and didn't even need to wear shape wear or spanx underneath. I have a bigger chest so it was a little tight (I wore an 8) on the upper part but not unbearable by any means. wanted to keep the dress!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Age: 35
January 28, 2016
Lots of compliments
Perfect dress for my body frame, I just have twins 3 months ago and breast feed, hard to find the dress to look balance , but this dress is perfect. It makes me look like I'm wearing size 2 instead of 6.I love RTR. thank you
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
January 28, 2016
Very sexy, trendy dress!
Fit runs small for sure- I usually wear a 6, maybe an 8, depending on designer but this size 8 fit me Very snugly and left nothing to the imagination haha. I still love the dress and am comfortable showing off my curves/wearing body-con dresses but could definitely have worn the size 10! It looks really great on and I wore at work with a blazer and flats to make it less sexy and then am wearing it out to a party later!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 55
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 122lbs
February 7, 2016
Sexy Sheath Dress
The dress was a tad bit small in the chest area but I still was able to wear it. The side slit wasn't too high up the leg, but I am 5'4 so if I were taller it might be too revealing. The dress hit just below my knee. The slit made it easy to walk in. My husband loved how I looked in this dress.
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
February 27, 2016
This dress was absolutely perfect!
The dress was amazing. I wore it for my fiancé surprise 30th, everyone loved my dress and compliment it. It definitely fits TRUE to size. I original order a 4 and 6. But the dress is a snug fit. I'd be very cautious doing dancing, the split does move with every motion (Haha!) It is a wonderful dress and I can't wait to wear it again. I loved this dress.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
March 31, 2016
Beautiful and unique dress
Loved the dress! Size 2 fit but was a little snug causing it to ride up so I wore the 4. I was a little disappointed that the slit seam was split from a previous wear, but thankfully it wasn't that noticeably.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 136lbs
April 16, 2016
Hot form fitting dress
A fun dress and I enjoyed wearing it. It is super form fitting so I wouldn't recommend it to someone who's not comfortable with body con type dresses. Some cons...the bottom of the dress runs small and the top runs a bit big. The slit over the leg was straining and I was nervous that it would rip when sitting down. At the same time, the top was gaping by the armpits so sizing up wouldn't be an option.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
April 17, 2016
Amazing dress.
Absolutely love the dress and would definitely get it again. Like all dresses from this brand, you have to get a size larger than you normally would, but otherwise it was a great fit, a great design, and I got tons of compliments.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 165lbs
April 17, 2016
I wore this dress to my dads retirement party and it was a hit...
The dress fit like a glove. I ordered the 10 and wore that size. It was really tight , but not so tight that it became uncomfortable. I felt amazing in it and received a lot of compliments.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
April 22, 2016
OMG. This dress was a show stopper. Perfect fit, length, just the right amount of sexy. Loveee
Just perfect. I wore this to an office party in the evening and heads turned. It was so flattering. Paired with sheer black hosiery and black pumps... Pop of color on my lips.
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 37
April 26, 2016
Great material. Well made, no need for any shapewear. Slit had a tiny seam split at the top.
Body hugging with some give. Sexy but sophisticated. No need for bold accessories.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
April 29, 2016
Date night dress at Chart House Annapolis :)
One aspect of rent the runway that I love is given the higher end dresses the fabric is always of the highest quality which results in flattering fits! This dress was no exception.I loved the side slit on this dress. I'd never worn anything like it. The fabric is thick, flexible and form fitting in the best way. There is a little shimmer to the black design on the bottom part of the dress which is fun.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
March 21, 2015
Small but well structured.
I loved this dress, I wore it to work with a blazer then straight out without the blazer to an evening event. Because it was a little tighter (I should have gone up a size) the slit kept riding up but otherwise, the cut of the dress was great. I would rent this again.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
April 9, 2015
Great dress, very flattering!
As other reviewers mentioned, this dress fits a little smaller, so I sized up. I normally wear a 4 and the 6 fit like a glove. It's incredibly flattering, and I received a lot of compliments on it when I wore it! It's very structured and the material is thick enough that you don't need Spanx at all. I loved this dress so much, I would definitely consider wearing it again in the future!!
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Age: 30
May 21, 2015
Great design and shape makes for a long and lean look. Can be dressed up/down night/day
Ordered a size up based on reviews and was perfect! Great length and design.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
June 23, 2015
Flattering and comfortable!
I rented this dress for a rehearsal dinner and loved it! Got ton of compliments, Pros: extremely flattering cut, pattern is fun, can wear a regular bra, fabric really sucks you in. I have a large bust and am usually between a 6 and an 8, but rented the 8 and 10 because reviews said to size up. The 8 fit perfectly, I didn't even try to the 10 on. Cons: I didn't love the placement of the slit - it was more in the front of my thigh rather than to the side. And, since I am 5 8 it was a lot of leg ...if you are on the taller side just keep that in mind. I couldn't wear the shorts-style spanx which ended up being fine because the fabric keep everything in. Other thing to note is the blue has a little shine to it which shows up when you take pictures with flash. Overall, a great choice!
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