Elizabeth and James

Kara Sheath

$60 – $95 rental
$395 retail
Stylist Notes

Show off your shoulders in this sleeveless Elizabeth and James dress. Try the sleek look with barely-there sandals and Elizabeth and James Accessories' Sol Cuff.

Size & Fit

Sized: 0-12

Product Details

Purple crepe (54% Polyester, 38% Viscose, 8% Elastane). Sleeveless. High neckline with back slit. Fitted skirt. Exposed back zipper. Back slit. Fully lined. 47” from shoulder to hem.

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198 reviews
Fit
Large
(2)
True to Size
(53)
Small
(50)
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36A
Weight: 145lbs
October 8, 2017
Loved how the dress looked. Thanks Rent the Runway for making this mommy feel beautiful!
Both sizes fit great, but went with the smaller one for a more snug fit. Color was beautiful and the length was perfect for a girl of my height.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
October 2, 2017
Perfect dress!
Perfect dress! Runs a little small, so order up for back up
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Age: 32
September 30, 2017
Classy but sexy!
I felt so confident in this dress! Normally I'll wear spanx just to make sure everything stays in place but there's no need for that with this dress. It hugs your curves in all the right places but isn't so constricting that you can't move. I'm normally a 0 but the 2 fit perfectly. I definitely recommend sizing up. I felt sexy, confident and I was comfortable! The perfect dress!
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 119lbs
September 28, 2017
Modern wiggle dress
So the lighting at this wedding was pink, so excuse the color of the photo. The dress is a deeper purple than the RTR model photos but very lovely. It's a thicker dress so for me, great but if you run hot you may be a little warm in the mid section. Admittedly, I could've worn the 2 as it fit my bust better but it was larger in my hips & waist than I (or my husband ha!) like. The zero was perfect! A little snug on my top (I'm 32DDD) yet fitted and sexy and not like I was stuffed into it! It's definitely a wiggle dress so don't expect to be taking long steps or running in it :) I'd own this in a heartbeat.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 26, 2017
Amazing dress!
Beautiful and stunning, would definitely rent this dress again
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
September 25, 2017
You feel amazing in this dress
There is no hook and eye for the zipper, and I wish there were.
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 172lbs
September 24, 2017
runs 2 sizes small
Not much stretch at all and it runs about 2 sizes small
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
September 21, 2017
all the right curves!
this neckline, back + color is 100%! being curvier on the bottom, i was nervous the 6 would be small but needed to compensate for my upper body. Which ended up being okay, didn't have to wear spanx. the fabric is pretty thick and holds you in. definitely runs true to size but size up one just in case if you think you may need the wiggle room. it is a little longer but didn't mind once i had my heels on definitely shows off your curves and i love that got compliments all night
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
September 11, 2017
I rented this dress for a wedding and the mother of the bride told me I was the best dressed guest!
The dress ran true to size for me. I've rented Elizabeth & James dresses before and always had to size up, but not this time. The fabric is thick and very forgiving. I'm tall so the length was perfect for me. I did not have any issues with the collar zipper sliding down. The top hook was missing above the longer zipper on the dress I wore so I did have to check every now and then to make sure the back zipper didn't slide down. That's the only reason I'm giving this dress four stars. Otherwise I would totally rent this again!
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
August 28, 2017
Eye catcher
It was very fitting to my body shape & I loved how my upper back was revealed. I received compliments all night.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
August 28, 2017
Absolute favorite!
Fits like a glove! Seriously my favorite rental to date. There's a little stretch which made it extremely flattering. I needed help with the top zipper, but loved everything about this dress!
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
August 16, 2017
Stunning head turner
This is a gorgeous plum color and shows off shoulders and upper back. Cons: it's a bit too long for the petite crowd and the back zipper needs a clasp; it would stay up better if one was added.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 0
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
August 5, 2017
COLOR and FIT on point!
Fit like a glove , in a good way!!!! So comfy, so flattering, I'm pretty short 5'2 120 lbs with an athletic build and oh my LAWD this dress was incredible! It came down to my mid shin for length.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Age: 30
July 24, 2017
LOVED this dress. I would rent it again!
I usually wear a 0 in dresses. I wore a 2 and it fit perfectly.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 119lbs
July 24, 2017
Ended up having to return for the next size up. It's an absolutely gorgeous color though.
Definitely clings to the body, so order a size up
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
July 18, 2017
Stunning cut and color!
I love this dress and would love to give it 5 stars but the zipper does not stay up!! I constantly had to re-zip the back of my dress. If this had a latch I would give this 5 stars. The cut, the color, the material everything is gorgeous. Be prepared to constantly have to ask your date to zip up your dress though.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
July 13, 2017
Luv this dress!
Definitely fits small. The back up size allowed me to move and breathe easier than the 0. I also did not have any problems with the zipper staying up behind the neck. I recommend wearing without a strapless bra and opt for the jelly cups from victoria secret (or something similar), you'll have a better fit and won't have to worry about making sure your bra isn't showing in the back. Great Dress!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
June 26, 2017
Great fit, very comfortable
This was my first RTR dress. The dress fit perfectly and was very comfortable sitting, standing and dancing. It's form fitting without being too restricting. I'm 5'5 125# and I wore the size 4. The only problem I had with it is that the hem is coming undone in front and sometimes you could see it. The top zipper would also catch and not zip properly. Hadn't it have been for those two things I would've given it 5 stars!
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
June 24, 2017
Beautiful Dress, must rent!
Gorgeous dress! I loved the halter and open back. Unfortunately I was not able to wear it as it was too small on top. The body of the dress fit perfectly. I will definitely rent this dress again but size up.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
May 22, 2017
Beautiful color! Loved the dress
I wore this dress to my fiancé's graduation and loved it! I'm squatting a little in this picture, it's not as long as it looks on me in the photo. Like other reviews mentioned, it is TIGHT. Like walking-up-stairs-is-a-challenge restrictive (on me at least). But it's really a beautiful dress, great color, overall I loved it.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
May 9, 2017
So many compliments!
This dress fit like a GLOVE- in a really good way. I got both sizes (2 and 4) but ended up going with the size 2. I will admit you have to keep it tight but it was an amazing dress. Also, it's a bit more dark purple than in picture. I would def recommend to wear
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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
May 7, 2017
Classy and sexy
This is a nice dress. It runs really small. I am usually a 4 or 6. I read the reviews and ordered a 6 and an 8. Even the 8 was tight-over the bust and hips. RTR overnighted me a bigger size. I requested a 10 but they didn't have one. They sent a 12 which actually fit pretty well over the bust and hips. It was slightly big in the waist but I wore it anyway. It's nice thick fabric. I wore pasties. The zipper doesn't stay all the way up. I got a lot of compliments. The color was great and the dress is high quality. The sizing is crazy though. I ordered a backup style in a 4 and that fit perfectly.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Other
Age: 32
May 4, 2017
Gorgeous but zipper doesn't stay up!!
Stunning, fitted dress. Was a perfect dress for my charity event, but the zipper in the back of the dress would not stay up. There is no hook and loop closure to keep it up, we had to use a safety pin. Expect to go bra less and wear shaping or very minimal under garments.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 43
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 108lbs
May 2, 2017
Elegant and sexy all in one!
This is a fantastic dress for a night out. It is sexy while not being over the top. The fit is very body con and the bare shoulders and back are very sexy, while the midi length and mock turtleneck keep it from being over the top. Fit was true to size and I felt great in it. Definitely recommend it!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
April 11, 2017
Stunning dress!
I received compliments all night long and I am so GLAD I went with this dress. It's both elegant and sultry, which I think was a nice combination. I initially went with the size 4 but true to the comments, it runs small and I'm glad I had the size 6 as a backup. The stretch was very forgiving.
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
April 1, 2017
So many compliments
The amount of people who commented on this dress - the style, the color, the fit - was unreal. Perfect choice.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
April 1, 2017
Rented for my 25th birthday party - venue was double booked for a 30th bday too (ha)
I originally was going to wear the Forrest Jumpsuit but because it was returned without the belts, RTR fantastic customer service team sent me this dress as a backup. I'm glad they did because I loved it so much I wore it instead! Other reviewers are right - it does run small. But it IS a tight look to begin with, so I think this dress is best for events where extreme movement is not necessary. I loved how it looked and even though my venue got double booked with another party, I still felt like a kween <3
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 50
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
March 29, 2017
Fun Wedding
I would definitely order a size larger as a back up, I usually wear a 6 but the 8 fit great. Very flattering! Nice dress
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 110lbs
March 28, 2017
Beautiful, classy!
Fit well. Had just the right amount of stretch. The deep eggplant color was beautiful. A very classy dress - great for a wedding!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 139lbs
March 27, 2017
PERFECT dress
Wore this to a spring wedding. I got SO many compliments. The fabric is thick and luxurious. I wear a 32DD and went braless. It was skin tight (which I'm into) and very sexy. I would totally rent this again... it's a phenomenal dress. Only downside: the zipper at the top of the halter broke about 1 hour into wearing it. Luckily I was able to get my hands on a safety pin. If you want to rent this dress: bring a hefty safety pin with you just in case. I would rent it again even if I knew it was going to come with a broken zipper at the halter. It was great.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Age: 27
March 27, 2017
So many compliments!
I'd picked this up at the NYC flagship store when the Herve Leger I'd rented for a wedding didn't fit properly, and I was very happy with it. I normally wear a 4 but, because the fabric has stretch, was able to make the 2 work and the material was still thick enough to smooth things out. If you have a short torso, it's easier to just forego the bra since the back comes slightly lower for us and the sides are still wide enough that there's not a huge sideboob concern. I did have a slight problem with the zipper: there's no hook or clasp at the top, so it kept trying to wiggle down. An artfully placed safety pin on the inside of the dress that goes under the slider helped keep it up, so I recommend trying that. Zipping up the neck is also almost impossible to do on your own without snagging your hair, so ask a friend to help. Overall, though, this was an amazing dress.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 46
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
March 22, 2017
I received numerous compliments on this dress, it fit beautifully but definitely go one size up!
Some other renters mentioned an issue with the zipper, I did not have the issue.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
March 15, 2017
LOVED this dress! All of the other reviews were accurate-zipper fell down a bit. MANY COMPLIMENTS!
Again, the zipper fell down a bit but it wasn't too cumbersome. The fabric was not stretchy but looked awesome on. I was comfortable and felt super sexy for my Bachelorette. Definitely would recommend ordering a size up.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
March 9, 2017
Engagement Party
i rented this for an engagement party it was PERFECT what people say about the zipper is sort of true it ended up holding just fine but i kept a little safety pin in my purse just in case but ended up not having to use it
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
March 8, 2017
Producer of a MAO local pageant!
Absolutely loved this dress and I received numerous compliments on it. It was extremely comfortable and the fabric is nice and thick. The color is more of a purple/plum, than the burgundy color shown in the picture. The dress was a perfect length, but it did have a small rip in the slit when I received the dress. I feel that the dress was definitely true to size and would love to rent it again!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 137lbs
March 7, 2017
Gorgeous color and amazing fit!
This dress is one of my favorite RTR rentals. Soooo flattering and fits like a glove. Fitted dresses are usually too baggy in the stomach and/or lower back area on me and this one fit perfectly! Color is gorgeous and different than the typical LBD. The high neck is super flattering and sexy - even more sexy than a low cut dress IMO. No need for undergarments or shapewear. I agree with the other reviews about size - it does run small. I am almost always a 4 in dresses and the 4 was snug - I am wearing the 4 in the pic but ended up wearing the 6 for comfort. It was still fitted, but gave me a little more room in the chest area and was easier to walk in. The zipper did not fall down on mine like some of the other reviews mentioned, but you do have to zip entirely out of the dress to use the bathroom. The neck zipper can be challenging to get back up, but really it's no big deal. This one is a sleeper...Rent it you'll love it!!!
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 100lbs
February 26, 2017
Classy with a hint of sexy
One of my favorite RTR dresses! I love the color and how the dress isn't too revealing but it is longer, hugs you in, and makes you look very sleek and slender. It runs a little small. I think I would have felt a little more comfortable in the 2 except the zipper was broken but the 0 still worked.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
February 17, 2017
Beautiful color & perfect fit!
I rented this for a night out in Vegas for a bachelorette party, and received so many compliments. It fit my curves perfectly and the color was beautiful. It was comfortable and easy to dance in all night.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
February 13, 2017
This dress ran extremely small and tight but is a beautiful color
The dress was way too small for me. Luckily, I rented this for a wedding and another one of my girlfriends was able to wear it and looked great! Definitely order a size or two big.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 48
February 8, 2017
Perfect for a late summer party! It fit very well and I got a lot of complements.
Form fitting but not overly tight. Loved the back.
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