Elizabeth and James

Kara Sheath

$60 – $80 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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219 reviews
Fit
Large
(2)
True to Size
(60)
Small
(53)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 55
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 126lbs
September 17, 2015
Love the color and design, but it runs small

Great dress but it runs small. Size up! Fabulous fall color, perfect for Texas where it is fall but still hot. Fabric is fitted and hugs the curves. It would have been perfect for this event but was too tight.

emilySeptember 17, 2015
So did you order your usual size of a 4 and that was too tight? My measurements are very similar to yours that's why I ask. Thanks in advance.
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
September 22, 2015
Beautiful and sophisticated

Love this dress. The color is on point for this season. I'm normally a 6 (I happen to have a lot of bcbg dresses and always wear a 6 with them for reference). This dress was snug as a 6 but the 8 was just a little too large for me so I went with the 6 and I'm happy I did. Great material that's nice and thick.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
September 23, 2015
Loved the color and the cut. It's perfect for a fall wedding.

It runs small. I am usually a size 2. I could fit into the 2 and zip it up but I felt it might be a little uncomfortable for sitting down during dinner or dancing at he reception. The color was more a dark purple than a wine color but I loved it. It was very different than anything I've ever worn before and I liked that. Even though the back is low it is very easy to wear a strapless bra. Very happy with my rental!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
September 25, 2015
Made me glow at 6months pregnant!

This is a beautiful and elegant dress. I wanted something form-fitting to fit my pregnant belly. It truly was beautiful. The picture does not do this dress justice. I received compliments all night. The color is beautiful and I didn't even have to wear a bra!

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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
September 29, 2015
This dress was beautiful! The color was amazing too.

The only bad thing is that it fits snug so I couldn't eat as much as I wanted to.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
October 2, 2015
The dress itself was beautiful, super chic, slimming, & flattering.

Both zippers broke, the dress was held together by strategically placed safety pins!

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
October 4, 2015
Beautiful color, fun, and sexy style without being over the top.

Great dress for a fall wedding! I loved the color and got so many compliments on the style :) The dress fits snug to the body so be prepared with the proper undergarments.

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 134lbs
October 5, 2015
I got so many compliments. This dressed fit like it was made just for me

It's a very form fitting dress. Even though it hugs ur body, it isn't too tight or uncomfortable (as long as you get your right size). I ended up wearing a backless strapless bra, but u could definitely get away with no bra. I absolutely loved this dress and got so many compliments!!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 160lbs
October 15, 2015
Form fitting but fab!

This is svelte and the material holds you in. Great fall color. Zipper does not have eyelet so you need a safety pin. The neck part fell down and all I had were bobby pins, but it worked. The 6 was damaged, so I wore the 8. not much difference in sizing, but a little more give in the behind area.

Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
October 15, 2015
Perfect dress for a rehearsal dinner.

Gorgeous dress. Fit tight all around, material was very thick so it was flattering. I would rent again!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
October 20, 2015
This dress was perfect for a Saturday night wedding. I felt classy and sexy!

Great fit! I have an athletic body type and it was perfect in all the right places! Material is comfortable! I was able to dance the night away!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
October 26, 2015
Flattering!

I thought the material was pretty forgiving for being so tight. Great color

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
November 2, 2015
Unique, rich color, classy and sexy

Great color for a fall or winter wedding! I agree with others that it is classy yet sexy. I received many compliments. I thought it was slightly too long. I wore spanx, which going back I probably wouldn't have. Yes, it smoothed things out but it also made it longer by getting rid of a bit of ruching around the waist. I was able to wear a strapless bra. It was very comfortable and flattering. The only real negative is the zipper broke towards the end of the night. There is no hook to keep it clasped at the top so I had to safety pin it.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 47
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
November 3, 2015
Beautiful fit and color

Simplicity at its best. Wore this to a charity event and stood out in a sea of short black dresses. Fits like a glove and believe the reviewers when we say it runs small. Was worried about sitting, but luckily it has some stretch!

Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 43
Weight: 109lbs
November 3, 2015
Classy and Beautiful

This dress fit really well. I was surprised that I didn't look shorter in it becuase of the length it actually made me look and feel taller. It even gave an hourglass look. It was lined and a little heavier than expected so it got hot inside there. I would not suggest this for a summer affair.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
November 9, 2015
Stunning plum color and fit

True to size, elegant

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115lbs
November 9, 2015
Gives you curves in all the right places.

I love this length dress. Accentuates your curves and slims your waistline. Thick material so more forgiving after a few drinks and dinner. Would wear this dress a million times.

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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
November 10, 2015
Perfect dress for a fall wedding.

This dress is very form fitting, i would absolutely size up. I originally was going to wear the 2 which fit my body better but i think since it was tight it formed folds in the material around the rib cage area and i thought after dinner and cake it would be safer to wear the 4. the dress had a more of a purple hue than the pic online which i ended up looking better on my skin tone. I wore emerald green/gold chandelier earrings which went perfect with the wine/purple tone. Wedding was in October up north by the water so i opted for a faux fur grey jacket which went perfectly with the dress. I removed one star because both dresses arrived with the zipper pull missing. I didnt think it was a big deal until i noticed the zipper at the neck kept zipping down. The zipper pull keeps the zipper in place, and both dresses came without them. That was annoying because my favorite part of the dress was the halter neck and throughout the evening my bf was zipping up the neck of my dress, which was pointless because it almost immediately came down so the collar wasn't as fitted as it should have been. Other than that received many compliments and felt pretty in the dress.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
November 10, 2015
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Thick fabric, stretchy, worn w strapless bra, great color

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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 28
November 11, 2015
stunning dress!

This dress is so beautiful- the color is perfect this year for the fall wedding in Colorado that I was at. I wore a pashmina with it and it was perfect. It definitely is tight- I tried to eat pretty light that day to not have to feel like I was sucking in all night. I'm usually about a 2 in dresses and this fit me perfectly.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Age: 30
November 19, 2015
My 7 course dinner

After reading previous reviews for this dress, and knowing it ran a bit small, I had planned on ordering a 6. Unfortunately, the weekend of my birthday dinner the 6 was not available, so I ended up going to the NYC RTR store to try on another Elizabeth and James dress, and I found that they actually fit very true to size. The color was slightly more eggplant purple than the photos on the website showed, which I actually preferred. Overall, I loved the dress! I wish I could have kept it...

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
November 24, 2015
Beautiful dress

The neckline and cut of this dress is perfect. Nice thick material. I would suggest going up a size as Elizabeth and James can run small.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
November 24, 2015
Perfect dress for any fall/winter event !

I am a size. 0 in almost everything but this dress the 2 fit perfect. I loved this dress it hit about half way from my knees to ankle (I am 5'3) it is a little tight making dancing hard but there is enough stretch so it's not impossible. Perfect for a November wedding - would rent again.

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
December 8, 2015
I LOVED this dress. It was the perfect combo of conservative and sexy for a company holiday party.

I ended up sizing up because my regular size was so tight that it would have been difficult to sit in. The dress has very little stretch, but that helps keep things smooth. Be prepared with very discreet undergarments; a regular strapless bra should work although I wore stick ons. Cheers!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
December 8, 2015
Most flattering dress I've ever rented on RTR!!! I received compliments all night!

I usually wear size 10 but was not available for the dates I needed. Glad I had the 12 so it wasn't super tight.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 28
December 12, 2015
The rent the run way ladies at the store were super helpful in exchanging and finding me a dress.

The dress was beautiful.. but it runs EXTREMELY small.. and although it is a stretchy material that is thick...I would still order your dress at least one size up because it is a mary kate and ashley olsen brand dress so it runs small.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 124lbs
December 15, 2015
Great fit

All Elizabeth and James dresses fit my body well. I love the fabric for all of their dresses. The color of this one is gorgeous! Loved this!

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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
October 31, 2015
First time using RTR. So easy

Pretty tight fit. But loved it. Definitely size up.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
December 22, 2015
Beautiful color and silhouette!

I actually wouldn't suggest sizing up. The 2 caused a lot of lines making me look heavier. The dress is very fitted though. It's great for fall and winter weddings! I've loved every Elizabeth and James dress I've rented and this one is without exception! Great fabric and quality! Photographs beautifully!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 117lbs
December 27, 2015
Incredibly sexy number

Absolutely stunning dress with a low back (can still wear a bra). Very tight, with little stretch, so I had to size up.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 4, 2016
The perfect dress to stay class while also turning heads

The dress is a gorgeous deep wine color and the length makes it special. Although the dress is VERY body-conscious, the fabric and color make it truly forgiving. I wore cutlets and wished I had a little more support, but as the dress is backless, it was cutlets or nothing. I wouldn't recommend this dress for someone on the shorter side, as it definitely is longer. I would absolutely wear this again.

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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
January 6, 2016
I got so many compliments on this dress. It was a huge hit. It runs small, so get the bigger size.

I have a smaller bust, so there was a little room up there, but it still fit great and I would absolutely rent again.

Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
January 7, 2016
The color of the dress

Perfect fit. Would have ordered a size 12 for a more comfortable fit

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
January 12, 2016
The color was beautiful and the dress hugged in all the right places

Only con is that the zipper doesn't have a hook at the top. I had to safety pin the zipper pull up because I have a muscular back and it kept unzipping itself!

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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36DD
January 18, 2016
Lots of compliments

Love the length. I'm 5'7" and curvy. It was a bit snug in the boob area because of the size of my chest but overall it was a beautiful dress.

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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Age: 32
January 18, 2016
Loved this dress!

Loved loved loved this dress! Color is very pretty and material is comfortable and flattering. Runs maybe 1/2 size small - I'm typically a 2 or 4 and the 4 was snug but fit well. If I could buy this dress, I would. Received more complements than I could count.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
January 18, 2016
Elegant and Secy dress

This dress is elegant and sexy. Not a lot of jewelry is needed . It's a bit uncomfortable as the neck was a bit tight and dancing was a little difficult. It runs a little small so I would size up - I'm typically comfortable in size 6 and this one was a bit snug.

Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
January 23, 2016
Great wedding dress!

Sexy but classy dress! Color is a gorgeous deep purple and I was able to wear a regular strapless bra. I usually wear between size 0-2 depending on the brand. This dress was pretty tight so I wore the 2, felt a little self conscience after a big dinner but not too bad! I'm also pretty short and was worried that it would be too long and make me look grumpy. But I thought it was a great midi look with heels!

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 128lbs
January 27, 2016
Stunning, classy, and high quality dress that was perfect for my master's graduation ceremony.

This dress was stunning and fit so well on my body... I wish I could keep it forever! The quality of the dress was outstanding. Felt amazing on my skin and I made me feel so classy for graduation! I reviewed many compliments as well. For sizing, I'm 5'5" and 120 lbs. I was worried about the length of the dress since I have shorter legs, but the dress laid perfect (esp with heels)! I'm a size 4 in pants, but since I have a smaller bust (32b), the 2 was much better fit in my chest and overall. However, I wouldn't recommend getting this dress if you don't want a tight dress in your mid section. Like I said it fits like a glove and will only get tighter after eating! Classy and elegant dress! Thank you RTR!

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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
January 27, 2016
Classy, stunning dress!

I absolutely loved everything about this dress. It’s very form fitting as other reviewers have mentioned, but the material is thick and has a slight (and I mean SLIGHT) stretch. I wore my normal size, but the bigger size fit also. The color is definitely more of a purple than maroon, which I loved. My only complaint was with the zipper. There isn’t a hook and eye closure, so a friend had to be on zipper patrol all night. Otherwise, it was perfect. I wore spanx and a stick-on bra, both of which worked great and didn’t show. I received compliments ALL night and felt amazing. I highly recommend this dress!

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