Elizabeth and James

Karen Shift

$495 retail

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Stylist Notes

Cascading grommets give this black Elizabeth and James shift a playful edge. Cool kicks will give it an urban twist; heels will dress up the sporty silhouette.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size down for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: XS - L.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Not Fitted - comfortable room throughout midsection
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Bump Friendly, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black crepe (54% Polyester, 38% Viscose, 8% Elastane). Short sleeves. Crew neckline. Shift bodice with grommet detail. Exposed back zipper. Fully lined. 33 “ from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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94 reviews
Fit
Large
(25)
True to Size
(37)
Small
(2)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 120lbs
November 23, 2015
Great dress for day to night

This dress is super versatile. I wore it to work, date night, drinks with friends and a baby shower! Since shifts tend to be a little bigger, I sized down for this one and loved how it fit. Definitely recommend it!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Body type: Apple
Weight: 125lbs
December 11, 2015
I love this dress - perfect for an all day work event.

I love this dress - I'm barely 5'3" but it was still a mini - with a boxy cut like this it needs to be or it might look dowdy. Definitely runs large - I got a small and had more than enough room to spare. Wore it to an all day work party-type event - this was super comfortable and felt appropriate yet still cool. Only drawback is it's so distinctive I don't think I could wear very often - but I still want to keep it!!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 38D
January 15, 2016
Extremely comfortable

I rented this because it was on sale for NYE. My husband had to work NYE so we celebrated a couple night later. The fit was very comfortable and it is a very unique dress. I'm very glad I rented it because I got compliments from strangers!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Apple
Weight: 155lbs
January 16, 2016
Really cute dress just not appropriate for my office

I'm normally between a 10 or 12, but based on other reviews I ordered the medium and it fit, even with some room - it fit like a true sheath. I rented for work but I didn't look closely enough at the photos and didn't realize the silver spots are actual metal grommets. Super cute and edgy, just too much for where I work. It would have been awesome for a night time event or date night with tights and black boots but sadly didn't have anything going on to wear it.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 158lbs
January 28, 2016
Classy and comfy!

This dress was really comfortable but classy for a work conference reception and dinner. I wore with black nylons and black booties. Perfectly on trend too!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
L
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 176lbs
February 22, 2016
Loved loved loved

This was probably my favorite dress rented from RTR. I rented it for work and then wore it to a family party too. Online it looked like little bubbles on the dress but they are metal ruling cutouts with another layer of black behind them. Professional without being boring. Could be short for some, but I'm 5'2'' so it worked out great. Only thing is if you put both hands over your head (I was reaching for something at work) it creeps right up. Super comfy and flattering.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 129lbs
February 23, 2016
Perfect

This is a perfect dress. It's roomy in all of the right ways. The grommets all over add some flair. It is a great option for shorter girls.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
April 29, 2016
Adorable with a little edge

This shift dress was so cute. The little grommets gave it a little edge to an otherwise simple black shift. The small fit me perfectly, so I think size down to get it to be a bit fitted. I would definitely rent again.

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Size worn:
L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 165lbs
November 8, 2015
Super comfortable

Thick and forgiving fabric. Runs a bit large. I usually wear a L or XL and think I could have even worn the medium. If I raised my arms the whole dress would hike up and it would have been extremely short. All in all, I really loved it!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
December 1, 2015
Way too short!

Cute in every regard except for length..... And I'm not that tall

Top Contributor
Size worn:
L
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 64
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
February 15, 2016
Fun dress

Because of my age wore with flats and very opaque tights.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Body type: Athletic
March 15, 2016
Easy, goes with everything

Loved this. Threw it on for work and changed into heels for drinks afterwards. Would rent again!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 53
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 175lbs
May 13, 2016
More than a little black dress!

Rented for work and ended up wearing again for Sunday brunch. Runs large but very comfortable and easy to wear. Fabric is heavy so not for the summer months. It's a little boxy but fitted well for my 5. 1' height. Loved it, totally would rent again

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 117lbs
June 2, 2016
Cute but boxy dress

The fabric on this dress is thick and has quite a bit of stretch so I'd consider going a size down. I'm usually a 4 and the S felt a bit baggy. Some of that was the shape of the dress. If you are tall, beware that this dress will be quite short on you!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 10"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
June 12, 2016
runs large for this brand

nice dress, but not the best for petites. yes, it's a boxy shift that is not intended to be form-fitting, but unlike other dresses from e&j, this is not very flattering for smaller girls, as you'll appear to be swimming in it. quality and material is great. details are also fun and edgy.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
August 22, 2016
So difficult

This dress is amazing. Unfortunately the zipper is Super delicate and it kept coming unzipped. I ended up getting a second one shipped to me and even that one was super delicate. I'm ending up taking it to the tailor to get the zipper redone. It's worth it.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
XL
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 47
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
August 24, 2016
Different spin on the classic black dress

Fits large and shapeless. I believe that this is the intended style of the dress. The metal details are great, and it is well made and comfortable, including for those of us who are busty. But when you wear it, the dress is definitely the star of the show, not your figure. May be more flattering on tall, leggy women.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 128lbs
October 9, 2016
Wore to evening work event

Wore this dress with black tights to make work appropriate as it is pretty short. Super boxy cut, not figure flattering. But, with heels, it still was cute for evening work event

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 30D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 105lbs
January 13, 2017
Too formal

Looked much more casual then it actually was to me. I ended up not wearing it.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 112lbs
February 7, 2017
Thicker and heavier than expected

The material is a lot heavier and thicker than expected, making it look very boxy on, especially since it's a shift dress. If you are very petite, the XS will be too big on you.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
March 9, 2017
Adorable!

After reading other reviews I sized down and got the small (I normally would have went with a medium) and it fit almost perfectly! If I rent it again I will probably go up to the medium just to have a looser, more relaxed fit.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
March 22, 2017
Versatile cut, comfortable material

I love embellishments! This dress was simple enough for work and transitioned well for an event. So comfortable to move around in all day. Size M fit perfectly on a curvy/busty size 8. I was impressed that it flattered my figure as much as it did given the sheath cut. Hate to send it back!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
June 13, 2017
Super cute but a little short

Showed my butt when I raised my arms but very cute dress. A little heavy for summertime.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 145lbs
August 14, 2017
Don't lift your arms!

The dress is absolutely beautiful on, but it's a bit short. I'm 5'7", and I found it a bit hard to bend over or even tie my hair up unless I was sitting down. I would suggest going up a size, as the medium is closer to a 6 than an 8.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
September 21, 2017
Flattering AF

I rented this for a casual work function (that turned into drinks at a bier haus) (pictured). The dress itself is incredibly flattering, the material is very heavy, and if I could get again… I would definitely size down. The medium, being as big as it was, wasn't quite the look that I was hoping for. The detailing (grommets, etc.) absolutely makes the dress stand out and fun. Not a show stopper but fun for a casual evening out.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
October 23, 2017
Runs large

Runs large

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
November 8, 2017
Beautiful, fun dress

One of my favorite rentals!! Nice thick fabric perfect for cooler weather. Perfect for work or play. Does run a little short

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
June 14, 2018
Great dress. A solid work outfit.

Length and size were a perfect fit. Wore this to work without needing tights. Would rent again!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
June 15, 2018
Little too boxy

This dress is very well made and I like the grommet details but it was just a little too boxy on my frame

Size worn:
XL
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 175lbs
November 8, 2018
Lovely

Loved the shift dress. I sized up because I wanted a loose fit. Wore with opaque tights and black Chealsea boots. Got most compliments ever this day. Wore it twice!

Size worn:
XL
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Age: 31
October 6, 2015
The decal is so beautiful!!

Runs large, but BARELY. I still looked amazing. So don't freak out of overthink this; it'll look great even if it is a little big. I should have gone with a size Large. That said, WHAT A DRESS! I was going to Vegas for the weekend, and wore this on the plane so that we could immediately meet up with our bride-to-be friend without needing to change. Aside from the metal grommets causing a small TSA nightmare as I walked through the metal detector (the dress made the screener light up like a Christmas tree--oops!), this dress was so comfy that I was able to comfortably navigate a 4-hour Frontier Airlines hell ride with ease, and was even able to get multiple wears in over the weekend. It kept its shape the entire time, and I really put this dress through its paces. Shows, cocktail bars, taxis, airplanes--didn't even pick up the cigarette smell from smokey casinos. Cannot recommend highly enough. Really stretches and moves.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 58
Bust size: 32A
Weight: 106lbs
October 18, 2015
I swam in this dress. MUST size down. Also - the weight is heavy - might be good for winter

The dress is VERY VERY large.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
October 23, 2015
Slightly boxy fit, but terrific when styled right

I loved the look of this dress online and thought everyone wore it great in pictures. On me, it felt it was a bit boxy (I tend to be petite in my upper half as I have somewhat narrow shoulders), but I balanced it out with a somewhat fitted leather jacket and then added black tights and booties. I liked the slightly short fit and the fun grommets. I'd be happy to own this dress and may consider renting it again.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 109lbs
October 25, 2015
Fun!

This is a cute a little shift dress. Runs a bit large but it's okay for this style. I loved the material and silver accents.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
November 6, 2015
did not work for me

i'm a big fan of shift dresses, but this one did not work on my frame. i'm typically btwn a 2 and 4 a but for E&J i like to wear a 4 or even a 6 so i went with the small. it is massive. i know the style is loose, but for whatever reason, this dress fit like a triangle on me so i looked even shorter than usual. btwn the sizing and the sleeves being a bit longer than your avg short sleeve, it just looked like i was wearing a giant's tshirt. if you're going to give this a go, size down, wear high high heels, and hope for the best. if you have an even smaller frame or are more petite, i wldnt recommend this

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 59
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 128lbs
January 4, 2016
Simple but expensive-looking

I don't have a picture to share :( But I stumbled upon this dress while scanning through RTR's website and thought this is the perfect NYE dress, and it was at a discounted rate of $30 (normally $95). Other reviewers said it runs large. I usually like to order two dress sizes and almost always would fit a medium if it's true-to-size. However, there was only the small that was available and I took a risk -- it was PERFECT! I am 5 ft. tall so the hemline hit about 4 inches above the knees. People were complimenting the hardware studs. My husband said it really looks chic and expensive and I should borrow it again.

Size worn:
L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36DD
January 5, 2016
New Years Eve Wedding Rehearsal

Dress was super comfortable. I was 20w pregnant when I needed something for a rehearsal dinner (bridesmaid in a new years eve wedding). I wish I had gone the size smaller but was unsure with my "bump" how it would fit. I was able to run around after a 2 year old and still feel put together for the evening.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
February 4, 2016
Didn't work with my body type

I'm short and curvy, and I think this just works better for taller, more slender people. I was surprised that the detail was actual grommets. I thought it was just a pattern on the dress. I tried this through my unlimited. I rented a small, but maybe an XS would have worked a little better.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
February 26, 2016
A lot of compliments on this dress.

Fit is definitely very boxy, so you might want to size down if you are trying to decide between two sizes. I went with the medium but the small probably would have fit better.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
March 13, 2016
Great NYE Dress!

Material was heavy and wonderfully made (did not have to worry about wrinkles or the dress sticking to my hose). I felt like this is a dress that Taylor Swift would love. I paired the dress with black hose, black suede heels, and red lips. The silver detailing was perfect for NYE (as lots of the party props were silver, gold, and black). I wish I could have kept this one! It was super comfy!

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