Elizabeth and James

Lilac Leonie Dress

$45 – $80 rental?
$365 retail
Stylist Notes

Alluring side cutouts make this purple Elizabeth and James dress more than charming. Pair the look with wedges.

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: Fitted - dress fitted 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: Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Purple crepe (69% triacetate, 31% polyester). Short sleeves. Crew neckline. Flared skirt. Cutout detail at waist. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 33” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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81 reviews
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Small
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
May 19, 2017
too small, but lovely color :)
I really wish I listened to the RTR customer service rep and sized up! This dress runs SMALL. The color was so pretty though. I'd definitely try renting again, but a size or two up next time.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
May 17, 2017
Great to dance in!
This dress twirls like a dream. It was a perfect length. The cut-outs are in a good spot so you can still wear a regular bra. I did think it ran small. Anyway, great dress and got a bunch of compliments!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 19
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110lbs
May 8, 2017
Perfect for pictures!
My daughter needed a purple dress at the last minute for her sorority's Founder's Day event so of course I went straight to RTR. She usually wears a 0/2 so I got both sizes and for this she had to wear the 2. She's 5'3, 110 lbs and a 32B. She paired it with a pearl necklace/earrings and nude strappy pumps. She got so many compliments! :)
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
May 1, 2017
Loved this color and fit!
I loved this dress! It fit perfectly , the sleeves weren't too tight and the cutouts added a little extra to it. The flair fit was very flattering and the length was perfect. I would definitely rent this again!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
April 26, 2017
Obsessed with this dress
It is adorable and I seriously loved this dress but I was unable to wear it to my event. I'm 6'1 and it was too short in the back which just broke my heart
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
April 26, 2017
Perfect for any occasion!
I have no complaints! The dress runs small, so definitely size up. Received a ton of compliments :)
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 124lbs
April 24, 2017
Not true to size.
I was so excited about wearing this dress to a wedding this past weekend. I ordered a size 2 and a size 4, both were too small. I could barely zip the 4, and when I got it zipped I was overflowing out of the cut outs on the sides. SO not attractive. I'm definitely disappointed with this one.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 123lbs
April 21, 2017
Such a fun dress! Got lots of compliments at a spring wedding.
Loved this dress! It was perfect for a spring wedding where I wanted to be a little conservative around my boyfriend's friends and family, and I got a bunch of compliments. A few things: first the weight of the material is a little heavy so if you're going to be in a really hot and humid place I might avoid it for an outdoor event. Second, I recommend wearing shorts if you're going to twirl while dancing if you don't want to flash people. Third, it ran a little small so it was a bit of a tight fit under the underarms and at the waist. I definitely recommend going up at least one size from your usual.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
April 13, 2017
It was our engagement session.
Sleeves are TIGHT and the material is a bit heavier than it looks. Other than that, it was the perfect decision for our engagement session.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 110lbs
April 12, 2017
Great dancing!
Great dress! Flattering and fun! I loved dancing in it and felt very comfortable. The top fits tight, but it is loose from the belly down which allowed me to comfortably eat lots of cake and cookies :)
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
April 11, 2017
Cute and flirty but still conservative.
I wore this for a birthday dinner date with my hubby. The thick material was perfect for a cold night in SF. Sorry my pic does not show off the cutest part of the dress - the cutouts on the side. I was able pair with my over the knee boots which means it's on the shorter side but I wore spanks so it didn't feel too exposed. The one downside of this dress is when you sit, your fat can pinch out of the side cutouts a bit. I had to be mindful of it and adjust multiple times during dinner.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Weight: 117lbs
April 3, 2017
Really pretty color, super thick material
Loved it! Had to wear the 6 cause the 4 was way too tight on my chest. Very pretty, hit right above my knee.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
March 9, 2017
Gorgeous fit, gorgeous color
Fit like a dream (I had to size up from my normal 4, but the 6 was PERFECT), and the color was amazing - great for those with ashy, cool-toned hair. Got so many complements all night and felt like a goddamn princess.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Weight: 120lbs
February 25, 2017
I never wore it
I never ended up wearing the dress. It was so tight that my fat squeezed out the sides and I'm a 0! It runs very small. I wish I knew to get a size 2.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 25, 2017
The dress looked amazing. It made my waist look tiny!
The only thing that I may not though about was the two holes on the sides. Once I realized hat my roles came out if I bended I felt a little bit self conscious.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
January 17, 2017
Graduation Spectacular
Fit well, ended up going into the Rent the Runway store and exchanging for a bigger size (6), so that the cutouts didn't have skin protruding out, though I was between a 2-4 typically. I'm 5'9", all legs and curvy on the bottom [read: pear shaped] and this dress did everything I needed it to. It was conservative while I had my gown on, but for pictures and stuff without the gown, the cutouts were a nice touch while remaining a modest dress for the most part. Color is accurate, and fabric is thick but not uncomfortably so.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
January 14, 2017
Rented this for my daughter for a wedding. She's in the middle. It looked fantastic. Great service
Might run right through the bust if you are over a C cup. It is very flattering. Short so it is youthful looking. The cut outs are very cute without being too revealing
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Age: 17
November 12, 2016
the color and the slits!
runs small, but looks pretty! :)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
November 1, 2016
flirty, but not too much skin. cute to dress up or down!
runs very small across bust and at waist. normally wear an 8 and picked a 12 -- it was perfect
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
October 22, 2016
I loved this dress! It flows so nice and the cutouts are classy enough for a wedding
I'm normally a 2 but I have slightly broader shoulders so I decided to wear the 4 because it allowed me to move around more comfortably. The weight of the dress is a little heavier which was exactly what I was looking for to keep the dress from blowing up at the windy Big Sur outdoor wedding I attended. I might have been a bit hot in it if I was at a 90F outdoor wedding, but this was perfect. My only regret was not taking a vertical picture where you can see the cutouts, because they were so cute. I loved how the dress flowed when I danced, it was so comfortable and perfect. My fiance actually made fun of me because I kept looking at my reflection in the window while we were dancing :P I would size up for the backup size just in case if you have a bigger chest and shoulders
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
October 21, 2016
Loved the Material and Fit
A lot of people said these dresses run tight in the ribcage but I didn't have a problem. I was a little self conscious at first with the cut outs when I sat down but it was too bad. I was surprised at how heavy the material was but I liked it.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
October 16, 2016
I got SO many compliments on this dress throughout the whole night at our friends wedding!
This dress is such a pretty purple color. I'm so thankful for the free backup, because I ended up ordering the larger of the two sizes (the 10). It does fit small. As others have mentioned, the material is very thick, but it didn't bother me. I couldn't wear a bra with this dress due to the location of the cutouts, so make sure you have a bra alternative. So many people complimented my dress throughout the night - I'm so glad I picked this one for a summer wedding in Palm Springs!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
October 13, 2016
Not for busty girls...
The dress was beautiful on. I love the color and it is a nicely made dress ....but ... there is no give in the material, and it was too tight across my chest to wear. I might try renting again and try a size or two up.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Age: 26
October 4, 2016
So many compliments!
I wore a larger size than usual; so order one size up, too!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 102lbs
September 29, 2016
One of the best dresses I wore all summer!
This dress is so amazing, super cute and sexy at the same time! The only issue is the sizing. Based on the reviews, I ordered a size larger (2 instead of my usual 0), but the 2 was massive. I couldn't even wear it, and I always try to make something work. I returned it and ordered the 0, and it was so tight and super tiny. This one I made work, it was just so tight it was impossible to feel comfortable in it, especially when sitting. It was worth it overall, because the style and color are so amazing, it was one of my favorite styles I've rented so far. Definitely order two sizes if you can, because it seems there is no in between for way too big and too tight.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
September 29, 2016
Standout color! Classy with a smidge of sexy!
Great dress for a wedding, formal yet a hint of sexy with the side cutout. Runs a bit tight around the waist. I wear a size 34B bra and had a bit of room to fill out in the chest. Great material too. Elizabeth and James does it again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36D
September 28, 2016
Beautiful comfy dress.
I would definitely get a size up. I normally wear a 6, but the 8 was perfect.
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 26
September 25, 2016
Flirty, fun and elegant!
Loved this dress! It definitely fits true to size. Color is as pictured on the site. The cut outs were perfectly placed at the smallest part of the waist and I loved the shape it gave me! The material is pretty thick and the dress definitely had a weight to it. But it worked well for the mid September weather in upstate New York. My only word of caution--Length wise, a little on the shorter side. Careful if you go dancing and spin into your partner! You'll be showing a lot more skin. All in all, one of my fav rentals!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 25
September 7, 2016
The fun color and skirt to dance in
It ran a bit smaller than other dresses I have rented of this brand - specifically in the bust area. It would a good idea to order a size or two up just because it is really tight there and lays funny near the slits if it is too tight. Otherwise, absolutely loved the color for a Labor Day/summer wedding and got a ton of compliments all night. It matches everything, so it wasn't hard to find shoes or accessories to wear either!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Weight: 135lbs
September 3, 2016
Beautiful dress and color!
I'm glad I followed the advice and got my regular size and a size up! I fit into my regular size, but decided to wear the larger one to leave room for dinner. I got compliments all night long. Just be careful if you like to dance--spinning too quickly could make for a good story.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 31
August 30, 2016
Super cute and comfortable!
I really loved the fit of this dress. I order a size larger than my normal size per all the reviews and it was perfect. I felt comfortable all night and loved dancing in it.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 101lbs
August 27, 2016
Great Dress!
This was my first time using RTR and I was nervous about the size of the dress and not being able to try it on before I paid for it. But the dress was absolutely stunning! I loved it and I received a lot of compliments. I will definitely use RTR again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 31
August 26, 2016
Received many compliments! I felt sexy (peepholes) and classy (no cleavage) at the same time.
I'm 5'1", 118lbs. 2 fit snug, but well.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Weight: 116lbs
August 23, 2016
Gorgeous, flattering, yet comfortable party dress!
I rented this dress for a formal birthday party - it could not have been more perfect. The fabric is thick and comfortable, yet the cut out slits and shape make it very sexy and flattering. I'm glad I read the reviews on the sizing, because it definitely runs small - I am almost always a 0, and the 2 fit nicely (definitely snug in the chest and ribs, but the 4 was too large). You can really dress this up or down - I wore gold flat sandals, which made it perfect for a nice dinner, but you could absolutely do this for a rehearsal dinner, wedding, or formal cocktail event. I am definitely looking forward to renting another E&J dress soon!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
August 22, 2016
Simple, Comfortable Dress
This dress was so simple, but very pretty. The cutouts on the sides gave it a little edge. It worked nicely paired with a necklace. The material is thick, so I would not rent for an outside event in the summer unless you will be inside. It would work perfect in early fall!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
August 19, 2016
Classy with a touch of sex appeal!
Beautiful color and fit! I went with the 4 only for comfort reasons. I wanted to dance the night away without feeling restricted! The fabric is thick but was perfect for an indoor Michigan wedding.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 28
August 16, 2016
Perfect in every way!
I absolutely loved this dress! This was my first time using RTR and will not be my last. The color is beautiful and perfect for a summer wedding. I received compliments all night. I am glad I read the reviews and order a size up. I usually wear a 4 but it was just too snug through my mid-section; the 6 was a perfect fit. I didn't want to send it back and would rent again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140lbs
August 14, 2016
Runs small!!!!
Beautiful color, good quality THICK fabric. Runs small
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
August 14, 2016
Unique and striking dress!
Definatley one of my favorite rentals ever! I sized up for my backup and am happy that I did, I had ordered a 6 and 8. The 6 fit, but caused a little bit of skin to bulge out of the cutouts when sitting. The 8 was perfect, it gave me plenty of room to move without worrying about the opening on the sides. I was able to wear a regular bra, and underwear. Dress is heavy material, the party I attended was inside so I was comfortable, but I do not think it would be good for hot weather outdoor events. I felt gorgeous in the dress, and loved how it was subtlety sexy! Color was phenomenal!
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
August 13, 2016
Can I keep it?!
I truly loved this dress, I have no complaints. I was worried about the cutouts not being flattering but they fall in just the right place. Loved the quality of the dress. I received compliments all night long, and now I don't wanna give it back :(
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