Elizabeth and James

Lilac Leonie Dress

$65 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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105 reviews
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
March 11, 2016
Fun cocktail option
I've only ordered size 2 for all dresses I've rented from RTR but I actually wore the 4 because it was incredibly tight in the chest. The bottom was a good length - no issues there. Good for a work event. The fabric was a thicker material so it was good for a nighttime outing. I think it would have been too hot during the day. The fabric also caught on my clutch and balled up under my arms but didn't notice until the following day. Would definitely rent again - great color and a great alternative from a LBD for a cocktail occasion.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Age: 31
March 31, 2016
Size up one size and this is a perfect dress in every way.
Perfect garden party dress. The color is brilliant. I always have to size up one size in Elizabeth and James, but their dresses are amazing.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 107lbs
April 14, 2016
Elizabeth and James is a really quality company, the dress was amazing quality.
There are no cons to this dress, I got one million compliments. It's a quality dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
April 25, 2016
This fun and flirty dress was perfect to wear wineries in Sonoma.
I normally wear a 2 but it was pretty snug so I ended up being more comfortable in the 4.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 21
Body type: Hourglass
April 30, 2016
You can never go wrong with a dress from Elizabeth and James , it's perfection
Soft , yet stunning color , loved the flair of the bottom of the dress .
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 110lbs
April 17, 2016
Id say true to size with a thicker material which is not stretchy but nice because it hold you in
Wore it for a shower and got many compliments
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
March 7, 2016
For me, the skirt was a little too full for the length
I LOVE the color and LOVE the sleeve length and the fabric. The only reason I sent it back was because the skirt was a little to full for the length. It made it feel just a little to "girly/ice skatery" skirt that just didn't vibe with the sleek neckline, sleeves, & cut outs. I have unlimited so I may try it again over the summer.
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
March 26, 2016
Didn't wear
This dress is a pretty color and nice fit, but sleeves are a little long and skirt a bit too flared for look I was going for. You'd need a very specific occasion to wear this (girly but cut outs make it too sexy for most day time events)
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
May 2, 2016
Flirty and feminine flair, perfect for petite women
Pros - thick material - runs small and fit very well (I am generally a 00 and this still fit) - can be dressed down or up, perfect for a spring event Cons -arrived wrinkly, needed a really good ironing Overall it was lovely to wear and the flair is flirty and girly! The color is also less lavender which I appreciated. Def would rent again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
May 3, 2016
Pretty and unique - conservative with a little flirty flare!
Very pretty deep lilac color! The material was very thick but not too heavy and didn't look thick. The silky liner was so comfortable! It was very tight on the waste, giving the perfect hour glass. If you're conservative about the side slits or have a fuller bust, make sure to size up bc it's very tight in the waste and upper body. The skirt was full and pleated - it was cute and flirty and a perfect length where it was short enough to be fun and flirty but not too short where you had to be careful bending down or moving. definitely better for slightly cooler weather bc of the material. Well cute and very well made! :)
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Age: 38
May 5, 2016
Loved this dress! Very flattering and flirty!
Love it!
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 23
Body type: Athletic
May 10, 2016
Great dress
Great fit. Thick material, which was kinda bad just because I wore it to the Kentucky Derby and it was very hot. But love the dress! Got so many compliments
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
May 30, 2016
Loved the lilac color!!!!
The dress is a beautiful color and the cutouts add an edge to the dress. The only con is that it was a bit too short for a formal affair. But the color is gorgeous!!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
June 2, 2016
Compliments galore!
I chose this for a Spring wedding because of the color and style-fun and flirty but, still conservative (was with my boyfriends family the whole evening). I usually wear a 4 and had it been even a touch smaller, it wouldn't have fit my chest (34D). I recommend shorts if you are going to be dancing! I am 5'2 and the length was great. I would definitely rent this dress again. Wonderful RTR experience.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
June 6, 2016
Cute but super small
This is a really cute dress but it runs VERY small. I normally wear a size 4 and it was difficult to breathe in the size 6. I wish I had rented a size 8 too. I would recommend sizing up by 1 and 2 sizes. The fabric is good quality and thick but since it's light colored, I had to wear a bra.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 21
June 13, 2016
Perfect Dress for a Perfect Occasion
This Elizabeth James dress was amazing. It fit true to size and the cut outs were tasteful and flattering. The fabric was thick but not too hot for a summer wedding.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
June 17, 2016
Perfect INDOOR summer wedding dress!
Yet another amazing piece by E&J! Fits true to size and lands just above the knee on my 5'2 frame. Cut outs make it fun and flirty without being inappropriate for church service. The material is very thick so wouldn't recommend for a hot outdoor wedding. Got tons of compliments and I would definitely rent again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 124lbs
June 19, 2016
So pretty!
I thought this dress ran just a little small. I had a little bit of room in the waist but it was tight on my chest and I definitely couldn't have gone smaller. The material is thick and really nice. I hardly wear any color so lilac was a departure and I'm so happy I went with it. I got compliments all night and felt really pretty!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 107lbs
June 26, 2016
Amazingly flattering
I absolutely love this dress. It fit perfectly and has thick, well structured fabric that prevents any lumping or bunching. My husband said it's his favorite RTR dress on me!
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 28
July 11, 2016
Great unique dress
I liked this dress because it was very simple but the cutouts and the bright color made it unique. I received a lot of compliments on it. It does run at least a size small. Thankfully I read reviews before ordering and sized up. My one comment would be that it is a very thick material. For an outdoor July wedding I was very hot in it, but the dress itself is beautiful.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
July 23, 2016
Perfect for a wedding guest!
I was so on the fence about this dress, and I almost sent it back... But then I wore this dress to a summer wedding and despite the heavy material, I liked it a lot. The side cutouts were daring and different, and it was easy and fun to accessorize. The only reason I gave this dress 4 stars is because how small it runs. I'm normally a size 8-10 and I was struggling with the 12, especially in the chest area. Thankfully the thick material is stretchy enough where I had zero problem zipping it up, and with some pasties I could have gone without a bra, but didn't (I just can't do that!) The cutouts were in a good place where it was easy to pull the dress up and hide them if I was feeling a bit bulgy. After all, I would recommend this dress, but definitely size up one or two sizes! See more on theblondestyleblog.com!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
July 24, 2016
Such a cute dress! Backup size was perfect!
I rented a size up because I had read reviews that the dress ran small. I ended up wearing my backup size which was my actual dress size and it fit like a glove! I was so happy with the dress - it's very flattering! However, if you have a bum it will hike up in the back so just be aware of that!! Overall I loved the dress and was so comfortable the whole night! <3
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 154lbs
August 1, 2016
Outstanding dress!
Beautiful dress! Definitely recommend it. Just like the reviews stated, it does run a full size small! Usually a dress size 10, ended up wearing the back up size 12!
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
August 7, 2016
Lots of compliments
Love this dress! It made me feel so pretty. Very simple but elegant.
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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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140lbs
August 14, 2016
Runs small!!!!
Beautiful color, good quality THICK fabric. Runs small
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:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
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!
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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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 32
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:
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
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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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
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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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
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:
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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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
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:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
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:
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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