Elizabeth and James

Lilac Leonie Dress

$45 – $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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91 reviews
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
March 8, 2016
Stylist Review!
Perfect for a spring date! The fit and flare silhouette features side cutouts, making it sweet and sassy. Elizabeth and James tends to run on the smaller side. The fabric has no stretch and is very fitted at the bust and throughout the midsection, so I suggest going up a size as a backup. This dress will work best for sizes A through C since the bust area is very snug. I loved the length of the dress, it fell perfectly at my mid-thigh and the skirt has nice movement to it. I suggest pairing this dress with a floral statement necklace to complete the look.
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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.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
April 6, 2016
Loved the color!
Like most Elizabeth & James dresses, it runs small...so size up! Since this dress was new to RTR, I analyzed all the other Elizabeth & James dresses like crazy. I'm usually a size 2 or 4, so, I rented sizes 4 and 6. The 6 fit perfectly! I received endless compliments and the color was so much fun. This was for a Henna/Wedding Rehearsal in Miami. I was so sad to send this dress back!
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
April 10, 2016
Fast shipping and great customer service!
Fit like a glove! I have a pear shaped body so I did not have to worry about the dress being tight on my hips. Definitely meant for those with smaller chests, the dress was very light and the material was great. Has some stretch to it, and it was overall a perfect fit.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 27
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
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 127lbs
April 27, 2016
Fun dress for a spring/summer wedding!
Cannot say enough great things about this one! The fabric is wonderfully thick and wore well throughout the night. The cutouts add a fun touch to an otherwise conservative dress. Its a bit short and might not work as well for taller girls (I'm 5'5). It was also somewhat tight in the chest, but not uncomfortable by any means. A great rental!
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
April 27, 2016
I am 5'1 and the dress fits perfect. I think for taller people it might look a bit short.
dress is stretchy and so comfortable. Got tons of compliments and everyone asked where I got it from. Wore it to a cocktail party held for influnecers and I stood out in a sea of black dresses.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
April 28, 2016
The color is a beautiful vivid lavender
Runs quite small--I usually wear a 6 and even the 8 was snug in the ribcage and bust. Nice medium fabric for transitional weather.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Everyday
Age: 20
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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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
April 11, 2016
received so many compliments! so happy i rented this dress for a spring wedding :)
the flair starts right above the belly button and is a wider than most.
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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: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 145lbs
March 14, 2016
Size up
The dress was super cute, but the dress runs small so my skin was bulging out of the cut outs so obviously I opted to not wear it
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Other
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: 29
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: 37
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: 22
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
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Age: 32
May 12, 2016
Very cute, comfortable dress!
I wore this dress to the Kentucky Derby and it was the perfect match to my fascinator for our "Purple Rain" theme. It runs just a little small, but I generally go a size up in Elizabeth and James anyway. I am almost always a 0 or 2 in most other brands and while I could have worn the 2, I worried about it squeezing to much in the cut outs when I sat down. I am 5'4" and it was a perfect length. VERY comfortable, didn't feel like I had to "suck in" all day!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 148lbs
May 23, 2016
Graduation dress!
Wore this dress for my college graduation. Loved how it looked under the black gown. Super pretty dress. As usual, going one size up in E&J dresses in the best decision. My arms could not fit in the sleeves of the six at all and side cutouts just were not flattering. The 8 was a perfect fit.
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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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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 29
June 1, 2016
Lovely lilac dress with a little flair!
Loved the color and simplicity of this dress - and the cutouts give it a unique look. I received compliments all night! I am a petite 0, 30DD. The dress is a little more snug across the bust with a bra than I would have preferred, but I didn't feel comfortable going without. I ended up wearing the 0 (with a bra) and it looked great!
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:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 105lbs
June 2, 2016
Perfect cut and color
I loved this dress. I wanted to wear it more than once and will definitely be renting it again! The color looked so nice (I'm a little pale) and it wasn't too short or uncomfortable to wear to an outdoors campground and religious ceremony with a lot of family. It went farther down than midthigh. The fabric is heavy and was perfect for a chilly outdoor evening.
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
June 7, 2016
Obsessed with this color!!
I wore this dress to my cousins wedding reception. The color is perfect and the silhouette/fit is great! Just a tad bit short for dancing (didn't keep me off the dance floor though!) Elizabeth and James is one of my favorite RTR brands and a definite go-to for me. This dress is perfect for almost any casual/cocktail event. I would recommend getting your normal size and one size up as your back-up with this brand and dress, especially if your midsection is your problem are. Love love love this dress, definitely recommend renting it!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 20
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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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 25
June 19, 2016
Great wedding with an amazing date.
The fabric offered no stretch and since my bust is on the bigger side, it was very unforgiving. I was complimented all night on the beautiful color and great design but felt uncomfortable from the squeeze the dress was putting on my chest. If I had sized up it would have been too big on the sleeves and everywhere else but the bust. :'/
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
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: 29
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!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 142lbs
June 28, 2016
Stunning silhouette for HS-reunion-style wedding!
I wanted something a little edgy for a wedding where I would be seeing many people from my past, and this dress delivered! It was form-fitting up top while being flowy at the bottom; definitely a fit-and-flare type. As many other reviewers mention, definitely size up one for your first size, and size up two for your second size. For virtually every dress I've ever gotten from RTR, I've worn a 6, but with this I needed the 8. The ribcage - my narrowest part - was extremely tight, and while the cutout are not prone to "bulging", it will happen if the dress is too small. As a short person (5'2"), I found the length to be perfect for a backyard summer wedding in New England, though it might be too short on taller folks. Several people whom I had never met before walked up to me and complimented me on the dress; it's conservative enough to meet any relatives, but still cute without being flashy. I only give 4/5 stars because the fit is quite small, including in the bust/waist. I wore with nude heels and gold accents, and I think that worked quite well.
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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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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
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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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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
August 4, 2016
The Fabric is so lovely.
The dress hits all the right the places.
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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