Elizabeth and James

Mod Melinda Dress

$129 to buy
$394 retail
Stylist Notes

With a slight neckline cutout, this mod Elizabeth and James mini is super sixties. Pair the berry dress with neutral pumps.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size down for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-12

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: 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, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Purple crepe (54% Polyester, 38% Viscose, 8% Elastane). Long sleeves. Crew neckline with keyhole cutout. Shift bodice. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 33” form shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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66 reviews
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Large
(5)
True to Size
(32)
Small
(2)
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 53
Body type: Athletic
January 2, 2016
The dress is fun and flirty. And, the color is fabulous!

Perfect fit!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
January 28, 2016
Amazing dress!!! Rent it

Such a great dress! Wish I owned it! It was a tad on the short side. I'm 5'7 and wouldn't do any raising the roof in this one. The slit in the front was a pretty revealing as well. I wore a thicker/bandeau like bra which was visible. Bra less may have been better if the night wasn't so cold. The material was very thick and kept my arms warm. If you have any sort of cleavage it WILL be peaking through. The color was beautiful and very flattering in all lighting. This dress could be dressed up or down. My date loved it, turned out to be a very sexy dress. Will rent again!!

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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
February 8, 2016
Great dress!!!

This dress was very flattering. I wish I had gotten a full length picture that showed the dress! It wasn't too short or too long. Just perfect! Loved the bell sleeves and the cut out! Will rent again!

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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 38D
March 14, 2016
Very comfortable!

Super fun and comfortable for a dinner out with friends

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
April 5, 2016
Didn't wear.

Didn't end up wearing this dress. It was a backup and was just WAAY too big. Felt like I was wearing a smock. Not flattering at all.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 170lbs
April 13, 2016
Beautiful dress!

I didn't actually end up wearing this dress because I thought the cleavage was a little too much. The length and comfort were perfect though!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 125lbs
January 25, 2016
Great winter dress. Love the long sleeves!

Size down, it runs a little big

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
February 14, 2016
Great Mod Dress for Valentine's Day

This dress wasn't the most flattering on me, but I enjoyed the loose look with super high heels and black stockings. If I were to raise my hands, the dress rode up quite a bit. It might have been better a size smaller for me, but I think overall it was a great dress for a Valentine's Day dinner.

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
November 24, 2015
Last second rental at the store.

Loose fit but short and front slit kept it flirty. Rolled up sleeves. The crepe material is ok and the color is nice. Very comfortable. Wore with long black boots and silver hoops. Makes a fun not so strict impression.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
June 6, 2016
Perfect for all seasons

I will be renting this dress again. It's short enough that even though its long sleeved you can still pull it off for a cool summer night out, and I'm sure it would just look perfect in fall/winter too. I was worried that the front opening would be really low and not allow for wearing a bra, but I wore a regular bra underneath and it didn't show at all!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 150lbs
September 20, 2016
Perfect color for an early fall wedding!

Loved this dress and received many compliments on it! I could've sized down to the 10, but decided the 12 was a better option to order (I used unlimited, didn't receive a back up size), just in case the lining was smaller. It was so comfortable and not short at all. I would rent again!

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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 123lbs
November 3, 2016
Loved

Wore this to the opening night of a work convention then afterwards out for drinks with friends. Worked perfectly in either setting. Personally wouldn't have been able to wear it with out tights without it looking too short but loved it with tights & booties.

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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Age: 36
November 15, 2016
Comfortable dress and great color!

I loved the color of this dress! I got many compliments. The material and the fact that it was long sleeved made it perfect for attending a wedding in Michigan in November. It was short, but being only 5'3" it wasn't an issue for me. (Someone taller might have issues with the length)Just had to be careful about bending over at all. My biggest complaint is that it showed WAY more cleavage than I thought it would. I ended up throwing on a tank top underneath to conceal some of it, which was fine because it wasn't a dress that hugged the body. Overall I was happy with this dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
November 21, 2016
Loved the long sleeves!!

It was November in Wisconsin and I finally got smart and rented long sleeves!! The sleeves were a little too long for me so I folded them under and used fabric tape. The length of the dress was perfect. I am short so it wasn't too short or too long on me. It was the perfect amount of sexy and appropriate. I do wish it had pockets thought. So, the sleeves and lack of pockets took off a star. Overall it was a great rental.

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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 180lbs
November 29, 2016
Perfect for my post partum problems

I had a baby one month before the wedding so I needed something that would help hide the belly I still have. This dress was great but I did use some spanx to help smooth my flab : ) lots of compliments and it was a nice length. I loved it

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
December 13, 2016
Classic staple in fun color

This is my second time wearing this dress (once in black, once in plum). It's very flattering and super comfortable. It is short (i am 5'9") but with tights it was work appropriate. Highly recommend!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
December 29, 2016
Vibrant

Sexy purple dress that you can enjoy a great dinner without feeling uncomfortable about the carbs!

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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
January 4, 2017
Very cute.

This is not a color I usually wear but I loved it. It's a bit short and the key hole shows more skin than I'm comfortable with for work, but made a great dress for date night with my husband.

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
January 14, 2017
Fit of the dress.

Loved this dress! The fabric is thicker so I would say fall and winter are the perfect seasons to wear this dress. It is also a little bit shorter, but that did not bother me at all. It looked best with my tall black boots! Would rent again!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 160lbs
January 25, 2017
Wished it was for me!

The color is gorgeous and material is on the thicker side, but it did nothing for my tummy (third kid is 3 months old). The sleeves are also too long if you are on the petite side.

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
February 5, 2017
Subtle sexiness

I loved wearing this dress for my birthday! Having a February birthday is always tough to find something sexy but keeps you warm. I loved this dress with the slit in the front it was sexy edge to the dress. I would size up though for this dress, the arms are a bit tight

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
February 18, 2017
Runs large

I wish I had sized down instead of up for my backup and perhaps I would've been able to wear it. I usually run between a 4-6 and the 4 was huge. The shoulders were too big and the sleeves were too long. Pretty color though and I liked the keyhole neckline.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 128lbs
March 9, 2017
Gorgeous Shape!

I loved the fit of this dress! I wore a bodysuit, rather than an actual bra, under this dress and the shape was gorgeous with and without bra support. It is a little short, if you're worried about the length, but not tacky. I wore this with heels for most of the night, just don't lift your arms above your head! Frankly, I would rent this dress for any occasion 100 times again!

Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 40
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 165lbs
May 1, 2017
Sexy and appropriate at the same time!

I wore this for my bridal shower. It fit great. Was comfortable, yet flattering in all the right ways. It does show off legs and clevage. I did get tons of compliments on the dress and color. And it's always great to wear a dress with normal under garments. I was kind of sad to send it back.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Petite
Weight: 122lbs
March 28, 2017
Too much cleavage for a family event

I rented this for a bridal shower and my husbands surprise 30th birthday party I was throwing- both events with family present. Unfortunately the cut out of this dress sat too low and didn't leave much to the imagination even after trying to remedy the situation with fashion tape. This dress is a gorgeous color, wish it had worked for me!

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 135lbs
May 11, 2017
Late review

I rented this a few months ago. Not the best pic, but the dress worked well with the exception that the arms were too long for me. Folding the sleeves did work. I personally really liked the fit and the keyhole in the front and did work for my breast size.

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 136lbs
December 9, 2018
Cute and comfortable

Wore this to a baby shower and I was super comfortable. I was hiding my own baby bump so it worked perfectly. Came to about mid-thigh wore nude patten leather shoes with it.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Age: 29
December 2, 2015
This dress was the perfect for a casual night out with friends.

The dress runs a little large, as Elizabeth & James sizing can be a little random. I've found that with any of their shift styles it's necessary to size down one or two sizes. However, most of the shift styles are extremely flattering for shorter heights elongating the legs!

Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
February 27, 2016
nice dress but not flattering

im 5'3, size 26 waist, 32 bust, cup D, hourglass figure, long torso legs XS dress was very loose

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 48
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
May 3, 2016
Will rent this again!

Love this dress so much! It is sexy without showing too much skin and is very comfortable. It runs slightly big and the sleeves are a bit long. I loved that I could eat a lot without worrying about holding my stomach in! Paired with Alexis Bittar Seeing Double Earrings and it was perfect.

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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 124lbs
November 10, 2016
Great quality, great color

The fit was okay, if you didn't love your mid section it would be a good silhouette. Overall great dress, lots of compliments.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
February 23, 2017
Fun, Sexy, Dress!

This dress does run big. I gained some weight over the holidays so I didn't want anything tight fitting. Since the weight gain, I wasn't sure which size to get. I got both 4 and 6, and the 4 was even slightly big, but was comfortable. The dress flows nicely, without being tight anywhere. Perfect if you are going out for dinner or know you'll be eating. The fabric was nice and had a good weight, great for a chilly evening. The sleeves were long for my petite frame. I paired the dress with tights and boots and was good to go all night. I found the front key-hole sexy, without being inappropriate or scandalous. Nice dress all around. Caution- If you do order a size 4, the right sleeve does have a permanent stain. I wore the dress anyways.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Age: 40
February 4, 2016
unfortunately, I did not get to wear this beautiful piece. too tight in my shoulder torso area.

pros-beautifully made cons-too tight in my arms, shoulders

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 185lbs
August 1, 2017
Tight in the chest

I'm a 36G and this did not fit in the chest; it squashed my breasts down big time. There is little to no stretch in the dress. It fit well everywhere else.

Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 31
December 14, 2015
LOVED it

This was a beautiful dress that left a lot of room to move!

MonicaDecember 14, 2015
was it short?? looks great! not sure if its too short to wear to my work party next month. Im 5'7" sz 8
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 163lbs
December 24, 2015
Fun & Flirty, perfect for a dinner!

I originally ordered it for my birthday party with friends, but the 2nd half of the evening was to be spent playing ping pong. The dress was shorter than I imagined it would be, so it did not lend itself for a lot of movement without flashing everyone in sight. I wasn't going to wear it at all, but then was surprised for a birthday dinner at PUMP in West Hollywood. The color was perfect for PUMP and was flirty, festive and fun to wear. It was very comfortable, I paired it with tights and black booties. I have a large chest so was initially nervous my 36DD's would pop out, but the keyhole made the dress fun and flirty while the rest still made me feel covered up. Loved it and would definitely recommend!

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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
January 4, 2016
Looked amazing. Great length.

I thought it might be too short by looking at the model, but the length was great! Loved the dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
January 24, 2016
STYLIST REVIEW

This dress runs true to size, and it works well for any cup size. The dress has a comfortable fit throughout. The hem hits at about mid thigh, and the fabric has no stretch. This works best for Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Petite, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow, and Bump Friendly body types. The sleeves seemed a tad long, but also add to the retro vibe of the dress. pair with some cool tall shaft boots and a boho pair of earrings.

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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Age: 28
February 10, 2016
Dress was on point

Fit perfectly! Was a great dress.

Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
February 15, 2016
Super fun dress!

I ordered both a 10 and 12 for this one that I chose for a V'Day drinks and then dinner date. I could have worn either - but the 10 hugged my curves more and was just as comfortable as the 12. The color was not as vibrant as I was hoping - more a mulberry than magenta - but I was still happy with it. I was worried it would be too short - particularly for a winter date - but with opaque tights I was super comfortable - still head-turning but not too sexy that I would feel uncomfortable in a mixed-dress restaurant. I am probably one of the more taller and longer legged reviewers of this one and I really liked it. It was a fun dress to wear! My only complaint is the zipper is only like 5 or 6" long - so it is really a struggle to get into the dress particularly if you have broad shoulders. I do not understand why they didn't put in a longer zipper on this type of long-sleeved no-stretch dress? Both sizes were like this - its the zipper / construction issue not fit whatsoever. But it was a beautiful dress! Kind of hated to send it back!

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