Elizabeth and James

Red Emmy Dress

$60 – $100 rental
$385 retail
Stylist Notes

Side cutouts add drama to this red dress by Elizabeth and James. Style the body-skimming look with strappy sandals.

Size & Fit

This dress runs small. We recommend sizing up (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-10

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Very Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a nubra or no bra.
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Hourglass, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Red crepe (56% Polyester, 38% Viscose, Elastane). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Fitted skirt. Hidden bottom back zipper with hook-and-eye closure and top exposed hook. Fully lined. 39.5” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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60 reviews
Fit
Large
(3)
True to Size
(17)
Small
(12)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160lbs
August 17, 2016
Stay Classy & Sexy
Loved this dress, definitely skin tight so be ready for compliments all night. Backless could go without bra but wore the chicken cutlet things you can get at target to give me just a little more curves as the top is so tight Perfect for a fun night out on town
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
August 22, 2016
Fun night in Savannah
The dress fit perfectly. B/c of the top zipper and the cut of the back, no bra was necessary. I got compliments from random strangers. Can not wait to order this dress again! It was sexy!!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
August 25, 2016
I want to wear this dress everyday.
I rented this dress for my divorce hearing wanted something that he would think about and regret cheating-success. It so very figure flattering and comfortable I did wear a backless bra with it although some strapless would have probably worked.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 128lbs
September 12, 2016
Gorgeous dress - needed a different size
This dress was only available in a size zero which I knew was super risky for this designer. I could zip the bottom part up but there was like five inches of spec between the top zipper and there was no way that thing was going to zip. Length was perfect on me (I'm tall) but reality is I need a 6 in the bust and a 2 everywhere else. Great for straight and narrow and size up!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Age: 33
October 16, 2016
Girls night out!
I thought this ran true to size, and I was not expecting the 0 to fit because the reviews all said runs small. It was an awesome dress, I would definitely rent it again! I'm 5'2" and 117 lbs. The 2 fit also, but it was bunchy and looser on the bottom by thighs. The dress is meant to be fitted, so don't be nervous to order your regular size!
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 26
October 17, 2016
This dress was very fun to wear! RTR is user friendly!
It was a little big around the waist. It still fit well, but it made the back opening larger.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
October 19, 2016
Beautiful dress
Stunning color and dress. I wore a size 4 because it's very form fitting. Definitely need to be in great shape to wear it. Loved the dress and will be ordering again!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123lbs
October 20, 2016
Favorite Elizabeth and James So far!
Loved the color of this dress. The fit was great and true to size. It was very comfortable to wear. I did not need to wear a bra with this dress. I've rented quite a few Elizabeth and James dresses in the past, and this one was my favorite so far!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
October 24, 2016
Classy and sexy dress
Beautiful dress, lots of compliments! I normally wear a size 2 but I wore a size 4 in this dress and it fit like a glove.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
November 28, 2016
Little red dress with edge
Classic yet edgy! This red would look great with all skin tones. Cut outs were so sexy! Exposed industrial zipper nice touch. Higher neckline and lower hemline were a good contrast for form fitting figure flattering cut. Size 4 is true to size, maybe a touch small. Could probably finagle a bra with this but it kept peeking out so I went without. My first Elizabeth and James and was so impressed I just rented another! Rtr was great, the dress arrived stained and they promptly sent a replacement. Another winner.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 136lbs
December 6, 2016
Such a fun Dress!
Loved it! True to size! Sexy and fun dress! Rent away.
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Age: 28
December 11, 2016
I got so many compliments at my office Christmas party!
This dress was amazingly comfortable and fit true to size! I was actually sad returning it. Would definitely rent again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Age: 33
January 2, 2017
Darn, too small
I was super excited about this dress as my NYE party dress but I unfortunately ordered sizes too small. Both the 4 and 6 zipped up but were too snug around the back cut outs and were an unflattering fit for my body type, so I swapped these out for a different dress. Was really bummed they didn't have a size 8 which I bet would have fit me much better.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
January 4, 2017
Perfect date night dress
I wore this dress for New Year's Eve with my husband. I Loved it- this dress is a stunner! Based on previous reviews, I ordered a size small, but I'd say it's more true to size. It's a great length- I'm pretty tall and it definitely wasn't too short. Since it's pretty tight and has a somewhat open back, I appreciated that the length wasn't too short. I didn't wear one, but I'm pretty sure you could wear a normal bra with it, too! The zippers are a little tricky to get on, so be sure you have a buddy to help you get dressed. Overall a really awesome choice!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
January 5, 2017
Lady in red
I loved this dress! Wore it for New Years Eve and got so many compliments. I've noticed Elizabeth and James runs a little small so I always order a size up and it fits perfectly. I will definitely be re ordering this dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
January 29, 2017
Sexy dress
I wore this for a night out and it fit like a glove and had a cool sexy back. Good length. Normally in Elizabeth and James I need to go a size up but in this dress I was my usual size.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
January 30, 2017
This dress is begging for a night on the town!
So fun!! Lots of compliments. The color is super rich not an orange red. I went up a size just so that the back cut out didn't give me back fat.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 122lbs
April 1, 2017
Fun dress
The dress was great but the straps to hang it were really long and could be seen through the dress. I had to constantly fix them because you could see the lines.
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
May 24, 2017
Felt like a million bucks!
This dress was absolutely incredible. It was sexy yet classy and was a head turner for sure. I was so sad to send it back! The only reason I didn't give 5 stars was that the 4 fit better but the zipper was broken. At least I did have extra room for dinner with the 6 :-)
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
May 30, 2017
Fun dress that still manages to look classy
Great for a fancy date night or semi-formal event. Thick fabric was figure flattering, and despite the cut-outs, the dress didn't feel revealing at all. Also longer than I expected - more like knee length on me. Ultimately felt too dressy for where I ended up going, but would definitely rent again for a different event. Sizing: I'm typically between 2 and 4. I rented the 4 based on other reviews, and it fit perfectly!
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
June 2, 2017
Beautiful and modern
True to size, but unforgiving. Consider sizing up! Great for a flatter chest.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
June 17, 2017
Beautiful red color and great fit!
Fit very well and was comfortable although tight in the thighs and hard to walk quickly.
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
June 24, 2017
I got so many compliments!
So I order this dress as a back up and ended up wearing it! I am 5ft and it was the perfect length! The color made such a statement. It fit me like a glove. And the back of the dress gave a sexy but classic look! When it originally came in the mail and I tried it on I noticed the zipper was broken. I called rent the run way and they overnight shipped the same dress same size by the next day! #Angie and the rent the run way company has great customer service. I was very pleased!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
August 11, 2017
Overall great dress... little issue with the zipper
I loved this dress but the zipper on the top section kept busting open from the bottom every time I took a deep breath or bent in any way. It wasn't too tight or anything. I think it was just a weak zipper. I ended up using a safety pin to hold it together. The bottom of the zipper still came open but the pin kept the whole zipper from splitting. Beautiful dress though.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Body type: Hourglass
August 20, 2017
Sexy but skin tight...even when sizing up.
I usually wear a 4 and ordered this in a 6. I ended up not wearing because although it fit, I didn't think I could eat or feel completely comfortable in it. The fabric doesn't have much stretch and is long with no slit. I would go two sizes up. You also cannot wear any undergarments with it.
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 106lbs
September 24, 2017
Perfect Dress!!!
The dress fit perfectly! I am short and so I was worried it would be too long but it was perfect. I got so many compliments at the wedding, even from people I didn't know. I wanted to keep the dress! The only con was it was a little harder to dance in because it was tight all the way to my knees. Overall, I loved it and felt great in it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 143lbs
October 4, 2017
Loved the dress, the back zipper was broken though!
I loved the way this dress made me feel, it has thick material and it shapes the body well! The top of the back of the dress had a bad zipper and I had to fix it every 5 minutes which was annoying. I would have felt more comfortable wearing it if it wasn't broken :/! Otherwise super pretty!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32AA
Body type: Petite
Weight: 114lbs
November 3, 2017
Sophisticated sheath
This dress was beautiful, but the fabric did not have much stretch, making the cut outs give the appearance of fat rolls. I also really struggled with the top zipper.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
December 19, 2016
Flattering!
I rented this for a holiday party and it was a great choice. It's red and flattering, without making you feel over the top. Having rented several E&J dresses, I would say this runs larger than their others. I normally size up (from a 4 to a 6 for this brand), but could have easily worn my true size in this dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
April 2, 2017
Beautiful dress, runs larger than most E&J
I am a die hard Elizabeth & James fan since I know their dresses always fit me perfectly. Unfortunately, this one was the exception. It runs a bit big and has a little extra room in the hips. The color and cut is beautiful though; I just wish it had fit!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
October 2, 2017
Wedding
This was my first choice rental for a wedding, but it looked awful on me. I guess I'm in the minority here because I ordered my regular size (4) and 6 as a backup as most indicated that the dress runs small. I was basically swimming in the dress (super baggy in the chest and gaping near my waist) and it hit me at an awkward length. I wanted to love this dress, but it really wasn't for me at all.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
August 22, 2016
back is not the same as the picture
from the photo i expected the back to a rather thin strap with a hook, but instead the top back portion was thick with a zipper. the front of the dress was the same, though. i rented the dress because of the back detail and the thicker strap made it look clunky and not as sexy. because it's thicker is also made the lower back cutout smaller. i'm typically btwn a 2 and 4 but always a 6 in e&j since it runs small. i can wear the 4, but i have a preference for clothing not to look tight on me. this dress didn't do it for me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
September 14, 2016
Wore this for a rehearsal dinner and received so many compliments!
The material on this dress is amazing. It is so thick, and forgiving. I rented the size 4 & 6 but ended up wearing the 6 because the fabric looked nicer when it laid perfectly smooth. The color is a gorgeous bright red. I was nervous about the open back and not wearing a bra, but again since the fabric is so thick a bra was not necessary at all. Also, the darting in the chest gives a really nice shape. Love the longer knee length styling. Super cute. Will definitely rent another Elizabeth & James style after getting this dress!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
September 15, 2016
I like the style and quality of the dress in general - the fabric has a nice feel and color.
I was a little concerned that the back would be too revealing, but the waist goes up high enough that it doesn't feel that bad. Also, the upper back portion was wide enough to fit a bra (I wore a bra). This dress would be great for a lot of events, but if you plan to dance a lot or be very active, it may not be the right choice, because it doesn't have a slit in the back, and it's fairly fitted on the bottom. Doesn't give you a full range of motion for dancing or walking on grass. As far as the material goes, it's a medium-weight dress, fully-lined crepe, and feels high-quality. It would be good for many indoor and temperate outdoor occasions. Not great for really hot or humid conditions due to the weight and how fitted the bottom is.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 35
October 12, 2016
Flattering, sexy yet tasteful
Great color, great material, perfect in every way. Size runs small so order a size up. I got lot of compliments. No need for a bra, the back is too open for that. But the material in the front is so thick that you can get away with it.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 23
November 9, 2016
The color is amazing, it is a perfect red.
Perfect for a fall wedding! I am 5'6 and about 134 lbs. I have a longer torso in comparison to my legs and the dress fell just above my knee! It was overall a comfortable dress, however, I found it a little difficult to walk up and down stairs because the slit in the back wasn't very giving.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
December 8, 2016
Great dress for the Christmas season.
Runs very very small. I wish I could of worn it!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
March 16, 2017
Smokin' hot red dress!
I am obsessed with this dress! It fits a little tightly, like a sheath. I usually wear a 2/4 and this one fits more like 4/6. I wore this to a fancy dinner in Cancun during vacation. My fiance couldn't stop staring all night!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 114lbs
March 17, 2017
Cute, versatile dress with striking color
I rented this for a friend's birthday party in size 2. My usual size is 0, but Elizabeth & James tends to run a bit small. The dress fit very well, and was comfortable. But without a slit in the back and with the tight fit, walking was somewhat constrained. The fit was quite slimming. With a cardigan, the openings in the back would not be visible, and this could be even worn to work.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Age: 35
May 2, 2017
Great dress but runs small.
Great dress. I felt good in it and could dance all night long. The zipper came damaged and would not stay zipped, so my friends had to sew it together, effectively sewing me into the dress. Consequently, we were late to the event by over an hour. Once I was sewed in, however, it worked out great. I just wish RTR would quality-control their dresses a bit better. I contacted them that it was damaged and to take it out of circulation or get it fixed before renting it again but I doubt anyone did.
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