Elizabeth and James

Charlene Dress

$75 rental
$365 retail
Stylist Notes

Take a walk on the wild side in this Elizabeth & James dress. With exposed shoulders and back, you're sure to rule the night! Add jawdropper jewels like Kenneth Jay Lane’s Gold Shadow Bib Necklace.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 10.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Mini to Mid-thigh - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC Fabric is very stretchy
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black stretch synthetic knit (85% polyester, 15% spandex). Long sleeves. Crew neckline. Mesh cutout details at shoulders and waist. Pencil skirt. Exposed back zipper. 34” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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221 reviews
Fit
Large
(18)
True to Size
(142)
Small
(8)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
December 5, 2013
Such a fun style!
This dress is perfect for a night out! The material is comfortable and stretchy and I love the mesh detailing throughout. A strapless or racer back bra is a must but other than that it could not be an easier or more fun style! Can't wait to rent it again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
December 7, 2013
I love everything about this dress! It definitely helped make my night unforgettable!
The fit was perfect and it hugs your body just right! It was not too short at all!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
December 11, 2013
Sexy and Classy!
Absolutely loved this dress! I had actually ordered the Katrina Dress but I received a phone call from RTR the day before my dress was scheduled to arrive and they advised me that the Katrina dress in the size 4 was returned damaged and they would never send me something like that. They had a 6 available and said it would probably work since the dress was very form fitting but I didn't feel comfortable just receiving the 6 so they offered to send me the Charlene dress in a size 4 as well as the Katrina in the size 6. The Katrina dress in the 6 was too big and the Charlene was a perfect fit! Great material, super form fitting and sexy. I got tons of compliments and felt great in this dress.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
December 14, 2013
I wore this dress to the Beyonce concert and it was PERFECT! I kept getting compliments all night!
It fit perfectly! The dress had a good amount of stretch and was super comfortable to wear. Even with the cutouts it was still possible to wear shape wear (Spanx), which I do recommend so that everything looks smooth.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
December 16, 2013
Wore to a black tie event- perfect. Sexy while elegant.
Very form fitting, true to your normal dress size.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 55
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 113lbs
December 17, 2013
Soooo comfortable!
This dress was sent to me as a replacement for another dress that had been returned damaged and therefore unavailable to me. I had ordered 2 other dresses, but ended up wearing this one! It was super comfortable and I was able to wear my strapless bra with it, no problem. I had originally looked at this dress when choosing the others, but was afraid that the strapless bra would show because of the cutouts in that area, but it didn't. I probably could have worn a size 2 instead as there was some room in the shoulder and armhole area by those cutouts which caused it to not fit as snugly as I might have wanted. But it still looked great! Love this dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
March 14, 2014
Fun dress
Great dress for a girls night out. Wore this to Vegas for my girlfriends bachelorette party. Super fun and the sheer cut outs were fun.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 134lbs
December 17, 2013
More beautiful in person than the picture!
This dress showed up as a back-up when the dress I had originally intended on wearing wasn't available at the time of shipping. I ended up wearing this one and loved it. I usually wear a size 4, but only the size 6 was available. The fabric does hug your body pretty closely, so I actually felt comfortable in the 6. It was a little loose around the chest and armpit area, but barely noticeable. I received so many compliments on this dress all night- I paired it with the necklace shown in the picture, and the look was amazing! The back of the dress also creates quite the statement. I would definitely rent this dress again!!!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
December 19, 2013
Fabulous, wonderful... an Amazing Little Black Dress!
This dress is fantastic! I am generally a 4 and ordered the size 4 and 2. I probably could have fit into the 2 however the 4 was very comfortable so didn't even try on the 2. It is a simple, elegant and all around awesome dress. I would HIGHLY recommend it for a cocktail or holiday party or even an evening out (date night). You can dress this up or keep it simple... it's a great little black dress. Received numerous compliments about it. The RTR process was fabulous. Dress arrived on time and the ease of renting is so outstanding that I will absolutely become a frequent customer and spread the word as well! I would rent this dress again!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
December 23, 2013
Tons of compliments!
Great dress. I little short but the long sleeves make it suitable for someone of my age (40!). I honestly received so many compliments that I wasn't sure if people were being honest. But, hubby agreed, so I'll take it. Another great experience from RTR.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
December 29, 2013
Hottest dress EVER!
I am beyond obsessed with this dress. I wore it to my company holiday party and I got so many compliments on it and I wish more than anything that it was still in my closet right now! The funny thing about it is that it's not the dress I originally ordered- the Elizabeth & James Such a Tease was, but the size I ordered came back beyond repair so the wonderful ladies of RTR (thanks Sheridan & Calvin!) found this one for me and I could not be happier! The dress does have stretch but it is tight- I didn't eat a lot a couple days before because I didn't want a pooch showing! Lol but it was worth it because like I said, it looked amazing & I got tons of compliments. It is certainly not for the timid or conservative, though! I would definitely recommend this dress to any girl who's not afraid of a little attention ;)
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
December 31, 2013
sexy party dress!
This dress fit very true to size. The fabric was silky, but not too thin, so it was flattering. The sheer cut-outs added the perfect edgy touch to the dress.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 124lbs
January 2, 2014
Great customer service!
Sizes 2 and 4 fit about the same. The sleeves on the 4 were a little longer. The dress was very comfortable and slenderizing. I loved it!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
January 3, 2014
I absolutely LOVED this dress! I got so many compliments. I would definitely recommend this dress!
Dress is true to size, I''m 5'3" so the dress ended almost right above my knee. It was extremely comfortable and Spanx aren't really necessary
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 160lbs
January 8, 2014
super comfortable and flattering dress, great if you are tall!
Fits very nicely, sleeves are very long, even for my 6ft frame, it had extra length which never happens, and it was great! I wish I owned this dress, the cutouts pose a cute twist to otherwise normal little black dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
January 10, 2014
Felt HOT!
I rented this dress on New Year's Eve for a bar in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I have a butt & big bust, so I was nervous about the open back and the stretchy material working for my body type. The material is so figuring flattering and the sheerness of the top still allows for easily wearing a strapless bra. I felt gorgeous all night, got so many compliments, and was able to dance and move. Wore a size 10--very true to size. Definitely another RTR success.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 136lbs
January 17, 2014
very complimented dress
Wore it to a restaurant opening and filmed a commercial with it. the dress looks amazing! its short so ladies beware...true to size.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 63
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
January 24, 2014
mother-daughter matching dresses!
I rented a 4 and a 6 for back. Never tried on the 2nd dress I'd ordered, this dress was great! I could have worn the 4 but since my daughter was in town for the party, I thought it would be fun to wear the same dress, so she wore the small. We were a hit! comfortable and fun dress I would wear again! sleeves are long...
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 120lbs
January 26, 2014
AMAZING DRESS AND CUSTOMER SERVICE
Okay, words cannot describe how much I love this dress. This was my first RTR experience and I will for sure be renting again. The customer service was beyond amazing. The first dress I rented didn't fit and the stylists were so sweet and helpful and overnighted me this dress. This dress is super flattering. I got so many compliments all night. It does ride up, so tall girls beware! I want this dress to be my LBD go to. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
January 27, 2014
Great dress - trendy and sexy without being overbearing!
I ordered a size 2 and 4 and both fit similarly as the dress is fairly forgiving. The 4 was a little baggier in the shoulder/chest area so I went with the 2.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
February 6, 2014
Great dress for a boat party!
It fit great and definitely had a slimming effect. The material is sturdy and smoothes out any lumps or bumps. Also, the little mesh areas revealed just enough to look classy and sexy at the same time.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 146lbs
February 6, 2014
Loved the cut outs!!!
So great, comfy and the mesh "cut outs" were so cute and edgy. I wore this out dancing and it was perfect with black tights and booties. True to size. Loved it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 104lbs
February 8, 2014
Beautiful but didn't have my size.
Ended up trying a two because most reviews said it was very fitted. It was a beautiful dress but unfortunately too big on the butt area. Will definitely try to rent again in my true size.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 129lbs
February 17, 2014
Great for a girls night out in Puerto Rico !
Loved this dress..this was my back up back up ! Loved the way the dress fit. I usually wear a 4 but a 6 was perfect ( I have hips :) ) I wore it for a bachelorette party in Puerto rico and it was perfect
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
February 19, 2014
Loved this dress. It was comfortable and the fit was great!
I was looking for a fun, edgy dress that I could wear to a party. This dress can be dressed up or down depending on the shoes and jewelry you wear. I dressed it down by wearing casual black booties. The material of this dress is great. It's comfortable and so flattering. I ordered a size 4 and a size 6 because I was afraid the dress would be too tight, but it's true to size. It's tight in all the right places! I noticed that the sleeves were fairly long, so if you are petite and have shorter arms this could be an issue for you. I would definitely rent this dress again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 31
Body type: Hourglass
February 20, 2014
Perfect LBD for a friend's wedding in Vegas!
The sleeves are a little long for petites, other than that it was a perfect fit, hugged in all the right places. Sexy without being too revealing.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Athletic
February 24, 2014
Rented this dress for my 25th birthday party and everyone loved it!
This dress is super stretchy and very comfortable! The mesh details in the dress, and along with the long sleeves, make it unique which I loved. I'm very tall as well (6 feet) and the length of the dress was perfect. The sleeves were a little long but I also have long arms so I was happy about that. I don't think anyone could go wrong with this dress! Amazing!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
February 25, 2014
Fun party dress!
Loved this dress. A bit short for the taller girls but nothing to scandalous. Super comfy and cute!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
March 2, 2014
constant compliments, too much fun!
I rented this dress for my sorority formal and rented both the 2 and the 4. The 4 fit and was slightly longer, but the 2 was less baggy up top so that was the one I went with. I absolutely LOVED this dress and it seemed everyone else did as well - I was constantly being complimented! I am usually not one for tight, body fitting dresses, but felt completely comfortable in this sexier dress so do not fear the fit!! Definitely recommend it!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
March 4, 2014
Amazing! I adore this dress! It fit perfect and wish I didn't have to send it back!!
#Perfect
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
March 6, 2014
Great Dress
Awesome, form-fitting dress. Very flattering and received a lot of compliments. I went with the 2 instead of the 0 as it is body-hugging and that was more comfortable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
March 11, 2014
Gorgeous little black dress I rented for a classy night out on the town in Vegas!!
Comfortable fit (compared to a Herve). I will say if you plan to walk at all, it does start to ride up. I had to pull my dress down all night. Mesh detailing is small but very sexy. I was able to eat dinner and not feel uncomfortable in the stomach / waist area. I felt gorgeous and got a lot of attention all night. And my boyfriend popped the question!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
March 24, 2014
Night out in Vegas
I wore this dress for a nice dinner and night out in Las Vegas. The dress is sexy, sophisticated, and comfortable. At first I thought maybe the dress was too covered up for Vegas, but the sheer panels and fit make it sexy. It was a big hit with my husband.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
March 26, 2014
Perfect party dress! I felt comfortable and sexy!
I rented this dress for my bachelorette party and it was absolutely perfect! The fabric is flattering but the cut-outs in the middle and along the shoulders make it sexy. I normally wear a size small or 2 so I ordered this in the 2 and it fit perfectly. It was actually a little bit long, but I am very short so that is to be expected. The dress was comfortable and stayed in place all night. I didn't even need to wear a bra underneath which was great. Overall this is a great dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 105lbs
March 31, 2014
This dress was comfortable, sexy, and stylish. I felt confident and adored the dress!!
Fits true to size and looks great! It shows every flaw in the stomach so I would recommend having some sort of spanx. I wore the new Haute Contour Shorty and it was perfect. Tight enough not to wear a bra, but petals or strapless bra would work perfectly.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 136lbs
April 7, 2014
Fabulous, unique LBD - lots of compliments!
For a tight fitting dress, I felt very comfortable in it. My friends told me it was a very flattering dress, and I loved the sheer parts for a little bit of sexy! I felt great and glamorous in this dress for my birthday outing. The only thing negative was that the sleeves were a little bit long, but it was nothing that would stop me from wearing the dress. Great LBD!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
April 7, 2014
Suited the evening; wore for my bachelorette party
I had to wear the smaller size but wish I had the length of the bigger size.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 143lbs
April 8, 2014
This dress is awesome!
I wore this for my first day at my new job and it was amazing!! I wore it with tights and boots and a cute jacket but it looked awesome. It's pretty long and I looked very put together and stylish.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
April 11, 2014
Sexy & chic dress
I was nervous about this dress because of the cutouts, since I am not thin like most of the girls who have reviewed it (I'm 5'2" and about 150 lbs) and I thought the sheer panels might show lumps and bumps, but I think it ended up looking great. It's the perfect dress if you feel like embracing your curves. For undergarments I wore a strapless bra, which worked totally fine - just make sure you have a black one because it sometimes did peak out at the waist cutout. Also I wasn't able to wear spanx, which freaked me out since I don't have a flat tummy and don't want my bellybutton showing in a dress. I tried several types of spanx but they all cut me off about an inch below the waist cutout and created some weird roll above my waistline. So, I wore high cut thong panties instead that covered my middle but didn't cut me off at the top like spanx. The arms were literally 3 inches too long but I just folded them under. Also the length on the bottom was perfect on me but I still had to tug it down at times and I'm only 5'2" so I'm not sure how taller girls are pulling this off! Overall, I was really happy with this dress and would love to own it. BTW Sabrina at RTR - thank you!!!!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Body type: Full Bust
April 12, 2014
It was really nice to be in the vegas showroom and get to try on lot of dresses!
They ran out if size 8 in vegas showroom but I really love the style so I got size 10 instead. It was a big long on the sleeve but overall it was really comfy for the whole night partying in vegas!
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