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Elizabeth and James

Charlene Dress

$75 rental
$365 Retail

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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".)

Size & Fit Notes

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".)

Size Chart

Size Chart

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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151 reviews

Fit
Small 7
True to Size 110
Large 13
Photos 100
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Sep 27, 2014

Awesome Dress!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
Great dress for my daughters Homecoming!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165 lbs
Oct 17, 2014

Great sophisticated but flirty dress for a bachelorette party

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Loved this dress. Great fabric, flattering, comfortable, fit true to size. Will rent again.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 17
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 108 lbs
Oct 29, 2014

I felt like a showstopper, and received endless compliments! AWESOME dress.

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I ordered a size 0, and a size 2, and when the dress came one day before my homecoming dance, I didn't even bother trying on the size 2 because the 0 fit perfectly! It hugged in all the right places, but wasn't so tight that I felt uncomfortable. The length was perfect for what I'm comfortable with, and since I'm tall I was nervous about the length especially. I paired the dress with a necklace of my own that was uber-sparkly, and red pumps, and felt incredible the whole night. Highly recommend this dress!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112 lbs
Nov 9, 2014

Everyone kept asking me where I got my dress, and my date was absolutely blown away!!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
It fit perfect! Fits true to size:)
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Nov 12, 2014

A great birthday celebration dress!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I was very happy with this dress for my birthday! Initially, I was worried that I'd pop out of the cut-outs like a can of biscuits in a hot car.... (think about it)... but I didn't! It was very flattering! This was the perfect LBD that says "I have one more year in my twenties so I'll squeeze myself in and have a great time while I still can!" :) With that said, I have worn a lot of fabulous dresses on RTR and this was the only one that I opted for the size 6. I would say it runs a tee-tiny bit small, but nothing drastic. I would recco this dress to anyone!!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Nov 13, 2014

Great body hugging dress

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
This dress fit perfectly!! I normally wear an 8 but he 6 just had a better fit in the waist and shoulders. The sleeves were a bit long, but it was nice for a cool Wisconsin night. I wore this to an after-party after the marine ball.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 137 lbs
Nov 26, 2014

Perfect Cold Weather LBD!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This dress was perfect for my best friend's Niagara Falls Bachelorette. The 6 fit, but I went with the 8 since I was nervous about the cut outs when I sat down. It was the perfect little black dress for a snowy day - sexy but still appropriate. I got a lot of compliments and felt very comfortable all night!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Dec 7, 2014

Wore this for a charity event. It was perfect! Received so many complements!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
It is true to size. I loved the long sleeves for our November event. the mesh cut outs make it very sexy! Nice think material so I was able to go bra less with no worries of "show through". Would highly suggest it!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 44
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125 lbs
Dec 8, 2014

Good, easy, safe dress

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
Liked it. Didn't love it. The sleeves are very long, and I have pretty long arms! The fit was a little big, but not to where I could not wear it. I wore it while judging the MissUtah USA and MissUtah Teen USA pageants. Was comfortable for sitting for a couple of hours.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120 lbs
Dec 9, 2014

Awesome dress, and I got dry shampoo with my order

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
Great fit, true to size, nice fabric
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Athletic
Dec 10, 2014

comfortable LBD

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this to my office holiday party. It has a pretty thick texture and it's form fitting, so if you're somewhat body conscious I would advise against this dress. My only con is I kept trying to pull the dress down so that the midsection cut-out would appear, maybe that won't happen for everybody.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165 lbs
Dec 15, 2014

Absolutely, best dress at the party!!!!!

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Party
Wore this dress for my company Christmas party, the dress was perfect. Soft, sturdy, comfy material. Sexy, but not over the top!!! Would definitely rent again, or possibly buy this dress!!!!' Loved it!!!!!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Dec 16, 2014

Flattering and sexy while still comfortable

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Date
I wore this out to a fancy dinner in Vegas. I'm very tempted to buy it. It was snug and yet stretchy in all of the right places. Perfect for a chilly fall night or winter event.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138 lbs
Dec 23, 2014

Incredible as always!

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Other
I wore this dress to my 30th birthday dinner. The 4 came up a little too short to feel appropriate, so I went with the 6. I was so sad to see this dress go! It is flattering & very comfortable (even after a big meal)! Sleek with just the right amount of sexy ;)
RTR Customer
Dec 24, 2014

Perfect fit! I received so many compliments and it was a beautiful dress.

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Party
Everything about this dress was great. The sleeves were a little long but I just rolled them in and problem solved!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 124 lbs
Dec 31, 2014

WOW! What a blast, we had the best evening and this was the perfect dress!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
No one likes to wear a dress more than once! This is the perfect concept, I love it!!! I stressed big time over the sizing, and this dress fit perfectly in all the right places. I wear size 26 jeans and have very long arms :) and a large ribcage too, I usually get a size up in tops. I was sent the 2 and the 4 and wore the 2 like it was my job - haha. It was comfortable, gave me more confidence and was the perfect mix of sexy and conservative! My husband wanted to buy it! RENT THIS DRESS! Thank you RTR, I'll be back...
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Jan 1, 2015

Fun and Easy NYE Dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I loved the material of this dress (thicker than I thought) and thought it was perfect for NYE - simple yet sexy and fun. The size 4 fit perfectly, but the sleeves were long on me and I'm 5'4". Other than that, I enjoyed wearing the dress and felt really good in it. It definitely accentuates curves in a good way.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 5, 2015

This dress was for an NYE party at a popular nightclub. Great dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Great material for a colder evening, and wasn't too tight as to be constricting. Mesh cut outs left a sexy detail without being too revealing. Dress ran true to size. I ordered a 4 and 6 and the 4 fit great; although the sleeves were a little long. I paired this dress with the Sequin Stardust necklace for some extra drama.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 5, 2015

This dress was very flattering. Not a show stopper but a nice little black dress. I wore it for NYE.

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I am a size 12 in everything so was slightly optimistic and ambitious ordering the 10. The dress nicely stretches to compliment curves.The sleeves were long as I read on another review. Overall a nice dress.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 116 lbs
Jan 18, 2015

I loved having a dress that I knew no one else would have on.

Size worn: 0
Rented for: Party
This dress was classy and elegant with a little edge. The cutouts were in the right places and the length was perfect for an office holiday party.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 160 lbs
Jan 25, 2015

A twist on your basic LBD!

Size worn: 10
Rented for: Date
Loved this dress. The fabric is thick and was perfect for a date at a very fancy and formal dinner in Chicago. I wear between an 8 and a 10 normally but didn't even try the 8 on, as it fit perfectly. It's super flattering. Threw some spanx on just to feel more secure since I'm self-conscious of my tummy area, but I felt like it was fitted but still flattering. As some reviewers have said, the sleeves are long but I prefer that than the sleeves to be too short.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 16
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Jan 25, 2015

Not your average little black dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this for my high school winter formal and it was perfect. Between the relatively thick (and comfortable) fabric, black color, and strategically placed sheer panels, it is something you will feel at ease wearing. It looks great in pictures, but make sure to pull down at the hem and stomach every once in a while-- it tends to ride up slightly. Overall, I would highly recommend this dress. This was my first RTR order and I am very happy!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Jan 25, 2015

Comfortable, classy and sassy

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Other
Dress for like a glove. The sleeves were a little long but could be rolled discreetly. I got a lot of complements and was warm. The long sleeves are a game changer for winter events. I didn't want to return it!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125 lbs
Feb 7, 2015

The look on my friends and boyfriends faces made it worth it!

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved the fit of the dress. It made me feel so pretty and sexy at the same time. Got tons of compliments and felt so sad to give it back. Best first experience ever!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Body type: Hourglass
Feb 8, 2015

The dress was a great choice for a fun, upscale Valentine's Day.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
The sleeves were snug but the dress fit great. The mesh cutouts were sexy but not too revealing. I highly recommend the dress.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 130 lbs
Feb 26, 2015

Comfortable yet sexy

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Party
Fabric is forgiving, cut is sexy. I rented sz 6 & 8 and could've worn either because the material has lots of stretch. I actually might wear the other size to a dinner tomorrow before returning them. ;) This dress is understated so add a necklace if you want to stand out. My first rental and it worked out perfectly!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Mar 15, 2015

This dress is a safe bet!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This was a great dress and I got lots of compliments. Wear spanx under it if you want it to be extra figure flattering. I wore this to a friend's birthday party and was really happy with it. Fits pretty true to size, I thought I would need the 10 and wore the 8. Sleeves are a little bit long but didn't bother me. Dress really flatters your behind!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 20
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120 lbs
Mar 26, 2015

Very flattering

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress fit beautifully. The only issue I had was that the sleeves were too long for my little arms, but I just rolled them up and you couldn't even tell! It was also very comfortable and not too hot, like I expected it to be.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130 lbs
Mar 29, 2015

Simple and sexy

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Party
Wore to a bachelorette. Very comfortable stretchy spandex material. The zipper in the back did keep falling down when I was dancing which was annoying. Would def rent again.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Mar 31, 2015

Loved the dress. Comfortable, flattering. Perfect for a fun night out.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Like other reviewers mentioned the sleeves are very long, even being a tall girl. The 6 felt true to size and was the perfect length for a Bachelorette Party type dress. It wasn't skin tight but just fit perfectly, didn't need to wear spanx ( probably would have if i went for the size 4). Strapless bra is necessary. Cut outs did keep riding up and didn't always show ( definitely not as pronounced as on the model in the photo) but when I made it a point to rearrange the dress they show clearly and look amazing!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135 lbs
Apr 7, 2015

Great fabric, thick and so sleek

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Wedding
I wore the 4 but seemed like I could have gotten a 2 to try on instead of a 6. Loved the dress, it was in great condition, thick and cozy. I paired it with a more cute heel to tone down the sexiness since it was for a wedding.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120 lbs
Apr 7, 2015

Head turner, I wanted to buy this dress!

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Formal Affair
Fits like a glove, the cutouts make it stand out.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
Apr 9, 2015

Perfect Valentine's Day dress to subtly wow my honey!

Size worn: 10
Rented for: Date
This isn't your average LBD; it's so flattering and absolutely made me feel like the hottest but also sexiest person in the restaurant where my fiancé took me for Valentine's Day. I think it's the perfect blend of hot (the cut outs) and beautiful (the fabric and length) to make anyone feel great.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 17
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118 lbs
Apr 19, 2015

I received so many compliments with this dress. It makes you feel really sexy but classy.

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Formal Affair
The fit was incredible! It hugs your body in all the places and was very comfortable. I highly recommend it. The only small issue is that it rides up a little bit when you walk a lot, but besides that it's perfect! I love it so much, and I got a lot of good looks.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Apr 21, 2015

Sexy LBD with mesh cut-outs and stretchy material

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Loved this LBD and would definitely rent it again. Wore it to a bachelorette party in Asheville, NC in February with tights and black booties. The dress is ridiculously comfortable - sleeves are fitted but not too tight. Length was the perfect kind of short and the mesh cut-outs are adorable and elevate it from a pretty standard LBD to a really fun one.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 116 lbs
Apr 26, 2015

Fun bachelorette party dress!

Size worn: 2
Rented for: Party
I wish I could've kept this dress!! I love love loved it! I usually wear a 0 or 2 and though both fit, I chose the 2 for comfort.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Apr 27, 2015

Wore this to my sorority formal.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
the 4 fit a tiny bit big but it did not really bother me! It is so comfortable and got here a day earlier than i needed it to! the return was easy as well. will for sure be using RTR again. would suggest going a size down for your back up.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
May 11, 2015

Comfortable, yet fun. Perfect for a bachelorette party in Las Vegas!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This dress fit me much like many of the reviews said it would. It's tight, but in a flattering way (after a nice pair of spanks). I'm on the shorter side (5'3") and the dress was just above my knees, which was fine because of the sheer elements and tight fit of the dress.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
May 15, 2015

Sexy and fun for professional school formal!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved this dress! It was comfortable to move around in, and I loved the cut outs! I got tons of compliments on it. I wore a strapless bra, but I think wearing a racerback bra would be possible with this dress. I did not wear spanx at all, this dress was just so flattering! The only (extremely minor) issue I had was that the dress rode up a little bit when I walked, sometimes obscuring the waist cut out, but this could just be due to my body's shape. I would definitely recommend this dress and rent again!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 149 lbs
May 26, 2015

Rented for NYE in Chicago. Very comfortable and chic. Great for cooler weather events!

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Other
Very stretchy and forgiving. I could've worn a size down, so I would recommend for your second size to go smaller rather than size up. I wore some shape wear under this one since it does show curves. I also wore a sticky bra so no straps would show. The only thing with this dress is that you need to watch it. It tends to ride up, but it wasn't too terrible and it was very manageable. It's so comfortable, and I danced the night away in this one!
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