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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188 reviews
Fit
Large15
True to Size126
Small8
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
January 18, 2016
Girls Night Out in Vegas, perfect black dress for a cold night.
True to Size
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 175lbs
January 13, 2016
Awesome date night out dress to impress!
I wore this dress for a winter night out and work party. It was PERFECT! I usually don't do form fitting because I have hips and a butt, however, this dress made me feel absolutely comfortable! I usually wear a size 8 dress but I went with the 10 because I wanted a little more length. The sleeves were nice and long which I loved. The material was a little thicker so it helped hide little imperfections :) I would absolutely recommend this dress!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 26
January 11, 2016
This was my first RTR dress, I wore the dress to an NYE formal party and received many compliments!
Dress fit great. It was a thicker material so it wasn't skin tight showing every curve. The material was also super comfortable. I ordered the 10 and 8 as a back up. I honestly could have worn either - they both fit well. I knew I'd be eating at the event so I decided to go with the larger size :) I'm also short, so I was worried the dress would be awkwardly long, but it wasn't!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
January 10, 2016
Great dress!
Loved the dress but the zipper kept sliding down all night.
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 25
January 9, 2016
Worn to new years eve BTO party in Charleston
I could have worn either the 2 or 0 comfortably but went with the 0 bc there was slightly less bunching in the back zipper. Would have liked the mesh part to hit a little lower, so that it was at my natural waist, but I think if I had a smaller bust it would have. Overall I loved it, it made me feel very sexy but not too showy!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 35
January 9, 2016
Loved it so much I bought it!
This dress was awesome! I was between the 4 and 6, but decided to wear the 4 b/c it fit my upper half better. The dress is tight, but stretchy and comfortable with a forgiving cut. My only complaint was that it was tough to get the bra right. I wore a strapless bra with this and it kept sliding down into the mesh panel which was frustrating b/c I had to adjust it a lot, so it's worth it to track down a good bra for this dress. The sleeves were a little long, but that was an easy fix by just tucking them up. I've worn this dress a few times now and have always gotten tons of compliments! I highly recommend!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
January 3, 2016
Fun and Sexy dress!
Wore this as I was 6 months pregnant. The dress had stretch and was still comfortable. I ordered up 2 sizes from my normal size to unsure I would fit.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
January 1, 2016
Favorite rental so far!
I usually wear a size 2, but this dress was only available in a 0. I was worried , but after reading some other reviews I was willing to risk it. So glad I did. The dress came 2 days before expected and fit perfectly! I wore it out for NYE and got tons of complements from friends and strangers. The dress was a great fabric with stretch to it. Loved the cutouts and I had no issues with the dress riding up and hiding the mesh at the waist like I read on some reviews. I really didn't want to return this dress! Thank you RTR
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
December 27, 2015
Great dress but arrived damaged!
I love Elizabeth and James - the fit is always fantastic. I'm usually a 0 or 2, I wore the size 2 in this dress and it was actually a bit big around the hips and kind of bubbled in the rear, causing it to ride up throughout the night, but it wasn't terrible. My dress, however, arrived with a faulty zipper - it kept unzipping!! It would slide half way down my back without me noticing, multiple times. My long hair helped to cover it up, but it was really disappointing, especially with such a beautiful dress - I couldn't fully enjoy it :(
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
December 26, 2015
Fit like a glove!
This dress fit my body perfectly and I received so many compliments. The dress was also very comfortable. The only drawbacks were the zipper in back kept coming unzipped and all night I had to keep checking and adjusting it. Also there was a faint odor to the garment when I first opened the bag but I let it air out on the hanger and it was better.. Only gave this 4 stars because of the zipper and faint odor but otherwise the dress was a knock out! The size 2 would have fit but wouldn't zip so over my chest but the 4 was perfect! Wore this with black tights and black high heeled boots.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 26
December 18, 2015
I wore this dress to a holiday party and it was comfy, classy, and a little fun!
I loved wearing this dress and honestly, I wish I didn't have to return it! This dress does ride up a bit, as other people have mentioned. It wasn't bad enough to wear a different size or change to a different dress. The sleeves were a little long, but that may have been the design. I would definitely wear it again. It is super flattering on an athletic body type.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 145lbs
December 16, 2015
it was a very nice dress my husband love it ! well love to rent again !
fit prefect , pro... con sleeves where long and dress did ride up in the back so be careful with that , but overall was a great fit
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Age: 32
December 14, 2015
Perfect dress for a formal work party in a modern company.
Fit was perfect, and material was very comfortable.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
December 6, 2015
I wore this for a work party in New York at a cocktail lounge. It was perfect!
The fit was true to size. I normally wear a six, but after a glutenous Thanksgiving, I'm glad I had the eight as a back up. It is a form fitting dress, but even though I'm not a size zero, it hugged all my curves in the right places. It's a sexy twist on the LBD. I loved it and wanted to keep it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
December 5, 2015
Form fitting lbd
This dress is very form-fitting/stretchy. I did not wear a bra (the top offers no support so if you have larger breast you'll need a strapless bra). Overall it looked very nice, but not "show stopping." I definitely didn't stand out in the crowd.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
December 4, 2015
Loved this dress. I wore it for Thanksgiving .
Classy but fun/sexy :) Slimming even on Thanksgiving. I really liked this dress and got many compliments.
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
December 3, 2015
Great dress - worn in Vegas !!
Was a great fit - sleeves were a little long but definitely fits every curve and makes you feel great!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
November 25, 2015
Loved it!
This was actually not the dress I originally ordered. The one I picked fit horribly and I happened to be in Las Vegas so I stopped by their storefront to try to find something else. I was so grateful they gave me a credit for the unworn rental but pretty disappointed with the limited selection in my size at the store. Thankfully I found this dress! Loved the way it fit and sucked me in. It did ride up a bit when I walked but that tends to happen with my big bottom.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
November 23, 2015
Cute dress - nice material - very comfortable
I loved the flattering shape of this dress and the sexy but not slutty mesh panels. It rode up a bit and the sleeves were super long on me but it was overall an easy choice for my husbands holiday party..
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
November 23, 2015
Fall Bachelorette Party
The fabric is fantastic! Made me feel sexy but not too in your face. I've rented Elizabeth and James before and love the fit and style of all their dresses; this one definitely didn't disappoint! I was able to wear a strapless without it showing and didn't notice myself having to pull the dress down all night. The sleeves were a little long on me but it wasn't too bothersome. Highly suggest for a night on the town!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
November 16, 2015
Amazing LBD! Mesh Details make this a sexy dress!
Wore for my birthday date night with my husband and we both loved it! The form fitting and mesh details make this a very sexy dress, but perfect for colder weather because of the long sleeves. Great dress to accessorize or leave as is.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 145lbs
November 10, 2015
Perfect for Dancing!
I loved this dress! It was so comfy and flattering. The placement of the mesh was sexy but not overt so it was perfect for this fall wedding. It is stretchy which made it easy to fit, but it does hug your body so if you're not comfortable with that it might not be for you. Was able to wear with regular strapless bra, dress rides up a little but nothing extreme. My first Elizabeth and James rental and I will likely pursue this designer again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
November 9, 2015
Beautiful Dress!
Loved this dress. Fit perfect and was very comfortable. I received lots of compliments!
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
November 8, 2015
Confortable and stylish.
Skirts fit me just above the knee, sleeves were a bit long, but overall perfect fit.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 107lbs
November 4, 2015
Fabulous dress!!!
I regrettably did not take any pictures in this, so I will be renting again! This dress fit wonderfully!
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 45
Bust size: 36C
October 30, 2015
good
good
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
October 19, 2015
Cute and simple LBD
I rented this dress to wear for a performance. The long sleeves were a nice switch up and it fit pretty nicely in most areas. If you are medium to larger busted, however, you will find that the the cut of the dress and where the see-through portion is located under the bust line, is ill fitting if you want to wear a bra. If you go braless it will not be a problem. I wore a strapless bra and found myself having to adjust and tug on the dress all night long to ensure my bra wasn't always showing. For that reason, would not rent this dress again.
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
October 19, 2015
Simple black dress with a twist...
I loved the material of the dress, which was substantially thick and figure flattering at the same time. My only complaint is that I had to use a safety pin at the top of the back zipper to keep it from opening whenever I moved (there was no hook and eye closure)! I think that could be a major problem, not just a mere annoyance, so have safety pins on hand! Both sizes 4 and 2 fit, but I liked the way the 2 was just a tad more fitted in the midsection. Would love to wear again for another occasion...
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 18
October 18, 2015
Loved this dress! It was so comfortable and made me feel really confident. Great for a school dance.
I wore the smallest size I ordered and I wished it was a little tighter, so order a size down. Other than that, it was super comfortable and easy to dance in.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135lbs
October 16, 2015
RTR was easy, affordable, and convenient!
The dress fit perfectly in all the right places.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 14, 2015
Great for a fall wedding!
Very comfortable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
September 24, 2015
Fun dress- edgy but appropriate!
Wore this dress for a rehearsal dinner and loved it. The mesh panels made it way more special than a typical LBD. Material was stretchy so dress was quite comfortable. That being said, not so good at hiding any stomach bulge following a big meal :)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
September 20, 2015
The perfect LBD!
This dress fit perfectly! It hugs you in all the right places. The perfect LBD for a night out. I wore this for my birthday and felt so good in it! The only con was the sleeves were really long, but like others I just tucked them under and it was fine.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 19, 2015
Made my birthday night extra special!
Love love love this dress. It was exactly what I needed for a birthday night out!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
August 2, 2015
Great fall/winter dress
Fit true to size and I thought it was flattering & perfect for a winter party. Fabric is thick. Only downside was that I felt like it kept riding up through out the night.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
July 27, 2015
Comfortable, conservative LBD with sexy detail
I loved the material of this dress. It is thick without being too hot, and the skirt did not ride up. I wore this dress to my graduate school formal during the winter. I got so many compliments and felt so chic! I would definitely rent this particular dress or at least from this designer again. The only reason it did not get 5 stars is because the particular dress I wore felt a tiny bit stretched out. Otherwise, I absolutely loved it!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
July 3, 2015
Probably the best dress I've rented from RTR thus far! It is super flattering!!
While the dress is form-fitting, it did not feel really tight or uncomfortable. The sleeves were a little long for me but I just folded them under at the wrist and you couldn't even notice. I wanted to keep this dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Body type: Straight & narrow
June 7, 2015
Loved this dress!
Unfortunately I don't have a full body photo, but this dress was great. It fit like a glove and was perfect for NYE in New York City. It was very flattering and the material was forgiving. Highly recommended!
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 107lbs
June 1, 2015
Compliment City
My original choice wasn't available at the last minute so I opted for this dress out of what was left available. This dress was super comfortable and not overly hot considering it's long sleeved and it was almost 90 degrees out. I was actually super comfortable temperature-wise inside with the AC blasting. Got a lot of compliments all night, especially from my husband who said it made my butt look great :) I didn't like how it gapped a little in the armpit area and like others mentioned, the bottom rides up and the mid-section cut out wasn't always visible. I think the gapping was because it was actually a little big for me even though it was a size 0.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 139lbs
May 26, 2015
Rented for NYE in Chicago. Very comfortable and chic. Great for cooler weather events!
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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