Elizabeth and James

Flare Up The Volume Mini

$92 to buy
$365 retail
Stylist Notes

Make him fall in love on that first date by wearing this flirty Elizabeth and James flare sleeve mini. An easy fit and great color for a night of romance! Shown here with the Oscar de la Renta's Beaded Tassel Earrings and Elizabeth Cole’s Crystal Navette Bloom Ring.

Size & Fit

This dress runs large. We recommend sizing down (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized XS-L.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Not Fitted – dress loosely fitted through midsection
HIPS: Not Fitted – loosely fitted in skirt for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'7" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with a standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: All body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black crepe de chine(100% silk). Three quarter bell sleeves. Crew neckline with front button slit. Shift body. Lined. 33 ½” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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69 reviews
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True to Size
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Small
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
November 22, 2014
Loved my first experience with RTR!

Wore this dress to a wedding rehearsal dinner. I was nervous because the medium wasn't available (I rarely wear a small in anything), but because of the flowy style the small worked just fine. I'm 5'5 & it didn't seem too short for a formal dinner. Very comfortable dress & got several compliments. Loved the sleeves! Would definitely rent again & almost wish it was mine to keep, because I feel like this dress could be worn for many different occasions.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 165lbs
November 25, 2014
I absolutely loved the keyhole in the front of this dress!

I was expecting it to be a little looser in the mid-section, but all in all it was a great fit and the sleeves were perfect! The only thing was that the fabric at the bottom of the keyhole kept popping out, but nothing some fabric tape couldn't fix!! Love this dress!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
December 6, 2014
LBD with flare!

Another great dress for pregnancy. I was about four months along when I wore it. The material doesn't stretch, but it's cut well for a bit of a belly. The sleeves and keyhole give it enough flare to be memorable.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 116lbs
April 13, 2015
I didn't want to return this dress!!

This was a perfect dress to celebrate my moms 70th birthday. We went to Swan Lake and a fancy dinner after. The dress was very comfortable and such a fun style. I did use fashion tape on the keyhole lining. RTR sent some bling to wear as well. I felt beautiful. Renting and return is a breeze.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
April 20, 2015
Perfect for a night out, didn't want to return!!

Loved this dress! It was comfortable, flattering , and such an easy gorg LBD. Want to buy it next sale for sure!

Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 54
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 118lbs
October 31, 2012
This was my first time renting and was a little apprehensive. I WILL definitely rent again.

I loved this dress. I wore it with the tassel earrings shown in the picture, and got many compliments. I own 2 Elizabeth and James dresses, both in size small, so I ordered both small and medium. The size small was slightly large but still looked great. I would definitely rent this dress again. The size medium was perfect but the small was very wrinkled and had to take it to be pressed.

Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 52
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
November 2, 2012
Statement Dress!

This dress was my second choice for my 30-year high school reunion. I really liked the way it fit -- not too clingy, but not too loose -- and the sleeves are a show-stopper! The dress is a bit theatrical, and would be perfect with drop-dead heels and over-the-top earrings and bracelet, but for my event it was a bit too fancy. I went with my second choice, but would rent this one again for a different event.

Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
November 14, 2012
I wore this dress at the Miss New Jersey USA pageant for opening number!

The fit runs big so I am glad I got a small, I could have worn an x-small. I got so many compliments on the dress and it was easy to dance in for the opening number!

SandraNovember 14, 2012
Hi Hailey. This dress looks fantastic and fun on you. I am thinking about it for a large charity western-themed gala. Do you think it is a dress that one could wear fancy cowboy boots? It seems to have a country/western flair. Would you agree? We are the same size (exactly!), and you think an xs would have been better? Thanks so much for your response!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 102lbs
December 2, 2012
Could ahve worked buty was too big. Better for a taller person!

Loved the quality, it was very soft and comfortable and loved the bell sleeve. To big everywhere and the length was definately not for a petite person. It went down to my knees.

Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
January 1, 2013
Being a little sexy, and funky while having fun at the party!

I ordered both a medium and large in this dress, as I was concerned with the length, but I ended up wearing the medium. I put that this dress runs large because it is a loose cut, so some people may be able to wear a smaller size than usual. The length is short enough to be sassy, but long enough to cover what needs to be covered when you move around. The fabric is lightweight and swingy, so it's great for even a more casual party, like the one I went to, but it can easily be dressed up if need be. My only issue with this dress was the facing on the inside of the keyhole--it tends to flap around and stick out of the neckline. However, since RTR sends fashion tape with your order, I used a little of that to make it stay. I would totally suggest getting this dress--I would buy it if I could afford to own it!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 12, 2013
Breathtaking unusual dress.

This is a major twist on the little black dress. I wore this dress to celebrity tribute event. If you have curves, don't want to show them all, but still want to look sexy this is the dress for you. Beware that it is very short...so short that it makes it difficult to wear spanx.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 42
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
March 28, 2013
This dress is a show stopper!

It's not the typical 'fitted', body contouring design...but it's really stunning. I got compliments all night long. Very well made and couldn't possibly be more comfortable unless it were actual pajamas! I coupled it with about 20 bangles on one arm and it was gorgeous. I wore this with wood wedge slingback platforms...so cute.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
April 10, 2013
Elegant and Beautiful

i will be wearing this dress to a wine and jazz event. I love the sleeves on the dress. They make the dress diffrent than your typical black dress. The dress does run a little big and it is a little longer than it looks on the model in the picture. I was a little worried it would be to short for the event but it is right above the knee.

Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 47
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
August 23, 2013
Great dress, perfect for my body type & super comfy

This dress was perfect for my body type right now (I'm heavier than I usually am) and this dress is very slimming. It runs big, so I wore the Medium - and I loved it!! I felt comfortable and stylish at a red carpet event with my husband. :) The only thing I would mention is to definitely get the garment tape - the inside flap in the front "flies up" without it.... but tape helped

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 135lbs
October 23, 2013
The Perfect Black Dress

I have rented this dress two times already. If I could find it, I would buy it! I received so many compliments both times: once at a Rehearsal dinner and a work cocktail party. It is fun and appropriate at the same time. I will probably rent again!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 142lbs
November 13, 2013
Absolutely loved this dress!

I normally wear a 6, and the small fit great! The only issue was the flap at the top kept coming out. They should've sewn it into the dress. Other than that, I loved the dress, and I plan to rent it again for an upcoming party!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
December 6, 2013
Excellent service, easy to wear dress.

The dress is very well made and comfortable. As mentioned by other reviewers, the keyhole at the front gaps a bit, but the garment tape does the trick. Very simple and fun dress. RTR is fantastic.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
December 8, 2013
This is a fun dress!

Very comfortable to wear, but remember not to bend over, it is short!

Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
January 13, 2014
This dress was so much fun to wear!

I loved wearing this dress. The fabric is silky smooth against your skin and so comfortable. It is flattering without accentuating any problem areas. You can comfortably wear a normal bra and underwear without worrying about slip ups. As others have mentioned, the fabric in the keyhole likes to flip up, but it really was not a problem. I ordered a medium and a small for backup because others mentioned it runs big. I found the small was more flattering. This dress is especially fun for dancing. The fluttery sleeves add that extra flair. Definitely recommend this dress. You will be comfortable and have fun wearing it!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
January 14, 2014
Loved this! Very gothic, yet chic look! Great dress for a themed party, night out, or even work!

This dress runs very very big! Wish i would have sized down. Ended up adding a belt!

Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 54
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
April 14, 2014
My husband loved this .

It runs a size down . I'm usually a small. The front cleavage part of the dress needs to be tacked as it did not stay flat. The dress feels like a million dollars on. Would differently rent this again with some double sided tape to feel more comfortable.m Wore it with a sharp pair of michael kor boots.. LOVE THE SLEEVES

Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
June 3, 2014
The help with my exchange.

Very flattering . Fits great

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
October 14, 2014
The only problem with this dress is that I don't own it!

This was my backup dress and I ended up wearing & loving it. Of all my RtR rentals (and there have been quite a few) this is the one I most wish I had as a permanent part of my closet. It can go almost anywhere and is wildly comfortable, despite being very flattering and super stylish. I didn't have a problem with the lining around the keyhole that some other reviewers called out, so maybe that's been fixed. Don't let the length scare you off -- it gives good coverage, I never felt exposed. Any bra, no spanx, go with or without hose. The fabric is beautifully smooth and weighted, making it a delight to wear and giving it a gorgeous drape. Go for it -- you won't be disappointed.

Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 112lbs
November 4, 2014
Perfect dress for the party

Many compliments all night! So comfortable & easy & so cute!!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
September 10, 2015
Beautiful material and cut. Just a little bigger/longer than I prefer. Very classy and chic.

It just ran a little bit larger than I prefer.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 55
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
November 30, 2012
Could have been better

This runs large. I normally wear a small and the XS was even big in this dress.If you are really small this dress will not work for you. I would have liked it better if it would have been narrower through the body. I still enjoyed wearing it , the material was beautiful and I loved the dramatic sleeves.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
December 19, 2012
This dress was a hit! Just had to put a temporary hem and...voilá, perfect :)

This was my first experience with Rent the Runway and I'm hooked!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
October 10, 2013
Fun dress for a fun evening!!

The dress arrived in a box and was packed so that it didn't get wrinkled...the fabric of the dress flowed nicely. I was thankful to have two sizes to choose from - sometimes dresses are too tight in the chest - but this dress fit perfect in the small size. I loved the sleeves, they made the dress more fun.

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Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
March 29, 2014
a little long, but still cute

ordered a small and extra small. i am a petite person, so the xs was still quite a bit long to wear as a shift, so i ended up having to belt it, but it still worked great.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 170lbs
May 20, 2014
Wow wow wow! Perfect dress for a theme party or night out on the town.

Absolutely loved this dress. It was an emergency back-up sent straight to my hotel for a Rat Pack/60's themed Supper Club party. It has a great flared sheath cut making it roomy and the skirt length adds some drama too. (I'm just shy of 5'8". Another plus for me is that it looked good with kitten heels so I was able to mingle around the party and my feet didn't suffer. I just wish I had shown the bell sleeves better for this pic!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 137lbs
June 15, 2014
This dress!

I loved this dress! It was so comfortable. I thought for sure the M would be the choice as it was my back up but ended using small. I was in transition of losing baby weight so it was perfect. This dress made me feel great. I actually am renting it again. I wish I could buy it! It would be a perfect staple in my black dress word robe as you can accessorize it in so many ways. Loved it so much, I did not want to send back!!

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Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
October 28, 2012
I LOVED this dress.

I saw that other Elizabeth & James dresses run large so I ordered the small (my normal size) and the XS. The XS fir perfectly!!

PamOctober 28, 2012
Hi Jill. You are my age, height & weight. I love the dress and wanted to know if it's tapered a little at the waist or is it loose fitting. I can't tell from the photo. Thanks. Pam
RTR CustomerOctober 28, 2012
Hi Pam! This dress is loose fitting at the waist!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 56
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
February 26, 2013
Perfect dress, a back-up size, easy and stress-free RTR service. What more could you ask for?!

This was a perfect choice for the fundraising event I attended. The dress ran a little large-actually wore my back-up smaller size. My husband LOVED the dress and I received compliments from other women at the party all night long. The whole RTR process could not have been easier or more stress-free. I will definitely use this service again in the future!

Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 59
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
December 8, 2013
LOVED this dress! Fun, sassy, comfortable, easy to wear!

I wrote that the dress runs large because I think I would typically be a large, but based on others reviews I ordered the medium which fit perfectly. For my age, the length was perfect, it was short, but not too short. On the model in the photo it looks shorter, but she's 5'11" and I am 5"7". It's a fun, flirty dress, but comfortable so you can really enjoy yourself at your special event. Highly recommend! Thank you RTR!

Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
November 12, 2014
First RTR dress I actually liked and wore to an event.

I wore this to the wedding rehearsal dinner for my daughters wedding. It runs slightly big - I could have worn the small, but it had an unusual odor, like the body odor of the last person wouldn't come out with the dry cleaning. My daughter approved even though it was a black dress. I did receive several compliments on the dress. I wore a long gold necklace and big gold earrings.

Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Bust size: 34A
August 26, 2015
Really great dress, would rent it again. One I was sad to send back!

EASY, comfortable and flattering fit.

Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 51
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
November 5, 2012
I was thankful I didn't have to think too hard about what I was going to wear.

Fit well and was comfortable.

kimberlyNovember 5, 2012
Hi Cindy, I am 5'8 and 125 lbs. close to your size- dd you think this dress was SUPER short? It looks okay in RTR pictures but saw it on Neimam Marcus website and it looked like she was wearing a top with no bottoms:( what was your take? I am planning on wearing opaque hose but fear it is going to be super short on me. Appreciate your feedback. Kimberly
Top Contributor
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
November 28, 2012
It's unlike anything else I own

It's a great LBD with a twist! I will definitely be renting this again!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
December 24, 2012
Wore this to my husband's office christmas party!

The dress was very flattering and unique. The material was very light but because of the sleeves I was able to throw on boots and transform it into a very wintery look. I loved it!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
January 6, 2013
A fun, "little black dress".

This dress was very flattering, just watch the sleeves if you're trying to eat! ;)

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