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Elizabeth and James

Flare Up The Volume Mini

$75 rental
$365 Retail

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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".)

Size & Fit Notes

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".)

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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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Large 29
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Hailey
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Nov 14, 2012

I wore this dress at the Miss New Jersey USA pageant for opening number!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
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!
kimberly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 52
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125 lbs
Nov 30, 2012

Could have been better

Size worn: XS
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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.
Nanci
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Dec 19, 2012

This dress was a hit! Just had to put a temporary hem and...voilá, perfect :)

Size worn: L
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
This was my first experience with Rent the Runway and I'm hooked!
Paige
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Dec 24, 2012

Wore this to my husband's office christmas party!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: 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!
Lena
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 1, 2013

Being a little sexy, and funky while having fun at the party!

Size worn: M
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: 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!
Stacey
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Jan 8, 2013

Loved this!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I loved this dress! I wore it for New Year's Eve and it was perfect! It wasn't that showy, but it fit great and was very flattering. It was a great party dress because I wasn't worried about it being tight or falling off. I would definately wear this again!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Feb 5, 2013

COMFY!!

Size worn: M
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This might be one of the more comfortable dresses that I have worn. It was short, but not dramatically so. I wore tights with it, being winter and shoe booties. Got a ton of compliments on it. Very flattering fit, made me feel tiny!!
Jessica
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 53
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 120 lbs
Feb 13, 2013

The whole process was so easy and I was able to wear a beautiful dress without paying the price.

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
The fit was perfect for me. I am 5"2 with a longer torso and a 34C bust. It was flattering and comfortable. The sleeves make the dress very flattering . I can't wait to rent this dress again for another upcoming event.
Gina
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Body type: Hourglass
Jun 23, 2013

Loved this dress.

Size worn: M
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Flattering, 60's inspired dress - I was channeling Megan Draper!
Renee
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160 lbs
Aug 23, 2013

Great dress, perfect for my body type & super comfy

Size worn: M
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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
C G
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 46
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115 lbs
Oct 10, 2013

Fun dress for a fun evening!!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
Angela
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Nov 4, 2013

It was just plain fun to get a cute dress in a box.

Size worn: M
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Dress was great. Only complaint was that the lining in the keyhole neck wasn't stitched properly, still didn't lie flat even after I ironed it. Added a red fabric rose from the Melrose flea market and a pair of Christian Louboutin black patent leather pumps, and felt like a princess.
Kathleen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 142 lbs
Nov 13, 2013

Absolutely loved this dress!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
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!
Meagan
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Hourglass
Dec 18, 2013

Loved the way this dress fit and the flowy sleeves were so fun!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Fit true to size and it wasn't form fitting, which I loved!
Matia
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Jan 13, 2014

This dress was so much fun to wear!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
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!
Haley
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 18
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Mar 29, 2014

a little long, but still cute

Size worn: XS
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
Jak
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Apr 14, 2014

My husband loved this .

Size worn: XS
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
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
Amanda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118 lbs
May 15, 2014

Gorgeous. Classy. Comfortable.

Size worn: XS
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Super elegant. Beautiful fabric. Very comfortable. Can't go wrong with this dress.
Jenn
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 121 lbs
May 15, 2014

The sleeves make this dress!

Size worn: XS
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Loved this dress! It was the perfect look for a holiday party in an urban loft. The dress fit well, was super comfortable, and a fun and flirty look for the evening. Paired with fabulous shoes. Got tons of compliments from guys and gals. Would definitely rent this one again.
Shannon
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Apple
May 20, 2014

Wow wow wow! Perfect dress for a theme party or night out on the town.

Size worn: M
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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!
RTR Customer
Jun 3, 2014

The help with my exchange.

Size worn: S
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
Very flattering . Fits great
Renee
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135 lbs
Jun 15, 2014

This dress!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
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!!
Stephanie
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Sep 5, 2014

This dress is so fun !

Size worn: M
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
Fit wonderfully and was a very flattering shape. Disappointed I didn't get a picture. Only downside was the material on the inside of the keyhole kept sticking out.
Jules
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 117 lbs
Sep 29, 2014

! It was for an outdoor evening fundraiser in Chicago.

Size worn: XS
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I loved this dress. Unfortunately I had a coat on in all of the pictures. But I got a lot of compliments pre-party. This was my first rental and I have never had such an effortless experience before. I can't wait to rent for my next event. Love RTR !!!!!
Melissa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135 lbs
Oct 14, 2014

The only problem with this dress is that I don't own it!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Date
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.
Emily
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 15, 2014

Haute and hip for mommy to be!

Size worn: M
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Again, another successful customer experience. I asked a stylist to send me "bump friendly" dresses for an evening wedding. I fell in love with the unique bell sleeves and otherwise simplicity of this dress. I didn't have much of an issue with the key hole flipping out after I starched and lightly ironed it. Only (small) issue I had, was serving myself food from the buffet- I had to be super cautious my sleeves weren't getting in all the grub! The medium fit great over my then, 6 months preggo, 158 lb frame. I paired with Loren Hope statement earrings and a big ring.
Megan
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 23
Body type: Pear
Oct 27, 2014

The bell sleeves turned this LBD up a notch.

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I really liked this dress. I sized down because other reviews said that it ran big. it fit well, but I definitely could have worn a medium. I loved the sleeves, and that made the dress stand out. I was complimented so many times and felt so chic!
fashionistamom
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 112 lbs
Nov 4, 2014

Perfect dress for the party

Size worn: S
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
Many compliments all night! So comfortable & easy & so cute!!
Michelle C.
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 44
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Nov 6, 2014

Channeled Meghan Draper for my Mad (Wo)Men Bridal Shower

Size worn: XS
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Comfortable, stylish, fit the 60s theme without being 'costumey'. Tons of compliments.
Lisa
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130 lbs
Nov 12, 2014

First RTR dress I actually liked and wore to an event.

Size worn: M
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
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.
Faren
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Nov 22, 2014

Loved my first experience with RTR!

Size worn: S
Rented for: Wedding
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.
Katy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 21
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 165 lbs
Nov 25, 2014

I absolutely loved the keyhole in the front of this dress!

Size worn: M
Rented for: Formal Affair
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!
Jab
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128 lbs
Dec 6, 2014

LBD with flare!

Size worn: M
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
Marie
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 53
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Dec 17, 2014

Fun dress to wear, would enjoy owning it!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I'm fifty two and thought the dress may be too short.... but it was just fine! A fun one to wear; I think it is best for a party rather than a dinner due to the sleeve design. It isn't fitted as shown in the picture, but still has a sexy feel to it.
Gracie
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 55
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Feb 12, 2015

Felt confident and pretty in this dress!

Size worn: M
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Cons: The dress is short, but so am I, At 5'3", it hitabout 1-2" above the knee and since I am older than the rest of you (55), I need to be observant of this fact. Pro: Felt confident, on trend and pretty in this dress and isn't that 9/10th of everything?? Love telling friends that I "rented" this dress and hope RTR taps into a whole new age group. So not only did I feel confident/pretty etc., but also kinda smart! Also since there is not body shape to this dress, sizing was not an issue.
Courtney
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 107 lbs
Mar 16, 2015

I love this fun, flattering dress!

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This is one of my favorite dresses that I have rented. The fit was easy and the sleeves were fun!
Jackie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Apr 13, 2015

I didn't want to return this dress!!

Size worn: XS
Rented for: Other
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.
Melissa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Apr 17, 2015

Made me feel so pretty and small at my baby shower

Size worn: M
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I wore this for my baby shower and it was so flattering! I got so many compliments on the dress and my appearance and felt so pretty!
Ashley
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130 lbs
Apr 20, 2015

Perfect for a night out, didn't want to return!!

Size worn: S
Rented for: Party
Loved this dress! It was comfortable, flattering , and such an easy gorg LBD. Want to buy it next sale for sure!
Pam
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 53
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 132 lbs
Apr 24, 2015

Absolutely loved this dreses

Size worn: S
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
This dress was stunning and I absolutely loved it. The sleeves made the dress. Wish I could have it in my closet all the time!!!!
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