Elizabeth and James

Purple Bardot Dress

$35 rental
$365 retail
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Stylist Notes

He won't be able to keep his eyes off of you in this sporty and sexy sheath by Elizabeth & James.

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 – slightly fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted – dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted – stretchy fabric allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless or racerback bra. Try Hollywood’s Bra Converting Clips.
FABRIC: Fabric is very stretchy
GREAT FOR: Full Bust, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Purple ponte (54% polyester, 38% viscose, 8% elastane). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Racer back. Pencil skirt with asymmetrical hem and slit. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. 39” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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208 reviews
Fit
Large
(8)
True to Size
(132)
Small
(47)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
November 16, 2016
Shows off your curves!
My usual dress size is a 4 and this 4 fit great! It was slightly tight around my thigh area, but nothing unmanageable. Every time I use RTR I always get asked where I got my dress - can't go wrong with this service!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Weight: 120lbs
October 7, 2016
Too sexy for a wedding - Size up
I LOVED this dress and am so sad that I couldn't wear it. I rented it for a fall wedding that I knew was going to be a little less formal. I usually wear a zero and RTR didn't have a backup size available. Unfortunately, the dress was just too form fitting and short on me to be wedding appropriate - I would have had to wear a nubra because the 0 wouldn't zip over my strapless bra. The neckline also cut in a lot more on me than the model, so I was showing a lot more shoulder and back than it appears in the photo. The 2 probably would have added just enough give and length to make it more wedding appropriate. Still, I felt super sexy in this dress and I think it does run true to size, unlike most dresses out there. The material has a great stretch to it and is heavy enough to pull you in - in all the right places! Hoping to get to rent this again in the future!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
September 16, 2016
Dress made me feel super sexy!
Fit was snug but not constricting. The style is modern and sexy without being so revealing (the slit on the side is really only visible when sitting down). The color is a great, jewel tone purple. Overall loved this look and will definitely be renting E&J styles in the future!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 110lbs
September 5, 2016
Gorgeous BLUE Dress
Don't be fooled by the dress name, this is certainly a blue dress, not purple. I am a size 0 and found I had a bit of trouble getting this dress above my hips, but I did it without ripping the dress or breaking into a full sweat. It is certainly formfitting, but overall looked great.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
August 9, 2016
Purple FTW
Excellent dress. Comfortable to dance in. It was a tiny bit big in the hips but nice and wearable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 117lbs
July 20, 2016
Clean, modern + curve-hugging
I felt so great in this dress! I loved the chic, minimalist silhouette and rich color. It was perfect for a city wedding. The fabric hugs curves in a flattering way and the side slit adds a little something extra. I will definitely rent Elizabeth and James styles in the future.
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
July 20, 2016
Perfect
The fit it defiantly true to size. This dress fit like a glove. I normally wear a size 0 but dresses still tend to be "baggy" on me. This dress for perfect and was very good quality! I wore this dress to a friends wedding and received several compliments on it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
July 5, 2016
LOVE THIS DRESS!
This is a very tight fitting dress, but very classy. The material is a great quality and thick, it did not ride up when walking. Not too short and the slit is perfect. I wore it a wedding and received so many compliments. I would rent this dress again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
July 4, 2016
Dress it up or down! It's a hit.
I wore it to an outside wedding at a winery. The color is more vibrant that the pics on the model. The length was Perfect for my comfort level and the slit is a sexy but classy addition. Doesn't breath very much but very stretchy! Wore it with flat sandals for a more casual look. However did look awesome with nude pumps. Strapless bra is a must.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
July 2, 2016
Perfect length and stretchy fabric
A great dress! I have a 1 year old son I chased around the entire wedding and the stretch of the fabric and perfect length made it easy. My cousin loved this dress so much she rented it the following week in a different color!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
April 12, 2016
Curvy but comfy
This dress is a really great combination of fashion and comfort. It's cut modestly and is a nice length, but the slit and racerback give it just enough sex appeal. The material is thick and stretchy and hugs the body, but is still very comfortable and easy to move in. I would say it runs true to size, but recommend sizing up if you tend to hover between sizes like I do. I see myself wearing a lot of Elizabeth & James this wedding season!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
April 11, 2016
Great dress! Great material, wish I didn't have to return it!
Perfect dress for the occasion! Amazing material, fit true to size. I am 5'6 ish 140 pounds with an athletic build. Slit did go up a little too high for my taste but I just used some double sided fashion tape and it held up all night!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
March 8, 2016
HOLY GORGEOUS!
This dress was incredible. I would purchase this in every color if I could! I wore this to my fiance's brothers wedding and I had almost as much attention as the bride. So many complements and people asking where I got it! I ordered a 6 with a size 8 as a backup. The 6 fit fine, but the 8 was just slightly more comfortable, so I went with the 8 since it was a long day and comfort was my ally. The fabric has some give to it, so it hugs all the right places. I didn't even need wear a bra, but it's thick enough that had I worn one, you wouldn't see any lines. LOVE THIS DRESS! 10/10 would rent again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
March 1, 2016
So many compliments!
I wore this dress to a Bridal Shower and loved it!! The fit was very flattering and the length was perfect especially since I am tall. Will definitely rent a gain.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
February 10, 2016
This dress was great!
Great dress. I only ordered the size 0, and it was a big snug. But the dress was stretchy and had some give. It was extremely comfortable! Great for dancing! I would suggest renting a statement necklace, because without one the dress might seem a bit plain.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 116lbs
January 25, 2016
.
Absolutely loved this dress. Comfortable, fabric is beautiful, not sheer at all. Fit perfectly! True to size (Go a size bigger if you don't want more of a fitted look). Wish I would have known about RNT sooner!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
January 18, 2016
This was sexy, simple, and extremely flattering.
Knit is thick, which makes it quite flattering. The cut of the shoulder is surprisingly sexy, and the slit is just the right height. I got a zillion compliments, and felt perfect. The eight fit exactly like a six usually does on me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 27
January 13, 2016
The fact that it fit. My second sizes were unavailable, so I was nervous about it not fitting.
Pro: dress fit me like a glove. I felt comfortable, classy, and sexy. I received compliments throughout the night. Con: There was a problem with the dress when I received it. The stitching on the slit was loose and broke. I was able to fix the dress with some stronger stitch work of my own. Could tell it had been fixed before. All in all dress was amazing. Coloring is like a deep plum, photographs more blue. Beautiful color. Works good with nude heels and gold jewelry.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
December 13, 2015
Beautiful and comfortable
Snug fit, but I found it to be true to size. It's a nice thick, stretchy material, flattering and comfortable, great for dancing.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
November 27, 2015
Perfect fit
Great color and fit. This dress is sexy but sophisticated.
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 134lbs
November 19, 2015
Best dress ever
The dress fit like a glove! Based on the reviews I was worried that it would be too small or form fitting, and when I first tried it on I immediately ran out and bought some new spanx. However, once you wear it for a little bit the thick material molds to your body. It turned out perfect! Definitely still very form- fitting, but it was hugging my curves in all the right places and skimming over the less flattering ones. I highly recommend walking around your house in it for a half an hour or so before you make any decisions. I wore it for a law school gala and got so many complements. I was turning heads all night, multiple people told me I was "best dressed," and my boyfriend LOVED it. I wish I owned this dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
November 17, 2015
Date night and easy to accessorize
The color of this dress is fantastic and a stand-out, for sure. It was a little bit of an awkward fit around my shoulders- but I have broad shoulders so that may be why. My husband thought it was a "hot dress"... so that counts for something.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 27
November 5, 2015
Great wedding!
Awesome dress, absolutely stunning. Would've preferred a size 4, but it was unfortunately unavailable by the time I got around to ordering. The 2 fit like a glove though! The fabric is pretty forgiving and I got a ton of compliments! If you're on the fence about ordering it, just do it! Also, works great for almost any season/weather.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 38
October 29, 2015
Wedding in Bay Area & this dress worked for the party AND the giant fight with my boyfriend after!
I loved the fit - it was fitted but not skin tight and the slit was just a little higher than what I'm used to, so that was kind of fun. It was easy to walk around and dance in and very comfortable. I tried to do a Macguyver move by crossing the straps of a racerback bra in front and adding some fashion tape, but it didn't work. A strapless probably would have been better. The color was beautiful and I felt great wearing it!
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
October 10, 2015
Outdoor Georgia Wedding in August
The dress fit like a glove and was so chic. It was sexy without trying too hard. The cut really highlights the collarbones. The slit made it not seem to long and gave it more movement. The color was more blue, and it went well with my husbands navy tie. Wish this was in my closet!!!
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
August 20, 2015
Absolutely stunning and sexy dress
A beautiful dress for a summer evening wedding. It was sexy and form fitting and the color was amazing. The cut was brilliant and really accentuated curves and shoulders. I would definitely rent again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
July 23, 2015
Extremely flattering!
I loved this dress and wish I could've kept it. Gorgeous color - looks more navy in person and photographs more purple. Thicker fabric and a flattering cut - the slit made dancing easy. Wore with a strapless bra because I didn't have a convertible one that matched the neckline and slimmer straps without showing.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
July 20, 2015
This is a show stopper!
Wow, this dress was a real stunner. Body-hugging fit to show off curves and the longer knee length really elongated my entire body. This dress is sexy, classy, and most importantly, so comfy. I was dancing in this all night and really felt like a million bucks. I suggest getting the back up size (size up), just in case your usual size is too tight. I ended up wearing an 8, which is a size larger than my usual, but felt that a 6 would've worked too, if it was available. Also, spanx was a life saver, to keep curves looking smooth. I would definitely rent this again.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 168lbs
July 14, 2015
Stunning and Sexy Dress!!!
Wore it to my brothers wedding which was a little less formal than cocktail. The dress was sexy and yet appropriate. it was a perfect length for me and the slit didn't make it too short and I'm over 6 feet tall! The dress fit me like a glove, but there isn't much give or stretch so I really got lucky. The fabric is fairly thick too and very flattering in person. If they have it in more colors I will definitely rent again!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
June 30, 2015
Tons of compliments all night
I ordered the 6 and 8 in this dress. I typically wear a 4 or 6 but in this dress I could barely get into the 8. I put on some shapewear and was happy with the overall look. The dress is beautiful - nice thick material with just enough stretch and the length was classy yet sexy at the same time. It showed enough leg but did not ride up at all. I loved the racerback which added a nice detail and I received compliments all night long. I would definitely rent this again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 98lbs
June 25, 2015
Don't rent if your torso is narrow!
I rented this for my 30th birthday and it looked awful on me. I really liked the color, but the dress is not made for someone who is petite. If you are petite or narrow this will not be the most flattering silhouette on you.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 55
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 102lbs
June 22, 2015
Wore this for my son's bar mitzvah party. Stunning...never have gotten so many compliments.
Bodice is snug. No need to wear a bra. Strongly suggest pairing it with a bold statement necklase
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
June 15, 2015
This dress is an absolutely beautiful color and fits great. Dare I say slimming even.
Wore this dress to a daytime wedding. Went for the larger size so I could eat, but the dress has plenty of stretch and could have easily gotten away with the smaller size as well. Very comfortable, beautiful color and photographed well.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 127lbs
June 10, 2015
Easy to use
Great color very form fitting. I ordered a larger size and it fit perfectly.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 25
June 5, 2015
Loved the fit. high quality fabric. Flattering on my athletic/straight body type. Very comfortable
Wore a size up from my normal size.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
June 3, 2015
Tiiight!
Turned out to be too tight for me-- I usually fit in a 4, sometimes a 6, but this wasn't available in the 6 for my dates. Couldn't wear it, but my sister did! Otherwise, it's flattering but revealing. Lovely color.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
May 30, 2015
Fit perfectly and I wish I didn't have to give it back.
I wish I owned this dress. I wore it to a rehearsal dinner that was in outdoors at a bar/restaurant. The color and cut are incredibly flattering while being comfortable. It was a little loose at the chest but I'm an A cup so that's probably why. The material has minimal stretch so I would definitely check reviews to find folks with similar measurements to your self. I ended up pairing the dress with flashy earrings and brown sandal heels. You can easily dress this up or down.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
May 24, 2015
Sexy, flattering, figure-hugging fit
Loved this dress, which I wore to a company holiday party. I actually was recommended this dress by a stylist after the backup size in my first choice dress became unexpectedly unavailable, and ended up working out the best. For all the ladies with cut-up shoulders and arms - rock this! It does run small, and is very form fitting - but extremely flattering, and made of thick stretchy fabric that is forgiving. I recommend spanx if you want an extra smooth silhouette. I loved it enough that I ended up renting a similar dress from this designer for a wedding a few months later!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 124lbs
May 21, 2015
Perfect Dress!
First rental with RTR and this was an awesome dress! So sad when I had to send it back. I went off of everyone's recommendations and got a size up from my normal size as this dress does run small. I normally wear a 4 and wore this dress in a 6. Received so many compliments on the color and style.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
May 20, 2015
All eyes on me...
I loved the color and fit of this dress. It is not as dull color-wise as it looks on the model. I wore it to a business/benefit dinner and it was all eyes on me. The high neckline makes the dress conservative, but the form fitting fabric and high slit gives it the added sexiness. Perfect for a business dinner! I would rent this again for a work function.
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