Elizabeth and James

Sheer Brilliance Dress

$35 rental
$295 retail

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Stylist Notes

Go classy-sexy at night in this Elizabeth and James LBD. Keep the overall look sleek with simple heels and geometric gold earrings like AV Max's Gold Tetra Chain Earrings.

Size & Fit

Sized: XS-L This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size down for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: XS - L.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a nubra or no bra.
FABRIC: Fabric is very stretchy
GREAT FOR: Athletic,Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black stretch crepe (85% Polyester, 15% Spandex). Sheer short sleeves with solid black cuff. Crew neckline with illusion mesh yoke. Fitted skirt. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. 37.5” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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54 reviews
Fit
Large
(3)
True to Size
(32)
Small
(6)
Size worn:
L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 36
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
August 20, 2014
This Dress
I wore this dress for a friends birthday party. The fabric was thick so that was very helpful for some undergarment waist cinching. That definitely helped me with my hourglass figure. The arms are were a little tight, but that is probably because I have big arms. Unfortunately I do not have a picture to provide. But this dress was great and looked fabulous. Aperfect LBD!!
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
August 25, 2014
Not as easy to wear as it looks.
I got this dress as a second option and didn’t end up wearing it. The fit was just a bit off. I wouldn’t have been able to wear a strapless bra because it would peek out under the mesh part. The fabric was great – stretchy and held everything in. It was a little too tight and too long, so it was actually a difficult to walk in.
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Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
October 10, 2014
Such a flattering cut! This dress made me feel so sexy.
The pros are that this dress is super flattering. A lot of the other reviews say that the sheer fabric comes down too low to wear a bra, but I didn't have that problem. I also thought the length was comfortable. Cons? It doesn't have a ton of give. But for a night out, it was perfect!
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Body type: Athletic
November 7, 2014
One of my friends wedding!
I have swimmer shoulders---very broad and was worry about the fit. However, fit perfectly. A LITTLE snug under the arms, but not uncomfortable at all. Dress was extremely comfortable!! It is a little longer than looks in the picture. I am about 5'7 and it went down to mid knee! Loved it overall!
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Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
September 21, 2014
the other LBD.
this dress was fun to wear for a cocktail wedding and actually a lot longer than it appears on the model. the fabric is not very forgiving and will show every bump and ripple so if you're worried about smoothness definitely opt for shapewear. i was able to wear a strapless underneath but there's not a lot of leeway with the shear being so low. i really liked that it had sex appeal without actually being too skin-baring. because i thought the S fit better than the M i did sacrifice a little leg mobility and the arms and neck were slightly tighter than necessary but the overall fit felt better. one weird note: i had a really hard time going to the bathroom in this dress, it's easier to just take the whole thing off than wrestle with pulling it up. i would still recommend it, cute dress, many compliments.
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Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
August 21, 2014
STYLIST REVIEW
This dress is SO comfortable! I loved that it was fitted but super stretchy. It fits true to size and the sheer panels give it a little bit of edginess. One thing to note, this dress is very long. I'm 5'8 and it came to my knees, so I wouldn't recommend this dress to someone on the shorter side. This dress is perfect for a night out!
EricaOctober 5, 2014
Hi! I love this dress and you look great! I'm only 5 feet tall and I typically wear a 0. Do you think the smaller sizes would be too long for me too? Thank you!
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Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
October 19, 2014
Birthday dinner with the girls in a beautiful, classy dress! Loved it!
I loved this dress and got a lot of compliments on it. It's a nice balance between sexy and classy. I wore it for my 27th birthday dinner with the girls.I love the sheer mesh. It was very comfortable, and I loved the stretchy material. I probably could have sworn the small or the medium, but I chose The medium because it was slightly more comfortable.
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Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
December 10, 2014
In a word, I looked "Bangin'!"
I am HEARTBROKEN that I didn't get even one picture of the dress (that I know of, if any come to my attention, I'll be sure to post). My phone died the moment I parked, so I left it in the car. I was attending an office cocktail party - I work for a capital investment company. It started at 11am with passed hors d'ouvres and then a seated lunch followed by loads and loads of cocktails. I opted to wear amazing earrings, but no necklace - the decolletage doesn't need any enhancement with jewels in this dress! I wore spanx, but the dress was super comfortable. Quite stretchy, and made me look very sleek - even though I'm an hourglass without a perfectly flat tummy. Also, the website doesn't allow for breasts over D, but I'm a 32DDD, and this dress still worked out perfectly!
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Size worn:
L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
December 16, 2014
Cool, Sexy, Sometimes flattering
In person, the dress was perfect - comfortable, light, and flattering. I'm about an 8/10, and I wore the Large which fit just fine as I expected this brand to run on the smaller size. I wouldn't have wanted to be any bigger in this "large" because although it is stretchy, the band around the arms and legs at the bottom isn't as much. I really liked this dress but my one issue is that from the waist-up it photographed really well, but in full body shots it just didn't look as good. When a flash hits the lightweight semi-shiny body skimming material you see every single bump. I would wear it again, but I would avoid cameras with flashes, or hide behind my purse! Non-flash pics looked great though.
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Size worn:
L
Rented for:
Party
January 3, 2015
Flattering on my body type
Wore this for New Years and loved it!! Got lots of compliments!! It fit nice; I rented a size L and a backup size M. Didn't even try the M on though. Bc I liked the way the L fit. Not super clingy but fitted.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 8, 2015
runs small/bands @ arms & skirt tight
This was my back up for NYE that didn't work either. RTR saved the day by going over an exhaustive list of what was left in my size and sent another dress I did wear and LOVE! I gave this three stars b/c of the odd fit. I will consider renting it again, but will size up. It is a very interesting LBD
Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
January 10, 2015
Classy, yet sexy dress. Perfect for the husband's work holiday party.
I ordered this dress in both M and L. The M fit like a glove. Dresses are tough for me because I'm bigger on top than on the bottom, but this one has enough give to forgive. I wore it with a traditional strapless bra. No special undergarments needed, although I wore shorties instead of regular undies to make sure there was no panty line.
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Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 46
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
February 11, 2015
The dress was an absolute stunner and I received compliments the entire time I wore it.
The medium was perfect for me. Wearing any undergarments (including a VERY fitted body slip) made the dress look horrible because you could see every line and crease. Once I removed the undergarment the dress looked fantastic. The fabric had a little bit of built in snugness and it hugged in all the right places. Be sure to wear your hair up and show off your shoulders and upper back!
Size worn:
XS
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
February 14, 2015
I got so many compliments on the dress. It was my first time to use RTR and it was perfect!
it was really great. the only thing that made me have to go with the XS opposed to the S because of my height but both worked really well. it was a really great experience.
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Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
February 24, 2015
too long!!
Pro - so cote con - need to be model height for it not to make you look short and dumpy
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Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 25, 2015
Simple but sexy!
I rented this as a backup for a party. I LOVED it... except I wasn't confident enough in the tummy area to pull it off! Not very forgiving. I would like to note that at 5'4" I didn't think it was too long at all.
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Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
March 1, 2015
Great Dress
Ordered a Medium and an extra small as a back up (small was not available). Ended up wearing the extra small since the medium was too loose. Great dress. I got compliments all night and my BF loved it
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Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 158lbs
March 9, 2015
Classy, Modern & Comfortable
I wore this dress to a work dinner and loved it. It gets a lot of compliments and I was comfortable all night. It's classy enough for work but unique enough to feel fashionable. I didn't have to tug on this dress to keep in in place and wasn't worried about any undergarment lines...the fabric is thick, but hugs curves well. It is tight around the arms and legs but not uncomfortably. I thought I'd have to wear the large, but the medium was perfect. Highly recommended.
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Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
March 16, 2015
I loved wearing this dress! It was very slimming and made me feel amazing!
Overall it fit well, but it was loose throughout the lower half which caused the zipper to stick out a bit. Besides that, it fit great! I would definitely recommend this dress!
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Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
March 17, 2015
Such a glamorous dress for a fancy event!
I rented this dress to wear to a charity event in Miami and I absolutely loved it and felt great in it. I could have worn the small but went with the medium because I forgot my Spanx. If you're considering this dress just keep in mind that it is pretty curve hugging!
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Size worn:
M
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 18
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
March 29, 2015
This dress was super cute!
The dress was very cute! It's a little longer on my body than on the models, but tended to ride up when dancing so that it looked more like this photo. I really enjoyed this dress.
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Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
April 8, 2015
I wore this dress to a wedding in Colorado. The wedding was split between indoors and outdoors.
This dress was the perfect choice for the wedding. It fit perfectly. As others have stated it is quite fitted from the waist down so your legs are fairly restricted. The length fell beneath my knees unlike the photos of the model. It was just the right amount of sexy and conservative. Would definitely rent again.
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Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
April 8, 2015
fabulous dress, got so many compliments. Would purchase to keep if I could.
Fits true to size, not too short perfect fit!
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Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 24
Body type: Athletic
April 12, 2015
So many compliments! I was getting texts for weeks by girls asking if they could borrow it!
Longer than expected but still sexy with the see-through stripe at the bottom.
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Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
April 15, 2015
Absolutely in love with this dress.
Looooove this dress!!! Wish I can own:) I wore it to a J. Cole concert and felt fabulous. #classy #sexy #sophisticated #fun!!!
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Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
April 22, 2015
Great bachelorette party dress!
I'm 5'11", 145lbs. I wore a small and it was really snug. I didn't feel like I was going to bust the seams, that type of fabric is tight. I did like how much it held you in! You can still walk, dance, etc, but some movement is limited. I liked how it came down a little lower since I have long legs to begin with.
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Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
April 30, 2015
Did not wear. Long, and more conservative- looking in person.
I did not wear this dress. The dress is very form-fitting and while the top and bottom are sheer/netted, the high neck-line and length gave a more conservative impression than I intended. I'm 5'6'' and tried with three inch heels, the dress still did not seem appropriate for a party.
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Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
May 4, 2015
Maybe a bit sexy for a wedding but I needed to get dolled up after baby
I LOVED this dress. I got a lot of compliments. Even though it's skin tight, the peek a boo means it's not too revealing. Practically works like Spanx.
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Size worn:
XS
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 107lbs
May 6, 2015
Great quality dress that fit well.
The dress was good quality, fit true to size and was the perfect length for a 5'3 frame. It was elegant yet sexy. Overall, a great first RTR experience!
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Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Body type: Athletic
June 9, 2015
Childhood friend's wedding
Got compliments all night long!
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Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
July 13, 2015
Made the bachelorette party even more fun- received compliments all night!
I'm tall so I especially appreciated it's length-finally a dress that makes it almost to my knees! The 'sheerness' of the top and panel are not as sheer as the photo makes them out to be.
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
July 16, 2015
Loved this dress!
This dress was the perfect combination of sexy and classy. It was very comfortable and perfect for a wedding. I got so many compliments on it. I would warn others that it will show every curve as it is extremely tight. I ordered a S and M but was only able to wear the S since the Medium was not returned by the person before me. The S fit fine but was tight at the bottom so hard to maneuver in quickly. I would still recommend this dress to anyone!
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Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 23
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
August 11, 2015
*Heart eye emoji*
I loved this dress, I wore it for my 22nd birthday dinner and felt comfortable all night. It fits so well and I loved that it was short sleeved, it felt dressy and casual all at the same time. The fit is tight but not too tight so holds you in, no spanx required. I definitely recommend it. Added plus, didn't have to wear a bra!
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Size worn:
M
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
August 15, 2015
great party
bomb dress!!! the material is fairly thin but fits very well and is really comfy
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Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
August 29, 2015
Great fit and fabric! Love the style- sexy but classy!
Originally got this dress for our anniversary dinner but it didn't arrive in time so ended up wearing it to a rehearsal dinner. I don't have many complaints about this dress- I loved wearing it! I'd say it runs TTS, in normally a XS/S and after reading other reviews I felt comfortable only going with a S (XS wasn't available but I wasn't worried. It fit like a glove. The bottom panel below the sheer was a bit loose on my legs so I ended up standing at a wider stance while standing up. You can't take big strides as it is still very fitted while walking. I definitely recommend renting it! Great experience for a first RTR order!
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Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 35
September 10, 2015
the dress!!
This was an amazing dress that I actually wished I could have kept.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
S
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 11, 2015
Sexy yet sophisticated!
I ordered a size 2 and I should have gone with a size 4. The arms were quite tight on me! I wore it anyway and loved it.
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Size worn:
XS
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
September 16, 2015
Arrived on time and easy
I love Elizabeth and James. My favorite designer at the moment. Can't go wrong with this dress. Only downfall of the particular dress that I received is it was obviously torn before in the sleeve and RTR tried to fix it and sell it to me and it was obvious so I was disappointed with that so maybe avoid the XS so you don't get that particular dress!
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Size worn:
XS
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 32
October 7, 2015
Endless compliments!
Curvy, athletic ladies rejoice! This is the dress for you. The XS was only available for the wedding I was attending and I was a tad apprehensive about the fit. Thankfully, the size fit without a backup! I will say there were a few minor snags in the see-through area, but it didn't show in pictures. Would love to rent this dress again in a pinch!
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Size worn:
S
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
October 11, 2015
Tons of compliments!
Really classy dress. Loved the look! The only downfall to this dress is the material is not forgiving at all. Unless you have a six pack, be prepared to suck in all night or invest in some spanks.
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