Free People

Ivory Lace Tea Dress

$30 – $40 rental?
$168 retail
Stylist Notes

This empire-waist ivory lace Free People dress is charming. Pair it with understated strappy sandals.

Size & Fit

Sized: 0-10

Product Details

Cream synthetic lace (100% Polyester). Three-quarter sleeves. V-neckline. Full skirt. Fully lined. Hidden side zipper. 42” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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86 reviews
Fit
Large
(8)
True to Size
(38)
Small
(8)
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
January 29, 2016
Runs true to size, but tight sleeves. NOT ivory, more like pale pink.
Free People usually runs big in my experience, but this dress was true to size for me. The arms, however, run very tight. I have slightly larger biceps than average and the sleeves were MUCH to tight for me, so I couldn't wear the dress. Also, the color is not ivory, but more of a pale pink, very pretty but not as shown in the pictures.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
February 11, 2016
Comfortable & Pretty!
Someone asked me if I'd had the dress custom made! It was really pretty but so comfortable. Wore this to our post-wedding brunch. It was pretty low cut for me in the front which I was not expecting, but in a tasteful way.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Age: 24
February 10, 2016
Stylist Review
This dress fit true to size and would be perfect for a spring or fall event. There is a deep neckline so I would recommend wearing a NuBra with this dress. The longer length makes this dress more conservative. There wasn't much stretch in the fabric so I would suggest ordering a size up for the backup.
ElizabethFebruary 15, 2016
I was hoping you could clarify some things as I want to use this for my baby shower. Where is the lack of stretch? Is the waist line as high as a normal empire waist? Any chance you could post your measurements- being pregnant I have no idea what size I would be now so I'd like something to compare to. Much appreciated!
EFebruary 23, 2016
I agree with the above comment - any way this will fit a growing belly? I am trying to find a dress for baby shower but need something that might have some stretch at the top?
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
February 17, 2016
I wore this dress for a low key dinner out with my husband. The dress is casual but charming.
The dress was feminine, casual and comfortable. The side zipper on my dress seemed to be warped, so it was hard to zip up even though the dress was loose. I probably could have worn a size smaller. It was fairly roomy but did not have stretch. The neckline is pretty deep so take that into account with your bra. The dress was below my knee which was nice because I am tall, but the lining was fairly short underneath.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
February 18, 2016
non-stop compliments
I loved it! It fit perfectly and everybody said how much they loved it. The sleeves are a bit above the elbow and it's tea-length. Lovely dress! Love FP
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Body type: Full Bust
February 27, 2016
More little house on the prairie than lace tea dress.
I ordered this for my bridal shower. The pictures on the sit make it look more like lace than it is. It's more heavy embroidery than lace. It was also moe on the tan side of ivory than the picture shows. It fit true to size but if you have a larger bust don't go with this one. It was a bit too much cleavage. For reference I'm 34DDD. It just wasn't dainty and bridal.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 131lbs
March 4, 2016
looked very cute--though could be viewed as wearing curtains
im pregnant so I loved it. it was comfortable and everyone commented on it.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 29
March 7, 2016
Super unique dress for bridal shower!
I rented both the 4 (my usual size) and 6 just in case. I ended up wearing the 6 even though both fit. The 6 was just a tad looser in the bust and arms, but overall fit the same---it just looked better! The neckline is VERY low (even though I have a small chest, it still bothered me) so I recommend a safety pin and it's absolutely not fitted other than the chest area (very flowy!). Overall, it was very comfortable to wear, loved the length and materials used. The only thing missing was a flower crown ;) Lastly, I will say definitely more tan that the pictures let on, but still looked "bridal" enough for my shower! Lots of compliments.
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
March 7, 2016
Beautiful detailed dress.
The V-neck was low for me, I wore a slip tank under in the same shade to cover up just a bit. This was worn for a baby shower I was hosting therefore comfort was key. The dress fit very well although a bit small for a size 12. The embroidered detail was great. I would love to wear again.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
March 8, 2016
Awesome dress, great with cowgirl boots
I wore this to my bridal shower and received many compliments, arms and chest run small so if in doubt, order up.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
March 15, 2016
Loved this dress!
I wore this for my bridal shower and got SO many compliments. It's a gorgeous dress and so comfortable and light. The fit is great, but it was a tad tight in the arms (I have fairly muscular arms), which made it a little tough to get off without help. But no problem getting it on, and it was comfortable in the arms while wearing it.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
March 24, 2016
Process made easy and quality dresses
Overall great fit except sleeves felt a little tight
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
March 27, 2016
Perfect Easter dress!
I loved the fit and fabric of this dress. The lace is more of a cotton crocheted fabric, very soft and heirloom style, but not as formal as I was expecting. It was flowy and forgiving through the skirt with a more fitted bodice and very snug sleeves. In my regular size 8, it was way too low cut. Once I sized down to the 6, it was modest enough to wear to church without a camisole. I felt very pretty in this and received many compliments. Great rental!
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 188lbs
March 29, 2016
Gorgeous lace and perfect creamy color
I rented this dress for Easter and it was gorgeous! I rented both the 10 and the 12 and the 12 was a better fit. Nice weight to the material and an absolutely beautiful color and detail. However I was not able to wear it as I planned on wearing it to church and the top was extremely low cut for my comfort level. I have a large bust and the deeper v was quite low as you can tell in the photo. If you are smaller up top or don't mind the bust attention this is a great dress. I was so bummed it didn't work for me.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 123lbs
March 29, 2016
This dress was so flattering and very comfortable. I felt very pretty and got many compliments.
It fits true to size and the length was perfect.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
March 31, 2016
Bohemian Feel
Wore this for Eastern Sunday celebration with family. The cleavage was pretty apparent in this dress, but nothing I couldn't distract from with a denim jacket - the jacket also helped dress it down. Very comfortable, but like others said, a bit tight in the arms. Easy movement and flowy below the bust line. Overall a good pick! Backup size should be one size up.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
April 10, 2016
This was a beautiful dress that made me feel so cute!
I rented this dress for a bridal shower luncheon. I got a few compliments, including from the bride. I really enjoyed how comfortable it was. The fit was perfect! I was slightly worried because my back up size wasn't available but it ended up working out just fine because as others said, it did run true to size.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Everyday
April 11, 2016
Fit was nice, good quality, pretty dress.
It was a nice dress, more of a fall dress than I had anticipated. The dress was pretty thick and more of a crochet than a lace. Also, I am pretty small on top, so be careful with the arms. It was wearable but the arms were tight, so if you're busty, broad shouldered, or carry your weight on top, maybe size up.
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
April 15, 2016
Color and fabric not my favorite
Didn't wear because I just didn't like. The cream color has definite pink tinge to it. The embroidery and lace reads very country. I am very fair skinned and it washed me out. The sleeves are tight.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
April 16, 2016
Bump flattering!
Dress was perfect for a confirmation. Because I wore it to church I wore a tank under it to reduce cleavage. Sleeves a bit snug but not uncomfortable. I'm 6 months pregnant and this dress was very bump friendly. I ordered a 6 and an 8 because reviews said it could run small. The 6 was a perfect fit, which is my typical size.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
April 16, 2016
Perfect for my wedding rehearsal dinner!
Slim at the waist, but forgiving at the hips. Very deep V-neck so I wore a black camisole underneath - no lines or shadows from the camisole were visible. I was comfortable all night and felt beautiful. I would definitely rent again.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 139lbs
April 19, 2016
Very comfortable and perfect for bridal events.
Normally wear a size 10 due to wide rib cage and large chest. This dress runs slightly large, I fit into the back up dress size 8 better than the 10. Dress is comfortable and good length. Would not recommend for chesty woman, as your chest will show. V-neck is lower cut than it appears in picture. Overall great dress!
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
April 25, 2016
Sweet dress. You'll need a camisole is large chested.
Sleeves definitely small for size 10. Great dress! Fantastic quality. I am a DD so a camisole was critical. It's very very low cut.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
April 28, 2016
I rented this for formal family portraits. Unfortunately the fit of the dress was horrible.
The fit of the dress was horrible. Small in the arms, large in the waist (making me look like I was taking maternity pictures!) and large in the chest. I am 5'4", 125lb, 34B, usually a size 2. The size 2 dress fit the best, but was still large in the chest (with low cleavage) and made me look pregnant. The size 4 was large all over. It was unflattering and I ended up returning both dresses without wearing either of them. Very disappointed.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
March 6, 2016
A bump-friendly dress that was a a baby shower hit!
This dress runs large (I've heard this about Free People). Prepregnancy I was a size 4 or 6. I rented an 8 and a 10 for my baby shower, and the 8 was easy to get on and zipped up despite my bump and F-size chest! Speaking of, it is definitely a cleavage-accenting dress, so be prepared with something to go under it (or not!) I also have broad shoulders, and the shoulders and sleeves were not tight on my arms at all. I loved that the dress was real lace, and not crochet (a concern I had), so it doesn't look too rustic. The dress is definitely ivory rather than white. Perfect overall. #babyshower #bumpfriendly
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118lbs
March 6, 2016
I wore this for a work photo shoot and felt so beautiful in it!
The dress fits true to size. It's beautiful, whimsical and has the flair of Free People melded with an Anthropologie type look. I loved it! It's comfortable and flattering in the bodice/chest area.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
March 18, 2016
On time delivery, and perfect size!
The fit was wonderful! The chest runs a little large, I'm a 34D and it was still a little bigger on me. The arms fit fine, and it wasn't see through at all! Beautiful embroidery, beautiful color. I didn't want to return it!
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
April 4, 2017
Beautiful dress!
Loved this dress! I wore it all weekend to everything I went to. The size I wanted was not available, so I went bigger just to be safe and it was really big on me, especially in the top. I knew going in that other reviewers had said that the top was low cut, but with a larger size it was really low! Even though I the size I ordered was large, the arms were pretty tight! The dress was beautiful dress, the fabric was lovely and I got compliments everywhere I went!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
February 12, 2016
I gave a big deal presentation in this dress. It was feminine, yet professional.
This dress fit like a dream. The arms were a little snug for this yoga-frequenter, but otherwise, perfect. The lace is gorgeous and it was fun to wear with a denim shirts and flats to be appropriately California casual.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 190lbs
March 1, 2016
got lots of compliments
The only issue I had with the dress is the sleeves were too tight. I am a little broad in the arms so that is a typical problem for me.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
March 10, 2016
Lots of compliments on the dress.
Fit great and was very comfortable.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
April 2, 2016
I felt amazing in this! The cut was very flattering!
I loved the material and the way it fit my body. The neck was cut a little deeper than I imagined but nothing fashion tape couldn't fix.
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
April 7, 2016
So sweet easter dress
I wore this dress for easter and it was so sweet. The only thing was bc I'm a DD it did have a LOT of cleavage, so if your're not into that you'll need to wear a tank underneath.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 136lbs
May 7, 2016
Perfect dress for me at 33 weeks pregnant.
Pre-Pregnancy I could squeeze into a size 4 if the dress ran a bit big but size 6 always fits me better (unless it runs too big). I've only gained 15 pounds so far and all in the belly. My circumference at the time I wore this dress was 39 1/2 inches all around my waist at belly button level. The fit was a bit big in the bust (I'm still 34D). Thanks to other reviews I bought a lacy cleavage cover to wear with it; all the ladies thought it was part of the dress because it blended so well. I felt very pretty and comfortable; got lots of compliments about the dress. I proudly told everyone I got it from Rent The Runway. Hope this review helps others. Enjoy!!
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 105lbs
May 9, 2016
The cut was way too low, and I felt the lace aged me a bit.
I thought the fit was nice & TTS but overall I just didn't like the design. It would look great on someone tanner, but this blended into my skin making me look like I had little clothing on. Also, the v neck was way too low. You would need to wear something underneath for a daytime event, for sure! The lace was pretty in person and the cut of the dress would work for a lot of people, but unfortunately just didn't work for me.
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 48
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 170lbs
May 9, 2016
I was a hostess at a graduation tea party and wore this dress.
I agree with the other reviews that the arms are a bit tight so if your arms are heavy, I don't recommend this choice. It was okay on me but it was too low cut for the occasion I wore it (lots of moms and high school aged girls) so I needed to add a tank top underneath. I didn't have the right color tank but made do with chocolate and paired with same color shoes. It was very comfortable and cute.
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
May 10, 2016
Gorgeous dress! Love all the romantic details!
I loved this dress. It was a little darker in person, more of a tan, but photographed beautifully. The front was a little lower cut than I usually wear, but with fashion tape, it wasn't an issue. Loved this dress, very comfortable!!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 40
May 16, 2016
This was the perfect dress.
I absolutely loved this dress, and I got a ton of compliments. It is so pretty in person: a true ivory, not tan like some other reviewers stated. It looked delicate, soft and rich. The fit was perfect, though it is VERY low cut. I pinned it about a half inch up from the base of the v just to make it slightly more modest and you couldn't tell at all. I usually wear between a 2 and a 4, and the 2 looked better on me, but that might be because I am small on top. Basically, it was true to size. My only problem with this dress is that I can't keep it!
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 170lbs
May 16, 2016
I have small children and this was great for chasing them around the Easter egg hunt.
The dress was for Easter and I loved it. I am 5"8 and it hit me right below the knee. Its is a heavy fabric, a cream with slightly pink undertones, the weight of the fabric makes it more flattering. It was a little low for me to wear to church on Easter so I did wear a camisole under to bring up the neckline. It is very full under the bust, which hit my postpartum belly but it is not a slim dress. It was very comfortable and received lots of compliments. I wore the 12 over the 10 as the arms were a little snug and the fabric has no give. Loved it.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 107lbs
May 24, 2016
Vintage look, very classic and comfortable!
I got this dress as a last resort for my engagement shoot, as the first RTR didn't work for me. This dress was comfortable, classic looking and photographed very well! Very low cut, so I had to make sure my bra didn't show when I moved around a bit. That was the only con! I loved it!
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