Helmut Lang

Contra Drape Dress

$109 to buy
$520 retail
Stylist Notes

A blouson top and fitted bottom gives this Helmut Lang dress laid-back appeal. Make the look cocktail-ready with a modern necklace like Alexis Bittar's Etruscan Collar and graphic heels.

Size & Fit

This dress runs large. We recommend going one size down for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - ample room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Tea length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black crepe (85% Acetate, 15% Nylon). Cap sleeves. V-neckline. Pencil skirt. Hidden side zipper. Lined. 41” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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31 reviews
Fit
Large
(4)
True to Size
(18)
Small
(1)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 165lbs
March 25, 2015
It was a great black dreas

The cut is a little low so be prepared with a cami or sext bra

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118lbs
March 26, 2015
.

Top of dress is big but that is the style of the dress you have to wear a cami or a long lined bra that would be appropriate to show (La Perla). The skirt in bottom was a bit short for my taste. Nice dress and material.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
August 10, 2015
Blah! Looks like a drape. Didn't wear.

Hangs like a box. Not cute.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130lbs
March 23, 2016
Amazing dress! Hides imperfections - can't wait to wear it for a big night out!

This dress is gorgeous! I went down a size and bought a black camisole to wear with it. The zipper is a little tricky, but once zipped up it looks better in person than in the photo!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Work
July 9, 2016
Didn't wear

Great fabric

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
March 11, 2018
Flattering but...

Flattering! The sides were a little bit short for my preference.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 158lbs
April 2, 2018
Need a big chest to wear

Fits every wear except the top. Top is made for someone VERY chesty. My 34b/c did not work.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
April 17, 2018
I didnt end up wearing this dress. It fit terribly

The dress was very awkward to try on let alone wear.

Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
April 21, 2015
Top is way too large!

Too big up top!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
November 13, 2014
Loved the skirt of the dress!

This style is great dressed up or down! The open sides on the skirt make this look really unique and the bust area is great for all bust sizes. If you do have a smaller bust, I would recommend sizing down in this dress as there is a lot of fabric on the top. I liked that I could wear a standard bra and that the look was a modern spin on an understated black dress.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
May 3, 2016
Twist on a black dress

I didn't get to wear this dress because it was a little too big and my mother vetoed it. But, I think the dress id gorgeous and I would love to try it again The slit on the sides are quite high, and I almost felt like a ninja in it, but a classy one. Definitely a good dress for a cocktail party.

Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 143lbs
May 19, 2016
This was for a work party.

I usually wear between and 8 and a 10 and both sizes were way too big. I should have gone for a 6. Did not wear the dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
August 26, 2015
Could wear flats and still look tall

Also rented the Eddie Borgo Pearl Hinged Choker and AV MAX gold hammered cuff. They both looked great, but I was particularly happy with the dress and choker together. The top is very baggy and even though the skirt fit better in the larger size, I sized down. I wore a pretty lacy black bra no tape in case someone brushed into me, I didn't want to risk boob out. The skirt is short on the sides and tight. I wore flats and didn't sit down much. The longer length of the skirt in the front, helps it look a bit more classy. But the short sides is good for us shorter girls. I was able to wear my flats...:) always a bonus

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
March 19, 2015
Classy, Sexy and Unforgettable!

I wore the 6 and was very happy with the fit. It was a little loose in the top but made the opening in the neckline more dramatic and sexy. The dress has a comfortable fabric and I moved around in it with ease.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
May 1, 2015
Wore it to a Fashion event.

This is a great dress that is on the edgy side. I wore it with flats because the underskirt is very short. Since I'm almost 40 and not in the best shape, it was not quite perfect on me. Had it been a couple of inches longer on the underskirt, I would have bought it. I think it's perfect for a woman who wants a little edge and has great legs.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
May 6, 2015
Very cute and comfortable. Can wear this almost anywhere.

The only drawback for some could be that the front skirt is "flaps" over a tighter, shorter skirt. This is a bit unusual but I thought it was fun and cute.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 165lbs
June 4, 2015
So obsessed with this dress...I bought one!!!

Beyond obsessed with this dress! Perfect to wear to the office or even dressed down for other events. Loved it so much (soooo flattering and very "me") that I ended up buying it online from the retailer after I rented it. Perfect in every way!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
June 12, 2015
Very unique!

I got this dress for a dinner with my husband and a couple of friends for my 30th birthday. Turns out it was a surprise party with 20 of my closest friends! Ended up going to dinner, drinks and dancing. This was the perfect dress for all venues. Dressy enough for a nice dinner and edgy enough for the bar. It has a plunging neckline so you may want to watch out for that.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 50
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
June 26, 2015
Rented for a night out on the town.

This is a gorgeous sexy chic dress but I ended up not wearing it because the under skirt was just to short on me.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
August 12, 2015
Love, Love, Love!

This dress was absolutely amazing. It was sexy, without being over the top. The under skirt that is exposed on the sides is short, so if you are a modest gal I wouldn't recommend it. I also had to rig the front with a safety pin otherwise my entire chest/bra would have been exposed. I wouldn't have minded so much if it was night out, and I was wearing my studded bra.... but not so much at a wedding. If you want to edge up the LBD, this one is it!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 28, 2016
Dress was beautiful and fit very well. Very well worn, but still good for a day.

Dress was beautiful and classy; got looks of compliments. Unfortunately, it was well worn, including a rip by the zipper that was evident when it arrived. I would recommend the style, but this particular one should be removed from circulation.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
March 4, 2016
My favorite

I have rented this dress a few times. It is very flattering and can be dressed up or down. The draping compliments both thin and full figured women. I was able to wear with a bra which is nice.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 155lbs
June 24, 2015
Stylist Review

I wore this to work, and received compliments all day. Currently I am between a size 8 and 10, and I went with a size 10 in this style because of the skirt. I had plenty of room up top, and was very comfortable with the fit of the bottom as well. A size 8 may have been snug on the bottom since I have hips and thighs. I do recommend fashion tape for the top, especially if you are fuller busted, as the top can gape open without a little help. Really unique and cool style!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
November 5, 2015
Great, simple yet fun sheath dress

I wore one size smaller than usual, a 2 instead of a 4 and while the top kept coming open, the bottom was snug. I put on a heavy necklace to try to keep it closed, and that worked for the most part. I had fun in it, but didn't get tons of compliments on it because most people were just wearing business casual anyway.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 42
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
May 25, 2016
Interesting details.

Fit was great. Just different enough from little black dress. Had to pin the top and watch it when I sat down because the under skirt was short!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108lbs
June 10, 2016
Work appropriate with subtle details.

I loved the neckline and the side hem. The middle band seemed a little off, maybe too wide, so I belted it for a polished look. Felt comfortable but still stylish, looked great for work.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Age: 35
June 15, 2016
Sexy and classy at the same time

Such a cool dress. I'm 5'4 and was concerned the length of the two longer front and back pieces on the skirt might be too long. With heels, this dress is a head turner on any height. I felt so good in this.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
June 15, 2016
Fits differently on non-models, but still a cool dress

Definitely fit me differently than the model, but I didn't have any problems with the drapey part exposing anything, and still liked how it fit. Girls who have wide hips may not like it since it will cut you right across that part without nipping in at the waist.

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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
July 20, 2016
Comfortable, confident, trendy and sexy.

I wore this for a cocktail type wedding (not black tie). The dress was VERT comfortable and hid all flaws and problem areas with I LOVED. I don't think the photos justify what the dress actually looks like in real life. It's a very edgy yet classy cocktail dress. I actually wore pointed flats with the dress and it didn't look "frumpy" at all. I felt comfortable and confident all night. I would definitely rent this dress for a wedding or work function.

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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Age: 55
October 26, 2016
I was celebrating a friends 50th birthday. The people you love make the event.

The dress was very comfortable and fun to wear. The shorter skirt underneath made the dress interesting. I did not think it was too short and I am long legged and 5'10". The fabric over lay on the skirt makes the dress appropriate and the short under is sexy. The drape front is about an inch too long and little roomy. I am short waisted so on someone with a longer torso this would work. I tucked the extra fabric into the back waistband and it fit perfectly. I wore a pretty black bra which worked with the v neck that can open a bit if you are leaning down. Overall I felt comfortable, confident and pretty. I did get compliments on the dress during the night. My boyfriend thought it was sexy and classy dress.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 43
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
November 9, 2016
Pictures don't do it justice!

This was a back up overnighted dress chosen for me by an RTR stylist. I was hesitant about wearing it but pleasantly surprised! It was beautiful! Fit like a glove and perfect for a gala charity event I was working. The low front and side slit were not overly revealing but added a little glamour to what would otherwise be a basic dress. I unfortunately got stuck in the dress because the zipper was malfunctioning. Otherwise, great dress!

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