Issa

Komodo Shift

$212 to buy
$1,125 retail
Stylist Notes

Work this beyond chic shift by Issa to the dinner party.

Size & Fit

This dress runs slightly large. We recommend going one size down for back-up (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized 2-12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - may be worn with a standard bra
WAIST: Not fitted - very loosely fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - skirt may be more fitted on curvier women
LENGTH: Mini - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Green metallic jacquard (37% wool, 37% acrylic, 26% polyamide). Three quarter length sleeves. Crew neckline. A-line body. Hidden back zipper. Unlined. 31” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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50 reviews
Fit
Large
(22)
True to Size
(15)
Small
(11)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 43
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
May 4, 2015
N/A
This ran large and it swam on me. I don't think it works well on short waisted women
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 180lbs
April 16, 2016
Amazing pattern/color
This is a short dress. It is also tight at the bust and shoulders, I have a larger bust. I paired it with some brown tights and brown boots for a fancy dinner. I received more than enough compliments on this dress to know it's something special.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
September 23, 2012
Stylist Review!
I received this one size too big but even an 8 might have been too large. Its a very gorgeous pattern and has a lot of layers, so its definitely a Fall/Winter style. Would love to try it on in an 6 and 8 but I felt like a sumo wrestler in a 10!
MarleenDecember 5, 2012
do you think a belt would work with this particular style dress? It looks great on you like this...
LizDecember 6, 2012
I don't think so - I rented the same dress and the material is so thick that it would bunch up awkwardly (I played with the idea also).
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
November 25, 2012
Gorgeous fabric, boxy fit
I had to send this one back, unfortunately. The fabric is incomparable, honestly. The pleats make this shift dress very boxy with no slimming cut at all. I wear a 0 and looked very large (pregnant even) in this dress. I may have gotten the wrong size, but the sleeves and the shoulders fit in the 4. I didn't want sausage arms in the 2. It's also very short and rides up easily.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
December 5, 2012
Gorgeous fabric and perfect length!!
Since Issa is a UK brand, I asked a stylist what size I should get since normally the sizing runs really small compared to US sizes. Unfortunately, the UK size 8 I got was enormous and seriously was like a big boxy bubble around me. I had been looking forward to wearing it for my company holiday party but thankfully I ordered a backup dress...I really wish I had gone with a UK size 4, though, because I think it is probably really cute with the proper fit. Other than that, the fabric is really beautiful and this dress is perfect for the holidays...really wish the sizing was more clear on this site, especially since they randomly have a nondescript "size 2" mixed in with the rest.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 95lbs
March 2, 2013
Unfortunately, this dress was a disaster
I rented this dress for my birthday party, expecting it to fit as a shift mini dress. I ordered the 2 and the 4, just to be sure one of them would fit, but once they arrived, I knew I made a mistake the second I opened the box. What appears to be a chic and modern print in the photo, turned out to be a thick, heavy metallic mess in person. It was something I would expect to see on an Elizabethan era gown, not a mini dress! When I tried on the four, it was awful. While I am short, it literally went down to my shins. Gross. The two was barely an improvement. I was so disappointed I started crying. I returned the dress that day and I am very hesitant to rent another dress from RTR.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
April 7, 2013
Elegant. Chic.
Loved this dress! As others have noted the sizing is weird and I went down to the 2 equivalent. The fabric is very heavy and beautifully embroidered. I wore it to dinner at a formal French restaurant in New Orleans and I got compliments on it all night. I did wear it with a sports bra underneath, the thickness of the fabric combined with a 34c did no favors. Other than athletic bras, I paired it with a nude pump & lip and a slicked back bun on the top of my head.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
April 22, 2013
Even more vibrant in person, but runs pretty big!
I usually wear a 2, but the 2 went down to my knees and was more boxy than in the picture. The color is amazing though!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 46
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 145lbs
September 12, 2013
awkward fit
I rented 2 different styles and didn't end up wearing this one. I'm very tall and this was way too short on me. It looked like I forgot my pants. ;) It is a very boxy fit but tight on upper body. Awkward. Material is gorgeous but very heavy. Almost quilt like. Better for winter.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 54
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 134lbs
December 3, 2013
Unique dress
This is a beautiful dress, very distinctive. However, it is made of a stiff, thick brocade fabric that is warm and not comfortable. I wore it to a formal dinner party, and it was perfect, but I don't recommend it for dancing or any occasion where it may be warm.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
March 15, 2014
I had 2 different people on the street ask to take a picture with me!
If you don't like very short dresses, do not attempt this dress. If you like body hugging styles, do not attempt this dress. If you like fashion forward, show stopping dresses, this is perfect for you. I wore it for a day of sightseeing/partying and had too many compliments to count. I've rented it twice and I am desperate to own it. It is my favorite of many dresses I have rented from RTR. I simply must own this dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
April 26, 2014
Like many other reviewsers said before, this dress runs big. I love it so order it 1-2 sizes smaller
This dress could be kick ass, but you really need to order it 1-2 sizes smaller than normal. Otherwise, I loved it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 165lbs
May 14, 2014
This was a beautiful dress but I ended up not wearing this dress as it was too bold for me.
I did not end up wearing this dress but it does run very large. I would have worn the 8. The fabric was a quilt like consistency and would have been too hot for my event. Because it was a thicker fabric it was also not very form fitting. It was very large at the top and fitted at the hips (which never happens to me).
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 145lbs
August 3, 2014
Dress photographed so great and super comfortable!
I am busty so it was great in the chest but large on the bottom. Super comfortable and loved how different it was. Great for a party.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
October 13, 2014
This is the 3rd time I have rented this dress. I hope to own it. It is fun & comfy!
I am short, but have a long inseam. This is great for showing off your legs and hiding any tummy. The fabric has no give, but I do think it runs a bit large thru the torso. Divine dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
December 30, 2014
The dress is gorgeous! I loved the shine, color, striking pattern.
I loved this dress, but I chose not to wear it for my occasion. I ordered it in the 8 and 10, but the 8 got destroyed and I had to choose another dress. The ten was just too big through the chest and waist area to work right. The 8 would have been perfect! Watch out though, it is really short! I'm not a tall lady and it was still boarder line too short for my taste.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
February 12, 2015
Fun, high quality fabric and a nice chance from the typical cocktail dress.
Loved this dress! i wish a 6 would have been available. I had ordered the 4 as my backup but was too small. I got many compliments on the dress. Also photographed very nicely. I had read other reviews wear people mentioned pairing with nude shoes. I think the coloring of the dress looks much better with brown or gold. (I went with gold). Only negative I could see with the dress is the length. It was perfect for me but am only 5"1. there's no way someone taller could wear without tights or be able to sit comfortably or raise their arms.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 47
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
February 16, 2015
This is a beautiful dress. I received many compliments and stood out among a sea of black dresses.
The 10 was too big, but the 8 was damaged and RR was unable to send it. It is short, so be careful if you lift your arms up!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 93lbs
October 13, 2012
Big and Long
This dress was to big and boxy for a petite person. And the green is much brighter in person. It didn't work for me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
January 8, 2013
Pretty but too big!
Very pretty but longer than photo and way, way too big. Wore my back up instead.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Body type: Petite
February 27, 2013
special design but runs way too large
The dress has a lovely color and special design, which resembles traditional Chinese dress. However, like Chinese dress from the imperial time, it does not have waistline, dangling like a huge box over me. I had to wear a belt. I am 5'3'' and normally wear 00. I ordered a size 2 because that's the smallest available. I don't regret renting it, but think I should have looked for a beautiful belt to go with it too.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 145lbs
February 28, 2015
I didn't wear it, was too big
This runs large, I had ordered it as a back up. It's pretty but kinda looks like thick curtains. I would seriously order this 2 sizes smaller than your usual.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 55
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135lbs
October 21, 2015
wore it to my nephews wedding.
I am 5' even...and 133 lbs. This dress worked well for me...but I have a short torso/long legs. The length of this dress is on the SHORT side. Both the 10 and 8 worked for me..but the 8 looked more fitted. It is not a dress you would raise both arms in unless wearing leggings. Lots of compliments and it felt great on.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
February 7, 2016
Dress runs large but very cute pattern!
I was unable to wear this because it was too large. I usually like sheaths to be roomier but I would rent this in a size down for your backup. The color and pattern were great, just too shapeless
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 134lbs
March 20, 2013
Loved it! Fit perfectly and was just all in all a show stopper. People loved the dress.
The 4 fit, but if you're curvy...but I wore the size 6 because my breast felt smashed in the 4. So I'd step up the size one notch if you are at least a C cup.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
July 17, 2013
Extremely unique
One-of-a-kind dress that will stand out amongst the crowd. The material is stiff, and the fit is strictly shift, so don't expect a waist-slimming look. However, the short length allows you to show off your gams with some gusto. *Months after wearing this rental, I saw Giuliana Rancic donned in this number on television!* Extra style points!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
October 18, 2013
Felt ravishing with slight discomfort
I had read all of the reviews about fit issues but I am pregnant and welcomed the extra fabric in the mid section. The fabric IS indeed quite heavy and restrictive but beautiful. I was stopped multiple times by admirers. I didn't mind the boxiness of the dress because the length is quite short and still allows you to exude some sex appeal. My main caution with this dress is how tight the fit is in the arms. It's deceiving because the mid-section encourages you to go down a size to promote a better fit but the arms make that impossible to do. I was pushing it in my normal size 2 (and no my arms are not yet bigger because of the pregnancy). I ended up changing into my back-up dress before dinner because I was so uncomfortable....but then again, that is probably just the hormones. There was a time when I would have just rolled with it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
February 25, 2014
I stood out in a sea of black
The dress was a beautiful turquoise/aqua color with brown and brown design and definitely looked very different from what everyone else was wearing at the wedding. I liked it a lot, but it is very short. I wore thick tights that looked like leggings and it was ok but I had to be careful if I lifted my arms over my head to make sure the hem didn't rise too high. Also, it is a very thick dress. I am glad that I rented it for a winter wedding because I definitely would have been too hot in it for a summer wedding. I have read in some other reviews that the arms are pretty tight. It wasn't too bad for me, but it was a little snug around the elbows. Overall, I am glad that I rented it, but I probably won't rent it more than once.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 104lbs
June 6, 2014
Beautiful Dress! The colors are amazing, but very short. I love it!
Pros- Colors are vibrant... Cons- Very, Very short, and the sleeves are a quarter length, but gives the dress an edgy look without being to formal. Yes, I will rent again! Fits true to size, and I wore it with shoes other than brown. Edgy Look!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
July 8, 2014
Cute dress
Uncomfortable, material and Fit. No stretch and arm holes are way too tight.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 153lbs
October 13, 2014
The dress was very comfortable to move around and dance in.
The size 8 fit but the arms were kind of tight. The size 10 was perfect fit for my arms and the perfect length.
StashaNovember 13, 2014
You look great!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118lbs
November 5, 2014
weirdly shaped
Let me start by saying I really really love the print, so I rented the dress. However, the dress wasn't made very well, and the 2 (my usual size) was way too tight in the butt, but loose everywhere else. The 4 was just a bag on me. All in all, the cut is very unflattering. I had to order another dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Age: 23
January 18, 2016
I wore this dress for my sorority formal, and absolutely loved it!
I am normally a size 6 in dresses, but size 8 was the only size in stock, so I ordered it because I loved it, and it fit perfectly.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
February 9, 2014
it's really pretty, but it was small in the breast area.
I usually wear size 4's and so I ordered 4 and 6, but order 6 and 8.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
June 24, 2014
Runs small, very heavy material
Beautiful quality, but it was small through the shoulders and the material is very very heavy, so unfortunately wasn't appropriate for a summer event as I'd hoped.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
September 13, 2012
Great statement dress!
I wore the 2 which fit because it is a shift. The sleeves were a tad tight so you could size up and be a bit more comfortable. The fabric is beautiful and I got tons of compliments! It's mini (mid-thigh on me and I'm 5'6")
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 128lbs
September 24, 2012
Fab!
I got SO many compliments on this at the wedding. It was cool outside so the sleeves were perfect. It was a conservative cut but the length made it sexy. It's a special dress that stood out just enough! Highly recommend it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 59
Body type: Hourglass
November 10, 2012
Too Short!
Beautiful rich fabric. Length was as pictured on model. I wish I could have worn it
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 65
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
May 19, 2013
Really cool dress!
I wore this to an Indian wedding luncheon where most women were wearing elaborately embellished saris. This dress fit right in. It was shimmery but not too "cocktail / evening" feel to it. The arms were a bit tight, as was the bust. It has a "boxy" fit, so it you don't have a small waist, this will fit nicely.
VickiJuly 24, 2013
Vicki you wore it best! Beautiful.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
January 14, 2014
Was great for NYE!
I loved the look of this dress and the fact that it was a shift made it both comfortable and roomy for dancing! The fit did run a little large however, but I like a larger fitting dress. I could have worn the 6 but felt that it would be more constricting than the 8. The green is a great look, however the accent is a little deeper tone than what is noted in the image. It paired really well with the Baroque Bejeweled Necklace by Oscar de le Renta!
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