Jill Jill Stuart

Black Drama Cape Shift Dress

$45 – $65 rental
$345 retail
Stylist Notes

This Jill Jill Stuart LBD features an unexpected cape sleeve. Wear it with pumps and the Lucite Liquid Hinge Bib Necklace by Alexis Bittar.

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Great for any cup size (comfortable room at bust)
WAIST: Straight, comfortable room throughout midsection
HIPS: Straight, comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Mini to Mid-thigh - (on a 5'6" model)

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

Product Details

Black crepe (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. One shoulder neckline. Shift skirt. Side zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 34.5” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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40 reviews
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Small
(9)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
July 28, 2017
It was way too tight. I was uncomfortable the whole night. It was also very short.
It was too small. Too bad they dont make a 14.
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Formal Affair
June 13, 2017
Fit perfect
The dress if perfect I received a lot of compliments
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
June 5, 2017
Didn't look like everyone else in the room
At an event where a black cocktail dress was pretty standard, I felt sophisticated and interesting in this dress because of the cape sleeve, without being over the top. I was worried about mobility with the cape sleeve, but the dress was comfortable and I even danced in it.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 27
June 4, 2017
This dress was perfect for a summer wedding!
Loved this dress. I rented a size 4 and 6. I am traditionally a 4 but wore the 6 to give myself more room for dancing and eating at the wedding. : ) So many compliments and was easy to pair a bold necklace with!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 105lbs
June 1, 2017
Nice Dress
This was a nice dress. Not the most special dress, but it was nice. I wore it to a cocktail attire event for my husband's work. It fit perfectly. I'm a true size 0 and it fit true to size.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
May 12, 2017
Great for a Formal Event
I rented this for a fundraiser event. It was classy but sexy at the same time. I got so many compliments on it. It was a little tight around the butt so I went with the larger backup size. Overall a great dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
May 4, 2017
Gala Volunteer Win!
I wore this to volunteer for a gala where we had to wear all black. It was perfect! Fancy enough to fit in with the gowns and comfortable enough that I could run around all day. It is true to size and because of the side zipper, I wore the 6. If you have hips (I have no waist!) or a bigger chest, size up.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Full Bust
May 2, 2017
Stylist Review
I'm loving this cape trend! It's so glam and easy to work with! You do have to wear a strapless bra due to the one-shoulder, but the rest of the dress is loose enough that it's very flattering and comfortable without needing any special undergarments or shapewear. I rented this for a fancy nighttime wedding and it was a huge hit! It does run true to size and fell right above my knee at 5'5".
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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
April 23, 2017
Comfy, flattering and lots of compliments!
This dress is a perfect mix of classy and fun/flirty. I love the length - was so nice to not worry about it being too short. I felt it was flattering and I got tons of compliments. Material is great for any time of year. I don't have an hourglass figure, so I'm sure that plays into how it fit, but it was a bit tight in the chest, otherwise I would have worn a 10. I'd recommend this one in a heartbeat!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
April 12, 2017
Great Choice
I had a semi-formal event to attend, but did not want to wear your standard business formal attire. This was perfect. The cape did not weigh me down or annoy me. It added the extra flair needed to make this more than an average LBD. I ordered a size up based on other reviews. I probably could have worn my normal size, but glad I went up because it was a bit short when I sat down. Would recommend to any body type.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 140lbs
April 2, 2017
Okay at best LBD
It wasn't the best fit for me. It was larger in the upper body and tight around the hips. It wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be. I was really happy I tried it on at the Georgetown shop and went with a different dress, which I LOVED!
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
March 26, 2017
Elegant and comfortable!
Really beautiful, fun, and elegant dress. Wore this dress to a rehearsal dinner held at a museum and it was perfect. I am rather large chested, so it was just a tiny bit tight across the chest. Otherwise, I feel like the fit was perfect. Also a really great length, not too short. Would rent again for a formal event in a heartbeat.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 39
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 126lbs
March 26, 2017
Perfect school gala dress
This is a great twist on a little black dress. I wore this to a school gala event and felt elegant and comfy at the same time. I am between a 4 and a 6 and decided to go with the 6. It had a better fit through the chest but was a little loose at the waist. I would rent this again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 145lbs
March 18, 2017
Classy yet sexy.
For reference, I'm 5'1, 145 lbs, and typically a size 8-10. In higher end clothing I vary between an 8 and a 12 depending on the brand. So I think this dress ran true to size. The 10 fit great but it came damaged. The cape was torn where it met the shoulder of the dress. Rather than pay $25 to overnight another 10 I decided to go with the 12. It was fine. Notes: This dress is short. I'm pretty short and when I sat down I was very glad I wore tights with this dress and didn't go bare-legged as originally planned (thanks Florida for throwing us cold weather during Spring Break). It definitely crept up higher than mid thigh when I was sitting so if you prefer a more modest length skirt definitely pair this with tights or stockings. Speaking of, make sure if you DO wear some (because the skirt creeps up when you sit) try sitting down in your tights/hose before you go anywhere. If they have any reinforcement in the thigh area it may show when you sit. Because the weather turned out to be chillier than planned my choice of undergarments were my Spanx opaque tights. They're warm. Unfortunately they're also reinforced in the upper thigh. I had to yank them up higher to make sure that part didn't show. Be careful if you are a slip wearer. I am, and I couldn't wear one with this dress because it showed (even my short one). The lining tended to peek out when I sat down and I had to keep an eye on that. The straps to keep it on the hanger weren't too bad. I had my husband stick the back one down the back of my bra and it didn't come out all night. The front one got the same treatment and it kept trying to peek out but I kept it hidden. Tape would've helped. This dress has no give. If you're hippy definitely sit down for a bit before you choose which size you're going to wear. The 10 would've worked but I think I was more comfortable in the 12. We were at the bar before the ceremony and I was very glad of the little extra room in the hips while swinging up and down from a barstool. And getting in and out of the truck. This dress is definitely a show stopper. I received many compliments on it. My husband called it classy but sexy. But he wouldn't let me wear boots with it - he said it reminded him too much of Batgirl.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
March 12, 2017
Elegant dress and definitely one of a kind!
Very nice material. I wore the size 8 because I needed more room in the chest area. It was the right length and very comfortable. Perfect for a work party or wedding.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Age: 42
March 5, 2017
Great LBD!
I loved this dress and received many compliments. It is very flattering on but does run small. Order the next size up and it'll be perfect. I would rent this dress again.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
February 14, 2017
the dress is very flattering, but it runs small. I wore size 4 (size 2 normally). I am 5'6" 120 lbs.
the size 2 dress was ripped at the seam on the arm where the cape and dress connect. I was unable to wear this size, and my backup size had a burn mark in the dress. Luckily the cape covered it so I was able to wear the backup size (size 4). Despite these issues, the dress is very flattering on, and I recommend it. It runs small. I usually wear a size 2. I am 5'6" and aprrox 120 lbs.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
February 11, 2017
I wore this dress to my sorority's 100 year centennial formal.
I originally ordered a different (less expensive) dress and selected this dress as my backup. I was pleasantly surprised when I received this dress. The size 8 fit my body, except the hip-area on the dress was a bit narrow, so I went with the 10 so I had room to dance. This dress was incredible, comfortable, and flattering. It hid the parts I wanted hidden (belly) and was so fun and trendy and fabulous. I LOVED this dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
February 4, 2017
Perfect for a fancy dinner
I absolutely loved this dress! It was perfect for a fancy dinner since I felt dressed up without being too over-the-top and showing too much skin.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
January 11, 2017
NYE Wedding
This has been my favorite RTR dress, and i didn't want to return it. The cape detail was so fun without being overwhelming or in the way. I received so many compliments. Just watch when you sit that the lining doesn't poke out beyond the dress.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 57
January 8, 2017
so fun and classy!
loved this dress!
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
January 3, 2017
Great quality, beautiful dress
The top was a perfect fit, but the hip area was snug (almost TOO snug). If you have hips and/or a booty, you may want to order up a size. I'm 5'3", 125 lbs (thanks, Christmas!), and a 34D. Also, the loops to hang the dress come out all night long and are nearly impossible to keep inside. Pulling them into my bra seemed to help the most. This dress is absolutely stunning.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
January 1, 2017
Runs small and is pretty short
Size up if you have any hips, and maybe don't wear this to a work function (it is super short). I ended up wearing something else.
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
January 1, 2017
Yay! Love this!
I normally wear a 4 very consistently but the hips were too tight in this dress so I wore the 6. Love this dress! The dress was the perfect length for me - I'm 5'1". The most frustrating thing was definitely the hanger straps. They would not stay in - I had to tuck them into my strapless so they would stay. My first RTR experience and it was so easy - I will definitely rent again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
December 29, 2016
Sophisticated and beautiful!
Love this dress. I'd say it runs small only because of the side zipper. I generally have to go a size up when wearing a side-zip dress as opposed to a back-zip. It was perfect for my husband's work holiday party where I've always felt either overdressed or underdressed. This dress felt just right.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Age: 42
December 21, 2016
Fit well, but I had to go a size up. Was perfect for a cocktail party.
Runs small, but is a classic black dress that fit well once I went a size up.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 119lbs
December 19, 2016
Didn't wear it but loved it
Ran just slightly small which wouldn't have been too noticeable because it's black, but I wanted to be comfortable and able to eat at our party. Will possibly order again in size 4.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Age: 47
December 19, 2016
Unique LBD
Great dress. Very comfortable and pretty, easy to dance in. Garnered many compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 47
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 134lbs
December 17, 2016
A classic
I was trying to avoid another LBD for my work holiday party but this cape dress was super comfortable, classic, easy, modern, slimming, and fit perfect. I didn't feel under or overdressed, and the cape part gave it a bit of flare.
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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Age: 39
December 12, 2016
.
Great dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
December 6, 2016
Too small to wear.
The dress was brand new - still had the tags on. In addition to being super short (which I don't mind), it was extremely tight and could not zip in the chest area. I am a very consistent size 4 and the other two dresses that I rented fit well in that size. I would suggest you size up for this dress and forget about sitting at any point.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
November 30, 2016
Love this dress, would buy it if I could find it!
Shorter than I would normally wear, but with the loose fit it is far from scandalous. Love the caped shoulder.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
November 27, 2016
Strange cut
I have a 34E bra size and a long torso. Tried the 8. Not a flattering cut with my bust size or a long torso. It didn't hang right.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 44
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
November 20, 2016
I rented this dress for a gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of a local art gallery.
This dress is amazing. I wasn't too sure about renting it because, honestly, it doesn't look like much from the stock photo but it is a great dress. I ordered a 6 and an 8 and neither fit; the 8 was close but too tight across the chest. I emailed and then chatted with customer service and they quick fast sent me two additional sizes (a 10 that I was 99% sure would be the one but a 12 just in case!) that were on my doorstep before 9:00am the next day. I decided to wear the 10; it was a little loose across the chest (grrrr) but the overall fit was great. What really attracted me to the dress was the cape, which adds a nice touch of drama. I paired it with fishnet stockings, a thick rhinestone bracelet, sparkly ring and understated earrings; I flaunted a dramatic eye and didn't want to have too much happening around my face. I do wish I'd added a choker or diamond solitaire pendant but the outfit was great without it. Overall the dress was sexy, comfortable and easy to dance in but those hanger straps do pop out, as another reviewer commented. I would definitely rent it again and highly recommend it. I highly recommend this dress - have fun and make it you own!
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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
November 14, 2016
Classy LBD
My first RTR rental! So excited when it arrived- came in a garment bag and ready to go! I ordered a 10 and 12, as I am a short gal (5'2") and busty ( 34DDD). So it goes without saying, I'm not the most proportional. I tried the 10 first and it fit everywhere but my chest, so I decided to wear the 12 instead. The material is very good quality, but i would recommend wearing if you're indoors or if humidity is low, esp if you're like me and get hot/sweat easily. I also loved how it wasn't a tight fit and overall comfortable. It got better when the night cooled down too. I definitely will be renting again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
November 12, 2016
Beautiful elegant dress.
Great dress. True to size.
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
November 7, 2016
Striking and sophisticated.
This dress showed off all the good parts, and flattered the not so perfect parts from every angle. Architectural in design, clean and bold lines, with a perfect non-fussy look. So well crafted, it fit like a dream. The only thing that drove me a bit crazy was the hanger loop on the exposed side kept popping out.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160lbs
November 2, 2016
Fantastic dress!
Very flattering, easy to wear. Classy and sexy all in one.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
November 1, 2016
Such a fun and unique dress!
I got so many compliments on this dress. At first I was unsure about it because of how unique it was, but I received countless compliments. It was for the most part comfortable, but hard to dance in because of the cape portion. Other then that, totally recommend this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
October 24, 2016
I love black but always struggle with finding a unique black dress!
Perfect for a fall wedding and even though it has a cape it was easy to dance in. Only annoying part were the hanger straps that kept coming out of the dress on the shoulders. The dress was very comfortable, not too form fitting and made me feel elegant, yet stylish. Highly recommend!
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