Jill Jill Stuart

Black Harlow Gown

$400 retail

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Stylist Notes

This black gown by Jill Jill Stuart is sophisticated. We love it with the Gold Ash Stone 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 - built in boning for support
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn without a bra. We recommend fashion tape.
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black crepe (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. Strapless. Straight neckline. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. Bonded bodice. See size and fit tab for length. Imported.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
September 9, 2016
Amazing dress BUT....

I ordered a zero and was way too big like couldn't raise my hands without it falling. After a few safety pins in the bathroom was feeling much more confident. Don't order unless you know a thing or Romeo about temporary alterations.

Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 8, 2016
Classic black dress

The dress doesn't look like much on the website but it's absolutely perfect once it's on. Hugs your curves in all the right places but is still one classy number!

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
November 6, 2016
A gorgeous take on a classic black gown.

This dress was great but I gave it 4 stars because the top front was kind of rippled and not as straight and stuff as it should have been. Fortunately the necklace I rented was a standout and distracted from the flaw. I probably should have gotten a long but it wasn't available at the time. But I ended up wearing shorter heels so it was fine. I could have made a 6 work but it would have been snug for sitting and the gala I went to required a lot of doing just that.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
November 7, 2016
Beautiful dress--made me feel amazing!

Fitted dress, worked great with my spanx! I was able to dance and move around all night in it.

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Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Bust size: 36C
November 13, 2016
Trumpet style was the showstopper!

This dress is"SIMPLY" stunning! I received so many compliments and all I added was a beat face and a statement piece. Nothing else is needed!! Classy black elegance.... I ordered 8L because I have a very long legs even though I'm only 5'5. I typically wear 4 inch heels and length was perfect. This dress highlights your assets to PERFECTION!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 115lbs
November 14, 2016
Obsessed!

Perfect black dress. GREAT for ladies who are busty. I was originally nervous because I'm one of those gals who always has to wear a bra with her dress...except I was able to rock this one braless! Now that's a WIN! There is boning beneath the bust line which totally helped and ample room in the chest area. I absolutely loved the neckline and the shape of the dress which sort of helped me look a little more hour glass. I'm 5'3.5 and the dress grazed the floor in 3.5" heels. I loved the material and it was very flattering, I was "the girl in the beautiful black dress". Would love to rent this again.

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
November 21, 2016
This dress fit like a glove!!!

While I only received the one size with my order, not my back up size (I believe it was just mistakenly not put in with my order), I could not be happier with everything! The dress was slightly loose up around the top but my strapless bra had enough bulk to take up the space. I only had to wear like 2-2.5" heels and it was exactly floor length.

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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
December 19, 2016
Classic

I originally wanted to order the 8R and 10R in this dress to be safe, as I've got wide hips and have never really worn a fitted dress, but the 10R was unavailable. I opted for the 6L just in case (thinking I'd probably never fit in it but a backup is better than nothing) and am so glad I did... I tried on the 8R first and, although it fit, something was off. The neckline of the dress was disheveled and the hemline barely skimmed the floor, even barefoot. Since the reviews I had read said the length was appropriate, I was confused, until my mom pointed out that the dress had clearly not been cleaned properly...the lining had shrunk and was pulling the neckline and hemline in the wrong directions. Im sure not all of the 8Rs are like that, but I'd be careful if ordering that size. Enter the 6L...I tried it on out of last minute desperation, and much to my surprise, it zipped! It was more snug than the 8, but the dress was in pristine condition and instantly made me feel glamorous. The dress is sturdy enough that I was able to go braless (34DD) but could've worn any strapless bra, there was some wiggle room in the bust. I opted to wear flats because I had to be at the church hours before the wedding started, but I could've easily worn heels (5'7"/5'8"). I opted to wear spanx for some added support, but the material is thick enough to hide flaws on its own. I received compliment after compliment all night and am still getting "where did you get that dress?!" questions! It's the epitome of simple, sexy, and classic elegance...I'd highly recommend it to anyone who wants to subtly steal the show!

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 21
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
January 1, 2017
Stunning Dress

I loved this dress! I wore this to a debutant ball in shreveport and it fit so perfectly. I was a little bit skeptical because it was my first rental from RTR but it turned out to be a great first experience. The dress is a little tight around the hip area so if you have a little curves, like me, you may want to get a bigger size.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
January 3, 2017
RTR is always so helpful

Loved the cut. Great fabric. Hangs well. A little big up top

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
January 18, 2017
Perfect black dress!

I rented this dress for Hair of the Dog & it was perfect. This was my back up dress and I wound up choosing to wear it. It fit perfectly! Very true to size. I am 5'8" and I would definitely recommend getting the long especially if you're going to wear heels. It was comfortable and conformed to my body just right!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
February 12, 2017
Comfortable, Simple, Beautiful

This dress was actually my back up dress. I loved it! It was comfortable and easy! I received compliments all night.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
February 25, 2017
Classy

This dress got rave reviews from my husband. In room full of sequins at a Mardi Gras Ball I was told more than once that I looked like an old Hollywood actress. This is more than a plain black dress trust me!!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
February 26, 2017
Funky fitting but a good experience overall!

I'd give this dress five stars but the fit was very odd. This dress is definitely made for women with larger busts. I typically wear a 4 or 2 in dresses, and 34B in bras. I wore a 4 in this dress but could have gone down a size for a more comfortable fit in the bust. I was pulling my dress up all night. However, a 2 would have been a little snug in the hips and I'm not super hippy.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135lbs
March 5, 2017
I love RTR!

I loved this dress ! I wore it to a gala and it was a 1940s American in Paris theme absolutely perfect! The only thing that did bother me about the dress that it wasn't long enough and that was my fault I should of got 4 L other then that the dress it self was beautiful

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Age: 33
April 11, 2017
Classic black dress

I am only 5'5 and never have to get anything in long but I am so glad that I listened to the other reviews! I got an 8 regular as my backup and it was way too short. I ended up wearing the 6L. The length was perfect and it fit my curves perfectly (and I didn't even have to wear spanx!). The top was a little too big for me and I definitely had to wear a strapless bra. As the night went on, the top got a little looser and I kept having to pull it up. The hanger straps kept coming out too which was annoying. I was a little disappointed in the dullness of the fabric but was prepared as many others commented on the color. The dullness doesn't come out in pictures. Overall it was a really great dress to wear and I received many complements.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Bust size: 34C
May 15, 2017
Everybody complimented me on the beautiful dress.

The fit was true to size but the top is a bit large for me. I didn't give a 5-star only because I initially requested for a replacement dress since this one has a small hole on the front. I was also hoping to get a petite dress and customer service was very patient with me when we tried to choose another dress. It all went fine until the day of the wedding, I called and it ended up having issues with Fedex so the replacement dress didn't arrive on time. I guess I was meant to wear the beautiful black dress even if it has a hole on the front. Nobody noticed it (I hope). I felt really beautiful on this dress.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 160lbs
May 24, 2017
Timeless and classic

This dress fit like a glove and hugged my curves in a very flattering way. I was looking for a classic black gown for our engagement pics. I didn't want anything too too trendy and for our photos 10 years from now to look dated. This dress was perfect. I am 5'6" and the dress was too short to wear anything but tiny heels.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127lbs
July 13, 2017
Perfect black dress for a black tie wedding

This was the perfect dress for the occasion! I usually wear a 2 in dresses because I have a small waist, but after reading the other reviews about the hip area being tight/not forgiving, I decided to also rent the 4 and I'm glad I did! The dress was a little large in the bust, so I had to wear a strapless bra to fill it out a little more, fit perfectly in the hips, and the length was just a little long with 3 inch heels (I'm 5'4/5'5). Would highly recommend!

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
September 24, 2017
Classic

Snug through the hips but stretched out as the night went on. Did not slide down.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 22
November 22, 2017
Slimming!

I didn't end up wearing since I rented two long gowns. BUT this was a fantastic backup and it fit like a glove. Would definitely wear this when I'm in the mood for black!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160lbs
February 4, 2018
Classic and well-fitting

This dress needs to be snuggly-fitting... I got a thousand compliments. Super classy. No room for a bra though but it was fine for me.

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Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
March 23, 2018
Elegant and sexy dress

Fitted perfectly, got so many compliments! Loved loved it!!

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Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
March 25, 2018
Everyone was obsessed with the dress!

It was a little hard to get into since I am so short and my hips didn't quite fit where they needed to, but overall it looked really good and it was super comfy!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 124lbs
November 26, 2018
The Perfect Black Tie Staple

This dress is my absolute all time favorite go-to when I have a black tie wedding or work related gala. It fits perfectly, hugs every curve, and is so simple, elegant, and flattering. I have rented this more than once and cannot wait for it to go on clearance so I can purchase it for my forever wardrobe!

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
October 23, 2017
Didn't work.

I tried this on in Bloomingdale's before renting, and the 8 fit perfectly. I rented an 8R and 8L. I am normally a 6 in dresses, but this dress is very fitted in the hips. The brand new dress in an 8 fit well, but the 8 I received from Rent the Runway was way too big on top. It must have stretched out with continuous wearings? Being a strapless dress, I could not wear it. As another review had said about the size 8- the hem was also very messed up on my backup size. It was super shrunken and short.

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 51
December 29, 2016
beautiful evening

the fit wasn't great for me..

Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Age: 35
May 10, 2017
Didn't' wear it but it's a beautiful dress.

The dress is much shorter at the bottom than described in reviews, so I called and had RTR send me another dress which arrived the next day! :-)

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 23
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 165lbs
July 8, 2017
Beautiful, timeless, sexy.

I LOVED this dress. My body type can be very hard to dress. I have larger ribs/shoulders with narrow hips so finding a dress that knows where to hug and where to give some room is difficult. This one was amazing. I received compliments all night and felt so beautiful. If you're like me and are an apple/athletic body type, I highly recommend! Only issue I had was the boning in the middle poked me and pokes out of the dress but you can't really see it. I also could've definitely worn a Regular instead of a long. I wore flats so it dragged a little, but wasn't bad at all!

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
September 6, 2017
Nice dress, may run a little small around the hip.

I ordered this dress as a backup. I did not end up wearing this dress for one particular reason. The top of this dress was warped and crinkled. Possibly, this could have been fixed by ironing the dress, but I did not want risk it.

Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
November 7, 2017
I went to a 007 black tie gala and this dress was perfect and elegant.

The dress is a little snug around the hip/thigh/butt area, so I had to size up to the 4. The only downside is the chest was a little large and the dress slipped a bit without a bra. It was pretty easily fixed with the addition of a strapless bra, and the dress fit otherwise.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 44
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
September 29, 2018
inconsistent sizing

I had a 6R and8R. The 6 was too short, but the 8 was smaller around the bust. There's no give in the fabric It's a gorgeous dress but not consistent in the sizes. Disappointing.

Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32DD
September 22, 2016
I emceed a pageant and chose this dress for simplicity.

It truly fit like a glove! I am 5'6, 32 DD, 27 waist & 38 hip measurements. Give or take it was not tight but not super loose. I did not have to struggle with pulling it up, since it is strapless. My friend loved it and is renting it in Red for a wedding later this year. The only issue was actually my fault, I chose to high of a shoe to wear with it, so it didn't hit the floor at a normal height. I wore 4.5'' heel height. It was too high and I could have gone with 4 inches and it would of been a lot better, maybe 3.5" too. The nice thing is you can decide and alternate what works best for you. I hope this review helps! Also received a lot of compliments on it, saying it was perfect for stage. Simple & Classy!

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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
October 6, 2016
Great dress, comfortable

0 felt perfectly but I must say, I'm 5'2" and it's too long for me. I was wearing huge heels and still didn't feel super comfortable.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 23
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
October 12, 2016
RTR Team Review.

Amazing formal gown from Jill Jill Stuart! Running true to size, we recommend going one size up for backup just in case the bust is too tight. This dress works best for largest bust sizes. The midsection is fitted to show off your curves, but it is still comfortable. If you’re curvier, you may want to consider sizing up due to the fitted hip area. This dress is strapless so, you would have to wear a NuBra or no bra for this look. This gown is floor length. If you’re taller, this dress would hit a little higher off the ground. This dress is stunning and perfect for black-tie weddings, holiday events and formal affairs. It would look best with heels and statement accessories to add some flare!

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Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 165lbs
October 24, 2016
Classy Dress

Absolutely loved this dress but it was just too short for my 6ft frame. The bottom did skim the floor but wouldn't have worked with heels or any flats that I own.

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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
October 31, 2016
Beautiful, Classic Black Dress

I wore a size 2R and the dress fit well overall, but it was too large in the bust. I am smaller chested and had to wear a padded bra to fill it out. The dress was also slightly too short, which normally is not a problem for me, as I am 5'4. If you want to be able to wear tall heels, I would recommend ordering a long. I had to wear short wedges for it to look right

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
November 14, 2016
SO many compliments! Really beautiful dress!

Gave me that hourglass shape when I don't actually have it! Beautiful!

Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
November 15, 2016
Great fit!

I bought this is a back-up dress, but ended up wearing it to a black tie wedding. The material is thicker, so better for a cooler/fall/winter wedding. The black is very flattering. I loved the interesting neckline. It fit my hips so well and came down to the floor - sort of a mermaid type style near the bottom, which I loved! I am 5'4", 34-A bust, with wide hips. This dress would be perfect for any bust size, and works well with curvier hips. I absolutely loved it and got so many compliments on it! I wore 3-inch heels.

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
November 18, 2016
Masquerade Ball Winner

This dress hugs curves in all the right places and smoothes over bumps. Very flattering and comfortable. My only quibble is that while the fit is incredible, the fabric and design are on the dull side. Its not a "wow" of a dress from a design perspective.

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