Jill Jill Stuart

Black Velvet Dress

$398 retail

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Stylist Notes

Dramatically puffed shoulders define the Victorian charm of this lavish velvet dress by Jill Jill Stuart. A sleek point-toe pump will enhance the leg-lengthening look.

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes (fitted at bust)
WAIST: Fitted, fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Straight, comfortable room for hips
LENGTH:

Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

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

Product Details

Black velvet (100% Polyester). Sheath. Long sleeves. Crew neckline. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. 35" from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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42 reviews
Fit
Large
(2)
True to Size
(11)
Small
(11)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160lbs
September 25, 2017
LOVE THIS DRESS

Doesn't have much give but I love this dress! I ended up not wearing it because it was 90 degrees out that day! Would rent agin!

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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 174lbs
October 1, 2017
Great fall dress

This dress was super flattering and I got lots of compliments. It was a tad tight around my legs but everywhere else was great. It's all velvet so def not a good dress for summer or hotter weather. Great for cooler evenings

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34H
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 183lbs
October 9, 2017
Classy

Gorgeous dress, heavy material so will reorder when it's cold. Runs a little small no give.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 34
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 150lbs
October 17, 2017
Fashion forward edgy dress - perfect for a runway show!

This dress is fantastic! Very fun and the design is great. The velvet is comfortable and is not thick so you will not be overly warm. The shoulder detail is amazing and the length is really nice. Would definitely rent again!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
October 19, 2017
Edgy enough to not be boring....

Rented this for a work cocktail party at a country club - was different enough to not be a boring LBD. The sleeves/ shoulders and velvet put it on the "right" side of conservative for me, although it wasn't edgy enough for me to rent again. The sleeves fit a bit big for a 2, but the chest and bottom fit true to size for a 2. Not much give in it but was still comfortable.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
October 19, 2017
Velvet shoulder puffs

This dress was very warm. I loved all of the little details on it. Did not get a good picture of the dress but I enjoyed wearing it! Would rent again.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
November 22, 2017
Perfect fit! So comfy!

I got so many compliments and I felt so glamorous in this dress! I wish I owned it!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
December 5, 2017
Sassy sleeves for the win!!!!

This dress is classy but with a funky edge because of the structural sleeve poofs. I loved wearing this to a benefit/gala and got lots of compliments. My only complaint is that the zipper is NOT smooth or easy to maneuver. It sticks and gets caught in the lining on the way up-- I had to get some to help me get in and out of it. All in all a great rental though!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 45
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
December 18, 2017
Funky LBD alternative

Loved this dress! The puffy sleeves, the fit and construction of this dress made it perfect for a holiday party. As kthwrs reviewed there is no give in the fabric but i ordered a size up and it worked perfectly! Loved everything about it.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 124lbs
December 22, 2017
Holiday dress perfection

This dress was amazing, the fabric was thick but not restricting. Im 5'11 and it was not too short (which is difficult to find). The puffy sleeves added a little fun to this otherwise timeless dress.

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Age: 29
January 3, 2018
Perfect winter dress

This dress was perfect for dressing up in the winter because the velvet material was really warm. The sleeves near the puffy shoulders were really itchy but I easily fit a long sleeve thermal underneath to cover the itchy part and also stay extra warm. I would suggest sizing up because the dress doesnt have a lot of give. I got a ton of complimens and loved wearing this dress!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34B
March 1, 2018
Cute but sooo small. Couldn't wear

I normally wear a 4 and the 6 i could barely squeeze over my hips. Really disappointed. Really cute dress in the pictures. But couldn't even get the thing on. Would have been short also

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
March 4, 2018
Not stretchy material

I received many compliments on this dress! I liked it overall but know it is not stretchy material and rides high when you sit. I added a belt because it was a tad big in the waist but a size smaller wouldve been too tight in the arms.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
March 18, 2018
Cute winter party LBD

I rented this and another dress for a party and ended up liking the other one better so I just wore this to work, which isnt really the best venue for it - its sort of too short and tight to be comfortable for all day. This kind of fitted short style isnt really my thing but its what rtr is perfect for, so I wish I'd had somewhere betterto wear it. There is no stretch so the arm/shoulder area is a little restricted (probably not great for dancing). On my hourglass body, as usual for this silhouette, it was fairly tight in the hips and thighs but not at all in the waist. Not super short but a few inches above the knee, and hikes up short when sitting. The quality is great - really plush, ink-black velvet with a few special accents like the covered buttons at the cuffs and the puffed shoulders. All in all a very nice dress for a cocktail party.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 61
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
April 15, 2018
Special Valentine's Date Night!

As I read another reviews the proof on the sleeve is not too big, it looks perfect with this dress. The velvet is very nice quality. It was not too short. I wore it with leopard booties and it was very comfortable.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
April 15, 2018
80s-inspired but wearable in any decade!

Belted a peplum & pinned a satin bow to the shoulder to 80s-up this dress for an 80s Prom fundraiser for my daughter's school. I have broad shoulders and though I'd usually wear a 10, the 12 was needed.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
January 15, 2019
Birthday Dinner

I received so many compliments on this dress! It was comfortable and gorgeous!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 1
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 136lbs
March 11, 2019
PERFECTION!

Perfect dress for cocktail party. I didn't want to return this!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Full Bust
October 12, 2017
Stylist Review

To me, this dress looked more navy than black, but it was a rich, dark color that was very luxurious looking! It definitely runs big, so I'd recommend sizing down. At 5'5", it hit about 2-3 inches above my knee. I didn't think the sleeves were quite as puffy as in the photo, and the dress was nice and warm. Perfect for a Winter occasion!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
October 23, 2017
Stylist Review

Great for dressing up or down! I felt this ran a little large - I would recommend sizing down. There is no stretch to this. It is slightly fitted in the bust and works best with A to C bust sizes. Any standard bra may be worn with this! This dress is fitted at the natural waist but allows for comfortable room in the hips. It comes to about mid-thigh length on a 5'4" person. I would pair this with black heels and statement earrings or necklace!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 44
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 200lbs
November 7, 2017
Gorgeous, but runs very small

I was so sad that this didn't fit. I normally wear a size 12, but had seen reviews that this runs small. Even the 14 was so tight and the material has no give, so I didn't want to risk damaging the zipper or dress. Such a bummer, since this dress actually look great.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 41
Bust size: 38DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 200lbs
December 16, 2017
Lovely

Very nice material and elegant. Im 5'9" 200pounds 38ddd curvy. I really liked this dress but didn't love it simple because it was a bit snugged and short. I suggest going a size up.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
January 17, 2018
I wore this to work.

Super cute dress and not too short for work. Zipper is slightly broken, and it's tight in the bust (I'm a 34D).

Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Body type: Pear
Weight: 170lbs
January 18, 2018
Couldn't get it on!

I rented this for my birthday party this weekend, and had to send it back because of fit issues. I rented my normal size and the size up, and couldn't even get the dress over my butt without feeling like I'd rip it. I thought maybe it would fit better once I got it up, but I could barely get my arms in the sleeves either, and didn't even think about trying to zip it. Even if I could have worn it, I'm not sure I would have been happy with the dress. It felt stiff and uncomfortable, absolutely zero give, and the fabric is very thick - which I thought would have been good for the cold winter weather. That just made it feel more stiff - like wearing a giant velvet Christmas bow.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 142lbs
January 22, 2018
Velvet dress

Didn't fit, will try a size up next time.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 46
January 25, 2018
Beautiful dress for winter!

I really loved this dress! It ran a bit small, especially since it is velvet and doesn't have any give to it. It was a challenge to put on because of the way it is made, but so worth it! I'm 5'6 and change, and it was a little short when I sat down, but not obscenely so. The dress is classy and beautiful. I got tons of compliments!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
February 7, 2018
I didn't get to wear it because it didn't fit.

It was too small. I couldn't zip it up.

Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
October 24, 2018
Beautiful and classy! Perfect for a fall/ winter elegant event! I will rent again.

I'm glad I sized up it ran a little small no room or stretch. Only thing that is a con is that the zipper portion was a struggle it looked as though it has been rented various times and fixed. Other than that it was a showstopper!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Age: 35
November 22, 2018
Very tight and short. Size up

Cute but size up

Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 4, 2019
Too small, sadly!

I needed a dress in a pinch and ordered this in a 2 hoping for the best - I couldn't even zip it up! This dress is super cute but runs really tiny. The top fit okay but it was extremely tight on my hips (I'm small chested and somewhat hip-y). One of the buttons on the sleeve was also missing. Sad that the sizing didn't work out - cute winter dress though!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 31, 2019
This dress is the perfect balance of simple + classy, while still having a statement detail.

The material has very little give, and the zipper wasn't made well so it was very difficult to get on and off.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
October 24, 2017
So chic!

I loved wearing this dress. The sleeves make it very unique but still a classic. The velvet is so soft! Wore with black suede wedges for a powerful look.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 118lbs
October 24, 2017
Chic and classy

The zero fit perfectly. The length was great on me (I'm 5'2") - short enough to be a little sexy but not so short I was worried about sitting or bending over. The sleeve length was also great. I wore it out to the theatre and felt very classy and appropriate. The long sleeves were nice in the air-conditioning and also for the fall weather; I didn't need to carry a jacket or a wrap. The dress is very black though, so you might want sparkly or bright-colored accessories to accentuate the look.

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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D+
November 20, 2017
I wore this to a festive black tie gala in a city that runs casual...

This dress was great for blending in. It fit comfortably (maybe size down for your back up) and it seemed to be flattering.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 113lbs
December 12, 2017
classic, elegant

wore to work holiday party and got tons of compliments on it. really classy and elegant - very conservative but still formal. comfortable to wear. slightly large across the shoulders, but wouldn't order a size down since it's really hard to zipper alone as it is (long sleeves, no stretch). really nice piece. just what i was hoping for.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 43
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 3, 2018
A great dress choice for a New Years Day party in cold Chicago.

Very cute dress, though not as cinched in the waist as I would have liked, it fit nicely and was very comfortable for a daytime party in chilly Chicago. I would recommend it and would rent it again.

Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
January 4, 2018
Perfect combination of classy and sassy.

I love this dress so much I wish I could have kept it. I wore it for a fall family event and it was perfect. I ordered the 4 but because I wasn't sure about the fit, I got the 2 as the backup. The 4 was just big enough around the waist that it felt/looked boxy, and the 2 fit perfectly. I wore it with black heels and a large sparkly bib necklace and I felt great. The velvet is beautiful and luxurious. My only regret is not getting pictures in it.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 148lbs
January 24, 2018
I rented this to attend a movie premiere with my husband.

So...have you seen the classic 80's movie Working Girl? Melanie Griffith with all that hair and lots of black velvet? That's how I felt in this dress. It's SUCH a weird fit. I am apple shaped (so definitely not small in the shoulder) and this was weirdly too wide in that area. The sleeves need to be more fitted at the wrist in order to pull off the puffed shoulder. The length was fine for my height but I could see it being really short on a tall person. I would also add this would not be good for someone short waisted as the waist is fitted and the interest in the dress comes from the shoulder shape - if that shoulder isn't in the right spot on you, it won't look good. I'm actually not sure who this would look good on...

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 35
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 150lbs
March 2, 2018
Lots of compliments. For a work holiday party called "Time of our Lives". 80s retro theme.

The dress fit the theme with class and elegance without being too retro. It was nice to wear a warm dress in winter, that still allowed me to move!

Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 30F
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
August 14, 2018
Very comfortable and flattering.

Shoulders not quite as puffy as pictured, which was a plus.

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