Jill Jill Stuart

Jet Black Dress

$128 to buy
$428 retail
Stylist Notes

An elegantly sculpted bodice, scoop back and intricate texture make this LBD by Jill Jill Stuart a beautiful pick for a cocktail event. Add brightness with Slate & Willow's Lavande Cluster Drops and finish off with classic heels.

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: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - fuller skirt allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Knee to tea length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a nubra or no bra.
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black jacquard (55% Cotton 36% Polyester 8% Polyamide). Sleeveless. Sweetheart neckline. Full skirt with pockets. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. 40” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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128 reviews
Fit
Large
(23)
True to Size
(68)
Small
(2)
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
August 21, 2017
This fit like it was made for me. The fabric is a nice weight and it was gorgeous for a wedding.
This fit me like a glove!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
April 19, 2017
Perfect Audrey Hepburn dress!
I wore this to a Broadway show in NYC and felt so classy and sophisticated! It was slightly large, but not nearly enough to not wear. And good thing, because this dress is just lovely. I would absolutely rent it again. Plus, POCKETS!!! :-)
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Weight: 110lbs
December 13, 2016
This dress was great for the gala I attended.
I was looking for something conservative to fit just below the knees and this was it. This dress was very comfortable and I loved the thick material (however, the dress was not heavy). My only complaint would be that the straps were a bit long as you can tell in the photo. Overall this dress was great and I did not want to return it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
November 7, 2016
Nice dress
The dress was a great fit, but the fabric looked worn. Appeared to have been cleaned often and didn't look as nice as I had hoped.
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 30
October 11, 2016
Pockets!
Loved the pockets and neckline on this dress. Skirt was a little poofy which made my hips look a bit bigger but not a deal breaker.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 32
September 29, 2016
Very flattering dress! I loved it.
The fit was a bit tight on top but I loved the dress overall.
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 117lbs
September 19, 2016
Such a Stunning Fit
I liked this dress way more than I thought I would! It fit me so well. I wore it to a preview of the new Smithsonian in DC, and it was a great choice! People had mentioned the straps were big, but I didn't have that problem. They are just supposed to sit closer to your shoulders, which can feel weird if you're not used to it. The straps also have little buttons to help hold your bra strap in place. The fabric was so pretty, and even on a warm night, it was very comfortable. It hit me just below the knees, which was perfect. The cut at the top was vrey flattering. I would highly recommend this dress! Perfect LBD for lots of events!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
July 20, 2016
Beautiful classic dress for a black tie optional wedding
Based on reviews, my back up dress was a size smaller. I wound up wearing the smaller size. The 8 fit, but it hung different than the 6 and hit a little lower on my legs, making me feel a little frumpy. The 6 looked great, but I could not wear a bra with the dress, so I wore some sticky cups for shape. The end result was still beautiful and I felt like a movie star all evening. I love the neckline of the dress, and the pockets are a fun touch. I liked that the fabric was more than just a solid black, the textured floral pattern added something different to the typical LBD. I would have preferred if the length was just above my knees rather just at them, but wearing heels helped and the length honestly kept the look more classic.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
July 16, 2016
This dress was sent as a possible replacement dress when the one I ordered wasn't available.
I was only sent my back up size, 0, for this. It was really cute and flattering but just too small.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 170lbs
July 2, 2016
Loved this! Simple, classy yet impactful!
Wore it for an evening wedding in November. It was super comfortable and yet sexy! Any dress with pockets is a win!! Loved it so much I've been trying to find it for purchase since!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
June 26, 2016
New Years Wedding!
I felt beautiful and classy in this black dress! I loved the scoop in the back and the pockets! It was very comfortable!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 32
June 17, 2016
After wearing this dress once, I wish I owned it so I could wear it again!
Great fit. Flattering cut. I am small in the chest and still felt confident wearing this dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 133lbs
June 12, 2016
Favorite RTR Dress Yet!
Got this for a black-tie wedding. I received so many compliments and suggestions to buy it. It was very comfortable, the material was very nice. It was definitely a dress I didn't want to take off. If I need a black, formal dress again...this will be my go-to.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
June 6, 2016
Great fit!
The size was incredibly accurate. It was a little low cut, but I wore a chunky necklace to balance it. Love the pockets!!
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100lbs
May 19, 2016
Sticky tape needed
Extremely deep v neck needed sticky bra tape to prevent bra from showing. Wasn't exactly fitted even for a 0 around the chest. This is meant for someone with an extra long upper torso.
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 122lbs
May 7, 2016
Gorgeous and comfortable!
I wore this to a hospital gala, and it was amazing! Super comfortable (hello, POCKETS!) and beautiful. I'm usually a 4 but I followed the other reviews and ordered the 2, and it fit perfectly. Highly recommended!!
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Other
Age: 29
May 4, 2016
Wore for engagement pics
Loved how cute and fun this dress was. I wore it to take my engagement pictures and I felt great wearing it
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
May 3, 2016
Best rental experience so far. Ordered Friday at 5p, arrived Saturday at 12p. Fit perfectly.
I wore this to a gala event at which I was volunteering. It's formal but not over the top, so probably good for a more casual wedding or a cocktail party. It's definitely a bit tight in the rib cage, as some other reviewers have mentioned. I'm small chested so I was worried about it not fitting well on top but it was perfect and I could even wear a bra with it. I went strapless because I felt like the dress straps, while thick, would move around a lot, but you could probably get away with it. It's best suited to someone who is pear shaped because it's tight on top and obviously loose on the bottom.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
March 15, 2016
Classy and simple black dress that was very elegant for a spring wedding. Beautiful and versatile!
The dress runs a bit big (I'm usually a 6, but wore the 4). It's low cut, but since I am small chested, it didn't make a big difference. I wore the dress with a fur mink and simple black heels. I saw some reviews that the straps fell down, but I wore a normal bra and used the built in clips to hold the straps...it stayed on perfectly. Loved the dress!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
March 7, 2016
Loved the pockets and the length
The dress is big in the chest, I needed a size down. I had to keep pulling the straps up all night. It is also hard to wear a bra with. Also, the dress kind of engulfed me. It does not work too well for a petite frame.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Date
Age: 32
March 1, 2016
I loved how the dress had pockets!
The fit was snug in the torso, but otherwise pretty dress!
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 39
February 16, 2016
Nice fit!
Straps were a little loose but the fit was fantastic everywhere else!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
February 16, 2016
This LBD is very flattering and maybe not surprisingly cute in real life.
There's nothing really plain about this dress. Its simplicity makes it a winner and a reliable knockout party dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
January 31, 2016
Flattering and fun!
I wore this dress to my boyfriends award banquet and it was perfect! I typically wear a size 6 and the 4 fit perfectly. Definitely shows quiet a bit of cleavage, but it was comfortable and easy to dance in.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 33
January 31, 2016
This dress is simple, classic, but unique!
This dress is simple and classic, and the texture in the fabric was a nice touch. Was s step up than just a plain LBD. Since the dress is tighter around the waist, and I have bigger hips, I was able to size down. The top did feel looser though and my bra straps fell, even with the built in strap fastner. I had a cardigan on, so not a big deal, but I wonder if fabric tape would have worked for if worn solo, plunge strapless bra, or no bra if you feel you could get away with that. Overall a great dress. Very pretty!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 29, 2016
Pockets + classy glamour
Beautiful dress, the material is full and luxurious--this dress is impeccably designed and it has pockets!! I want to own this dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110lbs
January 26, 2016
The only reason this wasn't given five stars is because I needed a 00.
I wore this to host my work's holiday party, and had to manufacture a bust for this dress (which I'm realizing now everyone could see from these photos). I wish this dress came in a 00, because that would've been the perfect size! That being said, everyone kept saying what a great dress it was, and the pockets were a godsend, since I had to carry a walkie-talkie around. The back is low- low enough that I couldn't wear a traditional strapless bra- and the waist didn't come in as much as I would've liked, given that it was a size too big. I'm glad I ordered the zero, and would rent it again, but I'd make some changes given what I know now.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 25
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 160lbs
January 25, 2016
The length of this dress!
I LOVE THIS DRESS!!! it was the perfect length for me. I'm 6'1" so it's hard to find shirt dresses that are not REALLY short on me. This hit right about my knee. It was a little tight on my boobs so if I rented it again I might go a size up because I'm not a fan of lots of cleavage.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 52
January 23, 2016
Loved it-very flattering! Lots of compliments!
No cons! Wore a regular bra, which is a plus!
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 35
January 19, 2016
So flattering!
I absolutely loved this dress. Size zero fit like a glove and I felt so good in it. It is a bit low cut in the front but not too much. The straps are wide set so I wore a strapless bra with it and it worked perfectly. I loved the fullness of the skirt and of course the pockets! I would definitely rent it again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 16, 2016
The RTR shipment arrived juuuust in time for me to pop the dress on before we had to leave!
This dress is really lovely, and it fit pretty well considering that I had to get a size down due to availability. I would definitely want to rent my correct size next time (2 rather than 0). The 0 fit really well at the waist, but the rest of the top was tight, so my ribs weren't able to expand fully and my breasts were a bit more prominent than I was going for. They did look fantastic, but it was not a conservative look by any means. If you're at all busty, I recommend getting the largest size you think the ladies need and pin the waist in if necessary. The waist was a touch high, but again, I imagine that wearing my true size would have fixed this. The fabric was nice and stout, so I felt comfortably warm all evening despite the straps. It was dressy but not flashy (well, except for the cleavage), so it has good flexibility - even in perennially casual Portland, OR. And I love dresses with pockets, as I think we all do! Overall, I really liked this dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32F
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 145lbs
January 11, 2016
Classic look but too big
The dress was disappointing to me. When I opened the bag, I was pleased to see it had a textured floral pattern adding some interest to the outfit, but the dress was much too big. Usually, I wear an 8 in dresses, but occasionally stray to a 6. I ordered the 6 because the 8 was out, and when I tried it on, the dress was definitely still too big. The straps were too long, which is surprising considering the fact that I have a pretty large bust. The waist was also fitted too loosely. I couldn't wear it and picked something from my own closet instead.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
December 22, 2015
The dress was great and perfect for a formal evening wedding.
The dress runs large on the bust section. I kept having to pull the dress up and covering myself with a shawl so I didn't give my dinner table a free show :) but overall, a beautiful dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
December 18, 2015
Classic beauty
This was exactly what I was looking for for a fancy holiday party. Unfortunately, the 6 was too tight on my bust to wear. An 8 would have been perfect! Will definitely rent size 8 for my next event
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 32
December 15, 2015
Nice dress, lots of cleavage, nice but not as formal as the pictures seem.
Very nice dress, no need for a bra even though I am DD. It is certainly revealing in the chest, but elegantly so. Be aware. The material is nice, but not quite as formal of a cocktail gown as the pictures make it seem. Still really beautiful.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
December 2, 2015
Pretty dress unless you are busty
I loved this dress but unfortunately my 36DD chest was too overwhelming for it. The girls were hanging out of it and not in a cute sexy way. I tried no bra but the cut is a little awkward if your large chested. The cut would be perfect if you are a C cup or smaller! It's a beautiful dress though, the material is gorgeous. I wish I could have worn it!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
November 25, 2015
Loved the dress
It was a little tight in the bodice, but not uncomfortable for a 5 hour, 5 course meal and the tighter bodice meant that I could let the straps slip out on my shoulders without worrying about anything falling down. I would have liked to try on the 2, but may well have ended up wearing the 0 anyway. The dress itself was so much fun to wear-- classic cut but the fabric paired with some great heels and a necklace still felt modern and sophisticated.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 58
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
November 22, 2015
I felt so comfortable and looked great. Awesome dress for cocktail party or formal occasion.
This dress fit beautifully I ordered the 6 and 8 just in case. I wore the 6 it felt a little snug in the chest at first but stretched some and was perfect because I went braless. Hard to hide bra in this dress. The fabric is heavy and beautiful. Loved the pockets. Perfect length for me just above my knee. I got lots of compliments and felt lovely and comfy all night.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Age: 45
November 18, 2015
Getting the dress from Rent The Runway made getting ready for this event so easy.
Despite comments that this was not true to size, I found it to be. I am 5'7", 135 pounds and a 34B. The size 4 fit perfectly and was the perfect dress for a holiday work party. This was the first time renting from Rent The Runway and I was very pleased with the options, delivery of good and quality of the product one I received it. I was great receiving it a couple days ahead so I could decide if the 4 or 6 was best. Clothing was clean, packed well and pressed. I didn't have to worry about anything! Except getting to a UPS store in time on Saturday!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
November 16, 2015
The classic look I was hoping for! I want this dress hanging in my closet as my go-to.
I loved this dress. The cut was fabulous and flattering and I felt beautiful. Easy to let the accessories determine the vibe of the dress. My only negative, I placed more order just a week before my event and the size down was not available. I think the size down would have given me a better fit on top. I was able to wear my regular bra with the dress, but the straps kept slipping off my shoulders.
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