Jill Jill Stuart

Red Carolina Gown

$75 rental
$328 retail
Stylist Notes

Highlight your shoulder in this dramatic Jill Jill Stuart gown. Pair the elegant look with bright earrings and an upswept hairdo.

Also available in pink.

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: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
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 with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Red silk chiffon (100% Polyester). One-shoulder cape sleeve. Hidden side zipper with hook-and-eye closure. High side slit. See size and fit tab for length. Imported.

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98 reviews
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Large
(7)
True to Size
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Small
(23)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 38
Body type: Pear
November 8, 2015
This dress is a standout - In a room full of tuxes and fitted sequined gowns, this one WOWS!
Ridiculous amounts of compliments on this dress! The event photographer whispered in my ear that this was the best dress of the night and Someone else actually compared this dress to the White Tom Ford Gown Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the Oscars which frequents many "Best Dressed" Red Carpet lists to this day. The fit is tough ...., I am tall 5'11" and the long was not long enough for heels. The dress is not forgiving - I recommend trying on in the store, get an extra size up, or order a back-up dress in case this does not work for your shape. While this dress fit me well, I do not have many other friends that could also pull this off. Would be ideal for someone tall, busty, and shapely.
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 35
November 11, 2015
Too small.
I'm a 36DD and usually wear a size 8 or 10. The 10 was way too small and the darts under the chest were pulling awkwardly. If you are large chested go up a size or 2.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
November 11, 2015
Tight in the hips and loose in the waist
I really wanted to wear this gown to a formal event I attended, but it just isn't meant for hourglass shaped women. I rented two sizes and if it fit in the waist it was tight in the hips. The one that got my hips had extra fabric around the waist. Thankfully I also rented a different style which worked perfectly.
Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
November 16, 2015
Dress was amazing! I wore it for a gala and got compliments all night. Would definitely recommend.
Fit was true to size, I would go a size down if you want it a little more snug, but other than that length and fit was great. Only thing that was a little annoying was the hanger strings-they kept popping out of the dress. Everything else was perfect.
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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 177lbs
December 11, 2015
My fiancé's co-workers complimented me all night long!
Normally I'm a size 10, so I ordered the 8 and 10 based on everyones reviews. Like said, the bust is larger than the rest of the dress. Unfortunately, the size 8 was a little snug and as someone mentioned in an earlier review- the dress is unforgiving. You could see every little flaw, BUT I have a smaller bust and the tightness accentuated it very nicely. So, I had to go with the 10L. The length was perfect! I wore it with flats and it graced the floor perfectly. Because of the bust, the hanger straps kept falling out, but was easily fixable by wearing a strapless push-up bra. Overall, I loved the dress! I would've given the dress a 5, but the 8 fit me in spots the 10 didn't and vice versa.
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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Other
December 29, 2015
This dress was amazing for our engagement shoot!
I was a little nervous initially about renting this dress because I read that it ran kinda small. This was somewhat true for me too, it fit normal size in the bust area but the hip and butt area was really tight (thanks mom lol)....overall, this was a really comfortable and beautiful dress, but I suggest a higher heel as it did run really long. I will be using RTR again and again!
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
January 18, 2016
The one shoulder cape made me feel glamorous. It certainly shows any body flaws
Slimmer around the waist, shows flaws so grab undergarments to help smooth things out.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185lbs
February 7, 2016
Classic, sheik look that is sure to leave them speechless!!
This dress is beautiful! It was very comfortable. It fits true to size, but I went up one size to ensure it fit smoothly. I felt absolutely gorgeous in this dress, and received compliments all night! Loved it!
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 116lbs
February 10, 2016
Lady in red meets caped matador!
This dress was just stunning! The silhouette is sleek and so flattering. The cape made it so much fun to wear and I got so many compliments. The fit was pretty true to size, although it was a little tight in the thigh/hips area for a 2. If you're usually a zero like I am, definitely get the 2 instead. I'm 5'3 and so I had to wear platform 5" heels to make it the perfect length. The only thing I would say is if you're at an event where you'll be sitting for awhile, take all of your pictures before you have to sit down because the dress definitely wrinkles around the hips after sitting for a long time and you can't get those wrinkles to go away. Other than that, it's a true showstopper!
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Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 29
April 10, 2016
I loved the color of this dress. Good mix of classy, sexy, and edgy.
I ordered the 2L and 4L. I'm normally a 2 and the 2L fit me well. I'm relatively broad, however, so if I had a larger bust this definitely would not have fit up top. I also could not step into the dress because it's tight around the hips. The cape is heavy, which is why I'm deducting a star - it was very difficult to dance in this dress without worrying the cape would tear or fall off. Overall, loved the look of the dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 179lbs
April 25, 2016
Beautiful dress, but didn't work out for me :(
I absolutely love this dress, but unfortunately it was entirely too tight across my hip/butt area. The dress is too much of a column/straight fit so I wouldn't recommend if you're curvy like me. Also, I ordered a 12L but this dress would have been no where near long enough. It hit well above my ankle even in bare feet. It appeared like the dress wasn't even a "long" size but that they just let the hem down to try and make it a little longer because the hem of the dress was unfinished. Such a shame I couldn't wear it because the gown is gorgeous!
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
November 16, 2015
Movie star dress
The 2 fit up to my chest but wouldn't zip (I'm a 32D) and was a little short with my heels. The 4R was the perfect length but a bit loose in areas. I felt stunning in the dress and got so many compliments from ladies at the event. It was sexy without being obvious and a total standout at the gala!
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 30
February 22, 2016
I wore this for an awards banquet and got so many compliments on it! Highly recommend
It runs small in the fit and is very long so keep that in mind.
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Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 158lbs
May 8, 2016
Senior Voice Recital
Beautiful fit! I am a size 10, they were sold out so I went to a 12. The 12 was gave me a lot of room, which I pinned up. But overall, it was stunning! The length was perfect and the dress was great!
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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
July 25, 2016
Sleek and Classy
Loved this very modern and classy. Great fit too land very sleek.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
October 8, 2016
My favorite rental so far!
This dress is unbelievably gorgeous. I had so many compliments when I wore this for an awards ceremony. The cape is my favorite part. Stunning! Definitely order a size up. I normally wear a 2 or 4, and really needed a 6 for this, but I ordered too late. It was so, so tight around my hips. If I ever rented again, I'd go a size up! Other than that.... worth renting!
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160lbs
November 8, 2016
Beautiful dress... not for me
This dress was beautiful. The red is vibrant and the style is classic. Unfortunately, I could not get this dress to fit over my chest. I am normally a size 8 or 10 and even the 12 wouldn't zip over my bust. I imagine a 14 might have but then I would be combatting the tent effect.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110lbs
November 30, 2016
Loved the cape!
This was the backup size for the order but I wanted to try out the style. It was a little large, but the cape made me feel absolutely regal. I'd love to rent this or a similar style again in the correct size.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
December 27, 2016
Was kind of just straight
True to size straight fit
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 116lbs
January 14, 2017
Glamorous!
I would love to own this dress! It is definitely a show stopper. I mean, it's got a cape! I felt like a glamorous super hero and received many compliments. Yet another successful RTR rental. You will absolutely need fashion tape if you want to rent this dress. Like other reviewers have stated, there are a number of hanger straps inside the dress that don't stay put unless you tape them down inside the dress. No big deal, really.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 110lbs
April 19, 2017
Too large in the bust
Unfortunately this dress was too large in the bust for me to fill out. I wish it came in a smaller size I loved the style of the dress
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
April 25, 2017
Runs way to big
Go down a size or two.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 44
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 140lbs
August 10, 2017
As you can see, the dress was the center of attention
I got so many compliments for this dress even though it was too long on me. I had to pull the dress up when walking or dancing to not trip lol
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
September 14, 2017
Omg you need this dress! Is the most amazing dress I ever wore!!!
It's make a statement! The queen have arrived! :)
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Other
Age: 38
October 6, 2017
Beautiful dress!
Wore it for my engagement photoshoot. Looked beautiful in person and in photos. I'm 5'7" and 4R was just a tad short. Recommend wearing its with spanx, not very forgiving with any lumps.
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
December 3, 2017
Red carpet worthy, caped perfection.
Thankfully, I had two sizes to choose from. Even though the size 4 fit better in the hips and waist and I needed the size 6 to account for bustline, I would still say the dress runs true to size. I not only felt elegant, but comfortable. I am very satisfied with my gown selection and look forward to having an occassion to use the app again in the near future. The ease of the entire process made for a wonderful first expeience with RTR.
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
October 21, 2015
LOVED IT!
It fit pretty good! A little big in the middle but needed it for my boobs! Very breathable and everyone loved it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Weight: 120lbs
November 11, 2015
It was definitely a dramatic look and I got a ton of compliments.
The dress was in no way "Long" I got both the OL and 2L an neither one was long enough for me. I am just under 5'7'' and the dress was too short without heels. Definitely a bit disappointing. Not sure who that would be long enough for. The fit was a bit strange. Not totally fitted or anything but I was able to make it work.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
January 3, 2016
The Perfect Dress - Compliments All Night
Normally I'm a 2 but I went for the 0 because it was all they had. It fit perfectly. It is super flattering without being skin tight. I received compliments all night. The Bride even said something! I would rent again again and again
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 117lbs
April 27, 2016
Elegant and Classic (with some flaws)
This dress made me feel confident, sexy, and glamorous! I received many compliments and a drunk stranger even told me I looked like a total fox. (Thanks, drunk guy!) I recommend this dress on the basis that it is GORGEOUS and exudes an air of class and elegance. And it has a cape!!!! All the beauty aside, it did take a lot to make this dress work. Here's what I have to say: Color & Fabric: Stunning, true red; Thick luxe fabric with little stretch. Length: Runs very long. I'm 5'3 and had to wear 5" platform heels. My husband did end up stepping on my cape a few times. Fit: As others have described, the dress has an awkward fit: loose in the bust and tight in the hips. The 2R felt perfect around my midsection but the top sagged to the point where I kept having to push the shoulder up every few minutes. I also had to employ the use of a LOT of double sided tape and proper undergarments (ahem, Spanx). Bra worn: Strapless corset-type bra by Betsey Johnson. Purchased at Nordstrom and I fully recommend it! It lifted like a dream and was super comfortable to wear. A traditional strapless would work but I didn't feel it was flattering with how loose the dress is in the bust. Other notes: Tape the hanger straps down into the dress. There's like a million of them and they love to peek out.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 170lbs
January 14, 2016
Gorgeous Color, Too Much Fabric
I planned to ware this while singing a cocktail hour at a wedding on NYE; the dress was too much fabric! Most people that have rented or worn cape dresses might have known this but I had no idea how heavy it would feel. This could have been because my size 10 was already rented so I had to go up 1 size too large. The color was gorgeous but the morning of the event I decided it was WAY too much work to steam it out and it was just too heavy. Love the designer through and ended up wearing another style from the same line.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
July 18, 2016
Elegant 30th Birthday Shoot.
The 6R was a little tight around my mid section but the 8R was falling off my shoulders. I decided to wear the 6R, it was perfect for the photoshoot. I've gotten so many compliments on my photos.
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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118lbs
February 15, 2017
Got a bunch of compliments
I ordered a 0L and they sent the 0R because the 0L was damaged. As a result I could not wear heels because it didnt give off the desired effect. I still loved the dress and recieved so many compliments throughout the night
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Weight: 160lbs
October 19, 2015
Glamour!
This dress is absolutely beautiful! I love the draped shawl on it. I ended up not wearing it because it was a little too small and was actually a bit too formal for the event once I tried it on. However, this gown is award show worth! You will feel like a movie star! This dress does not have very much stretch at all , and was especially tight for me in the bust (why I could not wear it). Another positive about this gown is that you can wear a normal bra, spanx, whatever you want with it too.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 31
October 28, 2015
This dress was completely fabulous! Stole the show, but runs SMALL.
This is a bright, deep, red dress--combine that with the cape and it is a statement for sure. This dress ran EXTREMELY SMALL. I usually wear a small 8L, due to the size recommendations I went up to a 10L with a 12L backup. The 12L was new with tags--tried it on and it was approximately 2 inches from zipping. That is some crazy sizing. Luckily the 10L had clearly been worn before and it was a snug fit, but able to wear it. The length of the dress was relatively short for a long--I am 5'6" and had 4 1/2" heels on and as you can see in the photo the dress was definitely off the ground. The sizing was extremely stressful and I would recommend going up two sizes, but once it was worked out, the dress was AMAZING. Huge statement, everyone commented on it all night. It was so regal and dramatic. My husband loved it so much he wants to buy it. Really great dress, just beWARE of the sizing!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
November 16, 2015
I was unable to wear this dress given the issue of length.
The dress is drop dead gorgeous! If I were shorter, I would have absolutely kept the dress. The cape is heavy as other reviewers have stated but it would not have prevented me from wearing it. The dress was off the floor in the front even as I was barefoot so it had to be returned.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
December 5, 2015
Lovely but not for curves
I rented this dress for a black tie gala. Luckily, I live in Washington where there is a Rent the Runway store and was able to try on the dress in-store at pick up. While the dress is beautiful, it's not exactly a perfect fit for hourglass shaped women. The fabric does not have stretch to it. Suffice to say, I did not end up renting this dress. If you're tall and model-like, this dress is for you.
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 160lbs
January 3, 2016
Great dress and color. Very striking.
The dress is structured, so definitely size up if unsure. I could have squeezed into the eight if I had to, but the ten was much more comfortable and more flattering. The dress does not cling to your stomach, which is great. It is more fitted across the chest, and the darting looked a bit awkward in some of the pictures, but overall very happy about the fit. The color is as pictured.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 17, 2016
Gorgeous, standout dress.
This dress was beautiful and got alot of compliments, I would love to own it. But if I owned it, I would definitely need to get it altered. The 4 was too snug in the hips and the 6 (which I wore) was a little loose in the chest.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 123lbs
January 24, 2016
Lovely dress, but not right for someone with hips or "tummy" insecurities
First the positives. I loved the cape and the color is striking. The fabric felt very nice and the length was exactly as described. The dress was true to size in the bust area but was very tight through the hip. To even consider wearing it for the formal dinner I ordered this as a backup dress for, I would have needed two or three layers of Spanx to hopefully hold in my lower stomach area (which is not huge but an area I don't like to emphasize). Then I would have been too worried to sit or eat. Going up a size would have made everywhere else too baggy. :-(
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