Charleston Gown

$75 rental
$365 retail
Stylist Notes

Shimmer from head-to-toe in this sequined Laundry by Shelli Segal open-back gown. The 1920s-inspired design looks best with a basic black heel and Eddie Borgo's Pave Zenith Cuff.

Size & Fit

This dress runs small. We recommend sizing up (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes (fitted at bust)
WAIST: Fitted, fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted, curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH:

Floor length, two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hemline (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hemline (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

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

Product Details

Black Sequins. (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. Halter neckline with an open back. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. Sequin overlay. See size and fit tab for length. Imported.

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273 reviews
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Small
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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 18
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
May 4, 2016
My dress fit perfectly! I couldn't have asked for a better dress.

Based on the online picture, I did think the brown would be a bit more noticeable than it really was. Other than that it was perfect.

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Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 39
May 19, 2016
Great dress. And so easy.

The dress fit perfectly and was so comfortable to wear. Highly recommended.

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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 28
May 22, 2016
Loved this dress!

I wore this dress to chaperone a Gatsby-themed prom. It was perfect for the theme! The only thing I didn't like was that the liner kept twisting underneath the dress and showing through the side slit. It runs a little small, especially if you have hips or a larger bust.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
May 25, 2016
Gorgeous dress for a Gatsby themed wedding

I this dress was the perfect compliment for a black tie Gatsby themed wedding. The fit was great and I was comfortable all night. I received so many compliments and felt beautiful. I originally ordered the 2L with the 4R as my backup. I ended up wearing the 4R as the 2L was just a bit too tight for my comfort where the banded area is. The 4R also had a better length surprisingly enough. I wore 3" heels and it was the perfect length where I could walk without having to worry about it dragging or me tripping. Overall amazing dress that I danced the night away in. Highly recommend.

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Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
June 27, 2016
Great dress!

I loved this dress, it was something I would have never picked out to wear but it fit like a glove and I looked gorgeous in it. I typically wear between a size 4-6 in a dress. I weigh about 135 pounds right now and wear a size 34DD. I decided to go up a size because of my breast and because I am curvy. If you have a butt, I suggest going up a size as the dress it tight in hip area. I also decided to go with a Long because I did not want my heels to show at all and wanted to the dress to hit the floor rather than end right above my shoes.

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
July 5, 2016
Don't forget the Spanx!

And I am not about the Spanx life, but this dress requires it. Something about the placement of the ribbon around the rib cage — it encourages a paunch, whether you've got one or not! I actually didn't think this dress was as WOW in person as it was on the site. As previous reviews will tell you, the liner fabric doesn't show through as much as the pics would suggest so it looks black-on-black. That said, its construction is more forgiving than you'd expect, in that it's got some stretch. I am pretty flat-chested, so no surprise it bagged a bit too much up top, but that is a minor quibble. I am 5'6 & wore heels no problem, though the dress didn't touch the floor. You have so few times in life where you can toss on sequins — I say rent this dress & just go for it.

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Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
September 4, 2016
The design

Nice fit and dress stood out amongst others

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
September 8, 2016
Standout Gala dress

Rent the Runway is my go-to for all my formal events, my college alumna gala was no different. I typically wear a size 4 long but had to settle for the 6 regular, but the fit was still great. The extra room in the size lengthened the dress a bit. I got a ton of compliments, and of course will be renting the runway again--already have my order placed for my next event!

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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
September 15, 2016
It came just on time!

It looks beautiful in person, I'm 5.7 and I got 10L and it looked just perfect with (4 inches) sandals. The only problem was my hips, it was quite tied, but I was able to walk normally, Other than that.... I loved it!

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 140lbs
September 20, 2016
Felt Like Daisy

I rented this for a Gatsby part. It was my cousin's 30th and I fit right in with the theme. It was very glamorous and true to the era. There was a slight bulge at the base of the zipper. I don't know if it was because I was short or what, but that would be my only criticism. Cheers old sport!

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 25, 2016
Priceless and Elegant

I was a little apprehensive when ordering this gown because everyone who had ordered the dress from the reviews said it ran small. I am 5'2 and 123-125lbs (depending on the day). I ordered a 4 and a 6 because I am curvy and the 4 fit like a glove. It wasn't too tight or anything, it was literally perfect. I will say the bodice was a little roomy because I am a 34c, but that didn't bother me because it didn't look like it was too big. I received compliments the entire night. I definitely recommend this dress for any formal occasion.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
September 29, 2016
Last minute the dress worked !!!

This dress was super comfortable and flattering (especially after having a baby 3 months before ). The material has give and great for busty or average. The first dress was surprisingly too tight in the bust but this halter worked perfectly. #blacktiewedding #glamours #gatsby

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
October 24, 2016
Perfect dress!

The dress fit beautifully! Very easy and comfortable to wear for the entire evening. Ordered an 8 and 10, ended up wearing the 8. I am a 34DD so I sometimes have issues in the bust. The "blousier" top that other reviews had commented on ended up fitting me just right. I am 5'3", a 4" pair of heels and the dress length was not an issue. I received many compliments on the dress, wish this is one I could own!

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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
November 8, 2016
The perfect dress for a black tie wedding!

Rented this for a wedding and couldn't have been happier! I wore 4 inch heels and length was absolutely perfect. I would definitely recommend long for taller girls as you could just see the tips of my shoes - it was much shorter than I expected. The top was a little loose. Overall the 10 probably would have been a better fit but it wasn't available. Also, I was concerned about the sequence being scratchy but it was not an issue at all. I would definitely recommend this dress!

Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Wedding
November 28, 2016
Backup dress for a wedding

I did not actually end up wearing this dress as my first choice fit me better. The dress was very tight on my hips and did not do anything to highlight my small waist.

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Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
December 4, 2016
Beautiful dress

The dress is stunning ! The dress fit runs small. I wear an 8 street clothes. The king was a little long for me. I'm 5'6 and wore 3 inch heals. This was my first time using rent the runaway. I would definitely use it again.

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Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
December 20, 2016
Felt like a movie star!

Beautiful dress, lighter than I expected without feeling cheap. A little snug in the hips but it was still easy to move around in. Would rent again. #RTR

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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
January 7, 2017
Governor's Inaugural Ball

Beautiful dress!

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Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 28
Weight: 160lbs
January 8, 2017
Beautiful dress for a black tie wedding!

This dress fit true to size except for the fact that I wasn't able to wear heels due to it being too short, even though it was a "long". I'm 5"10 so am used to this problem. It is a tight fitting dress but I was still able to dance and sit down without feeling constrained. Overall it was a good choice and made me feel beautiful!

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Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 165lbs
January 15, 2017
I felt beautiful in this dress.

It hugs the curves. So only wear this if you want them shown off. The 12r would have been a better length for me but it wasn't available. I could zip the 10r but it was uncomfortably tight. I am 5'5 and the regular length was just right. If you are any taller and plan to wear a heel get the long.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Bust size: 32C
January 17, 2017
I couldn't ask for a more perfect dress.

The dress could not have fit more perfectly. I received so many compliments.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 130lbs
January 23, 2017
Beautiful dress!

The dress is much darker than it looks in the photo, but it's still really pretty. I'm 5'4" and about 150lbs, and usually wear a size 8. I tried on the 10 and I never bothered to try the 8 because it would not have fit. The black belt hit my waist in an odd spot and the straps were way too long for me. The sequins were beautiful and on someone with a longer torso, this dress would be flawless.

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Body type: Pear
January 28, 2017
Beautiful dress

This dress is definitely beautiful. However, it is true to size. I ended up with one size and it didn't fit at all. It wouldn't zip up and RTR didn't have a 12 for me to rent. The good news is RTR was very patient with me while I selected another dress. They even sent it over night so I could still go to my Gala event.

Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
February 6, 2017
Absolutely stunning dress! Loved everything about it.

Overall fit was great. The dress was a little tight on the hips, but I can't blame the dress for that!!

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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Age: 36
February 8, 2017
Very slimming dress

I felt confident in this dress. It was very complimentary to my figure. The band at the ribcage was a bit tight and the bust of the dress was looser then I would have preferred but overall a great selection. I recommend to wear spanx and sticky boobs for this dress too.

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
February 19, 2017
So many compliments!

Great fit! I'm 5'2 so I had to make sure to wear a good size heel, but that's nothing new for me. I wore this dress to a black tie wedding and received so many compliments. It photographs beautifully as well.

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
February 21, 2017
First Time Success

I wore this dress to a fundraiser ball. I normally wear a size 6-8 but since I just had a baby 3 months prior I decided to give myself more room than usual. The other reviews said this dress runs small and I would agree. I ordered a 10 and 12 regular and went with the 10. I have a large chest (38DD) and small-average hips but felt there was still room in the top and the bottom fit perfectly. Overall I was very happy with my first RTR experience!

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 26, 2017
Love this dress!

Dress fit as I had expected. The busy is large, so was a little big for me, but I expected that from reading other reviews. I'd recommend this dress for anyone looking for a formal dress!

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
February 28, 2017
Stunning dress for a winter wedding!

This dress got so many compliments! And was perfect for a winter wedding. The size 8R was a tad big around the waist but worked out fine.

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Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 152lbs
March 1, 2017
Amazing dress!!!

I absolutely loved wearing this dress... wish I could have purchased it!! Hugged my curves in all the right places and made me feel sexy. Perfect for any black tie event!

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
March 9, 2017
Great for a black tie optional wedding!

Dress for really snug and looked great! I didn't realize there was a slit on the right leg, it only went up to my knee but was nice! Had good flow to it and really showed off my curves! Got lots of compliments all night! The sequins did get a little annoying on my arms at the end oft hen night but that's my only complaint! Loved it!

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Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
March 29, 2017
Arrived on time

Dress worked perfect for a wedding. Figure fitted and glamours. So many compliments.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
March 30, 2017
Amazing dress

Dress fit great in the hips and waste was a little large in the bust but overall fit great. I usually wear a size 6. I am glad I went up a size. I was able to dance and move comfortably. Smaller would have been very tight in the hips. I received so many complaints on the dress. Loved it!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 142lbs
March 31, 2017
Beautiful dress

I initially ordered this as my backup dress and I loved it more than the original dress I wanted to wear. Unfortunately, I needed to go up a size because it wouldn't zip up (so close). But unfortunately they didn't have the size I needed. I would love to rent this dress in the correct size the next chance I get. I'm 5'3", about 140, 34B and I'm pretty sure the 8 would have been a perfect fit! 6 was tight around the hip area.

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
April 1, 2017
The perfect dress for a 20's ball!

This dress is comfortable, gorgeous, unique, and well crafted. I wore it to a 1920's masquerade ball in NYC and I felt fantastic in it the whole night. I am an hour glass figure and this mermaid style dress definitely hugs the hips. I typically wear a size 0 but I had to do the 2 for this dress since it's so form fitting. However, I loved that it complimented my curves! Strapless bra worked well. I'm 5'2 and two inch heels were fine. The dress didn't drag at all. I had a ball at the ball!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 23
April 3, 2017
Ordered this style, but chose against wearing it at the last moment

I loved the sequin detailing on this dress but the bust area was a little less snug and structured than I expected from the model's photos. The dress's sequins kept catching and scratching me which was another con. I didn't have a backup size in this but RTR pulled through and offered me a replacement dress which I ended up loving!

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Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 182lbs
April 9, 2017
Hollywood glamour

I am typically a size 10 and couldn't get into that even a little bit. This dress certainly runs small. The 12 young just barely fit - no room to spare even for Spanx - but once it was on it was GOOD. Looked like I had been poured into the dress, without being tacky. Wore at a black tie optional wedding and felt great dancing all night. I had gone with the 12 L for the size up as 12 R wasn't available, which worked well with my 5 inch heels, but with more reasonable shoes would have been too long. Also, this photo happens to be a good angle but it was not very forgiving at the stomach. If you are self conscious about that area I wouldn't get this dress.

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Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 155lbs
September 16, 2015
Fit like a glove!! TONS of compliments!

Fit perfectly. I didn't even have to wear a bra.

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Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36G
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
September 27, 2015
Felt super glamorous

Wore the 12L with 1.5 inch heels and it was perfect. Finding a dress to fit my chest is hard (34G, the thing here doesn't go that high) so was delighted the dress fit and was cute. Got compliments from strangers on the street. Perfect for a black tie wedding.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 38
September 30, 2015
Elegant but doesn't hide anything!

Didn't end up wearing this dress. It's very elegant but a little too curve-hugging for me. And, the neck clasp on the back was out of place, almost hanging by a thread.

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