Charleston Gown

$75 – $95 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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298 reviews
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(2)
True to Size
(110)
Small
(72)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D
July 19, 2018
This was just too tight and kind of uncomfortable.

Didn't wear it. Would look great on someone less busty

Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
July 18, 2018
Night Wedding

This dress is as gorgeous in person as it is on the website. I ordered it for a friend's evening wedding and everyone loved it. The only downside is that I noticed there was a rip in the seam on the back of the dress before I even got to wear it. Luckily it was tiny and I was able to stitch it up. RTR was great because I notified them right away and they gave me 25% off my rental! Beautiful dress and great customer service! I was definitely pleased. 🤗

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
July 17, 2018
This dress is a stunner!!!

My only regret is I forgot to get a picture from the back! Wow, this dress is classy and glamorous. It was a head turner! I am 5'2" and with big high heels I didn't have any issues stepping on the dress. I usually wear no bigger than a 6, but I know I struggle with dresses with fitted bands at the waist because I am wide at my rib cage and not very curvy. I fit into the 6 but it was tight. Instead I went with the 8 and was so comfortable. I had to get a padded sticky backless bra though because the 8 was too big in the chest, and I needed something to fill it out. Also didn't have any problems with the sequins rubbing my arms. Great look, I would highly recommend and suggest going a size up for your back up.

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
July 10, 2018
Subtly Fun

This dress was a little short, so the heels I had to wear did not work as well as I had hoped. While the sequins have a nice pattern, it can only be seen in a well lit area, so it will not be noticeable for an evening event.

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
July 10, 2018
Runs small

This was my backup dress for a black tie wedding. I alllllmost wore it, except that the size 2R ran really small/tight (my other dress was a 0R and fit perfectly) - it would have been a tad tight to be comfortable in all night. The dress design and slit however were gorgeous.

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
June 19, 2018
I wore this to a black tie summer wedding and it was perfect!

This is the best rent the runway dress I've ever ordered. It ran small but I sized up to a 6R and it fit like a glove. The dress truly shined and looked incredible in photos. This is a real showstopper. If you usually wear spanx beware the leg slit.

Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Hourglass
June 18, 2018
Classy Form fitting dress

I loved how form fitting this dress was. Very sleek and age appropriate. I ended up wearing an adhesive bra with it, which worked very well. My only complaints are that it was kind of difficult to dance in since it was very fitted. It was also slightly long, even with me wearing 3 inch heels. But otherwise really liked it and would recommend!

Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
June 7, 2018
Wore this to a black tie wedding!

Great silhouette, hugged all the right places with a nice slit up the side, perfect length, classy but glittery!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
June 4, 2018
Very photogenic

I wasn't sure about this dress, as I'm not a sequins gal and not into body conscious dresses. But my BFF loved it, as it matched her gown. I was so glad I gave this dress a shot. It looked amazing in all the photos! Word about the fit. It's tight. I am usually a 2, and I felt like a sausage all night. Had to wear Spanx that held everything together from my bra to my thighs. Would've loved a size 4 but it wasn't available for the dates I needed. So yea. Size UP. And have fuuuuuun!!!

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
May 28, 2018
Comfortable and fun dress for black tie wedding!

I am 5'6", 34D and 135 lbs. Am usually a 4-6 but the 6 was too tight so I went with the 8R. The length was perfect with heels and didn't drag. The top wasn't restrictive at all, and I could wear a bra underneath without feeling snug. Easy to dance and jump around in! The sequins aren't too flashy at all and the dress was very elegant and I had a great time in it.

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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 15
Bust size: 32B
May 26, 2018
This dress is breath-taking!

I wore this dress to my first prom and I got compliments all night! The dress was a bit long, but that's because I'm only 5'1". It grazed the floor in 3" heels, and I had to pick it up when I walked. The dress fit me perfectly and the sequins weren't at all itchy.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
May 23, 2018
Wore backup instead.

This pattern was perfect for a Gatsby style wedding. But the fit just didn’t work for me. I’m 5’5” 145lbs 34DD and apple shaped. The dress’s straps in the back were annoyingly lose which I think can attribute to my body type being rounder in different spot. Beautiful dress just didn’t hang like I wanted it to.

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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
May 22, 2018
My favorite RTR dress so far!

Got the long and it was perfect with some heels Lots of compliments at a black tie wedding

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
April 25, 2018
Didn't fit me

This dress was pretty but it was too small. I go between a size 2/ 4 usually.. for my desired dates only the 2R was available. It was way too small and I had to wear my backup rental. I think the 4R or 6R would have fit me. Pretty dress, I just couldn't fit in it.

Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 17
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
April 23, 2018
Such a beautiful dress for prom!

This dress was absolutely stunning!! The 4L fit like a glove so I didn't even bother trying on the 6L backup size. I typically have to get the "long" sizes in pants so I am very happy that I rented the 4L, as it was the perfect length with 3-4" heels. The pattern of the sequins is very flattering and looks great in pictures and in person! I was worried about the dress being too flashy, but the subtle sparkle from the black sequins made me feel so elegant and classy. The only drawback about this dress is that after wearing it for seven hours the sequins started to scratch my arms, but overall it was a super comfortable dress.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
April 17, 2018
Not as fancy as it seemed

Ran small, and wasn't as well constructed as I thought it would be

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
April 10, 2018
GREAT dress for black tie wedding

This dress fit great but was a bit short for my 5'6" height plus heels, so I'd recommend getting the long if you're the same height and want to wear heels at all. However, it was comfortable and great for an outdoor black-tie New Orleans winter/spring wedding and the bride told me several times how much she loved it and wanted me to wear it everywhere!

Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Body type: Straight & narrow
April 8, 2018
Dancing, drinks, and a great dress!

Elegant dress. Light-weight and not scratchy material. Good quality. Flattering fit, forgiving in certain areas which makes the dress look form-fitting yet relaxed. Easy to walk in with the slit on the side. The LONG sizes aren't that long, compared to other brands. Received many compliments!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
April 3, 2018
Really pretty! Perfect for a masquerade party :)

Loved the fit and glam of the dress. Unfortunately, ran a little small so even the 2 felt a little snug on me (usually wear a 0/2). But it looked very glamorous and was perfect for the setting. Had a few strings that were loose, but considering, was in pretty good condition! The 0 I had requested was too small, but the zipper was broken so wouldn't have worked anyway. Thank goodness for the extra size!

Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
April 1, 2018
Not for those with hips!

The beading on this dress is great. The lining is thick and shiny, and it's a bit of a heavier dress. I usually wear a size 6, and could barely get my hips into this dress. The lower end of the zipper also popped out strangely above my butt. I had a friend who is size 6 with narrower hips try it, and she had the same problems. Finally, our third friend, a size 4 with slender hips, was the only one who could put it on, and had no zipper problems.

Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
March 12, 2018
Super classy dress that was perfect for a black tie optional wedding.

Runs small and I wore my backup size 6 (normally a 4). All that was available was Long in both 4 and 6 and it worked out well with some 4 inch heels. Roomy in the bust which was a nice surprise - I was able to wear a padded strapless bra.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38C
February 28, 2018
NYE wedding.

Too short, the long was sold out. Also, I usually wear a size 6 and the 8 was far too tight - no give. It is a pretty dress, too bad it didn't work out.

Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Bust size: 32C
February 5, 2018
Perfect for Roaring Twenties Mardi Gras Ball

The dress was a little tight in the hip, also was quite short. I wore a 2 inch heel. At the end of the night when my feet were tired, I took my shoes off and the dress barely grazed the floor. I'm 5'5". Got a TON of compliments!

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 144lbs
January 31, 2018
BEAUTIFUL DRESS!! Our Mardi Gras Ball theme was Speakeasy/1920's and it was perfect!

I usually wear an 8R, but I read ALL of the reviews, so I added the 10R, cause, it was very fitted!

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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
January 26, 2018
Beautiful dress! Very flattering. Tight across the midsection ribbon though...

Length was perfect with 2.5"-3" heels. The ribbon across the midsection had no stretch. It worked, but was very tight. The underlay was very thin and unforgiving. I wore spanx to hide my belly button and a strapless bra to avoid embarrassing flash photography... Overall I loved the dress and would definitely get it again, but would size up to a 4.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 133lbs
January 26, 2018
Best dressed!

This fit amazingly!!! I have never felt so beautiful in my entire life. Im usually a size 6-8 or medium in dresses and the 8 fit perfectly. If i could buy this dress i would in a heartbeat. I got so many compliments that night.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 22, 2018
Very pretty but a little tight!

I ordered this for a Mardi Gras ball. This dress was my back up style and thank goodness I didn't need it. It was extremely tight in the hip area. Size up ladies!

Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
January 17, 2018
Fabulous dress

My normal size is a 2 and the 2L was perfect for my body/height. Wore the dress with 3 inch heels. The fit around the bust to the back of the neck is snug—I have a small bust so it was perfect for me but some people might want to size up. Overall it was perfect

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
January 14, 2018
Sparkly stunner

Rented the 0 and the 2; the 0 was a bit too snug through the hips so I went with the 2 (but had to wear a padded bra to fill out the top -- fortunately the cut of this dress is such that you can wear a regular strapless or halter-style bra). The appliques are sparkly and festive but the dark color prevents you from looking like a disco ball. Fit is curve-hugging but forgiving.

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
January 11, 2018
Formal black dress with a little flair

I wore this to a black tie wedding. I wore the 6, because the 4 was way too tight around the cinched middle, and it hugged my arms too much (and I am not really big on the top, so, it was a big of surprise as to how snug it was). The picture online makes it look like there is more of a nude underling color in the cutouts, but when you get the dress, that feature doesn't really show through, which is what I was disappointed in when I got the dress. Otherwise, it was a pretty dress, and I was happy to wear it, but I wish the bottom nude color had come out more as I had anticipated after looking at the pictures.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 136lbs
January 8, 2018
WOW!!!

This dress is amazing! I wore it to a NYE Wedding & it was perfect! I'm 5'2 and was able to wear my lower comforable dancing heels. I rented the 6 & the 8. The 6 fit perfect except was a little tight on my chest & I'm a 36D. The 8 was a little big and bunched in the back. Ultimately I wore the 8 cause I knew I had a lot of dancing to do! If it wasn’t a dancing event def could have pulled off the 6. If your worried about the length, don’t it will work for any one. Rent this dress!

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
December 19, 2017
Beautiful Dress! -- Just didn't fit me correctly

Runs very small and is not very forgiving with curves. Was oddly tight around my hips and waist area. Beautiful dress outside of the actual fit!

Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
December 17, 2017
Perfect black tie event dress!

Great material and fit. Pretty slim at waist so went up to the 2R.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 35
December 12, 2017
Not flattering

I have a fairly trim and flat waistline, and this dress honestly made me look pregnant! The fabric was beautiful from afar, but accentuated all the wrong places.

Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 32
December 10, 2017
Stunning in pics and in person!

This was actually my backup dress for a blacktie wedding. When I tried it on, I couldn't get over how comfortable is was! I would highly recommend going 1-2 sizes up. I typically am a size 4 and got a 6. It really looks great if you're curvy! Very flattering and seriously cant get over how comfy! Length was perfect too.

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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 160lbs
December 10, 2017
This dress was perfect for a formal event and very comfortable!

This dress is very form-fitting, but complimentary to fuller figures. The color is beautiful and the sparkly details really make this dress pop. My only complaints have more to do with the condition the dress was in upon its arrival: there was a rip in the side seam and the inner, golden layer was ~1 inch longer than the top, black layer and that made it look a little awkward. Nothing noticeable to the unobservant eye though. I’d definitely rent from here again in the future!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
December 7, 2017
Not good for petites

The dress itself is gorgoeus and I had been encouraged by other shorter reviewers about the length. However, unless you have some serious heels, this dress wont work if you are 5'2" and under. Even in my highest heels I would have been tripping all over the hem. I was so sad because I rented it for a Gatsby Event I was going to. Had to pull something out of my closet instead.

Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
December 3, 2017
Dreamy, timeless classic for a black tie

Oh my god was this dress incredible! I am a very true size ten (34DD, 30 inch waist, 41 hips) and really wanted the 10 but it was sold out, so I crossed my fingers on the 8. There is just a little bit of stretch in this, and while I would have gone with the 10 had it been available, it was so flattering. Despite being tight, it was also comfortable. If you're between sizes and prefer a sexier, form fitting fit, order a size down. Otherwise it runs very true to size. I would say this was great for an hourglass shape. Good amount of room in the bust (I had room for a padded strapless bra) and the definition at the waist was great. Pretty fitted through the hips. I would not recommend this as much for less curvy shapes. I felt like a bombshell in this! The back is also gorgeous and fit like a glove. I didn't have to adjust any straps or worry about the fit at all. I liked the slightly shorter length to show off my shoes- perhaps if you're 5'7-5'8"+ and are wearing pretty high heels I would opt for the long.

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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
November 16, 2017
.

So I loved this dress when I first saw it on the RTR app, but got a little nervous of the fit when I saw a lot of "I'm usually a zero and had to wear a size 2" reviews. I'm normally a 10 depending on brand/jeans vs dress etc, so I got the 10R and 12R as a back up. Had I only gotten the 10R I could've been fine, but it was definitely more snug in the butt/torso region. The 12R was much more comfortable, the only thing was the straps on the back were a little baggy so I safety pinned them down (it came undone once after using the bathroom from shimmying the dress up and down to use the facilities lol). But otherwise the 12 was a great fit! I was nervous of the length also because I'm only 5'1" but both were a great fit in that regard as well. I got a lot of compliments! Will definitely be a returning customer!

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Age: 59
November 15, 2017
I did not wear this dress since I loved my first choice but it was gorgerous.

I would have worn this dress for a New Years occassion since it is very sparkling, but stunning and very comfortable. runs long for my 5"4' hieght.

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