Charleston Gown

$55 – $90 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

Sized: 0-12, 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'').

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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210 reviews
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Large
(2)
True to Size
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Small
(43)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
September 13, 2015
Nice dress, wrong size
Dress runs short and small. Very elegant and great for a black tie event. I was worried the sequins would look cheap in person, but that was not an issue at all. I would have been happy if I had just ordered a size larger than my usual size.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
September 2, 2015
Beautiful and elegant dress
Love this dress so much - received compliments all night. It is more black than it looks in the picture online and not as "sheer" looking. One thing is that it is a little tight around the rib cage area because the sequin overlay has absolutely no stretch or give whatsoever. So if you're between sizes, probably size up. Definitely recommend this dress for a black tie/fancier wedding. Also, thank you RTR for the great customer service in sending me this dress last minute!
laurenSeptember 17, 2015
Sara I have a question- looks like you and I have just about the same measurements but my chest is 34d. Do you think 0 or 2 would fit my chest- you mention there is no stretch to the overlay so I'm worried. I don't want the waist to be baggy if I size up. Thank you!
Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Body type: Full Bust
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
September 18, 2015
Easy, comfortable, classy gown for a ball
This dress was just easy! No fashion tape, no pinning, no nothin'! Simple strapless bra works perfectly. Side slit makes it easy to move. Halter neckline is super flattering. Sequins are beautiful. Nice little back detail. I am usually between an 8 and a 10 in dresses (6 in street clothes; large rib cage but otherwise pretty straight up and down) and only the 10 was available. Worked perfectly but had some room, so if you are between sizes, depending on your comfort level, you could likely size down. If the tummy is a trouble spot, you can easily wear spanx in this gown. I'm a hair under 5'7 and went with the long, wearing 4 inch heels. It was perfect for dinner and dancing at the Firefighters and First Responders Rescue Ball!
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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: 160lbs
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 105lbs
September 28, 2015
Cute and Classy! But not as dramatic as the picture!
I wore the 2. The zero would've been very small! This dress looks much more black than in the photo. It was comfortable and classy, though. Just enough sparkle. Not a head turner, but i felt nice wearing it.
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 31
September 28, 2015
I got so many complements on this dress! Felt amazing in it all night!
Dress is tight in the hips and stomach and has no stretch. I'd recommend ordering up a size. Also, the dress runs short. I'm usually between regular and long lengths, but the long was perfect with a 3 inch heel.
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 37
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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Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 27
September 30, 2015
I got a lot of compliments on the dress!!
It is an awkward length, so be prepared to have your whole foot showing. Maybe because it fit snug around the waist, a 12L or may have been better for me. The slip can also show at the bottom. It was a little big for me at the top because I got the 12 R to fit in the waist area, so keep that in mind if you need a bigger waist and hip area, but not a bigger top. It was overall a great dress and gets tons of compliments!
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
October 1, 2015
This dress made me feel super sexy. I received so many compliments and I loved every moment of it.
This is a great dress for curvy girls but I do recommend wearing a corset if you have any concerns with your mid section like I do. The dress is also a bit short but no one seemed to notice.
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 37
October 4, 2015
I wore this to an art deco wedding and it was perfect. I felt so glamorous.
The fit was great. I did wear shapewear for smoothing, but it wasn't needed for fit. Finding a bra that worked proved tricky--I ended up going without which worked fine. I also wore a slight heel (1.5") and even though I didn't wear a long, the hem line seemed to work.
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
October 5, 2015
The dress made my night unforgettable. Lots of stares. :)
The dress was perfect. Everyone loved it. I didn't even realize the dress had the side slit up the leg which made it even better! :)
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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 110lbs
October 5, 2015
Classic dress with some sparkle for a black tie event!!
This dress fit perfectly. The tiniest bit loose up top but I always have that issue and no one would ever notice but me. No give at all so perfect for a true 0. I wore 4.5 inch heels and it made me look so long and lean. In some lights it looks black but in others you see the contrast with the lining. Both looks are lovely. I went with a vintage up-do and subtle gold jewelry and I felt very Gatsby Glam without feeling like I was in a costume. It's a comfortable dress that will make you stand out without being obnoxious.
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Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 36
October 20, 2015
Dazzling, maybe too sexy
This was my first pick, however, I decided to go with my backup dress. LOOK: This dress was glamorous. Honestly, I thought it was TOO sexy for the wedding I was attending. Now if this was for a gala or date night to the ballet, then this is a go! I love the Gatsby look. FIT: You do have to note it is more restrictive in movement. The dress that was sent to me had a rip in the side near the leg. Walking up the stairs is a challenge. Boobs (36DDD-strapless bra & tape) fit nicely for a change. 155lbs 5'8" athletic - fit perfect in a 10L. MATERIAL: Sturdy and a little prickly due to the beading. But wasn't bothersome. OVERALL: Love the dress. Would rent for a special event. Very va-va-voom!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 29
October 21, 2015
It fits perfectly across the hips but didn't fully fill out the bust-line. The beading is gorgeous!
The fit and detailing really make this dress. I wore it to a black tie wedding and felt very glamorous.
Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
October 25, 2015
Perfect dress for a formal event!
It ran really short (I'm 5"9) and a little tight in the hips. I would suggest renting a size up and if you are over 5"7 ordering the Long size.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
October 27, 2015
Elegant dress loved it.
Usually wear a 8, but because i wanted it longer, decided to go with a 10
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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 48
October 25, 2015
This dress made me feel like a million bucks...
This was my first RTR experience and it was fabulous! My husband told me on Monday we had a benefit to attend on Saturday and with RTR I was able to pull it off stress-free... While some said this dress was nothing special, it was the first time I went to one of these events and felt like I stood out - for a good reason! I received many compliments and although I don't usually enjoy benefits, I was excited to wear the dress and felt so good about myself, I had a fantastic time. The dress fit me very well except in the bust as mine is quite tiny - fortunately, a strapless bra works well under it. It was also good I had been to the chiropractor early in the week and had reviewed proper posture as that helped keep the material from being too baggy. I'm 5'6" and was able to wear a comfortable 2.5" heel. Sequins and glitz are not normally my style but this dress was so classy that I was completely at ease in them - although I was surprised to discover that they can chafe. Thanks RTR for a fabulous night!
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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 28
November 1, 2015
Easy to use and the dress was in great condition!
The fit was perfect! There was no stretch because of all the sequence but it wound up fitting perfectly on my chest.
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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Wedding
November 1, 2015
So many compliments and was such a simple dress to wear! Any accessory compliments this dress.
The long hit the floor and I was comfortable sitting in this dress. The fit is very flattering and I loved the shape it gave me.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 158lbs
November 4, 2015
Elegant and beautiful
Rented this dress for a roaring 20's Halloween party. Got a ton of compliments. The dress was easy to wear and fit great. I felt sexy and beautiful. Thanks !!
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 31
November 5, 2015
Lots of compliments and fit well, reads solid black vs gold with black!
This dress is beautiful and definitely got lots of compliments from other wedding guests. Pictures from RTR make it out to look more gold than it reads in person. It has a gold underlay but really all it does it enhance the black sparkle. Back neck clasp is difficult and does require someone else to help you (though that may have just been my dress and the clasp on it being bent). I felt like a million bucks in it though, would definitely recommend for formal occasions.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123lbs
November 8, 2015
Unique elegant gown
This gown was beautiful and not nearly as flashy as I thought a sequined dress may be. Was elegant and unique - the dress was perfect for a black tie wedding. Just the right amount of sparkle and fit well.
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
November 9, 2015
Felt slim and glamorous in this stunning gown.
Fit was true to size I'm 4'11" so it hit the ground a little bit I had to keep picking it up. But it was really comfortable all night.
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Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 38
November 11, 2015
The dress was a 10 for sure. It was so beautiful and I got a ton of compliments!
It was a stunner for sure. I had friends wanting to borrow it from me and asking about it. The only tiny complaint I had was that the chest area was a little loose, like someone that wore it before me was very large on top. I am a 34C / 32D and it was a little baggy in the chest area. Other than that it was perfect.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
November 16, 2015
I got compliments on my dress all night!
This dress is beautiful and the fit is very slimming and sexy! I got so many compliments, not to mention about a million FB likes! I would say the dress runs pretty true to size. It was definitely snug in my tummy and hips area where I have a little extra meat, but not too tight or uncomfortable. If you are slender with big breasts this dress will fit you like a glove, if you're curvy like me, this dress could be a hit or miss. Also, I would say to go with a size larger for your free second size. Hope you love wearing this as much as I did!
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Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 31
November 16, 2015
I felt pretty :)
The fit was spot on , I ordered an 8L and 10L could have worn both but the 10L was just more comfortable. It looked great on ! Even though I am on the short end at 5'4 I went with the long length so I could wear 4 1/2 inch heels.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 155lbs
November 20, 2015
it's a lot darker than the pictures but a very nice dress. If you are over 5'6" order LONG
I did not wear the dress because it was my back up dress and it was too big. The 10L that i had ordered was not available even though I ordered it. Rent the Runway attempted to send me another pick, however, they chose a nice dress as a replacement, it was not dressy enough for the wedding. If I had received the 10L it would have been perfect. The dress is beautiful unfortunately I did get to wear it.
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 45
November 22, 2015
THE DRESS!!
I'm 5'9 144 lbs. I ordered both the 8L and 10L. While both fit, I chose the 10 because it had a little more room in the waiste and stomach area. I have a high waiste and the 10 just fit me better. The top was roomy and not skin tight on me and I'm a 34 D. It was plenty long too, which is nice. I wore 3 inch heals. I received a ton of complements. This gown in gorgeous! I will order from this website again.
Size worn:
0L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 28
November 23, 2015
The sequins!
The dress fits true to size. I ordered the 0L and it was a little short with my heels on. The dress is very fitted, but you are still able to sit down comfortably and dance! The color is a lot darker in real life; almost black. Overall, the dress is gorgeous and I would definitely recommend renting it!
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Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 30
November 23, 2015
So many compliments on this gown!
Beautiful dress but the black band did not stretch and was very tight. They did not have the size 4 that I usually wear so I would suggest getting your size or a size above. Hard to squeeze into! Length was perfect with 4 inch heels.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 114lbs
December 2, 2015
Gorgeous dress with amazing details!!
The dress was a little long for me but nothing that high heels couldn't fix. It ran small, I normally wear a 4 but ended up wearing the 6. I couldn't even zipper up the 4! The dress hugs in all the right places and Spanx are def needed. The dress also looks more black in person than it does in the photos. Overall, amazing dress!
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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 34
December 3, 2015
I got so many compliments on the dress!
It fit me perfectly and it was just enough glitz for an evening wedding.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 152lbs
December 4, 2015
Order a size up!
I was super excited about wearing this dress for a fundraiser ball; unfortunately, I won’t be able to due to some damage it arrived with. That aside, the dress is very beautiful, but I will caution that it runs small. I normally wear a 4 in dresses, and I ordered a 6 as my backup, which was needed (the 4 didn’t arrive and I was sent a replacement style). The 6 fit well except for the waist band being a little snug around my ribcage. It was at an odd position between empire and my natural waist. Being 5’7, I ordered the Long so I would be able to wear a heel. When I put the dress on, however, the length was LOL so I looked at the tag immediately. There was no indication of it being a long length, so I’m not sure if I actually got the 6L, or it’s just a really short dress. It did not even reach my ankle bones. I think this dress would look best on someone who is lean/straighter through the hips, with an average to large bust size. You can wear this dress with a strapless bra, or go braless depending on your size and comfort. Also, it is a lot darker in person than it appears in the RTR photos, but I was expecting that from the customer-submitted photos. My boyfriend kept referring to it as the “brown dress” while I was calling it black. When it got here, he understood!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 140lbs
December 9, 2015
Elegant and slenderizing
This dress got so many compliments at a black tie wedding I attended. It made me feel like a starlet but not overdressed. The torso area was a bit on the baggy side, but overall it was very flattering.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 192lbs
December 13, 2015
Roaring 20's Fundraiser WIN!
Everyone has already said it...and I agree, there is NO give on this dress so go a size up. For an hourglass figure it's perfect. I'm curvy in the breast and hip/backside dept, and it showed off everything perfectly without coming across trashy. Perfect for the 1920s theme, but would wear it to any event. It's a showstopper.
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
December 14, 2015
Perfect for a formal Gatsby-themed Holiday Party
This dress fit perfectly snug, the slit on one side made it easier to move. The color is black, I thought it would have some gold color to it but it doesn't really show through. I am 5'4'' and wore a short heel (2.5") so order the long length if you are taller or looking to wear a taller heel. I'm a 34DD and I was happy that it fit my chest well. I wore this for a formal company Christmas party with a Gatsby theme and it worked perfectly with a beaded headband and antique jewelry. I wore a strapless bra and shape wear (my stomach is not as flat as I would like since having my baby).
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
December 15, 2015
Comfortable and flattering!
I didn't end up wearing this dress. It was comfortable and flattering, however, it just didn't look quite as special in person as it does in the above pictures. It was tough to see the two colors in person, so it just looked like another black dress. That would normally be fine for me but the other option I had was a pretty pink, which is more in line with what I was looking for.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
December 15, 2015
1950's Rat Pack Party
The dress is very pretty, I received tons of compliments. I wore this to Frank Sinatra's 100th bday party. I got the 8L and 10L based off of reviews. I wore the 8L but could have sized down to a 6L. The dress has definitely been worn many times before, it looked great but it seemed to be a little stretched out and had a funky BO smell to it (tons of febreze helped a little). My biggest complaint was that my underarms were torn up by the end of the night from the sequence. Overall it was a fun dress and I am glad I got it!
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
December 18, 2015
Loved this dress!!!!! Tons of compliments!
I'm normally a 6/8 and both the 6 and 8 fit but the waist around the ribs in the 6 was a little tighter so i opted for the 8. Loved this dress! Also I ordered a 8 long because i wanted the dress to come all the way to the floor.
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