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Prim to the Proper Sheath
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Have a bridal shower to attend? Or a ladies charity luncheon? Try this feminine Lela Rose black and white sheath to stand out in the crowd. The combination of lace and florals is a great choice for the event. To dress up this look try a statement necklace like the Dannijo's Angelica Necklace and a hand bag like the Diane von Furstenberg Handbag's Forest Tonda Pony Clutch.
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White stretch faille with black lace. Crew neckline. Cap sleeves. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden back zip. 39'' from shoulder to hem. Made in the USA.
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This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for back-up (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized 0-12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - may be worn with a standard bra
WAIST: Fitted - fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - fuller skirt allows for comfortable room at hips
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

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Viv
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4523
Oct 15, 2013
Classy dress!
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Wore this dress for a wedding. When I first pulled the dress out of the box, I was surprised by how thick/heavy the dress was. This is due to the use of quality materials though. I typically wear either a size 2 or 4 in dresses, depending on the design or type of materials. In this case, I had to wear the 4. The 2 was like a sheath on me, and was unforgiving in the hips. There is absolutely no stretch to this dress. Because it was snug on my hips, the 2 pleats in the front popped out, accentuating my hips in an unflattering fashion. Once I tried on the Size 4, the dress fit perfectly. I had no issue with the semi-cap sleeves. The dress is beautifully designed, holds its structure wonderfully because it's a thick dress, and the silk lining does help insulate you just a bit. If it had been thinner, I would've been much colder. My one complaint is that the zippers in both dresses were incredibly difficult. Not sure if this is due to deliberate design - the zipper is meant to be hidden, so it's incredibly hard to zip/unzip. Beware if you have to zip this up on your own - I had to get assistance every time I needed to zip/unzip, it was impossible for me to do on my own.
Natalie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160 lbs
Canonical User Type: 7523
Mar 27, 2013
Classy and Sassy!
Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I loved this dress and based on all the compliments I got, so does everyone else. It was modest yet still classy and sexy. My fiance said it was my best RTR rental yet. I wore emerald green gemstone earrings for a pop of color!
NurseNancy
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 65
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Canonical User Type: 6634
Jan 9, 2013
Comfortable dress with LOTS of compliments!
Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
True to size! I am 5'4" and it came right below my knee which was PERFECT! Loved the dress and how it made me feel!!!
Caroline
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 56
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 122 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4634
Sep 24, 2012
Not my best style but lovely
Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I ended up wearing another RTR dress to a post-wedding brunch. My mother didn't like the way the dress puffed out in front around the stomach area, but everyone else thought the dress was lovely. If you are someone who likes to wear black and white, this dress may be wonderful for you.
AK
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Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3433
Jul 16, 2012
Material is gorgeous!
Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I was very excited to try this dress on and potentially wear it to a shower but the fit is very hard. I felt like the cap sleeve made my arms like chubby (the arm holes were very small) and there was a lot of extra material in the skirt. It is beautiful though! Maybe someone who is very tall 5'9" and has very small arms would look great in it!
Mdot
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Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3423
Mar 26, 2014
Lovely, unique dress. Nice detailing and it cinches in your waist! Condition wasn't perfect though.
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
If you're between a 2 and a 4, I'd go 2 for this. Otherwise, the fit is great.
Kristin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
Canonical User Type: 7624
Jan 31, 2014
Beautiful Flowers
Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I rented another dress, and it had been returned damaged. RTR sent this one to replace it - A beautiful dress and a definite upgrade. . But I was not able to zip it up. I didn't wear it, but it was nice.
SG
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4442
Nov 1, 2013
Elegant and beautiful
Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I received this dress as a very last minute backup to an order that went all wrong. The stylist threw this in as an extra as part of a number of dresses she sent to try and remedy the situation. Luckily, I loved this dress. I had initially strayed away from it because I thought it might be "too white" for a wedding but it was great. The material is beautiful and the it is clear that the craftsmanship in the overlay is appropriate for a dress of this cost. It was a little tight about the legs and hips (sitting down was certainly dicey) but it was so beautiful on that I decided it was worth it. Definitely one that I wish I owned!
Alison
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Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140 lbs
Canonical User Type: 6524
Aug 27, 2013
Beautiful dress, but runs insanely small
Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
Girls with a bust beware - I've never not been able to wear a size 8, depending on fit, I'm a reliable size 6 or 8. The 8 in this wouldn't zip up in the chest. Such a disappointment, because the material is luxurious and the cut of the dress is extremely flattering.
ElleJ
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Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 117 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2433
Apr 19, 2013
Beautiful, intricate dress--worth renting for upscale event
Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I rented this dress and wore it to work. The dress is as beautiful in person as it is in the picture. It has a really beautiful and intricate detail over the bottom layer. In terms of fit, it is loose fitting from the waist down due to the pleats. So, if you are looking for something body-conscious, this is not the dress for you. I would recommend this dress to anyone looking for a beautiful dress to wear to an upscale event.
JessieT
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 128 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4543
Nov 4, 2012
Beautiful and versatile
Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I am usually a 4 or 6 (usually a 4) and the 4 in this dress was a little small, whereas the 6 was a smidge large. Went with the 6 and was happy I did because the dress is well tailored and the 4 would have shown every place where it was tight. The top portion is more of a linen color than white, and the black overlay is delicate and pretty. Zip up back and front pleats at the waist. Perfect or a party or for a nice day at church.
bonnie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 61
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5634
Oct 15, 2012
Classy, lady-like dress....
Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
This dress is most appropriate for luncheons, bridal or baby showers and parties for women. Other women appreciate the details of this dress. The skirt was a little bit large and long on me, but because we were seated at a luncheon for most of the time, it was fine. Very well made and the fabrics looked great.
mykat385
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 7444
Oct 15, 2012
LOVE
Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Love, love, love this dress. I got so many compliments! At first I was a little unsure, because on the hanger it doesn't look that special - but after trying it on, it hugs all the right places (very important for us curvy girls). Will definitely be renting again!
Millie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 58
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 140 lbs
Canonical User Type: 6623
Sep 1, 2012
Totally Rich
Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
This dress was awesome. True to size and so rich. I had a shoe that I've had for at least 5 years exactly like it. I was totally fabulous.
Alison
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5443
Aug 25, 2012
Rehearsal Dinner Hit
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this to my best friend's wedding rehearsal dinner and my one regret is that somehow I didn't get any pictures in this dress! I was nervous about the size because I can wear either a 4 or a 6 when it comes to dresses, so I called someone at RtheR and she advised me that the dress tended to run slightly (only slightly) large. This was my "backup" dress from RtheR and I only could get one size, so I went with the 4 and it was absolutely perfect. Several people commented that it looked like the dress was tailored specifically for me. The dress is very well made and the fabric and fit is very high quality. Since I'm 5'11", sometimes shoulders and arm holes can be a bit small for me, but I didn't have any problems. The length was perfectly demure on me (just to the knee) and would probably fall at or below the knee for women who are a bit shorter than me. I wore it with nude pumps and felt like a million bucks.
mary
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Canonical User Type: 6432
May 8, 2012
Pretty, but not for me.
Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I got this as a complimentary backup when my first choice was missing its belt - was excited about being able to rent a pricier dress for free, but ended up going with my first choice and using a belt I already owned. This dress was pretty, but not a winner on me - the 8 looked alright, but was uncomfortably tight; the 10 felt better on, but seemed to swallow me up. The white cap sleeves were more off-white and the whole dress was heavy and stiff and made me feel frumpy, even in the smaller size. Maybe better for someone with a larger bust to fill it out? I LOVED my first dress though, and customer service was great in allowing me to choose a backup in case it hadn't worked. This was just not the dress for me.
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