Lela Rose

Prim to the Proper Sheath

$178 to buy
$1,425 retail
Stylist Notes

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.

Size & Fit

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".)

Product Details

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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57 reviews
Fit
Large
(6)
True to Size
(33)
Small
(11)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
October 15, 2012
LOVE
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!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 65
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
October 15, 2012
Classy, lady-like dress....
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 68
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 148lbs
January 9, 2013
Comfortable dress with LOTS of compliments!
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!!!
MichelleFebruary 26, 2014
Nancy! I can't believe I found you on Rent the Runway.You look fabulous! Love this dress! Love, Michelle Pham
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
May 8, 2012
Pretty, but not for me.
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
July 16, 2012
Material is gorgeous!
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!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
August 25, 2012
Rehearsal Dinner Hit
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 61
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 140lbs
September 1, 2012
Totally Rich
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 165lbs
March 27, 2013
Classy and Sassy!
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!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 117lbs
April 19, 2013
Beautiful, intricate dress--worth renting for upscale event
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
August 27, 2013
Beautiful dress, but runs insanely small
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
October 15, 2013
Classy dress!
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
November 1, 2013
Elegant and beautiful
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!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
January 31, 2014
Beautiful Flowers
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
April 20, 2014
Beautiful, to look at
I received the dress to replace the one I ordered after UPS didn't deliver. On the hanger it is gorgeous, but wasn't a fan of the fit on me so didn't end up wearing it.for an older crowd in my opinion.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 119lbs
May 17, 2014
Love Lela
I've wanted to rent this dress for a long time. Wore it to a work awards dinner where the decor was black/white/red. The dress fit perfectly, but after wearing for hours I started to get the red rash under my arms from the dress material, but it was minor. Loved it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
June 26, 2014
Feeling lovely in my dress!
Beautiful, unusual, and obviously expensive fabric - I received compliments all night. I normally wear a size 2 and found the 0 fit better.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
June 27, 2014
great dress!
Loved this dress - very flattering and perfect for a more conservative event. I wore for a baptism and was a huge hit. I did find it a little difficult to get in and out of the car in, just because of the pencil skirt fit and complete non-stretch of the fabric. Small price to pay though - fit great and got tons of compliments on it. Others commented about extra fabric in the front of the skirt, but I thought it looked perfect and the pleating laid completely flat for me.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
June 29, 2014
Beautiful dress
Beautiful, classic dress. I think this would be best for tall women with a full bust. I'm 5'9" and this was knee-length on me which was perfect.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
September 8, 2014
Beautiful dress, amazing fit
Absolutely love this dress. One of the best I have rented. It was actually rented as my backup, but was much more lovely and fit better than my first choice. The 10 was a perfect fit. I think some other reviewers said the sleeve opening was too tight, but mine was not tight at all. I have smaller narrow shoulders so that might be why. The pleating around the waist is very flattering.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 54
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
September 17, 2014
Pictures don't do it justice
I was the "girl in that dress" memorable. The dress has no give so prepare.. I am short so the dress fell a little beneath the knee but still amazing
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
September 23, 2014
Classic elegance
A bit tighter through the back so 2nd size worked out perfect.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 129lbs
October 13, 2014
Not for me. Not sure who it would work for.
This dress looks so cute on the model but it is not cute at all in real life. It also has a very weird fit. I ordered a size 2 and it was super tight in the hips and arm holes and then baggy in the bust. Going up or down a size would not have helped me since the design and fit were so weird. I couldn't wear it at all and had to call RTR for a replacement dress. Cheers to anyone who can pull it off, but it didn't wok out for me at all.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 59
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 122lbs
September 24, 2012
Not my best style but lovely
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
November 3, 2014
Incredibly, classy, chic and structured!
I went as Anna Wintour for Halloween and knew I had to order something that was classy, chic and structured, to properly play the role the fashion icon. This dress was perfect! I actually wore it to work on its own, and received compliments all day long, everywhere that I went! The structure is so sophisticated and flattering, while the detail is so exquisite and flirty. Highly recommend this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Body type: Full Bust
November 5, 2014
Easy dress to take up for down for a day-long work event.
The material was heavy, as noted by other reviews. I had a very difficult time with the zipper and felt it ran a little big. The texture of the material, though is lovely, as is the pattern, and I was able to throw on a jacket for the more professional part of the day and then wear just the dress to go into the reception and dinner at the end of the night. A great, versatile dress over all.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Body type: Pear
November 19, 2014
Great fit, really striking dress
Was postpartum when I wore this dress, and it was VERY forgiving - the waist rides a little high, but otherwise, a really gorgeous dress.
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 160lbs
December 10, 2014
Appropriate for a conservative event
I wore this dress to an after-work charity event with a black blazer. I would consider it again, with a blazer or sweater, for a similar after-work function or something along the lines of a shower. The blazer alleviated any arm chafing issues mentioned by other reviewers. To me, this dress seemed too heavy for a summer event, and I found the linen at the neckline to be appropriate for the autumn season. The fit was true to size. At the time of wearing I was about four months pregnant, not quite showing but not quite flat-stomached. The dress was flatteringly tailored for this situation - I still had a waistline, but could comfortably sit and eat dinner.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
December 26, 2014
Wore this for a christmas lunch.
It was fine. It wasn't unflattering. It had darts at the waist line and a good shape...it just didn't do anything for me. It's a cute simple, dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 30, 2015
Classic sheath flatters hourglass figure
I wore this for my baby's baptism. It was gorgeous: a flattering shape if you're a little fuller in the bottom half, and beautiful, detailed fabric. Like other reviewers said, there is no give in the fabric but I was pretty certain that the 4 would fit after reading other reviewer's descriptions. (It did.) You could glam this up with red shoes, like the model, or keep it classic with black pumps and pearls. It doesn't wrinkle. I felt really lovely in this all day, and I was glad that I got it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
March 23, 2015
High quality, beautiful detail and fit.
This dress is made with incredible quality and detail. I went for a size 2 and was glad that I did because it was a bit narrow in the ribcage, but not across my chest. I likely could have done ok with a 4 as well, but the 2 fit pretty perfectly. Any tighter on the ribs and I would not have been able to wear it. I am not a tall girl (and my very tall boyfriend took this photo - so it's deceptive), so it fit me longer than it did on the model, just below the knee, but it did not look unflattering at all. I felt comfortable in this dress from day into night during a couples weekend with my boyfriend visitng DC and wore it during brunch plans with friends, walking around the city, and our dinner date. I felt gorgeous all day and would highly recommend.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
April 15, 2015
Fantastic for work affair
Wonderful, structured, unusual, well made dress. Tons of compliments. Would rent it again. A little tight/awkward in the cap sleeves and it hit me a little long since I'm a bit petite. If I owned it, I'd have it taken up by three or four inches. Otherwise amazing.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
April 21, 2015
Birthday Brunch
Wore this for a Birthday Brunch---it was beautiful but it was not as pronounced in the waistline as I had hoped. I have a small waist but the thick fabric (although forgiving in the tummy area) did not accentuate this.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 48
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
May 19, 2015
great fitted dress
runs small in arms
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
June 1, 2015
Very versatile
This is a lovely dress! It's hard to tell from the picture but it's a white linen dress with a black lace overlay. Unfortunately there's no stretch but it fit me like a glove. I rented it for a very, very happy occasion and ended up also wearing it the same weekend for a very, very sad occasion with different styling.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
June 27, 2015
Nice dress for day graduation
The quality of the dress was beautiful and I thought the wide illusion neckline was particularly flattering. The underneath slip was as lot tighter than the outer layer of the dress. Also, I didn't love the pleats that hit right at my midsection. I added the pink belt to try and draw away from that. The zipper was also a little tricky to maneuver without help. It stuck a lot. Received a lot of compliments, though. The craftswomanship of the dress was exquisite.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
March 8, 2015
Lovely dress for a family gathering.
This was a great dress for my niece's christening in early January 2015. The dress is a lighter fabric, so if you're planning on wearing it in the winter, you'll probably need a sweater, like I did. I paired it with black tights and red shoes. The 4 fit me fine, but the armholes seemed to on the small side (there wasn't a second size available the day I requested it). Overall, this was a great dress and I received multiple compliments on it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
August 10, 2015
Beautiful Details
I ordered this dress for a work function and didn't end up wearing it due to how it looked on me. The 2 was a great fit up top but tight on the bottom and the 4 was too lose up top and fit well in the bottom portion. Very unfortunate because the dress has beautiful details.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 45
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
August 26, 2015
I wore it to a bridal shower. It was perfect.
All pros with this dress. It was exactly what I wanted.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
September 2, 2015
Great dress for a summer wedding!
Loved the weight and quality of this dress. Took the red shoes idea from the model on the website and added some red dangly earrings. My only complaint was that the inside liner of the skirt was a bit tight, which made sitting, squatting down (to pick up our little one), bending over a little challenging. Pulling the skirt up an inch or two (not scandalous) before sitting helped a lot!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
October 20, 2015
I received so many compliments!
This is a beautiful dress. Heavy material, very well made. Great for a work event - flatterings, yet professional. I loved it!!
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