Prim to the Proper Sheath

$40 rental
$1425 retail

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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".)

Size & Fit Notes

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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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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55 reviews
Fit
Large6
True to Size32
Small10
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Age: 29
October 25, 2015
Flattering dress!
This dress was great, very flattering and forgiving on a more curvy figure. The only issue is the hips, it is still wearable but the fabric does not stench at all. The lining was very tight in this area, but thankfully the outside layer hides all the unflattering tight lining!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
October 21, 2015
High Quality Dress
Enjoyed this dress for our godson's baptism. I enjoyed the coverage but functionality of it too. Love Lela Rose!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
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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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
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:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 43
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:
NONE
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
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:
2
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 41
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:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
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.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 47
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
May 19, 2015
great fitted dress
runs small in arms
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
April 28, 2015
Perfect Conference Dress
It was a stylish & professional dress for an opening event party. Not too formal but very classy - I received so many compliments! I ordered a 4 & 6 but think I would order a 2 & 4 if I did it again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 149lbs
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
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.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 53
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
April 13, 2015
I rented this dress to wear to a wedding.
This dress was a very pretty dress but I did not end up wearing it. I found it to run very small in areas where most dresses are fine on me. I feel the cut of this dress was just not for me. I wish I could have worn it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
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:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 139lbs
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:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
February 19, 2015
I rented this dress for my annual Christmas party and it was perfect!
Perfect length, and fits true to size. The fabric was a little less formal than in looks online but that wasn't a problem for me.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
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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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
January 14, 2015
The dress
I loved the fit, length and fabric. I wore to my daughter's baptism and got lots of compliments!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
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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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
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
Rented for:
Other
Age: 31
November 26, 2014
I was told the dress fit me like a glove. Loooved this dress! Wish I could have kept it. :)
Fit me like a glove. There isn't too much give in the material but was thick enough and pleated in the right areas to flatter my body type.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
November 14, 2014
Loved the lace overlay over linen
Runs a little small. Cut was good but not as flattering as some other RTR options I've worn in the past. Absolutely gorgeous fabric. The lace is a very high quality over a very pretty linen. Nice option for a charity function.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D+
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:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
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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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
October 14, 2014
This was for a formal post-wedding brunch! I LOVED this dress!
I definitely had to size up because other reviewers thankfully said the dress ran small - I would not have fit into my normal 6! Such gorgeous detail - the black roses are almost like a lace overlay/ embroidery. It was stunning and so comfortable. Flattering and conservative which was just what I needed. The zipper was a little tough to maneuver in the back, but if you have a trusty extra pair of hands, you'll be fine. Would CERTAINLY rent this one again. Wish I could buy it, but sadly do not have a spare $1400 to flop around with.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
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.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
September 26, 2014
Gorgeous dress!
Absolutely loved this dress. Fit true to size. Material was thicker than it appears from pictures, but I knew that thanks to other reviews. I wore the 8 and it fit nicely while giving me room to breathe. This is a dress I'd love to own!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
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.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 53
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:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
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:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
August 17, 2014
Perfect for working a formal event
I rented this dress for work when my office put on an "informational gala". I needed a dress that was demure and professional and this one did the trick! It was incredibly flattering in person and the detailing was beautiful.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 24
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:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
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:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
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:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
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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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
May 12, 2014
Perfect Dress for a cocktail party
Fits great and got countless compliments!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
May 1, 2014
Nice dress for a daytime event
The 8 in this dress fit me perfectly - it was snug while being zipped but well tailored once on. The look is not sleek - the fabric is thick and the lace on the outside is looser, especially in the pleats around the waist. I thought the white fabric would be a shinier whiter silk but the appearance is more of a natural color linen (see pic). I went with my backup for my formal event. As the description states, this dress would be cute for a shower or other daytime party.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
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:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
March 26, 2014
Lovely, unique dress. Nice detailing and it cinches in your waist! Condition wasn't perfect though.
If you're between a 2 and a 4, I'd go 2 for this. Otherwise, the fit is great.
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