Lela Rose

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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49 reviews

Fit
Small 10
True to Size 29
Large 6
Photos 24
Janine
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 139 lbs
Mar 8, 2015

Lovely dress for a family gathering.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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.
Britt
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Apr 28, 2015

Perfect Conference Dress

Size worn: 4
Rented for: Party
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.
LD
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115 lbs
Mar 23, 2015

High quality, beautiful detail and fit.

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Date
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.
Wendy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Feb 19, 2015

I rented this dress for my annual Christmas party and it was perfect!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
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.
Allison
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Jan 30, 2015

Classic sheath flatters hourglass figure

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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.
Meredith
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
Dec 26, 2014

Wore this for a christmas lunch.

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
Amy
Age: 31
Nov 26, 2014

I was told the dress fit me like a glove. Loooved this dress! Wish I could have kept it. :)

Size worn: 8
Rented for: Other
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.
Leah
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128 lbs
Nov 3, 2014

Incredibly, classy, chic and structured!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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!
KG
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Oct 14, 2014

This was for a formal post-wedding brunch! I LOVED this dress!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
debra
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 52
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Sep 17, 2014

Pictures don't do it justice

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
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
Sandra
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155 lbs
Sep 8, 2014

Beautiful dress, amazing fit

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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.
Clare
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Jun 27, 2014

great dress!

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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.
Jenna
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
May 17, 2014

Love Lela

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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.
Lori
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
May 12, 2014

Perfect Dress for a cocktail party

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Fits great and got countless compliments!
KAS
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
May 1, 2014

Nice dress for a daytime event

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
Viv
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120 lbs
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' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 165 lbs
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
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 66
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 148 lbs
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: 58
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 122 lbs
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
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
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!
Amy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115 lbs
Jun 1, 2015

Very versatile

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
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.
jenni
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 47
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155 lbs
May 19, 2015

great fitted dress

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
runs small in arms
J. C.
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 149 lbs
Apr 21, 2015

Birthday Brunch

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
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.
JMo
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Apr 15, 2015

Fantastic for work affair

Size worn: 0
Rented for: Party
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.
Gina
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 53
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Apr 13, 2015

I rented this dress to wear to a wedding.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: 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.
AnnaIpp
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 14, 2015

The dress

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I loved the fit, length and fabric. I wore to my daughter's baptism and got lots of compliments!
Leslie
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 160 lbs
Dec 10, 2014

Appropriate for a conservative event

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
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.
Nicole
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Body type: Pear
Nov 19, 2014

Great fit, really striking dress

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Was postpartum when I wore this dress, and it was VERY forgiving - the waist rides a little high, but otherwise, a really gorgeous dress.
Tracy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Nov 14, 2014

Loved the lace overlay over linen

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
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.
Maggie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
Nov 5, 2014

Easy dress to take up for down for a day-long work event.

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
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.
francesca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 129 lbs
Oct 13, 2014

Not for me. Not sure who it would work for.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
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.
mrsb123
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Sep 26, 2014

Gorgeous dress!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
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!
Carolyn
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110 lbs
Sep 23, 2014

Classic elegance

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
A bit tighter through the back so 2nd size worked out perfect.
Nora
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Aug 17, 2014

Perfect for working a formal event

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
Michelle
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135 lbs
Jun 29, 2014

Beautiful dress

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
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.
TZ
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Jun 26, 2014

Feeling lovely in my dress!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
Beautiful, unusual, and obviously expensive fabric - I received compliments all night. I normally wear a size 2 and found the 0 fit better.
Liz
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140 lbs
Apr 20, 2014

Beautiful, to look at

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
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.
Mdot
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
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: 42
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
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: 31
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145 lbs
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!
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