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Lela Rose

Sweet Sarah Dress

$100 rental
$1595 Retail

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Stylist Notes

You will be an image of polished perfection in this classic Lela Rose dress. A beaded inset adds something a little extra special. To dress up the look, add on Badgley Mischka's Black Spade Earrings.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room in bust
WAIST: Very fitted - very fitted at natural waist; pleating conceals lower abdomen
HIPS: Fitted - loosely fitted around full hips
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: All body types
(Model's height is 5'8".)

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room in bust
WAIST: Very fitted - very fitted at natural waist; pleating conceals lower abdomen
HIPS: Fitted - loosely fitted around full hips
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: All body types
(Model's height is 5'8".)

Size Chart

Size Chart

Product Details

Navy stretch faille. Scoop neckline with beaded inset trim. Pleated skirt. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden back zip. 38'' from shoulder to hem.

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25 reviews

Fit
Small 5
True to Size 20
Large 0
Photos 2
So. Cal Gal
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 64
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120 lbs
May 10, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
The blue faille fabric has nice structure to it so it is not clingy and has sort of a matte finish so it is a good one to hide any figure bulges. You have to play a bit with the bodice to get it to lay right... The beaded top needs to go against your chest, then arrange the blue fabric in a fold around the beaded top. Very elegant and a nice length for those who do not wish to wear a mini. I Would have even liked it an inch longer. It's well made with a nice lining. Try it- You'll like it!
Brenna
Age: 30
May 22, 2011

Overall fit: Small
One of the worst fitting dresses I have tried on. Size 4 and 6 fit the same at the waist and feel more like a 0 fit than anything. The beaded portion of the dress meets the rest of the dress at a point and no amount of fussing will make it sit nicely. Returned this dress without wearing it
jj
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 52
Body type: Hourglass
Jun 12, 2011

Overall fit: Small
The decorative beading on the front was a little weird, and I had to go up a size because it fit my ribs very tightly. Otherwise, it was fairly comfortable and a pretty blue color.
KKC
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Jun 21, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
Was going to wear this to a work event but both sizes were a little to snug around my legs to wear in the heat of Texas. The bead work also hit in a strange spot and was hard to adjust even though I have the chest to fill it out.
M Crawford
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Body type: Pear
Oct 6, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
This dress is very flattering! I can see why some people have given it a bad reviews bc you really have to work with the bodice but i tucked it up and pinned it under the beading and its perfect. for someone that is more pear shape but doesnt want an A-line dress its great!
First time renter
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 40
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138 lbs
Nov 7, 2011

Overall fit: Small
I ordered this dress and its backup size based on stylist's notes and neither dress fit. I would highly recommend (mandatory unless you are already familiar with the designer) speaking to the fit specialist so you don't end up in a bind as I did.
Amanda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Nov 30, 2011

Elegant Dress

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Notes: -Hides any little baby bumps (I was 5 months post partum when I wore the dress) -Bodice must be played with the fit right. Use fashion tape to tape to your bra (wear a strapless), and tuck bodice fabric into itself under beading. -Beading is navy, not black. Black stockings and shoes look okay, but black jewelry looked silly. I opted for diamond studs and a small diamond bangle instead. -Dress is tightest around waist. There is no give to the fabric. If you have a larger waist, size up. -If I could do it again, I probably would have gone for a more "fun" dress. This dress seemed a little too "mature" for me (I am 28), though it was still beautiful.
Holly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Dec 15, 2011

So Flattering!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
LOVED this dress! I rented it for my husband's work Christmas party, which was a dinner for 17 at a fancy restaurant. It was absolutely perfect for the occasion. The fit was so flattering, and super comfortable for the whole evening. I wore it with champagne metallic peep-toe pumps, which made it a little more festive - the beads actually have some of that color to them. The only negative I have is this: I am a 34C, and if you look at the picture, the plain part of the dress around the neckline has a bit of a cowl to it? I was on the verge of being a little too big up top for the dress. The beaded part that's supposed to tuck in popped out a few times, so I had to be mindful of that. Otherwise, amazing!
Bess
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 59
Bust size: 34AA
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112 lbs
Jan 24, 2012

Loved it!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I was very happy with this dress. It was a very flattering style and the material and beading were perfect. I had to use the tape under the front beading to hold it down, but I think that was due more to my build than the dress. I received a lot of compliments. The dress was also very comfortable which was important since I had it on for a long time.
sgirl
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140 lbs
Feb 20, 2012

ladylike dress

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
this was a great dress! i only wish RTR had more Lela Rose selections. It was ladylike but pretty and flattered my body type. I got lots of compliments and loved wearing it.
Abby
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Mar 5, 2012

Weird but Beautiful

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
The neckline was very strange. It was kind of cowl but laid very strangely and not very flatteringly. I tacked down the front though and it worked alright.
michelle
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Aug 13, 2012

Cute, but needs tape

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this dress for a gala fundraiser for the nonprofit I work for. It was sexy without being too flashy or inappropriate for work, and the fabric and color were also a good match for the event. The dress fit well through the bust and hips, though it was way too big through the shoulders; the straps fell off repeatedly throughout the evening, but a size smaller would've been WAY too tight through the bust. I definitely recommend ordering lots of fashion tape and being prepared to refresh it through the evening (or just wear a pashmina all night).
Emily
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
Oct 1, 2012

Pretty, but fidgety.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
This dress is gorgeous, but the beading is fidgety. Just like previous reviewers, I found it necessary to tack down the beading and it looked a little off. I enjoyed wearing it, but was glad it was my back up dress I wore the night before my main event, not my main dress.
Angie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 132 lbs
Oct 1, 2012

Felt like queen for a day in this beautiful, well-made dress!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I rented this dress for a friend's wedding where I was playing a big role and it was PERFECT for the occasion. The navy definitely made it feel more special than your standard LBD. And as a somewhat curvy person I also really appreciated the lovely fit-- it cinches in just the right places and the beaded neckline eliminate the need for a statement necklace. It looked great in all the photographs!
Eileen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 56
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Oct 15, 2012

Very flattering dress; front of neckline is odd but you can adjust it.

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Very pretty color, knee length. I ended up not wearing this dress. The beading is prominent and i wanted a more understated look so i went with the Kate Spade Jillian. It's true the beading in the front kind of hangs off like there is extra fabric delberately. i think you could tape it down and it would be ok.
Emily
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130 lbs
Oct 19, 2012

I didn't even have to try on the dress before the wedding because I was so confident in the sizing!!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I loved this dress! I wore it as a bridesmaid in a wedding and it was a darker navy blue than expected (which is what I wanted). The corset part of the dress fit tightly which I liked and the beading was beautiful. It's not too flashy, but a fun dress overall.
B.
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 68
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 138 lbs
Oct 22, 2012

Lovely navy cocktail dress! Nice change from black. Great slim fit and elegant, sexy look.

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Fits very well. Neckline can be a little tricky to get right. Might not be great for very small breasted women. Beautiful beading takes place of a necklace. Very easy dress to wear.
Kathleen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Mar 15, 2013

Perfect for the occasion

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Dress was perfect for a benefit dinner attended with colleagues. As mentioned by other reviewers, there were some issues getting the front beaded section of the dress to lay flat. Material/quality is fantastic, and it is a very classic dress.
Donna
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
May 1, 2013

What a beautiful dress - with the beading up on top, this needed no extra jewelry.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
I really really wish that this dress fit me. Since I was still breastfeeding/nursing, I'm a little bit bigger up on top that I had counted on as I couldn't get the dress to zip up. Otherwise, a simply gorgeous dress.
Faith
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 52
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
May 12, 2013

Great dress. True to size. Flattering

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Cocktail party
Sarah
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 122 lbs
Jan 17, 2014

This is SUCH a beautiful dress. The beading around the neck is especially wonderful.

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I am small chested, and the top section of this dress fit perfectly with my figure and small hips. This dress is very elegant. I put my hair up in a Audrey Hepburn-style bun. It was great!
Ali
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 117 lbs
Apr 8, 2014

I did not end up wearing this dress due to the weird beading part.

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
Pros: nice texture and color Cons: Tight in the waist/ribs/chest area and unforgiving fabric, but not a dealbreaker. Beaded part sits very weirdly on chest (puffs out) - similar to other comments, you would need to use fashion tape to get it to stay down. The beadwork also is also a lot chunkier than it looks in the picture. I didn't find the beadwork aesthetically pleasing enough, so did not wear the dress.
vanessa
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Body type: Petite
May 7, 2014

Beautiful dress

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Nice, flattering fit. Only complaint is that the beading on the top is thicker than it seems. The straps fell off several times and are a bit thick/clunky.
BB
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 112 lbs
Jun 16, 2014

I wore this dress to my graduation reception and it was a great hit! Fitted, appropriate, and classy

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Great dress, very pretty and well made. The straps were a bit heavy but unlike other reviews, I didnt have a problem with them falling down at all and a lot of people loved the dress. I wore it to my masters graduation since it looked classy and it was the perfect dress. Very happy with it! The only thing a little awkward was the beading flap in the front but I used some double sided tape to tape it down.
Megan
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Dec 15, 2014

Great material, perfect fit!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I wore this dress to my boyfriend's Christmas party and loved it. The material is very nice and it fit perfectly for a very flattering look (even after a huge meal!). I would highly recommend this dress.
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