Lilly Pulitzer

Carolina Chiffon Dress

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Stylist Notes

Be the talk of the party in this one shoulder Lilly Pulitzer black cocktail dress. A fun and unique style for a woman on the go. Pair with the AV Max's Gold Bangle Stack.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size down for back-up (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized 0-12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Not fitted - very loosely fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Not fitted - dress is more of a shift style and therefore has room at hip
LENGTH: Mini to mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

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

Product Details

Black silk chiffon. One shoulder neckline. Sheer sleeve with pleating details. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden back zip. 33'' from shoulder to hem.

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91 reviews
Fit
Large
(11)
True to Size
(68)
Small
(9)
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 175lbs
January 7, 2015
Perfect fit, the 10 fit better in the body the 12 fit best in the chest. glad it came in two sizes!
Fundraising dinner #formal #benefit
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
February 1, 2015
Super cute and fun dress !
Perfect fit, great dress !!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 165lbs
April 15, 2015
Loved the one sleeve but very tight and short!
I loved this dress and was so excited to wear it to a friend's birthday party. However, I am a 38D and it was very, very tight around my chest. I was uncomfortable most of the night. It does run small and is very short. I tried to wear stockings with it but there was too much static cling. This dress would be perfect for someone with a smaller bust.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
November 30, 2011
Being able to wear a designer dress that I otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford to purchase.
I had a size 2 and a size 4 sent. I am between those sizes, so depending on the item I just never know. It is always nice when the smaller size fits! I usually have trouble with the length of dresses too being too long (even petite sizes, this dress was perfect for me falling just above the knee. Soooo many compliments on the dress too! It was very comfortable with minimal adjusting even when dancing. I'm very happy with the whole RTR experience, recommended RTR and will definetely be a return customer!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
December 7, 2011
Loved it
It was a little big. I had tried it on in the store and was firmly a size 4 so knew to rent a size 4 from RTR. But their sizing seemed a little off garment to garment. So it was a little big. If I rented again my extra size would be a 2 vs a size larger. But I looked so skinny in all the pictures... so who cares. Great dress (very short though, so be aware... I am 5'7 and had to be careful sitting down, etc).
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
December 20, 2011
This was a great dress for my best friend's rehearsal dinner!
This dress runs a little big. I should have ordered the size 2 but it worked for the night.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 23
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
January 2, 2012
Holly Ball Dress
I loved this dress. It was perfect for my event! It was the ideal classic little black dress! Beware if you are tall and skinny... I ordered the 2 and 4. I am usually a 4 but I had at least 3 inches of extra fabric at the waist. The two fit perfectly but it was super short. I ended up wearing the 4 but it still looked great and I loved it! Rent The Runway is genius, this was my first time renting and I know I will be back! Thanks so much!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
April 1, 2013
Loved the one shoulder
It was cute! But was too large in the bust and wouldn't stay up. So I didn't get to wear this dress. But I rented it as my back up dress, so I had something to wear!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
January 1, 2014
Nice dress but not for me
I rented this for NYE '13 and was so excited to get it but when I tried it on, it was nothing like the picture. The cut of the dress is definitely a shift dress (straight and loose through the middle) and not taken in at the middle like it looks on the model. I rented a 12 and it was way too loose in the bust and shoulder. I tried to make it work with a belt and fashion but to no avail. I have an hourglass shape and while I loved the look of the dress, it gave me no shape.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
April 13, 2014
Unique!
Great LBD with a twist - loved the pattern on the long sleeve, and received lots of compliments all night long! Went to dinner and dancing with friends on a cool spring night, so it was comfortable. It decided to add a belt because it was a slightly baggy in the waist area even though the dress had shape there, but if I had styled it differently, I probably could have worn it without a belt also. The dress was short enough to be sexy, but not enough so that I would have felt uncomfortable. Would rent again!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
June 9, 2014
:(
The size I got was too big... looked like a bag on me. No shape or definition.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 112lbs
January 17, 2016
Nice, basic LBD
I wore the 6 but it probably would have looked best in a 4. It was a little boxy. Be careful though because the fabric does not stretch! I had a sprained ankle so i was glad this dress looked okay in flats. I was modest enough to wear to a family affair. It was just ok.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 30
Body type: Athletic
November 17, 2011
Strange fit
I wore this to a wedding.. it was pretty but the fit was strange. I usually wear a 2 and the 2 was large in the waist and hips.. I couldn't go down a size to the 0 because it was too tight in the chest and arm. If you have an athletic shape (broad shoulders and narrow waist) I would not recommend. I was also worried it was too short and I am only five feet tall.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
May 17, 2013
Fabulous Party LBD
This dress was incredibly feminine, lightweight, easy to dance in, and all around gorgeous! I felt so sophisticated and comfortable, especially since the 10 (my usual size) was plenty roomy, maybe even too big. The one sleeved definitely made it more glamorous than your typical black strapless minidress. I would totally rent this again and recommend it to anyone.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
November 12, 2011
disappointed Lilly !
I am a fan of Lilly Pulitzer & have more than a dozen dresses in my closet. I was thrilled to see RTR now offers Lilly dresses. This particular dress was a major disappointment. Quality not up to par w/ other Lilly styles. Dress had no shape/style. Would not recommend this dress. Glad I rented it as my back-up style.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
December 10, 2012
I felt totally comfortable dancing in this dress and it made my sorority's semiformal
Love this dress! I thought it wouldn't be as fitted around the waist, but it is which is absolutely great. It fits perfectly when you get the right size.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 9, 2013
NYE 2013
Awesome dress, looked so cute with gold accessories at a new years party. It is cut straight up-and-down so if you have hips you might want to go up one size. I usually wear a 2 and the 4 was much more comfortable
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
March 10, 2014
I received many compliments on the dress.
It was much shorter than previous Lilly Pulitzer dresses I've worn.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
May 21, 2014
Was Not able to wear.
It was very thin material and very short. Did NOT wear it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
June 8, 2014
I was complimented on the dress by saying it was "very pretty".
The dress is light and airy. Does not give. Is short. Material is very nice and looks expensive. I have a curvy body type and am somewhat busty so it was snug. Sitting, it was very snug and short. Felt special wearing it as it is a unique dress.
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
October 22, 2014
No give whatsoever in the hips.
This dress fit my 36D chest perfectly, but it was way too tight in the hips. The fabric has no elasticity. I could not wear the dress out.
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Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
November 8, 2011
I was very disappointed with this dress. I typically wear a size 2 in Lilly Pulitzer, with a little room to spare. I ordered the 2 expecting it to fit and it was very fitted, not flowy as it comes across in the picture. Unfortunately, i ordered a 0 as my back up size. I would definitely get a size up as your back up. Sadly, I didn't get to try it on until late in the evening that it arrived, so i doubt i'll be getting a credit.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
December 8, 2013
Runs small!
Great twist on a little black dress but runs really small so would suggest sizing up!
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
November 23, 2011
Cute but short!
I'm typically a size 2 and ordered a 0 and 2 from RTR. The dresses both fit well, but they were really short on me. I'm 5'8''. And because the dress fabric is thin and the bottom inch is totally sheer, it just didn't look right on me. It's very pretty, but probably better for someone who's shorter!
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
December 20, 2011
I LOVE This Dress!
Wore this dress to a party this past Friday...and it looked FANTASTIC!!! It fit great and I felt REALLY glamorous in it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
January 5, 2012
Perfect for nye!
I wore this dress on New Year's Eve and it was fun and perfect! It is so light and fun to wear. The dress is a little on the short side, but still long enough to be comfortable. I loved that it was cute but still classy with the one long, sheer, sleeve. My rental experience was great and I will definitely be back!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
August 12, 2012
Perfect LBD for Christmas Eve
Love the one shoulder - it gives the dress some edge. Fits a little tight through the hips.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
August 30, 2012
Loved this dress!
I didn't experience any problems with this dress! I wore it to homecoming and danced the whole night long!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Body type: Full Bust
August 13, 2012
Favorite
Such a classic
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 51
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 110lbs
September 6, 2012
Great Dress
This dress is amazing. I felt so sexy and beautiful in it. It fits perfectly and is exceptionally well made.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
October 2, 2012
Definitely something different for a great night! Lots of compliments!
The fit was very comfortable and the 10 was a little loose. I should note that the dress is VERY short -- I thought it was just because the model wearing the dress on the site is so tall, but I am 5'5" and it was very short! Great for our formal for a long night with lots of dancing! I got lots of compliments on the dress.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 7, 2012
Amazzinnngg <3
A little tight on hips, but hot!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 108lbs
October 12, 2012
A night with fabulous women in a fabulous dress.
I wore this dress to my sorority's centennial celebration. It was very flattering and fashionable while also being appropriate for an event with women from 18 to 80. Pros: Comfortable, skims over the body, fits well without fashion tape (no wardrobe malfunctions here). Cons: Because it is not as fitted as some dresses, it can look baggy from certain angles. I ordered a 2 and a 4. The 4 was too big and the 2 fit well enough. I do wish I had erred on the smaller side and ordered the 0 and 2. Overall this is a great dress that received lots of compliments from all ages. I felt sophisticated and sexy all at once.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 136lbs
October 14, 2012
I wish I could have worn this because I love Lilly!
Sadly, the dress was way too short so I ended up returning it. I still love rent the runway!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
November 13, 2012
Cocktail party
LOVED this dress. Without tights it would have been a little short (I have a long torso) but with tights it was perfect.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
November 19, 2012
PERFECT! extremely flattering, comfortable, and sophisticated!
I had a size bigger than I normally wear and it still looked beautiful! I wore it for dinner and drinks on my birthday and recieved TONS of compliments. I would no doubt rent this dress again, and would even go as far as to purchase it.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
December 9, 2012
The dress is not as flattering in photos as in person.
The dress is awesome, but the pictures do not do it justice. Unfortunately RTR, did not press it properly and I was stuck with the lining sticking out all night long. Other than that, it's a fabulous dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 25
Body type: Petite
December 10, 2012
very comfy and great little black dress
is a good length for someone who is on the short side!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
December 11, 2012
Great for Semi- Formal!
I wore this dress to my sorority's semi and it was great! It fit a little bit wider- especially in the hips- than I expected. Overall it was great, stunning with a pair of super tall nude heels!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 4' 10"
Age: 44
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 139lbs
December 12, 2012
THIS DRESS WAS A HIT!!!
This dress was a true winner. I completely stepped out of my comfort zone with this. I will rent again in a few weeks!!
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