Marchesa Notte

Gretchen Dress

$94 to buy
$745 retail
Stylist Notes

A crossed back and lace pattern make this Marchesa Notte dress charming. Pair the feminine silhouette with classic pumps.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 14.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - open back provides minimal support in bust area
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Not Fitted - fuller skirt allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'6" model)
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Red lace (100% Nylon). Sleeveless. Square neckline. Full skirt. Criss-cross back detail. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 36” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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27 reviews
Fit
Large
(7)
True to Size
(8)
Small
(2)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 31
June 28, 2017
very awkward fit
This was very ill-fitting. Tight in the waist, big in the boobs and shoulders--the opposite of what I would normally expect in terms of potential fit problems. I wanted to wear to a friend's wedding, but it looked awful, so I had to return it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
June 12, 2017
Pretty and bright
Rented this for a wedding and received a lot of compliments. Top is a bit tight around the rib cage with no give and for that reason I would say it runs small. The open back adds some edge to what I found to be a very formal dress due to the weight of the material.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
June 7, 2017
STYLIST REVIEW!
Dress fit true to size. Fitted natural at the waist and loose at the hips. NuBra or No bra would be best for this dress. This dress has NO stretch. Would recommend going up a size for backup.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 134lbs
May 30, 2017
Engagement Party Dress
My engagement party was the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and my wedding is the weekend before July 4th next year...so this fit right in with our theme! I loved the red and white stripes. This was perfect for the occasion! I am usually a size 4 and usually order a 4 & a 6, but because of reviews and from looking at the dress shape I did sizes 4 & 2. I have a small chest and I was afraid that a size 4 would be too loose, especially with the open back. And I was right, I wore the 2 and it fit perfect! I loved everything about this dress and did not want to take it off! I wore it from 12:00pm-12:00am. Some people said in their reviews that it was too poofy...it definitely poofed out a bit but since it was my event I felt princess-y and it worked for me. I 100% recommend this dress...I wanted to keep it. My favorite RTR order so far!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 132lbs
May 4, 2017
Odd fit, but fun and flattering.
There is no forgiveness in the waist. If you're a 6, you are a six. I recieved lots of compliments and it's too bad I failed to get a full shot. I wore it with chunky strappy heels that helped accentuate the dress's flattering features. I'd recommend a push up nubra, as the front is odd. This was my backup selection; I was not disappointed.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
May 2, 2017
Runs very large. Order a size down.
Runs very large. I am generally somewhere between a 2 or 4 and in this dress, the 2 was still too big. Also, it has more of an empire waist (rather than fit and flare which is what I was hoping for). The waist hit high on my rib cage and flared out from there. It looked akward. The fabric and colors were beautiful and I loved the open back with the large crossed straps.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
May 1, 2017
I loved the back of the dress
The fabric is good quality but it was too long and did not flatter me.
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Hourglass
May 1, 2017
Weirdly cut.
So I got this as my backup, and sadly I was disappointed. I had read reviews and should have taken them more seriously. The dress is beautiful but cuts strangely. The back sadly hits at a bad place for me and even though I'm busty- it didn't work at all.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
September 26, 2016
The pattern was beautiful, I received a lot of compliments on it.
Pros - pattern was beautiful, looks unique, stands out, it fits well.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 54
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
August 31, 2016
Pretty dress
I didn't end up wearing it because the waist was very high; people noted this in their reviews but I took a chance & ended up wearing my other choice. The back is very pretty and the dress was comfortable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 138lbs
August 21, 2016
Beautiful
Love love love this dress. Very feminine and fun. It is a bit more formal that it looks as the skirt is really full. Fun dress to twirl in though. The back cut is gorgeous. I wore it for my anniversary. Got plenty of compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Weight: 165lbs
August 17, 2016
Super Cute Back
Dress was a good fit in the waist, but loose in the top- I guess my belly was bigger then the boobs :) It does make you look a bit happier then I would have liked, but I got a ton of compliments. The fabric is beautiful! I'd wear the dress again just for the back.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
July 5, 2016
Little cupcake poof but cute!
The skirt is tulle so it was a bit poofier than I expected but super cute and got tons of compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 133lbs
June 27, 2016
Pretty but oddly cut dress
Rented this for my birthday dinner. Definitely more formal than it looks in the photos. The fit was a bit odd. The waist hits really high and is not the most flattering. Found the top to be a bit tight while the bottom was really big. Not bad and would still say it's fairly true to size, it's just not the most flattering cut.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
June 7, 2016
Pretty dress, but the fit is odd.
This is not an ideal fit for anyone with a long torso. Also, the fabric is dressier than it appears in the picture. Overall, it would be perfect for someone a bit more petite attending a more formal event.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 2
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
May 16, 2016
Elegant beauty!
Runs a little bigger, but not too big. I have a large bust, therefore, this was just about right. The bust portion of this dress is a little itchy. It's very puffy on the skirt portion of the dress. Overall, this is a beauty.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
May 15, 2016
Great dress!
Beautifully made dress. I'm 5'10" and the length was fine. The dress has a full skirt and a high waist but I thought it was very flattering. I'm 32D and could not wear a bra.. But everything stayed in place! Received lots of compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
May 7, 2016
Agree with others. Too hippy
Tried this on to wear to wedding. For my body type I felt it made me look extra large. So I didn't wear to wedding.
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
May 2, 2016
I didn't wear this dress.
I wanted to love this dress...but the top is too short waisted and I am 5'4" so I was surprised I had a problem. I might try it in a size 10 for my next shipment as the bodice was also "baggy". It was truly a beautiful dress just needed the bodice to be lengthen.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
April 18, 2016
Cocktail Dress -- More formal than it appears on Model
This is a really pretty dress -- but it is not quite what you expect from the picture. The lace overlay is thick and more "poofy" then you may expect. I wore it to a wedding in FL so it was perfect -- I got several compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
April 11, 2016
did not like the fit - especially the top. very awkward
ordered the 0 but still felt very big on the top - I am a full C too. looks great on the model, pretty colors, but did not fit well
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Body type: Pear
April 5, 2016
Lovely color, gorgeous back but fits weirdly.
Didn't end up wearing it as it fit really strange and made me much hippier than I am. I'm only slightly pear shape and it made me appear much more so. I loved the color and the back is gorgeous but the fit was just wrong for me for both a size 8 and a size 10 (size 10 ran big). A bit too poofy I think compared to the image of the model where it doesn't appear as much.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
March 5, 2016
Short in the waist
The material of this dress turned out to be much more elegant than I had anticipated so it wasn't appropriate for a daytime party. That being said, I wouldn't have worn it anyway. The waistline came up so high it felt more empire and baby doll as opposed to the sophisticated look I was hoping for. The fit just didn't do a thing for me.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 27, 2016
Bridal shower dress! Cute dress if I had gotten a bigger size.
The dress was cute and the back was great. I ordered this dress from my unlimited order, so I only got the size 2. I think a 4 would have fit perfectly, just a little small in my bust since the dart were a little high. The lace on it is not given justice based on the photos online. Very pretty and a really full skirt. Would look amazing on a really lean girl. It definitely accentuated my curvy body more than I would have liked making me looked wider than I am. Great color and material though, just make sure you have the model's body type!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
February 22, 2016
Beautiful!
Great dress and material. Lots of compliments. Runs large and is a bit poofy but overall a fantastic dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Weight: 133lbs
February 9, 2016
Stylist Review!
This style is a great summer look! The detail of the design is amazing and the open back adds some edge to the style. I love the full skirt, however it is fitted in the midsection. The bust area is comfortable, however the dramatic open back doesn't allow for a regular or strapless bra. I would suggest this style for smaller cup sizes and to wear a backless bra, This would be a great dress for a summer day event. You can pair this dress with red, cream or nude heels to complete the perfect look!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
January 29, 2016
didn't work for me
i sized up thinking it wld run small, i was wrong. even if it it, the material was itchy. the lace also looked more like hot pink. i feel like it's something you would wear to a baby shower or something extremely girly. it was also rather stiff. even if it was sized correctly, i don't know if it would've been appropriate for a cocktail event. looked a bit.. childish? cupcake like?

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