Marchesa Notte

Madison Gown

$163 to buy
$1,295 retail
Stylist Notes

Have your cake and eat it too in this Victorian-inspired Marchesa Notte gown.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 16.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: One length available. Measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''.

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn without a bra. We recommend fashion tape.
FABRIC Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Hourglass, Pear, Tall, body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black Floral Printed Tulle (100% Nylon). Strapless. Straight neckline. Full skirt. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Boned bodice. Lined. See size and fit tab for lengths. Made in China.

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61 reviews
Fit
Large
(1)
True to Size
(20)
Small
(24)
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
October 5, 2015
Gorgeous dress . I got a lot of compliments and felt like a princess.
The dress was clearly worn many times, Some of the tulle was ripped and the wire was sticking out and stabbing the side of my boob/ under arm area so that was uncomfortable at times. Other than that it was great.
Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 51
Bust size: 38C
Weight: 167lbs
August 14, 2016
Great quality and unique dress for formal event!
Fit true to expected size. It was longer but my daughter is tall and we just bought higher heels to make it work. She is 5'8"
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
July 30, 2014
Beautiful gown went with backup dress one size bigger
Absolutely beautiful gown
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135lbs
September 17, 2014
Compliments All Night Long
Wore this dress to a 1950's Golden Age of Broadway event. Everyone loved it. Yes the top does run small so go up one size. I am 5'3" and wore 5" heels and that worked although I did have to walk carefully to avoid stepping on the tulle. I would highly recommend this dress.
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Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
September 21, 2014
An elegant black tie dress for an elegant black tie affair!
I waited a day too long to book the 10R and 12R, so I gambled on the Longs and it worked out! With my measurements (and I'm pretty short-waisted, for my height) and 4" heels, the 10L was PERFECT, provided I stood up straight and never took my shoes off. Which is to say, I'd have been a little better off in the 10R, most likely. But I was able to dance, sit, walk, eat, and hang out very comfortably all evening in this gorgeous gown, and I got many compliments! I would not recommend it for outdoor or warm-weather events, because all the tulle does make it pretty heavy.
alexisMarch 25, 2015
Thank you for the review!! I'm the same bust and weight as you (just one inch taller). I was nervous about the size until I read this and now I'm so excited to wear this gown to my senior prom!!
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Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
October 7, 2014
Backup ended up being the best!
This was a last minute backup, and thank goodness I picked it because it was the best fit/look by far! It runs a bit small, and since I have a very large bust I had to go with the 16, but it was so comfortable the entire night. It was flattering and the colors are perfect fall complements. I wish I had another wedding to go to this fall just for the sake of wearing this dress again! Bustier top has boning and two zippers (inner and outer) so there really is no need for undergarments. The skirt was very wrinkled when it arrived but I hung the dress in the bathroom when I showered and the steam straightened it out right away.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
October 8, 2014
Perfect Black tie look!
Absolutely fabulous rental! Definitely recommend. I am a 34D , 5'3 , 120lbs and the 4R fit perfectly! Tulle skirt moved like a dream on the dance floor! Only thing is THE DRESS IS LONG so be sure if you're a smaller woman to wear very high heels or a platform! The black lining under the tulle creates a beautiful silhouette that really turned up the sexiness of the dress! A great choice for effortless glamour!!
LilyOctober 15, 2014
Thanks for your review! I'm the same size, weight, and bra as you but another reviewer with similar measurements said the 6 was too small. Do you happen to have your waist and bust measurements?
SabrinaOctober 20, 2014
Lily I saw that - I work in fashion she was definitely not a 6. :) I have a 26 waist and and 34 bust. I think you should get the 4R and 6r as a backup!
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123lbs
July 28, 2014
Too Small!
I had such high hopes for this dress for my black tie affair, but it was such a disaster! I'm a TTS size 6, and the sizing information for the dress didn't mention anything about it not running TTS, so I had ordered the 6 as suggested. It was so small I couldn't get the bust anywhere near zipped! Just from that, I probably would have been safe renting at least a size or two up. Not only that, but the dress is ridiculously long, even with my 4" heels on (I'm 5'3"). I only suggest this dress for those who are a very slim and tall. Not for us petite girls!
LilyOctober 15, 2014
Thanks so much for the info! I'm a similar height and weight to you but I have a much smaller band size (32). Do you happen to know your bust and waist measurements?
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 30, 2014
Felt like a Princess
I wore this dress for my surprise 30th birthday trip to Boston. I wore this to L'Espalier and the Boston Opera House. The compliments were endless! I felt like a celebrity. We had to catch a cab and numerous times, people just stopped and stared or did double takes. Women just stopped me to say how much they dug this dress. I was really humbled because I just wanted to make my day memorable, and was it ever! I adored this dress and definitely worth the rent. It runs large, but only slightly. I got the 6R and the 8R as a backup. The 6 was perfect as I'm normally a 4. The dress fit well and was just a dream. I was originally going to wear 6 inch heels, but switched at the last minute. That was regrettable as I stepped on the dress all night, and so did others. So, I'd wear very high heels just for safety purposes.
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
November 26, 2014
I felt like a princess walking into the ball. It was wonderful and makes a statement.
If you want something elegant, but also young and fun...this is the dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
December 12, 2014
Perfect dress
Perfect fit. Loose at the hips which is perfect for my figure. Got so many compliments in this dress. I'm in love with it.
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Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
December 17, 2014
Felt like a princess all night
Pros: This dress is amazingly elegant and so comfortable! I wore it to our black tie Christmas party and got compliments all night. I ordered the regular length since I didn't want to wear super high heels. I wore a pair of comfortable 2-inch wedges and it kept the dress floor length. It's very flattering and you don't need to wear a bra or Spanx! Only cons: It does definitely run small. I usually wear a 12-14 and the 16 fit me. There are two zippers on the back, which are kind of a pain to work with. The 16R came damaged, with small rips in the mesh at top. RTR made it right, but just be aware that there is a lot of mesh and it feels very delicate.
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Size worn:
16L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 47
Body type: Hourglass
December 21, 2014
Such a gorgeous dress. You will feel like a million bucks in this.
Definitely runs small in the bust so I went with a different style. The tulle skirt part of the dress makes for a very formal look.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 56
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 185lbs
December 29, 2014
Wish it could have worked
Took a chance and ordered the 16R hoping that it would fit once it arrived (had to be shipped to hotel day of event - AWESOME! because it was there when we arrived the day of the event). Tried it on and it fit everywhere EXCEPT the most important part... aside from the difficulty with the zippers just to try it on - designers don't believe in making easy zippers I guess - the "girls" would NOT and COULD not be made to fit... Luckily I had brought 2 alternatives with me just in case of a mishap. However, even though I couldn't wow the crowd at the anniversary party, I will still go with RTR for my next event! Awesome service, helpful staff, etc.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
February 11, 2015
My husband telling me I looked like a princess
I thought that this dress was great! I am normally a 6 and ended up wearing the 8. The ribbing in the 6 was just a little tight. It is pretty long. I am 5'5'' and definitely had to pick it up when I was walking so I didn't fall all over it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 115lbs
February 15, 2015
Gorgeous and elegant princess dress! I love this gown!!
This was sent last minute as another gown was returned damaged. I adore this gown. It's the perfect mix between elegance and youth with the tulle ball gown skirt and the gorgeous corset patterned top. It is VERY tiny around the ribs. If you are anything bigger than a 31 bra size, you will not get this zipped. It's a two person job to zip this up, FYI. There are two layers of boning. Absolutely stunning. I'm 5'7" and got the 0L and the length was perfect with flats or heels, because of the way the skirt is. Gorgeous.
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118lbs
February 22, 2015
One of the most beautiful dresses I have ever worn
The dress is marvelous ... I felt like a queen... I was the best dressed in the event... Tons of compliments... Great customer service too. This was sent the same day of the event when the initial size I booked (0long) didn't fit. Thank you fir making my night special
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Size worn:
16R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 23
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185lbs
March 23, 2015
Being able to wear such a beautiful gown was the best part of my recital.
I rented the 14 and 16, but chose the 16 because the 14 was a little tighter on my chest (I am a 36DDD) than I would have liked. This dress was absolutely beautiful and I got compliments from the moment I put it on until the moment I took it off. I am so in love with this dress and I wish I could keep it forever!!
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Size worn:
14L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
April 1, 2015
I shined in this dress at my son's Mother/Son dance!
This dress is simply classic and beautiful. The top part has this rose detail that is reminiscent of a vintage style dress. I'm almost 6 feet tall and the dress worked well with kitten heels and even better with some flat sandals as you wouldn't be able to see. Tall heels won't work if you're tall. It covers the midsection well. It is hard to zip up but my husband sprayed some WD40 on a paper towel and rubbed it a little on the zipper and it went right up. Overall I love this dress and didn't want to return it. RTR is my new go-to for dresses!
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Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 180lbs
April 6, 2015
The dress fit small, but if go up a size fits like a dream!
The dress was reviewed by others as running small so I went up a few sized to account for this. I typically wear a 12-14 because of my wide shoulders and rib cage, and I went with a 16 as per the other reviews. It ended up fitting perfectly and looked great for our gala. I will say that the skirt is a little long. I am about 5'5" and wore 4 inch heels and I still needed to gather the tulle to walk.
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
April 13, 2015
FABULOUS and Floof!
Tons of compliments! I think I heard "you look like a princess" more than once. I'll take it! This dress was so fun and flowy. The only cons were it is a 2 person job to get into this dress. There is an inside zipper to hold you in and then the outside zipper sticks and does not slide easy at all. So have assistance, and half a can of Crisco when you rent this one. The 2R is what I worse and I wore 5 inch heels with it and it was too short of a dress. I ended up changing into flip flops and the length was fine. If you are above 5'6" rent a long size. Great dress for dancing as everyone will stear clear of you because they can see this dress coming from a mile away. I didn't get stepped on once. ;)
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110lbs
April 15, 2015
Phenomenal, unique and elegant.
Fantastic dress, absolutely adored the fit and feel. Received all sorts of compliments all night. The perfect senior year prom dress. Loved it!
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 19
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
May 4, 2015
Lovely Junior Prom
While looking for a prom dress on line I decided to check out rent the runway after seeing a blogger I follow use it. I fell in love with this dress and booked a size 2R and 4R in January. I recieved my dress on Thursday April 30th and my prom was May 2nd. I took out the 2R and decided to try it on first, and it fit perfectly. I do wish I couldve used the 4R as the 2R was horribly torn up, but it would've been too big. The top layer of tulle had a large tear in it that dragged and looked pretty obvious when I walked, and the tulle around the back zipper had been ripped and patched up with a hook and eye which looked bizarre. We called in and RTR apologized and said that we could work on the dress to make it work as they had no more 2Rs to overnight. My dad gently patched the tulle up as best he could in both bad spots, and they were for the most part fine. The dress made me feel beautiful, and I didn't want to take it off. I felt very classy and pretty in it. It really is a beautiful gown and I recieved many compliments on it. I was probably the only one who noticed the tears, so it didn't matter too much. This dress is wonderfully girly and I would wear it again in a heartbeat.
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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
May 10, 2015
I will never forget this beautiful dress!
Fit like a glove, although the zipper was a little tricky. By the end of the night, the boning on the left was digging into my side. It was totally worth it though! There's nothing like a few layers of tulle and a floral pattern to make a girl feel like a princess.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
May 12, 2015
Dress runs long but overall GORGEOUS dress.
LOVED this dress!! I wore this to my prom paired with RJ GRAZIANO Abbey earrings and 5 inch nude heels since the dress does run long. I got complements all night and wearing this dress made me feel like a princess. Highly recommend!
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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Party
May 12, 2015
The dress is so pretty!
The dress is prefect size for me!
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 41
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
May 12, 2015
We were the most fashionable
This dress ran small for me. I could not wear it to my event. But RTR rocked it out by emailing me the dresses in the style I liked that were available in my sizes. They overnighted me another dress and we were one of the best dressed couples there! The dress was beautiful, but just too tight for me to wear.
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Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Body type: Apple
Weight: 190lbs
May 28, 2015
Gorgeous! Love this dress, so much fun :)
I always assume formal wear will run small, and this did, so glad I got the 16! I also thought I'd want the long, but was able to wear Dansko clogs and be amazingly comfortable since I got the regular. Because the waist is tight, I had zero worry about it being strapless, even while dancing.
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Size worn:
16L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 59
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 185lbs
June 12, 2015
I was looking for a dress to wear to the 2015 Tony Awards.
I don't know if it was mis-labeled, but this dress ran so small I could not even hope to zip it up. It was more like a size 12 than 16. Fortunately my backup dress (the exact same size in another style) fit ok - in fact, I probably could have gone down to a size 14 with that one. So go figure. But for me this one was a waste of money.
Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 26
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
June 16, 2015
Came right on time! Perfect fit and great look!
I ordered two sizes 8R and 10L, 8 is generally my size and with this dress it was too small. I have big chest 34DDD so it wasn't closing. I ended up going with 10L which was perfect size and length wise. I'm 5'10 without heels, so with pair of 4inch heels it was great! Had to be careful going up and down the stairs because of the beautiful tulle. I received so many compliments on the style and fit! I felt amazing! I would definitely suggest this dress as a pick! It complimented by curvy figure and had so much grace and class!
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 111lbs
June 28, 2015
The dress was gorgeous and fit great! Thanks to RTR for overnighting the 2R when the 0R didn't fit.
I'm a size 0 or XS (32D, 111 lbs, 5'4") but the 0R did not fit at all! Thanks to the incredible customer service department for overnighting a 2R at the last minute! That one fit like a glove.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 117lbs
July 7, 2015
Didn't wear it but boy do I love it.
Was my back up dress and ending up wearing another dress but boy is this dress amazing. It's comfy and beautiful, fun & flirty. I usually wear a size 2R in dresses but after reading reviews I went with the 4R. Which fit perfectly! I highly recommend this dress. It's beautiful!
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
August 5, 2015
Absolutely GORGEOUS but *VERY*dressy!
This dress was actually a backup when one of my sizes wasn't available. I would have never ever picked this dress, in fact when I saw the photo of it after it was already sent, I cringed. However, this dress is stunning. Originally I thought it's so grandma looking, very First Lady but the fit was fabulous and it's so elegant looking. Unfortunately I was going to a wedding that was not black tie so I could not wear it, as I didn't want to outdo the bride. It is that dressy. I absolutely love it and may use it for my next black tie affair.
Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
August 6, 2015
The dress was absolutely stunning.
I am a 34 FF and was able to squeeze the ladies into the size 16. I received compliments all night on the dress.
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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 94lbs
September 10, 2015
Stunning gown
This was a really pretty gown! I wore it for several hours. It runs a tad bit small as the 0 took awhile to zip up
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Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 170lbs
September 23, 2015
great dress for an event but get 2 sizes up!
The dress looked great but it did run REALLY small, particularly in the waist. If you have a wide ribcage, I suggest going two sizes up. I normally wear a 10 but the 12 wasn't even close to fitting. Thank god I also got a 14 or else I would have been going to the event naked. It was also kind of difficult to zip up because there's a weird 2 zipper situation. You're almost certainly going to need help putting it on. The material on top is much thicker than I thought. It made the fit somewhat lumpy near the bust. The overall silhouette was nice and I like the way it cinched in my waist.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 25
October 1, 2015
A princess dress in the best way possible!
The dress fit true to size but the zipper isn't very good, so zipping into it was a little tricky. I have a smaller bust and the strapless bodice fit great, so if you worry that you can't hold up a strapless gown this is a good choice! I was worried about stepping on the tulle at the bottom for most of the night, but if you're careful it should be fine.
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 117lbs
October 30, 2015
A fun, whimsy dress for a charity gala- received compliments all night!
I am usually a zero, but the 2R fit perfectly. The tulle skirt was tons of fun and was perfect with the fitted top. Beautiful & elegant gown. One of my favorites, for sure!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
November 12, 2015
Loved it! So beautiful
The 4L wasn't available due to it being returned late, so I wore my backup size of 6R and it fit well because it ran a bit small. It was comfortable and beautiful!
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
November 14, 2015
Really unique dress!
The dress is beautiful but it absolutely takes another person to zip you up. The tool is beautiful but was mildly hazardous Bc it would stick to the bottom of my heels. Great for standing, talking and boozing, a little harder to dance in. Overall still a stunning dress!
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