In the Limelight Dress

$40 rental
$470 retail

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Stylist Notes

Let the dress speak for itself! Take over the dance floor by wearing this little number by Mark & James by Badgley Mischka. Pair with a colorful cuff for a great overall look!

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable fit for C cup size - for fuller busted women, size up
WAIST: Fitted - fitted throughout bodice and most narrow at natural waist
HIPS: Fitted - dress has a very narrow skirt so curvy women should size up
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model) - curvy or tall women should consider sizing up for length

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra or no bra; dress has built-in structure in bodice
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Full Bust, Hourglass, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'9".)

Product Details

Charteuse silk faille. Strapless sweetheart neckline. Front ruffle with gold sequins. Grosgrain ribbon at waist. Inner boning. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden back zip. 29'' from top of bodice to hem.

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158 reviews
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Large
(2)
True to Size
(64)
Small
(83)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
April 18, 2015
Good... Not great.

The color was amazing and while I did get quite a few complements on the dress it was not my favorite from RTR. The fit was a little strange like some of the other girls said. Very tight around your hips/butt area and not so form fitting in the bust. I did go up a size to a 6, I am typically a 4, but do have a curvy figure so I ordered the 6 as my backup based on the other comments. It was the perfect color for a circus theme party, but would never rent it again.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 114lbs
April 29, 2015
Classy dress for a spring wedding!

This dress was comfortable and fit well. It was also very flattering. I am still in the process of losing baby weight and have about 5 lbs. to go--this dress worked really well. Everyone one else that said it fits small are right though. I would size up at least two to three sizes.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
June 8, 2015
Order at least one or two sizes up!

I rented this gorgeous dress for a wedding in Charlotte, where it's extremely hot and it worked really well, except it runs Realy small! I normally wear a size 2 or even a 0, so after reading the reviews I ordered a 2 & 4 for back up. The 4 fit was a bit tight on my hips, so I called and had the 6 sent as well! The 6 was great on the bottom area but really large around the chest area, so I ended up wearing the 4. It's tight around the hip area because the material doesn't stretch at all. The chest area was even a little too large for me ( I'm a 34b). Order at least a size up from your normal size and if you have boobs, go with 2 sizes up! The color was beautiful and I did get compliments on it

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
June 17, 2015
Compliments on this dress all night! Comfortable and gorgeous!

Definitely tighter in the hips, wore the size 2 and not the 0 so I could dance!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D+
August 8, 2015
Fun but different!

This was my back up dress so I didn't end up wearing it because my first dress was amazing. I really did like this but it does run small and my normal size had very little movement in the hip/butt area. Keep that in mind when renting.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
November 29, 2014
What a stunning dress! This dress is perfect! I wore it at a fall wedding and it was just lovely.

It fits true to size. It was riding up a bit but not much. Comfortable, just a little snug by the butt. Rent the dress!

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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160lbs
May 17, 2015
I got so many compliments on this dress and the beautiful yellow color!

Beautiful dress!! It was stunning on my hour glass body frame. Cons - I usually wear a 10 but was snug in the 12 ... I would say size up!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 113lbs
July 5, 2015
I didn't feel that this dress fit correctly in the bottom. It was also too big on the top.

The color seemed more greenish than yellow. Not my favorite dress. I had high expectations, but ended up not even wearing this for my bachelorette party.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
August 8, 2016
Show Stopper

Was known as the girl in the yellow dress. This form fitting dress is sure to turn heads at any event. Is very fitted recommend you wear seamless / invisible undergarments. Overall a definite winner!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
August 15, 2014
Loved the color! It's such a stand out at a holiday party!

Strapless dresses usually fall down on me but this dress had great structure and stayed up all night. The fabric is thick and high quality. It's flattering all over and a special color.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 12, 2015
The complements I got on the dress was awesome!

fit well and flatttering but had to adjust the fold in the front several times

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 170lbs
July 23, 2011

If you have big thighs, you probably need to order 4 sizes up. I have had no problems in renting other 6s and mediums but a 6 and and 8 in this did not work. I could not get it to pull up past my thighs! The zipper didn't give much room to squeeze into either. Very disappointed. And this dress arrived all wrinkled... you will have to do a lot of ironing if you decide on this one. Beware!

RTR CustomerJuly 23, 2011
I'm looking to rent this dress and was wondering on how it fit your butt. I have big hips and I don't want it to be too tight.
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Body type: Athletic
August 31, 2011

Order up a size. Like other reviewers, I found this dress tight around the hips. Furthermore, I am very small chested and had trouble getting the dress zippered (although that could be because the zipper was "sticky"). I almost always wear a size zero - luckily I also ordered a 2 and it just fit. Otherwise the dress was different and fun - just what I was looking for! I got compliments on it all night!

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
September 15, 2011

Make sure you order 2 sizes up! That's how small these dress is. Otherwise it is gorgeous!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
November 14, 2011
Too bad too small

I couldn't wear this lovely dress because it was too small :( It would have looked awesome on me if I had gotten a bigger size that fit. I would rent this again though... maybe in the spring! My advice would be to order 2 sizes up if you have larger hips.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 127lbs
November 28, 2011
I felt like a million bucks in this dress. I was complimented all night.

I was really glad I had sized up for my second size. I usually fit a 4 (or even a 2), but the 6 was perfect on this one. I'm 5'9" and was probably around 125 or 130 lbs when I wore this. I got so many compliments, my boyfriend's family kept calling me a "spokesmodel." The fabric was structured and the length was just right. Thinking about buying this one!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 50
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 122lbs
December 11, 2011
Very nice!

This dress is very stunning. I rented it for both my and my husband's office parties last night and received many compliments. It is a truly stunning dress that you just don't find in your average mall. The yellow is more vibrant than it appears in the picture - which I liked. The sash is not as wide as in the picture. The sequins are an awesome touch. I wore sequined pumps to match. As for size, I would typically be a 4, and I fit easily into the 6, so I would suggest you go up one size.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
January 5, 2012
Great Yellow Dress!

I wore this dress out for New Years Eve. I would say I usually wear a size 6 but I got the 8 because everyone said it ran small. It was hard to zip around the belt but may have just been from wear and tear from previous people wearing the dress. I wear a 34 C and usually go up a dress size and would suggest you do too if you have a large bust, the dress does not stretch. I'm also pretty short but the length of the dress was perfect.

Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
April 24, 2012
There was a slight tear in one of the seams when I received the dress, but I immediately called and Rent the Runway sent another dress overnight which was perfect.

I loved this dress especially the bright color. I am usually a size 0-2 and the 0 fit very well. I also rented the size 2 but it was a bit loose at the top and waist.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
April 30, 2012
Awesome Dress

I loved this dress! I think it runs small because I am normally an 8 or 10 in dresses and the 12 was TIGHT on me. I am glad I ordered the 10 and 12! I received SO many compliments on this - I felt great in it, too!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
May 3, 2012
not for girls with curves

I ordered this dress for a wedding I had last weekend never got a chance to wear it. It was a beautiful color and fabric. I usually wear a size 4 so I ordered accordingly and a size 6 just incase.. well the 4 didnt come close to fitting and the 6 was too tight across my rear (gave pancake butt!). Im 5 ft 8, weigh anywhere from 130-135 and am a 34 D. hope this helps.. dress was very pretty just not for curvy girls!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
May 7, 2012
Runs very small

I usually wear a 6 but couldn't even zip up the 8. Luckily this was a back-up dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
May 21, 2012
I wore this dress to my sorority's formal and I looked great.

I ordered a 2 and a 4. The 2 was way too tight and the 4's zipper broke when I tried it on for the first time! Luckily, the RTR team was able to overnight me another 4 that they had. While the zipper on my new one was still stiff, I was satisfied with the dress and the help I got when I freaked out. The hips are tight but the top is true to size.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
May 27, 2012
Not what I expected

I rented this dress for prom in a 10 and 12, which are the sizes I normally wear. First, the dress was the same color as the picture -- it had more of a green tint which I was not expecting. When I tried the dress on, it was very tight and wouldnt zip. Its still pretty, just not fit for curvy girls.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
July 16, 2012
The compliments were amazing! Two servers at the reception actually stopped me to ask where I got the dress, and after the wedding I checked my phone to find a text from a friend who had already seen uploaded pictures and was asking the same question!

After reading previous reviews and seeing the multiple warnings for those of us with curves, I actually ordered a size up for my first size and ordered two sizes up for my second. Thank goodness! While there was plenty of room in the bust, the dress runs tight through the hips for those who are curvier, and I had to end up wearing my back up size, which was still a little snug around the hips. The dress itself was absolutely wonderful in person and perfect for summer!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 137lbs
July 19, 2012
Beautiful Dress

First let me start off by saying that this dress is so so cute and that the RTR customer service team is AMAZING! The color is so flattering and it looks so pretty on. IF you have curves (bigger hips or booty) I would definately say that this dress tricky. I generally wear a size 4 but after reading that this dress fits tight in the hips, decided to order a 6 & 8. Boy was I glad I did because the 8 fit and was still a bit of a squeeze. I had zipper issues with the dress (it got stuck right around the ribbon area) and the RTR team overnighted me another one. As I was leaving to go to my friends wedding I put the new dress on and the zipper got stuck again in the same spot and wouldn't go up. I ended up wearing something in my closet and was so sad that I couldn't wear this beautfiul dress. RTR thankfully took care of me! Overall if you are a Pear or Hourglass shape be prepared to go up a few sizes.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123lbs
July 23, 2012
I looked classy and chic

This is a beautiful dress I got lots of compliments all night long at my friend's wedding : ) just the perfect color for my skin tone I lo I will rent it again

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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 125lbs
August 8, 2012
Worth Every Penny

I absolutely loved the dress! I'm glad I read reviews and ordered up though. I normally wear a 2 but this dress was snug in the hips so the 4 fit much better (I have a small chest but larger hips). I had so many compliments, I would recommend to anyone!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
August 10, 2012
Great Party Dress

This dress was a little snug but the other size I ordered had a stain on it when I received it. It stayed put so I never really had to pull it up which was great.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Body type: Pear
Weight: 143lbs
August 14, 2012
pretty - runs so small!

I was so unhappy when I got this. First off, it looked quite worn, and secondly, it was SO tight in the hips. if you are a curvy girl...FORGET IT. If not, I am sure it will be stunning on you as it is quite pretty. Also, just FYI - the color isn't as bright yellow as it looks here, it's sort of a green-ish yellow.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
August 14, 2012
Stunning...but runs small

This dress is stunning and is a great summer look. I was unable to wear it because I had to go up a size to accommodate the narrow hips/no stretch through the hips, which made the top too big and the midsection had too much material and looked pouchy.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
August 21, 2012
This dress flattered my figure, I got so many compliments and I felt super hot!

I wore this dress for a date night with my fiance to celebrate our week until we get married. I felt so fabulous in this dress and received so many compliments. I am normally a size 6 in dresses, but wore the 8 in this dress because the skirt is narrow and has no give. Going up a size didn't change the fit of the top significantly.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Body type: Athletic
August 24, 2012
Runs very small

I am 5'3" and am about 140 lbs and never in my life have I ever been anything larger than a size 8, but the size 10 hardly fit. Needless to say, I did not wear it and had to return it and go shopping right away for another dress for the wedding. Seriously, take your measurements before you order this dress and see what size you would be in this dress, because I am usually a 6/7 in dresses but not this dress.

Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 142lbs
August 27, 2012
I loved the bright color of the dress. Dressed in sequin accent is also a wonderful way to spend any day :-) I was told, "yellow is a great color on you", "what a wonderfully appropriate color for the day!" and "I love the detail of that dress. It looks beautiful on you!"

So, Rent the Runway is fabulous. One of the designers communicated via email with me about choosing the right accessories-and the total rental package arrived right on time. I ordered a 6 and 8. I normally wear between a 4-6, but since the other reviews said this particular dress ran small, I chose to order a larger back up size. Good thing, because I wore the 8! It was plenty comfortable, and I received compliments on it throughout the day. The color and style ended up being quite appropriate-as this was an Indian wedding-my bright yellow complemented the beautiful, vibrant colors of the day. Everything came packaged efficiently, complete with return instructions and bubble mailer to send the items back in. I just dropped them off at the USPS mailbox...and I'm done! Thank you RTR for a simple, luxurious experience. I'll be back- very SOON.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
August 29, 2012
Kentucky Formal

I adored this dress. I'm typically a 4, but ordered a 6 as a backup size to be safe. I ended up wearing the 6 because the 4 was a little snug around my hips and I knew I'd be dancing! The 6 looked and felt great. Would definitely recommend this dress. Everyone complimented me- its fun, yet conservative.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
August 29, 2012
Runs Very Small

I normally wear a 6 or 8, and ordered this in both sizes. I could not even begin to zip the 6 and the 8 was so tight I could not function properly or even sit down in it. I was very uncomfortable and ended up wearing something I already had. I wish the sizing chart for each designer was posted.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 138lbs
August 29, 2012
Super Cute but runs small...

This is the cutest dress!! But it was too small allover to wear for me. I recommend ordering a size up.

Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
September 2, 2012
I was able to be the yellow in a ROYGBIV photo that was taken, it was a colorful wedding!

This dress was perfect for a summer wedding, and I received tons of compliments all night. I read through all of the reviews so I knew the dress was tight in the hips. Before making a decision, I chatted with a RTR stylist, and she suggested a size 6 and 8. I decided to go conservative with a size 8 and 10, and I'm so glad I did! The 8 would not go over my hips, but the 10 was absolutely perfect. It's a beautiful dress.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
September 13, 2012
Tight in the bust, color more green than yellow

Not for the busty or the pale. The dress was very tight through the chest (given I wear a 30 D, which isn't even a size option on this website...). The dress also has a strange greenish-tint, so that it's more a pale yellow-green in person than the cheerful canary yellow in the photos. Still think it's pretty, but not for this curvy, pale woman.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
September 19, 2012
Great dress, lots of compliments

Great color for end of summer wedding and good length too. Not too short for family friendly wedding. Dress fit overall was great, but I'm in between 4 and 6 and sometimes XS or S depending on dress maker and the 4 in this dress was just a little snug on my hips. Still zipped and fit well, but not as comfortable as 6, just seemed classier in slightly loser fit. Larger size wasn't too big on chest either.

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