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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157 reviews
Fit
Large
(2)
True to Size
(63)
Small
(83)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
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: 32
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.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
September 20, 2012
Rental process was VERY easy!!!
After months and months of looking at dresses on this website, I decided to finally give it a try. I rented this dress for a wedding and was pleasantly surprised that the entire process was so easy. I would definitely use RTR again. Now moving on to the dress. The dress was beautiful and the color was vibrant. I ordered sizes 2 and 4 (knowing that the dress runs small based on other reviews). As expected, I ended up wearing the 4. The 4 fit wonderfully. Overall, it was just a very pretty dress and can make any wearer feel beautiful. I received many compliments on the dress and the color. Now, the reason for the 2 star deduction. 1) I had issues with the zipper. It kept getting stuck around the waistband. There was no way I would've been able to zip it up myself (thank goodness for husbands ;) 2) It was an outdoor August wedding and it was a VERY hot day. Water glasses were dripping water. It's unpreventable and not always noticeable when a drip falls on you. The fabric and color combination made this dress not very forgiving with watermarks. I was hoping the marks would dry and blend with the rest of the dress, but this was not the case at all. If you decide to rent this dress (which, again is a beautiful dress), I would be very careful with dripping glasses, leaning to close to sink counters, or anything that may be wet. Also just in case you get a dress with a "sticky zipper", be prepare to have an extra set of hands to help you.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
September 24, 2012
Belt isn't anywhere near as thick as in photos.
Cute dress, I rented it for an outdoor beach wedding. Fits great, a little tight in the bust (and I'm a small "B"), but the belt that came with the dress was about a 1/2" thick ribbon, not the thick sash-type belt in the photos. Also, the dress smelled of b.o. - and went right back to RTR.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 109lbs
September 28, 2012
n/a
I was unable to wear b/c i didn't order a backup and the dress ran REALLY small
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
September 30, 2012
Love, love, love this dress!!!
Very flattering fit! The 6 (my usual size) was just a little too snug in the stomach area to be comfortable, so I went with the 8. This dress had enough room in the bust in both sizes. Definitely recommend this dress- overall, the fit and color are fab!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Body type: Petite
Weight: 98lbs
October 3, 2012
This was a gorgeous dress that was great for my sorority's formal.
Normally I'm a comfortable 00, but in this dress the 0 was snug. I'd recommend ordering up a size or two.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 122lbs
October 8, 2012
Looks great for pics, but no stretch.
Don't get me wrong, I loved this dress and don't regret this being my choice for the wedding, but you can see from reviewer's pics that the dress looks best when it is tighter so there are less wrinkles and extra material around the stomach. However, the fabric has no give. It wasn't super easy to sit in but the boning in the size 4 was a little weird around the chest so I went with the 2. The material of the dress also shows sweat marks - if you sweat, it will be visible when it dries. That said, the color felt like I was wearing a sunbeam and it was really a fun piece to wear at a fall wedding. I'd never buy a yellow dress, but borrowing from RTR gave me the freedom to wear one! I loved it and am really glad I went with it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 124lbs
October 11, 2012
Didn't get to wear it but want to rent again!
I didn't actually wear this dress since I ordered two dresses. However, I ordered this originally in a 4 and a 6 and the zipper didn't work and it was wayyyyyy too small. RTR was great about overnighting a new dress and I ended up asking for the 8 since the 6 fit but was really snug. I plan to rent this dress again since I didn't get to wear it. It's really pretty but make sure to order up in size. I should have read the reviews better.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
October 13, 2012
I didn't get to wear the dress.
It runs very small.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
October 16, 2012
I absolutely loved this dress!
The dress was super comfortable, ran true to size, elegant, gorgeous color. Not as dressy as the picture makes it seem but the color really makes you stand out!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
October 31, 2012
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I loved this dress, however, I could not even fit into it :( I usually wear an 8L but I couldn't even get this dress over my hips. I could squeeze into the size 10 but it was far too tight and not flattering for my body type. I was very bummed because it is so cute.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
November 3, 2012
Perfect yellow color- amazing fit and loved the sparkle
This dress is the perfect shade of yellow and the gold sparkle puts it over the top. It fit slightly small, so I was happy that I ordered one size up. Very comfortable too- overall a big hit!
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
November 13, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous!
I wore this to my boyfriend's homecoming and it was beautiful. I absolutely loves it. It doesn't have give in the hips so make sure to size up if you have full hips. I got so many compliments on the dress, I wish i didn't have to give it back. Definitely would rent again.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
November 14, 2012
Adorable but wrinkly and zipper was broken
I wanted to wear this dress but the zipper was broken when I received it. Very flattering dress, loved the color and fit.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
November 19, 2012
I am a teacher & wanted to wear this to Prom, but neither dress fit! Thankfully I brought an extra!
I normally wear a size 2 or a 4, so those were the two sizes I ordered. Neither one fit at all! I was able to get the 4 on and zipped, but it was so tight in the hips that I would not have been able to sit. So basically if you do not have hips (which I do) and your bust is at least a B or a C cup, then this dress will probably work for you. Just note that the fabric does not stretch at all. It was beautiful on the hanger, but unfortunately did not work with my body at all. What a bummer!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
November 23, 2012
Fell in LOVE with this dress! The perfect balance of cute, classy, and glam.
I wore this to a outdoor wedding outisde San Francisco. It was the perfect dress. It was bright, fun, and comfortable for the summer, but the beautiful gold ribbion running down the side stepped it up a notch to become dressier and added an a flattering element. I had strangers complementing it all night. great, fun, dress for a summer affair. Fit true to size, snug, which you want for a strapless.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
December 26, 2012
Beautiful dress. Really stands in the crowd.
Runs very small. I am always a size 4 in every brand but I was definitely a 6 and that was still tight and contricting.
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 117lbs
December 28, 2012
Classy and Figure Flattering!I
I wore this dress to my sorority formal and I received a lot of compliments throughout the night. I would say the fit was just right although since I am petite, the dress rested a little below my knees. I just tucked the hem in a little bit and it was good to go.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
January 6, 2013
bold and beautiful!
snug fit and make sure you are not wearing dark underwear underneath.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100lbs
February 7, 2013
Bright and Sparkly!
This dress was super fun to wear. Being very short, I was worried that the dress would not fit, but it did! The only issue was that it was a very stiff material and had no stretch to it. I had a fun night!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34AA
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
February 13, 2013
Beautiful shade of yellow, very little give in material
Loved the dress! Was perfect for a wedding I was attending. However, even though I usually wear small, xsmall, 0-2 I couldnt zip this dress up. Fit perfectly everywhere except around my chest/rid cage. The material had no give and could no zip it past darker sash material. No time to send it back, had to eat the money and go with another dress. Thank god I packed one. Really sorry I couldn't wear it- it was gorgeous.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
February 14, 2013
I was excited to receive the dress, but I didn't like the way it fit. I didn't end up wearing it.
I didn't think the dress was flattering on me. Thank God for the 2nd dress, as I loved that one and wore it instead.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
March 15, 2013
Beautiful color, good fit, great for a spring/summer event!
I ordered the size 2 and 4 in this dress. I debated on which one to wear because the size 2 fit great in my chest area, but was snug from the hips down. The 4 fit great from the hips down, but was too big in the chest area. I ended up wearing the 2, got several compliments, and had a great night. Towards the end of the evening, I was definitely ready to get into something more comfortable though. I would recommend the dress to a friend, it is probably better on a girl that doesn't have too many curves, though.
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Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
May 22, 2011
This dress was amazing! The material was very flattering. I did have to go up a size because of the fit across the hips. The bust and waist run true to size, but I needed a little bit of extra room in the hips for this one. Absolutely loved it!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
June 8, 2011
This dress runs true to size though it's a bit tight in the hips. For an alternate size, I would go up just in case. The color of the fabric is easily effected by variant lighting- at times it can be a beautiful, vibrant yellow but it can also take on a lime green hue. At first I wasn't crazy about the dress because it seemed so ill fitted in the hips and because the fabric looked inexpensive to me. However, when I wore it for the wedding (which was during the late afternoon to evening), the dress came to life for me- I never thought I would have that much fun with looking sparkly in sequins, and it ultimately made a strong positive impression on the other guests. I received a lot of glowing compliments.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
June 30, 2011
AMAZING DRESS. I didn't want to take it off! Very fitted dress so may seem tight at first, but smaller size ended up looking better. Definitely order 2nd dress one size up, if available, just in case.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 43
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
July 4, 2011
I rented this dress for an afternoon summer wedding. It was so bright and sparkly and fun, it put me in a great mood. I found the fit to be odd, the size that fit my hips and waist was HUGE across the chest. I have a small rib cage, but am not flat, (32C) so it was strange to me that it didn't fit up there. I wound up pinning the side when cutlets in my bra still didn't do the trick. But it was worth it to get to wear this gem of a dress. I got so many compliments. I would definitely get a back-up size if you are getting this dress. Maybe go your true size and then go up a size if you are hippy. Go down a size if you are flat chested.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 160lbs
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 CustomerSeptember 1, 2015
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:
True to Size
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Body type: Hourglass
August 30, 2011
Very cute and fun dress but (as other reviewers stated) ran small through the hips. It was too tight through the hips for me to wear it. I should have ordered a size up. Thankfully my backup dress fit like a dream!
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!
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Body type: Straight & narrow
September 1, 2011
I love this dress! I rented it for a June wedding, and received so many compliments on it! It fit like a glove and the dress is wonderfully made. I'm not one to dress up often, but was thrilled with the fit, color, and style. I got a 4 and a 6, and either would have worked, but I felt more comfortable in the smaller size- no fear of it falling down. My only dilemma was that RTR doesn't rent shoes too!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
September 12, 2011
This dress is super cute and fun, and I was so disappointed I wasn't able to wear it! The smaller size was too tight around the hips for me, and the bigger size was huge up top. Totally cute dress but not for the pear-shaped.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
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!
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Body type: Athletic
September 20, 2011
I wore this to a wedding in June and LOVED it! I went up a size only becase it was tight in the hips...everything else was true to size. I got tons of compliments and felt like a million bucks in it! Thanks RTR!
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: 49
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.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 6' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
January 3, 2012
At the end of the night a girl told me she'd been staring at my dress all night. She said she loved the color and thought it fit my figure really well.
I was nervous after reading reviews that this dress isn't for girls with hips (which I have) so I ordered my normal size 4 and a 6 to be safe. I ended up wearing the 4...it was a little snug in the hips, but the 6 was baggy. This was a great dress for NYE! I had 3 different compliments (other than my friends) telling me what a great color it was and how great it looked.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
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.
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