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
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: 34
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: 36
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: 33
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: 40
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 106lbs
April 23, 2012
It was very nice that the dresses arrived on time and completely laundered. I love shopping online and this process makes it so easy to do!
I rented this dress for a friend's wedding and was very satisfied! I got a ton of compliments on the dress and it was really nice to wear something "different" rather than the typical white house, black market dress for me. I will be using RTR again for my 10 year reunion this summer... it is very easy to use. Size wise: I am normally a size 0 in pants and skirts but ordered the 0,2 to be on the safe side. I wore the 2 because it was snug in the rib area and the 2 was much more comfortable.
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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: 31
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: 41
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: 25
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:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
June 26, 2012
Looks Great!
I rented this dress in a 0 and a 2. The 0 fit perfectly! I wore it at a reception and was able move, dance, and look amazing all at the same time. Yellow really isnt my color but I loved the dress and would rent it again for another formal event. Awesome dress thanks RTR!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 155lbs
July 2, 2012
Beautiful dress!
There isn't much to be said about this dress besides it's absolutely gorgeous! It was definitely a stand-out at the wedding we attended.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
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: 33
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:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Body type: Straight & narrow
July 19, 2012
3rd time renting here and I love it!
I was eyeing this dress for a long time and knew I wanted to get it for my Birthday. I ordered the 0 and the 2 but wish I got the 2 and the 4. I ended up wearing the 2 which fit fine but was bit tight in the hips. So if you're very curvy I say order up. I would recommend this dress if you are considering it, it's very pretty and fun for the summer!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 123lbs
July 20, 2012
Great Fit!
I rented this dress for my high school homecoming and it was a great fit. I am 5'2 and it was a bit long on me so i pinned it to make it shorter and above the knees. I paired it with nude heels. I would highly recommend this dress, i got lots of compliments on it and it was very unique. None of my friends had it.
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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: 30
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: 30
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: 28
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: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34A
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:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
August 16, 2012
Great fun little dress!
I wore this dress for a fun charity cocktail hour. Loved it and got tons of compliments. The belt added a little nighttime glamour without making it too dressy.
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 112lbs
August 18, 2012
Love this dress!
Wore this dress to a friends wedding. Great dress and fit. Ordered it in a size 2, but it was a little too loose around the hips, called RTR and they sent the size 0 straight out. Great experience, so easy and would definitely rent again!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
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:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123lbs
August 23, 2012
loved the sequins!
This dress was so fun! I loved dancing in it, it wasn't as bright of a yellow as I thought it would be, but still very cute.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
August 26, 2012
Beautiful dress, compliments all night. I think RTR will have a few more customers from my bragging :)
I rented this for a friends wedding and got MANY compliments all night, even from strangers! It is true to size but there is no give in the fabric, so my normal size fit until I sat down...so the size I wore was a bit big on me but still looked great. The only problem I noted was the zipper is very hard to zip up. Also, when I received the dresses, the size 6 had a bit of a stain, so I called RTR and they shipped me another one that night no problem - great customer service!!
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