Back Down Dress

$55 – $65 rental
$498 retail
Stylist Notes

The illusion bodice and open back bring subtle sex appeal to this ML Monique Lhuillier — an elegant pick for cocktails. Complement the shine with Slate & Willow Southern Plantation Earrings. Then finish off with strappy black heels.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size down for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-16 and plus 16W-22W.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - fuller skirt allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Knee to tea length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a nubra or no bra. Low back may show standard bra.
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black cotton faille (100% poly faille skirt, 100% acetate lining). Sleeveless. Boat neckline. Full skirt with asymmetric hemline. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 36.5" from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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1310 reviews
Fit
Large
(56)
True to Size
(610)
Small
(111)
Size worn:
18W
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 49
May 16, 2016
Got a lot of compliments.
Fit awesome!
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
May 16, 2016
5stars!!!
I loved this dress and received several complements. I was smitten by the V shaped back. Having pockets was a major plus, perfect place for my cell phone and lip gloss. The dress so super comfortable which made it easier to dance the night away.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 166lbs
August 3, 2015
Beautiful dress but fit weird in different spots...
I ended up having to wear the size ten as the dress fits snug in the rib cage area but was little loose in the strap area. It was overall very pretty and a little too long for my liking but I ran with it.
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 43
May 11, 2016
This was definitely the most eye catching dress at my choir banquet. I felt like a princess.
This dress is true to size. Absolutely perfect. Amazing high to low with cut out in back. Beautiful sequin top.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Weight: 155lbs
May 16, 2016
Compliments All Night
The dress was perfect. I received compliments all evening and the pockets were super convenient.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 128lbs
May 16, 2016
Gorgeous, comfortable, flattering dress. Also, pockets!
This dress is incredibly flattering and comfortable. Perfect for a formal occasion. I wore it to a gala and received many compliments. Only downside is that the waist is quite narrow. Looks great with black heels.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 39
Body type: Athletic
May 15, 2016
Beautiful dress. Very flattering on a curvy figure.
The sequin details on the dress was exquisite. Loved the pockets. I would definitely rent this dress again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
January 4, 2015
so beautifully made
I didn't end up wearing this dress because it was just a tad too long on me and it didn't quite match my event's dress code. But it was absolutely so pretty and well-made and I wish I could have worn it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
January 6, 2015
Perfect for a fun, fancy dress!
I wore this for a NYE dinner party, and it was perfect! It leads itself to be really dressed up, or down, depending what you pair it with! The pockets also made it perfect to ditch my small clutch. I usually wear an 8 and went with the 10 since it is fitted at the waist. Overall very comfortable!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 128lbs
February 4, 2015
The dress is perfect and comfortable!
The fit was perfect! The only thing I noticed is that since I have really petite shoulders the right strap would occasionally slip off my shoulder. I got so many compliments on the dress. Perfect for a black tie event!
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
April 27, 2015
LOVED the pockets in this dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
18W
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 40
Bust size: 42DD
Body type: Apple
Weight: 219lbs
January 13, 2016
It was stunning and appreciated a whole week after the party. It was a bit to warm though.
Fit is true to size, perfect for big bust. Very warm good for winter.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
September 28, 2014
My fiancé loved this dress! Received so many compliments the entire night.
Beautiful dress and comfortable. It has a unique shape with the flared skirt so it stands out a little more than your typical little black dress. Pockets were also great. Perfect for a formal wedding.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 57
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 12, 2014
A wedding that will never be forgotten and a dress that made me feel glamorous!
This was my first RTR. The process was so easy. This dress was stunning and I received many compliments.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
October 12, 2014
Perfect fit, and flattering cut!
Wore to a Fall Wedding and it was perfect for the occasion. The sequins on the top portion do make dancing difficult because they scratch when you're dancing, but other than that it was a comfortable dress & was very flattering.
CortneyOctober 21, 2014
Do you think this dress would flatter a baby bump?
CarissaOctober 22, 2014
If it's a small baby bump it would hide it completely since it is a fuller skirt. The fit may cut in uncomfortable places during the 2nd trimester/3rd trimester, though.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 48
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
October 19, 2014
Beautiful dress
I loved this dress ! I would have preferred the size 4 but it was not available. I was hesitant bc you can not wear a bra but worked out no problem. The pic was taken later in the evening so it's a bit wrinkled. It looks better in person frankly than my picture.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118lbs
October 20, 2014
Stunning sequin number-- felt fabulous all night
This dress was a true stunner. Didn't look like much on the hanger but it was really cute on. The sequin top portion is beautiful and perfect for a fancy black tie optional wedding. I loved the pockets and used them to poof up the dress a bit. I didn't find it as poofy as others had said -- maybe because it's been worn a few times??? I'm also straight and narrow shaped so perhaps i didn't have anything to poof it out. It fit great - I wore a 2 which is my normal size. I didn't have to pull on anything or adjust anything all night. I wore stickies since you can't wear a bra with this one. I'm also small chested if that helps with your sizing needs. All in all --- a great dress! Thank you RTR!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
October 27, 2014
gorgeous dress!
Love, love, love this dress! I ordered the 0 and 2 and both fit but I went with the larger size because the dress fell perfectly at my waist. It had the right poof and the lovely hi-low hem. I got so many compliments and I kinda want to buy this dress now.
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 28
October 28, 2014
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Loved this dress. I receive so many compliments on it. The big pockets were perfect and the back was really pretty too. It was pretty tight around my ribs but the rest of the dress for perfectly.
AlyOctober 29, 2014
Do you think this would work for a 36DD?
shannonOctober 30, 2014
What size are you planning on getting?
KatieNovember 10, 2014
Do you think I would wear a waist cincher with this?
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115lbs
October 29, 2014
Say Yes to the Dress
Perfect for someone tall. I am 5'11" and this hit my exactly where it hits the model. The open back is perfect this dress is amazing.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
October 30, 2014
Gorgeous.
I had a family emergency that prevented me from wearing the dress for our wedding anniversary dinner but I loved the dress and hated not being able to wear it. The four fit perfectly. Other reviewers stated they didn't find the hem as dramatic as on the model but it was asymmetrical from the side on me. The model is definitely posing to show off the asymmetrical hemline so it wasn't as noticeable from the front. Looking forward to another occasion to rent this dress again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190lbs
November 2, 2014
A lovely dress for a more formal affair
I wore this dress for a wedding. The wedding was a bit more casual than I'd anticipated and I felt a little overdressed, but I felt lovely in the ML dress. There is some slight itching around the armpit of the gown. I'd recommend putting some makeup primer on your arm to reduce the rubbing (really!). You can wear a regular bra, but stick some fashion tape on the straps to keep it in place. The hi-lo hem is not that dramatic, but is noticeable. The dress really nipped in at my waist (my trouble spot). the pleating made my rather small bum look pretty big. Overall, I recommend this.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
November 2, 2014
Classy with Pockets!
Beautiful comfortable fit! Very true to size. Slight high low gave it some modern flair. Pockets were a great touch. I wore a stick on bra due to the low cut back of the dress. Great touch. Overall I loved this rental. Great for a fall wedding. Received a ton of compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
November 2, 2014
Absolutely loved this dress!
Perfect for a black tie wedding or formal occasion. Great for dancing and very true to size. Highly recommend!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 102lbs
November 3, 2014
Very cute dress
I rented this dress for a last-minute formal gala I had to attend. I normally wear a size 2, but had to get a 0 since the 2 wasn't available. It was a little tight in the waist and bust areas, but that was expected with a slightly smaller size. It was a beautiful dress overall, loved the high-low hemline and the beading is great. I especially loved the low back. The beading can scratch your arm, but I only really noticed it 2-3 times over the course of the evening. I'm also 4'11 so the high hemline hit slightly below my knee, which I would've preferred above, but it still looked fine. Overall, I recommend this dress.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
November 9, 2014
I loved this dress!! I would buy it if I could
This dress fit perfectly. I tried it on at home and was so excited to wear it to my friends wedding. I got to the hotel with only my size 6 band put it on when my friend noticed a small tear in the seam by the zipper. Since it was too late to go get another dress I wore it anyway and no one noticed the tear until the end of the night when, by that time it had gradually gotten bigger. I would definitely wear this all the time if I owned it because I got tons of compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138lbs
November 9, 2014
Adorable, unique and comfortable!
I received so many compliments! It does run smalI so size up for your backup, as other renters have said. The 8 fit slightly better in the top, but seemed a lot poofier on the bottom than the 6, so I sized down. The back is low so I wore a low-back bra adapter with a regular bra. I was also able to wear a Squeem waist cincher without it showing. And the pockets were so much fun! Overall, I was very happy with this adorable dress and would definitely recommend it.
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
November 16, 2014
Love the look of this dress
The fit is great! Only issue is the sequins under your arm! But once you start partying and dancing you don't even notice. The pockets were amazing
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
November 16, 2014
Amazing dress!!
I wore this dress to a black tie wedding and received so many compliments! I ordered a size 0 and size 2, and ended up wearing the 0. It fit great and was super comfortable (the pockets were great!). I definitely recommend this dress, especially if you are looking for something a little bit different for a black tie function.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 25
November 17, 2014
Stunning dress
The dress ran pretty small so I ended up not wearing it and went with something else. Although I didn't wear it, it is a stunning dress and I am considering getting it again, this time I'll know what size to get.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
November 17, 2014
Great dress for a glam city wedding or event!
It was my first time using RTR and I rented this dress for a friend's wedding. The size 10 fit was nearly perfect; just the tiniest bit loose in the shoulder straps, but I often have that problem with formal dresses being a size 10 and having a smaller C cup. That being said, I still loved the fit of the dress and got lots of compliments! It was very comfortable and I was able to wear a strapless bra that fastened low. I loved the dramatic cut of the skirt, and the sequins did not scratch.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
November 17, 2014
Looks great on but doesn't photograph great
I really loved wearing this dress...it was fun and looked really great on. I especially loved the pockets it has. The down side is that it looks awful in photos if the angle is anything but for the front. It makes your backside look really huge but other than that it was perfect.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
November 17, 2014
I LOVE THIS DRESS
This dress is beautiful and fit me perfectly. Good for someone who is small on top with wider hips. Extremely flattering and super fun!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 113lbs
November 20, 2014
Even the guy pouring wine complimented me.
This is one of those dresses that feels complete. I rented earring for a little extra sparkle but that's all I needed. If you like showing off a little of your back, go for this. I did not wear a bra but I'm rather flat-chested. Loved it. In three words: pockets, poof, style.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 47
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 109lbs
November 23, 2014
This dress is awesome! Fits well, completely flattering!
Fit is true to size! Perfect for black tie event or cocktail party!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
November 23, 2014
High fashion feel
I wore this dress to a winter wedding and really liked it. It was great for dancing, and the beading was surprisingly not irritating where my arm hit it. I wore my hair in a high pony and wore matte red lipstick and it really gave it a high fashion feel. Would definitely recommend.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
November 24, 2014
I felt classy and fabulous for a November wedding in Chicago!
This was my first time using RTR and it was really fun and worked out well for a wedding I was attending in Chicago! This dress was perfection. Random strangers were complimenting me all night long! The dress is a high low which I loved! There was just enough sparkle to make it festive for a late fall/early winter wedding. I am a six and did wear the six in this dress. I felt like it was very true to size. I also was able to wear a normal bra and then used a strap extender from Victoria's Secret to pull down the back so you couldn't see the bra in the back. The back of the dress does come to a lower "v". It hit in all the right places on my body. I really loved this dress and it made me feel perfect and festive for the occasion!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
November 24, 2014
This dress was gorgeous! I received numerous compliments!
I was nervous the dress would be tight in the bust, but it fit my body perfectly! I was extremely happy with my dress choice!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140lbs
November 25, 2014
Great Dress for a fun evening!
Dress was gorgeous! Loved the pockets! Does run tad bit small, but overall beautiful dress!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Age: 33
November 26, 2014
Everything was so easy. I loved getting the 2 sizes to make sure I was wearing the right fit for me.
Party said cocktail attire so I was worried I would be overdressed with all the beading on the dress but you can really dress this up or down with the right jewelry. The length and style was perfect.
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