Black Lace Tower Gown

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Stylist Notes

An illusion neckline puts a chic twist on this black lace ML Monique Lhuillier gown. We love it with an updo.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-12 & plus 14W-20W.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

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

Product Details

Black lace (100% Polyester). Long sleeve. Crew neckline. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Partially lined. See size and fit tab for length. Imported.

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128 reviews
Fit
Large
(10)
True to Size
(48)
Small
(16)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
October 12, 2016
RTR team member review.

Beautiful lace gown from ML Monique Lhuillier! Running large, we recommend going one size down for when renting. With a plenty of room in the bust area, this dress would work well for any cup size. This dress is fitted through the midsection and hip area, so if you’re a curvier woman we recommend going one size up. Some features that I love about this dress are the lace sleeves and back; however you would have to wear either a NuBra or no bra with this look. At 61” from shoulder to hem, this gown is perfect to wear with heels for a gala or black tie wedding. Pair it with silver jewelry and any color heels to rock this look!

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Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Age: 41
October 17, 2016
I wore it to a black tie charity event in Chicago.

So fun and comfortable to wear. You could dance and eat! I didn't need a bra, it sucked me in and you really can't wear one with the open lace back. I have wide shoulders and BIG boobs and it was a perfect fit. I am 5'8" and got the long, have too. Highly recommend it!!!

stephanieOctober 17, 2016
would you mind telling me your measurements? i hate asking but there are no other reviews of this gorgeous dress. i need something that hides my arms
Size worn:
18WR
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
October 20, 2016
Even the gorgeous bride stopped to compliment me... TWICE.

The fit was perfect! The length was a little short for my height. I'm 5'7" but I don't wear high heels. I wore 2" ones and I was fine. I got so many compliments. Everything arrived on time and as described. The lining for this in dark purple not black.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
20WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 46
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 220lbs
October 21, 2016
Great dress and well made

Always beautiful, but definitely short.

Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 22
October 21, 2016
Very cool

Okay so I wore this to a military ball and it was a hit. Got so many compliments. However I have wide hips and a butt, so it was very very tight on those areas. Made dancing a little difficult but I managed. Also I have 36DDD boobs and they fit fine but I had a little trouble zipping the dress the first time.

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Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
October 16, 2016
Pretty dress, but large sleeves and heavy.

The dress runs large all over, but especially in the sleeve area. The sleeves were too voluminous and long giving the dress a matronly look. I ended up using some safety pins to gently pin up the sleeves, and on the inner seams of the arms to mask the excess fabric. The dress is heavy, but it worked out well as it kept me warm on a chilly evening. In addition, the lace overlay is black, but the lining is a bit of a dark blue/purple hue. It's pretty, but definitely not all black. I wish I would have sized down as the first review stated, but I had ordered my dress and sizes prior to that being available. I ordered the longer length, and was able to wear some pretty serious (4") heels with it. In addition I wore it with a NuBra and had no issues.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 157lbs
October 28, 2016
No Room for a Booty of Any Kind + Baggy Sleeves

This dress made me feel old. The sleeves are baggy around the wrists. If you have a butt, this will not work for you. I am generally between an 8 and a 10 and the 10 did not zip up. The lace, however is beautiful and the lining is more of a dark blue than black.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 47
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
November 6, 2016
This is really an elegant sexy gown! I received a ton of compliments! I really enjoyed this dress!

I ordered the 8R and 10R as a backup since I usually wear a size 8 dress. The 10R fit perfectly. I am 5'5" with an athletic build and the length was perfect with 3 inch heels. I wore Spanx with the dress which made the look of the gown very smooth fitting, showing off my curves. I also wore NuBra cover-ups since you cannot wear a bra with the dress. There is some chest support built into the lining of the dress. I really enjoyed this gown! I did not want to take if off!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
November 14, 2016
An amazing dress for a wonderful night

From the past reviews, some say that the arms were a bit long and I have to agree. Other than that, the dress fit wonderfully. Wore it all night and was comfortable. A beautiful dress that was perfect for the military ball!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14WR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 57
November 15, 2016
Very nice quality .. runs large... width and length

Very nice would rent again .

Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
November 15, 2016
Fast and easy service

I'm 5'7", ordered a long and the length was perfect with short heels on. Overall fit was true to size. But the arms was so wide and large, it was just too baggy. If the arms had fitted well I would've loved it.

Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 32
December 4, 2016
Awesome dress

Dress was perfect for a winter military ball. I am 5'8", wore heels, and the length was perfect! Sleeves were just long enough! No complaints regarding this dress! Awesome!!!!!!!

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Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 121lbs
December 5, 2016
Amazing dress.

The dress looks exactly like the photos. It was true to size and a very comfortable wear. I received compliments all night. Perfect for military or holiday ball occasion.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
December 29, 2016
Flirty 30

I initially rented this dress as part of a holiday costume but ended up wearing it for a birthday shoot instead. It hugged my curves in all of the right place and gave the perfect hourglass silhouette. The purple underneath the lace added a nice pop of color that made the dress very unique. It's even more stunning in person.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Bust size: 36D+
December 31, 2016
Such a beautiful gown! Wore to a black tie winter wedding. Even prettier in person!

Fits true to size. Wore a strapless bra. The long was perfect length in 3" heels.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 52
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 108lbs
January 3, 2017
Beautiful dress, runs large.

I'm typically a 0, and wasn't able to wear this dress because it hung too much on me. I opted for a dress in my closet instead. The lining was beautiful, and the lace quite lovely, if a bit heavy. Had I worn it, I might have wished they'd used a different lace in the back as it didn't complement the style of the rest of the dress as much as you might expect. On the right figure (fuller than mine), I think it would be stunning.

Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 40
January 10, 2017
I'm 5'7 amd I weigh 135 and I wore 2 inch heels with the 8 long. It worked perfect.

I got lots of compliments and it kept me warm. It was classy. If you wear a strapless bra it will show in the back. Hope that helps

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Age: 41
Bust size: 34B
January 15, 2017
Amazing fit, perfect

True to size

Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 44
January 30, 2017
Simply elegant!

Wore this beautiful dress to the Winterfest Top Hats & Tiaras event benefiting the Northwestern Settlement in Chicago. It was form fitting, yet comfortable. Received tons of compliments throughout the night. I wore with 3 inch heels and the gown perfectly hit the floor. Going up the stairs you need to lift the lower side of the dress & hold as the heel can get caught in the lace, so be careful. Construction was sturdy and high-quality. Agree with other reviewers that the zipper is a bit hard to close (especially at the mid-back level), but you have to be patient and work it through. 5'3", 120lbs, 32DD

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 132lbs
February 6, 2017
Received a million compliments

The dress was great! Everyone loved the back of the dress and it was perfect for a ball. The dress isn't as long as I thought. I wore flats because if not, you would see my heels (which i am not a fan of this).

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
February 19, 2017
Ran big - too frumpy to wear

Too large and shapeless, returned without wearing

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
February 20, 2017
Nice dress that hides everything.

This dress was not my original pick (first pick never showed up). If you are busty, order a size up- there is not a lot of give to the fabric. I was a little overheated with this material. I did get a lot of compliments.

Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 18
Age: 36
February 21, 2017
Dress was awesome!

This was my first time using RTR and my suggestion is to read the reviews. They were so helpful! I ended up going with this dress, size 18WL and it was great. Fit a bit snug in the hips, when sitting but I was never uncomfortable. I was able to dance the night away and enjoy the evening. The dress does have a purple underlay, which gave it a pop of color, it was great. I would definitely recommend RTR and this dress to anyone.

Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Weight: 112lbs
February 21, 2017
This dress got TONS of compliments!

Second time user of RTR. Originally reserved a different dress with this as one of my backup options and unfortunately a week before the event date I received an e-mail stating my original dress could not be shipped and that I would be receiving this dress instead. Heartbroken at first, upon arrival my expectations were exceeded. First off, this dress is HEAVY and the back on this dress leaves few options for undergarments. Opted for a silicone self adhesive bra and some packaging tape rigged for extra support (sometimes you've gotta get creative). Dress runs true to size, I am 5'5" and I wore 2 inch heels to leave the dress just dusting the floor. The 0R on me was a little tighter in the torso than I am used to, but the sleeves fit best with this size. The sleeves are true lace, a little stiff and have zippers at the wrist to allow more movement. All said and done I would definitely recommend this dress and look forward to using RTR again in the future.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
March 1, 2017
Gorgeous...but not designed for booties!

Let me just say that I had no issues with the dress itself --- it is very well made and absolutely GORGEOUS, with a sexy film noir vibe --- but rather my body in the dress. It simply isn't cut for a woman with full hips and a butt, and the fabric has NO stretch for accommodation. I quite liked the way it fit my upper body, but I had to do some wiggling and say a prayer to pull it up over my thighs. All night, whenever I had to bend at my knees for any reason, it felt like my booty/thighs were *thisclose* to busting through the fabric. Such are the struggles of being extremely pear shaped! For ladies who are slim in their lower half, I'm sure this gown fits and feels marvelous. I'm 5'9", wore 5" heels, and the Long came down to the bottom of my shoes. Rented for a sorority recital --- it's a perfect choice for an event where you have to err on the conservative side but still want some sex appeal.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 50
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 200lbs
March 1, 2017
This is a very formal dress for a formal evening!

The dress was very flattering and I got tons of compliments on it. It was heavy so it would not be good for a summer event. But it was perfect for a formal wedding. I am short and the regular fit perfectly with heels. The entire process was simple and worth every penny!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
March 14, 2017
Back detail beautiful

I rented this for my sons school gala but didn't end up wearing it. The back detail was beautiful and I loved that the slip underneath the black lace it was a different color but overall didn't feel like it fit well and the arms enough to wear it for the event. Will rent again for a future event possibly. My husband liked how it fit my hourglass figure. I am 5'6" and the L was perfect with 4" heels

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 57
Bust size: 38J
Body type: Full Bust
March 30, 2017
Fabulous

This gown was comfortable and amazing

Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Age: 38
April 8, 2017
What made my night was all the compliments from random strangers on my way to the affair :)

This dress is good for hiding the often so stubborn pouch. The material does not stretch, yet it accentuates your natural curves.

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Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 180lbs
May 1, 2017
Backup bust

This was sent as a backup but I would've never worn it as it hit way above my ankles without heels. I'm sure the longer version would work. Also, the dress is very heavy so probably not best for outdoors.

Size worn:
16WL
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 20
Body type: Pear
May 8, 2017
How easy and fast the whole process was!

The dress fit like a glove. Being 5'10 I thought the regular and the long were still going to be too short, but they both were perfect and went to the ground. The dress was kind of heavy when I first put it on, but you get used to it throughout the night. I thought the purple was going to be noticeable, but that really isn't either it was a deep purple almost black. Overall the dress was just amazing if pure thinking about getting it I highly recommend that you get it!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 138lbs
May 13, 2017
Wish I could've worn...

This dress was gorgeous but unfortunately I wasn't able to wear it. I'm usually a size 6 so that's what I ordered, with an 8 as my backup size because of the recommendations in the reviews. The fabric of the dress didn't offer much stretch so i wasn't able to get passed my hips in either size.

Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 63
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 150lbs
May 16, 2017
This was for an Oscar party, and the dress made me feel like a star.

The fit is true to size. The lining is actually a deep purple which offsets the black lace nicely so it isn't harsh.

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Size worn:
14WR
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 41
Body type: Apple
May 29, 2017
The fabric and fit of the dress

#prom

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 47
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
July 12, 2017
Elegant & Sophisticated!

Wore this gown to a black tie gala. It was floor length on me. Sleeves were long and somewhat tight. Could not wear a bra with this gown and it had no support in the chest area. Gown flares out at bottom, was not form fitting in the waist area. Beautiful black lace overlay, deep purple sheath underneath. I received many compliments. Did not feel it was most complimentary to my petite frame.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 34
July 26, 2017
Runs short

This dress was beautiful. I got tons of compliments all evening. I'm 5'4" and couldn't wear heels if I wanted it to dust the ground, (which I did) I wore about a 1-2 in heel and was able to get it to touch. I would suggest the long option so you can wear heels. I'd rather it be too long instead of too short.

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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 52
Bust size: 40C
Weight: 220lbs
August 31, 2017
I felt really well dressed!

The fit and fabric's quality are amazing!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
16WL
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 18
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 58
Bust size: 42D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 234lbs
September 6, 2017
Amazing dress

This dress was amazing. I am 6 foot and normally wear an 18W. The length just kissed the top of my feet in flats. I ordered an 18W and a 16W. I tried the 18W hoping it would fit and it was big at the waist. I then put on the 16W and the fit was perfect. I must also tell you that it had a tear at the zipper. I got online told the stylist and another 16W was shipped to my son as it was for his wedding. All my friends called me crazy to rent a dress for my son's wedding but they all changed their minds when they saw me. I looked elegant. The dress: very heavy and warm for summer months, there is absolutely no stretch in the gown. You must wear a backless bra and RTR does sell them. Sleeves were just a tad to short but I am so tall. Dress was a hit, if you are on the fence and can't decide which one. Pick this dress.

Size worn:
16WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 210lbs
September 15, 2017
Beautiful dress that I wore to a Gala. I have big arms so the long sleeve was perfect.

I'm 5'7 and with heels the longer dress worked much better. The "regular" size was a little short so if you want that sweeping affect go long.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 58
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 126lbs
September 25, 2017
Elegant Gown!

I had 4 gowns to choose from for a gala event. I kept coming back to this one. It is so simple and elegant. It was very comfortable except there wasn't much give in the sleeves, but it wasn't a big deal. Just didn't do any reaching over my head. I ordered the long and with 3 inch heals, it was perfect.

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