Calla Lily Gown

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Stylist Notes

A sweeping white flower adds drama to this waist-highlighting ML Monique Lhuillier gown. Try it with a delicate necklace and pointy-toe heels.

Size & Fit

This dress runs small. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-12 & 14W-22W.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress very fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - fuller skirt allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Three lengths available. Petite measures 56" from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights under 5'2"), 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 strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black silk faille (100% Polyester).Sleeveless. V-neckline. Hidden back zipper. Fully lined. See size and fit tab for length. Imported.

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193 reviews
Fit
Large
(13)
True to Size
(74)
Small
(29)
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
November 10, 2015
The fitting appointment and event were amazing. Return was easy as well

Beautiful dress. Comfortable and beautiful

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 22
November 10, 2015
The dress was amazing and I received compliments all night! It really made me feel like a royalty

The 4r was too small, so thank god I got a backup size. The zipper is difficult to pull up, but the fit is good. Love the back and the design! Comfortable, but did get stepped on a lot.

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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
November 11, 2015
This dress was beautiful and I got lots of compliments, but the zipper is sticky.

The dress is truly beautiful and was the right choice for my event at LACMA. I actually got into the size 8, but the zipper was so sticky that I had to go to a 10L. The 10L fit good, but not perfectly. It was also a touch too long for me. I am 5'8" and was wearing 3" heels.

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
November 16, 2015
Beautiful dress!

Beautiful dress- received compliments all night! Definitely runs at least one size small. (For comparison, I'm a 36B, 28in waist and the 10R fit perfect.). Length was a bit long-- I'm 5'6" and with 3.5in heels, I was still stepping on it. This is a stunning dress that is flattering! Pretty lightweight for all the material, too. Thanks RTR!

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Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 56
Bust size: 34D
November 16, 2015
Formal evening with my husband and daughter.

I'm nearly six feet tall, the 8L was long enough, but the fit didn't feel right elsewhere. The waist sat too high, almost like the only tall part about it was the added length. The fullness of the dress started above my waist-not flattering. Overall, it was too small. My usual dress size is an eight. I couldn't get this one zipped up.

Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
November 18, 2015
beautiful but too big

I'm 5'7" and about 115lbs. I was planning to wear 4" heels so the 2L sounded like a good fit. I was planning to order the 0L as a backup but it was unavailable. I'm glad I ordered another style with size options because I was swimming in the 2L.

Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 38
December 10, 2015
Lovely evening.

I didn't end up wearing this dress because the bust area is very small. I am a small D cup, and there was no way I was getting the dress zipped. At most a B cup would fit. The dress is beautiful and the rest fit quite well!

Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
December 18, 2015
Lovely dress that got compliments all night!

Stunning dress - got a ton of compliments at my office's black tie optional party. Will say that it ran a bit small in the waist, consistent with the other reviews. Barely fit into the 6, my typical size, so decided to size up 6 to the 8, which then ended up being a bit big at the bust (fixed with a bit of fashion tape). Zipper was a bit tricky to pull up, but once the dress was on, it looked great. Would recommend for a formal event - simple, sexy and stunning!

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 53
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 118lbs
December 28, 2015
The dress is a showstopper and fits very well, I got tons of compliments.

The dress is true to size, I'm 5'4 and it was a bit long, even in heels, but it outweighed how great I felt in the dress. I wore it for a black tie wedding and didn't feel to over or under dressed.

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Size worn:
16WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 40
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 226lbs
January 4, 2016
love the dress, got a lot of compliments

Usually i wear 14-16 size, i pick to wear dress size 16, it was perfect,( dont like if it tight somewhere) , very comfortable dress, love the fabric

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34A
January 6, 2016
I wore this dress for a black tie fundraiser event and the dress was perfect.

The fit was wonderful. And i could even wear a normal bra. I was worried about the neckline gapping since i have a small bust, but a little fashion tape fixed that right up. I am 5'6" and it was just brushing the floor with 1 1/2" heels. I would certainly rent this dress again.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
January 6, 2016
Elegant option.

I received this as a back-up option when I was told last minute that the dress I'd ordered was no longer available. Though I have a much smaller upper body frame than lower body, this dress runs a little small so I was sent the 10 which fit well. However, the regular length was not available and was sent the 10L. It was VERY long even with my highest 5" heels so I'd suggest getting the regular length unless you are very tall! The dress itself is beautiful and dramatic and had it been the right length, I would have been very happy to wear it.

Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Age: 47
January 6, 2016
Beautiful dress and great fit but very long!

I read all the reviews and was so nervous about the fit and the dressing running too small. I was attending a black-tie wedding on NYE and the only size available was a 10L so I had no back-up options. Everything I read said that the dress ran small and that anyone over a certain height should definitely get a long. I rolled the dice and it ended up actually being a little big in the waist (and definitely roomie in the bust) and the long was WAY too long. Even with heels it dragged a bit and was extremely hard to go up and down stairs. But I absolutely loved this dress and felt beautiful in it- a winner for sure.

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115lbs
January 11, 2016
Simple elegance

This dress is so flattering and comfortable to wear. The material makes you look and feel sophisticated. The top is feminine but not too revealing, and the skirt lays nice without being too big. Perfect for a formal ball. My only issue with this dress was the zipper, which gets stuck at the waist because of all the fabric there. I felt like I was going to break the zipper and even had to enlist my boyfriend to help. Spent a good 10 minutes trying to make sure we didn't ruin it. Definitely worth the rent if you can get some zipper help!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
December 21, 2015
Gorgeous dress but way too long!

This dress is gorgeous but was way too long for me. Even with 5" heels it was too long (I'm 5'5"). The dress was try to size everywhere else. RTR was wonderful to work with to find an alternate.

RosetteDecember 21, 2015
did you rent an R size or an L? thank you
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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
January 17, 2016
Love the ease of RTR

I found the bodice small through the rib cage and the fabric stiff with no give. I originally ordered the 4L but wore my backup the 6L. I found the dress very elegant and received many compliments. The length was perfect with heels.

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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Weight: 140lbs
January 25, 2016
This dress really stands out. Beautiful neckline-great for short hair girls like me!

Pros: I wore leggings under this to keep myself warm during the gala- which is notoriously chilly. Thanks a lot, dudes in tuxes, for throwing off the balance. No one could tell and I was the most comfortable lady there- no awkward shoulder wrapped scarf needed! The dress fit true to size and was easy to get on and off. I got stopped all night to talk about the dress, and this was an event of 1,000+ people, most of whom make a lot more $$ than I do. Cons: The long is LONG. I am 5'8", wore 4 inch heels, and still had this thing dragging all over. Got stepped on a whole bunch (one so hard that it pulled me backwards and spilled my drink all over me) so make sure you pay attention to the length if you are going to a crowded event. Don't listen to the site's recommendations on long vs regular on this one. The fabric was also super itchy at the seams, but so sturdy that it was worth it to me.

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Size worn:
20WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 20
Age: 67
January 26, 2016
Absolutely the best way to look fantastic is to go directly to RTR. This dress has the WOW factor.

I am a 'real size' woman and normally steer away from a full skirted gown. This one was the exception. It is a bit long, but with a higher heel it was perfect. The top is somewhat plain, but you can add jewelry or a shawl.

Size worn:
20WR
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 22
Age: 40
February 1, 2016
This dress was perfect for the gala I was attending. The whole process was so easy.

The dress fit better than expected. The length was great. I'm only 5'5 and it wasn't too long. A bit tight in the bust but I thought it gave me more shape. I got so many compliments I felt fantastic.

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Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 164lbs
February 1, 2016
I ended up not wearing this back-up dress to my event (a friend actually rented the same one)

It looked great on me, except it was very tight in the bust area, to the point it had a noticeable stretched area with cleavage busting out the top. The long size was definitely long (I would have needed to wear my ultra-high heels with it).

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
March 1, 2016
This was an absolute stunning dress. Many, many compliments

The only concern was the netting underneath was troublesome with my heels, but I got used to it.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 28
March 2, 2016
The print made the dress!! I received so many compliments on the large floral print.

The fit was terrible. The 2 fit perfectly in the ribcage, but flattened my boobs into weird pancakes. The 4 fit in the bust ( a little roomy), but was loose in the bodice. Also super long. If not for the print I would have been very disappointed.

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 156lbs
March 6, 2016
Loved it! Got tons of compliments.

This is a great dress! So comfortable too. I didn't give it 5 stars because of the oddly shaped and pointed breast area. But someone with a larger breast size will have no problem with this issue. (I'm a 34A/B) It did fit a little loose, but pretty true to size.

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Size worn:
18WL
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 45
March 7, 2016
I received numerous compliments throughout the evening. The fit was perfect!

This dress was not the original dress ordered, but turned out to be BETTER than my first choice. It was simple, yet elegant for the black tie I attended. I could have gone with the regular as opposed to the long, I am 5'8", even with heels, my shoes did not show. The dress is true to size, I am pear shaped--there was no need to wear SPANX (yipee). My first RTR experience and it will not be my last!

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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
March 21, 2016
Classy and dramatic!

This was my first encounter with RTR. I was nervous to have rented a dress without being able to try it on. I'm 5'9" and consistently wear 8 or 10. After reading the reviews talking about how long the long dresses were and how tight the chest was, I opted for a 12 and a 14. The 14 was entirely too large and the 12 was really too tight since I wear a 34 DD. I thought it was strange how much bigger the 14 was and how small the chest was on 12. It wasn't uncomfortable though, just snug and flattened my chest. I wish I would have gotten the longer one as it was the perfect length in bare feet. I had to opt for a lower heel. The skirt was very full and dramatic and I got so many compliments on the dress all evening. The only way it could have been a better design is to allow more room in the chest and I wished it had pockets. The transaction went very smoothly. I will definitely use RTR for my future formal endeavors and will recommend this to my friends!

Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
March 29, 2016
I wore this to a black tie new years eve party.

The dress was beautiful. I loved the shape of the skirt and the flower as well as the v-back. However, the top of the dress was a little small and flattened me out. It was ok and not uncomfortable it just didn't look as great on the top as I had hoped.

Size worn:
18WR
Rented for:
Wedding
April 8, 2016
Pretty Dress but runs large

This dress is really well made and very pretty on. My only complaint is that it runs VERY big! It was about 2" too big throughout the bodice!

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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 52
Body type: Hourglass
April 8, 2016
Pretty dress, bodice tight

I enjoyed this dress. It was great for the black and white party I wore it to. All in all, if I had tried it on in a store, I would not have bought it. The skirt was a bit too poufy, the bodice was a bit too tight, and I couldn't wear a bra because the back is so low. That said, it was a perfect rental.

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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
April 11, 2016
One of my favorite rentals ever.

Perfect for the Celebration of Life that I wore it to. I received lots of compliments and felt elegant all day.

Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
April 11, 2016
Dress was elegant and sophisticated; perfect for charity gala in DC.

This dress was amazing. I ended up with it after the dress I rented was damaged and the staff at the Georgetown RTR store pulled it for me to try on as a replacement. I absolutely loved it. The dress was elegant and sophisticated, dressy without looking like a prom dress. I wore it to a Gala for a military charity in DC and it conservative enough for the military guest list and event but dressy enough for the occasion. I didn't find the top to be ill-fitting at all - the deep V was very flattering. The dress does have a low back that required a backless bra but the top fit so well, I could have almost done without the bra. The dress is quite heavy and has netting so it takes a little while to get used to walking and moving in it - but it's well worth it. I have never received so many compliments - everyone I met stopped to tell me how amazing I looked. I highly recommend the dress.

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
April 21, 2016
I felt amazing, received many compliments on the uniqueness of the dress and how nice I looked in it

I usually wear size 4 and the 4R was perfect. I am 5'6" so I wore my 5" heals with the dress and it was the perfect length.

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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 165lbs
April 24, 2016
LOVE this dress!

This dress is amazing! It's crazy comfortable and looks fabulous on. I received compliments all night, even from strangers who were just passing by. I'm nearly 6' and was able to wear the 10L with heels and the length was perfect.

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Size worn:
18WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 55
April 25, 2016
One of a kind stand out, classic yet unique

The gown was gorgeous. The skirt was full with a layer of tulle underneath. Quality material. The print was beautiful. The top was very flattering however there were heavy pleats around the waist which was not too flattering for my plus size body. I ended up wearing another gown for that reason but this gown is beautiful

Size worn:
20WR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 20
Height: 5' 8"
April 27, 2016
This dress is gorgeous, well made, fit like a glove. Compliments all night long and for days after!

I wore this for an Oscar-inspired gala that I was planning, so I needed a showstopping dress. This delivered. People said I looked like I belonged at the actual Oscars, and someone told me I looked like I should be at a State Dinner at the White House. The dress I'd originally ordered was returned damaged, but customer service helped me pick this one...and I'm so glad they did! It was amazing. I was very nervous, because the plus size dress in the photo looks really frumpy - almost like a different dress than the regular fit. As a plus sized mom of twin toddlers, I was not looking forward to getting the dress...but so pleasantly surprised when I tried it on. It made me feel elegant and glamorous, and the compliments came all night. No one could believe I got it from Rent the Runway because it fit me perfectly! I'm 5'7" and usually wear a size 20 pant and XXL or size 18/20 top, but I had no idea what kind of formal dress I'd need, since I haven't worn one since my wedding when I was much smaller. The length was perfect - I wore flats because I was running around all night, but it would have been fine with a short heel as well. Any taller, order the long. The dress is kind of low cut, but I have a very ample chest and didn't feel too exposed at all - just sexy and amazing.

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 134lbs
April 29, 2016
Absolutely elegant!

Loved this dress. Received a lot of compliments. Only negative is the length as it runs long. I had to lift it when I walked up stairs but besides that it was perfect.

Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
April 30, 2016
TOO LONG. Exchanged it.

This dress was unwearably long. I'm 5'4" + had 4" heels, but the dress still puddled on the floor around me. I couldn't walk. Exchanged it for another one.

Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
November 23, 2015
absolutely amazing!

I felt like a princess in this gown. I wore it to a black tie Scottish ball and got tons of compliments including, "you're the best dressed here." It was actually long enough for me (I'm 6'2), which nothing ever is. I didn't want to return it!

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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
December 24, 2015
Showstopper!!!

I originally did not select this dress, I had ordered two other dresses and was notified that NEITHER could ship to be due to damage, needless to say I was so upset. RTR sent this dress as a backup and when I put it on my jaw dropped. I received SO many compliments on this dress. It was stunning, a perfect fit and made me feel like a princess. After sending it back, I changed my upcoming NYE order to include it I loved it so much!

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118lbs
February 7, 2016
Elegant dress for black tie event

Loved this dress for a black tie gala, felt so elegant! The top is more fitted/you will need a backless strapless bra as it dips pretty low in the back. Even with the size 2R, the top was a little big (I'm a 32A). The skirt is full with a few layers/tulle. I got so many compliments on the dress! Only negative, the zipper was tricky to pull up the whole way, it got caught on the seam where the skirt transitioned into the bodice. I would definitely rent it again!

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
February 28, 2016
Beautiful dress, loved the neckline and skirt, very flattering for hourglass figure.

I usually wear a size 6 (130-135 lbs, 32D) but was 4 months pregnant at the time and it was very snug across the bust. However, I'm quite short (5'2") so an 8R was too long and I went with the 6. I wore 4 inch heels with the 6 and still had to be careful not to step on the hem of the lining but it worked out fine, just not a great dress for dancing the night away :)

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