Francesca Gown

$105 – $125 rental?
$900 retail
Stylist Notes

The semi-sheer neckline gives this ML Monique Lhuillier gown a classic feel. Pair the navy look with pearl earrings.

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - open back provides minimal support in bust area
WAIST: Fitted - dress 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 nubra or no bra.
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Blue silk faille (100% Polyester).Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Illusion neckline. Low back. Boned bodice. Fully skirt with side pockets. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. See size and fit tab for length. Imported.

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175 reviews
Fit
Large
(2)
True to Size
(86)
Small
(18)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 132lbs
November 23, 2015
This gown made me feel like a princess and very elegant! Top quality fabric, cut, and design
Pros: Lining, fit, elegance, color, shape, design, literally LOVE THIS DRESS!! Cons: the zipper was EXTREMELY HARD to get up. I kid you not, I fiddled with it for a solid 6 minutes to get that thing up.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 45
November 29, 2015
Gorgeous, Unique Gown
I loved this gown. It was sent as a second backup at the last minute. I ended up wearing one of the other dresses but I loved this one so much it was hard to choose! This dress is very elegant. The color and fabric are beautiful. It did seem that the skirt fabric would wrinkle fairly easily (I noticed wrinkles just from trying it on). Also, the zipper is very tricky. The bodice has two layers of fabric and getting the zipper up over that takes time and patience. But once it is on, this dress is stunning! I loved the slit in the front and the fact that the dress has pockets. The long length was perfect for me at 5'8". This was a truly beautiful dress and I would love to rent it for another event in the future.
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 19
December 5, 2015
Adore this dress! It's so pretty and the skirt is full & beautiful! Lots of compliments!
I normally wear a size four but the six fit! The dress was a little long so I had to wear heels. It's also very hard to zip up- not because it was too small, just a crappy zipper. Otherwise it was awesome!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Body type: Athletic
December 1, 2015
Stunning
The zipper was poor quality - it took a lot of effort to get it over material but once up, fit was great. Used face base lotion on my underarms to prevent chaffing. Got TONS of complements. Great color - photographed well!
RTR CustomerDecember 10, 2015
why did you have to wear a 14 if you are regularly a 10. this is concerning.
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 57
December 13, 2015
The dress was just perfect for a formal event.
The dress is absolutely beautiful and fits perfect to size. The only problem I had was that the zipper got stuck each time I had to zip and unzip, but with patience it was fine. I received many comments. People loved the dress!
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Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 189lbs
December 15, 2015
I had at least a dozen of my coworkers tell me that I looked like Cinderella! I was a princess!
+ GORGEOUS dress + beautifully made + luxurious fabric - THE ZIPPER was awful! (As stated in several reviews). My husband and I should have won an Olympic medal for getting that sucker zipped up
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
December 19, 2015
The whole evening was awesome!
I absolutely LOVE this dress. It fit perfectly and I felt amazing in this dress. The top detail has a subtle sparkle and the sheen on the skirt gives pulls it all together. I, sadly, chose to wear another dress because I felt this one was too much dress for the event, which it would've been. However, had it been a more formal affair I would've worn this dress, it's beautiful. The skirt is very full, but not over the top and its balanced with the fitted top so you're not swimming in fabric. I wish I had an event to rent this dress again to actually wear it. I cannot say enough good things about it, love it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
December 20, 2015
Amazing! I got so many compliments and this dress hit in all the right places, I felt so beautiful!
Black tie wedding
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 50
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
January 5, 2016
Gown for wedding.
I loved this dress! I probably received 15 comments for strangers(women) saying they loved the gown. It was very comfortable, great dress for a wedding and perfect mother of the bride dress!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
January 6, 2016
Received so many complements!
I loved this dress so much! I wore it to a black tie optional wedding in the winter. I wish I had ordered the 6 as my backup size, because the 4 was just a little shorter than I wanted (I wore a shorter heel to make up for it). I didn't have to wear a bra, and I wouldn't suggest it since the back is a little lower. The fabric is a little heavier, so I wouldn't suggest it for a summer event. I seriously have nothing bad to say about this dress though; the amount of complements I got from absolute strangers stunned me. Major bonus: there are pockets that are deep enough to hold a phone.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138lbs
January 7, 2016
Everyone Loved it! Classy AND Elegant.
Great dress love Monique L she always gets the heads turning.
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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 24
January 10, 2016
I ordered this dress for my husbands Med School Winter Formal Masquerade.
This dress was absolutely perfect! I received so many complements and I felt regal in this dress. It was perfect for the occasion and was easy to move and dance in. I was right in ordering my normal size and the length was perfect with heels. This was my first rent the runway purchase and will definitely not be my last! Thank you for providing an outstanding dress for my occasion! **Only negative thing would be that the zipper is tricky due to the fabric change. With patience it works fine!
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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 12, 2016
I loved this dress when I was sitting and standing! Perfect amount of sparkle and class! Pockets!
I usually wear a 4, but I think I could have worn a 2, 4, or 6 in this dress. The quality of the 6L was better than the 4L I recieved, so I added a belt to make it sung. The first comment I got was that it was an amazing dress and the belt was a great accent, so I guess that was a good call. I paired it with a blue belt, pearl necklace, pearl bracelet, and a little fur coat. It thought it worked. I'm 5'6" and a half. I wore ~6" platform heals. I wanted the dress to go to the floor and it did that perfectly! This was my first black tie event, so I wanted floor length. Next time I think I'll order a 2R and 4R rather than the 4L and 6L long, but this was my first rental and its easier to wear a dress that's too big than one that's too small.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
January 19, 2016
A gown to make you feel like a princess
I was so bummed to not be able to wear this. My typical size was available, but not the size up. Knowing that many dresses run small, I ordered an alternate dress as well. Unfortunately, this is a dress where the size up was needed so I didn't wear it. It seemed like it would be a great dress though!
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 68
January 24, 2016
Magnificent and elegant dress. Wore this for a fancy ball. It was perfect and I felt beautiful.
the body of the dress is true to size. I am 5'9" and slender build. the 6 was perfect for me. it runs long however. I wore a 6 L, and 2 inch heels, and should have had a 6 R. zipper is tricky. love the pockets in the dress.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 51
Bust size: 32B
January 25, 2016
Loved the pockets. Felt glamorous and elegant. Beading is beautiful.
Loved the pockets. Felt glamorous and elegant. Beading is beautiful.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 19
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 139lbs
January 26, 2016
Gorgeous with pockets
Back not as low as on the model.
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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
January 31, 2016
Total Princess
Beautiful dress - fit really well and I felt like a princess the whole night. The fabric is gorgeous, the top elegant and the skirt is brilliantly full and has a fun slit in the front (not visible unless you part the yards of fabric deliberately though) and POCKETS! I'm 6ft tall so find it hard to find long dresses that reach the floor but the 6L was long enough that I could even wear a 2 inch heel. I'm a size 6 on my top and an 8 on the hips and the 6 was perfect - the skirt is so full it hides everything below the waist anyway ;) Loved this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
February 1, 2016
Comfort, flattering, and pockets!!!!
This dress was actually sent to me as a back up. I chose it based that it looked flattering on everyone in the review pictures. I was not disappointed. Only problem is the zipper is extremely (and I mean extremely!) hard to get past the fabric change-it literally took 4 people to zip me up and probably 30 minutes. But I would say it is worth it overall. Just be warned!
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Weight: 128lbs
February 10, 2016
I received many compliments on the dress - I loved the pockets!
It fit fairly well. If you have a larger chest size it might be snug since there is no give in the fabric. I wore 5" heels and the dress was still pretty long, but manageable. The back went straight across (instead of the "V" dip shown in the picture). It looked nice, but I was expecting it to dip more in the back.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 23, 2016
Chic and Ball appropriate!
I wanted a full on ball gown for the actual Ball event, and I got it! I felt that this dress was very appropriate for the occasion, as it is chic and classy, and at the same time makes you feel like a princess :) I worn my usual dress size, and the lenth was also on point - I am 5.6 and wore it with 3.5 inch heels and it did not touch the ground, but still covered my shoes completely. Highly recommend for any formal affair!
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Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
February 29, 2016
A stunner that was right at home at the Oscars.
I wore this dress to the Oscars. This dress was my third choice--after the first was sold out and the second fit terribly, I was concerned about this dress because it was long and a size too big. Although it was a little big/long, it was SO comfortable and flattering. I LOVE that this dress has pockets, and roomy pockets at that, The slit in the front allowed me to walk without tripping over the length of the dress. I felt beautiful and received compliments all night. I ADORE this dress.
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Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 25
March 2, 2016
Horrible zipper but great fit!
This was my first time to do Rent the Runway and I was very nervous about the concept. I wore this for a Mardi Gras ball that my sister was in and felt it was very appropriate for that setting. I was so excited when the dress fit perfectly. I went with the long size and it may have been a touch long but I didn't trip on it and you can't tell in photos so I am still glad I went with the long. I had a serious issue with the zipper- I had 4 different people try to zip it and it kept getting stuck on the seam of the fabric and it wouldn't budge. I fit in it fine- it wasn't a size issue but the zipper just was too little for the amount of fabric it had to tackle. I was feeling bold and loved the fit so I just wore it anyway with a slight keyhole back look. I would have been more comfortable if I had been able to wear a bra and zip the dress fully but it worked out. I ended up calling RTR the next day and they refunded the entire thing and said they would look at the zipper when it got back to them. I loved the dress, loved the customer service and will hopefully be ordering again!
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Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
March 4, 2016
Felt like a million bucks! Very classy with a hint of sexy with the front slit.
The 2L and 4L fit pretty similarly in the waist, but I didn't fill out the bust of the 4L as well. The zipper is hard to get past the waist where the fabric bunches, but is doable. I wore this to a Black Tie Required political ball. Had many compliments on the dress and was even told more than once that it was the most beautiful dress of the evening!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
March 7, 2016
Gorgeous gown! "Belle of the ball" feeling...
This dress made me feel Amazing, but was a HAZE to get zipped up! Received so many compliments. However the zipper reviews are right! The zipper was terrible. To be honest, I fit perfectly in the dress and had extra room but getting the zipper up required myself and my roommate to literally put me in plank position (le sigh) to align the zipper and pull up. CHEAP ZIPPER!! Outside of that, the dress was AMAZING, it fit true to size. I received a Long because a Regular was not avail so I had to wear higher heels, Slit adds appeal as well. My shape is an upside-down triangle so I'm all bust with an athletic build. So for ladies with bust, do not deter from this dress, I had to go up a few sizes (Size 10 was not avail), & because this designer did not allow the dress to GIVE (bust wise) (however I visited a store to actually try it on to ensure). Gown will make you feel BEAUTIFUL..or at least it did for me! Was well worth it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 55
Body type: Apple
March 7, 2016
This dress was too small.
This dress runs really small. I could not fit into it. I offered the 12 to a friend who usually wears a 6 or 8 and she could not fit into it either.
Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 168lbs
March 7, 2016
The wonderful feeling I felt in the dress! Priceless!
The fit was perfect! I am a full "C" cup and did not need a bra! The back looked beautiful!
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
March 21, 2016
Pockets and a cute neckline!
Worn for my senior prom and I'm so glad I picked this dress! The neckline and pockets were unique and I got complimented on the dress all night! I have bigger shoulders so the straps were a little tight but not bad at all! And a perfect length!
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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
March 21, 2016
Got so many compliments on this! I felt like a princess all night-so comfortable and fit perfectly.
It was a little snug getting the zipper up but I never felt like it was too tight. I'm very petite and most size zero dresses are loose. The length was perfect, I'm 5'3" and wore approx. 3.5 inch heels.
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 56
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
March 23, 2016
I felt almost magical in the dress.
Absolutely beautiful dress and I received so many compliments! The zipper is a bear.
Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Body type: Pear
March 29, 2016
Beautiful dress...once you can zip it up!
I loved wearing this dress to a black tie wedding. The skirt's fabric is a nice, heavy material, which made it a bit warmer on a cold spring night. As others have mentioned, the front slit and pockets (!!) are also great details. I also loved that I could wear a regular strapless bra without worry. The reason I gave this dress four instead of five stars is that it took a lot of effort to get the zipper over the seam where the skirt meets the top of the dress. For anyone out there who is similarly struggling, I found that the best way to do this was to flatten the zipper while pulling, rather than bunching the two sides together, which is what typically works best. Once I figured that out, I had no problem zipping the dress, though I definitely needed an extra set of hands to do it. That aside, the dress is stunning and sure to get you compliments all night long!
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
April 7, 2016
Work to work black tie event. Thank you RTR for the many compliments I received.
First time using RTR, but not the last. I'm 5'7" and wore 2" heels; regular length was perfect to fully cover my shoes. Reviews regarding difficult zipper are accurate; sticks when transitioning from the full skirt to the bodice. Once my husband figured out how hard he could pull, it was fine. I couldn't tell from the pictures that the bodice is actually black mesh with black velvet dots over blue fabric the same as the skirt. Also, hidden by the folds of the full skirt is a slit up the front of the dress. This made it easy to do stairs. I would definitely recommend this dress and rent it again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130lbs
April 12, 2016
My back up dress made the night truly amazing!
Gorgeous dress but runs VERY small. Wish it would have worked out. But my back up dress was stunning, too!
Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 19
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
April 12, 2016
This dress was fantastic! Very comfortable and easy to move in and the pockets were great
Fits very true to size but the top is snug. The zipper is tough to zip up because it gets caught but it is a fantastic dress I highly recommend it
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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 26
April 17, 2016
This dress was so beautiful and elegant! I received so many compliments!
This dress fits amazing, I was able to wear a regular strapless bra-win! It has pockets so I didn't need to purchase a clutch. I'm nearly 5'1 and the length was perfect with tall heels. The zipper was difficult to get up but we were able to do it with a little help. Highly recommend!
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 19
Bust size: 32D
Weight: 135lbs
April 19, 2016
Perfect dress.
The dress ran very true to size and I didn't have any issues with it. I will say that the zipper was a little bit difficult, but otherwise it was great. I wore this dress for prom and several people commented it was one of the best dresses of the night. It made me feel unstoppable.
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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 19
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 152lbs
April 19, 2016
This dress made me feel like a princess!
This dress is stunning! The color is beautiful & the fit is great. The back of the dress isn't as low as advertised in the model picture though. I could have worn the dress with a strapless bra & it wouldn't have shown. The zipper of this dress is the hardest thing to zip up. It took two people and 45 minutes to zip this dress up- that's why I gave it 4 stars. Overall though, this dress was beautiful & I will definitely be renting again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 21
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 140lbs
April 23, 2016
Beautiful!
This dress was very beautiful and I absolutely enjoyed wearing it. I loved the pockets and it was super comfortable to dance in. I wear a 36C and had no problem needing a bra. It was also incredibly easy to walk in. I ordered the regular length because I did not plan on wearing heels with it. It was a little short on me, even wearing flats. So, if you're tall, definitely order the tall! The zipper was impossible to get up over the bunch of fabric where the skirt meets the bodice. Eventually, my date had to use a pair of pliers to get the zipper up. I would recommend using pliers as we had tried other things for almost 30 minutes. The dress was also a pain to iron/steam as the dress came to me completely wrinkled, and the fabric seemed to be very wrinkle prone. I found it easiest to spread the fabric over the ironing board and steam it, rather than steaming while it was hanging like I typically do. Once I got the thing ironed enough for me to leave the house and got the zipper up, the dress was fantastic and felt very comfortable. Overall, I would recommend it for the comfort and pockets.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
April 26, 2016
Beautiful, glamorous gown
The fit was excellent, the only problem is the zipper. It took m husband several tries to get the zipper up. I received several compliments all night long! I'm 5'9 and wore 4 inch heels and the dress skimmed the ground.
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
May 1, 2016
I wore this to a black tie optional wedding and felt like a beautiful princess all night!
I ordered sizes 6 and 8 - both fit and looked great, I ended up wearing the 6 for a slightly more tailored look. I loved that there was no need to wear a bra with it :) And it looked gorgeous!! All the reviewers mentioned a tough zipper. I found that if I got help with the hook on the top, it was actually pretty easy to zip up the dress on my own (my mom and husband both tried to help me with the zipper first and it was actually tougher for them to do it - I think the angle of doing it yourself is better). One important thing - I'm 5' 6" and the regular length was exactly to the floor. I was planning on wearing heels with it and it looked ridiculous - so I had to make an emergency trip to buy sparkly flats. I felt funny wearing flats to a wedding at first but at the end, I ended up being super comfy all night :) I got compliments from everyone and felt invincible. Would definitely recommend it!
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