Merlot Sheath

$55 – $75 rental?
$498 retail
Stylist Notes

An open back and hide-and-peek hem make this body-skimming ML Monique Lhuillier sheath luxe Accent the merlot hue with gold jewelry.

Size & Fit

Sized: 0-14, one length available. Regular measures 50'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6'')

We recommend Braza's Reusable Strapless Backless Adhesive Underwire Bra.

Product Details

Red lace (60% Cotton, 23% Rayon, 17% Nylon). Long sleeves. High neckline. Straight skirt with back slit. Open back. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 50” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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132 reviews
Fit
Large
(14)
True to Size
(65)
Small
(4)
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 32C
Weight: 130lbs
November 18, 2015
The back says it all!!
Fit was nice. Of course not custom so I could have used some tightening across the chest. Overall it was a very nice dress
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 28
November 25, 2015
This dress was the perfect combo of elegant and sexy!
This dress was easy to wear, relatively comfortable, and absolutely beautiful. The color was a deep red and the long sleeve lace detailing made me feel like a million bucks. The length is great for a formal wedding but gives the dress a sleekness that a longer dress doesn't necessarily have. The open back was the cherry on top: totally sexy. I wear a 4R which was just a SMIDGE too big but I feel that a 2 may have been too tight.
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 27
December 2, 2015
Went to a wedding for an old co-worker.
Fit perfectly! I was concerned about the length when I was first ordering it but it wasn't as long as I expected it to be. Also, it's basically impossible to clip the neck on your own so if you're getting dressed solo you might be in for a struggle. I definitely received a ton of compliments throughout the night. This was my first RTR rental and I will definitely rent again!
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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
December 9, 2015
Loved the look of the dress, but it was very loose on me.
Loved the look of this dress. I ordered this dress in a 0R and 2R...the 0R ended up fitting like a regular size 4...I had to make it work because I had no time to get another dress, but it seemed as if it had been stretched out in the waist area.
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
December 15, 2015
Different Look for a Black Tie Wedding
Dress was great for a black tie wedding. The long sleeves and high neck make it feel different from your standard dress. Fit is pretty true to size although the arms and neck fit a little tight. Sleeves have a zipper near the wrists if you get uncomfortable with the tightness. Color is amazing and the dress is easy to move in with being too stretchy.
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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
December 19, 2015
Classy!
The dress fit true to size, but I agree with another reviewer that the waist is loose. I was a little disappointed with the length being no where near the photo length but understand I'm tall. There isn't much give or stretch to the lace so avoid if you have bigger arms.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
December 28, 2015
Beautiful but runs large
I ordered this and the 8 as back up. The 6 was way too big. I may have been able to wear the 4 but I am afraid that even that would be too large in the bust area but too small under the armpits. The bust seems to be for a c cup or larger and they would need to be up up up. I was sad because I loved the style.
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
January 4, 2016
This dress was extremely beautiful. It felt elegant, sexy, and fit like a glove.
This dress was made for that elegant and classy look with a touch of sexiness. It was comfortable to wear and for a wintery January wedding it was perfectly warm with its nice long sleeves, high collar, and longish silhouette. I am 5'2" and the dress fell to about my shins. I will say that I normally wear a size 6 (5'2", 125lbs) in dresses, but for this dress I found that the 4R fit better. The 6R was too loose in the back and the sleeves. The 4R fit my arms and back perfectly but was slightly tight in the butt. I have a little more in that area than up top so someone with a more balanced bottom would probably not have that issue. Nonetheless, it was not enough for me to want to wear the 6R instead. I got lots of compliments on the dress and I felt like a million bucks wearing it. The recommendation is for a backless strapless bra, which I wore, but honestly if you don't have a lot of cleavage (I wear a 34C) you would probably be fine without it since the front is slightly padded in that area. The neck clasp and sleeve zippers are a little challenging on your own to put together, but I managed. Lace thong was ideal for underneath and showed no panty lines since there was a lace overlay on the dress. The neck part does not choke and feels very light, so if you are sensitive to having things around your neck this is probably not going to bother you.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 23
January 5, 2016
Perfect dress! Still getting compliments on it! The perfect blend of sexy and classy!
I wore this to my friend's January 2nd wedding. The high neck and long sleeves let me move around comfortably throughout the day and the open back added some spice. I usually wear a 2 but the only size available was a 4 and I'm so glad! The 4 fit perfectly, even though it was a little loose around my waist/chest I would not have wanted it any tighter (especially after the holidays haha). It hit just below mid-calf which was surprising because everything is usually way too long on me! So if you're like me and have short legs don't worry. The sleeves zip which was convenient for adjusting where you want them to hit on your wrists.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
January 6, 2016
Appropriately sexy
Very pretty dress, lace made it sexy but style made it appropriate for formal events. Wore this to a Wedding and everyone loved it! I'm 5'8 about 135lbs and the dress fit very well. I wish the sleeves were longer like on the model and there was a little extra fabric in the stomach area. But overall it was form fitting and comfortable. Definitely would recommend this dress if you want to stand out.
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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
January 7, 2016
Beautiful Dress. Professional packaging. On time delivery. One happy customer!
Worn for NYE! The reviews were spot on. I wear a 34dd and the 14 gaped along the sides, so I went with the 12 which fit perfectly. You do need assistance to button the neck portion. The back is not too low that you can't wear a low waist support garment, though I chose not to wear one. Very classy & chic choice. Would totally recommend. Only draw back was the length. The stock photos make the dress appear as if it is midi length. On me, it hit right above the calf and I'm 5'7. However, I knew it would be a tad bit shorter as this dress was recommended for heights through 5'6 in the description. Overall, I was throughly satisfied with my RTR experience and will rent again!
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Age: 26
January 7, 2016
Unable to wear.
Unfortunately, this dress was far too loose in the mid section to wear. I have a small waist which I like to highlight, but this dress wasn't structured to do so. I normally wear a size 10, but this was not form fitting; and therefore gaped in the (open) back. Sleeves fit great, and so did the hips. Pretty collar. Firm fabric.
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
January 11, 2016
I LOVED this dress! It was so comfortable and the color/lace is beautiful IRL.
I wore this dress to a wedding for one of my colleagues. The long sleeves and high neck felt really professional and classy, but the cut out back added some fun to the look. The sleeves were a bit tight at the wrist, but they have small zippers so that was a plus. The material underneath the lace is thick enough and fitted to not have to worry about a bra (you can't wear a normal one because of the back). I would 100% recommend this dress!
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 36
January 14, 2016
Felt like a movie star~!
Loved this dress! I rented this dress to wear to my friend's NYE wedding. I was a littler nervous that it would look too "old" since the top was so high, but the back of the dress really is what makes it. The length of the dress came to me knee and it was fitted without feeling like I was stuffed in the dress; I couldn't be happier. I sadly don't have any pictures of me in the dress but take my word for it; it's a show stopper :) Beautiful dress- RENT IT; you will stand out from those other mundane dresses out there! For size purposes, I am 5"8 and about 140 pounds, I definitely should have got the 6R, but ended up renting the 8R since they didn't have it in the smaller size.
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 45
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 165lbs
December 21, 2015
I literally felt like Cinderella. I received several compliments. Great dress for Xmas party.
Nice form fitting, you can go without a bra if you so choose, however I used gel cups to keep everything in place. You need help with the 4 clasp at the neck line so make sure you have extra hands available
Cam January 28, 2016
Martina, you look beautiful!! Your review and photo have totally sold me on this dress. You are KILLING it!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
January 29, 2016
Conservative in the front, fun in the back
Dress is a bit shorter than shown on model, so works for tall and shorter girls! Loved the shape of this, and the higher neck. The open back was a sexy touch. Got tons of compliments!
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
January 29, 2016
I did not get to wear this dress because my event was cancelled but RTR customer service was amazing
Overall, the fit was a bit loose but the dress was gorgeous and a nice dark shade of red. I'm normally a 2 or 4 in dresses but the 2 was a little bit on me.
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Party
February 4, 2016
Stunning dress, very elegant and sexy.
Fit beautifully but definitely go one size down if you want a fitted look. Comfortable and very chic would highly recommend.
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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
February 13, 2016
Loved this dress! This was my first time using RTR and I will rent again! This dress was amaze!
Dress was beautifully packaged! I wasn't sure what to expect for my first time renting but it was above and beyond! The dress was in impeccable condition. I ended up going with the size 0. Both sizes for me but the 2 was a little loose in the tummy section so I went with the smaller size. This dress is a wine colored , long sleeve number. No need to wear a bra because of the fit. The turtle neck part is a little snug but doable. I paired this dress with black heels and black edgy earrings to be more in trend. If you're debating about this piece it's totally worth the month. The back is open back, it's classic conservative is the front and in length (hits right below my knee. I am 5'4) but a party with the subtly sexy open back! Loved it!
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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 105lbs
February 14, 2016
EVERYONE thought my dress was amazing and I felt amazing in it!!
This dress was perfect. Elegant, classy, and sexy! It was perfect - I'd even rent it again! I have no complaints at all!!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
February 14, 2016
Lack luster
Too short of sleeves, combine with no seam-work through the exterior bodice made for a poor fit.
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
February 15, 2016
The packaging was great and return process was super easy
It's a little loose around the waist but besides that the dress was beautiful. It was classy and I was comfortable and able to dance the night away.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 27
February 16, 2016
THIS DRESS <3
This was my first RTR order, and it will be a hard one to top!! If you are considering this dress, just order! I felt conservative, but sexy in a lady like way :) The fit was perfect. True to size.
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 26
February 16, 2016
I loved this dress! It is formal and elegant and yet sexy with the open back!
I wore it to a red carpet event in LA and got tons of compliments. I am 5' 11" and it fit a bit shorter than it shows on the model, but it still looked good. The sleeves were long enough. I usually wear a size 6 and that's what I wore this night as well. I agree it was a bit looser in the mid section than on my legs but it wasn't anything anyone would notice.
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Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Age: 29
February 18, 2016
Eye popping but classy!
It ran a little small because the lining had little give/spandex and the overlay is lace. However, I loved the length and it was really thick and held you in without feeling like you needed any strong undergarments -- not that you could wear them anyway! It was a bit of a bold pick for a Christmas party, but I loved the color and the way I felt!
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Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Body type: Apple
February 21, 2016
Dress from the front was wonderful, the back was too loose.
I rented this dress for a formal affair. When I tried the dress on, it looked wonderful. However, the opening at the back (which is just as low and open as the picture depicts) was actually rather loose. I'm not sure if I wasn't filling it out the proper way or if the dress had been stretched out over the course of its previous rentals. Depending on how I turned in the dress someone would have been able to see around my shape. The color is wonderful and it is a stunning dress. I hope to rent the dress again in the future as I continue in my weight loss journey.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
February 24, 2016
SO many compliments on this dress!
I wore this dress for a wedding and it could not have been more perfect. The open back was my favorite part! However the open back is too low for a regular bra so I suggest sticky boobs (or if you have small boobs like me just go without one)!
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
February 27, 2016
Very impressed with my first rent the runway purchase!
Very beautiful color for winter. Fun to match lipstick to outfit. The arms were a bit tight and sleeves shorter than the model but has some stretch to it so more comfortable as I wore it. The waist is a bit loose as well but overall very happy with the fit. I'm only 5'2 and was worried about the length but it was perfect. Also I have a large chest and was so happy that it fit so great that I wouldn't have needed a bra with a backless style.
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 31
February 28, 2016
Comfortable and pretty - but not 100% as pictured
Not nearly as long as pictured, which was a bit of a bummer because I liked the look. And I'm not tall with legs for days, either - basically the opposite. Not sure if it's just because it's 'used' and been cleaned a few times? But the hem is about 3" below knee. Was also between a 2 and a 4 - went with the 4 to get a bit of extra room since we were driving a distance to this wedding and not just getting ready in a hotel and going.
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
March 4, 2016
Marine Corp Ball "after party"
So no this was not my dress for the official Marine Corps Ball but it was my pick for the after gathering. Yes I changed! I loved this dress, it is so elegant, and sexy! The lace on the neck and arms sold me! No it didn't itch or get caught on any of my jewelry (that necklace I'm wearing is also rented from RTR and goes perfect with it)! Tons of compliments through the whole night. I'd rent this again, but I took too many pics and people would know :-D LOL
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 142lbs
March 11, 2016
Unique and stunning!
I wore this to a wedding and got compliments all night! Needed a little fashion tape on the sides to keep it securely in place, but I probably would have been okay without it. I ordered the 6, but I may have been able to wear a 4 if I had rented that, there was a little room in the hips.
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 188lbs
March 12, 2016
this dress was perfect !
i wore this dress to an outdoor florida wedding. it was way too steamy hot ! I'm in-between a size 8 and 10 . I had to wear the 10 because the sleeves on the 8 were too tight. i was very comfortable in the 10. It was roomy.not skin tight. The bra situation was an issue. i just had a baby and am now a 38D from 36c. i wasn't used to worrying about a bra. you will need some sort of backless bra if you're busty. over all tons of compliments ,comfortable, classy,
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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 29
March 13, 2016
Elegant yet sexy- Felt amazing!
This dress is just beautiful. I'm so happy I went with this one over the 5 others I was torn about. Received so many compliments especially from my fiancé. If you want to feel like a million bucks while staying classy yet having some sex appeal definitely rent this dress! I wish I could have kept it. Note: The tummy area runs a little on the baggier side. I feel I'm usually a 6 but the 4R fit so much better with still some room in the midsection for eating and drinking :)
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
March 24, 2016
Felt amazing in this dress!
This dress was perfect for a Gala! I was worried that I would need spanx to smooth everything out, but I didn't need it with this dress, which is good because of the low back. The dress is made well with nice thick material and the 8R fit great without making me feel uncomfortable! Since I'm short (5'3"), the length was perfect! As others have mentioned, you definitely need help fastening the 4 neck clasps. Would definitely recommend this dress!!!
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Body type: Hourglass
March 27, 2016
Beautiful dress
Loved this dress! Received tons of compliments all night. The dress fits very well and is not super fitted in the stomach area. Length was nice as it hit below my knee as I expected. While you can't wear a bra, I used a masking tape trick to lift my girls up! Would rent again!
KatieOctober 17, 2016
Would love to hear about the masking tape trick!
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 156lbs
April 2, 2016
Very feminine classy yet sexy!
I wore it with tights because it was an outdoor wedding in winter so it rode up a little. Other than that is was perfect!
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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
April 4, 2016
Sassy and classy
I rented this dress for a gala, and it was the perfect combination of classy (in the front) and sassy (in the back). It fit true to size, and I didn't need a bra. Tip: Have someone on hand to help you get in and out of it. The four hook and eye closures in the back are tough to clasp on your own!
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 138lbs
April 4, 2016
TO DIE FOR DRESS!
Love, love, love! Don’t hesitate yo rent this dress- make sure to order your skirt size if you are a split size like me (4 on Bottom, 6 on top) the backless style gives you as bit more leeway on top. This dress is stunning, sexy, elegant, easy to wear and comfortable.
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
April 14, 2016
Absolutely stunning and classy dress!
The color is a nice merlot wine color. The material is nice and thick and lined. I felt so classy and sexy in this dress. I loved the length (midi) and the high collar neck. Would definitely recommend this dress for any occasion: wedding, date night, GNO, etc.
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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
April 19, 2016
Rich color, fun dress!
I rented this for a spring wedding and it was perfect. There was a blizzard the day of the wedding so the sleeves were fantastic. The dress fits well and the back is really fun! I recommend this dress and would rent it again.
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