Olivia Gown

$86 to buy
$598 retail
Stylist Notes

A high-low hemline modernizes this classic black tie gown by ML Monique Lhuillier. Keep the look simple-chic with BEN-AMUN's Honeycomb Stud Earrings and clean heels.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size down for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 14.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Fitted - comfortable room for 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 strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black and White Silk Faille (100% poly faille). Strapless. Straight neckline. Full skirt with high low hemline and hidden side pockets. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. See size and fit tabs for length. Imported.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 103lbs
November 30, 2014
Elegantly simple dress for a black tie event.

Paired it with a dramatic necklace to jazz it up. Was very easy to dance and sit in. Bodice is well constructed and fits nicely. My bust line is larger than normal (had a baby two months ago) and the dress still fit well. I think it would work for a variety of body types.

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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
December 15, 2014
Pretty close to perfect

I wore this for my company holiday black tie event. It fit perfectly, however the zipper is SUPER TRICKY. The only reason it's not a 5 star rental. Not sure if others have had this issue, but I definitely needed someone else to help me, this also rang true for my backup size. Other than that, I got compliments all night and the pockets are super convenient. Also I'm pretty tall, close to 6ft with the heels and the regular length was perfect.

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Size worn:
16R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 48
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 195lbs
January 2, 2015
When I realized that it wasn't too small, or too long!

I was so excited to get this dress! I wore it for our New Year's Eve Party. I've been losing weight, and wasn't sure it would fit, but it did.... Could've even been a little more snug in the bust..... But otherwise, it was a great! I would recommend highly!!!!!

Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135lbs
January 2, 2015
Stunning dress and excellent service!

I wore this to a black tie New Year's Eve gala. I felt like a princess! It was elegant, lightweight, and had pockets! The fit is true to size. It was a perfect length for me with 5" heels. The look was classic, elegant and timeless paired with the red shoes and mask. I will rent this again!!!!!! The only bad part of the experience was having to part with the dress and send it back!

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Age: 34
January 11, 2015
Had so many compliments!

Fit was perfect and the length is great for wearing a really pretty/fun shoe if necklaces aren't your thing.

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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
January 13, 2015
Fits very well! Received compliments all night long!

I wore it to my company's annual fundraiser (Tux N Tennies.. Which explains the sneakers!) It was my departments function so I needed a dress that was easy to move around in! This was the perfect dress because I had the opportunity to highlight my shoes but still had the formal appeal because it was floor length in the back. My most favorite part was the pockets. I received compliments all night long! It's very comfortable and fits true to size! I am 5'10 and I wore the 10L.. Normally you would wear heels with this dress so I would definitely suggest getting a Long if you are a taller girl!

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 44
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
January 18, 2015
Loved this dress! Perfect for the event! I really loved that it had pockets. Classic and elegant!

#glamorous

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 55
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 146lbs
January 21, 2015
Perfect Ballgown!

Loved the look of this dress! I wanted a ballgown for the TX Inaugural Ball and the hi-lo style of this gown was perfect. And the pockets!! Loved the pockets. Dress fit true to size and since I'm not really fond of my hips/thighs, this style was just what I needed. Great dress!!

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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 21
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 159lbs
January 25, 2015
The dress was beautiful! Needless to say I will definitely be using rent the run way again

The fit was great at the bust not to tight and not overly revealing the only con was the bones in the dress stabbed me every time I sat down

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 41
January 28, 2015
Fabulous dress! Perfectly formal.

Needs a belt.

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Size worn:
16R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 31
January 30, 2015
I received compliments from *everyone* with this gown! While it looks 'simple', it says Classy!

My first experience with this Company and (more importantly) THIS dress completely *made* my evening! While I may have had dresses at home, they didn't fit in a flattering way and this dress made me feel like I was truly on the Red Carpet! The fabric was high-quality and similar to a thick brocade, so it was perfect for a January evening. However, it wasn't bulky and an under-layer of tulle gave it just the right shape, without it being a ball-gown or feeling weighted down. The *pockets* were my favorite aspect, as I didn't need to carry a clutch or spend extra time/money trying to find one in red (to go with my shoes). My hands were free to enjoy a glass of wine & hug others! While the hemline was not a dramatic hi/lo hem as in the picture, it's probably not because of the dress! It's because I'm only 5'1 and wore a 3-inch heel, but I was glad that I also wasn't tripping on the dress all night either. However, it did create a slight train in back, so I had to keep warning the Boyfriend to be careful. I agree with other reviews and opted not to wear a strapless bra, however I *did* wear Spanx because the white bust/waist area fit better, it eliminated any hip/tummy issues, AND the zipper worked better, too. I think the strapless bra just created too much thickness/fabric underneath, and with this modern, classic style, you *don't* want ample cleavage and my 36DD ladies were still comfortable with the gentle boning in the bust & there was no show-through. If ladies are worried about hips or their mid-section, DO wear Spanx, but DON'T wear a bra & pull the dress a little lower. I promise it won't fall down and the seam where the black and white fabric meet should hit at your waistline. It shouldn't be quite an "empire waist". This dress arrived a day early (the 26th instead of 27th), and I truly was sad to mail it back on my last day of rental! I got so many compliments that I spent most of the evening telling the other attendees about Rent the Runway! I would definitely rent this dress again (and probably will!), and with a back-up size in your arsenal for free, you can't go wrong with this Company! And that's coming from a 1st-time Renter :)

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
February 8, 2015
This dress is stunning! I heard compliments on this dress all night.

Obsessed with this dress. I wish I could wear it for every formal event. Tight up top, but worth it for the way the dress for.

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Size worn:
16R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
February 9, 2015
I received so many compliments and felt like a princess!

I had ordered 2 other dresses that I didn't love, this was my back up. I usually wear a 14 but they only had 16r. It fit big in the top so I pinned it to help the fit. Other than that it was perfect. It's puffy and very comfortable. Not as dramatic cut hi/lo as in the photo but the material was thick enough to hold its shape and was able to wear it right outta the box. I wore this to a prom theme bday party, danced all night long and received lots of compliments - felt like a princess. Would def recommend!!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
February 11, 2015
Loved the pockets!

The best part about this dress is the pockets.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 46
February 16, 2015
Loved it! Runs small if you are big chested, but otherwise fits great! Loved the pockets!

So comfortable, moved great.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
February 20, 2015
Classic, simple, elegant, glam, EASY

Wore to holiday party, received many compliments from the guys and the ladies. Would have sized down (usually an 8 across the board) however the 8R top was silver, not white - weird and kind of a bummer. Luckily the larger back up size (10L) was a true white on top and fit just fine once I added a strapless bra. Def needed help zipping. Pockets were wonderful - deep enough for phone, keys, and lipstick. The modest hi-low hem meant that the R or L length didn't really matter - but you definitely want great shoes since they will peek out.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 44
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
February 21, 2015
I felt like a princess in this dress! It was so beautiful.

I would have preferred to go up a size but it was not available. By the end of the night the boning in the dress began to hurt.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 170lbs
February 23, 2015
Absolutely LOVED this dress! The pockets were a huge bonus.

This was my first RTR experience so I was crazy nervous. Ordered the 12l and 14l for a masquerade ball on a Saturday. Dresses and a necklace came Friday and the 12 fit PERFECTLY! I felt beautiful strutting around with my hands in my pockets like I owned the ball. It was a comfortable and classy and I wanted to keep it!

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
March 31, 2015
Loved the hi-lo

The dress fit very well. I am usually between and 4 and 6 and the 4 fit great. I felt like I did not look as skinny as I would like in pictures because the full skirt starts hi at a natural waist but the dress was definitely a statement.

Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 37
April 12, 2015
Confidence in a dress!

My friends were calling me a Disney Princess! This dress is awesome and fun to wear. I felt confident and like the belle of the ball! It was a little poofier through the hips than I would have liked, but that's the point of the dress. Perfect for any black tie or formal affair...and love that you can show off your shoes since it's a bit shorter in the front.

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 28
May 1, 2015
I wore this to my law firm's black tie gala - elegant and understated, but still fresh.

This was a black tie work event, so I wanted to look elegant but have fun with my outfit. This dress was super comfortable and so chic. I received compliments all night and for the entire week after at work!

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Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
May 4, 2015
it was my first time wearing a dress :)

I looooooved this dress so much. I was chaneling Audrey Hepburn and I felt like a princess! mind that I'm a boy and had no boobs to hold that dress up lol I liked how they gave a free sample fashion tape but the problem is that that didn't really help as much as I thought it would ( ended up going to Michael's last minute to get some double sided tape coz' the fashion tape was not enough ) Like I said I didn't have anything to fill the chest area of the dress so I ended up having to pull it up throughout the night. Maybe I should've gotten the 0L size instead but that might've been too small. Overall this dress was amazing, package came at the time allotted, and I felt like a princess at my prom ! I'd give it a 5 star if only not for the sample kit fashion tape which I thought would be more than enough to hold the dress up for me!

mt0812May 4, 2015
You look awesome! Thanks for sharing your review!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
May 6, 2015
Perfect black and white gown

I was worried because both sizes weren't available for shipping, but the 2L ended up working just fine. Love the pockets. Love that it was longer in the back. Perfect for tall girls. I was able to wear with kitten heels. ML never fails with her dresses!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 175lbs
May 13, 2015
Fabulous dress. Perfect for a formal wedding.

I added Chanel pearls, louboutins, and red lipstick. Was absolutely FABULOUS. Wish I could've kept it!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
May 24, 2015
Endless compliments!

This dress was perfect for a black tie wedding at at high end venue. I received compliments all night. I am a 34DDD and was worried about sizing. A RTR consultant helped me choose the size and it worked out great. There is a built in bra and plenty of boning. A good choice for larger chested ladies - you only need to worry about fitting on top since the bottom of the dress essentially fits all.

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Size worn:
14R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Bust size: 36B
May 25, 2015
Beautiful!

Beautiful dress! Boning starting to come out a bit, so lots of poking, but still a very fun dress for a formal affair!

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 18
May 31, 2015
Everything was just so great! The order came in perfect time and the dress fit perfectly! Loved it!

The dress fit really well and I loved the pockets! Everything was great!

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Age: 29
June 21, 2015
The dress was exactly what was pictured online and fit just as I expected it to.

Fit - like a glove. Pro - extremely fast shipping/delivery, great customer service when zipper was broken - they offered to reimburse me for a tailor to fix the zipper asap or overnight me a new dress selection - both great solutions. Con - the dress arrived with a broken zipper. It was pulled away from the fabric and wouldn't move.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
June 24, 2015
I was close to in between the two sizes I relieved and needed to go up based on bust.

This dress was classic and a statement-maker in one! I received compliments all night and felt fabulous.

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Size worn:
16R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 175lbs
July 1, 2015
This was a great dress!

The fabric is a little heavy but I wore it for an event in December so that was fine. I loved the bottom and how it exposed the shoes!

Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 147lbs
July 26, 2015
Classy

I'm a 38-40 C and had to use the 12R I ordered so my chest would fit. I'm glad I sized up just in case!This was my first time renting. The dress worked out well!

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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
July 26, 2015
The service, packaging, and shipment is so easy. Love it.

Remember that designer and formal wear usually runs a bit smaller; and I have a large bust. I needed some help getting into it, but I felt great and received tons of compliments. I officiated a wedding in the dress and planned to change, but I was comfortable and danced the night away in this!

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 36
August 3, 2015
Elegance at its best!

I wish I got the petite 0 because even with my 4 inch heals the dress was touching the ground. Other than that the dress was a huge hit!

Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 45
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 149lbs
August 13, 2015
Beautiful dress and I felt special wearing it!

I wore this to a nursing gala and I received several compliments on my dress!! Loved wearing it!! Great fit!!

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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 37
August 20, 2015
Great dress! So comfortable! I felt very elegant!

Perfect fit! True to size. Very comfortable. And it has pockets! Might have been my favorite feature!

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Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32DD
August 27, 2015
I loved having the extra size! Also the new rtr shipping bags are awesome

The dress runs small in the breast area. I am always a size 0L but I had to go up to the 2 L for this dress because it was smaller in the top than I'm used to. My waist fit fine in both the 0 and 2 so I would say it runs true to size if you have smaller breasts. I'm a 32 DD so I needed the extra space in the 2. The lining in the top part is pretty thick and has a rubber strip around the top to help keep the dress up so you don't need to worry about wearing a bra which was really nice. The fabric is a lot thicker and nicer than the picture online shows.

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
September 2, 2015
My Audrey Hepburn moment.

I felt like a princess in this dress. Prefect for my high school's 50th anniversary gala. I was stopped multiple times during the night with comments on the dress - everyone from little kids at the hotel to random men and women. Photo is of me trying the dress on as I don't have a full length pic of the dress that night. I first tried in the dress with my awesome strapless bra. The 6 didn't fit with the bra on -- thank goodness there is a built in bar that works! I'm so happy with rent the runway, that I ordered another dress for my brothers wedding this weekend!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
September 10, 2015
So gorgeous!

Absolutely loved this dress but I ordered a 6 and it was just too small in the bust for a 34d. I will definitely order it again in a larger size!!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 116lbs
September 16, 2015
Classy for back tie wedding

This dress was beautiful and classy.. Fit was perfect. I'm a little under 5'2, 115 pounds, 32D and the 2R fit perfect. The 0R was way to right on my chest I could only half way zip up. I received so many compliments. And it was very comfortable to wear. However, at the end of the night around midnight the back zipper came apart! Thankfully I was in the bathroom and my husband came to the rescue with his coat. And the reception was at the hotel I was staying at so I just went upstairs and changed into the dress I wore to the church ceremony during the day. Overall excellent experience and I will rent again.

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Size worn:
16R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 24
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 220lbs
October 5, 2015
Perfect dress for my event!

This was my first RTR experience and I am very impressed. The dress was gorgeous, exactly what I thought it would be. The only negatives were the zipper, which would get stuck on the fabric right around where black and white meet, and the wire support on the torso felt like it was digging into my skin when I was sitting. Overall though, I loved the dress. It arrived right on time, and I love that RTR sends two sizes. The dress was perfect length with my shoes, and I could move around in it easily. I'm very happy with my experience and will definitely use RTR again

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