Olivia Gown

$170 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".)

Size & Fit Notes

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".)

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Length Chart

Dresses may not be offered in all of the above lengths.

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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321 reviews
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Large
(19)
True to Size
(141)
Small
(31)
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160lbs
November 8, 2014
I felt so pretty!
The length was perfect! I was even able to change into flats. The bodice was tight, but that was to be expected and I was thankful for that since it offered a little more support. My only issue was that the zipper was a little hard to get up and not because it didn't fit! My husband had to jerk it up past the hem where the bodice met the skirt. All in all it was a great dress!
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Size worn:
0P
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 29
May 12, 2016
Absolutely beautiful dress
Absolutely beautiful dress - made me feel like a star. Great material- stayed up all night.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
October 28, 2014
This dress was beautiful!!!
I was unable to wear it as it was too small in the bust and the next size up was unavailable, but the material and cut was unbelievable! I will definitely rent this in the future in my size.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 135lbs
October 29, 2014
AMAZING, FUN, FLIRTY and FORMAL - CAN"T wait to rent this one again.
This dress was so fun. Loved the pockets and also the dramatic skirt. Fabric and structure was very high quality. The top was also built to be very secure, so no need to keep pulling it up all night. If your are larger than a 36D, the top of this dress may not close, but otherwise i thought it was true to size (with no wiggle room for even a half size-up). Already trying to figure out when I have an occasion to rent it again. Perfect for a formal wedding or any formal event.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 30, 2014
I didn't end up wearing this dress. I didn't think it was formal enough for the even I was going to.
I thought this dress was very simple and nice. I felt it ran slightly small and tight in the bust area. I felt like it wasn't dressy enough for the occasion I was going to as in my mind thought it could have been worn to a more casual venue. It was as photo and it was my 2nd choice if the other did not fit. Length was good with the high low in back/front made it nice to show off your pretty pedicure and shoes. I would rent it if I have another venue to go to that is less formal but I would order next size up.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 56
Body type: Straight & narrow
October 30, 2014
Great 1st rental experience with RTR!
I was nervous but everything arrived right on time via UPS. Tried it on and it fit perfect!! The dress was so comfortable throughout the whole wedding. So glad I didn't have to wear any spanx. Nor did I carry a purse because it had 2 good sized pockets - loved that! Received many compliments and had a great time. I look forward to my next rental!!
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Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
November 2, 2014
Loved the dress!
Perfect fit. Great thick fabric and pockets. Loved this dress.
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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 133lbs
November 3, 2014
This night was just wonderful! The dress was perfect for our masquerade ball.
I'm normally a 6, so this ran a little bigger. Corsetted bodice with built in bra, empire waist, and voluminous bottom, with a slightly raised front hemline allowing for a peek at your shoes! Even though it was strapless, I wasn't pulling it up all night. Overall, the perfect dress. I blogged about the whole look here too, if you'd like details! >> http://bit.ly/1yQ4QA0
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Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
November 4, 2014
Beautiful dress. Would wear it again.
Absolutely loved this dress. I was unsure how it would fit so I ordered a size up as my backup. It ended up being too loose so I went with the 12L. The fabric looked so expensive and wrinkles from shipping steamed out quickly. I loved the side pockets and was comfortable all night. If you have cute shoes, this is the long dress to wear to show them off.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
November 3, 2014
Perfect dress for a black tie event!
This dress was perfect for the black tie gala that i recently attended. The dress is gorgeous and really well made. I ordered a 4R and a 6L and didn't really noticed a difference between the two lengths. I did end up wearing the bigger size because of the bodice. It was fairly snug up top so if you want more room I suggest ordering 1 size larger for your 2nd size. Other than the top being a little tight. This dress was easy to move around in and was super comfortable. It even has pockets! The only downside was that I had to return it!
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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 113lbs
November 9, 2014
So many looks
I love this dress. As with any petite girl wearing a strapless dress, a little fussing is involved. It ended up having a train because I am on the petite side. As with some other RTR dresses, they have been worn many times and clean many times. I didn't feel as though this dress was very "fresh". Had it been brand new I would have rated it a 5.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
November 12, 2014
great fundraising event felt fabulous got many compliments!
great fit beautiful dress had pockets!! would definitely recommend for a Black tie affair!
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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 109lbs
November 16, 2014
I was the best dressed, period.
First let me say that the dress is stunning in person. I felt beautiful in it and got tons of compliments through the night. The dress was long on me so i taped it up like 2 inches and the back still dragged to the floor. I'm 5'2" and wore 5" heels. Thats how the length was best. I decide to wear a belt. I notice that most ppl looked a little bunched up at the waist and imo the belt prevented that and was way more flattering. It made my waist look smaller. The bust is a little empty and i have decent size boobs so i wore a non padded strapless bra for extra support. Dress was very comfortable to dance in, not heavy even thou the fabric is thick. Overall i was very happy with this style. The reason i gave it 4 stars was the need for the belt, otherwise, i recommend it.
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Body type: Athletic
November 21, 2014
Tons of compliments. Such an simple elegant dress
True to size
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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 46
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 147lbs
November 24, 2014
Hip maximizer dress!
Most surprisingly, this dress has a layer of tulle that pads the stomach and hips! While this would be a great dress for someone with narrow hips, it is not one that most women with curves would find flattering. I did not wear it -- it was extremely unflattering. It also ran big, and I would recommend sizing down for the back-up dress.
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
November 24, 2014
Elegant and Perfect!
Loved this dress! This dress was a replacement, so I only tried on one size, but I have a feeling that it runs large because I almost never wear a size 2. My heels were about 3in and the back of the dress fell to the floor without dragging. The bottom of the dress has some "puff" to it which does make your bottom half look larger (but thats a no brainer....just look at the dress), but because I am relatively small on top and the dress is fitted there, I did not feel large in the least. All in all, I felt elegant and fun and I received so many compliments. Wish I could keep it!
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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
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:
0R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
December 3, 2014
Great dress, great fit. Lots of compliments.
Has a built in bra so the dress stayed up really well. Loved the raised hem line in the front - made it fun to see my shoes
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Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
December 14, 2014
AMAZING DRESS! SO FLATTERING!
I have absolutely NO CONS for this dress. The delivery was so fast and the dress does run a little large. The larger size was wearable but a little big in the bust, so I sized down and it fit incredible. SO many compliments! Definitely would recommend!
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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
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:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
December 16, 2014
Disappointed with the color- adorable dress
Gorgeous dress. Loved everything about it but the size that fit me was not in very good shape. The white top was more off-white. It was very noticeable because the size 0 that came (I didn't wear) was perfect.
Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 180lbs
December 18, 2014
This dress demands compliments!!!
I picked this off RTR for an event a friend of mine hosted. Overall the dress was very comfortable and I just loved it. I must say 1 it was not my first choice and 2 it made me feel a little over dressed BUT I received such wonderful and great compliments on it. I am so happy this one worked in my favor! I really love the style and designs of the designer, Monique Lhuillier! I paired the dress with a blazer I had and it worked. It was a lot of fabric on the bottom, but it had pockets....so I was SOLD!!!!!!!
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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 46
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
December 23, 2014
elegant and simple
I wore this for a black tie ball. Rented the 6 and 8 and wore the 6 as the 8 was too big on the bust (I am a 36C). Fun, easy, and classy dress. Very simple dress so I added a larger pearl and diamond necklace to give it an edge. Received lots of compliments. Great for dancing bc its shorter in the front so it's easy to move around.
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Size worn:
16R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 47
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: 50
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:
0R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 97lbs
January 9, 2015
Beautiful dress, but way too large for me.
This dress is beautiful. The material felt heavy and expensive, and there's a petticoat underneath the skirt, which gave it some nice volume. The length of the dress was fine for me when I wore 4" heels. However, it was much too large in the bust/waist area - it needed to be taken in 2-3 inches for the dress to work, so I ended up wearing my backup dress.
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Party
Age: 33
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:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 119lbs
January 12, 2015
I had a great time at my sister's 50th formal birthday , and the dress was perfect for the occasion.
Love the fit; true to size. The length was on point. I wore 3 inch heels and the dress feel perfectly in the back.
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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 26
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: 42
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:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135lbs
January 20, 2015
I rented this for the Opera and it was perfect!
I feel like this particular gown had been worn a number of times. Could see faint discolorations on the bodice, and the boning poked me a bit. The fabric was heavier than anticipated, but I wore this in January so that was great.
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
January 21, 2015
Very glamorous and flattering fit!
I loved this dress, it actually ended up being my second option after another one didn't fit and they were out of the other sizes, but I'm so glad that happened! I received a ton of compliments and felt very sophisticated, glamorous, etc! I would highly recommend this dress...plus it fit true to size which was nice since I have broad shoulders/back and a large bust.
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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 54
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:
14L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
January 22, 2015
This dress is super fun! I love the pockets and it is extremely comfortable!
I typically wear a size 14 dress and jeans. The 14L could not have fit more perfectly! This dress has very good bust support, I was impressed!
Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 20
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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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
January 25, 2015
This dress was so much fun!
I wish I didn't have to send this back. It was comfortable, classy, and it had pockets! I wore it to the Inaugural Ball and VIP party. Many compliments, including "that is the best dress of the night". I paired it with gold glitter heels and a statement necklace. I ordered a 4R and a 6L. I should have ordered a 4L, the 4 fit better on top but the 6 was the better length. I am usually a 4 or 6 in dresses, so I would recommend going a size down if you are in between sizes like me.
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Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
January 26, 2015
Classy dress and a wonderful fit! As other reviews suggested the zipper is a little tricky.
I ordered two dresses and I am so glad I did. My first pick had not been very well maintained (beads were falling off) so I went with option No. 2. The dress fit me perfectly. I felt fabulous.
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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
January 28, 2015
Fabulous dress! Perfectly formal.
Needs a belt.
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Size worn:
16R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 30
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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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
February 5, 2015
This dress has a little of everything! Very classy
I'm very short (5' 1'') and this dress was a great length with 3'' heels. Even though I usually wear a 4, I have a slightly bigger bust so I went up with the 6 and it fit perfectly. If you have a narrow upper body you probably do not need to go up in size. Pockets were useful as well :) I wore it to a formal black tie event and was comfortable all night, and the bodice makes the dress stay in place so you never have to pull it up!
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