ML Monique Lhuillier

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$30 rental
$448 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Get elegant in lace for the party. This gold infused dress by ML Monique Lhuillier will be a cocktail showstopper! Really make it pop with accessories like Kenneth Jay Lane’s Ruby Red Drop Earrings, Cara Accessories’ Gold Dress Me Up Bracelet and Whiting & Davis’ Hollywood Boulevard Clutch.

Also available in sizes 0-14.

Size & Fit

Sized: 16W - 22W

Size & Fit Notes

Sized: 16W - 22W

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Product Details

Black and gold lace (98% polyester, 2%,metallic). Illusion cap sleeves. Illusion lace boat neckline. Pencil skirt with scallop laced hem. Hidden back zipper. Keyhole back with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. 40” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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33 reviews

Fit
Small 25
True to Size 5
Large 0
Photos 14
Mary
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 64
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 174 lbs
Nov 22, 2013

Not what I expected, one size too small and the other too big-have to go shopping immediately

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
If you are a larger women with a bit of a stomach and hips this isn't the dress for you - had to return it.
Marva
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 43
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190 lbs
Dec 16, 2013

The ability to order to order 2 sizes to insure the right fit.

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I got sick and was unable to attend the event for which I rented this dress. But it was beautiful. I ordered both the 16W & 18W. The 18W fit but was still snug (my spanx made it work though). If you are very hippy, you will definitely have to go up at least one size. In most fitted dresses, I wear a 16W.
Elizabeth
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 200 lbs
Dec 18, 2013

So pretty -- but small through the hips

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
Beautiful gold overlay! But this dress is not for the pear-shaped. I wear 16M jeans, and the last dress I bought was a 14W, so I figured the 16W would be fine -- It's really more of a 16M. Fit through the bust and waist (my waist is fairly thick right now, so this was a surprise), but the 16 was so tight on the hips I couldn't bend over. The dress has no give. Go at least 1 size up.
siera
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 3, 2014

No stretch. Size up if you have any curves. Lace detail was gorgeous.

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
No Stretch Size Up Lace Details
Kristin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190 lbs
Apr 1, 2014

Looked great at a friend's wedding!

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
This dress is SO elegant and gorgeous! It was very flattering, though I couldn't wear any of my shapewear underneath it due to the low neck/backline... but it was heavily lined and boned so that no lumps/bumps showed at all. I had people complimenting me all night, asking me if it was vintage, telling me it was just gorgeous - I am not used to that kind of attention! My husband was grinning from ear to ear having the star of the night (well, besides the bride ;)) on his arm! Thanks again, RTR!
Beonee
Age: 24
May 4, 2014

Great dress for any party or wedding. I was getting compliments all night.

Size worn: 20W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Beautiful dress, but had to order a bigger size. There is absolutely no give to the material. The staff at Rent the Runway were very helpful and sent me a bigger size in time for my event.
Mary Ann
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 70
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 215 lbs
May 14, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous dress.

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I didn't wear it because it was too dressy for the occasion. I would rent it again for a more formal occasion.
RentingGirl
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 245 lbs
May 22, 2014

Beautiful but no give

Size worn: 20W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I loved this dress so much, however when I got it, I couldn't wear it. It fit but had no breathing room. It really had no give at all, and I was afraid that if I tried to sit down it could rip!
Kimberly
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 188 lbs
Jun 3, 2014

Graduating Day

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Everyone loved my dress. The only thing is there is a hook on the back of the dress that kept coming undone luckily I had long hair so it was not noticeable. I was able to wear both sizes the 16 and 18 however the 16 was a little snug which I wore have gotten but I was going tot a graduation and I did not want to rip the dress. Size 18 I felt comfortable but the dress was a little big.
Melissa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Body type: Hourglass
Jun 16, 2014

great dress!

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved this dress. it looked great on my hourglass figure and with a little help from a sticky bra, it made my cleavage look fantastic, but it was a bit more modest with the lace on the chest. Sitting was a little uncomfortable, but otherwise I felt great in it. My only complaint might be the excess material in the under-arm area that was just too loose. Gorgeous dress, though and I definitely recommend it!
Rebecca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 200 lbs
Jun 17, 2014

Classic Elegance

Size worn: 20W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
I looked at the sizing for this dress before renting and went bigger since it ran rather small. I could probably have gone a size smaller, but this still fit nicely. Great elegant LBD that's jazzed up a bit with the illusion neckline and gold lace. Loved!
Lesley-Ann
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 214 lbs
Jul 17, 2014

Runs small size up!

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
This was a back up to my back up dress. It came and I tried on right out the box couldnt even get it over my hips. I got the 16W. Which should of worked. LOL but didnt.
Rachael
Top Contributor
Age: 28
Jul 26, 2014

The dress was absolutely perfect for the occasion.

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Before renting I am glad I looked at reviews. It is a smaller fit so one size up was perfect. Had a blast rocking it all night!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Aug 4, 2014

Great fit and sparkle for a night on the town!

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Vacation
This ran a little small, but was a great fit overall. I got a ton of compliments from strangers! The sweetheart neck did dip a little low exposing my strapless. If I wore this again, I would definitely need a black strapless.
Jamie
Top Contributor
Age: 29
Aug 18, 2014

Didn't end up wearing

Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
Ran small and didn't have next size up available, but thought the dress was still really pretty!
Eve
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 240 lbs
Aug 25, 2014

This dress was too short for me but I really loved it! Wished I could have worn it.

Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Runs small. Beautiful dress though!
kathleen
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 60
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 210 lbs
Sep 13, 2014

I couldn't,t wear the dress. It was to small.

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
The dress is beautiful but the cut around the hips is to small. I am 5' 10" and weigh around 210. I got the dress on but it was really tight around the hips. I had to go to another store that night and I purchased a dress in size 16 that fit perfectly but wasn't,t as pretty. Very disappointed. I did call to see if they could ship the next size but it was unavailable.
Rebecca
Age: 31
Sep 14, 2014

Classy and flattering

Size worn: 22W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved it! I was worried because I'm two sizes bigger in bottom than on top, so sheath dresses are normally a bad idea for me, but it was so pretty that I couldn't resist! It looked beautiful! The spacious bust area wasn't noticeable because of the way it was cut, and it was comfortable, which isn't normally true for me with dresses that don't stretch. :)
Nicole
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 227 lbs
Sep 22, 2014

Too small

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I rented this dress for a wedding, but was not able to wear it becuse it ran so small and therefore did not fit. Definitely size up at least 1, maybe 2 sizes!
Jen
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Body type: Full Bust
Oct 20, 2014

This was my first experience with RTR and it was so easy and the dress was clean.

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
The dress was beautiful and I got lots of compliments on it. However, the neckline was lower than I thought and even with the lace I was pulling the dress up the entire night. The dress runs small and I'm glad I read the other reviews and got a dress size up. Very pretty but wouldn't recommend wearing if you want to dance or move around a lot. I will be renting again - just maybe a different dress.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Nov 8, 2014

It looked expensive on and photographed gorgeously.

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
It looked expensive on and photographed gorgeously. All my friends thought it looked comfortable and well tailored to my body. It was casual enough that I didn't upstage anyone at the wedding -- very important -- but glamorous enough I felt like myself.
meghan
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Apple
Weight: 210 lbs
Nov 10, 2014

Beautiful fabric & pattern but runs small and is very straight.

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
Luckily I ordered 2 dresses bc this one was too snug to move in. Ordered an 20, barely could get it zipped and there would have be no sitting down in it! Dress was long, below the knees so it might work better on someone 5'6"+. The dress by itself was really pretty, mesh overlay and gold pattern/detailing looked classy but the dress had no shape when on...looked like a long tube. Had my friend try it on that is a 14/16 and even though it fit her better and she's taller, this dress just didn't do anything for her figure. Definite disappointment compared to the model in the picture.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Dec 9, 2014

Being able to wear a beautiful dress on a small budget

Size worn: NONE
Rented for: Party
This dress was beautiful. I agree with the other reviewers that it does run small. It has a snug fit and sucks you in where you need it. I didn't wear it as it didn't feel party appropriate. It's more suited for a wedding.
Kylee
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Dec 9, 2014

Birthday Dress

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
I rented this for my birthday but was unable to wear it because it was a little too small. I would recommend going up a size, but this is a beautiful dress.
Jane
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165 lbs
Dec 11, 2014

Runs quite small

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I ordered this for my sister who normally wears a 18-20 in dresses. It would not even zip. While we considered having her stand against the wall all night to cover the gaping zipper we figured that would be no fun. Needless to say--she didn't end up wearing it but the fabric and style were gorgeous. I wish RTR went up to 24 in this size so my sister could have worn the dress.
Vicky
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 210 lbs
Dec 21, 2014

This dress was a winner! Perfect for my work holiday party!

Size worn: 20W
Rented for: Party
I was worried the dress wouldn't fit my wide hips but it actually fit great. The only area that didn't fit well was the underarm area. It was very loose and I had to keep my arms down the entire night so you couldn't see the gap. Overall a great party dress! I received many compliments on the fit and the dress itself.
Dena
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 53
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Apple
Dec 22, 2014

This dress was beautiful. First time renter but not my last.

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The fit was perfect. I had no problems at all. The length was good. It sucks in my middle alittle bit. I love this dress.
Natalie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 200 lbs
Dec 25, 2014

Beautiful dress but too tight to wear

Size worn: NONE
Rented for: Party
I can wear anywhere from 14-18 in sizes, but this dress was way too small for me in the 14. Really pretty lace / gold detail.
Sarah
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 214 lbs
Jan 2, 2015

This was sent to me because the back up size of the style I ordered was unavailable.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
This was a substitute for the backup size of the Kay Unger Jazz Club Sheath I ordered to wear to my Roaring 20's bridal shower. Despite being a size up from what I normally wear, this dress fit snug. I did not like this dress at all.
Melanie
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 40
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 195 lbs
Jan 2, 2015

New Years Eve

Size worn: 16W
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
Great fit, surprisingly comfortable and great for dancing all night!
Carmen
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 183 lbs
Feb 11, 2015

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Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
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kbear
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 200 lbs
Feb 21, 2015

Not designed for plus-size proportions

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
This was a beautiful dress, but ultimately, I couldn't wear it. The proportions were way off -- the back and shoulders were baggy, but the stomach and hip areas were far too tight.
Danielle
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
Mar 1, 2015

Beautiful detail, but tricky fit for a curvy body.

Size worn: 18W
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I went with a size up and it was still tight across the hips while a little baggy on top.
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