To Be Desired Dress

$40 rental
$515 retail

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Stylist Notes

Look feminine in floral lace detailing for the evening wedding. This dress by Paul Smith Black is a sophisticated choice!

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 38 - 48, Italian sizing.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Not Fitted - comfortable room throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, 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 up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 38 - 48, Italian sizing.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Not Fitted - comfortable room throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Size Chart

Size Chart

Product Details

Black lace with purple lining (70% Cotton, 30% Polyamide). Short sleeves. Crew neckline. Sheath body. Hidden back zipper. Lined. 39” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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33 reviews
Fit
Large3
True to Size20
Small8
Size worn:
40
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110lbs
May 13, 2016
Great dress which is slightly conservative - perfect for a formal wedding.
The fit was great and I probably could have gone down a size. The sleeves weren't too tight and it hit me right above my knees.
Size worn:
44
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
May 2, 2016
Slimming and Classic Looking
I rented this for an afternoon wedding shower in early March. It fit very well and was easy to move in when helping the bride with large packages. It was a little longer than I prefer, but well suited for the occasion.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
February 26, 2016
Cute Layering of Blue and Black
This dress is cute, but was too short and tight on the hips to wear to work. It would be good for a date night.
Size worn:
44
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 34
February 23, 2016
I liked this dress a lot -- good fit & quality. Very pretty for an evening affair for winter in NY.
I typically wear between a 4/6. The 42 fit better than the 44, but there was a hole in the right sleeve in the 42 so I had no choice but to wear the 44. It fit in the hips & thighs just fine, but was looser than desired in the bust. The edge of the sleeves were a bit itchy at first, but I got used to it as the night went on. Still looked great & I got many compliments.
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Size worn:
44
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
November 9, 2015
It was comfortable. But tight across the chest
The sleeves were a bit tight and the regular dress size i could've worn was too small in the chest. I would definitely recommend this dress, it was very comfortable and i got alot of compliments. But i had to go up a dress size and i felt it was alittle loose on me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
October 17, 2015
Perfect twist to the classic black lace shift!
I rented this dress very last minute for an arts gala. The color is much more vibrant with the flash ON for pictures. It runs true to size. It was perfect for the event, as most wore black but this dress added a splash of color & a twist to the classic black lace shift dress. The only reason I rated it 4 stars--the slip slightly sticks out from underneath at the bottom and there was a slight tear in the sleeve when I received it.
Size worn:
46
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 27
October 17, 2015
I was able to dance all night in this dress!
This dress was so comfortable and perfect for a wintery wedding! I got to wear a regular bra, which was great, and I danced my butt off in it! It's perfect as is, but can easily be jazzed up with sparkly jewelry if you want. I just wore black heals with it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 48
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
October 5, 2015
Great shift dress. Nice alternative to the LBD
This dress was sent as an emergency backup dress when my one of my original dresses returned to RTR damaged. The dress fit well and was lovely. I didn't wear it only because my husband preferred my original dress choice.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
44
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 53
August 8, 2015
Pretty and conservative
Got lots of compliments. Just a hint of purple as that comes through black lace Heavier than I expected. I wore a 44 which it was equivalent to size 6 and ran true to size Came to just above my knee and wish it was just a tad shorter but I'm just 5"3 With the lace I wasn't sure how to accessorize. And I did feel like it needed a little bling. I would rent this dress again!
Size worn:
46
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 47
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140lbs
July 30, 2015
Knowing I looked great gave me confidence all night!
It is so nice to wear a NICE dress. I was oohing and ahing before I had it all the way on. Very nice, very comfortable... beautiful. I wore a size 8 -- not sure on the 2 digit number sizes.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
44
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
May 20, 2015
A dress to step up the basic black dress
Rented via unlimited and wore to work. Thought it was a conservative dress. In person the dress has more of a purple color. Very pretty and comfortable fit. Think it's the perfect dress for someone who wants something one step up from the basic black dress
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
46
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 60
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
April 28, 2015
What a great dress!
This dress is beautiful. Lovely purple lining under blue lace Gorgeous. Fits true to size. Only problem is zipper puckered in several places. I had a size 44 (6) as a backup, and the zipper still puckered, although not as much. But the 44 was a tad too snug for my comfort through the hips, so wore the size 46 (8). I would have given this dress a 5 star rating if the zipper wasn't an issue.
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Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
April 23, 2015
Great dress for a semi-formal event in the spring!
dress was true to size, although for taller girls the slit in the back was a bit too high!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
46
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 46
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 149lbs
February 24, 2015
I didn't wear this one because...
It fit perfectly, but in person it was very matronly. The neckline was very high and the dress was very stiff overall. The color and quality of the materials were excellent, though.
Size worn:
44
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
January 26, 2015
All the compliments
Love this dress, looks great, but was comfy for a fun night out. Love the color and I am a size 4 but got a size 6 and it fit great. RTR is wonderful and will be using it again for weddings I have this year
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
December 30, 2014
Pretty yet professional
I rented this for a work event and it was perfect. Not too frilly but just fancy enough for a nighttime dinner event. Length was perfect for a work event.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 129lbs
December 7, 2014
Great dress for just about any occasion
The dress fit like a glove. I consider myself to be "hippy" and didn't experience any issues with this dress. (I am about 34-28-37 & 135lbs 5'6" in this photo thanks to all the holiday cookies ;) ). This dress was my backup for a holiday party and I ended up wearing my first choice to the event. I wore this the next day to church and received lots of compliments. I love the color and the sleeves are very flattering. (Especially if you are self conscious about your arms). I would recommend this dress for pretty much any event! It is an alternative to the LBD & it's lovely! Thank you RTR for your great service too!!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
44
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 140lbs
December 1, 2014
Beautiful lace dress- blue color really stood out
This dress was gorgeous, well made and super comfy! I wore to my friends rehearsal dinner and got so many compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
38
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 122lbs
September 17, 2014
Simple but long
This dress was a very simple/reserved dress that fit the atmosphere for the award ceremony I was attending. However, I felt a little matronly in this dress. It ran long and didn't give my body much shape.
Size worn:
46
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
August 11, 2014
Comfortable and lovely
True to size, well made, great color, very comfy for dancing. Modest. Not flashy but lovely.
Size worn:
48
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 50
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
May 5, 2014
Wore this dress to a Military Dining Out event. Odering, receiving and returning was simple!
I typically wear a size 8, and ordered this in 8 and 10. Size 8 fit like a glove - absolutely perfect. I knew I'd spend most of the evening sitting (and eating), so I opted for wearing the size 10 for more comfort & wiggle room. This dress is beautiful - I've never worn anything like it. I felt pretty, and was comfy all night long.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
38
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
May 1, 2014
Stylish, elegant and fun to wear!
This fit true to size and was the perfect length for a grad school graduation formal. I loved the elegant cut of the dress, and it was very comfortable to wear. I could easily move around all evening, and I got many compliments. Loved this dress, and as always, my RTR experience!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
44
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 29
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 150lbs
March 26, 2014
Yikes! Too short!
I rented this dress for my brother-in-law's wedding but both sizes I rented were SO short that you could see my underwear! RTR was GREAT though and overnighted me another stunning dress. Watch out if you have long legs!
Size worn:
46
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 56
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 136lbs
March 9, 2014
Great dress but too short for a tall girl
This dress fit great but was mid-thigh length, so too short for someone my age.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
48
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Body type: Full Bust
February 8, 2014
Perfect dress for the occasion
This dress is BEAUTFUL! It fit perfectly and was incredibly flattering. I wore this for a family wedding and it was the perfect choice...conservative, yet sexy. I liked this dress so much I didnt want to return it! This is definitely something I will rent again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
46
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 54
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
December 9, 2013
Comfortable but not flashy
I selected this dress for a holiday party. It is a beautiful blue/black color combination and has a festive look to it. The dress was roomy for me in the hips and ultimately not super flattering. It was very comfortable though and is a great backdrop to sparkly jewelry.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
44
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 54
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
December 9, 2013
Not for everyone
This dress underwhelmed me and it wasn't as well made as I had hoped. I don't consider myself to be a "hippy" person (which is why I thought the dress would work), but as you can see from the photo it pulled in all the wrong places. :( I am really glad I ordered an extra size up (44)...I would not have been able to wear the 42 (aka 6, my usual size). One thing I've learned from this is try on the dress THE MINUTE it arrives. I waited until I was getting dressed for the event, and by then it was too late to find something else. Net: while this looks like a dress that should compliment many age groups, my take is that it is a younger woman's dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
November 11, 2013
Loved this dress, but it definitely runs small.
The slit in the back gives extra mobility, but for my 5'10" frame it made it a bit shorter than desired.
Size worn:
40
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 64
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
October 11, 2013
Love this dress! Very classy and sexy w/o showing too much. Love the black lace atop purple liner.
I usually wear size 4 (40) & although I said "runs small," perhaps it's better to say that it is form fitted. It looked terrific.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
42
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
September 29, 2013
A sophisticated yet sexy ensemble!
I loved wearing this dress! I rented it for a late September wedding in Traverse City, Michigan. The blue is a lot more royal in tone than the model's picture shows, but the black lace tones it down to a more navy hue & makes it an appropriate dress for fall, winter or even early spring. The sleeves were not too tight on me at all, & I have broad shoulders. I found the lace to be a lot softer than I expected so the dress was really comfortable to wear. There's a slit in the back by your knees that provides a lot of mobility while busting a move on the dance floor. I am normally a size 6, so I ordered a 42, & one size up (44) for my back-up size. The 42 fit like a glove. Can't wait to rent this dress again! (By the way, I paired this dress with the Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Glam Clutch, which I also highly recommend.)
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
September 23, 2013
Loved the look of this dress but it was cut very narrow.
I usually wear a 6 or a 4, but the 6 in this dress was very narrow through the hips and since it has no give, I wasn't able to wear it. It's a beautiful dress though and the perfect length for something more formal.
StephaneSeptember 27, 2013
Hello, Ela! I was planning to rent this dress for a church related event. It's very important that the dress falls bellow the knee for this event, and since we have almost the same body type... Can you tell me more about "the perfect length"? Does it bellow the knee for a 5'3" person? What about when sitting down? Thank you, in advance for your help.
ELAOctober 2, 2013
Hi Stephane, it hit me right at the knee cap. I didn't try to sit in it since I didn't end up loving the fit through the hips.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
38
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 118lbs
September 22, 2013
Perfect fit!
I was worried about this dress running small, as dresses often do when they are listed in Italian sizes. I normally wear a size 2, and the 38 fit perfectly...even with my slightly pear-shaped frame. I felt a little "politician's wife" in this dress, but it looks just like the pictures and is very comfortable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
46
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 48
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
September 16, 2013
When a dress fits like the picture! Good for a dinner party with friends. Not to showy...
Runs a bit big (but better than small)! Because the colour combination is Blue + Black you ALWAYS have the right shoes and jewelry!
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