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Paul Smith

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! Add some shine with kate spade new york accessories’ Silver Bright Spot Necklace.

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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23 reviews

Fit
Small 6
True to Size 12
Large 3
Photos 11
Maria
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 47
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165 lbs
Sep 16, 2013

When a dress fits like the picture! Good for a dinner party with friends. Not to showy...

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Date
Runs a bit big (but better than small)! Because the colour combination is Blue + Black you ALWAYS have the right shoes and jewelry!
Joanna
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 118 lbs
Sep 22, 2013

Perfect fit!

Size worn: 38
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
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.
ELA
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130 lbs
Sep 23, 2013

Loved the look of this dress but it was cut very narrow.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
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.
Katie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Sep 29, 2013

A sophisticated yet sexy ensemble!

Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
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.)
Cheryl
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 63
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112 lbs
Oct 11, 2013

Love this dress! Very classy and sexy w/o showing too much. Love the black lace atop purple liner.

Size worn: 40
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
Jessica
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Nov 11, 2013

Loved this dress, but it definitely runs small.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
The slit in the back gives extra mobility, but for my 5'10" frame it made it a bit shorter than desired.
Sarah
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 53
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130 lbs
Dec 9, 2013

Not for everyone

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
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.
joanne
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 53
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135 lbs
Dec 9, 2013

Comfortable but not flashy

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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.
Michele
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Body type: Full Bust
Feb 8, 2014

Perfect dress for the occasion

Size worn: 48
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
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.
Lori
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 55
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 136 lbs
Mar 9, 2014

Great dress but too short for a tall girl

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress fit great but was mid-thigh length, so too short for someone my age.
Ali
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 28
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 150 lbs
Mar 26, 2014

Yikes! Too short!

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
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!
Julie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
May 1, 2014

Stylish, elegant and fun to wear!

Size worn: 38
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
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!
Debby
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
May 5, 2014

Wore this dress to a Military Dining Out event. Odering, receiving and returning was simple!

Size worn: 48
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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.
RTR Customer
Aug 11, 2014

Comfortable and lovely

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
True to size, well made, great color, very comfy for dancing. Modest. Not flashy but lovely.
Brittany
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 122 lbs
Sep 17, 2014

Simple but long

Size worn: 38
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
RTR Customer
Dec 1, 2014

Beautiful lace dress- blue color really stood out

Size worn: 44
Rented for: Other
This dress was gorgeous, well made and super comfy! I wore to my friends rehearsal dinner and got so many compliments.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 129 lbs
Dec 7, 2014

Great dress for just about any occasion

Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
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!!!
Pearl
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Dec 30, 2014

Pretty yet professional

Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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.
Danielle
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 26, 2015

All the compliments

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
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
Yber
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 45
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 149 lbs
Feb 24, 2015

I didn't wear this one because...

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
Jessica
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125 lbs
Apr 23, 2015

Great dress for a semi-formal event in the spring!

Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
dress was true to size, although for taller girls the slit in the back was a bit too high!
Ruth
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 59
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Apr 28, 2015

What a great dress!

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
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.
rebecca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
May 20, 2015

A dress to step up the basic black dress

Size worn: 44
Rented for: Other
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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