Paul Smith

Sara Panel Shift

$40 rental
$715 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Get sultry with your lace in this dress by Paul Smith Black. The paneling is ultra ladylike with just a hint of sexy! Add a pop of color with Oscar de la Renta’s Prismatic Etoile Earrings.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 40 - 48, Italian sizing.

BUST: Great for any cup size - fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted - comfortable room throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Knee to tea length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass,

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 40 - 48, Italian sizing.

BUST: Great for any cup size - fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted - comfortable room throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Knee to tea length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass,

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Size Chart

Product Details

Silk Crepe de Chine (100% Silk). Short sleeves with lace detail. Crew neckline. A-line skirt. Hidden back zipper. Lined. 41” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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Small 1
True to Size 22
Large 3
Photos 16
Priscilla
Top Contributor
Age: 27
Jun 2, 2015

Worn to a rehearsal dinner, got TONS of compliments

Size worn: 44
Rented for: Party
I loved this dress!! It was sexy but elegant... I would absolutely rent again! I usually wear a 4 or 6 in dress, the 6 fit snugly so definitely order a size up!
RTR Customer
Mar 11, 2015

LOVE THIS DRESS!! Will definitely rent again.

Size worn: 42
Rented for: Party
Reading the reviews I ordered my regular size and a larger size. This dress runs true to size and fit perfectly. I have a large chest for my size and it was not too tight through the chest, and everywhere else it was the perfect looseness. I did not have to adjust or fidget with anything. I danced all night and it was light enough I didn't get too hot. I received so many compliments.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Jan 23, 2015

Perfect little back dress!

Size worn: 48
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Wore this to a wedding at an art museum. Comfortable, perfect length (even for tall ladies), lovely. Would rent again.
Jessie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128 lbs
Jan 14, 2015

Different but classy

Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This is one of my favorite rentals of all time. I wore it to a fall wedding. The lace detail really flatters the waist. The arms are a little snug but I have muscular arms. The length was just above the knee but the lace overlay came down a bit further making it classier. Received compliments all night. Its something different than a standard LBD. I wish I owned this dress.
Crystal
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 121 lbs
Jan 9, 2015

I got so many compliments on this dress, I felt gorgeous all night!

Size worn: 42
Rented for: Date
Absolutely gorgeous dress! I am normally a size 4 and I got the size 42 and it was perfect. Lining fell just above the knee and lace fell just below the knee. Was a little tight in the chest but I'm a 32DDD so that is somewhat normal for me. The dress came in perfect condition and was ready to wear. Thanks to RTR for making my NYE perfect!
Morgan
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 22, 2014

Sexy and beautiful.

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Fits tight but looks great. This one came with the lace a little rough but rtr refunded me for the I convince. Great customer service.
Andrea
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 21, 2014

Surprisingly Sexy and Sophisticated

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
If you have a larger chest and small waist, you may have problems zipping it past your torso. I just barely got it zipped past my DD bust. Be aware that this is a cleavage dress. The sheer bodice panel adds a hint of sophistication to the cleavage. If you are 5'2, the dress will hit below the knee. It arrived with a small hole in the lace, when I called RTR they were amazing and helpful! I was ready in time for the event. Thank you RTR!
Sawyer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135 lbs
Sep 15, 2014

Beautiful dress!

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Lots of room for girls with bigger bust - I am a 32F and it provided plenty of stretch. The size 4 (42) was too tight so I went up a size. It was a bit constrictive in the shoulders but made do. A really wonderful dress!
Amy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Jul 5, 2014

Elegant, Sexy, Comfortable, and Flattering!

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Vacation
I am in love with this dress! I wore it to the Russian Tea Room and to see a Broadway Play. It was very comfortable to sit and walk in. There were a few little rips in the lace, but I wore it anyway. I contacted customer service and they are going to repair the dress and credit my account .
Kathy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 54
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Jun 9, 2014

The Dress is beautiful, very comfortable and glamorous Highly recommend it! I would buy this one.

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
It fit really nice true to size. I am quite curvy so if you rent this beautiful dress keep in mind the skirt part is more for a straight up and down body but it still worked for me :)
Stephanie
Age: 30
Apr 9, 2014

The perfect cocktail dress for a wedding!

Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Fit was true to size, and accommodated large chest! Only con may be that it can be slightly restrictive due to lace and mesh around the arms - dance carefully!
Casey
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Jan 29, 2014

I LOVED THIS DRESS. It was a little big BUT I loved it all the same. So sexy and classic! LOVE!

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I am small in the waist but have bigger hips thanks to having three kids. I ordered a 10 and an 8 and the 8 was actually big. Could have worn a 6. Either way it was fine and I LOVED it. It was comfortable and sexy. I danced all night in it. I wore it to my dance club (formal) at our country club and got compliments all night. I would LOVE to own this dress and have looked it up on Paul Smith's website online and might even buy it after wearing it. haha LOVE THIS DRESS!
Aimee
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115 lbs
Oct 27, 2013

I wore this to a friends rehearsal dinner. I got compliments all night!

Size worn: 40
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I almost didn't get this dress because I was afraid it was going to be too long, but it was beautiful. I didn't want to send it back!
tiffany
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Apr 18, 2015

Very chic but a little subdued

Size worn: NONE
Rented for: Formal Affair
Beautiful dress, but I felt like it was a little dowdy...more appropriate for maybe a work event (or a funeral) it fit well and was comfortable just was little unimpressive in person.
Eileen
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 52
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123 lbs
Apr 4, 2015

Perfect for an evening wedding.

Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Dress was great/ Would rent it again.
Kate
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 54
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Dec 18, 2014

So pretty!

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This is a delicate and demure dress perfect for a work related party. I got many compliments and I wish I could have bought it! It's great if your petite because the bottom 3 inches are sheer lace, so it is not overpoweringly long. It came to just below my knee.
Pat
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 57
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 137 lbs
Nov 11, 2014

This dress did not disappoint. It fit perfectly and was very comfortable. I got many compliments!

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
The dress fit perfectly! The material is very thin and silky. I did need to add a stitch to the inside tan underlayer at the shoulder strap because the tacking that was there had come out, and would have moved around if I hadn't done that. Otherwise the dress was in perfect condition. I'm glad I ordered it and found the experience to be very good. I would do it again!
marcia
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 63
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Aug 11, 2014

The dress is great but I didn't wear it because the bottom lace was frayed and looked worn.

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The bottom edge looks very worn. Gorgeous dress though.
Holly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Jun 10, 2014

Not outstanding...

Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The dress is nice, but it is definitely not a showstopper. In fact, my first thought upon trying it on was it was appropriate garb for a funeral. I rented the dress for a NYC themed cocktail party and was sad I wasn't going to be standing out by any means. I did go ahead and wear the dress and made it more formal by adding some long pearl strands and nude extra-high heels. All in all, the dress was a little too conservative for my taste--especially in length for a cocktail party. I didn't receive a single flattering comment about the dress the entire evening. It is a nice dress, just very underwhelming. I was disappointed in my choice.
Courtney
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140 lbs
Jun 6, 2014

Did not meet expectations

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
The fit was not favorable for a larger bust, it seemed stretched. Also, the fabric reminded me of a slip. I did not wear this dress for the wedding I was attending.
Amanda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 141 lbs
May 11, 2014

I love this dress. Very flattering and classy.

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
This was my backup dress that I ended up wearing to the wedding service. The material wasn't tight and the lace seemed stretched out to me. It was very very pretty. The dress was longer than I wanted it to be. I wish it was tighter, but other than that it was show stopper. I got a lot of compliments on this dress.
Olena
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155 lbs
May 6, 2014

You'll fit right in (in a good way)!

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this to a "cocktail attire" dinner event. The cut is conservative but the fabric gives it an edge. I felt great in the dress but didn't feel like it really stood out in a sea of LBD's. It runs pretty true to size. I'm an 8-10 sometimes needing the larger size for my slightly broad shoulders and larger bust and hips. The 10 is this dress was uber roomy, so I opted for the 8 (46). It felt sexier. It did pucker across the bust because of the stretchy delicate fabric, but it didn't effect the fit anywhere else.
Katie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
May 3, 2014

Design looked cool but ran too long to wear

Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
Dress was not made for someone with curves. The dress fit my bust and hips but was baggy in the stomach area. The length didn't quite hit where I wanted, it was definitely too long for me. I ended up returning the dress.
JMS
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 25, 2014

Las Vegas Wedding Bridesmaid dress

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is so beautiful - if there was a rent to buy option, it would be mine right now! I think it fits true-to-size. I had to order an 8 / 46 because there were no size 6 / 44's available for the date I needed. It was a tad big and I could have worn my usual size (I would call myself an athletic / curvy 6), but it was just too gorgeous to pass up. Its sexy but not showy, elegant but still fun. I got so many compliments from people I did and didn't know!
Lori
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Mar 3, 2014

Amazing!

Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I LOVED this dress!! I did the size calculations wrong so I ordered a 42 and 44 even though I'm normally a 2 or 4. The 42 fit fine but I definitely could have gone with the 40. You can wear a regular bra which is a major bonus for me. The dress is SUPER flattering. I really hated to return it!!
Jessica
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Dec 29, 2013

Very pretty dress that was different from anyone else there.

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I usually wear a size 4 or 6, and this fit much like most dresses fit, great on top(I have large shoulders and a big bust) and loose on the bottom. The fabric is beautiful and the dress is very light weight.
Ellie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 51
Body type: Hourglass
Nov 28, 2013

A beautiful dress that is sexy on.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress was a beautiful dress. It ran true to size but clingy so be sure to wear form fitting hose.
Maureen
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Oct 28, 2013

great fit, many compliments, and felt comfortable the entire night

Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
true to size
Sheridan
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Oct 3, 2013

STYLIST REVIEW

Size worn: 44
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Beautiful lace detailing throughout this dress! This dress is conservative but fit perfectly for a bit a sexy touch added into it. I love the nude lining and the lace hem & sleeve. The fit is pretty tight against the chest, but seems to be pretty forgiving in the waist & hip area for a pencil-type skirt!
Jessie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150 lbs
Sep 26, 2013

Gorgeous and Tasteful

Size worn: 46
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
The fabric and lace on this dress is so delicate and luxurious - it feels like you are wearing nothing. It jugs curves at all the right places, but think about sizing up because the fabric does not stretch. There's nothing worse than seeing a girl in a dress that is too tight - that's not sexy! The illusion neckline is modest and you can wear a regular bra, but the cut of the lace makes it look daring when it really isn't. I was comfortable all night at dinner for my Birthday and never had to "adjust" anything. I would definitely rent this again, or buy it! It is an amazingly unique staple LBD for any closet.
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