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Pencey

Caviar Whip Stitch Dress

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$520 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Grab your dancing shoes ladies and get ready to twist and twirl in this full skirted Pencey backless dress.

Size & Fit

This dress runs slightly big. We recommend going one size down for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized 0-8.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - open back cannot be worn with standard strapless bra
WAIST: Fitted - fitted at natural waist with elastic band
HIPS: Not fitted - full skirt and slip conceal hips and backside
LENGTH: Mini to mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a NuBra or no bra due to exposed back
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'9".)

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs slightly big. We recommend going one size down for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized 0-8.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - open back cannot be worn with standard strapless bra
WAIST: Fitted - fitted at natural waist with elastic band
HIPS: Not fitted - full skirt and slip conceal hips and backside
LENGTH: Mini to mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a NuBra or no bra due to exposed back
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'9".)

Size Chart

Size Chart

Product Details

Black wool(100% wool). Crew neckline with pin tuck details. Open back with hook-and-eye closure. Full skirt with ruching at waist. Striping detail at hem. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden back half-zip. 33'' from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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37 reviews

Fit
Small 1
True to Size 15
Large 19
Photos 17
Zoe
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 132 lbs
Oct 15, 2011

Rent the runway was fabulous! People couldn't get over how dramatic it was!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved this dress! i wore it to my homecoming and it was a smash hit! i bought a bra with sticky things on the sides and i fashioned taped the heck out of that dress so being backless wasnt a problem. loved this dress so much i miss it!
NYC Girl
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Oct 19, 2011

Overall fit: Large
Wanted to love this dress but it didn't fit me so well. It runs a little big and was loose in the chest and at the waste. My measurements are 34", 27", 36". Skirt height is perfect thought - short but not too short. Probably better for a curvier girl.
Jackie C.
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Oct 21, 2011

Overall fit: Small
Absolutely loved this dress. I ordered a size down and it fit perfectly. Classic font with back appeal--my favorite! I am going to rent it again for another event in a few months.
Abby
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Nov 7, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
This dress is the perfect weight for a fall event. As it is made of wool, there is no concern with getting chilly throughout the evening/night. I loved this dress, however the straps did not fit as snug as I would have liked. Since it connects at the nape of the neck, there is no concern with them falling down, but there was a bit of sag in the waist area. I am unsure whether the size down would have corrected this problem. All in all, I loved this dress and it was a hit at my event!
manoela
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Dec 29, 2011

Cute !!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
I was so excited to wear this dress , But the size zero was big for me , I got so sad I bought I backless bra, but the dres just looked Like belong to someone else :/ I ended up wearing the second back up dress But I was very sad, cuz the dress is adorable
Kimmy
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115 lbs
Jan 5, 2012

Love!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
so cute, wore it for a Christmas party and everyone loved it!
Lyndsay
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108 lbs
Mar 7, 2012

weird fit

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I ordered this dress as a back up option for my 30th birthday party and did not wear it. I am well proportioned, but petite and this dress just did not fit right. the back was baggy on the shoulders, though it did come with fashion tape that i am sure could have fixed, but it just wasnt flattering on me. Luckily i was able to wear my first choice and didn't need the back up.
Mackenzie
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Mar 21, 2012

So adorable!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
When I opened this dress I was a bit dissapointed because the fabric is sort of felt like. I gave it try though and I am glad I did! Women were complimenting me on it all night! It is a very flattering fit and the back is super sexy. It runs really big though so i would order a size down for sure!
Big'r Fashionista
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Aug 20, 2012

Couldn't even wear it

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
First of all, the dress ran very large on top and, with the open back, was virtually impossible to "alter" to fit. Secondly, the fabric was heavy and thick, like a blanket, which was a surprise based upon the description. And it was starting to get "pills" all over it. Really cute style, terrible fabric, and just too big. Luckily I packed a back up dress, just in case!
TMF
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Aug 20, 2012

Awesome Dress

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Wore this dress to a formal event during the winter - similarly accessorized as shown - and it was great! Beautiful open back and fit perfectly.
Jennifer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Body type: Athletic
Sep 19, 2012

Great dress but best for long-torso

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress is great, but the fabric was much thicker than expected. Definitely a winter dress. In addition, I had to pin both straps due the the torso being much longer than expected. I am 5'5, and the dress was definitely better for someone who is 5'7 or above. overall, with a little tailoring though it was a very flattering fit and loved the back.
caitlin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 105 lbs
Sep 19, 2012

I wore this to my alma mater's Young Alumni Weekend

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
This dress was too large in the torso, as though the designer expected me to be taller than I am, although I have a long torso for my height. The pieces of fabric that fasten at the neck don't lay flat. They bow out funny, which made it look like I was larger than I was. So cute in theory! Less so in fact.
Randi
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150 lbs
Sep 19, 2012

The back is stunning, but the overall fit was very poor.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
There was way too much material in the skirt, and the top was really big. The material also looked and felt cheap...reminded me of felt! Looks gorgeous on the model...but definitely not on me.
Tara
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145 lbs
Sep 19, 2012

I rented this dress for a girls weekend rendezvous in Las Vegas.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Loved the flattering lines, but the material felt like felt (double entendre intended). This dress would be great for a winter soiree, but lacked Vegas pizazz. Right dress, wrong event.
Angelic
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Oct 1, 2012

Classy in the front, fierce in the back.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
Perfect dress for a jaw dropping reaction. Such a classy look for the first impression. Once you turn around all eyes are on you. Definitely rent again!! Invest in double sided tape.
Sarah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Oct 24, 2012

great dress - runs large though

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I saw from other reviews that this dress runs large so I ordered a size down for my backup, but even that was too big - it gapped a bit at the sides, so I would definitely recommend sizing down. It still looked good though, and I think it would be really flattering if you get the fit right.
Shannon
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135 lbs
Nov 2, 2012

I loved this dress!!! Fit very true to size if not a little big. Compliments all night!!!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
If you're super this it may be a little big in the back, i'm usually 2-4 and I wore the 0 over the 2. Perfect thick fabric, would be great for holiday parties!
Briana
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 103 lbs
Nov 26, 2012

MA winters can be brutal. I wore ithis dress t for a winter soiree on campus & it was perfect!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
It keeps you really warm, being that the material is like a structured wool kind of fabric. The cut out part runs fairly deep, so be sure to wear low rise undies. I have a very small frame and I ended up having to pin a few things. After that it (size 2)fit like a glove. The size 0 was too too tight.
kate
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Nov 28, 2012

Great back!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
it's a little gappy on the sides - get a smaller size.
Sofia
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128 lbs
Jan 4, 2013

LOVED IT!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I rented this dress for New Years in Chicago. It was the back up dress because the original one I rented was to small. The dress is amazing , however it runs a little bit on the bigger side . I had to add a belt to it and it turned out great! The material is kind of heavy , perfect for the cold weather and it hides away great imperfections. Loved the dress and I would rent it again!
Stephanie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Jan 21, 2013

The open back is so sexy.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The dress is so cute! It's fun, flirty, and comfortable.
Stacy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 144 lbs
Feb 18, 2013

Lots of compliments!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Date
I got this dress for a Valentines date. I am 5'7 and 144 lbs with 34D top and the size 4 was a little too big. After some safety pin action, the dress looked and fit much better. A 2 would have probably fit better with no problem. It was an adorable dress and I would definitely recommend it.
Katie
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Feb 24, 2013

Overall, the dress was great!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
May need fashion tape to keep sides down. Runs large.
Amy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Mar 27, 2013

Not Impressed

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Date
I rented this to go to the theatre with my boyfriend. I wanted something classy but still sexy. I was super excited about this dress, but very dissapointed with the fit. It poofed out really bad on the sides, which was not flattering from the front. It essentially made my waist dissapear. The plus side is that the back was super cute and it was very comfortable. The material is thick, so would not be good for summertime, but worked perfect for Chicago winter!
Sara
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 97 lbs
Mar 29, 2013

A little worse for wear!

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
These dresses were a little worse for wear when I received them and fabric near the neckline had started to curl. But the RTR team was great and sent a backup dress immediately! Thanks RTR!
Carolyn
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Petite
Weight: 106 lbs
May 8, 2013

Cute but not quite right

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
OK, if you have breasts, this is probably not the dress for you. I was renting this dress as a backup and thought because other women on the larger size rented it and said it fit OK, that I'd be OK too. Maybe it was my proportions? Also, the material of this dress feels "cheap". It sort of reminded me of felt.
Brittlynn
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32AA
Body type: Pear
Weight: 118 lbs
May 18, 2013

Way too big!

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I ordered this in a zero and a two. I'm a 2-4, dress size, but typically a zero up top. Both sizes arrived and were absolutely huge. The waist was very baggy as was the top. The fabric is a very heavy wool fabric. I do not recommend this dress.
Jordyn
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 23
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120 lbs
Jun 28, 2013

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Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
Cute dress but the material is very thick so it should probably be worn in the winter.
Randi
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145 lbs
Aug 29, 2013

The open back was trendy but still classy!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved this dress. Be aware that it is felt. I loved the way it made my back look, though, and definitely was slimming! I would recommend this dress.
Courtney
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Oct 9, 2013

Got this dress as a backup and didn't wear it - but loved it!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Very true to fit. Requires some crafty bra work - but the backless bit is very sassy and cute.
Mackenzie
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120 lbs
Jan 15, 2014

Perfect little black dress!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Fits true to size, love the open back
Kate
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Feb 28, 2014

Very odd material, pilled. Didn't end up wearing it.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I rented this dress for my office Christmas party, but didn't end up wearing. In fact, I didn't even try it on. I should have heeded the other reviews that said this dress was made of an odd, heavy, felt-like material. It was, and in addition was pilled. On top of that, there are panels of a 2nd material (leather-ish) near the armholes/chest that are hard to see in the pictures. The ends aren't secured and rather than laying flat they were folded over (potentially could have been remedied with an iron?). I also didn't care for the look of the whip-stitch in white along the bottom hem. That's of course visible in the photos and I thought I could look past it, but that combined with the other issues, I wasn't going anywhere in this dress. There are so many other pretty RTR choices, I'd skip this one.
Ashlee
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Mar 14, 2014

This was a backup dress that I did not end up wearing. It is very pretty, though!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
It was a little thick and a touch heavy. I wasn't the biggest fan of the material, but it is a pretty dress!
Dae
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 19
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Oct 12, 2014

Beautiful Dress! I loved everything about it!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I really liked this dress! However It did not fit around the top. This dress isnt for women with small breasts I had to pull the back together and pin it. Other than that i got so many compliments! I would recommend it.
Regina
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Dec 5, 2014

The sexy "back" made this dress a hit! Received compliments from men AND women all night.

Size worn: 6
Rented for: Formal Affair
Attending a holiday dinner. Was looking for a dress that was sitting and eating friendly. The waist has a slight elastic band to give it a bit of flair and definition. The length and back gave it a wow factor before and after the meal. The wool material was perfect for a winter evening affair.
Tamara
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
Jan 5, 2015

Alas it flopped out on the sides making it impossible to wear.

Size worn: NONE
Rented for: Date
It may work better for ladies with longer torsos. For me is flopped open on the sides, where it should have been hugging. Since it is backless having the sides flop open meant a major and unworkable side boob situation. The fabric is more like felt. OK but sort of odd, as are the flaps on the front that look to be made of pleather or something. In short, there's a lot going on with dress. It would have been OK but not awesome if it had fit. But it didn't (even tried tape) so I had to send it back.
Elizabeth
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 17
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 165 lbs
Jan 13, 2015

Beautifully Simple

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I loved this dress. I am pretty tall so it is rare when a dress isn't short on me, but it was perfect. I wore it to a New Year's Eve party at a friends house. The fabric is heavy to I wasn't too cold, even when we went out side to watch the fire works this a jacket. The only down side to this is that you need a strapless bra, other than that it was wonderful!
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