Pencey

Varsity Dress

$42 to buy
$475 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Sexy yet sweet, this Pencey dress will win you complements all night long. With a sultry open back and sparkling sequins, this style is a fun update to a classic school-girl shape.

Size & Fit

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

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
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'8".)

Size & Fit Notes

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

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
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'8".)

Size Chart

Size Chart

Product Details

Navy cashmere and wool. Crew neckline. Open back. Gold and black beading detail. Gathered skirt. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden side zip. 34'' from shoulder to hem.

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43 reviews

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Small 1
True to Size 14
Large 28
Photos 22
C
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130 lbs
Mar 26, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I wore this dress for the Entertainment Round of sorority recruitment in January and received so many compliments. The back is absolutely gorgeous!
MC
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150 lbs
May 17, 2011

Overall fit: Large
Dress runs large so I rounded a size down. Everything was great except I would not recommend it if you have a larger bust because the fabric flares out on the hips to compensate. An adorable dress though
Kate
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Body type: Full Bust
Jun 30, 2011

Overall fit: Large
I would order two sizes down especially if you have small shoulders. Very cute. But wool. Too hot for summer.
Meag
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Sep 28, 2011

Renting dresses was so easy and convenient. I had so much fun in my dresses.

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
SUCH a fun dress. Had the best time in it, wore it for my birthday. I'm usually between a 2 and a 4 but I wore a 2.
Amanda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145 lbs
Jan 29, 2012

Feeling beautiful on my birthday without spending a fortune!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
Loved wearing this on my birthday! Such a fun dress. It definitely runs a bit big up top. I would normally wear a 6, but wore the 4 in this. For girls with hips and a butt (like me) it is definitely short, but it worked really well with black tights and booties. So perfect and such a great experience, I will definitely be renting again VERY soon!
Kerry
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Body type: Full Bust
Feb 9, 2012

Birthday Dress

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
Been eyeing this dress forever, and finally decided to rent it for my birthday. I ordered the 2 and 4, I usually wear a 4. The 2 fit better on top, but was too short, so I wore the 4. I have a bigger chest and it flared a bit at the sides, so I safety pinned it at the neck and it was perfect. Got so many compliments- it was a big hit! Wool fabric is very heavy- would definitely not wear during the spring or summer!
MG
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 46
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 128 lbs
Apr 4, 2012

Party/fundraiser

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I ordered this dress in a 2 and 4. The 2 fit, however, it was very short on me so I tried the 4 which fit as well and added a little more length but would defenitly wear tights with it. I did not end up wearing the dress because I felt it was better suited for a fall/winter event due to the material. Also, both sizes, the material and beading was very worn looking.
Lindsey
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140 lbs
Aug 20, 2012

Dream Dress

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
This dress is sexy without being too revealing, fun, and an over all stunner.. I have rented many dresses and this was my favorite!!! I would recomend and rent again. I was told I was best dressed at the wedding. Honestly never felt better than in this dress!
Sarah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Aug 22, 2012

Party Time

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Great party outfit!
Melissa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Sep 19, 2012

It was very comfortable and I felt great in it.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
It was a little large on me up top/back but I was able to fix it with a bobby pin. Overall great dress and I was not disappointed.
Kimmy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 27, 2012

Absolutely perfect dress.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I LOVED this dress. I thought it was going to be way too short for me, but it ended up being perfect. It definitely runs large, so I suggest sizing down. The back of the dress is amazing. I got so many compliments! The one negative comment I have about the dress is that the back gaped a little bit, but it didn't affect the fit of the dress enough to not wear it.
Sam
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 29, 2012

Adorable with a sexy touch!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I wore this dress to dinner and dancing with some friends and it was the perfect amount of cutesy fit-n-flare, but the cut out back made it sexy at the same time! I got a ton of compliments all night on the style. The material is quite thick, so I would not recommend for a hot summer night!
Sarah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120 lbs
Nov 4, 2012

Got so many compliments on this dress!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
Worked out perfectly! My only issue was that the event involved lots of swing dancing, and I definitely flashed a few people because that skirt is pretty short! So I suggest maybe some slider shorts beneath it...
abby
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Body type: Hourglass
Nov 12, 2012

The outfit :-)

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
Dress runs large but is a great fit!
rebecca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105 lbs
Nov 17, 2012

Showstopper.

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
Everyone absolutely loved my dress. The back is super sexy. Its the perfect day to night look as well. I had a formal brunch to go to where I dressed it up with heels and a clutch & then a more casual dinner where I dressed it down with a jean jacket & flats. Definitely recommend. Get your normal size and then a size smaller since it does tend to run a little big just because of the back.
Nicolette
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Nov 27, 2012

Wore this dress for my 21st birthday!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
It was a beautiful dress but it was not the right size for me. I wore a size 4 but could have done a 2. Unfortunately, the size 2 wasn't available for my birthday. I received so many compliments on this dress throughout the night! I will definitely be renting another dress very soon.
Tricia
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Dec 5, 2012

Really cute and perfect for my late fall event.

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
Usually wear a size 2 in dresses. Decided to go with the 0 because the dress runs big in the arms. Even with a 0 the sides still flapped out a little but I think I was the only one who noticed. Wore the dress with opaque tights...length of the 0 is a little too short to go bare legs or with sheer tights ( I am 5'5-5'6). Material is a bit worn but only if you look up close and the sequins is a bit loose. Overall, I was happy with this dress, I felt comfortable and perfectly dressed. I would order this dress again.
Katelyn
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Dec 13, 2012

Received so many compliments - perfect hoiday party dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
Made my waist look tiny but definitely gapped in the back. Best suggestion is to make sure the eye-hook in the back is secured - nearly had a wardrobe malfunction when taking off my coat. This was my first rental with RTR, I'll be using this service again and have the whole office excited to try!
Kathleen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Dec 13, 2012

Wonderfully Wintery! With a sexy open back.

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
The greatest thing about this dress is the fabric. It's WOOL. How cool is that? I'm generally a 4 but the 2 fit me perfectly. I think this dress would be perfect for an office holiday party or a winter wedding. I loved it.
Krista
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 100 lbs
Dec 23, 2012

All the compliments!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I loved the dress, the color, the style and subtle sexiness, it was perfect for the Christmas wedding I attended! My only disappointment were the hooks in the back at the neck, they kept coming undone (they may need to be replaced) so my husband had to run out any buy some safety pins. After i was pinned up I was free to dance the night away! Thanks RTR!
Liz
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 17
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Dec 30, 2012

Cute dress but awkward fit!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I am a 34C and usually wear a size 4-6, when I put on the size 6 there was a lot of extra fabric on the sides, and even when I sized down to a 4, the fit was still awkward. The fabric is a great material, very soft and perfect for winter and the dress overall is very cute!
Maggie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 4, 2013

Adorable dress - I felt comfortable and got tons of compliments!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved this dress! I wore it for New Year's Eve and it was a huge hit. It's wool material so it's smooth and warm, and not scratchy or anything. It is a bit short, so I'm glad I was wearing tights. And the back adds just the right amount of flare and fun. I paired it with navy blue tights, gold heels, gold earrings and a set of gold bangle bracelets.
Michele
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 117 lbs
Jan 26, 2013

Unique dress, with nice winter fabric & classy details. Turned out, it didn't WOW like I had hoped!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
Other reviewers mentioned that the sides of this dress buckle a bit. I suppose this is a body shape issue. I have sort of a wide back and a narrow waist so I had to use the fabric tape to prevent the major buckling happening on the sides. Other than that, it looked great. Unfortunately, we had over a 2 hour car drive to the wedding because of a winter storm and the hooks at the low back dug into me the whole ride. So, a tad uncomfortable there. But they did stay hooked through the night. I danced a bit, and just be careful with twirling! I may have given the onlookers more of a performance than I intended! I wouldn't rent this dress again simply because it was a second choice to begin with and I aside from the back design, wanted a little more pizzazz.
Ellen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 132 lbs
Feb 21, 2013

Loved this dress, got a ton of compliments!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was awesome. Ladies- if your looking for a dress to wow the male population this one does the trick. It was super comfortable. I'm 5'8, it was short but acceptable short- especially since the front is so covered. I ordered the 4, but a 2 would have fit better. It was a little bit up top so I had to safety pin it.
Alex
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140 lbs
Feb 26, 2013

Fun Dress

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
True to size, comfortable, not too short. A little big on top for me
jillian
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120 lbs
Mar 20, 2013

Wore to November wedding

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Good winter fabric. Thought it was fun and different. Very short, so wore with navy tights. Was very happy.
Amanda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
May 15, 2013

The dress was in perfect condition and delivery was a breeze!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I absolutely loved this dress! I wore it for my bachelorette party the Thursday before my wedding and got tons of compliments. I'm a bit tall, so the dress was the perfect length for a party. The material was also high quality and perfect for a chilly day.
Samantha
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 22
Body type: Pear
Jul 22, 2013

It was a great dress, I received compliments all night.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
It fit very well, but my top half is smaller proportionally for me, so it ran just a slight bit too big under my arms, but it stayed in place all night with the fashion tape RTR provided! It did look more black to me, instead of the navy the picture portrays.
alexa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
Aug 8, 2013

Lack Luster

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I was hoping this would be a sexier option of a semi formal wedding guest dress, but the fabric made it come across a bit cheap. It also ran small. Did not end up wearing.
Michelle
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Oct 19, 2013

Such a fun dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
I tried this dress on a whim, and because of the elastic back, it fit! The dress was very short, but wearing tights or leggings can easily fix that. The backless fit was so much fun, I hated to take it off.
Tessa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Jan 13, 2014

Would love to own!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
What a pretty dress! It ran a little big on me... but I have a very tiny waist. I wore the 2 but could have easily worn a 0. There is stretch to the dress. It was warm and cozy. I paired it up with black tights and black shoes like the model. Would love to own!
Kim
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 117 lbs
Mar 21, 2014

i had to return it and wear a different dress.

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
unfortunately i wasn't able to wear this dress as it didn't quite fit right. perhaps if my chest was bigger or my torso was longer the sides (due to the open back) of the dress wouldn't poke out so much.
Lauren
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 22
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Apr 7, 2014

Such a fun, yet classic party dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
Ran large, but also a little short so I had to wear tights as shown in the picture. Very revealing and sexy back but still conservative enough for a wedding. Business in the front party in the back!
Kristi
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Apr 21, 2014

Unforgettable wedding with an unforgettable dress!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was perfect for a late fall wedding! The back is open, but the waist is high enough on your back so that you can wear tights. There is a lot of room in the front for a bigger chest. Just make sure you wear a sticky bra! I received so many compliments on this dress. I'm hoping I have something to attend this year just so I can order it again!
Jennifer
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100 lbs
May 7, 2014

Beautiful dress for a rooftop birthday party!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
It fit true to size but definitely need tape for the open back. The tape helps keep the fabric in place on the side of the dress.
Catherine
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
May 20, 2014

Different with a surprise in the back :)

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
It was a little shorter than I am used to but my friends were telling me I was fine...also, the material kinda felt cheap but in pics it really didn't make a difference and no one could tell in person.
Christine
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
May 30, 2014

Perfect dress for the night!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
Loved this dress! I got so many compliments on it! I wore it for an event towards the end of winter on a boat, so basically it was cold outside. The wool material in the dress kept me warm even though the back was open. I loved it! I only wished I got it in a size 2 (ran out of that size before I could rent it). The size 4 fit, but gapped at the sides so I had to use fashion tape to keep the sides secure which was annoying. I would definitely rent this again!
Jessica
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 144 lbs
Jun 3, 2014

I wore this dress for my engagement photos, and I've gotten a ton of compliments!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
I had to use quite a bit of dress tape to make sure the edges didn't flare out funky. Also, it's pretty thick -- so I wouldn't suggest renting it for say, an outdoor wedding in July or anything.
Kaitlin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 122 lbs
Jul 15, 2014

Gorgeous but big!

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
This is such a pretty dress. I rented it for a wedding...a summer wedding... I didn't realize it was wool material (oops!), however, it was still fairly lightweight. I saw many of the reviews said it runs large but there were very few size options available so I went with my normal size because a size down wasn't available. It was so pretty, but it was very roomy in the chest area, even loose around my waist. I would definitely rent this in a size smaller for a fall/winter affair though.
Pilley
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Jul 18, 2014

Very attractive fit, heavy fabric great with tights for a winter event

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Overall good dress. Not my fav rtr but still a fun dress
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