Varsity Dress

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$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".)

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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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44 reviews
Fit
Large28
True to Size14
Small1
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 114lbs
January 10, 2016
Material was heavy
This dress was pretty and would work in a winter setting but the material was too heavy to wear in a warm spring wedding.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
July 18, 2014
Very attractive fit, heavy fabric great with tights for a winter event
Overall good dress. Not my fav rtr but still a fun dress
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 122lbs
July 15, 2014
Gorgeous but big!
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 144lbs
June 3, 2014
I wore this dress for my engagement photos, and I've gotten a ton of compliments!
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
May 30, 2014
Perfect dress for the night!
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!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
May 20, 2014
Different with a surprise in the back :)
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.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100lbs
May 7, 2014
Beautiful dress for a rooftop birthday 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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
April 21, 2014
Unforgettable wedding with an unforgettable dress!
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!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
April 7, 2014
Such a fun, yet classic party dress!
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!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115lbs
March 21, 2014
i had to return it and wear a different dress.
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 13, 2014
Would love to own!
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!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
October 19, 2013
Such a fun dress!
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
August 8, 2013
Lack Luster
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.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 23
Body type: Pear
July 22, 2013
It was a great dress, I received compliments all night.
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
May 15, 2013
The dress was in perfect condition and delivery was a breeze!
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
March 20, 2013
Wore to November wedding
Good winter fabric. Thought it was fun and different. Very short, so wore with navy tights. Was very happy.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
February 26, 2013
Fun Dress
True to size, comfortable, not too short. A little big on top for me
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 132lbs
February 21, 2013
Loved this dress, got a ton of compliments!
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 117lbs
January 26, 2013
Unique dress, with nice winter fabric & classy details. Turned out, it didn't WOW like I had hoped!
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
January 4, 2013
Adorable dress - I felt comfortable and got tons of compliments!
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.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 19
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
December 30, 2012
Cute dress but awkward fit!
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!
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 100lbs
December 23, 2012
All the compliments!
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!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
December 13, 2012
Wonderfully Wintery! With a sexy open back.
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.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
December 13, 2012
Received so many compliments - perfect hoiday party dress!
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!
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
December 5, 2012
Really cute and perfect for my late fall event.
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
November 27, 2012
Wore this dress for my 21st birthday!
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 23
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
November 17, 2012
Showstopper.
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Body type: Hourglass
November 12, 2012
The outfit :-)
Dress runs large but is a great fit!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 23
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
November 4, 2012
Got so many compliments on this dress!
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...
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
October 29, 2012
Adorable with a sexy touch!
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!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 21
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
October 27, 2012
Absolutely perfect dress.
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
September 19, 2012
It was very comfortable and I felt great in it.
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
August 22, 2012
Party Time
Great party outfit!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
August 20, 2012
Dream Dress
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!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 47
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 128lbs
April 4, 2012
Party/fundraiser
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.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Body type: Full Bust
February 9, 2012
Birthday Dress
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!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
January 29, 2012
Feeling beautiful on my birthday without spending a fortune!
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!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
September 28, 2011
Renting dresses was so easy and convenient. I had so much fun in my dresses.
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.
KarenJanuary 19, 2012
It looks really pretty!!! = )
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Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Body type: Full Bust
June 30, 2011
I would order two sizes down especially if you have small shoulders. Very cute. But wool. Too hot for summer.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
May 17, 2011
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
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