Raoul

Bold Choice Gown

$80 rental
$660 Retail

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Stylist Notes

This gown by Raoul is as glamorous as it is sexy. The long slit bares just enough skin to leave everyone wanting more! Shown with Dannijo’s Odessa Feather Earrings.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 14.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, 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: 0 - 14.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Size Chart

Size Chart

Length Chart

Length Chart

Dresses may not be offered in all of the above lengths.

Product Details

Black Silk Mikado (52% Silk 48% Wool Shantung). Sleeveless. Boat neckline. Straight Skirt. Hidden back zipper. Lined. See size and fit tabs for lengths. Imported.

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22 reviews

Fit
Small 3
True to Size 12
Large 4
Photos 10
Queen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 165 lbs
Mar 29, 2015

I received tons of compliments. This dress is very flattering the after baby me.

Size worn: 12R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
Loved the dress. Was very flattering. I did not feel under or overly dressed and the dress looked of great quality. Was a bit snug around my bust. If you are full busted, this might not be the dress for you.
Rhonda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 45
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115 lbs
Feb 8, 2015

Gorgeous dress, just very long.

Size worn: 0L
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved this but ended up not wearing to event bc it was very long and would have required me to wear very high heels all night that wear not conducive to dancing.
Meredith
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Jul 30, 2014

Elegant with a twist

Size worn: 12R
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
Loved this gown! The wool blend gives it a substantiality lacking from many other dresses, while the sequin detailing and split make it just fun enough. Adored it overall. I will note that it is a bit tight, especially in the bust, and that the sequins irritated my arms by the end of the evening. Other than those minor issues, it was fantastic!
Michelle
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 46
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 179 lbs
Jul 21, 2014

Amazing Event, Needed an Amazing Dress!

Size worn: 12L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The dress was really formal, elegant, and brought in just enough sexy! It was for my Bishops 30th Anniversay and it needed to be classy but still beatiful. The dress nailed it. Showing just the right amount of skin! Dress was comfortable and since I am a 38DDD I had to go up a size to accomodate. Overall GORGEOUS! Thanks RENT THE RUNWAY!
emma
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 18
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110 lbs
Jun 22, 2014

i wore this to prom and it was such a beautiful and sophisticated dress. I would definitely recommed

Size worn: 0R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I'm 5'3" and wore 4 1/2" heels and the gown was still over an inch long on me, but some removable hem tape did the trick. This material was super easy with that. Other than that it fit like a glova
Kim
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
May 2, 2014

So pretty and slimming!

Size worn: 6L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Love this gown! Fitted through the bodice and hips, and a nice slit that kicks out when you walk.. Very regal. Love the sequins and the material of this dress.
Kate
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 19
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Apr 29, 2014

Such a classically beautiful dress.

Size worn: 2L
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress is so lovely. It falls in all the right places, and looks very sophisticated. I ordered this dress when it didn't have any reviews, so I called RTR to figure out the fit details. Since the dress is a silk-wool blend, they suggested ordering up for the backup size given that it doesn't stretch. They also suggested getting long versions. I ordered a 2L and a 4L, but for my height, both were WAY TOO LONG! I'm 5'6, wore 4.5 inch heels, and still had to use hem tape to take 4 inches off the bottom. So unless you're close to six feet tall, I'd suggest getting the regular length. Also- it runs large. I wore the 2, which was alright, but I really should have worn a 0. Otherwise, it's a comfortable, elegant, and beautiful dress. A night to remember!
Robyn
Age: 32
Apr 13, 2014

This was so easy! Couldn't have gone any smoother!

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I was a little nervous to pick this dress because there weren't any other pictures or reviews to base my decision on. But I rolled the dice and went with a size 4 and a size 6. The 4 was the perfect length and fit. It maybe doesn't photograph well, but in person, it's amazing. It's a classy, timeless dress but the sequins give it a little bit of an edge. I'll definitely use Rent the Runway in the future!
Heidi
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 112 lbs
Jun 11, 2015

Back-up, didn't wear

Size worn: 2L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress was a stylist pick after my back-up option was unavailable. As others have commented, this dress runs very long. At 5'7" with 3.5" heels, the dress was an inch too long. The dress is quite fitted through the waist and hips so this isn't a good choice for someone with a long torso. Given the option, I would have tried the 2R.
Jessica
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
May 26, 2015

Simple, gorgeous dress

Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress was perfect for a black-tie dinner that I had for work. The coverage was appropriate and the slit in front didn't go up too high. It is a little long - I am 5'2" and wore 4 1/2 inch heels and the dress was to the floor and almost dragging. I got both the 8 and 10 and while they both fit, I went with the 10 for a little more room and ease of getting the zipper up myself.
Karen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 43
Weight: 124 lbs
Apr 26, 2015

Pretty but not as special as others I have rented

Size worn: 6R
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress was pretty, but I have rented better ones in the past. It mostly fit well, except the bust was too tight. I liked the slit, and the flow of the gown. I liked how it looked but probably wouldn't rent it again.
MP
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Feb 27, 2015

Good but not great.

Size worn: 10L
Rented for: Formal Affair
It does bunch up around the middle as another reviewer had mentioned. Overall it is fine but nothing great.
carolyn
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 45
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 21, 2015

simple and elegant. great for any age.

Size worn: 10R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
a very straight fit- the slit was just the right amount of sex appeal to an otherwise modest gown- which I loved.
Steph
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 105 lbs
Dec 21, 2014

This dress was my backup. I didn't wear it. I felt like the material was cheap.

Size worn: 2R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I did not end up wearing this dress. I didn't think the material was formal enough for my event.
Samantha
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Dec 12, 2014

Pretty but Slim Fitting

Size worn: 4L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
I chose not to wear this one because it is not as comfortable as my other choice. It doesn't have any stretch. I am slender but have a big butt so that is not my favorite style for comfort. Besides that is was very pretty.
Ashley
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 180 lbs
Nov 10, 2014

It is so beautiful in person! I loved the material.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved it, but I ordered a 14L and it was too tight across the chest. Fit great everywhere else and was long enough. I was so bummed I couldn't wear it.
jcrv
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 148 lbs
Oct 23, 2014

I didn't wear this for my event

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
this dress is a true 6 and was too small for me. it also is incredibly long. 5'8" and 4" heels and it would have still been too long. the fabric and is high quality - the sequins are a bit cheesy given the otherwise sophisticated styling.
Shelley
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Sep 17, 2014

Gorgeous dress

Size worn: 4R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I rented this dress for a ball. I kind of threw it into my cart last second when I realized I got a discount on a second dress. Thank goodness I did because both sizes of the other dress I picked were too small. This dress runs true to size, and it's gorgeous. The top is glitzy, but I loved that I was covered up. I work for a public official, so I always try to dress somewhat modestly. I got tons of compliments on it. My only comment would be that if you're tall like I am (or taller), you may want to go with a long size if you want to wear heels. I wore flats with the regular length and it was just right.
Sara
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Jun 14, 2014

Looks frumpy in person

Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I thought it was very frumpy looking in person. It runs large too.
LBD
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120 lbs
May 12, 2014

Runs Large

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I didn't end up wearing this dress (I ordered it as a back-up), but since there aren't many reviews, I wanted to share my feedback. It is a great black dress, but nothing special and not quite as structured as I thought it would be. Looks lovely on and the slit helps spice it up a bit, but the fit is definitely large. I'm usually never smaller than a 2, and the 2 was too big at my waist, where it needed to cinch in. I'd recommend going down at least one size, and renting if you're looking for a solid black dress that isn't overly fussy!
Leah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 18
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120 lbs
Apr 30, 2014

Too tight and the fabric was not movable at all. Just uncomfortable

Size worn: 0R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Too long, hugs in the hips, not flattering
RZ
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 142 lbs
Jul 21, 2015

Not Ideal for an Hourglass Figure

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress is a nice upgrade to a basic black dress, but unfortunately it's better suited for straight shapes. If you're like me and have an hourglass figure (larger chest, small waist, and wider hips), this dress will not flatter you. The dress just looked boxy and did not accentuate my figure at all. To be fair, this was a last minute order and most of the dresses I would have preferred were already rented.
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