Runaway Bow Tie Dress

$188 to buy
$695 retail
Stylist Notes

How can you not fall in love this RED Valentino dress? We sure have! The bow shoulder details make it a delightful choice. Keep accessories plain and simple to let the gorgeous structure stand out.

Size & Fit

This dress runs large. We recommend sizing down (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 10.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress very fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - fuller skirt allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (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, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs large. We recommend sizing down (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 10.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress very fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - fuller skirt allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (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, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

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Product Details

Black Faille (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. Crew neckline with bow detail at shoulders. Full skirt. Hidden back zipper. Lined bodice. 34” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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184 reviews
Fit
Large
(77)
True to Size
(63)
Small
(11)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
December 2, 2013
*Stylist Review
SUCH a cute dress! Unfortunately it runs very large. I am normally a solid 6, and I could have definitely worn a Size 4. I loved the full skirt and the dress was so comfy! Just make sure to size down!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 45
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
December 18, 2013
beautiful on
This dress is absolutely gorgeous. The bottom has a flair to it that sits away from your body and legs. The dress fits true to size. We had a Christmas party to go to and I wore it, it was beautiful and I got compliments all night. Only problem was the party was outside and it was a little windy, didn't help the skirt sat so far away from my body. : )
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 163lbs
January 13, 2014
I’m an 8 and 10 was too big!
RTR sent me two consolation dresses since my original choice (Go Ornate Dress) had a small tear. This was a cute dress, but they only had a 10 so I took it. I have a little black dress in my closet for cocktails parties that look better on me than this one, but I wore it anyway because I love how the skirt is slightly puffy and it was “new.” If you have a larger bust this is a great dress if you get the right size. It shows off your legs and is comfortable up top!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
January 26, 2014
beautiful dress
This looks better in the pic. I did not wear it since I was advised to order a size dow, I orderd a size 2 and could not even zip it up. If I order this in the future, I will definitely order a size 4
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
January 31, 2014
In love with this dress, flattering fit
Flattering fit, looks great belted, one of my favorite RTR rentals to date!
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
February 17, 2014
Loved it.
Loved this dress! I received many compliments and felt beautiful. I'm shorter and it was a perfect length and style. I usually wear a size 4 or 2 petite at Ann Taylor or the Loft. I sized down after reading the reviews and the 2 fit me like a glove. This was my first RTR experience and I will be doing it again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130lbs
February 27, 2014
Stunning, but a little big.
My client wore this for a photo shoot & we both fell in love with it! It was a little big, so it might be a good idea to rent your second size a size down. It has a classic, Audrey Hepburn look to it - and who wouldn't want that! I had actually rented a different dress, but RTR contacted me two days before saying that the dress I had originally rented was damaged by the previous renter, so they sent me TWO dresses that were most similar to the dress I had wanted. Customer service at Rent the Runway is top notch!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
March 3, 2014
The amount of compliments I got on my outfit.
The dress runs large, but it is absolutely stunning on. It will just like the model on you, if you get the correct size. I ordered the 6 and the 8 initially and had to send them back- I typically wear a 6. RTR overnighted me the 2 and the 4 and I ended up wearing the 2. I got so many compliments on the dress. It is absolutely beautiful. I so have a larger bust so it did flatten them out a bit, but the 4 was too large for me, so I had to deal with it.
HeatherApril 22, 2014
looks great!! ;)
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 145lbs
March 11, 2014
Simple and feminine
I really felt very comfortable in this dress. It was a bit large in the waist and the skirt consumed my short frame, but overall I did like the dress. If you're fuller in the hips/legs or taller, I think it'd be great for your body type! I am 5'2" and thought the skirt was just a little too big.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 18
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
March 16, 2014
not the dress
Was loose around the waist and closer to tea length than expected.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
March 23, 2014
Compliments from fashion professionals.
This dress fits EXACTLY like what it is on the model. Fitted on the bust/bodice and it has a very puffy full skirt. I attended a fashion event in this dress, it's comfortable and very flattering on hourglass body. Looks even better with an embellished belt.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
April 21, 2014
Fun dress with volume!
This was exactly what I was looking for -- a black fit and flare dress with volume -- and it was perfect! As others have said, it does run large. I went a size down and it was fine, so I highly recommend ordering smaller than larger. The bows kept sticking up, but I steamed them, which helped. This is a great dress if you want an LBD that isn't super tight and moves so you can dance!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
April 27, 2014
Absolutely precious on!
Absolutely perfect!! I am short, 5"2 and the dress was the perfect length! Super cute, very appropriate! I have a big chest 34D so I wore the 4 And was able to wear a bra under to make the fit perfect! The 2 was to tight in the Armstrong and chest. For this dress try to fit your top only, your bottom doesn't matter because of the big skirt. This was my first experience and I will DEF be renting again!! So easy!! So perfect!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
May 4, 2014
Did not want to take this dress off!
Wore this dress to a black tie gala. The dress runs big, a size 4 would have been a better fit but the size was unavailable. The bows on the sleeves were the perfect little detail that I did not want overshadowed by jewelry and just wore simple pearl earnings and black pumps. Will definitely rent this dress again.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 140lbs
May 7, 2014
This is a darling multifunctional dress for brunch, wedding or date night.
The only con I could think of is the bottom of the dress is much larger than pictured on the model (it puffs out much more than photographed). I rented it to wear to brunch and walk around town - BUT it looks much dressier in person!! As you can see, I wore flats and denim jacket to give it more of a casual look. Sorry, I forgot to take pics without. Upon its arrival, you may need to steam it. The dress is shipped folded in half. Because of the material, it will probably be wrinkly, so don't rent the day of your event hoping to put it on right away. Not a deal breaker, but I wanted to note it. There is a subtle sexiness to this dress which I would defiantly recommend if you want to stand out.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 166lbs
May 12, 2014
N/A
This dress was pretty but not very flattering for my body type. It was also very puffy. Out of all the times I've rented from RTR this has been the only one I've not been 100% satisfied with but I will continue to rent from them!
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 107lbs
May 13, 2014
Many compliments and comfort!
The fit was true to size. I typically wear 0-2. It was perfect length considering I'm petite. Very flirty and adorable dress. I wore it with a jcrew necklace and satin floral banana republic pumps.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
May 20, 2014
Wedding
Overall, I was very pleased with this dress. I usually wear a 0/2 but I ordered the 2 and the 4 because other reviews said it ran large. The 2 fit perfectly and the 4 was HUGE! I have a large bust so I usually have to get dresses to fit that part of my body first, but it was a little large in the waist so if you have a smaller chest, I would suggest sizing down. The skirt is much more "poofy" than it looks on the model, so I wore a sparkly statement necklace to take some attention away from the skirt and it was perfect! I would definitely recommend this dress!
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 127lbs
May 20, 2014
My husband's boss's wife said, "you always have such wonderful style."
The 2 fit well except was a bit large where my chest was concerned. A common problem with me. But the flare was fantastic, and I felt great in this dress. The length was perfect - I assumed it would be too long but it was 1.5 - 2 inches above my knees. Would definitely rent this dress again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
May 23, 2014
Rented 3, this was my least favorite :(
This dress is very pretty, but I did not end up wearing it because it was WAY TO BIG! I am normally a 6, so I rented the 6 but it was very large. It was not that flattering on my body because it didn't hug my curves. Its a very "Breakfast at Tiffany's" style dress and the fabric is beautiful, but it just didn't work for me!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
May 25, 2014
Sized awfully!
I can normally wear any size 6 off the rack. Not this one! The size 6 looked like a 10 or 12 -- I looked ridiculous! (should have taken a picture). It probably would have been cute, so if you order, order several sizes down. I had to go with my back up plan.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
June 1, 2014
Excellent dress. Many compliments.
Runs a bit large, skirt is very full yet lightweight, and the top does not have much stretch to it. Overall a very flattering and pretty dress!
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
June 1, 2014
I got so many compliments!!! I felt like the bell of the ball minus the bride of course :)
I got the 0 and 2. In designer brands I seem to be a 0 plus the dress doesn't hug your hips at all (which is my biggest part!!) It was a tad tight in my armpits bc I am so tiny in my rib cage . I am a B bust and bc of that sometimes the armpits pull a tad. The 2 was WAY too big around my ribs so I'd say it's true to size. The 0 was great and I wore a big sparkles necklace! It was perfect !
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
June 2, 2014
This dress was perfect for my cousin's wedding!
The 4 fit perfectly so I am glad I read everyone else's reviews that said to size down. I loved the flare at the bottom of the dress, it gave it a fun feel. I got several compliments on it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
June 2, 2014
Incredibly beautiful and flattering dress
I love this dress! I wore it for my 10th college reunion for a semi-formal, cocktail/dinner and dance. I lost count of how many compliments I received on this dress. I think it runs fairly true to size. I typically wear either a 6 or 8 and ordered those two sizes. I have a broader back and ended up wearing the 8 for that reason . There was plenty of room in the waist and could of went with either one. The length is perfect and looks great on the dance floor. Super flattering dress!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 145lbs
June 8, 2014
The perfect LBD
The size 2 fit well through the chest and and hit at the perfect spot above the knee, however the arm holes were slightly too small. I would have went with the four, but it was a bit baggy in the chest, so it would have ended up looking sloppy. Overall I was extremely happy with this dress. I mean, come on it's Valentino.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Body type: Full Bust
June 9, 2014
Beautiful dress with amazing features
This dress was everything I've ever wanted in a formal dress for a wedding. It fit PERFECTLY and was so comfortable! Wore it from 2 PM to 2 AM with no trouble at all. Dress runs big, so get a size smaller than you normally would. The 2 fit me perfectly and I normally wear a 4. Can't wait to rent again!
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Age: 18
June 13, 2014
Fit perfect, looked amazing. Getting ready for this event was sooo stress free thanks to RTR.
This picture does not do this dress justice at all... But it was gorgeous. The zero fit PERFECTLY! I wore it to a graduation dinner and everyone at the restaurant complimented me on how beautiful I looked. This was my first RTR experience and it was sooo stress free. I had not one complaint about the dress. The bows and full skirt made it look very girly but it was a classy, classic dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130lbs
June 14, 2014
Absolutely loved this dress! Got so many compliments on it!
It fit perfectly! I wore a bra with this which made it fit more. Also the bottom is poofy so just keep that in mind when getting this dress. I must say though, this is an amazing dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 106lbs
June 16, 2014
Repeat!
I've rented this dress now twice and it's been a winner! Sleek, sexy, classy and memorable!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 43
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 140lbs
June 16, 2014
Runs really big on top.
This was my back-up dress and I didn't wear it, but I tried it on and wow did it run big up top. Blousy around the boobs, which is rare for me. Size down.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
June 19, 2014
The perfect little black dress with some flair!
I ordered a 10 and an 8. The 8 fit great. I added a belt to pull in the waist a bit and add more shape. A little pop of color with the jewlery and the look was just what I wanted! The bows on top were flat and unassuming, but a nice little detail. The dress was a bit puffy, but that's what I loved about the look. Came on hanger ready to go in great condition. Totally comfortable and totally perfect for any occasion.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 128lbs
June 19, 2014
Cute and comfortable.
The skirt is pretty huge. There's maybe half a yard of poof I could live without - A belt helped reign it in. Otherwise the dress is totally comfortable and hides the less than perfect body zones. And it's kinda plain so it leaves a lot of room for accessorizing.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
June 21, 2014
Audrey Hepburn-esque!
The dress was fantastic. It was a classic but fun little black dress that made me feel like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The dress runs large, I am normally between an 8 and 10 (lately closer to a 10) and I wore the 6. So order down a size or two. It was so comfortable. The dress is also very easily accessorized and could be dressed up or down. I got a lot of compliments on the dress. I am seriously going to have a hard time sending it back. Really, rent this dress!
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
June 23, 2014
I got several compliments from perfect strangers on this dress. So cute!
The fit was right on track. I wore the size I would normally buy. I did wear some tight biking shorts under the dress because the skirt is full and I felt naked. It was beautiful. I would actually love to buy this dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
June 24, 2014
Couldn't wear it!
This dress should not be rented by anyone with a larger chest. It is a bit of a sack to begin with so going up a size to fit your chest will just make the dress look super big and baggy. I didn't end up wearing it and had to return it. It is too much fabric for anyone that is petite. I recommend this dress for smaller chested, tall ladies.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
June 25, 2014
Lovely and fancy!
Let me get this out of the way: order a size smaller than you think you should. This dress is large in the waist, and the hips will give you plenty of room. I loved this dress, it was very stylish. I do think it would look best on girls with straighter bodies. When you're already curvy it doesn't accentuate in the most flattering way. That being said, I still think I looked fabulous!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
June 26, 2014
Didn't get to wear it. :(
Runs very large!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 101lbs
June 26, 2014
Nice dress but poor fit
Got this as a back up and did not end up wearing it. Beautiful dress but was bit too boxy looking.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
June 29, 2014
Amazing black cocktail dress for a formal manhattan wedding!
The dress was awesome but runs super big in bodice. I normally would wear a 10-12 dress and the 8 was baggy in the bodice. I think I will rent this dress again but get the 6 next time. What an amazing experience!!!
EmilyJuly 1, 2014
LOVE!!!
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