Lace Surprise Gown

$179 to buy
$795 retail
Stylist Notes

Have a black tie affair to attend? Rent this lady like Robert Rodriguez Black Label lace gown. Simple and chic.

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room in bust
WAIST: Fitted - fitted at natural waist with bow belt; fabric conceals midsection
HIPS: Fitted - very loosely fitted at hips though may be more fitted on full hips
LENGTH: Floor length - available in 2 lengths (Regular, Long): Regular measures 56'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'1''-5'6'') and long measures 59'' from shoulder to hem(recommended for heights 5'6''-5'11''; dress has high slight to upper to mid-thigh

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless 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".)

Product Details

Black crepe(100% polyester). One shoulder neckline with lace trim. Velvet tie waist. Front slit. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden side zip. Imported. See size and fit tab for length.

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213 reviews
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Large
(14)
True to Size
(162)
Small
(25)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 118lbs
September 16, 2011
It was very slimming and sleek.

This dress was great at a black tie wedding. The second smallest size fit me best because it was just a bit looser around the waist--better for eating. Also, the smallest size was a tad short on the length so it couldnt even be worn comfortably with 2 inch heels.

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Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
October 24, 2011

This dress is gorgeous and fits really easily. I'm normally a 2 but I got the size 0 + 4 and could have worn either (I went with the 0). Very elegant.

Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 50
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
November 12, 2011
Nylorac

This dress fit perfectly!! I was aware of the slit up the side, however it went all the way up to my hip. Very sexy!!!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
November 30, 2011
"Wow."

This dress was so perfect for the conservative formal event I attended. I'm 5'7", and wore a 6L-- it was a bit too long, even with 4" heels. Everywhere else, the dress fit like a glove. It's a versatile dress that will go over well in a mature crowd.

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Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 13, 2011

Gorgeous dress but it runs small, especially in the top area. Otherwise I have no complaints.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 136lbs
December 7, 2011
Great dress; a bit too short

I rented this dress for a black tie wedding and felt very appropriate and elegant in it (with the high slit helping me also feel a bit sexy). My only problem was the length. Many reviews talked about how super long it is, but I'm 5'11" and the 4L was definitely too short for me to wear any sort of heal.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140lbs
December 8, 2011
Wear without the Bow

I wore this dress to a black tie charity event. It is simple and understated. There wasn't a lot of shape to the dress, especially because I couldn't figure out how to get the bow right so I went without it. For being so tall, I was impressed that the 4L went to the floor. The biggest complaint I have is that there were FOUR other women at this party all wearing my dress in black or purple. Is there any way RTR can have you say what event you are wearing the dress to when you purchase it so that there is some way to track this? If I had known other women had already rented this dress for the same event, I would have picked another option...

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 54
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
December 24, 2011
I love RTR! I enjoy being able to rent designer dresses that look great!

I wore this dress to a military event and loved it! I did not realize that there was a slit up the leg but I was able to pin it for this conservative event.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
January 4, 2012
Classy, flattering

This dress was absolutely gorgeous. What isn't shown in this picture is the slit up the left leg, which really made the dress much sexier! It is very classy looking and slimming, tight on your waist at the bow, and loose everywhere else. I rented the 2L, since I usually wear high platform heels, but it was too long. I am 5'4" and even with my highest shoes I was stepping on it. It definitey does not run short. I also have a 24" waist, and the bow was very snug, which might be an issue for women with wider waists.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
January 6, 2012
Shorter than expected

I ordered a 2 and 4 to wear to a black tie wedding, but unfortunately I could not wear either size because the dress was too short. I ordered the Regular length and both sizes were a few inches off the floor (I'm 5'5") when I was barefoot - so it looked way too short with heels. It is very pretty and the slit makes the dress more fun since its not revealing on top. There wasn't much difference in either size - both the 2 and 4 fit me. As another reviewer noted, the velvet sash is very tight and snaps, so you cannot adjust it. Fortunately RTR is able to overnight another dress in time for my event so I will have something to wear!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
February 1, 2012
Several people told me that I was the 'best dressed' at my formal event. I did not want to return this gorgeous dress!

This dress is amazing in so many ways. It truly fits true to size and is very comfortable, although this fabric does not have any stretch. The long length was perfect for me with 4" pumps. The front slit is quite high but it is very sexy and demure at the same time. I wore fuschia suede pumps to match my lipstick, as well as the Tom Binns Crystal Black Chandelier earrings, which I loved.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
February 20, 2012
Rent the runway was the most seamless process. It is definitely apparent that this company is fun by women because every last detail was thought out and executed beautifully. I was especially pleased with all the extra goodies they sent along with my gown and earrings. They really put the extra thought into making each experience unique and I will forever use them for future events.

This dress was so comfortable and fit like a glove. I was very apprehensive to order anything as I am a hard fit and typically have to try everything on. The stylists were very helpful in guiding me through my options and giving real life advice based on my body type. I was so more than pleased with my experience with RTR and will continually use them in the future for other events. The only sad part was having to send this beauty back! Definitely recommend!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 103lbs
March 5, 2012
Great dress!

This was one of two dresses I rented for this event and ended up wearing this one because it fit perfectly! It was very comfortable and elegant.

LindseyMarch 5, 2012
How tall were you shoes?
RTRMarch 5, 2012
Hi Lindsey, the Regular measures 56'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'1''-5'6''). If you're similar to Meagan's height we recommend at least a 3" heel.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
March 18, 2012
Tricky sizing, BIG slit

I am 5'6" and wear 4" inch heels and I read the reviews about the length of the dress and ordered a 2L and a 4L. The 2L was so short! It was about half an inch off the floor when I was barefoot, there was no way I could wear it, however the size 2 belt was slightly loose on my waist. The 4L on the other hand was a full 4.5 inches longer than the 2L, in my 4 inch heels (making me a little over 5'10"), the 4L dragged on the floor and the size 4 belt was way too big. Thankfully, I was able to wear the 4L dress with the 2L belt and it worked out ok, but be warned about the drastic changes in length from size to size. Additionally, the slit goes very high. It wasn't such a problem when standing, however when sitting, I had to cover myself with my dinner napkin because my leg was exposed all the way to my hip.

Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 103lbs
June 26, 2012
Flattering dress, easy fit (even for a size too big). Very helpful customer service, super easy returns.

I wore this to a black tie wedding in NYC. Easy fit although I would have prefered a 0R which was unavailable for my event date. I was able to wear the 2R. I wore 4 inch heels and the dress came right to the floor. The best part of the dress for me was the slit up the leg. Made it sexy for a long dress. While I think the RTR rental price is fine, I can't imagine paying the retail price of $795 to own this dress. The material left a bit to be desired for such a high price tag. My dress also arrived without the belt accessory so I wore it with a tied sheer ribbon which was fine.

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Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 130lbs
August 11, 2012

This dress was perfect for the red carpet. It's comfortable, slimming and had a fun slit on the side.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
August 13, 2012
Perfect for Black Tie!

I wore this to a black tie event and it was perfect! Very comfortable

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Hourglass
August 20, 2012
Beautiful - high slit

Gorgeous! The slit was MUCH higher than I expected. It was super sexy when standing, but quite difficult when I sat down. You could see all the way up to my hip! You cannot wear spanx with this dress.

Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
August 22, 2012
PERFECT DRESS

I felt perfect in this dress. It was the perfect fit and the perfect length and was perfect for the event. The best part is that it was incredibly comfortable. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo that shows how the dress fit me. I'm covered up by others, but I did feel very special in it!

Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 23
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 186lbs
August 22, 2012
Amazing

This dress is Amazing I wore it for my High School Prom because I wanted something classy and this dress fit the bill. The Slit on the side is a bit to high. Other than that Amazing dress!!!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
August 24, 2012
It arrived right on time, it was easy to return, and my date was happily stunned! :)

Loved it! Like some other reviewers have said, the belt was kind of unforgiving and would sometimes pop open (like when I expanded my chest really big [like maybe sighing or laughing or something] and was sitting down), but it happened so infrequently and fit so well otherwise that I would order it the same size again. I'm a "tall" 5'4", but the hem was completely perfect for my 4" heels. Very sexy and flattering (but not flashy) fit - I felt very elegant. The slit really wasn't a problem for me, and I'm pretty modest. It's practically unnoticeable when you're standing, and only shows a little bit when you're walking or dancing. I was worried from reading other reviews that it would be flapping open constantly, but it really was very tasteful. Watch out when you're sitting or going up flights of stairs, but that's it! Overall, highly recommended! :)

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Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 170lbs
September 6, 2012
Elegant Formal Bridesmaid dres

Loved it! Received a lot of compliments. I am 5'7" so as other suggested I got the long, fit perfect with my 3" heels. Whole process of renting and returning went very smoothly and would definitely recommend .

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
September 10, 2012
It was STELLAR!!!

This Dress was absolutely more than I expected: wonderful! I received more compliments than the Bride. It had just the right balance of elegance and sexiness; there's a split you don't see ;).

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100lbs
September 13, 2012
Perfect dress for a formal affair. Fits true to size.

This dress was such a great choice for prom! loved the color, style and it was very comfortable. Incredibly pleased!!

Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Body type: Pear
September 14, 2012
Beautiful dress. Received alot of compliments.

Beautiful dress. Received alot of compliments.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
September 15, 2012
Fit true to size and hit the ground at the perfect length with 4" heels.

Hugged my curves perfectly and was extremely flattering for my hourglass shape. Belt was a teeny bit lose, but it wasn't noticeable. Wore it to a memorial ball, and it was perfect for the occasion. I got a lot of compliments. Kept hair and jewelry minimal, the dress speaks for itself.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32DDD/E
Body type: Apple
Weight: 120lbs
September 17, 2012
Super elegant & fun! Slit was pretty high but it gave the dress character & sass

Great fit! True to size

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 132lbs
September 19, 2012
Classic and pretty

I didn't end up wearing this dress because I wore another dress that I rented, but it was still really nice. It fit great and was a good length with heels.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
September 20, 2012
I had to wear this dress 3 months post pregnancy and it made me feel beautiful!

I wore this dress to my husband's army ball to welcome them home from deployment. I got so many comments about how much they loved the dress. The "secret" slit was my favorite part! I loved how it fit. I listed my measurements for what I was at the time, while still trying to lose more baby weight. It was so elegant and flattering! The only thing that was a little different than what I expected was that the shoulder strap was basically held together by a thick string. It was strong enough though and I didn't feel like it was going to snap. LOVED this dress!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
September 24, 2012
Loved this dress! Received so many compliments because it was so flattering.

The fit was a bit snug. I am 5'3" usually a 2-4 and I am a 34DD so finding dresses that fit throughout is always a struggle. This dress was perfect! it fit in just the right places without putting an emphasis on my bust (which was a relief to me!). I would recommend this dress to everyone! Very confortable!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
September 24, 2012
Elegant.Stunning.Classic.

This dress was absolutely perfect for the USAFA Ball I recently attended. Classic, elegant and true to size, the gown was the perfect choice. The slit is not visible in the photo- but just be aware it's there! It was fun to rock a little leg, though I did have to be conscious of the slit. I ended up taping it with the double sided tape provided just to keep things classy for the event! Also- for the tall girls: I am 5'11 and ordered the Long option. It was just an inch or two too long without shoes, and with the three inch heels I wore ended up being perfect. If you're even considering this gown as a back up- GO FOR IT! I wish I could wear this gown everyday. Comfortable and gorgeous.

RTR CustomerSeptember 24, 2012
Finally!!! A girl on here my size!!! :) You look beautiful, hope I have the same luck at the USMC ball.
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Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 138lbs
September 25, 2012
Great dress for a great evening

This dress is perfect for someone like me who is tall (5'10"), but short-waisted. I can wear petite tops, but I wear long pants. Fit great, looked stunning, go so many compliments. The slit is kind of high and I had to use my napkin to stay decent while we ate dinner, but I'd rent it again in a heartbeat. It's also great for small-busted women. The gathers hide the fact that you're not quite filling it up.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
September 26, 2012
Perfect for A Black Tie Affair

I wore this to a black tie wedding and got lots of compliments. Overall, I was pretty satisfied with it, but unfortunately the velvet belt that came with it was not adjustable so I wasn't able to use that. I was a little disappointed but overall, it wasn't a bad dress.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
September 29, 2012
Beautifully simple and elegant!

I rented this dress for a carnival ball. It was stunning!

Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
October 10, 2012
Amazing dress

This dress fit perfect, very elegant and I received so many compliments! Would absolutely recommend this dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
October 16, 2012
One of the most beautiful dresses I've ever worn!

This dress was absolutely stunning! I have a very petite upper body and a bigger lower body (pear shape) and this dress was SO flattering for my shape. The slit extends quite high on the right leg, but it was sexy and people didn’t even notice it until I walked by. When you sit, just make sure you drape the fabric over the slit (that’s what I did to avoid so much thigh showing when sitting). When I tried it on, I thought it felt slightly heavy, but on the hot day we went to the wedding it was still very comfortable and breathable. I didn’t want to send it back at all :(

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
October 19, 2012
People are always amazed that I'm wearing famous designers... I tell them RTR is my go-to!

This dress was gorgeous. The lace and the side slit is just enough sexy but not inappropriate. I did find that the belt was a little annoying as it got later into the night, but it kind of makes the dress, so going without isn't an option! This dress has no give or stretch, and runs pretty true to size! I love it, would totally order it again!!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
October 19, 2012
Feeling absolutely gorgeous when 6mo pregnant!

I was pregnant when I wore this dress and it made me feel absolutely incredible and beautiful.

LillyOctober 19, 2012
This is the Lace Surprise Gown? My sister in law is 6 months pregnant and looking for a long black dress. You looked beautiful!
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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
October 20, 2012
I felt amazing in the dress! Rent the Runway is fabulous!

I needed a gown for a wedding, black tie affair. I looked at dresses in stores and couldn't get myself to pay $1,000 for one night! I knew there were places to rent fabulous purses but didn't know about gowns. I searched for Rental Gowns and up popped Rent The Runway. I couldn't believe it, so many perfect dresses to choose from. However, I was nervous about getting the dress only 2 days before the event. What if it didn't work? I had no backup plan. No backup plan was needed, the dress was perfect! RTR sent 2 sizes, either of which would've worked but the 4 fit so well. The description of the dress was perfect, it fit exactly as described. I had originally been afraid that I would need new shoes (2 days before the event!) but RTR tells you what height heels you need for the length to be perfect. I felt absolutely amazing in this dress, thank you RTR. I just hope I get invited to more formal affairs, RTR could get addictive.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
October 26, 2012
Loved this dress -- so comfortable and elegant.

The 8 L was perfect and ran true to size. This dress was so comfortable and I received many compliments. I would rent this dress again in a second.

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