Olympia Gown

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Stylist Notes

Exclusive to Rent the Runway! An ultra-chic take on the classic Grecian silhouette, this Robert Rodriguez Black Label gown features a feminine bow at the shoulder and raw edge trim on the neckline.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size, yet runs slightly short in length. We recommend going one size up for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size
WAIST: Not fitted - full skirt conceals midsection
HIPS: Not fitted
LENGTH: Floor length, gown runs slightly short - available in 2 lengths (Regular, Long): Regular measures 54” from shoulder to hem and will be floor length on a 5’0” woman in 2” heels; Long measures 61” from shoulder to hem and will be floor length on a 5’6” woman in 3” heels. Curvier women should consider sizing up for length

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra; dress has built-in boning and structure
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Bump Friendly, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'11''. )

Product Details

Wine crepe de chine. One shoulder neckline. Tulle bow at shoulder. Raw edge trim at neckline. Ruched bodice. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden side zipper. See Size and Fit tab for length.

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69 reviews
Fit
Large
(4)
True to Size
(42)
Small
(22)
Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
May 15, 2016
Held up through all I put it through!

This dress was perfect as the matron of honor at my best friend's wedding! Her colors included "wine" and I found the color to be perfect! I was worried the black in the shoulder ribbons would be too dark but they were hardly noticeable. I would definitely say that the dress is true to size because I would consider myself a size 6. I of course waited till the last minute and had to settle for a 4. Thankfully there was a lining because when I zipped it up the seam started to bust. Rent the Runway insurance for the win! It held together though and looked beautiful! I'm 5'10" and the Long size worked perfectly with the heels I had to wear to please the bride. I then put on flats for the reception and the length was still spot on. During the reception I ended up spilling meat sauce all down the front! I went to the reception to try to clean it out as best as possible and thankfully the lighter outer layers of the dress dried pretty quickly. Again, Rent the Runway insurance for the win! I was so impressed!

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Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
December 17, 2010

This is a beautiful dress and very easy to wear. It was perfect for a black tie gala that I attended. The skirt is very flowy and graceful. If you are very small (32A) on top the size 2 will still be a little big. The black bow on the shoulder added great color contrast. I would definitely wear this again in a smaller size!

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 58
Body type: Pear
May 23, 2011

This dress runs big. I ordered a 6 and the top was too big. I am usually a 6 on the bottom and a 4/2 on the top (34A) I don't think this dress is good for a pear unless you have a bust. I just look lost in the dress. Kind of like a stick of gum since I don't have a bust. Beautiful dress.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 60
Body type: Petite
March 21, 2011

A very pretty dress, I think, though my husband did not like the color, which he said was the shade of church pew velvet. The problem is 1) it is scratchy, especially at the zipper location and 2) the chiffon overlay is too long, by an inch or two, even with 4 inch heels. Petites, steer clear.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2L
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
November 21, 2012
Gorgeous gown, my boyfriend though it was just so beautiful on me.

I got the 0 & 2. The 0 fit great except in the chest and then the 2 was just a little too big. I had to wear the 2 though since the chest was so tight in the 0. Other than that it was great!

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 53
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 148lbs
March 17, 2011

I normally wear a Size 8 dress. I only received the Size 8 as the Size 10 back-up size was not available. Although it fit in the waist, I could not get the dress zipped up over my chest. I am a 36C. Even if I could have gotten it on, it would have been way too short on me. I ordered the regular length since I was planning to wear low heels but the length hit about three inches above my ankle! While trying it on, I also noticed the boning problem earlier reviewers complained about. There was a wire sticking out of the front of the dress on the left side. It would definitely have been a problem digging into my skin if I wore the dress.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
April 18, 2011

Loved this dress, but wasn't able to wear it because it was too snug on top. I'm petite (usually a size 2, sometimes a 4) but wear a 32D bra, and the size 4 wouldn't accomodate my bust. I was a little nervous about the length because I am so short, but the length was perfect. I'll definitely try renting the size 6 for another event.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 45
Body type: Petite
June 27, 2011

I normally wear a size 4 or smaller, due to my height. But I could not squeeze into this dress in either size - the bust area is cut WAY to small (I'm a full C cup). Luckily, I ordered a back up dress at the same time - everything worked out great. It's a pretty dress, maybe next time, I'll try the size 6.

Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
September 5, 2011

I ordered this dress in my size (8) and a size up. I wear a 36dd picked this dress bc it was in the full-busted section. Even the 10 did not come close to zippering over my boobs so happy that I ordered a second dress that fit perfectly

MaggieSeptember 5, 2011
which dress did you go with instead?
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 22, 2011

I was thoroughly disappointed with this dress. I have now rented about 20 dresses from rent the runway and this was the first one that just absolutely did not work. I am 5'5", 134 pounds and a 34C and I found the top to be extremely small for my bust, but the part below ballooned out and made me look enormous. It looked so awful on me that I put it back in the mail within an hour of trying it on. Thankfully, this was my backup dress and my original dress Theia "Dipped in Vanilla" looked amazing.

Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Body type: Pear
October 11, 2011

The dress was super tight in the bust and while I read that in other reviews, I figured since I have a small chest it wouldn't be an issue. Wrong. Also, the wires actally left red scratch marks on my ribs where they poked out from under the seams. It's too bad tho...I wanted so badly to wear this dress; it's so pretty...or at one point it was pretty. The one I got (12R and 12L) looked a little weathered.

Overall fit:
Small
Height: 4' 6"
Age: 47
Body type: Pear
October 25, 2011

I agree with others - if your chest is anything larger than an A cup, you need to go up a size. And, the plastics stays on the dress poke out of the fabric which is quite uncomfortable. I would probably choose another dressif I had the chance to do things differently. The service itself is outstanding though!!

Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 170lbs
December 5, 2011
Amazing Dress

It was a beautiful dress. It looked absolutely stunning on. However, it did have the boning problems mentioned in previous reviews. It didn't bother me much. I put a band-aid over the area and I also wore a high pair of spanx that covered the area and I didn't feel it. The top of the dress was ran small. Previous posts said that it wouldn't fit over their bust, mine wouldn't zip over the bottom of my rib cage. I rented the 10L but ended up wearing the back up size of 12L because of that problem. The dresses length ran true to size though. I am 5'7" and I wore flats and I had to come up with some creative ways to keep the dress (which was about 5 inches too long at that point) from dragging on the ground. This service was great and I will definitely be using it again for my next formal affair.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 50
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
December 7, 2011
Bummed out!

I was really excited to get this dress! The color is a beautiful cranberry... but it wouldn't zip across my bust, and I'm not that big! Couldn't wear it to the function as planned, and had to scramble to come up with something from my own closet! I ahve rented several things before and have been VERY happy!!!

Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160lbs
February 12, 2012
I loved how the dress flowed, and many of my sisters told me how gorgeous the dress looked on me!

I was nervous about renting a dress online for my sorority's formal, but I was very pleased overall. I loved the one shoulder look and received a ton of compliments from my sisters! There were a couple of problems though. The dress was tight in the bust keeping me from being able to wear and bra, and it was hard to zip it by myself. Also, the stays in the back of the dress poked me all night. If the size 10L had been available for a backup size, I would have probably worn it instead. Overall, it's a great dress, and I will most likely rent again next year!

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Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 175lbs
May 1, 2012
Didn't work

I rented this as one of my two choices for a family wedding. I just had two babies back to back and am still a little soft around the middle so I was looking for a style that would be forgiving of my midsection. I normally wear a 10 or 12, and I rented the 12L. I am a 36C and I could BARELY zip the dress over my chest. You definitely need to go up a size. (My sister in law rented a dress by the same designer and had the same problem) The dress is beautiful, but after wearing maternity clothes for on and off for 3 years, I am tired of the empire wasted dresses. Nicely made and a very pretty color, just not the dress for me.

Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
September 4, 2012
Just didn't work out

I'm 5 feet exact and the dress fit well length size. i had to size up because i am a C cup and it seems like this dress would look better for really thin girls. Overall the dress is very pretty but it just didn't work out for me.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Petite
Weight: 147lbs
November 11, 2012
A great formal dress for the Marines Ball!

I wore this dress to the USMC Ball to celebrate the 237th birthday of the Marines. It was a great color and the fabric was nice. The dress fit just right! I'm 5 feet and I could walk barefoot with it just touching the ground. I did wear 2 inch heels and it still looked great. I got a lot of compliments throughout the evening.

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 23
Body type: Hourglass
December 3, 2012
Prom night!

beautiful dress! got lots of compliments, but runs a bit small.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
January 1, 2013
Great customer service!

This was my backup dress, and I really thought from the reviews that it would fit. The 2r did fit my pear shaped body very well at the top (34a) which was great, however per the other reviews, it does run very short! I'm 5'5" and without shoes this dress was at least 2 inches too short. That's never a problem for me, so I was very surprised! Thankfully i got a perfect fit in my other dress, so overall RTR was a huge success for me. This is a beautiful dress and a great choice if you are very petite!

Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
January 27, 2013
Customer service took care of me like I was one of their own!

This dress arrived Thursday before my Saturday event. It didn't fit. I didn't order 2 sizes because the stylist said based on my measurements the 8 would fit and they didn't have a 6 available for the date anyway. So.. What was I to do??? I called first thing Friday morning and a WONDERFUL woman helped me find another gown and sent me 2 sizes of it, overnight! They totally took care of me and my Saturday event was saved! Thanks again RTR! I normally wear a 6 or 8, but when I order this dress again, I will get a 10 now that I know it runs small.

Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
March 20, 2013
runs small, i looked pregnant, i did not wear

color was more maroon than the picture, wire in the bust poked me

Size worn:
4L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
May 6, 2013
Excellent service

This is a beautiful dress, but I didn't end up wearing this. It was my backup dress to the Nicole Miller Forget-Me-Not dress. While the Nicole Miller 4L was way big, I couldn't even zip this dress!! It was way too small. I didn't get to wear it, but it is beautiful- loved the fabric and the color. The length is also short. The 4L would have barely covered my 4inch heels.

Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108lbs
February 17, 2014
Spare Dress

I loved this dress and the bow was perfect. However, it was a little too short to wear with high heels.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
March 6, 2014
Beautiful color and material!

I LOVE this dress, but the top is a bit tight. I suggest you go one size up if you have a larger bust! Beautiful otherwise--might rent again in the proper size if I have another occasion!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 123lbs
December 8, 2012
Very Comfortable!

I just had a baby a few months ago so I wanted something to hide my belly, this dress was great. Very comfortable too!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36H
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 165lbs
February 15, 2013
This one wasn't too great, but hopefully the next one will be!

I wasn't able to wear this dress. Was way too tight for my chest. I called RTR but they never managed to get me my credit either. Its too bad though because this dress is even prettier in person.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 44
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 153lbs
December 10, 2010

The picture does not do this dress justice. It is simply gorgeous. I wear a size 10 or 12 and found this to be a very flattering cut for my figure. I ordered as a backup for a black tie work event and it was too formal for the occasion (see below). That said, I found myself wishing I had an occasion, any occasion, to wear this stunning gown. It seems like something Titania might wear in Midsummer Night's Dream. The "long" is VERY long. The main reason I chose not to wear the dress is because I would have had to hold the train of the gown throughout the evening to avoid stepping on it.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
December 21, 2010

This was the first dress I've EVER worn that was actually too long for me even when worn with heels. I ended up wearing the highest pair of heels I owned and still ended up carrying the overskirt over my arm so that I could walk without triping. I liked that I didn't have to worry about it slipping off my shoulders because it zipped up on the side with the strap. I got so many compliments and I felt like a queen in this gorgeous gown.

Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Body type: Hourglass
February 4, 2011

This was a great dress, but the boning in the top slipped out of the bottom(it is not sewn in at all) and started poking me during the night. Not fun! Still a pretty dress though.

Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Body type: Full Bust
March 10, 2011

I had a Navy Ball to go to, and waited way too long to get a dress, so I had to get the 8L, which was too long, but fit amazingly everywhere else! ( I am 5'7", about 160 lbs, with 34/36D chest, and athletic body) It didn't make my chest look funny, and it wasn't so flowy that I looked pregnant. It was elegant and I got a TON of compliments on it. Great dress, I highly recommend it!

Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 123lbs
June 7, 2011

This is a beautiful dress and although a size 4 was a little tight around the bust for me (a 34C), it fit well everywhere else. The length was perfect for me in 3 inch heels. I agree with the other reviewers about the plastic boning, it came out in the front and back and was very annoying but I used band-aids to help which worked. I would definitely recommend this dress.

Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 24
Body type: Hourglass
October 13, 2011

Plastic ribbing hurt like crazy, but other wise this dress is gorgeous. Beware if you're not flat-chested though - my boobs could barely fit into this dress. And I'm only a B cup.

Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 107
Body type: Hourglass
October 25, 2011

Gorgeous gown! Used it for black tie-optional dinner. Continue receiving compliments. One person said "best dress of the event." If renter is any taller than 5'3 1/2" then she should choose the long option. I wore flats because the dress would have been short if I had worn heels. I'm a B cup and didn't have to wear a bra. The vertical chest support band on the left side slightly poked through at the bottom of my ribs when I sat down, but it wasn't noticable. I could easily adjust the dress so it didn't poke. I'd definitely rent the dress again. I rated four stars because of length and poking. Otherwise it would have been a 5.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 40
Body type: Apple
November 7, 2011

I did not end up wearing this dress to my event. Although the dress ran true to size, I didn't like the way it looked on me. I thought it was too matronly and made me look older than I really am. Or it looked like a dress a pregnant woman could wear and look good in. I mean unless you are stick thin I don't see how this dress would look flattening IRL. The detail at the shoulder didn't look anything like it did in the photo. The strips of fabric were not as wide and looked cheap. The dress was also a bit darker and duller than in the photo online. Luckily my backup dress looked and fit great and I was able to wear that instead.

Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 52
November 11, 2011
Review

Did not wear this dress because it was not what I had ordered. It was sent to me as a substitute. I tried it on, and it fit. Was not my style at all. I placed it right back in the bag.

Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 39
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
December 14, 2011
My husband was totally blown away. It was so fun to wear such a gorgeous dress for a night!

I rented this for my husband's company Christmas party, which is a very formal event each year. I absolutely loved it! It was really comfortable. Lingerie was critical -- strapless push-up bra and shaper for me -- to make it look good. It was flowy and gorgeous. Exactly floor length on me at 5-2" with flats on.

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
January 17, 2012
I absolutely loved this dress!

After I read the reviews, I was a little skeptical but this dress was perfect for the formal I went to! I usually wear a 2 or a 4 and the 4 fit me great so I think it is very true to size! The only negatives I can think of are that dress isn't very form fitting and it wasn't long enough for me to wear heels and i'm 5"4 and got regular length, but other then that is was beautiful!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 163lbs
February 14, 2012
Great dress

I had originally ordered a different dress but it didn't fit. I called RTR, it was Friday almost end of day and I was on PT. My worse nightmare came true and here I was last minute. Of course my internet in the hotel wouldn't work so I had to call and just try to pick another dress from memory and the wonderful help and advice from the RTR staff. I actually own this dress in black so I played it safe and ordered this one knowing it would fit. It was delivered on time and had no issues with my order. The dress was super comfy and just fit in length so I was able to wear flats. Being 6 ft that was fine with me : ) I had a baby 5 months ago so it was a forgiving dress. Thanks to RTR for making it so easy and for being so helpful. I will definitely order again.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
April 19, 2012
My husband just returned home from a combat deployment to Afghanistan and I wore this dress to his battalion gala held in Las Vegas. It was perfect for the occasion!!

I rented this dress and the CARMEN MARC VALVO Lifetime Love Gown, but decided to wear this one for a Marine Corps ball in Vegas. The dress is more on the modest side, which was good for me. It is snug in the bust area (I'm only a 34B). It fit very well, but was still forgiving for an imperfect figure. I wore with short heels (2") and it was the perfect length.

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