Sophisticated Merlot Dress

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Stylist Notes

The rich hue of this Robert Rodriguez dress screams sophistication. With a subtle raw edge trim and sexy one shoulder, this dress is a true showstopper. Shown here with AV Max's Gold Dome Bangle .

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend sizing up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size - built-in padding can be worn without a bra for all bust sizes though fuller busted women should consider sizing up
WAIST: Fitted - fitted throughout and tiered fabric is flattering on all body types
HIPS: Fitted - for curvy women, size up
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model) - tall or curvy women should consider sizing up for length

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra; dress has built-in cups in bust
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: All body types
(Model's height is 5'10")

Product Details

Wine stretch silk georgette. One shoulder neckline. Laser-cut tiered layers. Padded cups. Hidden side zip. 35'' from shoulder to hem (on a size 6).

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151 reviews
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(9)
True to Size
(115)
Small
(27)
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 110lbs
November 30, 2010

I was so excited to wear this pretty dress, but the zero was enormous on me, so I couldn't wear it. I think all Robert Rodriguez's are on the larger side though.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Body type: Petite
December 7, 2010

I am about 5'1" and typically wear a 00 or a 0. This size 0 dress was definitely big on me, and the shoulder was fairly large. I would have loved to wear it, but I would suggest ordering a size down.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
January 5, 2011

This dress was a complete disappointment. I checked the product details, size & fit and read every review. I made sure to really keep in mind every reviewer's body type and height. I wanted to make sure that if I was going to commit to something like renting a dress for an important event, I would do it the right way. The dress looks beautiful in the photo but unfortunately it did not look as good in person. My body type is petite, however I have hourglass curves and usually that works in my benefit- not with this dress though. Maybe it had been worn by too many people and stretched out but the hips and stomach area were both loose. I ordered two sizes, 0 and 2, and that was the 0. All in all, I was unable to wear either size and this experience was money down the drain, not to mention they wanted me to return everything on New Year's day which would have been impossible. I didn't want to get charged with the daily late fee (50% of your order charged per late day) so, I had to send back on NYE... it's a good thing the dress looked horrible because I wouldn't have been able to wear it anyway. TERRIBLE experience, I wish I could get every cent I spent back.

Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
October 6, 2011

This was my 1st choice dress and I did not end up wearing it. Not to say that this dress wasn't beautiful, because it is. It just didn't fit me right in the midsection area. I'm usually a size 3 and I ordered the size 2. It was just a little loose looking but the dress is beautiful.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Body type: Petite
April 1, 2012
Worn for a birthday party

The color of this dress is great. Matches very well with jewelry and can work with many different colored shoes. However, I wasn't aware that the dress had multiple layers from top to bottom in the pictures shown on the page. It made it seem larger and looked bigger in some spots than I had hoped for. Overall, it was comfortable, but I wish it were tighter and that I had known the layers in fabric were there when I ordered it. It ran a little big.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
June 2, 2013
Dress runs very large

I didn't end up wearing this dress because both sizes that I ordered (the 2 and 0) were too large. The dress itself also didn't look very well made and was "bulkier" than the picture shows.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Straight & narrow
June 16, 2011

Did not cinch at the waist for me so it left me looking boxy. Also the one sleeve hit at an odd point of my shoulder (my shoulders are somewhat broad). The materail isnt very stretchy at all so this dress is pretty much hit or miss.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 104lbs
May 22, 2013
CHIC

The dress looked better off than on, it was slightly bigger on my frame, so I ended up wearing a different RTR dress. All-in-all it is a very sophisticated, classy option, wish it had fit right!

Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
September 7, 2013
My husband's mouth dropped when he saw me.

The dress fit perfect. I knew that it ran a little large so I ordered a size down.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
August 23, 2011

Unfortunately, I couldn't wear this dress because the sizes I ordered were so small I couldn't even get it on!! However, it did look "sophisticated" and the fabric was great. It also looked a bit shorter in person, but it was hard to tell from the hanger.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
September 26, 2011
This dress was PERFECTION!

This dress was BANANAS! I got so many compliments on it and I still am. You can't tell in the picture, but the strips are a little frayed at the end, which in my opinion made it even hotter. It runs a little small, especially in the shoulders. I am not overly broad, but it was a little tight under my arm. All in all I was very happy with this dress!

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Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
October 5, 2011

I rented this dress and chatted with a fit specialist. I rented a 4 and a 6, as those are typically my sizes. This dress had little to no stretch, so the 6 fit better than the 4. But the part that overlays on your shoulder doesn't stay down, and the top was a bit large on me. I didn't end up wearing this dress. I was a little disappointed as it didn't look like it does in the picture, not just on me, but even on the hanger. It's a little frayed, and much heavier a material then I imagined. Not my favorite dress. But I definitely can't wait to try and rent something else - the process was seamless!

Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 44
Body type: Petite
October 12, 2011

A very pretty dress - nice, rich fabric. I usually wear a 2P but could not get the 2 over my hips! The 4 fit fine - I'm an A cup, and the bust area could have been a bit snugger, but it was not noticeably too big. The dress was comfortable. The top ruffles flipped up when I lifted my arm but just needed some smoothing down.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
October 27, 2011

This dress is beautiful. Exactly the color and style it shows in the photo. However, it fit me very strangely. I don't consider myself to be all that curvy, but I began to feel that way in this dress. I rented a 6 (my usual size) which was very, very small. The 8 looked substantially larger, so I was still hopeful. The length and mid-section fit wonderfully, but the top was HUGE, and I am a 34C. Then the bottom hem was TINY. I don't think I would have been able to walk up steps without ripping it. I was so excited to receive this dress but sadly I was unable to wear it. May work great for those who are petite or slim and narrow, but not if you have curves (that you may not even know you had!)

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
November 16, 2011
Great for fall!

I had a fall wedding to attend and this fit the occasion perfectly. The other reviews are correct, if you have any kind of hip, you should go a size up. I ordered the 4, but I couldn't even get it past my hips. The 6 fit well on my hips and waist and was a little big up top, but nothing that made me worry I would have some kind of "slip". The layers are more feathered then the picture gives off, so if you worry about any kind of horizontal stripes, I would skip this one.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
February 13, 2012
My Fiance LOVED this dress on me!

I would say this runs a little bit on the small size. Im usually between a 4-6 and I wore the 6, it was tight but very flattering. The pleats hide everything! The fabric is kind of "frayed" but it is supposed to be - I didnt mind this other than the very top of the dress which kept flapping over. Overall I was pleased and got a lot of compliments!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 10, 2012
sexy sexy dress

Like all my other RTR experiences, the fabric was beautiful and the service was great. Agree with other reviewers that the fabric has NO GIVE and for that reason would suggest sizing up. Also folds in the shoulder seem to come out of place easily. Otherwise a great option for a formal fall affair.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
September 19, 2012
Wore for a summer event at the Country Club

This dress doesn't have enough stretch so I ended up wearing the larger size and it didn't fit great (was blousy some places like the hips). It was very classy, sharp and I'm glad I rented it. Looks great on, if not incredibly comfortable

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 110lbs
September 24, 2012
Beautiful merlot dress! Felt so rich and I received so many compliments!

I wore this dress to my cousin's Bar Mitzvah. The color was gorgeous and the fabric seemed so rich. I had to go with the 2 since I have a larger bust and the 0 was too tight under the arms. The fabric isn't stretchy, so I'd recommend to go with a size up. I wore nude pumps to compliment the look. First experience renting with RTR and I couldn't be happier! Can't wait to rent again!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 170lbs
September 24, 2012
Not for double digit sizes :(

Even with two sized (10 and a 12) I ended up not being able to wear this dress. The difference between the 10 and 12 was huge. I have a large bust (36D) and the 10 couldn't fit it but the 12 was like a potato sack on me. It looks so cute on the model, but just didn't work for my body.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Body type: Hourglass
January 3, 2013
Fabulous color, good fit.

The shoulder part came down somewhat easily, so if you have narrow shoulders I would not advise this choice. But for the most part really loved it!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
January 13, 2013
Beautiful dress, beautiful color!

I rented this dress for a friend's wedding in August. It is a gorgeous dress and was very flattering. I preferred the size 10 (I normally wear an 8) as this dress runs a little small. I ended up not wearing the dress though because it was pretty heavy and I was worried I'd be too warm. Would be a perfect dress for a winter occasion!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
April 15, 2013
Pretty dress, but absolutely no stretch!

This dress was beautiful, but it was heavy, thick, and completely unforgiving! I ended up wearing something else when I ordered it because I just didn't like the way it fit.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 23
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
April 19, 2013
Pretty Color

Wore this to a fraternity formal and got lots of compliments. I had to iron down some of the fabric strips before I wore it but it looked great. It's fairly tight and doesn't have much stretch.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
August 25, 2013
I wish this dress worked!

This dress just didn't fit me right. I usually wear a size 2/4, but this dress just did not accentuate me correctly. Sadly, this dress didn't work out.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
September 21, 2013
Cute and fun dress

Fun dress but the detailing consists of lots of layers of fabric. It was a little snug but it worked out. The fabric kept coming up so I made sure to bring fabric tape with me! The fabric tape helped tremendously but the shoulder did slide up a bit. Even though those things were slightly inconvenient, by the end of the night I was dancing the night away and didnt care about those things!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 124lbs
February 27, 2014
Lovely dress, but it definitely runs small.

Definitely size up for this dress, but it's lovely in person. Perfect dress on its own with some simple accessorizing. I actually did not end up wearing this dress for my event as it was my second choice, but it was a tough decision!

Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
September 22, 2012
Loved it but too tight and short for a wedding.

This dress was too tight and short for a wedding. I'm 5'7" with a butt and it was definitely better suited either for someone smaller or for another occasion, like a bachelorette party. Still beautiful, just didn't work for the black-tie affair that I was attending.

Overall fit:
Small
Age: 36
December 12, 2010

I rented this dress for a wedding and ended up not wearing it. It's not made for hour glass/curvy women I think. The top was larger than the bottom of the dress...so if you've got a butt, it really hugs you in the skirt and then gapes at the top. It was also hard to walk in...so I couldn't imagine dancing in it very well. Also, there's a rubber lining strip along the top (I guess to help it stay up), but it's frayed and falling apart. Just trying it on, several pieces flaked off. I think it's a pretty dress, but I thought it was an awkward fit.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Body type: Hourglass
July 25, 2011

Very pretty dress, runs very small! I am usually a 2/4 so those are the sizes I rented but yikes, could barely squeeze into the 4! If you have a large bust or curvy hips, renter beware. I am a 34D and the one-sided shoulder was very constricting. I would recommend the dress but would caution renting a size up, wish I got the 6!

LauraJuly 25, 2011
how high is your heel in the photo?
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Body type: Hourglass
August 1, 2011

Color is GORGEOUS! I am a solid size 6 and was disappointed that this dress was a bit snug in the hips. Also worth noting, its a tad short on the taller girls like myself so be ready to rock some leg-action or have hosiery to make it more conservative depending on the event you're going to.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Body type: Petite
September 21, 2011

Even with wearing the larger size i rented, this dress was too tight on my thighs. I have small thighs, but a larger butt and it made the dress too tight on my thighs to sit down for long periods. great dress if you only sit for a short time.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
December 15, 2011
Lovely

This was actually my back-up dress so I didn't wear it that day but I am absolutely going to rent it again because it is really pretty, really flattering, and just all around lovely.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 190lbs
August 17, 2012
Winter style

Not a very flattering shape, more of a winter shape. I returned this dress without wearing it.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
November 13, 2012
Didn't end up wearing it because it was fancier than I expected.

The dress was too dressy for the wedding I attended with my boyfriend. It also made me look a lot wider from the front than I expected based on what I'd seen with the model. I was glad I ordered a size up, but would have worn the size 6 to the wedding, if I had worn it at all. I looked way better from the side, and felt self conscious looking at myself from the front because the ruffles added a lot of volume. The ordering experience and delivery experience with RTR was great as usual.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
February 24, 2013
Cute, but not a great fit

This dress looked darling on the website and other women, but it was way too short on me. I felt it would have been great for someone younger. Very small in the ribcage/bust. I did not end up wearing it. Beautiful deep, bordeaux color.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
October 5, 2010

This dress was gorgeous! I wore this to a black-tie optional wedding and got a ton of compliments. Wore it pretty much as shown, sheer black hose, black shoes and gold accessories. Would definitely recommend!

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
October 6, 2010

Absolutely LOVED this dress! I got so many compliments on it all night! It was very comfortable too. I wore it with the Dannijo Daryn earrings.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
October 12, 2010

Looked absolutely amazing. The dress is incredible comfortable and is super flattering. Wore it with nude Jimmy Choos in Napa for a rehearsal dinner and got many compliments. The color is really gorgeous and brought out my natural tan.

Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
October 25, 2010

I wore this dress to an evening wedding and received several compliments. I went up a size as my normal size was shorter than I prefer for a wedding and high heels. Paired this classic dress with patent, nude pumps and gold jewelry...dress is a bordeaux/pinot noir color - love it. Has a built in bra padding and very comfy! Great rental.

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