Purple Explosion Dress

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$850 retail

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Stylist Notes

Exclusive to Rent the Runway! Look sexy and vibrant in this to die for Robert Rodriguez Black Label asymmetrical mini! It’s the ultimate dress for a bachelorette party, birthday, or night out on the town! Go with earrings like the Badgley Mischka's Dramatic Drop Earrings.

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 - deep V neck reveals cleavage; fuller busted women should consider sizing up for a more conservative look
WAIST: Very fitted - fitted at natural waist; ruching and sequin insert conceal lower abdomen
HIPS: Very fitted - for curvy women, size up
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, 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 back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size - deep V neck reveals cleavage; fuller busted women should consider sizing up for a more conservative look
WAIST: Very fitted - fitted at natural waist; ruching and sequin insert conceal lower abdomen
HIPS: Very fitted - for curvy women, size up
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10''.)

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Product Details

Purple silk. One shoulder neckline. Black sequin inserts. All over ruching. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden side zip. 34'' from shoulder to hem.

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85 reviews
Fit
Large4
True to Size47
Small34
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
September 10, 2014
Beautiful color!
This dress runs about one size too small, but it is beautiful. The color is so great and the dress is comfortable!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 107lbs
August 4, 2014
I wore the dress for my birthday and it was amazing and perfect in every way!!
I have no cons for the dress. I have an hourglass figure and the dress hugged my curves in all the right places. The lines on the dress are very flattering. The black sequins are a nice touch of party to a classy chiffon dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
June 29, 2014
Rented it twice!
The dress is very flattering but doesn't have much stretch to it. I needed to go up a size or 2. You also need to use fashion tape to hold the one side up in the front that comes to a point. I rented it twice about 2 years apart.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
May 1, 2014
Unique cut and style if you want something different
I had my eye on this dress and decided to wear it for the after party for the Marine Corps Ball. I loved the interesting neckline and the color in person. Like some previous reviewers, I found the one side of the dress to stick out a little awkwardly and even with fashion tape, it didn't hold for long. It wasn't something I needed to constantly address though and I still loved wearing this dress. It is a very flattering dress too and holds you all in and flatters your curves. Great for a party or fun night out!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
May 1, 2014
Didn't wear dress
This was a back up dress, it runs very small. And the top part without the strap sits up awkwardly, I have narrow shoulders and it went above my shoulders and stuck up.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
March 5, 2014
Couldn't even get it on
The dress was supposed to be a 6 and that's what the tag said but I swear it must have been a 0 cause I couldn't get it on! My tiny friend who is 5'2 and size 00 couldn't even zip it up! Either I got a dud or it runs ridiculously small
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
February 12, 2014
Super comfortable--dance the night away in this dress!
I wore this dress during a Vegas girl's trip and it was perfect! The ruching provides some give which is always nice. Only complaint is the non-sleeve side kept toppling a bit. Otherwise, it was perfect!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
December 30, 2013
This dress is sexy.
I didnt love the strapless side. its kind of odd. i considered wearing the hanger strap but actually just wore my back up dress. this dress is really tight as i have wide hips and small waist. i plan on renting again when i lose a few more pounds. Also, the black embellishment is the best part and makes the whole dress and the party i went to was too dark to fully appreciate the detail work.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 22
Body type: Hourglass
November 20, 2013
This dress was AMAZING! I got so many compliments!
The dress fits perfectly and is very flattering and the color is perfect!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 145lbs
August 27, 2013
Great dress - Runs small
I usually wear a 6-8 but after reading the reviews, I knew I wouldn't fit into the 6 so I ordered an 8 and 10. I started with the 8, couldn't even get it over my hips. The 10 fit but was extremely tight, I couldn't even bend over to put on my strappy shoes. I ended up wearing my back-up dress, but I would rent this dress again, in the 10 and 12. I will say, it hides any stomach imperfections.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
August 25, 2013
Unique design - Felt stunning
The dress fit great - a little snug but in the right places to accentuate a woman's figure. I received many compliments on it. It has a structured feel, but it isn't constricting. Sitting and dancing were not problems in the garmet. The ruching of the material hid some of my imperfections, which I was pleased about. I'm consistently a 4 in dresses, but part of the reason is my chest size. If you have similar measurements to me and have a smaller chest, I think you may want the 2. Side note: sorry about the odd pose in pic 2, but I didn't take a lot of photos that night. I figured potential renters could make a better judgment from the shot/angle in pic 2 versus pic 1.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
August 8, 2013
Loved how this dress looked but was a little too tight
I rented this for NYE last year and I loved the interesting neckline and the sequin insets. However, Robert Rodriguez runs small, and unfortunately my go-to backup size (8) was not available. I would have loved to have worn this! Maybe another time.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
July 26, 2013
Added pounds - went unworn
This was one of the dresses chosen for my daughter's bachelorette weekend, and none of her friends ended up wearing it. They said it looked too bulky on.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 128lbs
July 13, 2013
Didn't end up wearing it
Runs really small.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
May 9, 2013
Loved the dress...but definitely size up!
Really cute dress...perfect for my event...however, it does run a little small. I had a bit of trouble driving/sitting down in it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
April 9, 2013
Perfect Fit for a Perfect Night!
Great dress! Holds it ALL in. So flattering yet comfortable. The fabric doesn't give at all so make sure to get your normal size and maybe one size up. The color is VERY unique in person. Photographs more purple than it looks the blue it looks in person. Length is pretty long so its conservative. Not a Vegas dress but formal and classy
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
April 7, 2013
Got tons of compliments all through the night.
I felt like the dress was a little constrictive at the beginning of the night. But as I danced more it became a little looser and more comfortable. Definitely a fun, sexy little dress that will turn many heads.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
March 31, 2013
Perfect!
Wore this dress to my high school formal. I ordered a 2 and a 4 and had to squeeze into the 4. very different from other dresses, structurally. very comfortable and i received compliments throughout the night!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 134lbs
March 22, 2013
This is a pretty, sexy, stylish dress!
So, of the dresses I rented, this was NOT the one I thought I'd like the best....but I did. It looks great on and has great style. I wear a 6 and it fit perfectly....hugging my body just enough. I ended up wearing a different dress, but this one, I would probably rent again for a proper event. I'm only 5 ft 4in and it is NOT as short as it is on the model. It hit me more mid-thigh. But the quality is great. It has a super cute profile look. Nice dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
March 14, 2013
Cute Dress but didn't wear it
I rented this dress for NYE, but ended up going to a more casual event, so I didn't wear it. It was cute on, but was pretty tight. I'm pretty small, and small chested, and the top part was still very tight and squished my boobs in. Also, the rouching in the middle was a bit much and ended up making me look more bulky than I would have liked. It's a good dress if you want to show off your legs and maybe hide a little tummy pooch. I like that it's different and interesting, but the way it fits will not work for everyone. I would definitely size up on this one.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
March 12, 2013
I got compliments the entire night! New years-Amazing color, felt so amazing in this dress.
Fitted but comfortable. One-sided strap stayed up all night
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
March 8, 2013
This color was perfect for a NYE party! Don't forget the boob tape or a major disaster awaits!
I typically wear a 4 and I rented a 4 and a 6. I ended up wearing the 4 because of the awkard strapless side. I was afraid that the 6 would lead to a show I didn't want to put on if ya know what I mean. Boob tape didn't to the trick because of the fabric so I Improvised and wore the strap you hang the dress from as a mini strap and used my hair to cover it up. It was a bit snug but you couldn't tell because the rouching was so flattering. Sitting on low stools and not revealing anything was a challenge, but probably no different than any other dress. I wore this to an intimate house party with close friends so it ended up being amazing, but if was for a more formal affair I think I would have been upset with the extreme awkardness of the strapless side.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 22
Body type: Hourglass
February 26, 2013
I loved the color!
Loved this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
February 26, 2013
Beautiful, but didn't work for me
This dress is absolutely beautiful but there is hardly any stretch or "give" in the waist/hips area. I knew I would be sitting a lot at my event so luckily I had rented a back-up (the Tracy Reese "Bardot Bow" dress) and went with that one instead. Typically I wear a 6, but had read that this dress runs a little small so I rented an 8...I probably would have been more comfortable in a 10, though then the top might have been a little big. I really wish it had worked out!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
February 13, 2013
Always awesome. I got this dress for $25 after ordering another dress.
Unfortunately , I didn't get to wear this dress because it didn't fit. I would definitely recommend for the curvy gals that you order a size up or consider a dress with a different cut. The dress fit everywhere except the bust, which was a bit dangerous on the open side even though it fit on the sleeve side.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 15, 2013
Absolutely tiny fit.
I ordered the 2 and the 4, I am usually right in between so depending on the material one always fits. These were so small I had my friend a 0/2 try them on and she could BARELY zip up the 4. Dress is beautiful and I wish I could have worn it but sadly neither fit.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 128lbs
January 6, 2013
It was stylish, flattering around the waist, accentuates the bust lovely like. Loved it
I am 5'7" 130 lbs. typically a size 4/6. The 4 fit best. Many compliments
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 48
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
January 4, 2013
Too small
Cute dress and would have worked for the occasion except this dress ran so small both the size 4 and 6 I ordered were too tiny. Unfortunately I didn't try them on until close to my event date or else I would have returned immediately.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
January 3, 2013
Not what I expected
I loved this dress in the pictures but in person it was completely different. The black sparkles looked a little cheap and it did not fit the way a nice dress should. The one-shoulder side pulled very tight to make that side of my chest look flattened down while the other side without a strap didn't hide my bra - or enough to not wear a bra. I tired everything (tape, bra, no bra) to be able to wear it but it never looked good. Save your money and rent a better crafted dress that will be more flattering. It also runs very small and does not have any give in the fabric so if you do decide to rent anyways - rent up a size.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 43
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108lbs
January 3, 2013
Beautiful dress and it fit great.
Originally ordered 0 but ended up wearing the 2. I am very athletic, runs true to size. If you are a C cup you won't get into the size 0.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 49
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 122lbs
December 29, 2012
Glamorous!
This was a great dress that is even nicer in person than it looks in the photos. It fit well, but I did have to use Hollywood tape to keep the strapless side from bending outward. Probably better for a bust size smaller than D.
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
December 29, 2012
Talk of the night
I wore this to homecoming and everyone loved it! I was complemented all night. The style of the dress was very flattering and having the black jems poke out on different parts of the dress added a little something to it. I loved that it was one shouldered too! everything about the dress was perfect. It was the first dress I have rented and since then I've rented other dresses.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
December 15, 2012
it looked awkward
I received this dress as a backup, as the dress I originally wanted was not available. It was very narrow in the hips and the rusching was not flattering. I wore something else.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
December 11, 2012
Loved the dark purple and one shoulder - gorgeous fit!
I loved this dress! It was actually my backup to the Herve Leger bandage dress but once I put it on I just didnot want to take it off. I definitely should have gotten a size up because of my athletic build - my traps made it extremely hard to zip up haha. But I stuffed myself in and it was a great night :)
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
December 9, 2012
The service was great, but the dress was not.
The dress arrived in perfect condition, unfortunately it was so tight I could not even get it on. I ordered the 4 & 6. Be aware that this runs extremely narrow in the hips and does not stretch at all! Since I did not wear it, I got a refund and can't wait to pick out a dress for NYE this year (that will hopefully fit!)
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 100lbs
October 14, 2012
I wore this dress when I attended the AMAs as a seatfiller. I did not want to give this back.
The dress was very forgiving due to the folds. The indigo color of the dress is unique enough to make you stand out but it doesn't shout "look at me!". The neckline of dress is one of the most unique necklines I have ever seen. The sequins add a nice contrast to the fabric of the dress. I would rent this for a party, formal, or even a wedding. It is fairly short so it may not work great for someone who is 5'10" or taller or for a situation that you should be wearing a longer dress. You won't be able to wear a necklace so make sure to get some big earrings and bracelets for the occasion.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 9, 2012
The dress fit really well and was great for the formal event
The flap did come down a bit but the tape helped. Otherwise it was a great form fitting dress. The bottom is fitted so you can't dance that hard
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
October 1, 2012
N/A
My back-up size for the original dress I rented was out of stock the day before it was to be sent, so I chose this as my free back-up dress. I'm normally a 2, but this dress didn't fit - way too tight but it was really pretty! I don't think it's appropriate for a wedding, but would recommend for a night on the town! Just size up on this one.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 22, 2012
This dress is amazing! I received more compliments on this dress than any other I've ever worn.
This is a great summer wedding dress! I fit into a size 4 until the zipper was up by my boobs. There was no way I was going to be able to zip it up. I'm glad I ordered the size up because that ended up working out great. Make sure to have double sided tape when you wear this dress because the hanger strap will pop out if you don't double sided tape it down inside the dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 18
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
September 13, 2012
The dress was a nice color for pictures
The dress was very straight. I have an hourglass figure and it really didn't accentuate my waist at all and was really lose there.
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