Shoshanna

Barbara Dress

$30 rental
$375 retail

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Stylist Notes

Brilliant florals will make a bold splash at your event. This dress by Shoshanna adds an artsy edge to your cocktail attire!

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for 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, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Multicolored ikat silk twill (100% silk). Cap sleeves. Crew neckline. Hourglass skirt. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. 35.5” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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375 reviews
Fit
Large
(43)
True to Size
(287)
Small
(25)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
September 23, 2013
Loved the colors, definitely the best thing about the dress. A bit roomier than I would have liked.
The colors of this dress are really, really pretty -- deeper than in the photo. The fabric is very nice too, and is versatile enough for any season. Really glad I went with the 0 as a backup because the dress runs a bit big. The 2 was way too big, and I almost didn't wear it at all because even the 0 was a bit loose in the back and the waist. The cap sleeves are cute but a bit uncomfortable at first, though I got used to them after a while. It's also longer than I thought it would be (about an inch above the knee), but then again I'm pretty short. So between the length and the high neck it was definitely on the conservative side, at least on me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
September 24, 2013
Stylish yet comfortable
I wore this to an outdoor wedding and it worked out perfectly. I am typically a 2 but got the 4 to be safe and it was a little big. The colors are gorgeous and the dress is very comfortable to wear. I dressed it up with a pair of strappy gold heels.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
September 29, 2013
Great fall wedding dress and received many compliments.
I'm in between a 4 and 6 and ended up wearing the 4 even though it was slightly tight across the chest.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
September 30, 2013
Fun and colorful.
This was a fun cocktail dress, and the colors were great. The fit was right on and left plenty of room in the shoulders if you have broad shoulders like me.
JacOctober 17, 2013
Hi Diane- Thinking of renting this for a bridal shower in Manhattan. I am 5'7- 180 and very hourglass. Wondering if you think this look would lend itself to that shape as I see you had a size 12. Also- do you recall how the fit in the arms was?
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
October 7, 2013
Fun & Flattering!
I rented this as my backup for an outdoor fall wedding this past weekend and ended up wearing it because it was so fun and flattering. I wore a chunky necklace to dress it up and paired it with nude heels. The colors are vibrant and the fabric is very comfortable so it was great for dancing. Oh and it has pockets!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 156lbs
October 7, 2013
I loved this dress. It fit perfectly, and the colors were gorgeous! It looked and felt fantastic.
The one and only issue I had was that where the cap sleeve hits your arm can rub a little when you lift your arms or move around too much. Standing with arms down or at your sides holding a cocktail is no problem at all. If you're going to be dancing, etc. you may want to be cautious of this. Otherwise perfect fit and an all-around fantastic dress! I got tons of compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160lbs
October 8, 2013
The pattern really punches up an otherwise conservative silhouette.
I wore this to a rehearsal dinner and received many compliments. For tall ladies (like myself) it might seem a little short-waisted. The actual length of the dress was perfect for me, but the waistband did hit above my waist line so it felt a little tight there. The bottom of the dress is very roomy, so could be a good choice for pear shaped body types. The color is gorgeous and I thought the dress was really comfortable overall. It also fit well in the bust, which is where I usually have problems with dresses. Plus, there are pockets, which was a nice surprise to find when I opened the box!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
October 15, 2013
Beautiful colors, fun print
Loved this dress. The colors and print were great. Cap sleeves were a little restrictive at times dancing (when raising arms) but wasnt a huge deal. I felt comfortable wearing this and pockets were awesome to have. Love Shoshanna dresses.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
October 15, 2013
Appropriate for any occasion
I rented this dress for a day into evening wedding at a country club and it was a perfect fit for the occasion. It fit true to size and the pockets were very subtle. Sometimes when you wear a dress with pockets they tend to protrude from the dress making it look awkward and this did not at all - it was perfect to hold my lipgloss. I have a larger upper body and the sleeves fit great. I highly recommend this dress and will definitely rent this dress again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
October 30, 2013
Beautiful colors! Really enjoyed wearing this dress.
This dress fit well and the colors are vibrant. I received a lot of compliments and would definitely rent again. The cap sleeves are different (more armpit than I was expecting) but overall a pleasant surprise.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 132lbs
October 30, 2013
I wore this dress to my sisters rehearsal dinner! This dress was perfect for a fall event. Comfy!
I prefer a dress that is snug to my body... This had a little wiggle room, so I would have preferred a size 2. Other then that, this dress is beautiful, comfortable and great for any occasion.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
October 31, 2013
Looked very professional at foodie charity event!
I typically wear a 6 in designer dresses so I got the 6 and the 8. The 6 was actually a little big on me. The front pleats also make it seem more bulky. Overall, I loved the design and the adorable cap sleeve— I just should have gotten the 4.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 30D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 118lbs
November 5, 2013
I loved this dress! Perfect for my occasion!
Most of the time I wear a size 4, but can wear a size 2 from time to time. The 2 fit very nicely and I still had a bit of room everywhere. I wore this for my husband's Chicago Agent maagazine's Agent's Choice awards. It was at cocktail hour with drinks and hors d'oeuvres, nothing too formal. He was voted as "Best Dressed Agent", so when I saw the description that this dress adds an artsy edge to your cocktail attire, I was sure this was the dress. I paired it with black tights and black booties for an extra added edge instead of a regular pair of pumps or formal shoe. Plus, it was the end of October, so it was a slightly warmer choice.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
November 6, 2013
The colors are beautiful!
Rent the Runway overnighted this dress for me to wear to a rehearsal dinner. I loved the dress. The pictures do not do the dress justice. The fit for me was a little large. I am real small through the rib cage (bra size 28 E) so it is normal that dresses run a little large through the waist. Although, It fit me well through the chest. I normally am between 0-2 and the 0 was definitely it for me, the 2 would have swallowed me. Hope this helps!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
November 10, 2013
This dress photographs beautifully!
I wore this for my birthday party and I loved this dress! Such a ladylike fit and a beautiful colors. The cap sleeves are a little tight but nothing too major. Wish I owned it!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
November 13, 2013
Easy way to shop for event dresses when you don't have time to hit boutiques.
This dress is gorgeous and the fit was perfect for a curvy, tall girl. It could be worn with or without a belt, I chose without. It fit slightly looser than I expected which was perfect. I was comfortable dancing, sitting, standing in this all night.
allisonJanuary 31, 2014
How'd you find the length?
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Apple
November 16, 2013
Great color and fit well.
Dress fit great and was comfortable, only issue was the sleeves were a bit restrictive. Received many compliments. First rental and will definitely do again.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
November 17, 2013
This was my first RTR rental and it definitely wont be my last!
This dress is beautiful in person. The colors were perfect for the autumn wedding I was attending it in, and the fit was totally flattering. I'm glad I ordered a size down, because it definitely loosened up a bit after wearing it and walking/dancing around a bit. The sleeves are a little limiting, but I probably shouldn't be throwing my arms around more than they allowed me to, anyway. Tons of compliments on the dress, which my date matched with a grey suit. Easily matches black, grey and nude shoes! Overall, super easy to wear.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
November 25, 2013
Simple nice dress
I wore this to a wedding rehearsal dinner. Perfect dress to be dressed up but comfortable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
November 25, 2013
Classy dress!
I wore this to a formal office party and absolutely loved it. Great fit and beautiful colors!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
November 28, 2013
I got so many compliments on this dress!!
I loved this dress, it accentuated my curves in the right places and got me a lot of compliments from men and women. This is one of my favorite dress I've ever worn!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
November 29, 2013
Cute, comfortable dress
I ordered this dress for a fall wedding. I typically wear a 4, so I ordered a 4 with a backup size of 6. I should have ordered a 2 and a 4. The reviews online were spot on - this dress definitely runs large. The only problem with the dress was that they showed up smelling like chemicals and I really couldn't wear it in that shape. Luckily, RTR has the absolute BEST customer service. Not only did they apologize profusely, but they promised to get a new dress overnighted to me for the wedding the next day. Since I wasn't crazy about the dress anyway, they sent me a completely different dress overnight for no additional charge. This dress is very cute and comfortable. With a bib necklace and heels, it would be great. I think it would have been nicer in a smaller size, so I ended up not wearing this one, but I'd consider ordering it again!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
November 30, 2013
This was my first RTR experience and it won't be my last!
The colors are great, The fit was true to size. Very nice fabric, I got lots of compliments!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
December 2, 2013
Was perfect for the occasion and felt unique in this style.
I ordered a 6 and 8, I could have worn the 8, but liked the fit better of the 6, it fit perfect.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
December 2, 2013
The dress was beautiful and i received so many compliments!
It looks more teal in the picture here but in person that dark blue is brighter. It's really really lovely. I will definitely rent it again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
December 4, 2013
Beautiful dress!
This was my backup dress for a recent rental. I did not end up wearing it, but the dress is gorgeous and is perfect for a cocktail party or even an office holiday party when you don't want to be showing too much skin :-)
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 55
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
December 6, 2013
The dress was perfect for my husband's company holiday party. It was comfortable and fit perfect.
The dress ran a little small, I think, but the size I received was perfect because I had a chance to try on the exact size at the Bendel's show room. It was fully lined and didn't require any special undergarments or shapewear. I felt fabulous in it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
December 7, 2013
Cute little party dress
I wore this dress to my company holiday party along with the recommended jewelry. It was a perfectly cute little dress that fit very comfortably.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 124lbs
December 8, 2013
Didn't have to add another dress to my closet that I would only wear once.
I rented this for a work party because I wanted to be conservative enough around my coworkers. I ordered a 2 and a 0 back up size and went with the 2; 0 was just a little too tight around the arms. It was an absolutely beautiful dress as far as look, feel, and craftsmanship. I wore it with black tights, charcoal gray booties, and a pearl statement necklace and pulled off a holiday party look and definitely stood out amongst all the other solid colored dresses at the party. Cons: I had a lot of trouble with UPS and was afraid I would not receive it in time - very unhelpful people. Rent the Runway did everything they could to help but in the end it was the fault of UPS who were not very cooperative or interested in getting my dress to me on time. I have learned my lesson and will definitely be ordering 2 days in advance now for future events.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
December 12, 2013
Beautiful color, print, and pockets!
This was a gorgeous dress. The print and color are beautiful, and I received a lot of compliments wearing it to a holiday party. However, I didn't find the cut particularly flattering on me (maybe I should've worn a belt). The sleeves are pretty tight, but thankfully I wasn't dancing and that was never an issue.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 146lbs
December 12, 2013
Great Dress but not for a Party
This dress fit true to size, but I felt it was very corporate and not at all a fun party dress. The pattern is different and the shape is very flattering.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
December 12, 2013
Super flattering
This dress was perfect for my company's holiday party. It was extremely flattering and forgiving. My chest filled the dress out completely, but it was not overly tight--just a tad snug. I would have given it 5 stars but the sleeves were sort of uncomfortable, and they restricted my arms a bit. I think this wouldn't be a problem for someone whose chest didn't fill the dress out so much.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
October 9, 2013
Great for a fall wedding.
Great for a fall wedding. Many complements were received.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 122lbs
December 18, 2013
Cute dress
Loved this dress and especially the pockets! It was very cute and appropriate for a semi-formal affair.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
December 23, 2013
Great colors
This was my backup dress and I ended up wearing it. The colors are beautiful and it accentuates the waist nicely. As some other reviewers said, the arms fit a little oddly, I wouldn't want to wear it if I were dancing and moving them around a lot. Still a wonderful dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
December 24, 2013
Fun pattern.
I rented this to wear to a reunion but ended up wearing it for a casual thanksgiving day with family. I didn't love the fit of the dress, but did love the pattern...(see more below)... so I ended up wearing it with all black cardigan, belt, stockings, and flats. The dress ran true to size...I sized up to try to see if the cut would be better in the larger size, but it didn't make a difference. Pros: LOVED the pattern of the fabric, the quality of the dress, the sheen; striking in person. Con: The way the dress fell (with the pockets and cut) caused it to poof out slightly at the hips more than I wanted. I felt that adding a belt and a cardigan broke this up visually and was comfortable and happy wearing it. Unfortunately, with all the layering, the outfit didn't work for the intended occasion. Overall, I really liked the dress and would order again for the right function!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
January 3, 2014
Perfect for a wedding!
I wore this dress for a co-workers wedding in Florida. Perfect material. I am not used to the sleeves. Bit tight for dancing, but I would buy a dress like this for work!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
January 8, 2014
Beautiful fabric, strange fit
I didn't end up wearing this dress but it was sent as an option along with some others as a result of a problem rental. I loved the style and the fabric, but the size was just too big. The cap sleeves might be a bit weird if you were planning on doing a lot of dancing, but otherwise I just wish a 4 or 6 had been available!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
January 8, 2014
Colors are great - very comfortable!
The colors and pattern on this dress were beautiful. I ordered the 2 and 0 and wore the 2. My hips are much wider than my waist, and I thought that this shape would allow for that. In all honesty, a 4 likely would have fit my hips better, but then it would have probably been too big on top. When I walked, the sides would scrunch up a little where the fabric hugged my hips.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
January 14, 2014
Loved this dress
I wore this for a fall wedding and it was perfect. The sleeves were a little tight as other reviewers said but you get used to it. Otherwise it was great, loved the pockets and the shape of the dress. Would consider renting again for another event.
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