Shoshanna

Alexa Peplum Dress

$30 – $45 rental?
$340 retail
Stylist Notes

This dress is beyond dinner party chic. The white peplum will be be such a great change of pace for the night!

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Very Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

White cotton (100% Cotton). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Open back with button closure. Pencil skirt with peplum at waist. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. 38” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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139 reviews
Fit
Large
(1)
True to Size
(40)
Small
(75)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
May 21, 2013
Loved the material, the size was good. It was so easy to assesorize with any colors.
I rented this for my daughter's high school graduation and not only did I feel great I had many compliments. The style was forgiving and worked with my body type. I HATE shopping so this (RTR) was the ideal situation-I will certainly use Rent the Runway again. My teenage daughters even approved of the dress and they are very picky.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
May 29, 2013
Just so so
This dress had thick stretchy material. I liked it but I wasn't a fan of how the bust looked, and the peplum wasn't as nice as it looks in the picture. It was sorta big and awkward. Luckily this was my back up dress. However, fit was perfect except the bust area.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
June 10, 2013
Amazing dress for my 10 year reunion. Fits perfectly - runs a smidge large!
I am a size 4 top half and a size 6 bottom half and this dress fit amazingly as a 4. It was a little tight around the arm pits but not terrible. Also one thing to note - is this dress is very textured - I couldn't tell that in the picture. Because it fit me so well, I would say this runs a little large. But I got amazing compliments and wished that I owned this dress. I wore this to a 10 year high school reunion this Summer - and it was the perfect option for a Summer party. One thing too note, the slit in the back is a little high - mine ripped a little and apparently I was giving people a show!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
June 20, 2013
Worn as my 2nd dress at my wedding reception!
Pros: flattering fit, photographs great. Cons: fabric was tough, both sizes came in pretty rough shape and looked like they had been machine washed, needed a lot of help to get the one I wore in wearable shape (not something I had budgeted time for 2 days before my wedding). Dress fit well through the waist and legs but was TIGHT around the rib cage-- I usually wear and 8 but was glad i went up a size- the 10 was still tight but I could at least zip it! I think I would stay away from this designer moving forward because of my chest size.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115lbs
June 26, 2013
Post-baby, super flattering!
Between the 2 and the 4, I went with the 2. The material is pretty thick, so the size 4 felt like a lot of unnecessary material for me.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
July 14, 2013
Dinner Party Chic
I rented this dress and the AV MAX River Isis earrings for a semi-formal work dinner party. It was perfect for the event and coordinated great with the earrings! Typically I wear a size 4 in dresses (sometimes I wear a size 2 in tops). While I did wear the size 4 in this dress, it was very fitted. So if you are in between sizes or somewhat curvy, definitely size up. What I didn't expect: The fabric is thick, structured and textured. The weight and structure of the fabric help the dress hold its shape and make it flattering. The texture reminded me of corduroy - for lack of a better description. It's subtle and helps the dress lay smoothly, hiding any imperfections (especially for the back of the pencil skirt since its so fitted). I really enjoyed wearing this dress and would rent it again!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
July 16, 2013
Rented for a corporate sales meeting
Runs SO small.. I usually wear an 8-10, and got the 10 as my backup size and it felt like a 6! SO tight. Also didn't realize the fabric has some ribbing to it, and the arm holes are very small. Was so excited to wear this but it's just not for curvy girls...
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 102lbs
July 31, 2013
Perfect dress for a summer party!
Perfect dress for a summer party. The dress is solid white (it has a subtle texture). It is a heavy fabric but not hot. I did need to press it off when I received it, but it wore beautifully all night.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
August 12, 2013
Great bridal shower dress!
I wore this to my bridal shower and everyone loved it! I will admit that the fabric was not quite what it appears in the photo. I was expecting something softer, but this material was a little stiffer (even though it did have a little stretch), and it almost felt a little like corduroy. Everyone loved the peplum shape, which I was a little nervous about, but decided once it was on, it made my waist look a little narrower (I like to think!). Everyone raved about it and no one could believe it was a rental. Very cute dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127lbs
August 23, 2013
Dinner and drinks
I wore this for my bachelorette party. I LOVED it. I felt like a million bucks in it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
August 24, 2013
Hands down my favorite rental ever!!! Its classy, elegant, and fun. Totally Audrey Hepburn
I normally wear a size 10 and I had to order a 12. The material is not stretchy and the material is thick. I LOVED how this dress fit me, I am curvy and it made my waist look tiny. I love it so much I am considering buying it. You can't go wrong with this dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
October 7, 2013
Great bridal shower dress!
Love the peplum style!! I normally wear a 2 in Shoshanna dresses, this one had a thick, corduroy type material with no stretch at all. I wore the 4 and was much more comfortable. Got a lot of compliments, it was the perfect bridal shower dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
October 8, 2013
Peplum is flattering!
Perfect for my bridal shower. Thicker fabric than you may think, but it made the white really flattering and easy to wear. The peplum does amazing things to hide any tummy too! Overall it was comfortable with a little stretch, just a little shorter than I would have liked and I certainly needed the larger back up size.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
October 11, 2013
the 4 fit everywhere but the bust-came with stains
It's white, so I wasn't expecting squeeky clean but was surprised at the black stains on the dress. Called and they gave me some $ back. I just had twins and am nursing so the 4 fit everywhere but the bust so I wore the 6. Very flattering-lots of compliments.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
October 13, 2013
RUNS SMALL - Not for hourglass figure
This dress runs extremely small in the chest and hips. I wish I would have read the reviews more closely before renting it. It's not the kind of "runs small" where it's tight. It's the kind of "runs small" where there's no way you can zip it. I'm not convinced that going just one size up would have solved this problem. It's made for a straighter body than mine. Let me say that the dress is very beautiful with thick, striped fabric, and the photos only give you a taste of how unique the dress looks in person. Also, the RTR crew took good care of me. Even though I didn't get to wear this dress, the service this company provides made me feel okay about this rental experience.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
October 15, 2013
This dress was perfect for my wedding rehearsal and dinner.
It was a little tight across the bust but it was the right kind of elegance for the affair.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
October 30, 2013
Classicly Chic
Adorable Dress! I would have worn in a heartbeta but my fiance preferred the Monique Lhuillier dress I also rented. Can't go wrong, very elegant & classy with a flare from the open back. Love the dress!
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 110lbs
November 21, 2013
True to size and looked great for the bride!
I wore this to my wedding shower and got tons of compliments. It ran true to size--I'd almost even dare to say it was a little big! I'm a 34C and the chest could've been a bit tighter but no complaints. I definitely wouldn't say "runs small" though. I'm just shy of 5'3, 110 lbs. Love this dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
December 23, 2013
Great dress for anything!
I rented this "just cuz" & am so glad I did! I wore it a few times - out to dinner, on a date & for drinks. Each time I paired it with different accessories & shoes & it felt like a new dress. It runs just a little bit small, but the size 6 was just right.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
January 7, 2014
Nice Dress - Runs WAY too small
I'm giving this dress a 3 because I can see how it would work nicely for someone, but it did NOT work for me. I normally wear a 6-8 in dresses depending on the fit. I ordered an 8 and a 10 in this dress for my engagement party. I have an hourglass figure (but I am bigger in my hips and butt). I was able to get both the 8 and the 10 on and zipped, but it was WAY too tight on the legs and butt. RTR was great with trying to ship me the 12 - but I'm not sure it would have fit because the 10 was already too big in my ribcage/waist area. Overall, it was good quality - thicker material and more like a winter white - it would fit nicely on someone that doesn't have abig hips and a disproportionate small waist. RTR shipped me the wedding cake dress as a back up - which I loved and fit perfectly (in a size 6, go figure).
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Age: 28
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
March 23, 2014
Runs small
Didn't end up wearing this for my event (went with another dress I ordered) but this did run small. I normally wear a 2 and in this dress, I couldn't get the zipper up. The material is also very thick, which isn't a bad thing, but it is good to know. I'd certainly try it again, but go up one size!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Pear
Weight: 190lbs
April 4, 2014
Run Way Too Small and Fabric Has No Give
I really liked this dress and was excited when it came cuz it looked cute. I ordered a size 6, which is my normal size. For some reason, they sent me a size 8. Either way, I couldn't even get it on. The material is super thick, so it has no give at all and when I pulled it over my head, I could get it to go over my butt or thighs. I have worn numerous dresses from Rent the Runway and they have always been pretty true to size and I normally am able to do a 4 or a 6 just fine. The fact that this one was a size 8 and I couldn't even get it on tells me that this dress runs REALLY SMALL. If you want to order (which it is a very pretty dress), I suggest ordering 1 or ever 2 sizes larger than you normally wear. On another note....Rent the Runway was very helpful when I called to tell them it didn't fit. Their customer service is AMAZING.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
April 28, 2014
This was the perfect dress for my Miss Vermont Pageant interview! Professional yet fashionable.
I rented for the first time from Rent the Runway for all of my pageant attire for the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization Pageant that was this past Saturday. I wore this dress for my interview with the judges and loved everything about it! Very true to size, was very professional yet fashionable, and great length. There were a couple mend marks on the back of the dress when the dress arrived, but they were barely noticeable. Overall an amazing dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 123lbs
April 30, 2014
Classy yet sexy!
I just had a baby in January, and wanted something to make me feel fabulous for Easter sunday. I weigh 128 lbs, am 5'9" and am nursing, so am currently a 32D. The 4 fit me like a glove. The structure is wonderful, and peplum does a lot to cover what I didn't want to be seen :). I am curvy--I have boobs (at the moment) and a butt (always), and it was tight on the butt, but not uncomfortably tight. I wear between a 2-4 at all times, and the 4 was perfect.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
May 6, 2014
Too tight in the hips, but not tight enough up top!
The size 4 was way too tight on my thighs and hips. The size 6 fit better, but was too big up top so I looked totally flat. Unfortunately, I couldn't get this dress to fit just right. The fabric is more stiff than it looks in the picture, so the dress actually has some structure.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
May 7, 2014
IT was the perfect dress for my Bachelorette party!
I felt comfortable and sexy in this dress. It was flattering on my body type and I received many compliments.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
May 8, 2014
Did not end up wearing
Rented this for my bridal shower. Fabric was much stiffer and corduroy like then I had realized through pictures and other reviews. It's a nice dress I just didn't feel comfortable in it
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 24
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
May 26, 2014
Figure flattering dress, comfy material, can be worn with literally any accessories!!!
The dress was tighter in the bust... I recommend a size up or even a plan B. I wore this for about 2 hours for a meetings, and the bottom fit PERFECT, the top was a little uncomfortable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 109lbs
May 26, 2014
Didn't work.
Unfortunately this dress is far shorter than it appears. the split is up very high and it appeared the split on the one I rented has split higher than intended before and was likely to do so again. As a result, I didn't chance it and wore an alternate dress - Versace never fails you!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
May 30, 2014
Rented for my Bridal Shower... Glad I also got a back up.
The material is very similar to corduroy. It also made the dress ride up. I ordered a size 10 and 12. The 10 was way too small and the 12 was just uncomfortable. It definitely runs small and not for a woman with curves.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
June 2, 2014
Super cute dress, was perfect for my bridal shower!
This dress is really pretty and has a great cut and the fabric is substantial. I liked how well it was structured and how it fit! It was a little tight in the thighs and was kind of short while sitting down, but it looked great and I got tons of compliments. I liked the thickness of the fabric a lot and how it made the peplum really pop. I'm glad I ordered the 2 though! I didn't even bother trying on the 0.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
June 2, 2014
This dress is perfect for a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner!
I wore this dress to my bridal shower and received tons of compliments! It is true to size and the thicker material was not too hot or uncomfortable. I would definitely recommend this dress for any wedding related event or a date night!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
June 13, 2014
Perfect for my bridal shower
Pros- flattering, NOT see-through, love it It's a thicker fabric, but still light
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 16
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
June 15, 2014
Perfect dress for the graduation party
Ran small, thicker material than expected.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 175lbs
June 19, 2014
Fitting for bridal shower
I liked the dress overall and would wear it again. For the cons - It was small (wore a 12 instead of a 10) and the material was different than expected. It was hard to get out of all the wrinkles b/c it was a thick material.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
June 20, 2014
SO small- absolutely no stretch
I typically wear a size eight, but even the ten did not come close to fitting in this style. I love Shoshanna and this dress would have been fabulous if the fabric had some stretch to it. It really doesn't, so beware if you're hippy or busty and size up accordingly.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 122lbs
June 21, 2014
Beautiful dress!!
I ordered this dress for a graduation. Although I did not get to wear this dress , I LOVED IT. I ordered a size 4 and 2. The 4 fit perfectly on top, but it did not accommodate my hips. I needed a size 6. There is very little stretch in the dress. Beautiful fabric, a bit on the heavy side for summer, is balanced with an opening in the back with a one button closure. Beautiful dress! . I was very disappointed I could not wear the dress. RTR was very helpful in trying to help me get a replacement, but due to time restraints, it did not work out.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140lbs
June 24, 2014
I felt so classy and beautiful in the white peplum!
Fun, Flirty! Runs small. Goes great with a statement necklace or earrings. I wore it wine tasting for my birthday and it was perfect!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
June 29, 2014
Perfect for my bridal shower
The dress fits true to size. There isn't much give in the fabric. I wore the 4 instead of the 2 because of this-it was a tad looser and more comfortable to sit in. Loved this dress.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 118lbs
July 2, 2014
Great for a daytime, semi to formal event.
The dress is stunning on. It's very professional and white house, expensive looking. It's a corduroy like material, which is kinda weird being the model photo doesn't show this texture. I received both sizes 2 and 4 (normally I wear a 0 or a 2) The 2 was to tight in the bust and arm holes. The size 2 did fit if I didn't want to move my arms or breath, so I opted to not split at the seams and wear the 4. I needed to give it a once over with my iron on a low setting, no steam, inside out to get the wrinkles out from the shipping. It was perfect for my formal business lunch, paired with a chunky pearl necklace and nude heels. I would suggest nude heels over black or white since the dress up close the color has a hue of cream. The structure of the dress is well made and sturdy and will hide any muffin top nicely. It does not stretch sideways only a teeny, tiny bit long ways. I would rent this dress again in the future for any day time semi to formal event. In my opinion this is not an evening dress.
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