Dear Diary Sheath

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$395 retail

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Stylist Notes

Look floral feminine chic in this shift by Shoshanna. With wedding season around the corner, this style is a guaranteed party favorite. Pair with accessories like Badgley Mischka Jewelry’s Black Crystal Cluster Earrings.

Size & Fit

This dress runs large. We recommend sizing down (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Not Fitted - comfortable room throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs large. We recommend sizing down (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Not Fitted - comfortable room throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

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Product Details

Purple lace (60% Cotton, 23% Rayon, 17% Nylon). Three-quarter length sleeves. Boat neck. Shift body. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. 34” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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141 reviews
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Large
(18)
True to Size
(100)
Small
(15)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160lbs
April 16, 2016
Beautiful lacy look
A little short for sitting, but everything else was perfect.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 25
October 22, 2015
The dress was super comfortable and allowed me to dance all night!
It was great to get two sizes in this dress as it does run a bit large.
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
October 11, 2015
Great dress for a wedding at a winery! Love the purple, it was a perfect color that popped.
Runs a bit small. Usually I'm a 2-4, but they only had 4-6 available which worked perfectly. I ended up wearing the size 6 due to the 4 being a little tight in the bust and the 6 gave a little extra length. Overall great dress for a wedding, on the shorter side (be careful bending over). Loved the color and overall look and fit!
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 32
September 27, 2015
Great for dancing :)
A little tight in the bust and a little shorter than I'm used to, but otherwise a great dress.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
August 8, 2015
The dress fit well, but it was super short!
The dress fit true to size, but it was incredibly short. I sent it back.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
July 14, 2015
Beautiful color and perfect for photos!
The color is gorgeous and looks fantastic in all the photos from my bridal shower, but it was a little less comfortable to wear. I found the dress very short, especially when I sat down (which I did for the majority of my shower). I felt myself continuing to try and pull it down throughout the event. Still, a beautiful dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
June 30, 2015
Really great customer service but the dress was too short to wear
I wear a size 6 typically with no issues. This was a back up size and style because there were issues with my shipping. This dress was overnighted to me at my hotel since my original dress had a mess up with UPS. This dress DID fit all over, but more like a true size 6, not an 8. however it was very, very, very, very short!!!! I could wear it no problem if all I planned to do was stand upright and not bend my knees or raise my arms in the slightest. If I moved, walked, raised my arm, bent slightly, my butt was out. Unfortunately I ended up not wearing it at all because it was way too short.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Body type: Petite
June 28, 2015
I was actually given the wrong dress, but it's pretty nevertheless. Dress received: Open Book Sheath
I've been eyeing this dress ever since I came across the RTR website, and I was really happy when the fully booked status for my size became available on the date I needed it. But to my surprise and slight disappointment, I was actually given this dress in my size and my backup size: https://www.renttherunway.com/shop/designers/shoshanna_dresses/openbooksheath If I had the ability to, I would have left my review for that dress on its page. The Open Book Sheath dress is obviously similar to the Dear Diary Sheath dress. Same color, similar style. It's really gorgeous in person, and I received a ton of compliments! I actually was able to fit in my normal size of 4, and the free backup size of 2. The only difference for me was the length of the dress. If you lifted your arms up, both dresses will show more than you bargained for. But for me, the size 4 provided more coverage for my butt. Another downside was the slip in the inside of the dress. It came riding up, so I had to make sure to pull it down constantly. However, despite all this, I loved the dress! I would have rated this 5 stars if I had actually received the correct dress. The Open Book Sheath dress is cheaper by $5 to rent, so really, I was overcharged because of the incorrect dress given.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
June 28, 2015
RTR customer service is incredible!
This was a plan "c" dress. This first dress I ordered was damaged and I customer service sent me 4 replacements right before I left to go out of town. The dresses got lost in the mail, so plan c was to overnight 4 dresses to where I was staying out of town! AMAZING. With the help of the stylists, she suggested this dress and I loved it! The event I attended was outside and the sleeves helped keep me warm! The dress may have been a tad too short, but overall it wasn't noticeable! Everyone loved the bring color and it was super comfortable to wear all night! (No digging, rubbing, sucking in, just comfortable!) I will rent again for sure!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
June 16, 2015
Cute, beautiful color and shows off the legs
This dress was perfect for my Dad's birthday party. Fit well without being too tight. My only disappointment is that the Lace scalloped hemlines we sewn straight and not left out like the picture shows.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
May 19, 2015
The dress was perfect for a wedding
The dress was beautiful, however it was a pretty straight cut, not so much for curvy women. Also the dress was a little snug around the arms
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
May 14, 2015
Beautiful fun dress with just enough sexy.
I needed a dress for a March wedding so i wanted something with sleeves. I also didn't want it to look too old. I found this and the color is gorgeous and vibrant. The length is sexy without being trashy.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Age: 29
May 4, 2015
Loved the dress! I wore it to the American Country Music Awards! It was perfect for the event!
It looked great with heels and boots but I ended up wearing boots! It was a little short though. I had to be REALLY careful!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 136lbs
May 2, 2015
Bright colored dress
Didn't actually wear this dress to the event but will likely rent again. Fit was true to size although slightly shorter than anticipated.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160lbs
March 11, 2015
Super short.
I am only 5'3" and this dress was super short on me. I would not have felt covered enough to wear. It does run small too. I have a large chest (36DDD) and I struggled to zip it up all the way. This dress is not for a large bust. A cup through D cup should be no issue.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 137lbs
January 26, 2015
Way too short
While this dress is so gorgeous- the color is amazing in person- it was way too short on me. I could not lift my arms up without it coming up past my rear- I tried going up to the 6 to see if any added length would help- but still had to same problem. I wouldn't recommend for anyone over 5'6 or with super long legs. I also found it made me look like I had a little pooch in my stomach area as there was extra fabric gathering there.
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
January 23, 2015
Great color- great dress!
I was worried about the length being too short but it ended up being ok but I'm only 5'1. It was a great color and a very pretty dress. My only complaint was that the arms were pretty tight. I wore the 6 because it was slightly longer but the 4 fit pretty much the same.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
January 19, 2015
Loved this dress and I love RTR!!
Loved this dress. Got tons of compliments. Fit was perfect. Comfortable and flattering. Wore it to an outdoor Florida wedding. Impressed with RTR and will be a routine customer!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
January 18, 2015
Pretty!!
I'm short so I didn't think the dress would be too short on me but it did ride up quite a bit. Also the sleeves were a little tight but besides that it was a great dress and I received a lot of compliments on it!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 153lbs
December 17, 2014
Unfortunatly, I ended up not wearing the dress. It was way too short!
Tight across the bust and way too short for me! I ended up returning without wearing.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
December 13, 2014
great first experience with rent the runway!
Rented a 4 with 6 as a backup. Although the 4 fit well, it was a little tight Around the bust, so I wore the 6 to be more comfortable. I'm short, so the length of the dress was perfect. Felt great and confident all night in this dress. A great success!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
December 12, 2014
Fit perfectly and received tons of compliments! Wish I owned it!
Fit was great. It complimented my body without being two tight around the waist, leaving room to eat! Also was a bit on the shorter side which worked well with the long sleeves.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 144lbs
November 10, 2014
Perfect!
Loved the dress! Very comfy and the color was so pretty!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
November 1, 2014
Loved the color and length
Loved the sleeves and length of dress
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 134lbs
October 27, 2014
Soooo short.
I liked the lace of this dress and it was a different color than I tend to wear. However, it was SO short! The lining barely covered my butt. It fit everywhere else and was sort of flattering, but the length made it unwearable.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 23
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 140lbs
October 24, 2014
I wore this dress to my sister's rehearsal dinner, and it was a perfect choice!
It fit pretty true to size, and was comfortable enough to be sitting, standing, ad running around. I got so many complements on it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
October 22, 2014
Perfect little cocktail dress
The dress fit true to size and was adorable. Just one note, its a bit short. I'm 5'2'' and felt that it was just on the verge of being too short for a fundraiser. Sitting down was a little bit of an issue but overall I thought the dress was a winner.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
October 20, 2014
Too short!
I ordered this for my cousin's wedding...I probably could have worn it, it was just too short for a family wedding in my opinion (I'm 5'7). Since it was short, anytime you raised your arms or moved (think dancing), it rode up even more. The arms fit well and the lace is very pretty however.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 19, 2014
Great dress for bridal shower
Wore this to a bridal shower on a Saturday afternoon. I only ordered a 6, so wore it, but I definitely could've used a 4. The 6 fit but was a bit looser than I liked. I loved the length, too. I wore with brown boots to dress it down, so it's a great dress to dress up or down depending on the look you are going for.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 132lbs
October 14, 2014
Rented this for my 11 year old daughter. She is tall for her age, so the zero worked and we added a
I rented this for my daughter.. she is 11, normally wears a 12-14
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
October 12, 2014
Gorgeous purple lace sheath
This dress was stunning!! I wore it for my boyfriend's sister's rehearsal dinner and from the moment I first put it on to the end of the night, I received compliments left and right! The dress was elegant and classy, could have easily worn for a date night or girl's night out as well. While it is on the shorter side, I never felt uncomfortable or that I was flashing anybody! The dress itself fit like a glove with one exception- the shoulders/upper arm sleeve were pretty tight. I do have a pretty broad back so I anticipated that but I think other RTR reviews mentioned this as well. Overall, I would most definitely rent this dress again!!!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
October 1, 2014
Couldn't make it work
I wanted to love this dress. I've rented Shoshanna before and LOVE the lace dresses. The lining of the dress rode up when I walked around after trying it on, and if I tried to lift my arms, the entire dress lifted up exposing way too much. I tried it on multiple times and considered pinning the lining to the lace to make it work, but ultimately went to the mall to find a replacement. (My event started at 11:30am the next day so there wasn't time to receive a replacement) Next time I will stick to a different shape dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
September 17, 2014
Short skirt
I have great legs so my husband didn't mind that I was showing them off but if you are taller than me (5'6") you may feel self conscious. This dress did not meet my mom's fingertip length rules, not even close. Otherwise it was really comfortable and a beautiful color.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
September 15, 2014
I got so many compliments on this dress and I loved the color! It was really comfy too!
I liked everything about this dress except it was a little bit bunchy in the stomach area. I think I would have liked it to be a bit more form fitting in the middle. Overall I loved it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
August 21, 2014
Legs for days!
I'm pretty short so I love when I find a dress that makes my legs look longer than they are. I rented this dress for an outdoor, summer wedding and I loved it. The dress is short, but it worked for someone my height! I received a ton of compliments and was actually able to move around in it. I had to rent a backup dress because the size 4 was returned damaged. I ended up wearing the backup size 2, so I can't say for sure if the dress runs true to size. Either way, I was happy with this one!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 146lbs
August 11, 2014
Way too short!
I originally ordered a 6 and 4. I'm usually a 4. The 4 was returned damaged so I got stuck wearing the 6. It was a bit too big and really short! When I say down I had to keep pulling it down so I wouldn't flash anybody.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
August 6, 2014
Runs much smaller than the lace Sierra dress by Shoshanna.
I rented this dress & the lace Sierra. The lace Sierra fit great, this sheath was much tighter throughout, especially in the sleeves. I ended up wearing the lace Sierra. Beautiful color though.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
July 22, 2014
Perfect for a southern wedding!
I wore this to a wedding in Downtown Nashville and it was perfect! The lace was beautiful and was so comfortable to dance in. The length was a little longer on me, but I was happy that it didn't ride up when I sat.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 117lbs
July 16, 2014
Beautiful dress and great color for a summer wedding
Overall I loved the dress. The color and texture was beautiful. As other reviews mentioned the arms were tight so I had to go with the 2. The 2 however, was too loose in the stomach and the 0 would have been better in the midsection. The dress is on the short size so taller ladies beware!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127lbs
July 16, 2014
LOVED this dress!
This dress was amazing. I rented a handbag, earrings, and a bracelet set to go with it and it all worked together so well. I wore it for an afternoon/evening garden party fundraiser and got so many compliments! The dress was a perfect middle ground between dressy and casual. I wore it with cognac wedges to dress it down a bit. I ordered the 2 and the 4 because I haven't actually worn a dress with a numbered size in so long that I had no idea which to get. The 2 ended up fitting great--a little tight in the shoulders but not uncomfortable at all. The way it's made, you have to be VERY careful sitting down in this dress. For some reason it just rides up unless you move in exactly the right way. Otherwise, it's perfect and just as beautiful as it looks on the model!
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