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Lace Boatneck Back Dress
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Look prim and proper in this elegant Shoshanna black lace dress. Add some bright heels to bring it up a notch.
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Black floral lace over navy. Boat neckline. Three quarter sleeves with ruching detail. A line body. Scallop lace detail at hem. Hidden side zip. 35'' from shoulder to hem.
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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 - comfortable room in bust
WAIST: Fitted - slightly fitted at waist
HIPS: Fitted - more fitted throughout hips
LENGTH: Mini to mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: All body types
(Model's height is 5'8''. )

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Cassie
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Canonical User Type: 3443
Dec 9, 2012
Great experience, pretty dress!
Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
The ease of renting with Rent The Runway was fantastic. The dress came in two sizes and looked cute in both. I went with the 2, which was a bit short, but I am 5'8''
cassie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2422
Jan 28, 2014
LOVE, would totally buy this dress in a hearbeat! Perfect dress for any occasion!
Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress fits perfectly, I am 5'2 so it is hard to find dresses that aren't too long. This dress was perfect in length hit a few inches above the knee. so a little on the shorter side but not too short. The dress looks totally different than it does on the model. It is much more flattering and a little fitted.
Kelly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2424
Nov 1, 2013
Great Dress
Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress looks super baggy on the model, which is slightly misleading. I had previously rented a very similar style Shoshanna dress in the summer (pretty much same dress, different color), so I based my sizing on how my other rental fit, which was fab. I have a hard time fitting into true women's sizes (either the length or overall fit is baggy, even with a 0) but Shoshanna dresses are great for petite women I have found. It was a great length on me, but I am short. Taller women would probably struggle a bit with the length. I love the black and navy it photographs really well - gives some variation and texture to the dress that you might not see otherwise. I didn't get a full length pic, but I styled it with black patent leather shoes to give it a little shine.
Victoria
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5424
Oct 15, 2013
LOVED the dress! I received so many compliments!!
Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Should have ordered the size 8... was VERY tight in the bust and very short when I sat down, but the length was perfect when standing. Very pleased with the dress overall!!
Big Apple Mom
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Canonical User Type: 6524
May 13, 2013
Comfortable, elegant and great for hiding 'trouble spots'.
Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
When you have 34DD upstairs and a little extra 'junk' around the mid-section, this is a beautiful and perfect dress to make you feel confident that you look great. Dress arrived in excellent condition, was very comfortable to wear, and perfect for an evening affair that said "cocktail attire" on the RSVP card. If you have a fuller bust be sure to order a size up. I could've worn the 8 (my usual size) but the bust was much better in the 10.
Mary
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 105 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2433
Feb 25, 2013
It was perfect for the beach wedding. I am in this dress in my Save the Dates!
Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
a little shorter than I had hoped
Chelsi
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4434
Mar 10, 2013
Perfect combination of sexy and classy!!!!
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I rented this dress for my low key 26th birthday night out! Loved the fit and was very comfortable the entire evening. I received lots of compliments on how "sexy" the dress was!!! To sum it up...no matter what the occasion you can't go wrong renting this dress!
Anne
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 23
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4431
Nov 27, 2012
Everyone wanted to know where they could get this dress!
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I LOVED this dress! I rented this dress for my sister's rehearsal dinner and got so many compliments! It was a november wedding and it was the perfect color and fit for the occasion. I am 5'6 and was a little worried it might be too short, but the length turned out to be perfect. It is a great dress to feel comfortable and sexy in, as it is not tight on the stomach, but also shows a little leg. I would definitely recommend this dress to any of my girlfriends, and will probably rent it again!
Tracey
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4423
Nov 12, 2012
Got a lot of compliments!
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This was my first RTR rental and it was an overall good experience. I ordered the 4 and 6 to try both since my body isn't back to "normal" after having a baby. I don't like fitted clothing so I liked the way the size 6 looked/felt but once I tried on the 4, it fit like a glove. I realized that the 6 made me look "frumpy" so I went with the 4. The only area that I'd say was a little snug was at the top as you can see in the close-up photo. I don't have a large bust but I do have broad shoulders so maybe that's what caused the bunching. The arms of the size 4 were also a little snugger than I would've liked but I think I have large arms. Also, I really liked the blue underneath the black lace and felt that it helped to compliment my husband's uniform. The only negative that I'd point out was that the dresses were very noticeably "worn". The size 6 had a quarter-size hole in the lace overlay on the front of the dress and both dresses were very frayed at the bottom of the scalloped edge. I think this dress would look good on any body type and would definitely recommend it (and RTR!) to a friend :)
stephanie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4532
Aug 29, 2012
A little short but gorgeous
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I rented this dress for my cousin-in-law's wedding and absolutely loved it. I got many compliments on it and referred quite a few people to RTR in the process! My only complaint was that it was a little short. Not inappropriate when standing, but I did tug it down a bit when I sat and there was absolutely not way I could bend over in it. At one point, I dropped my escort card and had to ask my bf to pick it up because there was no way I could do it w/out flashing someone!
Alicia
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160 lbs
Canonical User Type: 7431
Oct 27, 2012
I was so nervous renting for the first time, but I am thrilled! Can't wait to rent again
Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
Fit perfect, I am pretty busty so I was nervous, but it was like it was made for me! I highly recommend this dress.
KJ
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Canonical User Type: 6443
Oct 22, 2012
the most perfect dress!
Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
wore this to a semi-formal wedding and it was perfect. very comfortable and fit like a glove. only issue is i'm quite tall and it was a bit short but not an inappropriate length. definitely recommend!
JG
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 150 lbs
Canonical User Type: 6533
Oct 11, 2012
LOVE THIS DRESS!!
Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I did not expect to like this dress but it was perfect. It fit like a glove. The minute I zipped it up my husband said, PERFECT! It's fun, flirty and comfortable. I'm not the skinniest person and NEVR wear fitted clothes but for some reason, this was flattering. RTR sent the purple Rebecca Minkoff clutch and it was really cute with the dress. LOVE and would rent again
Nancy
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Body type: Full Bust
Canonical User Type: 7521
Sep 26, 2012
Beautiful and flattering!
Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I went a size up to be comfortable but it was too big to use the bra straps and as you can see from the picture I had a wardrobe malfunction. That was my fault. The dress itself is a perfect chilly evening dress for a cocktail party. I would wear it again in a heartbeat!
Tabs
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Body type: Straight & narrow
Canonical User Type: 5541
Sep 24, 2012
It was the perfect dress for our weekend with friends in Yountville. Very classy and chic.
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
I was not feeling very thin that day and it was the ideal dress for covering up, but still showing off your legs.
Gretchen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5544
Sep 17, 2012
My husband said "wowza!"
Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This dress, I want it! I rented a 4 and a 6, the 4 would've fit except I couldn't get my arms in. I think if you have large arms this dress isn't for you. I loved how the 6 was a little fitted, so it didn't look baggy. You could still see my shape. I was surprised at how well it fit in the bust, not tight at all (the 4 probably would've been), which is great since I often find the bust to be a challenge area. It also didn't have darts in the chest area (at least that I noticed), because those often don't line up right on me. Great color and the lace is nice. This dress is short, sitting down for dinner I was glad I had a napkin. But for dancing and partying all night, it was perfect. I didn't feel like I was going to expose anyone to my ladybits. I will definitely rent it again.
M.L.
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5443
Aug 25, 2012
The fact that I showed up and someone else told me they had rented the same dress for the actual wedding and was glad we didn't wear it on the same day because I looked so great...pretty neat.
Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress is truly a great rental. It IS blue with black lace over top of it so don't expect black on black. It fits true to size and because of the overlay it hides most flaws. I'm a bit taller and was originally concerned with length but I think it was JUST long enough. I wore it for my sister's rehearsal dinner and received multiple compliments.
Sarah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 24
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160 lbs
Canonical User Type: 7341
Apr 10, 2012
I felt incredible and was able to have a fabulous time knowing that I looked great!
Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was perfect for my uncle's October wedding. Classic, but still young. VERY comfortable. I was worried it would be a little boxy, but it worked out great!
Kim
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 5434
Jan 3, 2012
Was perfect for ringing in the new year!
Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I wore this dress out to a bar for New Years Eve and it was perfect! You can dress it up or down and it is very comfortable. I thought the length was a great fit even if some people seem to think it's a bit short - it's the look. Wish I owned it because I would wear it all the time - Great LBD!
Katie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 3523
Dec 26, 2011
Felt classic and beautiful. And never has lace been so comfortable.
Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Wore this dress to my office holiday party, and it is timeless. The lace is beautiful--you can really see the detail in the sleeves. It's a comfortable dress as well. I wore it for evening with black tights, black pumps and gold necklaces, but also has great potential for a bridal shower or spring wedding with a bright-colored skinny belt or colorful jewelry. Love it.
Harpstrings
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 50
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 7634
Sep 28, 2011
The dress and accessories were shipped in great condition! I reserved it several weeks in advance and it was so nice to not have to worry about what I was going to wear! I got a ton of compliments on the dress.
Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Pretty dress! I was worried it wouldn't fit well since shift type dresses usually don't look so great on me but it was so pretty and in perfect condition! It was true to size and even the length was about the same on me as in the picture. I loved it!!
Alyssa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 120 lbs
Canonical User Type: 3434
Dec 1, 2011
Love when people tell me you look so skinny!
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I rented the dress for Thanksgiving with my boyfriends family - They tend to dress up a little more so I thought it was perfect - I belted it to make it look a little more fitting but loved it in general!
SEN
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Canonical User Type: 7433
Nov 3, 2011
I wore this dress for my best friend's Bridal Shower and received a ton of compliments. On Monday morning I referred about 10 of my friends that saw the dress to RTR! ***Dress is second from the right
Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
Great dress, very comfortable and not as short as I thought it would be (which was a good thing). Classic dress, great for lots of occasions. Loved the drop neck in the back!
Risa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 7534
Mar 20, 2014
Too snug
Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I wound up choosing my other RTR option because although the photo makes this look like a shift dress, it's actually quite snug and form-fitting
Karen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 4434
Jan 25, 2014
Loved it!
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Based on reviews, i was between a 2 and a 4 and so glad i went with the 4--it was perfectly fitted but with just the right amount of room for a shift. And the length was great--just short enough to make my legs look great but not so short i was worried about flashing anyone. Tons of compliments all night, super comfortable, and i felt great. Would order again in a heartbeat!
Caitlin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Canonical User Type: 4524
Dec 12, 2013
Classic
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Beautiful dress. Flattering and comfortable!
Jessica
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 128 lbs
Canonical User Type: 5433
Dec 9, 2013
Really cute dress! Like others have said, it looks more black than navy, but cute anyway!
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Does not fit as loosely as shown. I am a little bit bigger on the bottom so it was more fitted, but still liked it anyway.
lauren
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Canonical User Type: 6434
Dec 6, 2013
pretty but....
Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Pretty but it ended up being shorter & tighter than I wanted for a wedding.
jamie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
Canonical User Type: 4541
Nov 12, 2013
Not as pictured on model.
Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
This dress came as a back up because the one I ordered wasn't available. I am 17 weeks pregnant and I assumed from the way the dress looks on the model, it would be a candidate. BIG MISTAKE! This dress is actually quite fitted (and cute if you're not pregnant) I think the model is a size 0 but she is wearing a 2 or a 4!!! I should have paid more attention to the reviews, I hope RTR takes a different picture.
Sara
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155 lbs
Canonical User Type: 7434
Nov 4, 2013
I sent this back but if it had fit it would have been a perfect experience!
Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
This was a beautiful dress but it fit much tighter than I thought it would. Even if it hadn't been tight it was still pretty short.
Nic
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4433
Oct 29, 2013
Such an easy process!
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Such a beautiful dress. A little snug in the bust, but otherwise it fit perfectly. I received many compliments. I also cannot say enough about the experience - it was wonderful having a great dress home waiting for me to wear. The return process was also super easy! I will definitely rent again soon!
Sarah
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Canonical User Type: 7524
Oct 15, 2013
Great look and really slimming/sexy fit
Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Can go with navy or black details! Also, just FYI- although it looks like on the model that the fit is loose and more of a shift dress, that is deceiving, it is a more fitted look, not loose, unless you go a size up. You will see what I mean in the real photos. Plus even though I am 5'2" it was still a little scandalously short. Fine for short girls, might be inapprop for the tall ones.
Melissa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100 lbs
Canonical User Type: 2523
Oct 7, 2013
Lace LOVE!
Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Wore this to a business semi/formal event...tons of compliments. Classic look!
Michelle
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 133 lbs
Canonical User Type: 6534
Jul 11, 2013
Loved that the sleeves covered my arms.
Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
A little short but still loved the dress.
Rachael
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 155 lbs
Canonical User Type: 6433
Jun 17, 2013
Love this easy black lace number. Perfect for my friends rehearsal dinner.
Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This dress is pretty short, but I prefer a sleeve and to show a little leg. :) I went with the larger size for length!
Charo
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140 lbs
Canonical User Type: 6534
May 26, 2013
Overall ok
Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
It was a nice alternative for a night out, however, I wasn't totally impressed with this dress. I am busty (32G) and always have trouble to find something that comfortably fits my upper body. This dress wasn't the exception because it was too tight for my upper body and too loose for my waist and hips. I didn't find it very flattering but still received compliments :).
Kim
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Body type: Petite
Canonical User Type: 3431
Apr 4, 2013
LOVE this dress.
Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
It did come smelling like smoke, but I just aired it out over night. I guess that's a possibility when renting a dress. Beautiful dress.
Michelle
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Canonical User Type: 4433
Mar 21, 2013
This is my favorite dress that I've ever rented from RTR. It is timeless and elegant!
Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I love this dress. It is the perfect shift dress. Very flattering and not boxy. I accessorized the outfit with a long pearl necklace and sheer black tights for a holiday cocktail party. I liked the dress so much that I recently purchased one that is very similar. You won't go wrong renting this dress for a party or date. It is perfection.
Marissa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Body type: Full Bust
Canonical User Type: 6431
Mar 14, 2013
The dress is pretty but way too tight. It does not hang like in the picture. Gave me pancake boob
Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
very pretty
Rebecca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Canonical User Type: 7433
Mar 8, 2013
Perfect for a winter bridal shower
Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I really liked this dress. I ordered it at the last minute for a bridal shower in Rhode Island in early March so only one size (one up from my normal) was available. I ended up wearing it with black tights and Tory Burch flats to make it a little more casual for a brunch. I would definitely recommend this dress, but maybe it's better for a night time event than a brunch. The only thing I felt was a little off about this dress is that it was a little on the short side. With tights it was totally fine, but I think I would have been uncomfortable if I had worn it with bare legs and pumps, and I am 5'6.
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