Shoshanna

Optical Bustier Dress

$50 rental
$375 retail

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Stylist Notes

Shoshanna knows how to flatter your curves and this optical illusion does the trick in a sweet and stylish way. Shown here with AV Max's Geometric Bangle Set.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size down for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size - built-in boning supports dress - women with smaller busts should consider sizing down
WAIST: Fitted - fitted throughout bodice - fabric and gathered skirt conceals lower abdomen
HIPS: Not fitted - gathered, full skirt conceals hips - great for Pear body type
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types

Product Details

Cotton sateen purple and charcoal stripe. Sweetheart neckline. Built in bustier for support. Exposed back zip. Gathered skirt. 26" from top if bodice to hem.

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38 reviews
Fit
Large
(9)
True to Size
(29)
Small
(0)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
August 12, 2010
Such a cool print! I received a size 8 and 10 to wear to a bridal shower. I have a bigger bust, and am a true size 10- I ended up wearing the 8.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
April 25, 2011
I am a pretty consistent size 6 (even with my 36" chest) and I would have been happier in a size 4. Super cute dress, though! I wore a chunky necklace to keep it all fun for a birthday dinner.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
July 25, 2011
Cool print/color, but dress was not flattering at all. I'm always a size 0 or even a 2, but I was swimming in the 0 in this dress - be warned! Also, the dress poofs out weirdly from the bustier, which makes you look wide in the hips. I didn't wear the dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
July 27, 2011
I danced the night away!
This is a cute dress, however, it runs a little big. I was able to wear it, but my a/b-cup chest definitely did not fill it adequately, and the bottom was a tad more voluminous than I was expecting. If you have a larger chest and want to conceal your lower stomach and hips, this is the dress for you! Just do as the website says, and order down if you have a small chest.
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Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 39
Body type: Straight & narrow
October 12, 2011
I found this dress to run a little large. It's short but the top is a little on the large size. If anything, I'd size down.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 126lbs
July 23, 2012
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Loved this dress. many compliments. would definitely rent again. casual but can be easily dressed up for most events.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
September 5, 2012
Receiving the dress the morning of the wedding and fitting perfectly!
This dress was perfect for a mid-summer wedding!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Body type: Pear
September 18, 2012
This was perfect for a summer wedding, especially with bright blue pumps!
My one critique of this dress is that the top was a bit too big, even on the size zero - I have a very small chest, and kept having to pull the dress up. That said, this dress is great for the pear shape because it highlights a small waist but you don't have to worry about your hips. If you've got a tiny chest like mine, a padded bra should do the trick!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 106lbs
October 1, 2012
Beautiful dress but size 2 was huge on me.
The dress is very pretty as pictured, but the size 2 was huge for my small frame and kept falling down. I usually wear a size 0 in Shoshanna, which would have been perfect. I did wear the size 2 dress for a few hours while I was having my hair and makeup done for my sister's wedding, which was great, but it would have been impossible to wear to the rehearsal dinner the previous night as planned. I would highly recommend this dress to others if the size was right.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
August 10, 2010
Length is always a concern for me because I am so petite - this dress was perfect! Paired with flats for dinner, it was feminine yet flirty!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
August 18, 2010
I'm a 6 and wore a six. Wore with silver heel sandals. Got lots of compliments. AND, the pockets are wonderful.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108lbs
August 30, 2010
Super fun festive dress that I wore to a shower brunch. I'm a 32c and usually a size 2 and it fit perfectly. Only issue is that there is an interior band that cuts of circulation when sitting.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Body type: Athletic
October 13, 2010
Very cute dress but not flattering on small busts. The built in bustier does not look good unless you have something to fill it out. I am normally a 4 and the 2 was sliding down on me (again, probably b/c I didn't have anything to hold it up). If I had the right figure, I would love to wear this dress!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
November 21, 2010
I wore this to a wedding rehearsal dinner & got lots of compliments. The pockets are adorable & the dress photographs well. I'm tall so the skirt was a sexy but tasteful length.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110lbs
April 20, 2011
This dress was just...ok...I ordered a 0 and a 2 and returned both. It was loose in all of the wrong places and did nothing for my figure. It may be perfect for a person with a more square body-type but I wouldn't recommend for an hour-glass shape.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Body type: Hourglass
May 13, 2011
I wore this dress to a friend's bachelorette party and it was a hit! Very comfortable and the pattern is bright and pretty. A little big in the boobs if you don't have much to fill it out.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
July 25, 2011
This dress is so flattering! I ordered the 0 and the 2 and wore the 0 because of my smaller upper body and rib cage. The only issue I ran into was the boning that stuck into my side the entire night. Received tons of compliments and would definitely rent again!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 102lbs
August 3, 2011
I am 105 lbs with a chest size of 34b. I ordered a size 0 and 2 and wore the 0. This dress was really flattering/comfortable, and I did not have much trouble with having to keep pulling it up. It hit about mid thigh, which was a little longer than I was anticipating, but I still got many compliments.
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 20
Body type: Athletic
October 5, 2011
I rented this dress for my sister's homecoming dance and she absolutely loved it! She has a slim, athletic body with a full bust. I was nervous that it would be too short and show too much cleavage but the dress fit her perfectly! She looked, classy, chic and fun! The only issue was that she loved the dress so much, she wanted to keep it!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
October 21, 2011
I wore this at a casual night wedding with a fancy necklace and it was PERFECT. The sweetheart neckline is just right for a little cleavage without being skanky. The dress was the perfect length on me! And the print gives the optical illusion of a curvy body! SO CUTE
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
October 26, 2011
I loved the dress, but was surprised at how dark of a purple it was. Still the darker color was perfect for the fall weather. The pockets and pattern make this dress SO worth renting!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32AA
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
November 14, 2011
Seeing my little brother get his diploma!
I wore this dress to my little brother's college graduation in Baltimore in May. It was a very warm day, and this dress was perfect for the celebrations outside after the ceremony! It fit perfectly - and was super flattering!
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Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
October 15, 2011
LOVE.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
January 10, 2012
Super fun dress!
I wore this dress for a friend's rehearsal dinner. I jazzed it up with a belt to cinch in the waist and it really pulled the look together. I got so many compliments! Only thing is that I'm pretty tall so it could have been a little longer, but I still wore it anyway :)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
June 28, 2012
Loved it!
I wore this dress for my high school reunion party. I got several compliments! I put a thin black belt with it and it helped complete the look.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 137lbs
August 30, 2012
Loved it!
It was my FAVORITE dress I have rented so far. It was just perfect for wearing to homecoming. It was a little big, but that is the only problem I remember having. I would definitely recommend this dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Body type: Petite
September 4, 2012
LOVE this dress
Perfect casual yet classy dress! I wore to a rehearsal dinner and it was so comfortable and flattering. The length was perfect.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115lbs
September 23, 2012
classic fit and cool pattern!
The dress fit perfectly! It was great for a fall formal event with some accessories.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 124lbs
October 1, 2012
Perfect for a Brooklyn Wedding!
This was great for a unique Brooklyn wedding. It was not cold enough, but I was considering wearing it with black tights and it would have been awesome. The dress still worked with bare legs and high black patent pumps. Also wore black/sparkly jewelry. A little short (and I'm short), but not uncomfortable in any way. I was able to dance the night away in it. Overall, great pick!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100lbs
January 2, 2013
I didn't end up wearing this one, but it was adorable none the less!
This was my backup for a friend's party. The fit was great and I liked the colors! The top of the dress had a little bit of a worn out look around the edges where the lining and the dress met. Otherwise, I would have ditched my original first choice for this one!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
August 16, 2013
received numerous compliments
fit true to size. loved having pockets. exactly what i was looking for in a dress. no hiking it up (being strapless and all). didn't feel like i was going to "fall" out of it.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
October 30, 2013
This was my back up dress, I was so bummed I didn't get a chance to wear it because I loved it!
This dress fit perfectly and ran true to size. The color and pattern are so fun. It was my back-up and I only had one event I was able to wear it to during the weekend I had rented it. The other dress was slightly more appropriate, but I tried this dress on several times at a home just to swoon over it. I will rent this again!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 148lbs
June 2, 2014
Super cute and comfy!
Very cute dress that fit perfectly! Got lots of compliments :)
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
September 6, 2010
I rented this dress for my engagement photos. It was very flattering, fun, and comfortable. I was grateful for details like the built in bustier and pockets. I would highly recommend this rental! I tend either to be a size four or six, depending on how clothes run. In this case, I went with the four because I have a small bust (A or B) and my waist measurement (29) put me just on the line between a four and a six. The fit was ideal. Hopefully, this helps other in between ladies.
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Body type: Straight & narrow
October 30, 2011
Dress was great. Roomy in the chest but the understructure was perfect. Comfortable and secure. I used a belt to help calm the lantern look a bit but over all it was really cute. If I owned the dress I would be happy to wear it again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
November 20, 2011
loved it so much i bought it!
this dress is adorable. There is an interior closure that makes it a little tight up top if you have big boobs/ribcage, but it keeps the dress up really well. The pattern is adorable and the waistline hides abs that have had too much holiday food. Gives you a bit of a kim kardashian butt but very cute overall. I went online and bought it right after i sent it back. The fabric and quality are good.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108lbs
October 12, 2012
good dress, slightly funny fit
The dress is pretty high waisted and it poofed out right above my belly button, making it look like i had more of a pooch than i actually do. It was a good length for me (at 5'2") and not too casual, not too formal, making it a good attire choice for a rehearsal dinner I attended.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 200lbs
January 6, 2013
Beautiful colors
The front section under the waist was a little puffy for me but overall a fun dress.

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