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Shoshanna

Purple Watercolor Dress

$74 rental
$375 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Grab your wedges and summer hat to wear with this colorful Shoshanna dress. Pair with fun accessories like AV Max's Gold Hammered Cuff to finish your look.

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Great for any cup size - straps are adjustable
WAIST: Fitted - fitted at natural waist (no elastic)
HIPS: Not fitted - tulip skirt has some room in hips though curvy women should consider sizing up for length
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra; bust has built-in boning at cups and skirt has built-in slip
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: All body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Size & Fit Notes

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

BUST: Great for any cup size - straps are adjustable
WAIST: Fitted - fitted at natural waist (no elastic)
HIPS: Not fitted - tulip skirt has some room in hips though curvy women should consider sizing up for length
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra; bust has built-in boning at cups and skirt has built-in slip
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: All body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Size Chart

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Product Details

Purple printed georgette. Surplice neckline. Ruched bodice with ruffle detail. Tulip hem. 36'' from top of shoulder to hem.

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34 reviews

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Small 7
True to Size 23
Large 4
Photos 14
CW
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 24
Body type: Athletic
Apr 26, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
Very flattering on and comfortable. Runs true to size. I was worried about it looking cheap, but it does not at all. Liked the colors/pattern even better in person.
kkg girl
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 54
Body type: Athletic
May 2, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I rented this dress for my sorority function and it was absolutely gorgeous. It is extremely flattering and the picture does not do the colors justice... they are much more vivid. AND it has pockets!
ANV
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 36
Body type: Full Bust
May 18, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I loved the dress and received many compliments. The colors were vibrant and the dress fit just right. Covered my insecure spots perfectly. Loved it so much I would purchase this dress :)
Laurie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 46
Body type: Hourglass
Jun 10, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress!!! I am normally a size 8/10 but I had twins 9 months ago so I ordered the 10 and the 12. The 12 was very loose in the bust (unusual for me since I am a 36D) but the 10 was absolutely perfect! The colors are very bright and vivid. The zippers are a little "difficult" on both dresses, but other than that, no complaints at all!
Sara
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 120 lbs
Jul 5, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I did not love this dress. The color and fabric was very pretty but I did not find this shape flattering at all. It is more of an empire waist and there is a lot of shirring so I felt like it made me look a lot bigger than I am. It was nice that the straps were adjustable and that it has pockets but this was not a good shape for me at all. Disappointing because I've had a lot of success with other Shoshanna dresses but luckily this was just a backup and my first choice worked out great!
Bailey
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 20
Body type: Petite
Aug 8, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
This dress is gorgeous in person! The colors are much bolder and brighter than in the picture. The top of the dress is different but I loved the way the straps went around. I had no problem with the sizing so I would say it runs true to size. Also the dress has pockets :)
lulu
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 121 lbs
Aug 22, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
The colors of this dress are much more vibrant and darker in person - it is gorgeous! Incredibly comfortable and flattering. The material is light and flowy and gorgeous. I have a moderately large bust and had to adjust it now and then at the top but it fit really well. Highly recommend this dress!!!
AJ
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Nov 9, 2011

Our first Rent the Runway wedding for Brooke! Such a fun night with the RTR team.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Insanely comfortable dress that fits easy. Runs true to size. Wore it for a spring wedding in NYC.
sarah
Usually wears: 6
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110 lbs
Nov 30, 2011

beautiful but tight in the bus

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
beautiful dress, but i wound up wearing the backup. I'm busty and this was just too tight in the bust - both sizes. I'm tiny but busty. If that's your shape you may want to consider another dress. :)
kassidy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Body type: Athletic
Dec 20, 2011

perfect for my miami vacation!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Vacation
great structure to this dress - defines waist and fits great! easy to wear without a bra - built in support.
Kelsey
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Feb 22, 2012

SO MANY COMPLIMENTS!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I wore this dress for my sorority formal and boy was it a hit! It was so comfortable, very true to size, and easy to dance in. I wish I could own this dress. It was so fabulous!
Suza
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Apr 27, 2012

Pretty Dress, Just Not for Me

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I really wanted to like the dress. The color is even more vibrant in person and it seems very comfortable. There is a lot of fabric in the top portion of the dress and the top part is also set kind of wide. To give you a better idea of my size, I have a larger bust (32DD), a medium frame and usually wear a size 8. When I tried on the dress I looked a lot bigger and wider than I really am. So, sadly, I did not wear the dress.
Mallory
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
Jun 23, 2012

Nope

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Purchased for a college fraternity formal. Had to send back without wearing. The chest area was the problem for me. I have broad shoulders, and this dress made them look much broader. Because of the cross back, the straps start nearly at your armpits before meeting behind the neck. Also the breast cups are kind of triangular, and they point outward, toward the shoulders, extending past my body a little. Also, the cups are very structured and thick, which added extra bulk. Altogether a bad formula for looking wide on top! Colorwise, the purple is not as pastel as it appears in the photo. It's a little darker, which was not what I wanted. I am 5'5" 135 lbs with a thin, athletic build. I wear a size 4/6 and ordered a size 6. It zippered up fine and fit through the waist and hips, so order your typical size. My roommate tried this on, too and didn't like it. She is 5'6" 120 lbs with an athletic, lanky build. It just didn't show off anything she wanted to - like toned arms or long legs.
Meegan
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115 lbs
Aug 15, 2012

Cute Summer Dress, But Large

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
The dress is comfortable and great for summer. However, it runs a bit large and has a slight maternity look to it. It was not as flattering as I hoped. I usually always wear a size 2 and had to drop down to a size 0 for this dress.
Alana
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138 lbs
Sep 5, 2012

Beautiful, wonderful fitting dress

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I loved this dress. It's a different style than most Shoshanna dresses, but still the great fit that you'd expect from the designer. The color is much more vibrant in person - a deeper blue purple with shades of white, blush, and forest green. I wore it to a summer North Carolina country club wedding, and it was perfect for the semi-formal event. I was between the 2 and the 4 but ended up going with the 2 because it fit better throughout the waist. I'd suggest renting a smaller back-up size. Of all the dresses I've rented so far on RTR, this is the one I'd be most likely to purchase - I did not want to send it back!
Nuria
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 113 lbs
Sep 23, 2012

I wore this dress to an outdoors concert and then a birthday dinner. Best night!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Date
The pattern on the dress is beautiful. It looks like a watercolor painting and it really complements my olive toned skin. The length of the dress is also ideal. I rented a size 0 and a 2, size 0 barely fit but size 2 was too large. I wore the 0 because I could handle the tightness around the rib area. The dress that was size 2 was too large around the bust area. Overall, I loved wearing this beautiful dress!
lauren
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 127 lbs
Sep 23, 2012

Such a great, rich color that is perfect for a fun summer night out!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
I usually wear a 2 but got a 0 by accident and it fit perfectly! Low cut but has pads in the chest so don't need to wear a bra. The adjustable straps are super helpful.
Stephanie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 15, 2012

Wore this wine tasting for a day in Napa Valley - the dress was simple and stunning

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Vacation
Got a 4 and a 6 - my boobs are on the larger size so the 6 worked perfect for me. LOVED this dress. The colors were beautiful and it was great to wear all day long. I wore with flats and worked well for walking around all day. I didnt wear a bra - just taped them in. Loved the tiny straps and the back of the dress too! Would definitely recommend this dress.
Sam
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 19, 2012

Pretty Print, Flattering Shape!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I LOVE this dress. I have rented it twice now, once for a friend's birthday and another time for a dinner. The color and print are so pretty and the shape is incredibly flattering - I got tons of compliments all night! There are built in cups for support and the straps are adjustable so you can definitely move around and feel secure. There is a faux wrap that cinches in a bit to give definition at the waist. This dress is definitely one of my favorites!
Jayne
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Nov 5, 2012

Wore this for a sorority function and got so many complements!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
Very structured bodice, so was quite tight in the bust area, but the rest of the dress was very forgiving.
Maggie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Nov 14, 2012

Pretty pattern

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I have a big ribcage, so often times dresses like this are hard to zip, and if I can zip them, too big everywhere else. With this dress they chest portion was huge and I couldn't zip through my rib area. Its a very pretty pattern, just didn't work for me.
Kelly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 17, 2013

Great dress for an outdoor party!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The back was beautiful, as was the print. I only wish the dress were a little longer.
Suz
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 17
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Full Bust
Mar 4, 2013

My daughter wore this for graduation from 8th grade. it was perfect!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
very true to size and very appropriately cut - even for a younger teen. it looks super short, but on a girl about 5'5" with flat shoes, it was appropriate and fashion forward, too.
FRANCES
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 26
Body type: Athletic
Mar 29, 2013

It was perfect for the spring wine tour.

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
I usually wear a size 00, but the size 0 fit me.
kim
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
May 2, 2013

beautiful, absolutely stunning looked amazing So many compliments!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
easy and beautiful dress, fit true to size
Sarah
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
May 6, 2013

Loved wearing this dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
This dress was super comfy, and light. The adjustable straps helped to make it fit better up top, and the pockets were fun. overall, a very easy dress to wear.
Catherine
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130 lbs
Jul 9, 2013

Odd fit

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
The print of the dress is very pretty...much darker and more vibrant than the photo. Unfortunately, it just didn't work for me. I rented the 0 & 2 sizes and could barely zip up the 2. The waist hit me at a very unflattering length (bottom of my ribs) and there was just way too much material in the bust area. It was also very short. My first disappointment since using RTR but at least the return process was easy!
Brigid
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 21
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Hourglass
Jul 15, 2013

Very cute but didnt fit well.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
I didnt feel comfortable in the dress. It's beautiful but, not for me.
cassie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Jul 17, 2013

This floaty dress was gorgeous for any summer party.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I ended up getting a size smaller for my backup and I'm glad I did. It fit perfectly, and the size 6 (which I normally wear) looked baggy on me. It was a gorgeous dress, you can wear it without a bra because of the boning and it's very comfortable. One thing that bothered me was the lining was slightly longer than the purple layer and showed a bit at the bottom, but it wasn't terribly noticeable. I wore it all day and it was great styled throughout the day many different ways. Perfect dress for a fun summertime occasion!
Jessica
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Aug 18, 2013

This dress is a stunning color, a little richer in person & truly flattering.

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Comfortable fit, pockets (!!!), and the exposed back was truly memorable!
Krysten
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Dec 10, 2013

perfect mix of girly and sophistication!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
i absolutely loved this dress. i rented it for a summer wedding. it was so comfortable to dance in all night long and the compliments never stopped coming!
Jacqueline
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130 lbs
Dec 25, 2013

Gorgeous colors, flattering cut- perfect for any summer or spring event!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Colors are more vibrant than the model photo.
Becky
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Jul 23, 2014

Beautiful flow and fit

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Fit: The fit seemed to be true to size. Since I have a smaller bust but larger hips, because of the flare of the skirt I was able to wear the size smaller that came with the rental and ended up wearing the size 0. The cut of the dress was low cut, but not so low I felt immodest at a wedding. The adjustable straps were an added bonus. There was an issue with the lining of the dress slipping up under the arm on one side, but it wasn't too noticeable, I was probably the only one who noticed it. Pros: Flowy, beautiful cut, and lovely detail at the bust. Comfortable for a summer wedding. Cons: The zipper was very difficult, I was afraid I was going to tear the dress. Thankfully that did not happen!
Hillary
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115 lbs
Nov 3, 2014

Beautiful Dress!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
i loved this dress, it fit very well. I have slightly broad shoulders/upper body which is why I chose to order the 4 as a back up but in the end the 2 fit best. The colors were very vibrant and I received so many compliments on it! Didn't want to send it back!
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