Purple Watercolor Dress

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$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

Size Chart

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
Fit
Large4
True to Size23
Small7
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
November 3, 2014
Beautiful Dress!
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!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
July 23, 2014
Beautiful flow and fit
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!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
December 25, 2013
Gorgeous colors, flattering cut- perfect for any summer or spring event!
Colors are more vibrant than the model photo.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
December 10, 2013
perfect mix of girly and sophistication!
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!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
August 18, 2013
This dress is a stunning color, a little richer in person & truly flattering.
Comfortable fit, pockets (!!!), and the exposed back was truly memorable!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
July 17, 2013
This floaty dress was gorgeous for any summer 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!
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Hourglass
July 15, 2013
Very cute but didnt fit well.
I didnt feel comfortable in the dress. It's beautiful but, not for me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
July 9, 2013
Odd fit
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!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
May 6, 2013
Loved wearing this dress!
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
May 2, 2013
beautiful, absolutely stunning looked amazing So many compliments!
easy and beautiful dress, fit true to size
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Body type: Athletic
March 29, 2013
It was perfect for the spring wine tour.
I usually wear a size 00, but the size 0 fit me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 18
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Full Bust
March 4, 2013
My daughter wore this for graduation from 8th grade. it was perfect!
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
January 17, 2013
Great dress for an outdoor party!
The back was beautiful, as was the print. I only wish the dress were a little longer.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
November 14, 2012
Pretty pattern
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
November 5, 2012
Wore this for a sorority function and got so many complements!
Very structured bodice, so was quite tight in the bust area, but the rest of the dress was very forgiving.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
October 19, 2012
Pretty Print, Flattering Shape!
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!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
October 15, 2012
Wore this wine tasting for a day in Napa Valley - the dress was simple and stunning
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 127lbs
September 23, 2012
Such a great, rich color that is perfect for a fun summer night out!
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.
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 113lbs
September 23, 2012
I wore this dress to an outdoors concert and then a birthday dinner. Best night!
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!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138lbs
September 5, 2012
Beautiful, wonderful fitting dress
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!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
August 15, 2012
Cute Summer Dress, But Large
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
June 23, 2012
Nope
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.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
April 27, 2012
Pretty Dress, Just Not for Me
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.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
February 22, 2012
SO MANY COMPLIMENTS!
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!
EmilySeptember 11, 2012
Would you recommend this dress for a high school senior homecoming?
RTRSeptember 12, 2012
Hi Emily! We absolutely recommend this dress for a senior homecoming. It is adorable!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Body type: Athletic
December 20, 2011
perfect for my miami vacation!
great structure to this dress - defines waist and fits great! easy to wear without a bra - built in support.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
November 30, 2011
beautiful but tight in the bus
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. :)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
November 9, 2011
Our first Rent the Runway wedding for Brooke! Such a fun night with the RTR team.
Insanely comfortable dress that fits easy. Runs true to size. Wore it for a spring wedding in NYC.
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Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
August 22, 2011
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!!!
haleyApril 9, 2012
it looks like there is a little bit of light pink in the dress is that right? trying to find shoes!
RTRApril 9, 2012
Hi Haley, there is a bit of blush pink mixed into the pattern!
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 21
Body type: Petite
August 8, 2011
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 :)
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 120lbs
July 5, 2011
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!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 47
Body type: Hourglass
June 10, 2011
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!
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 37
Body type: Full Bust
May 18, 2011
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 :)
bridgetApril 23, 2012
If you don't mind me asking, what did you do for a bra?
RTRApril 23, 2012
Hi Bridget, you are able to wear a strapless bra with this style!
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 55
Body type: Athletic
May 2, 2011
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!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 25
Body type: Athletic
April 26, 2011
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.

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