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Shoshanna

Vicious Venom Dress

$55 rental
$370 Retail

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Stylist Notes

This Shoshanna dress is an elegant and classic silhouette done in a stand-out snake skin jacquard. Pair it with some stunning pumps for a sophisticated evening look.

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 - fitted at bust so fuller busted women should consider sizing up
WAIST: Fitted - fitted at natural waist with ruched band - waist is flattering on all body types
HIPS: Not fitted - full tulip skirt
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'8'')

Size & Fit Notes

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 - fitted at bust so fuller busted women should consider sizing up
WAIST: Fitted - fitted at natural waist with ruched band - waist is flattering on all body types
HIPS: Not fitted - full tulip skirt
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'8'')

Size Chart

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Product Details

Navy metallic jacquard. Asymmetric neckline with ruching detail at shoulder. Ruched waistband. Gathered skirt. Hidden back zip. 37'' from shoulder to hem.

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Fit
Small 23
True to Size 163
Large 13
Photos 45
MBH
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 127 lbs
Jul 28, 2011

Overall fit: Large
The S was falling off my 127 lbs frame, and the wide cut hips did nothing to flatter. Disappointed I had to return without wearing, despite two consults with the fit specialists.
Sass
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 46
Body type: Hourglass
Jul 29, 2011

Overall fit: Large
This dress was OK, and I ended up not wearing it because the shoulder material was unruly and wouldn't lie down to create a nice line from underarm to shoulder the way it looks on the model. It sort of lay over onto the chest area and no amount of steaming would fix it ... maybe it was the particular dress I received?? The size up looked a bit bulky ... I wouldn't rent this one again...it's a classy style, but not as beautiful as expected from all the glowing reviews. Best on athletic, slim builds, probably. It runs a little large, so if you're between a size, go with the smaller size.
KC
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115 lbs
Aug 4, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
LOVE this dress! Runs true to size and looks great on! I thought it was going to be a little longer based on reviews but is a great length (middle of my thigh) which I love! You can dress it up or down. Great dress. Wish I owned this one!
genecagg
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Body type: Pear
Sep 3, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I rented this dress for a wedding. I received so many compliments! The fit and length were both great. I normally wear between a size 8 and 10 and the 10 fit me better. Best part - POCKETS!!!!
Cortney
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Sep 9, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
This dress was perfect! I got it as a backup dress for a wedding in Napa, and ended up wearing to the rehearsal dinner. The navy is really pretty, and the dress fits really well. I plan to rent this again, and also rent other Shoshanna dresses after this success!
AW123
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Sep 13, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I absolutely loved this dress on me! Fit was awesome, length was great. I'm definitely a typical hourglass figure, so I went with the smaller size to accentuate my waist and fit up top. I wore this to a dress rehearsal and got tons of compliments. It was definitely one of those dresses that you want to keep at the end of the night!
Andrea Genevieve
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
Sep 14, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I wanted to buy this dress it was so cute and perfect for the wedding cocktail hour I wore it too. I would say though its a bit longer than I would have liked, it fell right at my knee and it would have been better 2 inches shorter (above the knee) like on the model. I rented a size 6 and would have been better off with the 4. Over all it was amazing!
KC
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Oct 6, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
Very easy fit, true to size. Comfortable room in bust, fitted at the waist and not too tight in the hips. Hit a little lower than mid-thigh
KpopFashionista
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 124 lbs
Oct 7, 2011

Very Versatile

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress to a Wedding Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner. I got a size 6 but probably could have wore a 4 but it was still great; not too tight and just the right length since it was a little big. (at the time I weighed 130lbs, 5'11") Gorgeous on and in person, the fabric has a great texture and pattern. I wore it with a pair of the nude leather studded and jewled back/heel Sam Edelman's and an awesome brass knuckle style python clutch with straight hair. I made it very dressy/edgy to fit my personality and style but you can make it very dressy/classy too. I would love to own this dress. I'm sure I'll rent it again.
G Miller
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Oct 19, 2011

Overall fit: Small
I wore this dress to a black tie optional fall wedding. I received a ton of compliments on it. It was extremely comfortable and classy, but I was thankful I ordered a size up as a backup because it was hard to zip over the banded waist.
Mag
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Oct 24, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
This dress was a smash hit! I felt like a princess, and it showed--I was beaming all night. So sad to send it back! Word of caution: I rented both size four and six, hoping that one would work. Luckily, the size four dress fit me like a glove, but if it hadn't I wouldn't have been able to wear the size six because the zipper was broken. I got really lucky in this situation, but I know I won't be able to count on luck when I rent again (which I'll definitely be doing!)
Linds
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 26, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I loved this dress. Was perfect for an evening wedding, the 4 fit like a glove and didnt require any fancy underthings. love!
Alyssa
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Nov 23, 2011

SO perfect with just 1 problem

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I LOVED this dress. The material, the cut, the fit, everything was ultra flattering to my pear-shaped body. It made me look glamorous. I received many compliments. The deep color makes it perfect for all seasons, which is great. The ONLY issue with this dress is that while it is very figure flattering, it has an underlayer. While you couldn't notice it from the outside, the lining was quite tight on my larger thighs. It still LOOKED perfect, but it made it harder to move around in. Just a thought for those pear-shaped girls! Great dress!
Anika
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Dec 14, 2011

Perfect Fit!

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Great Dress to Rent! The dress fits true to size (as most reviews stated) and was able to carry me from a work holiday party (cocktail attire) to a black tie gala (formal attire) all within the same night! I dressed it up with jewelry & shoes but it was perfect for the two occasions that I had to attend on the same night. The rental process was very easy, the dress came on the date it was expected and the return/instructions were simple. I got many compliments on the dress!! Wish I could have kept it in my closet to have on hand, it truly is a gem! I have told many friends about RTR and will definitely return to rent a dress for my next event.
Janeen
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Body type: Petite
Dec 14, 2011

Stunning Dress

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I recieved so many compliments when I wore this dress to my company's holiday party. The dress looks even better in person. The material has a great texture to it that makes it very chic. I will probably rent this exact dress again!
Liv
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 28, 2012

Better than I expected!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The fabric looks stiff, but is actually has just the right amount of flexibility. very comfortable and classy!
JNF
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Feb 6, 2012

Not perfect but still great

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The RTR process is fantastic. No fuss, no hassle and so easy! This dress fits true to size but had a slight 'poof' off of the cinched waist. For a pear shape, it added width where it wasn't needed (the pockets probably contributed to that). Otherwise it's a great dress.
Megan
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Feb 23, 2012

Wish I owned this dress

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I LOVED this dress. I wore it to a wedding of a family friend and it was long enough to not be inappropriate, but still a few inches above my knee so it was cute. Even my mom said she wished I owned this dress. I always wear a 6 and the 6 fit perfectly. I didn't even try on the backup size 8. I'm a little bigger around the ribcage so it was snug, but not uncomfortable. I chose to not wear a bra with it and the material was fitted and thick enough not to matter. The fabric was really interesting without being an overpowering snakeskin material. I wore with bright orange pumps and orange jewel earrings and got tons of compliments.
Me
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Feb 27, 2012

Not for me

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The dress is beautiful and the material is pretty thick. The top fit perfectly, however, there seemed to be extra material at the hips. Maybe it's because I really don't have hips and there is Evers material there due to the pockets. The dress is nice but this didn't flatter my body at all.
Callie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115 lbs
Mar 2, 2012

Better for more casual events

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I ended up not wearing this dress because it wasn't formal enough. I didn't think it did much for my figure - it just kind of hung there. Also, it seemed very short on me - much shorter than in the picture. However, I loved the fabric and the pockets!
Yoni
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 136 lbs
Mar 26, 2012

fun n fab

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
great dress
Nancy
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
May 16, 2012

Felt so pretty!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Loved this dress!! I don't usually wear one shoulder because I always think I have arm pit fat. This dress didn't dip too low beneath my arm pit and didn't make any excess skin pop out like some do (does that make any sense?) Was so flattering and got compliments all night! LOVED THIS DRESS! I wore it to a January wedding
PD
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Jul 2, 2012

Love, love, love!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I loved this dress! I wore this dress for a wedding reception and absolutely loved it. I got so many compliments on it and felt amazing. There was nothing that I didn't love about it.
Laurie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150 lbs
Jul 16, 2012

Loved it!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Fits true to size, I'm curvy and the size 10 fit perfect without gapping or pulling. Material was heavier than expected, nicely lined.
lauren
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Jul 23, 2012

tight around the bust

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
Hi, This one did not work. It was way to tight around my 34 D's. Sadly, I could not zip it up around them.
Ly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 137 lbs
Aug 10, 2012

Bachelorette Party

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I wore this for my bachelorette party and it fit like a glove! Arrived in time and in perfect condition couldnt have been more pleased!
Sharde
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127 lbs
Aug 12, 2012

Great Dress to Wear to Wedding

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress to a winter wedding. It fit great and I had a lot of compliments on it! I typically wear a 4 in dresses, so it was true to size. Didn't have any problems with the zipper or fit of the dress. Highly recommended.
alexa
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
Aug 17, 2012

Classic updated

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
This dress is a fabulous color and very comfortable. It ran small in the chest area so I went with the two. Great for formal weddings as well as weddings you are not too sure how to dress. It can be decked up or worn casually.
Quinn
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Body type: Full Bust
Aug 20, 2012

Wedding Dress

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I did not wear the dress because it did not fit me in the chest area.
Katie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150 lbs
Aug 20, 2012

great dress!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Perfect dress for a wedding - cute and comfortable with enough give for dancing. I wear between a 6 and 8 and the 8 fit perfectly.
Lauren
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Aug 21, 2012

New spin on a classic dress

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This was my first RTR experience and it was wonderful. I took a gamble on the size and ordered only a 4 - they were out of my back-up size of 6 but it ended up fitting perfectly. The color is a very dark blue, almost black with an elegant textured pattern. The pockets are a fun addition. I had many compliments on it and felt comfortable all night, even dancing!
Lauren
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Aug 21, 2012

Good winter material

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Hard to see the great pattern and can bag out a little due to the material, but the dress fit to a tee and really comfortable to dance in.
ME.N.CA
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 126 lbs
Aug 24, 2012

Too wide

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
I rented this dress in a 4 and 6 and both were too big. When I tried this dress on the hips were super wide as if I was wearing riding pants. I was so bummed because this dress is very cute.
e k
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120 lbs
Aug 24, 2012

Classic party dress w/ a twist

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This definitely fit true to size, even though I was able to squeeze into the 0 I ordered as a backup too (but I wanted to be able to eat a lot at the wedding and not worry about the dress being too to tight). I got tons of compliments - the pattern on the dress is really subtle, so unless you're up close it just looks like a LBD.
elliott
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 130 lbs
Aug 25, 2012

Perfect Wedding dress

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
This was the perfect dress for a wedding-- the fit was awesome-- I get nervous with strapless/one shoulder dresses about the dreaded "chicken fat" look but this dress didn't have that at all! It was also a great length. I'm pretty short and it hit about mid thigh, so if you're super tall might be verging on inappropriate.
Carey
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 124 lbs
Aug 26, 2012

Runs small

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
Runs very small. Very cute dress. Loved the fabric and the look! Order one or two sizes up. I was not able to wear the dress unfortunately.
E
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 25
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150 lbs
Aug 31, 2012

Love!!!!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I loved the dress! It was a perfect fit. I have a full bust and The top fit just right. It also covers your mid section. The only thing I would say is that I did have a hard time zipping it up the zipper kept getting jammed. But other then that it was fine. 
annie
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Sep 1, 2012

Party dress

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Great fit! I rented this dress in the summer but due to the fabric of the dress I would have chosen to wear it in the fall. The fabric is a little heavy although it wasnt uncomfortable. Very happy with my choice.
Ali
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115 lbs
Sep 3, 2012

Cute dress!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Very cute, flattering, and (best of all!) comfortable. I felt it was very true to size.
Cake
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125 lbs
Sep 5, 2012

nice dress

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
the dress is pretty basic but pretty fabric and flattering for most figures.
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