Theia

Different Strokes Sheath

$595 retail

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Stylist Notes

The graphic blocks of abstract pattern on this sheath by Theia subtly boost an hourglass figure.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 14.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Knee to tea length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black Crepe with Blue Multi Jacquard. (Floral print panel: 100% Polyester, Black crepe: 70% Triacete, 30% Polyester). Sleeveless. Boat neckline with v-back. Fitted skirt. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. 39” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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62 reviews
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Small
(7)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
August 1, 2015
Stunning Dress!

So much fun! Felt great in it.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
October 14, 2015
Colors are even more vibrant & beautiful in person! Conservatively elegant & sexy!

Very flattering cut. Seaming in the chest area is tricky. Recommend for B or C cup.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
November 11, 2015
Slimming design!

This dress was so comfortable for my anniversary dinner. The design is slimming, and I LOVE the strip of color down the back. I'm pretty busty, so I had to go up a size to the 8, but it still fit well.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 55
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 155lbs
November 16, 2015
Very classy, sophisticated dress.

Perfect fit, wore a size 10. Although the top was a bit snug and the armholes pulled a bit it was still comfortable.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 170lbs
March 26, 2016
Nice

I rented this for a museum benefit that had a theme that encouraged colorful outfits. As some of the other renters said the colors on this dress are much more muted and dark in person than in the pictures. Having said that it was still a lovely dress and quite slimming. It periodically struck me when I saw my reflection or a picture that it was a little 1980's Miami Vice retro, but it certainly was unique.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 131lbs
March 8, 2016
Great work dress!

The dress was very professional but with a great silhouette. I loved the pops of color. Not your typical black dress!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 200lbs
February 28, 2016
Love it!

Dress was incredible! The design and lines was very flattering, great colors, back detail was soo cute, professional for work (with a blazer), received TONS of compliments.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 138lbs
July 18, 2016
Flattering Fit, Classic Look

I am a sucker for well-constructed dresses. This one qualifies. The fit is flattering, as well as the color blocking. The fabric is substantial but not too hot for summer. There is a lot of versatility in the garment...work to dinner and multi-seasonal. Enjoy!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 200lbs
September 18, 2016
Gorgeous but a bit snug

This dress is absolutely beautiful! Vibrant colors and the black sides are very flattering for curves. Unfortunately, it has no give. I was concerned about wearing it for an outdoor summer wedding in North Carolina. Dancing all night, eating, and the heat left me concerned about being comfortable. I really wanted to wear this, but ultimately, I wore a different dress I had purchased. I rented this in my normal 14, but if I lose 10 pounds I'll rent this one again lol! I'm 5,8, 38D - 35 - 48.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
October 18, 2016
Beautiful design & snug fit

I loved how this dress fit me! The thick fabric was great - it held me in but wasn't too restrictive. Got tons of compliments (I wore this to a garden wedding)!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 32
October 18, 2016
Rehearsal dinner dress

I wore this to a rehearsal dinner in October. I wore an 8 but probably could have got away with a 6. Not overly large though so you are safe going with your normal size. I am 6ft and the dress hit right above my knees. The dress was great quality and was easy to wear.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34F
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 155lbs
November 7, 2016
Great dress!

Snug fit, not a lot of room at the bust. I loved the style and the quality of the material. Great for a wedding, easy to dance in.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
November 11, 2016
Great slimming design front and back with pretty fabric details

Great dress, can wear a normal bra. I received lots of complements. The only downside was some gaping in the neck - it is sort of a boat neck - so I had to repeatedly pull the shoulders so the neckline would lie flat on my chest. Overall great dress for party or work.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
January 12, 2017
The perfect balance of formal and business casual

I wore this dress for my grandmother's surprise 90th birthday brunch. It was dressy enough to look elegant, but not overly dressy for the occasion. I wore the 8 and it fit perfectly. My only slight complaint it that the top of the dress seemed to bunch up a bit, as though the inner liner wasn't quite aligned with the outside of the dress. Overall though, it was lovely and slimming.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Apple
Weight: 200lbs
June 6, 2017
Gorgeous color, odd fit.

I absolutely adored this dress when I saw it on rent the runway, so I went for it! I've got a tiny waist and the cut looked flattering. After trying both sizes 10 and 14 on (typically I wear a 10) the dress was great on the bottom but had way too much fabric in the top. Above the chest area it was incredibly loose and had fabric on fabric. I had such high hopes for this gem!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
July 20, 2017
I used this piece to be introduced on stage. A 30 second walk across & it did wonders for my curves!

I loved that it was a more form fitting cocktail that the length remained knee length. The colors were not a bright as I anticipated but it all worked out!

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
August 30, 2017
Perfect look

Love this dress! Totally appropriate for a wedding. Classy and fun!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 151lbs
October 12, 2017
Very constraining and not breathable

I had high hopes for this dress. Sadly it wound up being very uncomfortable. There was no spandex give to it at all. I barely fit into the 8 and I usually wear a 6 so it also runs small. It was a warm night and this dress was making me sweat it was so stuffy. It was also virtually impossible to dance as it was very constraining around the calves. The neck also did not lay flat and kept bunching up which added to the general discomfort. I'm nervous to ever rent this designer again

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Work
Age: 38
December 29, 2017
Flashy for work

Great fit and looked amazing for happy hour or any party.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 57
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
July 26, 2018
Runs small; too heavy for summer.

I rented this dress for a rehearsal dinner, but it was much too small ( larger sizes were not available). The fabric of this dress is very heavy, and I would not have enjoyed wearing it in July.

Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
August 21, 2018
Looks gorgeous everywhere but the neckline.

The neck line gapped and bunched out. I would not lay flat which made it look terrible. I was really sad as I loved the look of this dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
November 1, 2018
Great dress for a fall wedding.

There is no slit in the back so definitely don't size down; however, I didn't have any trouble with the 6 which my most common size. We danced tons all night and I wasn't fighting straps falling or the dress riding up. It was classy and unique without being distracting--pretty perfect for a wedding. I would also wear this to holiday cocktail parties and maybe day to night for work with different accessories.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 62
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 170lbs
July 25, 2015
Heavy Sheath

This dress was very heavy and thick. I should have listened to the other reviewers. The bust has weirdly placed darts that do not hit in the right spot. Do not rent if you are bigger than a C cup. Back of the dress was nice.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 53
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 182lbs
October 14, 2015
I really wanted to wear this dress but it did not fit in the 12 or the 14.

The dress was really pretty. The fit was too tight through the waist, and a little big on top. I did not like how low the openings in the arm holes were. It did not fit well on me.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36F
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185lbs
November 18, 2015
TIGHT but stylish

This dress was a great length. It was modest, but not too long. My biggest problem was it was VERY tight. I am pretty curvy and it almost didn't fit over my thighs. I also have a very large chest, and yet this dress almost felt too big in the top. The darts didn't hit correctly and looked a bit off. The dress itself was the perfect style for an engagement party, but I was disappointed with the fit.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 180lbs
February 3, 2016
Awesome holiday party with old friends and co-workers

So, this dress was a little more structured (not sure this is the right word) than I thought it would be. I don't think it was that flattering on me but the contouring of the black at the waist definitely helped to give the illusion of a defined waist. I did get a lot of compliments on the dress but this isn't one of my favorites just because of my own personal taste. The dress itself fit the way it was supposed to and was comfortable to wear.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
February 5, 2016
Uni-boob, Penguin Walk?

The dress is really cute, great length, wonderful fabric and colors. I paired with black tights and flat black pumps. I ordered the 8 because a 6 was unavailable. I never thought I would need a 10 in this dress, but I REALLY should have worn a 10. The top squishes your assets together in an odd way and the previous comments about the nipple darts are right on point. Literally. Odd stitching here. The bottom is very fitted, so hard to maneuver when walking and using the restroom. I got lots of compliments, but more from the fact that I wore this to work for my birthday and it is out of norm for our office. The design on front is slimming and creates illusions of curves from the front, but unforgiving on the side view.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 185lbs
July 6, 2017
Beautifully made just not for Big Boobies like mine

Beautiful dress but definitely not for big boobied girls like myself it wouldn't close with a regular bra on and when I removed my bra it zipped up but gave the sisters a weird squishy look. If you're a DDD definitely not for you.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 44
Bust size: 30D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
October 24, 2018
N/a

Too narrow in the hips

Top Contributor
Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 47
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
September 20, 2014
Great fit and a flattering pattern

This dress worked out really well. The fabric isn't flimsy but also isn't overly weighty. It has just a bit of stretch to it, but not so much you can squeeze into a smaller size than usual. The bust area isn't very forgiving...I'm a 38 B/C and it fit just right, but I think it might have looked silly on an A cup and might have been impossible for anything bigger than a C.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 52
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
October 18, 2014
Absolutely beautiful fabric

I ordered the 4 and 6 and wore the 4. I initially ordered this dress for a daytime party but it is a much nicer fabric in person so I wore it to the rehearsal dinner. I can't believe we didn't get a picture. I would def order it again. Figure hugging and slenderizing design. Age appropriate

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Hourglass
October 27, 2014
Night out in Vegas

I wore this dress for a show during a recent trip to Vegas. It looked awesome and I felt great! It was very flattering. I usually wear a 10 lately so I got the 10 and 12 to be safe. The 10 worked great, so I would say the dress is true to size. I could wear a regular bra with it. I do have an hourglass figure so I was worried about my hips in this dress, and the dress does not have much stretch to it so it was tighter on me in the hips than the rest but it did not bother me. Would definitely rent again, wish I could buy it!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
November 5, 2014
STYLIST REVIEW

The length on this dress is appropriate for any height. It fell just below my knees but would be office appropriate even on someone much taller. The fit was true to size although I would size up for a back up if you find you are a little bit curvier through the hips. If I was doing a lot of sitting in this dress, the larger size may be what I would spring for since for me, that's a problem area. The colors are perfectly vibrant without being too much. This would be great for work, a business affair or cocktail hour.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
November 21, 2014
Classy

I wore this to a conference, at which I was giving an oral presentation. The bust is definitely better on someone with a larger chest, but wearing a blazer it was fine on me. Everyone liked the colour blocking which was more interesting than most people's usual conference attire.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 63
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 162lbs
December 23, 2014
Super flattering!

I wore this dress for a cocktail night on a cruise. The black side panels were really flattering and slimming, and the dress looked really good with silver and opal jewelry It packed easily and came out of the suitcase wrinkle-free. I wore a standard bra. The only negative, not really visible in the picture, is that the darts at the bust came to a very exaggerated point. I was concerned that it looked like large nips. If not for this, the dress would have gotten 5 stars.

AliciaDecember 23, 2014
OMG-- you don't look 60 -- you look fantastic!!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 114lbs
March 2, 2015
We were at a charity gala that the theme color was purple - this worked perfectly!

The dress was gorgeous and very age appropriate! I have NO hips, the lines of the dress gave an illusion of more curves than I have!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
April 20, 2015
Work of Art

The paneling truly is a work of art. Reminds me of a Monet piece, waterlillies in particular. Wore to work and got many many compliments. The panel is placed in such a way that it accentuates the waist beautifully and brings the eye in to the smallest part of your waist.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
May 18, 2015
This dress fit so perfectly!

I wore it to the rehearsal dinner for my brothers wedding and it was stunning.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 117lbs
June 8, 2015
May wedding

Cute but I felt a little old and work-like in it. But super comfortable!!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 172lbs
June 8, 2015
It was a surprise birthday brunch!

the dress fit well. It was a last minute pick and worked out well. The cut was very slimming and the length was great.

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