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Vena Cava

Playful Tiered Dress

$71 to buy
$570 Retail

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Stylist Notes

This shift dress from Vena Cava has playful black and navy tiers for a youthful look. Take this dress from day to night with Erickson Beamon's Chain Gang Ring.

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
WAIST: Not fitted - straight-cut dress is not fitted at waist
HIPS: Not fitted - shift style dress is not fitted at hips though may be fitted over full hips; consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: All body types
(Model's height is 5'10''.)

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
WAIST: Not fitted - straight-cut dress is not fitted at waist
HIPS: Not fitted - shift style dress is not fitted at hips though may be fitted over full hips; consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: All body types
(Model's height is 5'10''.)

Size Chart

Size Chart

Product Details

Black and navy washed silk. Crew neckline. Tiered A-line body. Navy pleated chiffon insert. 33'' from shoulder to hem.

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38 reviews

Fit
Small 1
True to Size 29
Large 7
Photos 8
RTR Customer
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Body type: Apple
Oct 22, 2010

Overall fit: True to Size
Loved it! I wore this dress to my 30th birthday dinner. Fit is true to size. Because it's not structured it's comfy, and the playful layers still make it a flattering dress. The lenth is a bit shorter on one side, which makes it fun & flirty to show off some more leg. I'd definitely rent this one again.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Nov 21, 2010

Overall fit: True to Size
This is the kind of dress you don't want to return. I wore it twice- at night and during the day. It's flirty and stylish without trying too hard.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Jan 3, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
This dress is one of my favorites! It is so pretty in person and super comfortable due to the relaxed shape. I was worried that the dress would be a little short from the picture, but it definitely was perfect with tights. I wore it both out to dinner and then out during the day. Can't wait to rent it again!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 14, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
This dress was really fun and comfortable and the separation in fabric in the front is very sexy. It doesn't look as green as it appears in the picture - it is more charcoal, which was a little disppointin.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
May 2, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I wore this to a Saturday afternoon event. This dress was so comfortable!! I ordered a 4 and a 6 and wore the 4. It rode up a little while I was sitting down but aside from that, it was great!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Body type: Petite
Aug 17, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
I am petite with a full bust (32G). I tried both a 4 and 6. It really is a nice dress but unfortunately did not work with my bust so I had to send it back. My bust pulled on the large armholes (which showed my bra) and the top tier hit too high.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125 lbs
Sep 6, 2011

Comfortable, flowy dress

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I rented this dress a couple years ago when I was heavier for a friends bachelorette party. At the time I really loved this dress and I felt very comfortable in it. I also received many compliments that night.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Body type: Petite
Sep 27, 2011

On time and fits well.

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
Loved this dress! I wore it to my anniversary dinner with my boyfriend at the Modern with nude pumps. I highly recommend renting this dress!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Oct 13, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
The only reason I didnt give it 5 stars, is that I am 5'3" and the dress ended up coming to right above my knee, giving it less of a party look and more of a work look (which was not my goal). However, this dress was super comfortable, and definitely eye catching. I received more than one compliment when I wore this out. All in all, great dress!!!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105 lbs
Oct 24, 2011

Overall fit: True to Size
love this dress...It is very nice in person, but probably not worth $550. I wore it to my boyfriends birthday, which started out at an "all you can eat" BBQ restaurant, so I knew I would need lots of room! the dress laid kind of funny against my strapless bra, so I had to take a regular bra and pin it back so the straps didn't show. It would look best with a bra that lies very flat against the chest. I am 5'1" with proportionally long-ish legs and the length was just about right with heels. might be too short for some tall girls
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 18, 2012

Looking runway-ready has never felt so effortless!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Needed a little something flirty, yet classy, to wear to New Year's Eve and this fit the bill just perfectly. The skirt was seductively short (which, let's be honest, is an essential NYE requirement), without being too suggestive. The ruffled and asymmetrical fabric sewn throughout the middle of the dress broke up an otherwise simple design, transforming it into an aesthetically interesting cut. Added some ankle booties and black tights, and was ready to ring in the New Year in style. It's a must-rent, to be sure!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125 lbs
Mar 30, 2012

Runs a Bit Large

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
My dress size is usually anywhere between a 4 and a 6, but usually a 6. I have moderately curvy hips and a small chest, so I thought renting this "for all body types" dress would suffice for my birthday party. As soon as I took the plastic off the size 6 dress, I knew it wasn't going to work. I tried on the 4, and not only is it a bit longer than I had hoped (which isn't even much of an issue), but it is obviously too big in the chest and back area. Very much looks like I'm wearing someone else's dress! I know I "should" have chatted with a fit specialist about my body type, and I suppose if I ever decide to order again I will do just that, but unfortunately, it looks like I'm dress shopping tonight! Also, this dress has gotten GREAT reviews from others, as it IS a great dress, and I'm sure looks great on most body types! Just wanted to make a note for others to be sure to chat to a fit specialist if you have a "weird" body like mine! =)
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108 lbs
Aug 20, 2012

Runs large & looks a bit drab

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Date
The material is a little stiff; I expected it to be softer and "flowy." The colors are also darker than pictured. I could have made it work if it was 2 sizes smaller. I'm usually a petite 0, and the size 0 dress was 2 sizes too big.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Sep 6, 2012

Classic dress with a twist!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
This dress was loose in a good way with beautiful detail that made it more than a casual sheath. I would definitely recommend ordering it.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 10"
Age: 22
Body type: Petite
Weight: 101 lbs
Oct 12, 2012

I didn't actually wear this dress because it did not work at all for me.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
The dress was a great color and a unique cut. For me, sadly, it didn't look as good as I had hoped. I am very short and petite. On a taller girl this dress would hit right and work a lot better.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Nov 25, 2012

Gorgeous dress - love the hem at the bottom - all around great fit, unique and very flattering!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
This dress was great and very comfortable. The layering is so pretty and was very flattering for my body type. I am 5'5'' and wearing tall heels was definitely necessary because the dress was a bit longer than it looks on the model. It's definitely not form fitting but I was not looking for something overly tight so I was very pleased with the rental. Overall, I loved the dress and it was perfect for a formal holiday dance at my college!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150 lbs
Nov 25, 2012

Not flattering, but a very cute dress

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Not too flattering for my body type, but it was super cute. I didn't end up wearing this, though.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 23
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115 lbs
Dec 16, 2012

The fun frilly nature of the dress only made my evening even better!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Fits true to size and suited my build really well!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 24
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160 lbs
Jan 9, 2013

I wore this dress for my 21st birthday dinner!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I really loved this dress! The only problem I had was that it was a little long because I am so short but need to order larger sizes because of my large bust, but the dress was so pretty and was great for a nice dinner party!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Apr 22, 2013

Not a 10...

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Wasn't as pretty as I thought it would be. The fabric of the dress almost seem worn. Was expecting to love it and I didn't. Not impressed.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110 lbs
May 17, 2013

Great for dancing!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this to a summer wedding and it transitioned great from day to night. Such a great dress to dance/eat/drink in. No need to accessorize as the ruffle is eye catching enough!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
May 22, 2013

Chic Party Dress!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I wore this for my birthday party last year, and it was amazing! Even cuter on that in the photos. I paired it with a silver statement neckless and chunky cuff bracelet, and got a ton of compliments. Fit is true to size, with very little variance that I noticed. This is definitely a dress that I wished I could keep!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 18
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 170 lbs
Aug 30, 2013

Perfect dress for homecoming!!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Looked great from the front! But I do have a big butt and it was more fitted than I would have liked. Other than that I loved it!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
Sep 24, 2013

Great dress. Got lots of compliments. Felt sexy and sophisticated at the same time!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Fits true to size. Not too short, mid thigh (I'm 5'4"').
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140 lbs
Oct 6, 2013

Fun fun dress!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I rented this as my backup, and wound up wearing it to the rehearsal dinner and out on the town. It was a great fit, the tulip hemline was super cute, and kept the dress fun. I loved the navy black combo, it would work with many shoe and jewelry options. I would up wearing with nude patent pumps because it was warm out, but had brought tights and black suede booties if it was chilly. I would recommend this dress if you are self conscious about your middle and thigh area, but like to show off some leg!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 3, 2014

Frumpy looking in person.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Maybe it is just because I am pear shaped but the dress looked like a moo moo on me. Love it on the model and other people that rented it, didn't love it on me!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Feb 8, 2014

Fun, comfortable dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Loved the tiers! The dress was adorable with tights and little black boots. It is short, but relatively loose around the waist - so it was chic AND comfortable all night long!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 110 lbs
Feb 17, 2014

So cute, but issues with pleating...

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
This dress was perfect! Husband and I went out to a nice restaurant (sans kids!) for Valentine's Day, and this dress was perfect. I wore it with nude pumps and the RJ Graziano Dress Me Up Necklace, and it was so cute! The only semi-issue I had (and only reason I didn't give this 5 stars) was that my backup size dress was actually messed up! The navy blue layer with the pleats had been pressed, so there were no pleats! If you ask me, the pleats in that layer are what make this dress cute instead of boring. Luckily, the size 0 fit perfect, so it wasn't an issue, but if I had to wear my backup size, I would've been extremely disappointed. I feel like this was a bit of an oversight on RTR's side, although a small one. It's something that should definitely been looked at before the dress is sent out.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 150 lbs
Mar 13, 2014

Wanted to keep this one!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
LOVED this dress!!! It was my backup, but I decided to wear it to my event because the primary dress didn't quite work. I felt amazing in it - it is short, so it highlighted my legs (my best feature) and it was so so comfortable. I wore it without a bra, but you could definitely do a strapless. It is sophisticated but fun, and I will definitely rent it again!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 150 lbs
May 20, 2014

Dress was cute, comfortable

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I rented this dress for a "Gatsby" style wedding. The 6 was tight in the chest and slightly in the rear. I did not feel like it was as short as the other reviewers had said like ended up wearing the 8 as it gave me more room to dance in. Dress was cute not very sexy though. The straps where in slightly so if you wear a normal bra, the straps would peek out.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Jul 9, 2014

Runs a little big so I ended up wearing the 0 instead of the 2.

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
Wore this dress to the finale of Charleston fashion week and loved it! It was perfect for the occasion
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 135 lbs
Jul 31, 2014

Did nothing for me...

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I chose this dress on the fly as a replacement after my first intended shipment fell through in terms of fit. Rent-The-RunWay was great, it got to me the next day. I should have gone with my smaller size since this is not as fitted as my intended dress. It may have been cute 2 sizes down. I looked like I was wearing a military tent.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105 lbs
Aug 4, 2014

Wore it to a NYE party, and it definitely stood out! This is has an edgy, but classy look and feel.

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Fit: Loose, not form-fitting. Pros: Simple colors, easy to spice up with jewelry. Look: Edgy, classy
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125 lbs
Nov 9, 2014

Birthday Dinner Date

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Date
The dress was nice, but not the most flattering. Didn't add much shape. I am pretty small up top. I think if you have a large chest this would make you look really busty. It was fine for a nice dinner and different.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 146 lbs
Nov 24, 2014

Overall, just bleh...

Size worn: 10
Rented for: Party
This dress fit true to size. And was a great length for a petite girl. It also fit well and hides any flaws. My only complaint is that it is just not an attractive dress. I thought it could work and just be on the edgy side, but no... The different textures and layers don't work. I returned the dress without wearing.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 112 lbs
Dec 14, 2014

Great dress

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
Looks great with a statement necklace. Size down; it runs big.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Jan 8, 2015

Different, yet fun!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
I rented this for an anniversary date night and I really loved this dress. I have never worn anything like this before but it was surprisingly fun and flattering. The fabric is the kind that will get wrinkled easily so it arrived with a few wrinkles on it. I am terribly sorry that I did not take any photos wearing it. I paired it up with a pair of black panty hose and ankle boots. It was super fun!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Feb 9, 2015

I got so many compliments - the perfect winter dress!!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The hips are very tight - I am normally a size 8 but the 10 fit my hips - barely. There is kind of an awkward fit to the bottom of the dress where the two pieces cross over, but still a great piece!
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