Elizabeth and James

Black Elana Gown

$525 retail

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Stylist Notes

A chic back cutout adds an alluring edge to this timeless Elizabeth and James gown. Pair the look with bold jewelry and a sleek bun.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-12.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes (fitted at bust)
WAIST: Fitted, fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted, curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Two lengths available. Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Pear, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10").

Product Details

Black crepe (54% Polyester, 38% Viscose, 8% Elastane). Sleeveless. Square neckline. Gown. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. See size and fit tab for length. Imported.

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109 reviews
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Large
(3)
True to Size
(58)
Small
(7)
Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 130lbs
January 4, 2017
When the dress actually fit!!

The fit was very flattering making me look a bit slimmer in the waist than I truly am...honestly the best part was the back with the two zipper sections but unfortunately I don't have a good picture of that...I'm only 5'3 so i was nervous about the 4R fitting me lengthwise, but I wore maybe a 2-3 inch heal and the dress just hit the floor...very solid choice for a New Year's Eve wedding!

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Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
February 1, 2017
Formal but not too serious

Beautiful dress! Wore it to a formal wedding in Charleston, and got so many compliments. Fabric is a sturdy, heavy weight - very slimming/flattering. The zippers are a silver metal (can't quite tell from photos) in case that impacts accessory decisions.

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
March 24, 2017
Elegant, simple, structured well.

Though without flairs, this was reliable, well-made, and flattering. It made for a fun night of drinks and dancing. Perfect for mixed generations events when you don't want to be too revealing.

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 19
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
March 26, 2017
Stunning! Felt like a movie star!

Wore this to junior prom and I got so many compliments! A little too long for me, so I had to wear extra tall heels (which I didn't mind) overall I love this dress and wish I could keep it forever!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
April 13, 2017
So comfortable!

So comfortable!! Didn't end up wearing it because the other one fit (wasn't able to try it on in the store) but this was a close second. Thinking of getting it for my next event!

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
May 8, 2017
So classy!!!

I rented this dress for my prom and loved it so much. Because I'm 5 ft, this dress ran a little log for me but a little bit of hem tape fixed it! This dress is so elegant with a nice material. It fit me so nicely. Definitely recommend!

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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
July 3, 2017
Perfect for black tie wedding

Loved this dress! Very form fitting and flattering. Wore the 6L and it was just long enough with flats (I'm 5'10) it's not a show stopper but perfect for a black tie wedding or formal event! Back cutout is fun.

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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 147lbs
July 21, 2017
Loved!

Dress was comfortable and fit well! No complaints other than that it arrived wrinkled and had lots of lint on it.

Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
October 7, 2017
perfect first experience

My sister is a RTR fanatic and I've always been hesitant to use it. I saw my first college formal as the perfect opportunity. The dress arrived exactly when I requested it, and both the sizes fit! I'm 6 foot so I ended up wearing the bigger size for length. It was a little shorter than I would have preferred but amazing nonetheless. The material was stretchy but high quality and the back is so cute. You can wear a strapless bra without it showing too! Highly recommend this dress and RTR in general!!

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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 155lbs
October 11, 2017
Fit like a glove

This was probably one of my favorite RTR dresses so far- The fit was perfect, the material was forgiving and I loved the cutout on the back. I was concerned about the length since I'm so tall but it just skimmed the floor with flats on so I got away with it. I highly recommend!

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36A
October 24, 2017
I felt like a Bond girl in a long form fitting black dress

Typically I wear a 6 or an 8. All the reviews said the dress runs true to size but I could not find measurements in RTR. I went to the Elizabeth and James website and grabbed them there. I am glad I did because all reviews said to order a size up! I ordered an 8 and 10 regular and ended up wearing the 10. Both fit, but I felt more comfortable in the 10. I am also 5'6" and the dress hit 1inch above the floor with 3 inch heals on. If you want it to be longer, get the Long size. Quality of the dress was great!

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Full Bust
November 6, 2017
Great for black tie wedding!

So comfy and flattering! Wore this to a black tie wedding and got lots of compliments. Fit true to size and the back was awesome. Highly recommended!

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
November 21, 2017
Confidence Booster!

This dress was awesome for the black tie wedding I attended. Fit was great. The material is thick, so while it was a tight/form fitting style it was flattering. Compliments all night, not to mention super fun to dance in!

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Age: 21
January 30, 2018
It was a classic black dress that was elegant and sophiscated !!

Fits slim and formfitting to the body.

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
March 7, 2018
Classy and comfortable.

I felt great in this dress. It has nice, thick fabric that holds everything in place. Sexy back without being too revealing. Perfect for a multi-generational event. I'm 5'3 and wore a 3.5-4" heel and the length was perfect. I typically size up in Elizabeth and James but this was pretty true to size. Size up for backup.

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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 138lbs
March 8, 2018
Better than just a LBD

I am 5'9", wore 3" heels and the dress just barely swept the floor. You can wear a strapless bra but I opted for a backless bra. I felt the 4L fit fine but wished I had sized down to the 2L to make it a little more fitted (if curvy, I'd stick with a size up). I felt the high front was nicely offset by the partially exposed back, fun/stylish zipper and long slit. The zipper is silver so if you don't want to mix metals/jewelry, keep that in mind. I had compliments from people I didn't know.

Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Age: 25
March 12, 2018
So comfortable and flattering!

Fit like a glove - a little long but overall great dress. Ordered a 4 and a 2 and wore the 2. No bra mishaps either! Definitely recomend this dress.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
June 6, 2018
NA

Gorgeous dress but too long for me and a little big in the chest. Couldn't wear.

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 127lbs
June 20, 2018
Easy, classy black tie option

As mentioned in other reviews, the heavier fabric makes for a really flattering fit. Loved that I could wear a strapless and not worry. I'm on the short side, but with ~3 in wedges, the dress was a perfect length. If you're looking for a simple, elegant option, can't go wrong with this dress.

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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 20
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
August 13, 2018
Comfortable and flattering!

Perfect for a multigenerational gala, 6L was great with 4" heels and fit was tight and flattering but with lots of stretch that made it super comfortable!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
October 3, 2018
Beautiful dress for formal event

Loved the dress it's comfortable and still formal. I and about 5'5 and wore a 6R. I didn't wear very tall heals so it was just slightly long. Overall a good re ram, received many compliments.

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
October 7, 2018
Classy & Comfortable

Perfect dress for a black tie wedding! Very comfortable thick material & beautiful, simple detail on the back. This was my back-up dress & I could not be happier with how it worked out! Received lots of compliments! :)

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 110lbs
October 25, 2018
Great simple, formal black dress!

Dress fit great! I wore it to a black tie wedding. Cute zipper detail on the back - top was gold and bottom was silver. The material was a little thicker than I expected so it did show lint and was less "formal" looking than I hoped for. But overall cute dress and perfect length and fit.

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Size worn:
2L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
December 4, 2018
Classic Dress

Fabric was thick enough that I didn't have to wear a bra and could just get away with stickies. Also happy I went with the L, a regular length would have been too short to wear with heels!

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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
December 19, 2018
Holiday party dress

The dress ran smaller, so I sized up. I wore four inch heels and the 6L had the perfect length. The dress barely touched the floor. The dress was comfortable to wear at my work party. I will definitely rent this dress again.

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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 30F
Body type: Hourglass
December 29, 2018
Great neckline. Simple, yet still got lots of compliments!

Great fit and nice neckline. True to size or a size down. 5'8" and I wore a long and it worked well with a small heel... good for curves.

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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36A
January 28, 2019
Loved this dress!!

Wore this to a black tie event. It was gorgeous and a lot of fun to wear. I am usually either an 8 or a 10, depending on the style of dress. Due to my small chest and waist, but much wider hips, the 10 was the perfect fit. I am just over 6'0 and didn't wear heels, but the 10L was just barely long enough. Wish it had been an inch longer.

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Age: 29
January 30, 2019
So nice to not have to go out shopping – convenient and costly!

Great dress! Comfortable and flattering.

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
February 1, 2019
Black tie perfection

Elegant, simple, and a great cut for someone with a smaller chest like me (did not need a bra). Slit in the back made it easy to dance. Thick fabric made me feel confident I would have no VPL. Would rent again.

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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
February 22, 2019
Love

Love this dress. Went with a different black dress because it was a more conservative affair and I thought spaghetti straps may have been too much for Mardi Gras ball. Otherwise if for awesome, fabric nice and thick. Very flattering.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
February 27, 2019
Great dress!

A little small compared to my usual size (find I usually size up in Elizabeth and James)

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Bust size: 34B
March 3, 2019
Great dress, fit really well!

True to size, loved the back detail and got lots of compliments! Was able to wear a regular strapless bra and the material was on the thicker side.

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Size worn:
6L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 24
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
April 2, 2019
AWESOME

loved everything about this. length, fit, high neck, open ish back.

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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
April 10, 2019
Great dress

Love this dress! Normally a 2 or 4 and happy i went with the 4. So comfortable all night. Did not require a bra.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
April 13, 2019
The most flattering dress!

Rented this dress in both the 6R and 8R. Unfortunately the 6R had a very loose top zipper that wouldn't stay closed, but it did fit me better. Luckily the 8R was only just a little larger and still able to be worn! I would say it's very true to size, I'm typically a 6 in dresses and that's the size that fit me perfectly. I felt comfortable and confident all night. The high neckline is beautiful on, the back detailing adds flair to the simple LBD. I would rent this dress again!

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 110lbs
May 5, 2019
Beautiful Dress

Really beautiful black dress. Simple and elegant. For really well. I liked it a lot. Clutch is also RTR.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 100lbs
May 29, 2019
Beautiful gown, just too big

This dress was sent as a back up when the dress I selected couldn't be sent. I always order this designer because I know the dresses fit. This dress was a little loose especially in the bust. I ended up wearing a different back up dress.

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 30C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
June 7, 2019
Sleek & elegant

Great fit. Very classy looking and easy to dress up with a variety of accessories and colors.

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Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
July 13, 2019
Gorgeous & Long Enough for Talk Gals

Beautiful! Long enough for tall girls! I'm The 6L neckline is forgiving and not too tight or restricting. Fit around waist, hips, and bust which was a great surprise! TOTALLY recommend! Wore to a "black tie/cocktail attire" wedding and it wasn't too dressy at all, which I was worried about! Dressed it down with a simple gold choker and small gold pendant necklace layered.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
September 3, 2019
Not too crazy about this dress

Fit was fine, I just didn't love the exposed zipper. Just your classic black dress with an interesting back and neckline

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