Alice by Temperley

Cowl Neck Sleeved Dress

$52 rental
$350 Retail

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Stylist Notes

This sexy stunner from Alice by Temperley in a simple and sultry style that’s a perfect party piece.

Size & Fit

This dress runs very small! We recommend sizing up one or two sizes (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size - fuller busted women should consider sizing up
WAIST: Very fitted - dress is very fitted throughout - fabric slightly cinches in abdomen and ruching detail conceals lower abdomen
HIPS: Very fitted - skirt runs very narrow - size up in backup size for fuller hips
LENGTH: Mini - (on a 5'5" model)

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

Size & Fit Notes

This dress runs very small! We recommend sizing up one or two sizes (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size - fuller busted women should consider sizing up
WAIST: Very fitted - dress is very fitted throughout - fabric slightly cinches in abdomen and ruching detail conceals lower abdomen
HIPS: Very fitted - skirt runs very narrow - size up in backup size for fuller hips
LENGTH: Mini - (on a 5'5" model)

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

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Product Details

Black matte jersey. Cowl neckline. 3/4 sleeves. Ruched body. Hidden side zip. About 37" from shoulder to hem.

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Small 49
True to Size 43
Large 5
Photos 23
Lindsey
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
Oct 13, 2011

Renting this dress from RTR made me feel sexy and beautiful for my engagement shoot, and my fiance couldn't take his eyes off me!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I couldn't have been happier with this dress! I wore it for my engagement shoot in downtown LA and it was classy, elegant, and sexy. The ruching and silhouette was very flattering, and it fit true to size. The neckline looked great with an updo and flashy earrings. I'm 5'2" and it hit me right where it shows on the model.
Caitlin
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108 lbs
Dec 15, 2011

My husband loved the dress on me, too! And it was still respectable enough to show me off to his co-workers :D

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I loved wearing this dress. The only reason I said it "runs large" is because the arms were a little wide. Otherwise, it fit me to a T. It couldn't have been easier with Rent the Runway, either.
Kimberly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125 lbs
Jan 4, 2012

I wasn't expecting to wear this dress, since it was my backup, but I just had to after trying it on!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Date
This dress was my backup, but it looked so good that I wore it out the next night to a comedy club! I normally wear a size 2 with enough room to move, but this dress was so tight that I barely squeezed into the 4. It was worth it, though, because this sassy dress made my straight figure appear to be hourglass! The back was especially flattering ;) Definitely wear Spanx underneath if you want to be able to breathe while zipping it up. However, that's entirely optional because the ruching on this dress covered up any imperfections. The length was nice for being a mini dress, too. I expected it to barely cover my butt (knowing how dresses fit my long legs), but it hit comfortably mid-thigh. I loved this dress, and I definitely recommend it.
Rebecca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Sep 25, 2012

Great fit.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Dress fits great, not too short. The 3 quarter sleeves make it great for a fall/winter wedding or cocktail party.
Amanda
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 117 lbs
Oct 23, 2012

Perfect fit!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
I rented this dress for a lunch date in NYC and absolutely loved it! Fit true to size and flattered every inch (even the dreaded belly pooch)! Would definitely recommend this dress!
Lori
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 117 lbs
Oct 25, 2012

Perfict Fit

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
This was my second choice dress just in case the first choice did not fit. I did choose to wear the other dress but, it was hard to choose because I loved them both! I usually wear a size 2 but, after reading reviews of others who wore this dress, 4 was perfect for me. This dress is a nice form fitting dress and I will rent this if I have another engagment to attend.
Anais
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 145 lbs
Dec 19, 2012

Great choice for my holiday party!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I ordered this for my holiday work party as it wasn't too revealing. I ordered a size up for backup but ended up wearing the smaller size. It fit perfectly and I felt great throughout the night!
Jennifer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Feb 27, 2013

Very small...order up a size or 2

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this event for an awards show for my job last week, I wanted something dressy without being over the top and figured this dress would be it. I ordered a 6 and a 4 and I wish I had done an 8 and a 6 because the 6 was tight! It was one of those dresses that every time you went from sitting to standing the dress kepy creeping up your backside, which was annoying as I had to get up 10 times to recieve our awards. I feel if I had the dress in a larger size I would have been happier, because the material is very nice and it looked cute on...just wish I was able to feel more comfortable in it.
Laura
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145 lbs
Mar 24, 2013

Fit like a glove!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
This was my first rental from RTR and I was nervous the dress wasn't going to fit, but it did! After reading the reviews I decided to rent a size 8 and it fit perfectly! My backup size wasn't available, but it didn't matter because the dress was a perfect fit. The dress runs small and it is very fitted. FYI, there is a side zipper. I was worried it wasn't going to zip up, but I was able to. The dress is made from thick material, so there was no need to wear Spanx. The tight fit of the dress and the ruching covers up any flaws. I'm definitely renting this dress again!
Trista
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Apr 15, 2013

Great little black dress!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
Simple and sexy, you can't go wrong. With the cowl neckline you can skip a necklace and go for fun accent earrings and bracelet. It does run small so order the next size up just in case.
Nicole
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130 lbs
May 6, 2013

Adorable dress, but it RUNS SMALL.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
Dress runs super small, partially because it has an inner lining that sucks everything in, but you'll need to size up a size or two so you can breathe.
Crystal
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185 lbs
Oct 26, 2013

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE RTR!!!

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I was looking for a LBD for NYE and loved that this had sleeves. I decided to go with my back-up instead of this dress only because it felt like it was riding up on the sides. It's cinched on the sides and felt too short for my liking. I'm built with a short torso and longer legs so I'm always nervous about length. It fit everywhere else GREAT!!! If you're looking for something and you don't mind a mid-thigh length...DO-IT!!
kelly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 4' 10"
Age: 48
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115 lbs
Dec 25, 2013

runs small

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
I got this dress for a Christmas dinner, but ended up wearing my own clothes. The only size available was a 6 which was very tight in the arms and upper stomach, so I sent it back. Looked great in the back and chest, however.
Heather
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Dec 26, 2013

It fit beautifully! This dress is timeless, I would love love love to own it!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Fit comfortably, no itchy spots. The 8 was a tad too tight, so I went with the 10. The double sided tape RTR sent came in handy, though not for the dress - my heel separated from my shoe, and that saved the day! And I loved the little perfume sample included.
Lauren
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Jan 1, 2014

LOVED This!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
This dress was very flattering and fit in all the right ways. The way the material is sewn on the sides is very "flaw hiding" and made me feel very comfortable wearing it. It is a bit snug, so be sure to order a size up.
Ashley
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140 lbs
Feb 5, 2014

This dress was just the right mix of smart and sexy!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I wore this dress for a very Catholic wedding with long time friends and family. I wanted to look appropriate to be in a church, as well as feel great. The fabric was perfect for a late fall wedding, it was a snug fit without being too tight and I got compliments all night. I'd rent it again!
Sarah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 132 lbs
Feb 15, 2014

Valentines night in Las Vegas...this dress was a show stopper

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Date
I first tried on the dress at home; size 6 was way to small, and I wear a size 6 in all my clothes. The 8 fit like a glove. I felt a little self conscious in it, because it was so sexy, but thought "why not"...It will be perfect in Vegas. Well I put on the dress on Valentines night and my boyfriend about fell over. It was sexy, It hugged in all the right areas. It was shorter then I was use to, but with the right heels, it was great. My boyfriend enjoyed watching all the people look at me as we walked through the casino...it was good. Note - the skirt is very tight and "hugs" at the bottom. It did ride up a little bit throughout the night, so I had to adjust a few times. I recommend this dress for a sexy night out with the person you love.
Kristin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135 lbs
Mar 3, 2014

Classy with a hint of sexy!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
This dress was amazing. It was almost TOO fancy for a bachelorette, but the hint of cleavage kind of balanced it out. The 12 was HUGE on me, and at first I felt like the 10 was just a little tight, but I felt more comfortable as the night went on. It fit really well and hugged in all the right places. I have 2 kids and am always a little worried about my mid-section, but this was hid everything really nicely. The ruched hem at the bottom rode up just a little bit, but it was fine. I would absolutely rent it again.
Erika
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118 lbs
Mar 12, 2014

Perfect dress- comfortable and figure flattering.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
This dress was the perfect choice for the NY wedding I wore it for. I definitely had to wear the six, as the lining is quite snug, but it smoothed everything out and made for a very flattering figure. It was very comfortable and I didn't have to make any adjustments throughout the night. Got several compliments as soon as I walked though the door. Would definitely rent this again.
Kelly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Mar 16, 2014

Night out on the town!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I loved this dress! I wore it for a night out with some friends and I felt very sexy. Gives you fantastic cuves while hiding my problem area (stomach). I hope to rent this again!
Erin
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Mar 19, 2014

I celebrated our 1-year wedding anniversary wearing this dress and ended up pregnant. 'Nuff said.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
I wore this out to dinner for our 1-year wedding anniversary. It is a jaw-dropper. I'm sad I lost the photo - this dress was gorgeous.
Tara
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150 lbs
May 1, 2014

love the dress- run small

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
this didn't fit very well as I got one that was too small but was so cute
Sarah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
May 20, 2014

Fits like a glove!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Date
My boyfriend and I were unable to make it to prom, so instead I used the credit I got from cancelling the gown to get this one. We ended up just going out for dinner. I felt so confident and sexy, the dress really worked for me in the right places. I loved the rouching because it covered up my tummy, but that was also a con for me in that I have a pretty large butt. It was all pretty everywhere else, but the fabric went totally smooth over my behind. It wasn't really a huge issue though. I just wish I could have kept it! I would totally rent this again
Rebekah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135 lbs
May 30, 2014

Lovely form fitting dress.

Size worn: NONE
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I rented this dress as a backup and ultimately wore my first choice. It was a very pretty dress, form fitting in all the right places. Ruching at the waist was great to hide any imperfections. Overall I just felt it wasn't quite formal enough for a wedding. I would rent this again for a less formal occasion.
Rebecca
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 142 lbs
Jun 9, 2014

Sexy!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Yes, this dress started out pretty snug, but even just a few minutes after putting it on, I could zip it up unassisted and move around freely. It wound up being very comfortable and so sexy! It hugged my curves in a very flattering away and it was pretty forgiving with problem areas. I didn't need a bra nor did I need spanx. A tip though: while it was comfortable, it was warm and I was at an outdoor wedding on a beautiful day. I cooled off eventually, but I'd say this dress might be better suited for a Fall or early Spring event. A great choice though; you won't be disappointed!
Carlie
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Jun 12, 2014

Classy, with a sexy twist! The fit was great!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
There was room in the chest area which I really appreciated, but it came in at the waist and still showed off my figure! It was a fun dress to dance in and it did not ride up too high throughout the evening. I'd definitely recommend this dress!
meagan
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 170 lbs
Aug 24, 2014

I felt confident and sexy

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I have actually rented this dress twice, the first time for a boston bar heavy bachelorette and the second for a formal wedding. It was perfect for both which is rare. It is easy to dress up or down and I felt very sexy in it and still looked classy. The material has some give but it is a little short so if you are self conscious about your legs, it's not for you. I might actually buy this dress because I liked it so much!
Kelly
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115 lbs
Sep 16, 2014

I LOVED this dress, but should have read the reviews more carefully — it runs SO SMALL.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
Reviewers suggested going one size up; I'd suggest two. I sized up to a 2 from my usual 0, and should have gotten a 4 at least. I could zip it up, but I looked like a sausage!! Wound up going for my backup dress for the event in question, but I loved this dress much more.
Helen
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Sep 21, 2014

Borrowed this dress for my birthday dinner and girls night out. Had a great time!

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Wore the 12 because the 10 was definitely too small. The 12 fit just right everywhere except in the shoulders/neckline where it was a bit loose. I felt like I had to keep adjusting it to keep it from sliding off one shoulder. But overall I loved this dress. It was a nice modest length on my short legs, and the ruching on the sides and across the lower section helped to disguise my wobbly bits. Didn't have to wear Spanx or tights. My guy friend told me I looked hot and I got compliments all night long.
KT
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Oct 10, 2014

Classic with a hint of sexy. Runs a Size Big!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I'm usually a 2 or a 4 and I JUST fit into the 6. Definitely runs big. Got tons of complements, though! My little sister said I looked like a movie star :-)
Jean
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 132 lbs
Oct 27, 2014

Super small order 2 sizes up

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
This is super small for its size. I am an average size 8 in dresses. This size 8 wouldn't even zip. Next time I am going to order a size up and an even bigger size for back up. The dress was very pretty, and fabric was nice. Not too heavy. Sad it didn't work.
CC
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 139 lbs
Oct 29, 2014

Cute.. more going on that I thought..

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Rented this for a cocktail party and loved the idea of the sleeve length and neckline. There is so much ruche-ing that it did not work for my body type. Also, this dress is for someone with a medium to long torso... Mine is very short. I am 6 months postpartum and that did not help with my bust size. The dress was VERY cute and comfortable, but it just was not for me.
abs
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118 lbs
Nov 9, 2014

Once zipped, wonderful

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
It is a great dress once it's zipped up. This could be worn to all kinds of events. I kind of wish I owned it. It's a perfect lbd.
Whitney
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Dec 23, 2014

Simple enough 4 a b-day dinner. Sexy enough 4 a date

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
The 10 wasn't available, so I had to size up. However, because of the material and ruching it was not noticeable. Overall it was a great black dress! Simple with just enough sass!
Katie
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128 lbs
Dec 30, 2014

I ordered this dress but ended up returning it unworn.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I ordered this dress for my 10 year high school reunion and thought it would make the perfect dress. When I pulled the dress out of the box, I noticed the sides were totally ruched (which I did not see in the picture) and it ran so small that even the larger size wouldn't zip. I would have had to order at least a 10 (I'm normally a 4) to make my legs not look like sausages. The dress was very elastic but did not have a lot of give. I was extremely disappointed in this dress and ended up sending it back for credit.
Rachael
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125 lbs
Dec 30, 2014

I got this as a replacement dress was looking for something pretty and simple

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
arms were a little tight but overall flattering dress
Sarah
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150 lbs
Jan 5, 2015

So slimming, and love the sleeves!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
This definitely runs small, so I would get a size up from what you normally wear. I wore one bigger size, and even that felt a little tight. But the rouching over the stomach is very flattering, and it wasn't so tight that I felt constricted. The sleeves were fantastic - I am always cold, so the sleeves kept me from having to wear a sweater and hiding the dress. It was a little short for my taste - I'm 5'8, and the dress only came to my mid-thigh, not just above the knee like in the model photo. I would absolutely rent this again.
Laura
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 22, 2015

Fabulous LBD for any occasion!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Date
What a fabulous LBD! I loved this dress so much I bought it when it went on clearance. My only complaint is that it does run a little small, I'm usually a 4 or 6 and the 6 was super tight. I wish I had considered going up to an 8. Pro: the inner lining and rushing details are slimming! No shapewear needed
Katherine
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Jan 24, 2015

This is a great LBD. It was perfect for my cousin's winter wedding!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
The dress hugs your curves in all the right ways. It runs a little small, but it does stretch out as you wear it. I am still working on losing some baby weight, and this camouflaged my midsection well with the way the rucking across the middle. It also feels almost like there are built-in Spanx because of the lining of the dress. I would definitely rent this again.
Brenna
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110 lbs
Feb 5, 2015

too small!

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I was unable to zip this up! i normally wear a 0 and got this in a 2. It didn't even cover my rear and I was unable to zip it. It's a lovely dress but size up!
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