Alice by Temperley

Cowl Neck Sleeved Dress

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$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".)

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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97 reviews
Fit
Large
(5)
True to Size
(44)
Small
(49)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
November 20, 2011
Great dress to hide flaws!
This was a great dress, very tasteful and elegant. It was really comfortable and all the pleats made it super flattering. My only complaint is it ran a bit big. Even on the loose side, It still looked good.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 46
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 149lbs
August 18, 2012
Simple but elegant
This was a very comfortable dress to wear. The material is on the thicker side its not thin. This dress can be worn to dinner or a formal affair.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
December 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
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 100lbs
January 30, 2013
Great little black dress
This was a great little black dress, but I felt the ruching was loose on my dress. It felt stretched out.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130lbs
October 10, 2014
Classic with a hint of sexy. Runs a Size Big!
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 :-)
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 58
Body type: Straight & narrow
October 9, 2010
I loved this dress!! I am straight and narrow and this made me look like I had curves! The picture really does it no justice, it's much nicer than it looks. Super sexy on! I ususally wear a 6, but got an 8 due to availability, and glad I did. I think it runs small.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 47
Body type: Full Bust
November 8, 2010
I simply loved this dress. Much prettier and sexier in person. A beautiful find. I normally wear a 4 but needed the 6.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 158lbs
December 22, 2010
I wore this to a holiday party with a chunky necklace and bangles and it was stunning! The fit was great and sexy, but not over the top. Do order up a size. Pictures do not do the dress justice.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
December 30, 2010
This dress seemed very promising, and I was excited by the reviews I read. However, the zipper is very flimsy and the fabric does not lend itself to easily being zipped, also the dress hugged to tight in the chest (I wear a 34C) and felt it was to revealing for work. I did not end up getting to wear the dress.
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Body type: Hourglass
January 30, 2011
This dress is gorgeous and hugs all your curves. It does tend to run small – particularly on the skirt – and that’s why I rated it three stars. I am in between a 10-12 right now (but closer to 10). The size 10 dress was too tight on the bottom half, so I ended up wearing the 12. The top of the 12 was big on me – it ended up hanging off me by the end of the evening. I'm an hourglass, and my top and bottom is proportional. I would have expected it to fit just a little better. If you have a bigger bust and narrow hips, this might fit you much better than me. That being said, the dress still looked great and was comfortable.
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 43
Body type: Pear
February 1, 2011
This dress is A LOT shorter than the picture but a cute dress.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
March 21, 2011
Beautiful dress. So glad that I got two sizes though. My normal size, 4, was so small I needed my boyfriend to help me out of it. The 6 fit great. Will definitely be renting my next dress from Rent the Runway!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 101lbs
July 26, 2011
I honestly think this dress fits about right, but that wasn't a choice! the only place I felt it was a little small was at the arms. It didn't feel super tight, but it took a little wiggling to adjust them properly. This dress is absolutely gorgeous in person. Much cuter in person and extremely flattering. it's also easy to dress up or down, depending on your accessories. I wore it two days in a row to completely different events and it worked at both!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 46
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
September 26, 2011
This dress is crazy sexxay! The fit is tight-size up made no difference. if you have hips (like me) resign yourself to babysteppingstanding still all night> Unfortunately, I needed a normal stride and could not wear dress.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
December 14, 2011
great dress, a little small
this is a great dress, for day or night. i am usually a true size 8, but i have boobs, and the size 8 was just too small; luckily i got a backup size 10, which fit perfectly. the dress hit mid thigh, closer to the knee, so it was an appropriate length for a work party. i would definitely recommend!
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 64
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
December 17, 2011
Ruching is perfect!!
I loved this dress overall the other that I rented but it was too tight at the waist and could not zip it, but otherwise I would have wore this one as it hides all the imperfections with the ruching, I was amazed at how well it really helps!! There was only the XS available on the date needed but if I would have had a small this is the dress I would have wore!! Cleavage is not too low at all it is perfect, lenght was perfect, but my body type is small but straight leaving me with a very large waist to really no waist at all!! Other than that I could have worn it and been very pleased on how i looked, Highly recommend this little black dress as well as any other than has the ruching, it really forgives all the imperfections that we all have!!!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
January 3, 2012
Amazing Dress!
Based on the other reviews I ordered a size up-- DEFINITELY the right call. I am 5'2'' 34DD (usually a 4) and the 6 fit like a glove. Dress looked amazing but I wouldn't recommend it for taller girls; I imagine it would be veryy short on someone taller than 5'5'' Overall, it's a really flattering LBD that I would absolutely rent again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
January 4, 2012
I wasn't expecting to wear this dress, since it was my backup, but I just had to after trying it on!
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.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
March 7, 2012
Flattering no matter what size
No matter what size someone is this dress will flatter your best assets and hide the flaws. This dress looks amazing on don't be discouraged when you see it on the hanger. I promise you will love it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 160lbs
May 7, 2012
Renting this one again!
I'm usually in between sizes (8-10) I ordered up because of the previous reviews I read.. Thank god I did. Seems that there was a big jump of size between the 10 and 12. The size 10 fit like an 8 and the 12 fit like a 12. I was able to squeeze into the size 10, because the 12 was just too big. Besides that this dress looked awesome! Gave me curves that i don't even have because of the ruching all along the sides. Definetly renting this one again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
September 12, 2012
Extremely flattering dress
This dress is perfect for curvy girls- it shows off your waist, but the ruching/folds in the dress cover up any other body conscious areas. I did feel like it ran small and there was a small rip at the top of the zipper under my arm. It was completely wearable though and I got several compliments throughout the night! It was a bit shorter on me than on the model pictured.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
October 18, 2012
Simple LBD, but still managed to stick out in a crowd!
Everything I was looking for! I was a little nervous it would be too short, but the length was great. The material is slightly forgiving, but kept a great shape all night. My only problem was that the sleeves were a little snug/short in the underarm area.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
October 27, 2012
Great fashionable party dress!
THis black dress was very flattering. The ruching accentuated my already defined hourglass shape. However, it is very fitted through the hips. Do not hesitate to order one size up!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 62
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
December 6, 2012
Sexy
I usually wear a 6, but after reading the reviews ordered an 8 and boy am I glad I did. I wore it to the Met for an opera and it was perfect for that. It was a little short for what I usually wear and a little tight,but my date did not complain!!! I would rent this again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
December 18, 2012
Too small for me to wear.
I rented this dress for a date night in Chicago. The dress was really tight and I wasn't able to get it zipped. It was my first time renting the runway, so maybe I just didn't know my real size. It would have been perfect if it would have been 1 size bigger.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 129lbs
December 28, 2012
So-So Dress
Not the most flattering dress. Rented for a wedding rehearsal dinner. Runs small.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
February 18, 2013
Got the dress on time, as promised! But it didn't fit, so I had to return it.
I'm usually a size 2, so I ordered the 2 and the 4 and neither one would zip! I'm 5' 4", 110 lbs., and a 32A - I'm pretty petite. So when the others say to order two sizes up - believe them! I was very disappointed that the dress didn't fit, because it is a beautiful lbd. The thing is, the 4 wouldn't zip all the way up, but the shoulders were falling off of me. I think the dimensions of this dress are made to accommodate women with a larger chest (to hold up the top) and an itty bitty waist (ti zip the side zipper!). I will say though, RTR Customer Service was amazing! Even though the dress didn't fit, I felt like they really cared, and were willing to help me out (even though it was my fault for not reading through the Fit Notes). I got a credit on my account and will definitely continue to use RTR!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 27, 2013
Very small...order up a size or 2
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
March 3, 2013
Simple LBD!
I bought this dress as a back-up for the weekend. I ended up wearing it to a nice dinner with the hubby and I was pleased with it. The arms ran a little small but the ruching on the dress was a nice little detail. The dress was nice but didn't have as much "pop" as I was envisioning. Still a great LBD
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 61
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118lbs
March 18, 2013
Dress was very HEAVY was not flattering
May be good for people trying to look thinner cuz It fit like a spanx but not flattering on me
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
March 24, 2013
Fit like a glove!
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!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
April 15, 2013
Great little black dress!
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
April 15, 2013
Perfect little black dress!
I loved this dress! It was perfect for a rehearsal dinner and would work perfectly for a lot of other functions as well! It's pretty simple but the tightness around the middle and the scoop neck give the dress the little something extra it needs to really stand out. The only thing to watch out for is the sizing. I'm so happy I read the reviews and ordered a size up. I'm usually a 2 but ordered the 4 and am so happy I did because getting into the 4 wasn't easy. However, once I was in the dress (with help from my boyfriend) I was very happy with the way it looked. It's one of those dressed that looks small and is difficult to get into but once you're wearing it you don't feel like its tight at all. Out of all the dresses I've rented from RTR this has been the simplest and my favorite.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
September 12, 2013
Nice dress but a little short (and fabric was torn!)
I did not wear this dress because the one a received had a huge tear down the seam. That said, RTR staff were very helpful and did everything possible to fix the situtation. I did try the dress on anyway, and it was very flattering and sexy. I think it would have been just a tad too short for what I needed it for (a more formal cocktail dinner), but had it been a slightly more casual and non work-related event, I would have loved to wear this dress. It is a tight fit, though, and seriously takes an extra person to get out of it - the inside layer isn't stretchy at all, but more of a shell, so it's hard to to maneuver in.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118lbs
September 30, 2013
Great customer service!
I liked this dress a lot, but I rented it for my industry's awards banquet and it was just too short/tight to wear to a work event. I'm usually a 0 without fail, but the smallest size for this dress is a 2. I saw that everyone ordered a size up so I got the 2 and the 4 thinking I'd be golden, but even the 4 was just too small. A 6 probably would have been ok, so I recommend going 2 sizes up! I told RTR that it didn't fit and they overnighted me a different dress that worked out great - so take advantage of the great customer service!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185lbs
October 26, 2013
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE RTR!!!
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!!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
November 7, 2013
Perfect for a fall wedding!
Dress definitely runs small (I usually wear a 6 but the 8 fit perfectly). Super comfortable and, while short, the bottom doesn't ride up. Loved it! The fit advice for the dress was spot on.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 4' 10"
Age: 50
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
December 25, 2013
runs small
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
January 1, 2014
LOVED This!
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 132lbs
February 15, 2014
Valentines night in Las Vegas...this dress was a show stopper
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.
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