CAROLINA K

Bow Back Sydney Dress

$195 retail

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Stylist Notes

Vibrant embroidered trim enhances the sweet summertime appeal of this CAROLINA K maxi dress styled with a popover bodice and bow-detail back. Complete this look with the Power Gemstone Bracelet by Gorjana.

Size & Fit

Sized: XS-L, one length available. Regular measures 46" from shoulder to hemline.

Product Details

White printed cotton (100% Cotton). Hourglass. Sleeveless. Square neckline. Attached tie. Fully lined. 46" from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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34 reviews
Fit
Large
(9)
True to Size
(4)
Small
(0)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 46
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 132lbs
June 7, 2018
Cute but too large

This dress was super cute and I wanted to love it but unfortunately this is made for a much taller person. I am 5'4" but this swallowed me and the straps needed to be taken up about 3 inches (it is not adjustable). If I was 5'7" or taller it might have been a great summer dress to wear.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32G
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
June 7, 2018
Runs huge

This dress runs huge. I would have posted a picture but it was too inappropriate! The straps are really long and show way too much chest. I would say even though I ordered a Medium, it fit more like an XL.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
June 7, 2018
Happy overall but a little awkward

Pretty but I'm a size 6 sometimes bigger and the straps fall off continuously. Also, there's so much going on in the back, I can't figure out how to tie it like the model photo. A little awkward but I'm still happy with it overall.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 139lbs
June 8, 2018
Beautifully made but large

Very large. Otherwise this dress is beautiful!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
June 13, 2018
Really wanted this dress to work out! But the straps were so long!

I'm normally a 2 or 4 in dresses. This dress was ok length wise but the straps are so long - it kept coming off! There was nothing I could do to make it work (you can't safety pin the straps etc given the tie back). Bummer!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XSR
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 134lbs
June 20, 2018
Weird fit.

The tie didn't lie right. It flattened my already flat chest. Sent this one right back.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
July 7, 2018
Long straps!

Talk about a gorgeous dress! Such a shame that the straps are just way too long. After some fiddling, I did find that the dress felt more secure if you slide the pieces that tie under the straps in the back, contrary to how it's shown on the model. Tied tight enough this way, it was more like a strapless dress with purely decorative, slipping straps. If I wore this as shown on the model, I was a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen, since a bra is impossible with the low back of this dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Body type: Pear
July 24, 2018
Fun Weekend Wear but Read the Reviews

Thanks to the other reviews, I appropriately sized down to a medium. Despite this (and being 5'9") the straps were still extremely long. The ties are a bit complicated; when I tied just the main strap around the bust, the dress still looked large on my chest and gaped in the armpits. I ended up tying the two patterned strap ends in the back, which I'm not sure was correct, but it helped alleviate both the extra length of the straps and the gapping in my arm pits making it a much more wearable dress. That said (and I feel like that was a lot for such a simple dress), it was very cute and sweet. I was a little worried it would be borderline too sheer (as I've had this issue with other Carolina K white dresses), but I did not have to wear a bra or anything at the end of the day. I do think it pushes the enveloped there a bit. My last complaint was that from the side it did make me look a little preg. I liked the fabric and the pattern, and it's a cute dress, but I would not rent again.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
July 24, 2018
Fun party dress with big bow!

Really fun flowy dress with cute big bow in the back! I have a pretty short torso though and the straps were kinda long

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
July 29, 2018
Quickly selected this as a backup without reading the reviews

I read the reviews after my order was on the way and I was nervous. But I didn't struggle with the ties. The ties need to be tucked under the stars and kept wide as it forms your top. I wanted to wear a bra with this so my husband helped tie this and I thought it was a great dress. I brought this on my honeymoon for a night out at another resort close by.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
SR
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 158lbs
August 6, 2018
Cute!

Very cute casual summer dress! Ran large!! I also had to pin the straps in the back as they were a little too loose. The back of the dress is super cute too! Great for a really hot day!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
LR
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 18
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 225lbs
August 8, 2018
Amazing summer dress

The straps are SUPER long if you're on the petite side.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
August 17, 2018
Awkward fit

Love the look of this dress, but the fit was so awkward! The bust area is completely ill fitting, no matter how tight I tied it the top was loose and gapping. Bummer, because in theory this dress is adorable!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XSR
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
August 28, 2018
Backyard BBQ

Super fun dress for a casual night at home with friends, but straps were very big as other renters have noted. I had to pin them to make them shorter.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
September 22, 2018
No thanks

The straps are very loose and awkward

Top Contributor
Size worn:
LR
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
October 6, 2018
Weird tie back

This dress was too fussy for me. The back had this strange tie that just was annoying. The colors of the embroidery were pretty, but this dress is one that's a little too fancy for everyday, but definitely not work appropriate. Probably best for a summer soirée or bbq.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
May 8, 2019
Just not a great fit

Rented this as a possible option for Mother's Day brunch, but it's just not a great fit. There's a lot of extra fabric around the bust, and even when I tried tying the bow extra tight it was loose and ill-fitting. Might work for bustier girls, but it just made me look flat and shapeless. Ended up returning for a different option.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
May 24, 2019
This was way oversized and unflattering

Don't recommend

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
June 8, 2019
I didn't wear it because it didn't fit.

The dress was too big and the shoulders/straps were a lot to deal with. It gapped in the back.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
SR
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
June 17, 2019
Beautiful summer dress

Loved this one although the other reviews are correct that the straps are a little bit of a mystery. I just tied them in the back, but I am not sure that was right. Regardless, great outfit for an outdoor concert and I received a lot of admiring looks!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140lbs
June 19, 2019
Loved minus the super long straps

Wore this to my dad's 60th. It's super cute and I got lots of compliments. Love the bow in the back. That said- the straps are waaay too long. I had to put a little stitch in each one to shorten by at least an inch. Then tying the bow in the back pretty tight helped. Also, not lined super well so I wore a half slip.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
June 9, 2018
This dress is beautifully made! The embroidered detail is gorgeous.

I totally love this dress, however, I was unable to wear it due to it running HUGE!. I am usually in between a large and a medium, but I usually size up because I like a looser fit. This dress runs quite large, the straps were really long, making it unwearable for me in a large. I love this dress though, and plan on ordering in a medium in my next unlimited shipment. Super cute details, and I love the tied back.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
SR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
June 25, 2018
Gorgeous Detail But BIGT

This is the perfect summer dress - lightweight and intricate colorful details, but it was VERY large up-top, so I recommend sizing down.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
June 27, 2018
This dress was HUGE.

I'm typically a 4/S, but am 5 months pregnant so most mediums in non-maternity clothes fit perfectly now. This dress was ridiculously large. The straps had an extra 3-4" of fabric and the chest gaped (currently a 36 D). I had to check the tag twice to make sure I was sent the right size. I was.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 140lbs
July 3, 2018
Huge straps, but fun dress

I always say stuff runs small, but this runs BIG. I am usually between M and L, so that's what I ordered, but even the M was too big. The straps are really really long so prepare for sideboob, but I wore a denim jacket over the dress to help with this problem. The waist is suuuuuper elastic and allows for a TON of room, so don't be afraid of szing down. It's a fun dress to twirl in! Also it dips kind of low in the back so prepare for no bra

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
July 7, 2018
Cute dress but the straps are too long where you can’t wear it.

I’m 6’0” and these straps were way too long on me. I loved the dress but could not wear it

Top Contributor
Size worn:
XSR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
September 26, 2018
Comfortable, but strange

Was not a fan as I couldn't figure out how to tie the straps in the back so it wouldn't gap open and show my behind. I ended up using a strap that is supposed to hold my bra straps in and wrapped it around (or had my husband do it). Loved the colors and idea of the dress, but just wasn't cut correctly in the back for someone short. Maybe for a longer framed woman it would work, but not me!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
XSR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
October 26, 2018
Straps were wayyy too long

I wanted so much to like this dress, but even as a tall girl the straps were way too long. Maybe someone with a bigger chest could fill it out. Didn't even wear it...

Size worn:
XSR
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
January 22, 2019
Wanted to wear this for a Caribbean vacation.

This dress is poorly made and way off on fit. I typically wear a small/tall and I was swimming in the XSR in both size and length. There is elastic on one half of the back and no elastic on the other which makes the straps unevenly distributed. A huge miss.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
May 7, 2019
Way too big in chest area!

Couldn't wear this - way too big in the chest area. Even the ties couldn't help tighten the fit.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
August 14, 2018
Cute but hard to get the bow right

This dress is super cute but is somewhat difficult to wear. If you don't need to wear a bra, then this dress is good to go! It was difficult for me to tie the bow in a way that could cover my strapless bra, and once I did the straps kept falling down. It looked cute but I was somewhat stressed all night about pulling the straps up and making sure my bra was covered.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
MR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 170lbs
October 3, 2018
Perfect for a luau in hawaii

The straps run long and I was adjusting them all evening, but the dress was otherwise breezy and lovely to wear. Cant wear a bra but you can adjust the tie for support.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
March 18, 2019
Did not wear because of needing a lower back bra.

Very very cute, light and airy fabric. I loved the fit, it was just too see through not to wear a bra and I did not have a bra with a super low back.

Size worn:
MR
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 10
Age: 24
May 2, 2019
Ideal for vacay

The back ties are a little confusing but the dress is very comfortable and cute. There is a little stretch in the middle which is ideal after a few days on vacation :)

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