Cynthia Rowley

Amethyst Dress

$49 to buy
$298 retail
Stylist Notes

This silken Cynthia Rowley dress features bold cut-out details at the waist and a flared skirt. The fabric's sheen gives the alluring details an elegant spin.

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 - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - fuller skirt allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a nubra or no bra.
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Purple faille (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Full skirt with side pockets. Side cutouts. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 34” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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103 reviews
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
May 14, 2016
This dress made me feel beautiful at my partner's holiday party!
I loved the fit of this dress! I was worried my skin would poke out too much through the cut-outs but that was not the case for me at all. The color in person is a gorgeous purple jewel tone that is brighter than how it looked in pictures. I was really happy that I had a colored dress in a sea of formal black dresses. The skirt had a very good weight to it and flared out a lot when I spun while dancing, which is fun. If you are very tall and are planning to spin/dance a lot I would recommend wearing spandex shorts or something underneath. Overall a beautiful dress that I would definitely consider wearing again!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
May 12, 2016
Loved this dress and got lots of compliments!
The color is bright and vibrant. I was a little nervous about the cutouts, but they were not nearly as revealing as I expected. Fit was true to size. Overall a perfect dress - comfortable, flattering and very fun to wear.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Age: 45
May 24, 2016
It was super comfortable. I loved the fabric.
It fits true to size and was very comfortable
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
September 23, 2015
Beautiful, fun, and classy dress!!
After some delivery issues, a RTR stylist suggested this dress to me and I'm so glad she did. It was overnighted to me and I had no room for issues by time it arrived to make the wedding. I threw it on and thankfully, it fit perfectly and was fun to dance in. The material was thicker than I expected, but it worked great for the fall weather. The color was beautiful and the cut was very flattering. It was classy and a little bit sexy with the side cut outs. I would definitely recommend this dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
September 29, 2015
Stylist Review
I absolutely love this dress. The skirt is full and the cut outs make for a playful vibe. It is fitted in the bust area, so if you are larger than a 36C cup, consider sizing up for your back-up size. This style can be worn with a standard bra. The fabric does not have any stretch. There is a zipper closure in the back of the dress. Pair with simple silver accessories for your next party or cocktail event!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
October 4, 2015
favorite rental thus far
I have absolutely no complaints about the dress whatsoever. I wore this to my senior year homecoming and I can definitely say I picked the best dress for my last year. I felt amazing in it and I stood out without having to have tacky rhinestones and what not on my dress. the color, the fabric, and the cut outs were enough to make me seem fresh off a runway (wink wink) and I paired them with tan/sandy suede pumps for a sleek look. what made the dress 10x better was its natural flair effect without poof and even better, it had hidden pockets which allowed me to hold my phone and lipstick in them all night while dancing. i didn't have to wear some fancy bra or anything which made the whole process simple. it ran true to size. completely recommend this dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
October 4, 2015
Super cute, comfy, and an element of sexy
Cute and comfy worn for a wedding. It was sent as a backup dress that I ended up loving! The cut outs on the side add a touch of sexy that don't make you look trashy. I received multiple compliments on this dress. You can wear a regular bra with it although it cuts slightly in on the shoulders so the straps have a chance of being visible. I happen to have a bra that match so it wasn't a huge issue. Fits true to size, sitting, dancing was comfortable. The hem has a little weight to it. The bonus that I didn't realize until hours into the dress is that it has discrete pockets! Overall very pleased and would love to wear again!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Age: 29
October 6, 2015
A great last minute replacement
Had this dress sent when my original order could not be filled, and I wish that this was my original request the whole time! Dress fit true to size- I alternate between 6-8, and the 8 was comfortable, although a little snug in the chest. Pockets are a great touch,the skirt is funky and flared and the cut outs are subtly sexy. The material is on the heavier side, which was great since we had an abnormally chilly/rainy fall day.Highly recommend!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 180lbs
October 9, 2015
The best cocktail party dress ever!!!
This dress was just amazing. It felt a little heavier than I expected but once you're in it and having fun you forget all that. The flair, slits at the sides and the pockets made the dress so unique. I felt really sexy in this dress and I got lots of compliments!!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 22
October 10, 2015
This dress was so pretty and comfortable, with a little hint of sexy!
I wore this dress for a sorority semi-formal and it was perfect! It fit really well and the flare in the skirt added a fun touch, especially while dancing. Also, the color is so amazing. I paired it with gold accessories and dangly earrings. The fabric was thick and structured but stayed cool while dancing. My only complaint is that is was a little tight around my shoulders and dug into my armpit, but overall it was comfortable.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 47
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
October 12, 2015
Stunning color.
Hindsight...I'm too old for this dress....nonetheless I picked it up at the store the day of the event. Color is stunning. Fit well. Very comfortable. The cut outs are a little young, if you have a few extra ounces of 'love' it will show.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
October 13, 2015
Cynthia Rowley is good for petites. Great dress. Lots of compliments.
FIT: From my experience, many designer dresses are made for those on the average to taller side and I'm always on the lookout for designers that look good on shorter women too. Cynthia Rowley is one of those. The waist is high enough that it doesn't make short girls look long in the torso and short(er) in the legs. COMFORT: Really comfortable. Has pockets-- always a plus. WHAT BRA TO WEAR: This could work with a normal bra (it's what I initially wore), but I felt like I was always having to push my bra straps in. The dress scoops in slightly in the shoulder/sleeve area (which I think is flattering) so after realizing that a normal bra might not work perfectly, I put on a racerback bra. This bra, however, showed slightly on the other side. I ultimately ended up wearing a strapless bra. If the dress came with the "strap snaps" that are sometimes on the undersides of dresses to keep bra straps in place, then a normal bra would be perfect.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
October 20, 2015
Perfect dress!! I received so many compliments from the color to the cut of the dress.
Very comfortable and the cut outs on the sides made it such a fun dress for my event. Definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a fun cocktail dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
October 21, 2015
Beach wedding. It was a perfect fit.
I rented this for my Maid of Honor. I loved the A-line dress. The dress was worn to a beach wedding and it was perfect for the occasion. It fit snuggly and it flattered her petite body type. I loved the color and it matched the motif perfectly. Got a lot of attention from the single guys. :)
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
October 22, 2015
I got so many complements!
Fit so well and it was long enough for my height and it wasn't to tight i danced in it and it was comfortable and fun!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
October 25, 2015
Dress was awesome, got tons of compliments!
Dress fit well, it was tight around my ribs but fit well everywhere else. I am 5'2, 117, shaped like a boy basically, straight. I would highly recommend to anyone, lots of compliments, really comfortable, I could wear a normal bra, no shape wear though, because of the cut outs. Wore with a tan patent shoe for an evening wedding in October. Great experience with Rent the Runway! Would rent again in a heartbeat!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Body type: Petite
October 26, 2015
I wore this dress to a Saturday night wedding in fall. It was amazing and I got so many compliments.
The top part of the dress is fitted, so I wore a stick on bra, although you could wear a regular one if you wanted. The side cut outs add a fun element, while still being classy. The lower half is not fitted, so great for girls with a booty or big hips. The best part…the dress has pockets! You will love this dress! I wish I owned it and would definitely rent it again!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 21
November 7, 2015
Dress fit exactly as it needed to! Very comfy and perfect for a fall wedding!
Ran entirely true to size; I was afraid the 2 might be too short as I'm so tall, but it was the perfect length. Received lots of compliments on the dress, and the color was stunning.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
November 8, 2015
First rent the runway experience. Loved it!
Fit like a glove. The weight of the fabric allowed the skirt to keep its shape all night and made it so fun to dance in! I got so many compliments and would definitely rent again!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
November 11, 2015
Fun dress for a night out
Not the typical dress I would choose but great for a fun unique Halloween wedding. Skirt is flowy and moves a lot. Tight in bust area. No bra needed.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 29
November 11, 2015
Great dancing dress!
Dress runs small, I normally wear 0 from Ann Taylor or Banana Republic and have to get them taken in. This was tight and a size 2. Luckily it worked and was a fun dress for an evening wedding in Miami. Got a lot of compliments!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138lbs
November 29, 2015
Love this dress, the purple was a perfect color for a New Orleans wedding!
Fit true to size
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
December 5, 2015
This dress was amazing for a fall florida wedding
It is a little tight around the shoulders, but other then that this dress was amazing.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 54
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 172lbs
December 6, 2015
Really beautiful dress!
did not wear-backup size 10. The size 12 was good. The color is fabulous and regal. The material has a weighted hem which speaks to the good quality of the garment and it has pockets. It's nicely made and it looked great on my 17 teenage daughter instead. I did not like it on me (age 52) even though it looked pretty because it was a youthful look with the slits on the side. I wore the replacement dress instead.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100lbs
December 7, 2015
This dress is awesome! Great for petites!
Rented this dress for a daytime NYC wedding and got so many compliments. The skirt is bigger and more of a "bell effect" than I thought - it has a stiff trim so it stays arced out and does not fall straight. But it's flattering! I'm 5'2 and 98 pounds - so it looks good on a very petite person. A smidge tight in the rib cage, but not bad at all. Might be smart to order a size up if you are unsure so it doesn't squeeze you in the cutouts and make it look like your skin is exploding out of the cutouts.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
December 11, 2015
Took a risk on the bright purple dress and what a success!
I usually stick with conservative colors, especially for weddings but I thought this dress looked so awesome I had to try it. It was great! It doesn't look neon purple, as it does on the model. It's slightly lighter than plum. I loved the flare, it looked perfect while I was spinning on the dance floor. The cut outs are really cute too.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 37
December 13, 2015
Last minute switch at Chelsea location when original dress didn't fit. This was perfect!
When the original dress I ordered didn't fit, I went to the RTR store in Chelsea and found this gem! I wore it to a benefit gala and it was formal yet still fun and young. I'm a 34D and nursing my 8-month old so I really needed something that wasn't too constricting also allowed me to pump easily. This was all-around perfect!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130lbs
December 14, 2015
I needed a fun, bright dress for a circus-themed work party - this one fit the bill perfectly!
Amazing value for an amazing dress. The dress looks exactly as it appears online - fitted but comfortable, bright but not tacky-shiny, sexy but not overly revealing :) The dress is structured in such a manner that it holds things in up top, but breathable on the bottom. Would DEFINITELY recommend and order again!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 27
December 18, 2015
I received so many compliments on this dress! Love the pockets!
The bodice is a bit tight. I ordered a 2 and a 4 just in case, and I ended up wearing the 4. I was worried the dress would be a bit long (I'm 5 ft even), but with heels it was the perfect length! The color is a bit darker than shown on the site, but that's all the better. It's sophisticated, sexy, and a bit flirty. Perfect dress for a holiday party.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 56
December 18, 2015
So much fun to dance in! The color purple looked amazing! received a ton of compliments. Very classy
I'm in love with this dress! I wish I didn't have to send it back. It fit perfectly. The wholes on the sides really made the dress. I would definitely rent this dress again.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Age: 30
December 23, 2015
This dress fit me very well! I received many compliments!
I liked the A-Line so it was appropriate for my work holiday party. Chest was covered and it was not that short. I would definitely recommend!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
December 23, 2015
Awesome dress! Great fit and fabric, really fun to dance in. sexy but still classy, love those gills
snug fit, hit about 2 inches above the knee. Felt great!
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
December 25, 2015
Gorgeous and perfect for a black tie optional wedding.
Absolutely loved this dress. The material is thick and luxurious. The skirt is really structured, which gives the dress a nice shape. And the pockets are a huge plus! I didn't wear a bra with it, but you'd definitely need something strapless. My favorite rental so far!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
January 2, 2016
Conservative, fun, and flirty club wear
I wore this out to a Vegas club while on vacation, and loved it! I was comfortable in it, as it was a great length, but was edgy with the side cut-outs and well-constructed flared skirt. Highly recommend.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
January 5, 2016
Love the color and fit!
I loved the color and fit of this dress and got so many compliments! The fabric made it dressy and was heavy enough to wear to a winter wedding despite the cut-outs. I am big on statement necklaces so the high neck was perfect for me to accessorize as well. The top was a little snug (I am typically comfortable in a 6) but the 8 was a little more roomy for a night of eating and drinking so I went with that.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 17
January 7, 2016
Great Party Dress, many compliments.
The fabric is elegant, but thick. It was a little hot while dancing. The slits on the side ad a little drama to the dress.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Age: 36
January 9, 2016
It was very easy! From picking out the dress, to delivery, to return, everything was seem less.
The fit was great and it runs to true to size. I generally wear a 6 and the 6 for perfect. I got a lot of compliments on the dress! Loved the way it looked on.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
January 14, 2016
The fit was amazing! Would definitely rent again!
Very well made! I was nervous about renting this dress at first, due to the slits on the side and I'd never worn a dress this style. But the fit was amazing! Got a lot of compliments and felt fun and confident wearing this. Would definitely recommend!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
January 18, 2016
I felt like a million bucks in this dress!
This dress was perfection! I got so many compliments. It looked great with my blonde hair and green eyes. I was really worried the cutouts would be similar to a can of biscuits popping open but that wasn't the case at all! So flattering and flirty. The pockets are adorable. My pictures aren't the greatest - I completely forgot to get any good ones at the event so had to take some at home really quickly at the end of the night. This dress is fabulous!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 123lbs
February 25, 2016
Stylish standout!
Originally tried this in the Vegas store -- would not have picked it myself but it is super flattering and fun! The skirt would look great on just about any body type. It's very forgiving after a big meal and has pockets! The top is fitted and despite my fears about a solid-colored dress being "boring," the slits add plenty of interest to the dress and the gorgeous purple color stood out in a sea of black dresses at the "black tie optional" wedding I attended. Note: The 2 fit me, but the slits on the side were more flattering in a 4. Would recommend sizing up for the backup since those side slits can squeeze tightly!
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