Cynthia Rowley

Black Crinkle High-Low Gown

$898 retail

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Stylist Notes

An eye-catching texture puts a modern spin on this Cynthia Rowley gown. Wear it with an updo.

Size & Fit

This dress runs large. We recommend sizing down (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - fuller skirt allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Tea length - (on a 5'6" model)

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

Product Details

Black jacquard (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. Square neckline. Full skirt. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 44” from shoulder to shortest part of hemline. Imported.

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107 reviews
Fit
Large
(38)
True to Size
(15)
Small
(2)
Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
November 7, 2016
Loved the pockets!!

Definitely ran a little big. The straps were loose but overall I loved the material and the pockets. It was super comfortable and I didn't have to feel self conscious about my postpartum tummy.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
December 16, 2016
Classy and unique, but a runs very large

I always order a 6 and 8 on RTR and generally wear the size 6, but after reading reviews that it runs large, I ordered a size 4 and 6. The 6 was way too big so I went with the 4. The dress itself was heavy with beautiful fabric. The low back definitely spices it up. Didn't love the extra fabric around the hips-- it's not the most flattering if you have hips.

Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
January 1, 2017
Fun to wear!

Felt really special. Had to pin the straps- they were long. Dress does run very large but once you size down it's a great pick. Thanks RTR!

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
January 1, 2017
Great dress!!

Great fit, both sizes fit basically the same on me. I wore a backless bra-it just felt more comfortable wearing one. Tons of compliments and super fun to dance in! The fabric just flows so nicely.

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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
January 1, 2017
Gorgeous and comfortable!!

Great dress, very light weight and loved the hi-lo shape. Pockets are always a plus and my only criticism is that the straps are crazy long and I had to pin them shorter (not a big deal). Would definitely rent again!!

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
January 17, 2017
Show stoping dress

Wore this dress to a black tie wedding and people did not stop complimenting me on it. It ran a little large, I am normally a 8 (sometimes 6) and the 6 fit just right. My only complaint is I am a 34D and I feel like I have normal shoulders and I had to use double sided fashion tape to keep the straps on my shoulders. But the dress was amazing and I felt like Carrie Bradshaw in it!

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
April 24, 2017
Awesome

My 32cd birthday photo shoot #thereturnofthequeen

Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
May 3, 2017
The pockets are everything & the train is just enough drama!

My night was full of compliments. My friends adored this dress, the pockets are my favorite & the length was perfect. I'm 5'2 & have a small chest so I could have gotten away with a zero (too was a little big but not uncomfortable). Highly recommend this dress for almost any event, you'll be turning heads!

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123lbs
May 18, 2017
Super Flirty & Chic Dress, great for Black-Tie Optional Wedding

This dress was a back-up for me, but I am glad I ended up wearing it. The train/full skirt was fun to dance with and flip around. The straps are super long and I had to use double stick tape to keep them in place. When I read reviews, after I got the email about getting my back-up instead, I messaged with the RTR staff and they were able to change my order from a 4/6 to a 2/4, which was greatly appreciated. The clasp on the top of the zipper in the back, was missing the "eye" part of the hook and eye closure, so beware, you may need help zipping it up. Overall, a chic dress and I got a ton of compliments on it!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 137lbs
June 6, 2017
Such a cool style!! Too big up top

Loved this style and the uniqueness but felt t was too large overall for the look I was going for!

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
July 17, 2017
Pretty but runs huge. Need to try it again in smaller size

I am a size 4 but because I'm tall and have kind of large breasts I can often wear a size 6. The 6 was HUGE, completely unwearable. I actually think it's a really pretty dress if it fit right so I'm going to try it again in a smaller size.

Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
July 30, 2017
Gorgeous back

Beautiful dress, runs big so I could have used a size down. Overall very happy and received lots of compliments!

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
September 14, 2017
Classic, simple, perfect

This dress was everything I hoped it would be. It was classic and simple, but the fabric and high-low detail made it feel special and glamorous. I am super short- 5'1, and typically wear a 4, but ended up wearing the 2R after reading reviews. With heels (5 inch, I believe!) the dress reached the perfect length. I would recommend this dress to anyone who needs something classic that will still stand out in a sea of flowy, strapless dresses.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
October 12, 2017
Elegant and Feminine

When I saw this dress on the app I knew immediately I had to give it a try. This dress is very sweet. The material has just the right weight and the pockets are a fun touch. Unfortunately, I didn't wear this piece as the straps and chest were too big on me. I would recommend this item for girls 5'5 and up!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Age: 28
October 24, 2017
Pretty, but large

This dress - while absolutely lovely - was way too large in the top - I could have easily worn two sizes down. The material is thick and heavy - perfect for colder months. I ended up not wearing this dress.

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 105lbs
November 4, 2017
Rent this dress!!!!

After reading every review, I chose this dress for a masquerade ball. I was nervous about the size, the straps, my lack of boobs...etc. I kept going back to re-evaluate my choice and questioned until its arrival....and I was in LOVE. The 0 and 2 fit. I went with the 2 as I feel confident it had been altered and it fit perfectly. No bra necessary and I seriously have nothing to fill.

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Apple
November 6, 2017
Great SF in-store styling experience!

This was a last minute substitution for dresses that were just a little off in fit. The thicker material was perfect for a fall SF wedding. This was a fluke pick as I saw this on the hanger and loved the low high hemline. So many ladies complimented and asked me the designer! Thank you to Monica in the SF store who helped me style this and wear with confidence!!

Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Age: 25
November 11, 2017
Runs large

Definitely runs large especially on the arm pit area. Beautiful drop on the bottom. Pairs nicely with a minimal black strap shoe. Loved the elegance of it but unfortunately did not fit me nicely.

Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Age: 33
March 4, 2018
Great style. Big.

#veterans ball. This runs large. But they did not stock a size 4. Very flattering cut!

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Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
April 4, 2018
Black Tie Optional

This dress was magical!! The material was very heavy. Perfect for the black tie optional wedding I was attending. The best part was the dress had pockets! I'm 5'2 and this dress was a great length. The only problem I had was the straps were too long. I pinned them back a little and all was fixed!

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Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130lbs
April 8, 2018
The perfect black dress

I am obsessed with this dress. I wore it to the Junior League annual charity gala. The dress stood out even in a sea of rent the runway gowns. It's classy and timeless, while still being playful and sexy. The thick fabric was perfect for the cooler weather and the pockets were so helpful. It does run a bit big, I normally wear a 2 and still had a little room in the 0. The straps are definitely on the longer side and I had to do a little pinning to make them fit. But I danced the night away without a single malfunction or slip!

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 124lbs
August 1, 2018
I felt absolutely beautiful!

I cannot say enough about how much I just adored this dress. From the moment I slipped it on, I knew the other rentals didn't stand a chance - my husband's reaction wasn't bad either ha! So so comfortable and elegant!

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
August 1, 2018
Had to send back...

Didn't fit right... the upper bodice was loose and he straps fit weird. Perhaps it would have been better in a smaller size

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 170lbs
August 6, 2018
Weird straps

Didn't up wearing this. The material was a little too thick for a summer wedding and the straps were just tooooo weird and wide. The back was cute! And love that there were pockets, just not the right dress for the occasion.

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 45
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
September 22, 2018
Runs large

I wanted to like this. Especially since it has POCKETS and I wouldn't have to wear spanx :) The straps are long. And even with my large chest, I come close to filling it out. The fabric is thick and luxurious.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 175lbs
September 29, 2018
A little big.

This is just a little big under the arms. If i bought it i would have had to tailor it about a half in in under each armpit. Other than that fit great.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
October 2, 2018
Perfect elegant and comfortable

Great dress

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
October 3, 2018
Amazing dress!

Loved this dress, but the straps are way to long and the bust is too large. I went down a size but still needed to tape the straps to shorten. Really fun and elegant dress, great for dancing.

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 190lbs
October 2, 2018
Easy to dance in with beautiful details!

If you read the other reviews, the conversations are true - you definitely have to pin the straps in order to make it work. Once they are pinned it is a beautiful and comfortable dress. I received many compliments! My only annoyance with the dress was the hanger straps on the side kept coming out when I was dancing. If it was my own dress I would cut them out immediately, but instead I had many trips to the bathroom to fix them. I would recommend renting this dress!

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 126lbs
October 21, 2018
It was very comfortable and I received numerous compliments throughout the night and after.

It runs large so I definitely suggest sizing down. It has pockets which are always a plus. The back is gorgeous.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
October 26, 2018
Size Down!

Bust is too large. Size. Down. Loved the style, fall of the skirt, length, and pockets. The length IS there: the skirt trailed behind me in heels, and I'm already 5'9"!

Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Age: 23
November 2, 2018
Beautiful dress, comfortable, but runs large

This dress was so pretty, so many people stopped to compliment it. My friend told me I looked like a goth princess so if that's what you're going for then you've found the dress lol It definitely runs large, I'm usually a size 6, can sometimes wear a 4, and even the 4 was too big for this dress. I have a very small chest and the top was very roomy. If you're a different size on top than you are bottom (I'm usually small top, medium bottom) then go with your top size as that's the only fitted part of the dress.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
November 6, 2018
Wanted to love

I wanted to make this dress work so bad but it was huge. The straps were several inches too long and the bust stuck out so far that I felt very wide. If you have a large bust and small waist, this dress might fit you. Pros: the fabric is gorgeous!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160lbs
November 7, 2018
super long straps + too big bust

This dress is GORGEOUS. Reads much more formal in person. Reviews are right! I have a long torso and large ribcage and still should've gone 2 sizes down from my normal size. Sadly the dress I recited was damaged and there's not time for a replacement prior to my event. =*(

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
November 13, 2018
Probably my favorite dress to date

This dress is a show stopper. So flattering and makes you feel like a million bucks. I would say you're better off if you have a larger best I'm a 34D and can't imagine anyone much smaller filling out the top. I am also 5'5" and war 5 inch heels and the train still swept the floor... I was totally OK with us though. Truly one of the most flattering and confidence boosting dresses. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
November 16, 2018
Straps too Big

Unfortunately, I couldn't wear this dress. The top part was so big that the straps were falling off. I had to return it.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
November 20, 2018
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Ran too large in the bust

Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
November 25, 2018
Oversized Bust

Reviews I read said to get a smaller backup size because it ran large. My regular size, a 4, was the one that zipped but the bust was so oversized that I couldn't wear it. I even tried to stuff it with tissue - haha! But the straps were too long and the bust was too big in the front and flared out on the sides. I'm a 32DD and I probably needed the top to be three times smaller. I ended up wearing my own dress, oh well!

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Athletic
December 7, 2018
Beautiful dress

Perfect for the occasion and loved the pockets. Usually a 4-6 but sized down to a 2. Fit great in all places but was a bit tight at rib cage.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
December 11, 2018
One of a kind beauty

I wore this dress for my work holiday party. It was actually a dress I chose at the last minute when my original dress didn't fit right. They overnighted it to me so that I would have it in time for my event. This dress is beautiful, a thick material that was perfect for a winter formal event, but was definitely too big up top. I just pinned the straps (in the front to bring it up) and the hanger straps right into the dress liner to avoid them popping out all night and it worked great. The material is gorgeous and the fit was very comfortable. I'm 5'8" 157 lbs and the 8R fit pretty good in the waist, but the top was too big. I could have probably fit a 6R in that dress and it would have been perfect. The back is as gorgeous as everyone else says and was my favorite feature of the dress. And who doesn't love deep pockets? Overall, I'm happy with my rental.

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