Cynthia Rowley

Carola Dress

$50 rental
$300 retail
Stylist Notes

With a bow on the back, this Cynthia Rowley LBD is simply feminine. Pair it with black heels for an Audrey Hepburn-inspired look.

Size & Fit

Sized: 0-12

Product Details

Black silk faille (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Full skirt. Bow detail on back. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 34” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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33 reviews
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 27
November 2, 2015
GREAT option for a formal event!
The fit on this dress was great and super flattering! I felt comfortable eating dinner and dancing in this dress all night long. The only area that felt tight was in the chest area. I'm a full D-DD in my bust and that's the area that was most snug. I don't feel that it looked or felt too tight but just something for ladies with a larger bust to keep in mind. A great feature of this dress is the pockets! Who doesn't love a dress with pockets?! Such a fun addition to a classic dress.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
November 9, 2015
Super cute and surprisingly flattering!
I needed something for an auction and thought this would be conservative enough with a little bit of sex appeal. I was a little nervous about how the proportion would work on me (IMHO it did NOT flatter the model in any way.) but once I tried it on it was very flattering. It was fitted right at my waist. I LOVE the back detail with the bow. I received many compliments!
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32D
November 16, 2015
I wore this dress for a gala held by my sorority, everyone loved it
The dress left plenty of room for women with larger breasts, which was perfect for me. I was able to try it on before renting it at the Chicago location and immediately loved it because it didn't squish my boobs.(I'm a 30H) It was a little long on me, down to my knees, but I was prepared for that because I'm short. Overall a great dress if you are larger chested and are looking for something modest for a formal occasion.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
November 25, 2015
Beware of the zipper!!!
While this dress was flattering, gorgeous material, and fantastic bow details on the back, the zipper was a nightmare! At first I thought it was because the size 6 was too tight, then I tried on the size 8 which was too big and the zipper still would not budge. After literally 20 minutes and helping hands, I was zipped in.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
December 8, 2015
Great, Flattering Black Dress
This dress is great quality with a fun fit. Probably works best for pear or hourglass shapes. Definitely snug around the waist, but room in the hips. The bow and strap details in the back make this a little more interesting, and the full skirt is so fun. Great mix of conservative with a little flair.
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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 165lbs
December 12, 2015
Love the style, hated the sizing
I completely fell in love with this dress from the moment I tried it on but was disappointed to find that the size 12 was entirely too small in the chest area, for me anyway. My boyfriend actually worked up a sweat trying to get it zipped up because I was dead set on making it work. The skirt is adorable and just the right amount of fullness. The bow accent in the back was so cute. Only complaint was that I wish the designer would make larger sizes available for us curvy girls. Other than that, great cocktail dress for a party, get it!
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Age: 35
December 13, 2015
The bow detail is adorable! Sets this little black dress apart!
This dress fits true to size. I have a large bust, no issues. Does require a strapless bra. The waist is fitted but it flares. Super flattering. I wore it to a black tie Christmas party for my work and it was a hit. The fabric is heavy and feels and looks expensive. It's a little shorter than I would normally go for but I wore it with black sheet nylons. Very Audrey Hepburn.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
December 13, 2015
Perfect LBD for holiday party!
This dress was everything I hoped for. It fit great everywhere, especially the bust, was the perfect length and even had pockets! I usually wear a size 4, but decided to opt with the 6 for the evening to have some added comfort. The only issue I had with the dress was the zipper. It did not zip up all the way no matter how hard my boyfriend and I both tried. Fortunately, the bow snapped over most of the gap and no one really noticed. Other than the zipper, I loved the dress and got lots of compliments! It was the perfect, classy look I was going for!
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 26
December 17, 2015
Black Tie Event
I would say this dress is true to size-- I typically wear a 0 or a 2 depending on the dress. The 0 was a little bit tight, but the 2 was way too baggy up top! (I'm small chested, though!) Also, I had a good bit of trouble with the zipper-- as mentioned in other reviews! It took about 5 minutes to get the dress zipped and I had to have help!! There's no way you'll be able to get this dress zipped by yourself , so make sure there are helping hands available! It wasn't because it was too tight (the size 2 had the same problem), there was just something wrong with the design of the zipper. One more note- you can't wear a regular bra with this dress-- I wore an adhesive bra, and it worked great! Overall I loved the look of the dress! I wore it to a black tie event, and it looked stylish but classy next to my husband's tux!
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
December 22, 2015
This dress is beautiful and I REALLY wanted to wear it.
The zipper was IMPOSSIBLE. I worked on it for 20 minutes and had my mother in law help and we couldn't get it (even after taking it off and trying to zip it up on the hanger.) I'm willing to work a little for fashion by this was crazy!
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 126lbs
December 23, 2015
It was great to have the reviews which told me the waist was tight (which worked for me).
The waist is tight, the chest is made for a larger cup size so I went with the smaller size, as the larger looked a bit boxy up top. The issue RTR needs to fix is the zipper. On both it got stuck halfway up where the seam changed. I almost couldn't wear the 0 as a result of this. Loved the pockets, loved the flare given the fitted waist.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
February 3, 2016
Structured but playful!
I wore this to an awards show and was so happy! The material has no stretch but is structured enough that I didn't need a bra. The bow in the back made it special!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
February 17, 2016
Great dress for a wedding or party.
This dress was perfect for attending a wedding, dressy without being too formal. The bow on the back is a cute detail and the material is very high-quality. Like the other reviews say, the zipper is very difficult to zip - I had to have help and we worked on it for a good 5 minutes. I found it ran small in the waist and large in the chest area - smaller-chested ladies like myself, I would suggest wearing this dress with a very padded strapless bra. I rented both a 4 and 6, and ended up wearing the 6. Overall it was a great dress!
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 26
Weight: 130lbs
February 29, 2016
The entire process went very smoothly!
I loved the fabric of this dress, felt very thick and not cheap. I'm typically a 6 or an 8, the size 6 in this dress fit perfectly. Like others I had trouble with the zipper but did manage to get it zipped by myself after a few minutes. I got multiple compliments on the dress and overall was pleased with my selection!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 33
March 1, 2016
I loved the dress, the back was beyond cute
I had trouble with the zipper even though the dress was definitely big enough. I couldn't zip it fully up, that was the only con.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 160lbs
March 16, 2016
RTR Saved me!!
I actually hadn't looked at this dress, however the one I had ordered had a problem and RTR sent me this dress in it's place. I ended up liking it, the back bow is super cute. The fabric is very thick and sturdy. Well made, classic dress.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
October 22, 2015
STYLIST REVIEW!
Very cute LBD! The full skirt will not disappoint and is pictured very true to size, making this a very flattering style. The added bow detail on the back dresses up the look and actually can snap on and off so getting in and out of the style is very easy. My one call out is that this style is prefect for ladies with a larger bust - my 34B had extra room up top, so I recommend an adhesive bra with padding for ladies with a smaller cup size! That being said - it is very true to size in the waist and has much room in the hips. Perfect for the holidays!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
December 10, 2015
Classic beautiful dress
Runs true to size and probably could have done a 2 but the 4 was still ok being a little roomy without baggy.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
December 21, 2015
Beautiful dress. The open back was a fun twist on a classic black dress.
The dress was beautiful! I loved the way it fit once it was on, and true to what other reviewers say, I believe that this dress is better for larger chested women (I have 32 Ds). I loved the bow on the back and the open back. It was youthful and classy at the same time, perfect for my work party! The only problem for me was zipping it up-- it might have been just the dress that I received, but my boyfriend and I spent about 20 minutes trying to zip the thing up! It wasn't too tight on me or anything, but the zipper had a hard time when it got up close to the bow. We couldn't figure out why it was happening and ultimately got my dress on when I layed on my stomach on the floor!! It was worth it once it was on, just would have really stunk if we never got the zipper up.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
December 30, 2015
Pretty but too long for short girls like me
The zipper on the dress is a little tough to move up and down. I'm 5'2 and the dress hit right at my knee which is longer than expected.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 6' 2"
Age: 53
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
January 3, 2016
It is a beautiful little dress but looked more like a peplum top on me.
It was way too short for me!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Age: 30
May 24, 2016
Wore this dress for engagement photos!
It was comfortable, beautiful and fit like a glove. I loved the material and would definitely recommend it/wear it again! The bow on the back was a nice, feminine touch. Totally loved it.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34A
June 8, 2016
It's a really special dress!
Beautiful, thick, sleek. A little bit short but very classy.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 34
June 28, 2016
Wore this to a Christmas evening. Loved the bows on the back
Fits a little small.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
September 11, 2016
Loved the back!
This dress fit a little snug in the waist but it wasn't uncomfortable. The back is stunning and I got many compliments throughout the night. My daughter was a flower girl in the wedding and I fit so many snacks and little toys in the pockets of this dress which was a huge bonus!
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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Body type: Hourglass
October 9, 2016
Cute and comfy
Super cute dress. Zipper sucks so don't even bother unzippering it. Best way to put on is have it zipped and slip into it. My husband and I spent a good 10 minutes trying to zip it while I was wearing it and it wasn't happening.
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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
October 17, 2016
Perfect Little Black Dress
This dress was beautiful! Very simple and classic. My only complaint was the zipper. It was almost impossible to get up for some reason. Overall it was perfect for the occasion.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
October 5, 2016
Classy, simple, perfect for dressing up or down.
I've rented this dress twice now. The size 2 probably would have fit better for my hips/chest, but the 4 fit my ribcage so I wore that. Size up if you have an athletic torso!
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 160lbs
December 12, 2016
Very cute but didn't work
Defiantly need to go up a size in the dress. I wasn't able to wear it but I put it on with a white shirt underneath for work and it was cute. If it would have been the right size it would have been cute for a date night or out with friends. Would have been too short to wear to work, even with tights underneath. Very cute and girly! The boy has snap buttons so it's easy to move since it covers the zipper.
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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 43
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
January 29, 2017
Fun dress but it's short!
Wore this for a "Boots and Ballgowns" event. It's was so fun with the bow and low back. But a word of warning- this dress is short! I'm 5'2 and I don't know how someone taller could wear this. Also, be sure you have someone to help you zip it up- the zipper is impossible!
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
February 15, 2017
Loved it!
The dress was super comfortable and I got a ton of compliments on it.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
March 6, 2017
Great fit - love the bow on the back!
This dress is great! Classy and comfortable. The bow on the back sets this dress apart from a standard LBD. I wore a NuBra with this dress as the back is open and I didn't want to be worried about whether or not a bra was showing throughout the night. I would definitely recommend.
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 108lbs
May 23, 2017
Bows!
The dress was adorable, even on the hanger! I'm typically a 0-2, but ordered a 2 and a 4. The two fit like a glove, except it was a little large in the bust area in the front, and the zipper was a bugger to get up. It took three of us to get it to up. I received so many compliments on this dress, and wish it was in my closet all the time!!
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