Cynthia Rowley

Purple Palm Shift Dress

$358 retail

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Stylist Notes

This layered lace Cynthia Rowley look is fashion-forward. We love it with strappy sandals.

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes (fitted at bust)
WAIST: Straight, comfortable room throughout midsection
HIPS: Straight, comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Mini to Mid-thigh - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Hourglass, Athletic, Pear, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10").

Product Details

Black printed red faille (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Shift. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 33” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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65 reviews
Fit
Large
(1)
True to Size
(29)
Small
(8)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 117lbs
August 17, 2016
Charming embroidered dress!

Lovely detailing and construction on this piece. Works solo for summer, but would be equally cute over a black turtleneck and tights. The chest/neck/armholes are on the snug side if you are built larger on top, otherwise the cut is fairly forgiving.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
August 24, 2016
Cute and Flattering Mini

When I first tried this on I was skeptical because it seemed too short. I'm 5'4" so most dresses aren't short on me, even short dresses. This one is a mini! It hit me pretty much where it's hitting the model. I made it work by wearing a trench when I was out and then making sure not to bend over or reach my arms over my head even a little. Other than that it's gorgeous. The shape is surprisingly flattering for someone with hips although they were the tightest part. If you've got bigger hips like me then I'd recommend sizing up for comfort. This style works a lot better when the material can move freely.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 117lbs
August 24, 2016
Pretty dress for work and cocktails

I am usually a size 4 with a 34D bust and the size 4 for this dress was snug around the bust and underarms. The neckline is also extremely high and the size 4 was rubbing against my neck and making it uncomfortable to wear. I returned the dress and was hesitant about getting the 6 as I thought it fit too loose around my hips, but the 6 fit just right. The length is quite short so beware if you are tall. For me it was log enough to be work appropriate and flirty enough for drinks after work. I would rent again.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
August 30, 2016
Embroidered and Easy

Loved this shift dress! Arrived like brand new and quality is top notch. Beware- it is short! I would pair with flat sandals. Super cute and so easy to wear.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
September 9, 2016
Cute shift for work and happy hour

The embroidery is gorgeous and the fit is flattering. Definitely short but I'm 5'7" and it wasn't inappropriate for work. The one downside is that the neck and arm holes so SO TIGHT. I sized up from my usual size 0 and I was still pretty uncomfortable all day. It's a shame because I love the dress but I wouldn't wear it again.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Age: 41
September 27, 2016
I loved the they way this dress looked!

I loved how this dress fit. A little tight on the top but otherwise great fit and comfortable

Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 32
October 9, 2016
good dress for the fall

a little tight around the thighs

Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 29
October 13, 2016
Cute, short, messed up hem

The fit was great but it was really short. I wore the size 12, and then hem was sort of wonky the lining seemed off.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 50
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
November 14, 2016
Pretty color and detail. But SHORT

The dress is pretty. The colors and thread detail are very nice. If in doubt size up. Not only does it run a tad small in general. It's super short! I didn't wear it as it was a bit too tight and the other dress I got just looked better.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 118lbs
December 17, 2016
Great pattern & detail - typical shift dress

Great colors , but just a typical shift dress - not as exciting as I had hoped . Snug at the arms

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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
January 6, 2017
so many compliments !!

loved this dress ! i loved how it fit and it was so comfortable to dance in! i also loved the length .i have a large chest (36 DDD)so it's hard to find things that fit me there that i do t bust out of , i was so happy it fit since they don't have a search for chest sizes like that !

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
March 25, 2017
Bridal shower

Fits comfortably and fabric is just heavy enough to provide warmth in a cold room. Beautifully intriguing embroidery.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 21
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
April 13, 2017
Super cute little dress

It was a bit short but not horrible. The pattern was super cute!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
April 22, 2017
Beautiful embroidery and extremely comfortable

Pros: fit, details, comfort Cons: none

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 50
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 123lbs
April 26, 2017
Great fabric, great for a party with southwest or desert theme

The dress catches at the hip a little bit it needs just a little bit in a weird way. Needs more of an A-line flair

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 63
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 123lbs
May 5, 2017
Very different...festive but not over the top...back is plain black... so not too much pattern!

Only 5-2 so not too short...just right! Hides all the "sins"....so comfortable ... don't have to wear Spanx to hide the belly....

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
June 9, 2017
Stylist Review

embroidered perfection! The detail was gorgeous in this dress. I was worried from the model pictures that it may be a little short but thankfully it was perfect! Taller girls may have an issue with the length. Would look cute paired with a jacket. Can be dressed up or down.

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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
June 13, 2017
Great dress--it was comfortable, I felt good, and I got compliments.

Loved this dress--I wish it were mine. The embroidery is beautiful, and it has a subtle '70s vibe. The only con was that the neck and sleeve holes were a bit tight (I don't have big shoulders or arms). I thought about wearing the 2 instead. I'm glad I didn't, though, because I forgot about the tightness once I got to the party. I wore it to an outdoor wedding.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
July 23, 2017
Pretty detail! Great for winter wedding!

Wore this to a barn wedding in Northern Michigan. Loved the colors & embroidery. Looked more interesting for a fall winter wedding than other dresses I tried. A little tight on the hips, but I didn't have the same problems as other women with the arm holes being a bit too tight. Overall very comfortable and a great dress!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 112lbs
August 10, 2017
Great desk to date dress!

Great quality short dress. At 5 ft. Tall the size 2 was a perfect length. This could be worn to work or wedding. I may by this one as its versatility would get me a lot of wear.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
August 14, 2017
Cute pattern, quality fabric. Not too heavy, even during hot summer.

Standard shift dress. Great pattern detail. A bit on the short side for the office (I am 5'7"), but got away with is.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 137lbs
August 28, 2017
Cute dress strange cut

Very tight in neck and armholes but otherwise cute. I don't have a large bust and it was fairly constricting there.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
August 28, 2017
Great party dress!

Cute and festive but classy. A little short and the hem was a bit wonky, but overall i really enjoyed wearing it!

Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
September 26, 2017
Cute and unique!

This dress is so comfy, I could dance the whole night! Loved the embroidered pattern on it! Unique, but simple cut so it wasn't too crazy. I got so many compliments and felt confident. Would wear it again if I could!!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
October 24, 2017
Beautiful fabric! Tons of compliments!!! Short.

The embroidery on this dress is beautiful. I received so many compliments. I wore tights under this because it was pretty short - and I'm not very tall (5'3").

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
November 20, 2017
Wore it to Friendsgiving

This is a little short, but it was a great rental to wear for a get together. The embroidery was really pretty and perfect for a fall event

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
December 6, 2017
Nice for work, but not super exciting

This is a nice dress with interesting embroidery. I'm quite petite and it fit perfectly so maybe it would be tight and short for others. I wouldn't say it's a stand-out dress, but very nice for work.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 117lbs
December 10, 2017
Great dress for a holiday party

I'm a size 6 pear shaped who normally fits in size 4 tops and the 6 fit perfectly.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 170lbs
December 15, 2017
Fun pattern!

Ran a bit small and was very short! But super cute dress loved it!!!

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
December 15, 2017
Perfect for any type of fiesta!

Glad I ordered the 2 and 4. Typically Im a size in between, but the 4 was defintely too boxy on me. I actually couldve gone with a size 0 but the 2 was comfortable. The dress's embroidery was perfect for a fiesta themed 25th birthday party! This dress has no form at all and the 2 was a great length on a short person like me.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 168lbs
December 31, 2017
Too short!

Its a beautiful dress! Amazing detail. However, even with tights it was too short for me to actually wear out. Im 5'3 so not particularly tall.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 45
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
February 20, 2018
I couldn't wear this--way too short

This dress was WAY too short and I'm only 5'2"--I didn't end up wearing it

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135lbs
February 21, 2018
first day of my new job and could not have felt more confident

love the fit, love the pattern, bit tight in the chest for a C cup but not extremely uncomfortable

Top Contributor
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 155lbs
March 21, 2018
Perfect style for wedding!

I wore this for a fall wedding and fell in love. It was my back up dress and I chose to wear it because it fit right in all the right places, it had a subtle elegance and statement, the embroidery was lovely and i knew I could dance the night away without worrying about anything popping out. I wanted to keep it!!

Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Age: 38
April 3, 2018
Short but cute

I wore this dress for opening night at the MN Opera. I really liked the pattern and fit, but it is VERY short. I am 5'8" and would not have felt comfortable wearing this without tights. Overall, I was really pleased with the dress, but would have liked for it to be about 2 inches longer to make it more comfortable to sit in, etc.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
April 25, 2018
Loved the dress, felt very pretty.

Dress was really cute! I would not wear it without tights, though. It is VERY short (I'm 5'8"). thank you to a previous renter for that tip!!

Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
May 14, 2018
Adorable dress!

I loved this dress, but I will say that it runs small. I ordered the 4 and 6, and ended up wearing the 6. I probably could've gotten away with an 8, as the arms and neckline felt snug. Overall, I was very pleased. The embroidery is beautiful and the fabric is high quality.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
June 16, 2018
Love the pattern and shape

Wasn't right for my particular event, but loved the overall design, fit and shape!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
June 18, 2018
I love the embroidery- a little on the short side for me, but super cute!

A tad short, but great shape and material!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Age: 33
Body type: Apple
June 26, 2018
Great summer mini

Just like the rest of the reviews said, this dress is short :) I am 5'2'' and it was very mini, even on me. That said, I always rent minis for this reason- everything else is usually too long. Loved the dress overall - super comfortable, slight stretch, great lined fabric.

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