Cynthia Rowley

White Sea Dress

$134 to buy
$348 retail
Stylist Notes

The black pattern on this Cynthia Rowley LWD strategically cinches the waist.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 14.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'6" model)

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

Product Details

White silk fallie with black beading (100% polyester). Sleeveless. V-neckline. A-line skirt with side pockets. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. 34” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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66 reviews
Fit
Large
(2)
True to Size
(30)
Small
(13)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
December 7, 2014
Fun holiday party dress

This dress was great for a work holiday party. The beading made it very festive and the cut was great- not too low cut but still flattering. It's a fairly heavy dress, the fabric is thick and the beads are heavy but I liked that structure for a holiday outfit. Highly recommend.

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
December 8, 2014
The pockets are fantastic. They were big enough to hold a cell phone and never affected the look.

Perfect fit. Loved the classy low cut. Didn't show cleavage but still showed the neck line elegantly. Felt like it was an easy dress to bend down in. The dress material was high quality in how it was sown. It showed that it was thick but didn't feel too hot or too cold. Everyone complimented me on my dress. My favorite thing was the pockets.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 46
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 145lbs
December 9, 2014
The detail and placement in the bead work is gorgeous and smart

This dress is a beautiful thick fabric. Pockets are brilliant and the black beading detail really nips your waist in. It's a lovely dress great A Line shape and a modest V neck. The bright crisp white stands out in sea of black dresses. It's a form fitting bodice . You will look sharp and fun in this dress. I wore a tear drop style silver necklace and a wide bangle bracelet. Also styled with black booties and a bright blue purse. Hope this helps you.

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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Age: 26
December 11, 2014
Simple and classy

Pretty true to size, I usually wear 10-12 pants. The color, details, and shape was a standout at my gm company holiday party.

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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 22
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 178lbs
December 19, 2014
Thais dress was perfect and literally fit like a glove.

The dress came in a late due to UPS confusion, but it was just perfect. I was really scared about the dress not fitting, but it fit just right and like a glove, it was all perfect. Everywhere i went i got compliments on it all night saying how they all loved it. If it wasn't so expensive I would buy this to keep. I would totally rent this again for another special occassion.

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 147lbs
May 2, 2015
First experience with RTR definitely will be back for my next event!

Loved this dress! The dress was super comfortable beading detail was very flattering to my figure & pockets were a added bonus! Perfect for any event. The 4 fit but was a tight squeeze in the bust area, 6 was a much better fit!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 158lbs
June 16, 2015
I received so many compliments! I felt so beautiful and skinny ;)

The dress is so flattering! It made my waist look so tiny! It was a little short when I had my wedges on but when I was wearing flats it was perfectly fine.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 145lbs
August 30, 2015
Very tight in bust

I loved this dress, until I tried to zip it up. The bust area was very tight. I was so sad because the black detail was very flattering and RTR recommended this dress for the "full bust" filter. The rest of the dress fit great so if you are smaller than a D cup it will likely be amazing. Needless to say I didn't end up wearing, although would highly recommend to less voluptuous women.

Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 40
November 11, 2015
So Easy! You must try RTR!

This was my first RTR experience and it was so easy! I received tons of compliments on the dress and it was very flattering in photos. The only problem is that the evening wasn't long enough to enjoy it more! I will definitely rent again for the next big occasion. The dress ran small, especially in the top. I do NOT have a large chest (36B) and usually have the opposite problem, so this was surprising. I actually went braless, which was rather awkward. However, the fabric and lining are thick enough to cover everything, if you had to go that route. I tried the Mystery Bling option, but did not care for the necklace too much. Better off to pick out your own jewelry, but I think the dress has enough detail that just earrings and no necklace were perfect for my needs.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 153lbs
January 18, 2016
Too tight in chest

This was a back up dress after RTR was unable to send me my original order. The RTR stylists were very helpful in finding me a new dress in time for my bridal shower. I love the look of this dress but I am a 36 DD and I could not get the dress to zip.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
December 23, 2014
Everyone loved the dress! Perfect for holiday party.

The dress fit well, but would have been far too snug in the chest for anyone with a larger bra size (I'm 34B). It works well for someone like me who is small on top and larger on the bottom. The dark pattern on the sides is beading, I was delighted to learn. As usual w RTR I got tons of compliments.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 148lbs
December 24, 2014
Loved wearing white for Christmas

This dress runs small. I'm a size 8 and the size 10 in this dress was snug in the waist but I wore it anyway because my backup dress was too big. I got lots of compliments on the color.

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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 21
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
May 13, 2015
Very unique. I didn't look like anyone else

The dress was beautiful I wore it for prom and I looked like no one else there. Got lots of compliments. Can't give it 5 because it smashed my chest. I am average chest size and it still didn't fit well. As others have said customer service was outstanding. Several alternate dresses were sent for me to try but I stuffed myself in this one because it was just what I wanted to look like. I would rent again from RTR.

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
September 26, 2015
Got so many compliments! Everyone loved the dress!

This dress is beautiful and very well made, but leaves NO ROOM for a bra. I'm fairly small chested, and I definitely had trouble. If you have a large chest, I would recommend ordering a size up to accommodate. Other than that, the dress was gorgeous, I got countless compliments throughout the night! It was perfect for my figure and made my curves stand out in the best way possible. I couldn't have been happier!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 47
Bust size: 32DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
July 24, 2016
Very pretty and easy dress to wear

The beading on this dress is so beautiful in person. I also loved the silhouette of this dress. Fun, flirty, and it has pockets! It did arrive with some deep wrinkles that I couldn't get out with a steamer, but I was able to iron them out by ironing them through a towel.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36AA
Body type: Petite
Weight: 140lbs
May 9, 2017
Flattering Fit

I decided to go with another dress for my event, but this was very beautiful dress with a flattering fit. The beading detail is gorgeous.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
May 17, 2017
Perfect blend of youth and grace for HS Graduation

Beautiful cut and details. The fit was so perfect and the black and blue sequence at the waist made the look pop and accented her tiny waist. The fabric needed to be pressed and wrinkled easily but it was no big deal.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
December 16, 2017
NYE dress

Loved this dress! Wish i could wear it again, it was so flattering and made me feel gorgeous!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 48
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
June 24, 2018
Too small upper body chest

Never wore was too small in chest

Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 134lbs
September 19, 2018
N/a

Super flattering and received compliments all night. I could wear a regular bra (bonus) and it had pockets (double bonus). I normally wear a 4, but wore a 6 in this dress. After about the 4th hr of having this on, it did become uncomfortable around my rib cage. However, would definitely rent again.

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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 44
Bust size: 32B
November 19, 2018
I loved this dress and got so many compliments! The pockets are the best!

Good for small chested ladies, it even helped me have some cleavage for once in my life

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Apple
Weight: 112lbs
November 19, 2015
Love!!!

I wore this for my rehearsal dinner and got SO many compliments!! The fit was amazing - particularly since I am large busted (30G) and there was PLENTY of room up top - so smaller chested girls should size down... and no bra needed! I probably could have worn a 0 but then it would be a bit squished in the chest area. The dress itself is exquisite and so flattering!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 120lbs
April 14, 2015
material was shiny and straps a bit loose

the dress is also a bit thicker. i just didn't love the dress and where the straps were sitting. the hem hit a tiny bit above my knee. it's entirely possible the color just didn't work on me and needed smaller size

Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 137lbs
December 13, 2014
RUNS SMALL BUT BEAUTIFUL

I rented this for holiday parties. It is a well made and beautiful dress but as the other reveiws say it runs small. I am a solid 6 and could not wear the 6. Unfortunately, the size 8 I ordered could not be shipped. True to Rentttherunway AWESOME customer service.... they sent another dress (which I could not wear) - credited my account and yesterday I got Godiva Chocolates in the mail to say how sorry they were for my inconvenience. Love this company. About to rent again for spring galas....and a wedding. I would rent this dress again if I could get it in the right size. It was gorgeous, loved the pockets and the beading detail was done very well.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 52
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
January 14, 2015
I rented this for a formal installation banquet, perfect for that type of event

Unfortunately,did not get to wear, was too small in the bust area (38DD). Fit everywhere else, but is a little on the short side, and I'm petite

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 50
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 137lbs
March 27, 2015
Did not wear

The chest was tight and I don't have a large bust. It stood out from the hips in a way that was not really appealing. Beautiful design! Best for a girl who needs to manufacture curves; not great if you are curvy.

Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 58
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
April 2, 2015
I was complimented on this dress several times.

If you are busty (I am a 36D) this dress runs a little small in the chest. I concur with the other reviews that you need to order 2 sizes (your typical size and one size up). I am generally a size 10 but wore the 12. I loved the look and feel of the dress. It's a classic dress that you can dress up or down with accessories. I wore it to a creative black tie gala in D.C.

Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 126lbs
June 4, 2015
Beautiful dress; received lots of compliments

Beautiful dress, I received lots of compliments from it. I usually wear a size 4, but it was too tight on me.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 180lbs
June 24, 2015
It was so delicate and chic. I am not one to wear very fancy dresses.

I love the detail on the waist line it actually help to make it look like small. I didnt like that it was short. I love the pockets though.

Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
September 2, 2015
I wore this for my bridal shower and got many compliments.

It's a beautiful dress and works great for larger bust and curves. I usually wear a 12 (sometimes 10) and ordered a size up for this dress.

Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Age: 28
September 4, 2015
This dress was pure chic! Too busy accepting compliments that I forgot to photograph myself in it!

I wore this cocktail dress to a fancy dinner and then to a broadway performance. I got stares and compliments all evening! The white stands out from the sea of black that everyone tends to wear for evening attire. The beading is a delicate detail that slims and gives illusion to the waist. The length is a tad bit short, but nothing too tasteless. I wore it with a very simple 4-inch black, strappy heel. The dress speaks for itself - do not over accessorize. I am quite busty in comparison to the rest of my frame, so I needed to wear my backup size 10 in order to accommodate my cleavage. My favorite part was that I could wear a normal bra with it - no special strapless bra required! Normally, I vary between a size 6 and size 8. I know high-end designers tend to run smaller, so I got an 8 and ordered 10 as a backup. The original size 8 fit okay. However, it was a little snug in the torso. I could have worn it and been fine, but I wanted to be comfortable. So, I opted for the slightly larger size. Also, it has pockets! Win. My ONLY complaint is that the dress arrived with very, very large tears/holes at the seams on both the left and right sides. The holes were right above the pocket slits and ran up into the torso. It was as if previous users had put their hands in the pockets a bit to vigorously and popped the seams. Not to worry - I whipped out a needle and thread in order to mend the dress before I wore it. I have moderate sewing skill, so it wasn't much of an issue. However, it could have been a deal breaker for someone who cannot sew.

Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
September 10, 2015
Perfect Dress for my Rehearsal Dinner

This dress is beautiful and it fits well. The material is thick enough that you are not worried about the white being see through. The beading is stunning! I wore this to my rehearsal dinner and everyone kept stopping to tell me how beautiful it was!

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
December 16, 2015
Runs small, especially on the bust.

I have found that this designer runs very small. Lesson learned for me. In addition, if you have a large bust, it will be impossible to fit into this dress. Very cute and fun, if you can fit into it.

Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
April 22, 2016
Wore this to a black & white themed event. Being the only person in white made me really stand out!

Loved this dress. My only (minor) complaint is that it is a bit short which made me slightly uneasy at a formal occasion for my boyfriend's company. However, I wore it with sheer black tights and red shoes and pulled it off! I wish I owned this dress!

Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
June 24, 2015
Great Dress! Lots of Compliments!

It runs small in the Bust Line.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 49
Weight: 125lbs
August 15, 2018
beautiful dress runs a little snug in the rib cage area.

nice quality

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
December 8, 2014
Beautiful and unique - so many compliments!

This dress is comfortable (can wear a regular bra) and really stood out in a sea of black dresses for our work holiday party. The dress fits pretty true to size for me. I sometimes have trouble finding dresses that are small enough in the waist but still fit my bust (32D bust, 27.5 inch waist). The material is a dressy silk and the beading on the sides is flattering. The flare at the bottom is festive but not overly poufy. It was short enough to be a little sexy (without being inappropriate) even on my 5'4" frame. Overall, I love this dress and wished that I could keep it! Thanks, RTR!

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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 3, 2015
Absolutely gorgeous!

Great for hourglass shapes. Very flattering and perfect length. It has that timeless classy look with an edgy contemporary flare. Would definitely rent again, got soo many compliments! Thanks RTR!

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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 131lbs
February 25, 2015
As I walked into the restaurant all eyes were on me, simply beautiful I was told. I Love it.

Beautiful neck line and great length for the dress.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
March 5, 2015
Opera Attire

I rented this for Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera and wanted to try the 6 and 8 but the 8 was out so I got the 4 and 6. I usually wear a 6 or an 8, I ended up wearing the 6 but I think I would've been more comfortable in the 8 as it was a little tight in the bust and waist when I sat down. I didn't take a picture without my coat on...oops! The pockets were great, the beading and fabric were gorgeous, and the overall fit was extremely flattering. Overall a good rental.

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