Cynthia Rowley

Woodland Dress

$798 retail

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Stylist Notes

With an asymmetrical hem, this textured teal Cynthia Rowley dress feels truly unique. Complement the jewel tones with a playful heel and STANMORE's Maya Ball Cuff.

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: Two lengths available. Petite measures 56" from shoulder to hemline (recommended for heights under 5'2"), Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hemline (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6'').

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

Product Details

Blue jacquard (100% Polyester). Strapless. Straight neckline. Asymmetrical Full skirt with side pockets. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. Boned bodice. 40” from bust to hemline. Imported.

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336 reviews
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Large
(6)
True to Size
(123)
Small
(63)
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 29
September 29, 2015
So many compliments!

Besides the beautiful bride, this dress really stole the show. Wore to a black tie wedding and not only received more compliments than ever, but it was so much fun to wear! Because of the quilted fabric it's a little on the heavy side and "a lot of dress." It defines the waist nicely, but definitely has some pouf. I tired it on in the store before renting, and the colors were so rich (my photo is a bit dark - RTR photo is very accurate), it was a must-rent. I even received compliments from other girls trying things on in the store. I'm 5'5" and the back of the dress just skimmed the floor with 3" heels (but keep in mind will trail when walking down stairs). Only con is that it was a tad snug, though I was still able to wear a strapless bra to provide more "shape" up top (could definitely go bra-less) - even the stylist said this designer runs on the small side. Definitely size up!

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
October 3, 2015
Fun and Flirty

The bust is tough (and I'm a b cup). Normally I wear a zero, but was so glad I ordered the 2 as a back up. I also had to pin up the length. So fun to dance in! Pockets are handy.

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Age: 34
October 4, 2015
Beautiful fabric dress, very rich and perfect for fall!

Great dress-- very corset like at the top so I recommend going a size up especially if you are busty.

Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 39
October 5, 2015
Dress is so much fun to wear.

Perfect for a fall wedding

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
October 5, 2015
Formal Fall wedding

I absolutely loved this dress! I was worried about length, but with 3 in. heels it was perfect. The material is very structured but not too stiff or heavy. It even has pockets! The one thing I would say is the fabric has zero stretch, and it was snug in the bust, so I would not suggest this dress for anyone busty.

Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
October 7, 2015
This dress is unbelievably gorgeous. Perfect for a special event.

The dress runs small. I wear a 6-8 and the 8 BARELY zipped up on me and I am fairly flat chested. Had i known that I would have ordered a 10. The hemline is very cool. Perfect for a tall gal. I would rent this dress again in a heartbeat!

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
October 12, 2015
perfect for black tie wedding

this dress was the perfect dress for a black tie wedding. i'm 5'2" and in tall heels is barely grazed the floor but wasn't too long. i got SO many compliments on it and many people asking where i got it from! would definitely recommend this dress!!

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
October 14, 2015
Loved the dress, just not on me!

I loved the fabric - It definitely would have been a standout had it fit me correctly. I can wear various dress sizes, especially if it's fitted at the waist (anywhere from a size 8-12). I ordered both a size 8 and 10, and tried on the 10 first. It zipped and "fit," however it was so tight that I knew I'd be uncomfortable the entire evening. I need room for alcohol and food! Also, it kind of looked maternity on me?? It kind of bellowed out at the stomach area. Unfortunately this dress did not work for me, but I did see someone else wearing it to a different wedding in Memphis - It looked great on her. I would recommend ordering a size up.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
October 19, 2015
Love the style but way too small!

Like the other reviews, the bust was way too small! I normally wear a 6 and the 8 wouldn't even zip up. I loved the style and the fabric though and will definitely be renting again but in a larger size.

Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 133lbs
October 20, 2015
Perfect fall wedding dress.

Fits tight around the breasts and waist which gives a nice contrast to the lose flow of the bottom. Very elegant. Has fun pockets. Fabric is thick and full.

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 123lbs
October 20, 2015
Favorite dress ever!

This Cynthia Rowley dress is a complete stunner. The style is so different from anything I would typically wear, but it is GORGEOUS. I have never received so many compliments on any dress before! Now for the fit, I can wear a 4 or 6 in most brands, but since this dress has zero give or stretch, I wore the 6 which fit perfectly. I'm 5'3" and wore 4 1/2 " heels and the back of the dress did slightly drag on the floor, but it wasn't too bad. The dress is heavy, but not uncomfortable. The color is prettier in person - this picture doesn't do it justice!

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
October 21, 2015
Felt like a woodland princess!

This was a fabulous dress for a rustic fall wedding and also great for pregnant ladies. Can't say enough great things about RTR - I got to wear a fabulous gown - plus accessories perfectly picked by my awesome G'town stylist - for less than it would've cost me to buy some ugly, overpriced maternity cocktail dress I would clearly never wear again. I can't really comment on the general sizes other than to say that I am normally a 0 in Cynthia Rowley because I'm small around the ribcage and waist, but ended up comfortable in the 4 - but I was 5.5 month pregnant. I didn't need a bra (I'm currently a 34 B/C and it was perfect) and the top was tight enough to stay up without being a tourniquet; the waist is on the high side but not that godforsaken empire waist most pregnancy dresses have. It actually hid the bump pretty well under the natural poufiness of the dress. The fabric is wonderfully detailed and has a nice heavy feel to it - also, pockets! The high-low cut meant you could walk up stairs easily. I am 5'2" and needed 4" heels to keep the back off of the ground. Nonstop compliments on the dress, but my favorite quote of the night came from a few older gentlemen walking down a hallway, one of whom said "Well, I think I'm done for the night!" and then saw me and said "Or maybe not!!" Ha!

Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 32
October 22, 2015
Bell of the ball, endless compliments, and POCKETS.

Dress has pockets and sweeps the floor ( I wore 4 inch heels) and has beautiful detailing BUT this dress also runs small and has the tendency to dig into your sides while dancing ALSO my dress had snags all over it which is a bummer.

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
October 23, 2015
n/a

The dress is beautiful and the fabric has a great weight to it. However, it was really small in the bust area and zipped up, I could hardly breathe. I wasn't able to wear this to my event but I would highly suggest it for someone with a smaller chest!

Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32F
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
October 27, 2015
This dress was perfect! Pockets and tons of compliments.

A little heavy. Overall very comfy.

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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
October 27, 2015
It was perfect for a fall wedding. It was so much fun to wear. Got compliments from several guests.

It was so comfortable to wear. Pockets were nice. I was concerned that it wouldn't be long enough because I'm 5'8". It was perfect. I wore 4 inch heels and it almost touched the floor. I'm getting over the post baby weight so this dress made me feel good.

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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 44
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160lbs
November 2, 2015
Beautiful dress, many compliments.

It runs very small in the upper torso area, could barely zip it so get the size up. Pockets are great, heavy dress so I wouldn't rent in summer.

Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 31
November 3, 2015
I rented this for friends' wedding and got a lot of compliments :)

The fabric is thick and solid, perfect for a fall season. The colored patterns of the dress reminds me of a peacock, super pretty and impressive.

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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
November 8, 2015
The whimsical color and pattern was perfect for the costume wedding I attended!

The fabric is absolutely gorgeous in its color, design, and weight with two generous pockets that enabled me to not carry a clutch for my event. It is fitted in the bodice and flares into a dramatic skirt.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
November 10, 2015
Absolutely beautiful dress!

This dress was so lovely. Everyone absolutely loved it. I wore it to my work's black tie anniversary party and it was just perfect. I am usually between a size 6/8 and I ended up wearing the size 8. I also ordered the size 10 for a backup and it was falling off. Keep in mind a few of the reviews said that this might not be a good choice if you are busty and I will have to say that I disagree. I am quite busty and the dress was absolutely stunning and accentuated my waist line. I am 5'7 and the back of the dress just hit the floor while wearing 4 inch heals. The RTR sample pic is the true color of the dress. I don't usually ever choose strapless dresses but I loved the color of it so much, I was willing to try it. I was able to dance all night and it did not feel like it was going to fall down, so if a strapless dress is what you're in the market for, this dress is just the ticket!

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
November 10, 2015
Wore this for a black tie wedding. I'm not a fan of full-length gowns, so the asymmetrical was gr8

Corset runs small, I probably should have worn the size 6...the material is heavy which makes it VERY hard to zip up. I couldn't do it by myself and it took a friend over 10 minutes of intense pulling and adjusting for it to close. That being said, the dress was comfortable and looked amazing. Love the pockets!

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 45
November 20, 2015
How fun to rent a dress! I hope to use the RTR service again!

The fit was amazing and true to size. Very comfy and super fun to wear! The pockets in the dress are amazing and perfect for a tube of lipstick and your phone. The dress had a great flow to it too. I just can not say one thing negative about it. Colors are true to the photo online and while the fabric will remind you of a couch cushion...it is not at all heavy to wear. Loved, loved, loved it!

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 31
November 25, 2015
Gorgeous, unusual dress

Absolutely loved wearing this dress because it is so different from anything I own! Got compliments all night. The fabric is a thick, tapestry-like material, so it is very forgiving. The skirt is quite full so if you are bigger on the bottom than on top, it would be very flattering. There are pockets, which is always a plus. I am usually a size 2 up top and a 2 or 4 on the bottom, and I could not even get the size 2 all the way zipped up.

Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 155lbs
November 25, 2015
I wore this to a military ball, where I got tons of compliments and felt like a supermodel.

After reading past reviews, I ordered the 10R and the 12R and the 10R fit the best - the 12R was too large in the bust, but I felt like the fit was about the same as the 10R in the waist.. I really liked the weight of this dress for a fall/winter affair. I did have a little trouble zipping the back, right at the seam where the torso meets the waist, but my husband was able to help gently get the zipper over the hump. My only problem over the evening was that the boning in the torso poked me a little at the bottom, and became uncomfortable by the end of the night, however, I have a short torso and have had this problem with almost every dress with boning that I've ever worn. The length was perfect for me, at 5'8" with 2 1/2" heels (it just barely brushed the floor in the back and hit just at the base of my knees in the front); if you are shorter you may want higher heels or be prepared to have a short train. The hem of my dress did have some wear and tear, but it wasn't really noticeable unless you looked at it closely.

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 34
November 30, 2015
I had more compliments wearing this dress - perfect for our black tie wedding in the city!

The top is a little tight (I usually wear a size 2 dress, but with early pregnancy bust a little bigger than usual, the 4 was even a little snug and needed some major help zipping up). The train is phenomenal and so fun (although a little heavy, so buyer beware if you have lots of steps that night or need some bathroom breaks - you'll be holding on to a lot of fabric). The picture doesn't do the fabric justice. Such a good dress!!

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 137lbs
November 30, 2015
Black tie, amazing unique dress. Gorgeous for holidays. Runs Small

Def runs small. Back just grazed the floor. So many compliments. Even in the days after posting pic on my social media.

Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
December 6, 2015
The style of the dress?

I got lots of compliments on this dress! My complaints were that the dress fit ran small. Also, the bone ribbing in the corset was poking out of the fabric (from multiple wears probably) and at the end of the night it looked like my abdomen was attacked by a cat. Oh and good thing I couldn't fit into the size 6R because the thread was fraying at the top and bottom.

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Size worn:
10R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 210lbs
December 8, 2015
Pockets! And So Pretty!

I paired the dress with a pair of bright red heels and a red clutch, and the whole ensemble garnered a lot of compliments, like other renters have experienced. (The decision for red accessories came when my earrings didn't arrive and I needed something to make a statement.) The material is a bit heavy, which was great for a December wedding in Tennessee. And the bodice is a bit unforgiving, but it kept me from pulling it up all night and it wasn't until 5 seconds before I took it off that the boning decided to start working into my side. Really a great dress all around; I'd recommend it to anyone. Small note: Like most dresses in my closet, the zipper can be a bit persnickety where the bodice and the skirt come together; have someone around to help zip you up.

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
December 9, 2015
This dress is beautiful, but a very big dress.

I would only recommend this dress for taller wearers - it looks over bearing on a short frame.

Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 31
December 13, 2015
Beautiful bright material, dramatic skirt

rented this for a winter wedding and loved it. it was definitely a full skirt - and at 5'3 with 4'' heels the skirt was still dragging on the floor. the colors were bright and peacock-like and it was super fun to wear. would definitely rent again!

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 54
December 14, 2015
I was he only ne in the dress at a Ball of 2000 people!

I wore a 4R and I am a 34B - it fit great! You want it snug/tight to keep it up - the skirt is so full, you don't have to worry about it not fitting in the hips -- The pockets were awesome (didn't need a handbag)!

Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 27
December 15, 2015
Great dress, but couldn't wear it because of sizing issues!

So I'm just reviewing this purely because I had some trouble with fit. I returned it the next day for credit because I didn't realize it would be THAT tight of a fit. I would definitely recommend that you get the size you usually fit in, and also GET A SIZE UP. I LOVE how this dress looked though. It's extremely formal so I wouldn't wear it to any non-black tie wedding because I feel like it would be too pretentious but if it was for another gala or formal event, I am DEFINITELY going to try getting this again. I'm kind of scared of strapless dresses because I'm a size A, and strapless dresses tend to fall down on me, but this one seemed like it would stay up because of the structure of the top. One thing is that some of the boning sometimes pokes at you, but it doesn't seem like it would be too much of a problem.

Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 28
December 21, 2015
hidden gem

This dress was absolutely stunning - I received compliments all night long! The shape is beautiful and the fabric is thick and quilted, making it appropriate even for cooler months. It runs true to size - I usually wear a size 0 but rented a size 2 and it was a little loose in the bust area.

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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Age: 45
December 23, 2015
Lots of compliments.

I had the 0 and 2. Honestly I could have worn either but choose the snugger fit and am glad I did as I never felt like it slipped out of place. We were outside for part of the event and the dress is quite heavy so it helped to keep me warm. I loved the deep pockets. My husband thought the skirt was a little "poufy" but twice strangers came up to me to compliment my dress. The back of the dress nicely swept the floor - pretty but a little tricky for dancing. All around a great dress.

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100lbs
December 24, 2015
Fabulous

I felt like a princess! This dress moves beautifully! The only down side is having to keep pulling up the strapless top, but I twirled in that dress over and over! I loved it!

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34AA
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
December 25, 2015
This dress is beautiful, unique, well made and so perfect in every way.

The fit of the gown was a little tight around my rib cage, especially for an 8 when I regularly wear a 6. But this dress was more than perfect for the wedding I attended. The fabric was thick and shone in the light, great for a winter wedding. I am 5' 10", wore 4 inch heels and the bottom of the gown was just above the ground. There were a few snags on each of the dresses, but they were easily tucked away. To top it all off, I received so many compliments on the beauty of the dress - from both young women and older women, universally beloved!

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Age: 35
December 28, 2015
This dress was amazing! I loved wearing it and received so many compliments!

true to size. i normally wear a 4 and the size 4 was great. I am small in the bust so i had to add some padded stick on cups but that seemed to do the trick. was such beautiful colors and fabric. i recommend to anyone!

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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 119lbs
January 2, 2016
Compliments galore and pockets!

Okay, so I gave this four stars mostly because it is very beautiful and all night long I received compliments. It's easy to move in and the deep pockets meant no need to carry a clutch. The cons: I sized up according to other reviews but that was a big mistake. That might be necessary for those blessed with larger busts, but I was pulling up the size 2 all night as it was, the bigger size was unwearable. The dress was frayed along the top and bottom and there was a big snag. Granted you couldn't see that at night, but if worn for a daytime wedding or whatever, the wear and tear would show. The boning poked me unmercifully. I reinforced my skin with large bandaids where it dug into me to prevent absolute misery. That worked, but sad to have to do that. This was my least enjoyable rental experience to date, but it is a gorgeous gown.

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Weight: 140lbs
January 8, 2016
I wore this dress for New Year's Eve/my birthday celebration. SO MANY COMPLIMENTS ALL NIGHT!

The dress was amazing! The bust was a little tight when I first put it on, but I felt like it stretched out a bit as the night went on. It swishes and flows and twirls and the color scheme is amazing! I wore it out in downtown Charleston for New Year's Eve and received so many compliments everywhere we went!

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Age: 30
January 11, 2016
Beautiful dress for black tie wedding. I received so many compliments all night! Highly recommended!

The dress is very fitted in the bust, but comfortable. The full skirt makes it so fun to dance in and the pockets are the best.

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