Cynthia Rowley

Button Me Up Dress

$76 to buy
$360 retail
Stylist Notes

Dance, dance, dance in this sexy Cynthia Rowley button sleeve dress.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized 0-10.

BUST: Great for any cup size - may be worn with a standard bra; fitted at bust so fuller busted women should consider sizing up
WAIST: Fitted - fitted throughout midsection; stretchy fabric allows for comfortable room though consider wearing with SPANX to cinch in abdomen
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black ponte. Crew neckline. Long sleeves with button closure cut-outs. 36'' from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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82 reviews
Fit
Large
(4)
True to Size
(56)
Small
(20)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
October 2, 2015
Cute but small

I didn't wear this dress because the sleeves were super tight and uncomfortable. Very disappointed.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
December 16, 2015
The arms are impossibly tight!

I am a small gall. I have small arms. Even in a 2 my arms were literally bulging out of the sleeves. Unsightly and extremely uncomfortable. Renter beware! I ended up not wearing it and sending it back because of this. Shame. Could have been cute.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
February 17, 2016
Heavy fabric is great for a winter party, arms are tight!

I wore this to an NYE party and was warm and comfortable. The arms are as tight as the other reviews say and I have "noodle arms" and didn't expect my skin to pudge out! Overall a nice, sleek, classic look--I'd rent this again for a cooler-weather party.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
November 20, 2012
Boxy and frumpier than I expected

I expected this dress to be sleek and sexy, but it just didn't work for my body type (petite, not especially curvy). It just looked super boxy on me- and gaped at my back. It was too large and too boxy- i ended up returning it without wearing it. High quality material and seemed like it would be comfortable- just not the rigt dress for me.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32AA
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
October 15, 2014
Not for petite women

I took a big risk ordering this dress knowing that no one with my body type left a review. Unfortunately, it fit the way I feared it would… but I had to try! For the short, flat, petite women out there… expect the dress to be long and saggy in stomach and back. It's interesting because while every area seemed large, the sleeves were SO tight, so tight that they hurt my arms. My skin was sticking out of the holes. It's a very nice, thick material. It's pretty plain so you can dress it up with jewelry however you want.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
February 19, 2013
Nice blank slate to add accessories

I loved how the dress looked online but was left unsatisfied. Mostly, II wasn't thrilled with the fit of this dress. The arms were super tight and yet it was baggie and very loose throughout the body of the dress. It was also past my knee (5'1), which wasn't the look I was going for that night. Still, the dress was cute and fun, but more appropriate for a holiday event or to wear to work than for a night out.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
May 30, 2013
Classy and beautiful!

I ordered this dress to wear to a family dinner event during my cousin's wedding weekend. I wanted something that was simple, classic, and a bit conservative. This was definitely the dress. I ordered the 6, which could have fit a bit tighter and looked better. The only reason I stayed with my normal size was due to the arms, which fit but would have looked a bit too tight if I had gone down to the 4. If it weren't for the mismatch between the arm size and the rest of the dress's size, this dress would have received a 5.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 130lbs
February 17, 2012
Big arms, beware

I ordered the 4 and 6, expecting to wear the 6, but unfortunately the dress arrived with a button missing on the right arm of that size. So, of course, I couldn't wear that and tried on the 4. The body of the size 4 dress fit well (a little better than the 6, actually, as this looks good fitted), but the arms were SO TIGHT it was actually very uncomfortable to bend them at all. I note that because I don't have large/muscular arms. If you have large upper arms and are thinking of renting this to hide your arms and show off your legs -- find another dress! Big arms would have the skin show/push out around the buttons and looked like a tied-up ham or something. It was VERY tight on my 'average/straight' arms...and I wore this dress for 12 hours (all day before an evening event, then on the plane home). I thankfully had other clothes in my carry-on and finally had to change during a layover. I couldn't take it anymore. The length of the dress wasn't TOO short (I'm 5'10"), but I wore stockings (highly recommend). If I had bare legs, I would have been concerned that it was too short and everything was just 'hanging out'. Overall, cute dress. Wish the size 6 had fit. It was a great day-to-evening dress, but the diameter on the arm sizing needs to be looked in to. Even with that open area, the fabric didn't stretch enough to make them comfortable.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 50
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
February 22, 2012
Button up

Terrific flattering dress - a little difficult to put on - but once on beautifully accents your figure. Plus it is comfortable!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 170lbs
November 29, 2012
short n simple

If you're sporting a rockin' bod - this could very well be the dress for you. The jersey material is thick and would be warm to wear I imagine. It also hugs your curves... in a non-forgiving way. The button detail on the sleeves are fantastic on this minimalist dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
December 3, 2012
Lots of compliments

It fits perfectly, it is very elegant and made from comfortable thick fabric. It is very tight around the arms. It also has some buttons on the sleeves that I did not like much. Overall a good dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
January 3, 2013
Great dress, easy to throw on during the winter

The dress is a think knit and runs small, so go up a size. Fun with tights and boots in the winter and the sleeves make it more unique!!

Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 144lbs
January 28, 2013
Didnt wear dress because it didn't fit.

This dress fit really weird. The body fit ok- it was a little loose in the stomach, but it was doable. The arms, however, were extremely tight. I do not have large arms, but the button area still felt like it was really stretched out and made my arms bulge out of the openings. Didn't wear the dress.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120lbs
February 22, 2013
This dress is perfect for a party and can also be worn for a more casual occasion.

The fit was pretty true to size, however, the sleeves were very tight. Although my arms are average the fit was almost uncomfortable. The fabric is thick and hugs the body nicely without showing any bumps and bulges. The length was perfect- not too short and not too long on my 5'3" frame.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
November 25, 2013
unfortunately, this dress was way too small for me.

I am a slightly curvy girl, but still considered to be quite thin. I ordered the dress in a size 6 as most reviews said it was true to size, and I religiously wear a size 6. The arms were tight and the rest of the dress although very covered up, left nothing to the imagination with how tight it was. I did not wear it out.

Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
October 26, 2013
Looked Great!

My arms were being squeezed the whole night, but everything else fit perfectly!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
January 27, 2014
Comfortable and pretty.

I wore this to my fiance's holiday party. The dress fit well, I'm glad I got a size up. I usually wear a 0 or a 2, but the 4 fit me the best. The arms are a little tight. It also feels like a wetsuit almost, so it was perfect for the winter (-6 at the event!), but I would be too hot to wear this in spring. Besides that, it was a classy, nice dress. I wish that the necklace they show with it was available to rent!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
April 16, 2014
Blah

This dress was blah... Don't think it photographed well & the sleeves were super tight compared to the size. I am a yoga instructor so I have some tone to my arms & I was uncomfortable all night long.

Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 67
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
April 16, 2014
routine

the sleeves were extremely tight and I have thin arms

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Body type: Petite
October 30, 2014
Awful! Unless you're a stick figure, don't bother trying to squeeze into this dress!

The material is like a wet suit. It's thick and hardly has any stretch to it. The sleeves are so ridiculously small that a childs arm most likely couldn't even fit. It's cute on the model, but I have no clue how she managed to get into the dress. If you really want to try this dress out, go for at least two sizes up!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Body type: Petite
April 4, 2013
Very nice, thick material... great for winter parties.

Runs small!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 54
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 160lbs
September 28, 2012
Not for a Pear

Did not work on my pear shaped body.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 147lbs
November 12, 2012
Sleeves very small - beware

I am 5'7" and 142 lbs. I have an hourglass figure, with large breasts and buttocks. However, my arms are average sized and toned and this dress didn't fit there at all. I even tried the size up (8 - I am usually a 6) and every time my arms were popping out of the slits in the arms like I was a sausage in a too-small casing. This was the most hideous look. If you have ultra-skinny arms, this is the dress for you. The fabric is sturdy and comfortable and it is a well crafted dress. I just had the problem with the arms making it unwearable.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
July 15, 2013
I have always loved the option of being able to rent more than one dress!

I ordered a 4 and a 6 in this dress just in case and when they came in the mail neither fit. It was a gorgeous dress but the material is what made the fit not my normal size!

Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 139lbs
March 11, 2014
Fun dress!

The sleeves are very tight - but the dress is super stretchy and fit well in the waist, rear.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
August 10, 2014
Body of the dress is very flattering.

The body of the dress fits fantastic. I am typically a 4/6 and the 6 wasn't available so I ordered the 4. The 4 fit great and was very flattering on my torso, however be aware that the arms fit very tight. Unusually tight in the arms and the buttons made it very unattractive, like my arms were trying to break free from the buttons. I normally love all dresses Cynthia R, but this one just didn't work for me. Also pretty heavy material, would be better in the fall.

Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 33
November 22, 2015
My favorite rental so far.. wish I owned

Fit perfectly. The arms were a little tight like other reviewers said but I didn't think it was too bad. I'm only 5 feet tall and the length was perfect for a formal work event. It was fitted but classy.

Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Body type: Apple
October 18, 2011

Fit like a glove, made out of great fabric that is really slimming. I got a size 4 and 6. The 6 fit great, but the 4 was even better because it was a little more fitted. Very easy to accessorize with.Very comfortable and and has some stretch to the fabric. It is somewhat tight (spanx might be needed) , but does the figure justice.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
November 2, 2011
Just a great dress, easy to wear and I felt great...

This dress was just amazing. I wore it to a work event, it looked great, fit well and was easy to move in. I would rent it again; it is perfect for the northeast where we need something just a little warmer for these winter events!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
January 4, 2012
Great party dress

This dress is very sexy without showing too much skin. Super slimming and the fabric has a bit of a stretch so it was very comfortable through dinner and dancing on NYE. I would definitely rent this again. Its a great backdrop dress for a beautiful statement necklace as well. I rented the necklace (Dannijo, Gold Celia Knotted Chain Necklace) from the model's picture and it looked stunning!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
February 14, 2012
Felt beautiful and comfortable all night!

I wore this dress for my friend's 22nd birthday celebration and felt beautiful all night! The material is a tad thick yet stretchy which proved to be very, very comfortable. I received many compliments and would highly recommend this dress.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 122lbs
September 19, 2012
Sophisticated and Timeless.

The fit of this dress was awesome! Tight and flattering. The material is comfortable and warm as well. Perfect for fall and winter.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
September 19, 2012
Weird Fit

I didn't actually wear this dress out because it didn't fit my quite right. There was too much fabic in the stomach area for me and it bunched up, so if you have any type of curves on the bottom this may not be the dress for you.

Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
September 25, 2012
Loved the simplicity of this dress with the small detail of the buttoned sleeves!

The dress was super comfy but the material is rather thick. I rented it for a wedding rehearsal dinner in California and was expecting the weather to be a little cooler than it was. Because of the thickness, it was rather toasty but still loved it! Being 5' 4", I wished it was a little bit shorter on be. I feel my arms are rather small, but the sleeves were a little tight. Just something to consider.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
September 26, 2012
Fun and Easy!

Material was thick but it was really fun and easy to wear. I think it would be great in the fall with a pair of pumps. Also, good pick for rehearsal dinner or party.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
October 5, 2012
Like Outer Spanx!

The dress fit wonderfully and the fabric is nice and thick so it has an effect similar to Spanx on your body. Who doesn't love that? My only issue with the dress was the length. I am petite and needed it to be a little longer or a little shorter. An awkward length for me. It is a great dress to pull off conservative, sexy.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
October 6, 2012
I was lucky to wear this dress to a lunch with Brooke Brown, RTR's Director of Product Management!

I love the playful buttons on the arms. I received many compliments during my classes. It was a very flattering dress length.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
November 27, 2012
Great for a party.

This is a great dress. I usually run between a 4 and 6 but ended up with the 6. There is not a ton of stretch and in some of the photos it looks a bit more A-line then it really is. However, I loved it. It was perfect for my birthday party. Note: the material is very thick!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
December 14, 2012
Very confortable dress!!

The fabric is super thick, like a weatsuit so it is perfect for winter parties.

eftalyaDecember 14, 2012
Love they way you styled the dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
January 5, 2013
Sexy dress, pretty cute for a date

I got this dress for New Year's Eve - nice dinner and comedy show. The dress is very spandex-y and the fabric is pretty casual. The sleeve cutouts are a cute detail. I'd recommend this for a night out, but nothing more formal than that. The stitching on the sleeves was coming loose which looked a bit cheap.

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