kate spade new york

Bow Back Cupcake Dress

$425 retail

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Stylist Notes

With a timeless shape plus a charming bow back, this kate spade new york dress takes an unexpected twist. Wear it with a statement earrings to elevate the look.

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 at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

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

Product Details

Pink faille (100% Polyester). Sleeveless. Halter neckline with open back and bow detail. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 35” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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143 reviews
Fit
Large
(20)
True to Size
(46)
Small
(2)
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
May 17, 2016
Great dress for wedding.

I wore this dress for a wedding and got a ton of compliments. It is classy in the front and sexy in the back. It runs true to size or a little large. The color of the dress is way more bright than the picture. It's a hot pink color.

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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
March 19, 2016
Stylist Review

In person, this dress has a gorgeous, VIBRANT pink sorbet color. The open back is totally stunning, and in perfect KS fashion, topped with a perfectly girlie bow. Who could ask for more? Its runs very true to size, but I felt it ran a bit large in the top (I'm about 36B). Of course, no bra or a NuBra will be needed here. There is no built in support for the girls in the dress. The hem is also at about knee, maybe a bit above. I'd suggest this to girls who have a little more up top, apple, and hourglass. The fabric has no stretch, but the dress runs pretty true to size, so go with what you usually get, and one size up. Pair with some sparkly studs and mary janes!

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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 29
March 31, 2016
This was a great dress for a wedding. Comfortable for dancing and fun style!

I liked that it wasn't too tight in the hip area. I often run into the issue of being a 0 for the bust area and a 2 in the hip area, but this fit perfectly.

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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 32
April 9, 2016
Cute but not cut for petite figures.

I'm very small and thus require clothing that is actually petite-cut. Unfortunately this dress is not that, and the size 0 was too large on me. That being said, the dress is gorgeous in person and much brighter than in the pic. It is well-made and I would definitely recommend it to anyone a little taller. And RTR's service, as usual, was fantastic!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 148lbs
April 20, 2016
Loved this dress!

This dress was so fun to wear! The color is a much more vibrant pink in person, and the open back with the bow is very flattering. I am typically a 6 or 8, and I still had a lot of room in the waist in the 6. RTR over nighted me the 4, and that's the size I went with. I received so many compliments and felt great in it. And once again the customer service was amazing. One of my favorite rentals to date!

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Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 169lbs
April 23, 2016
So bright and beautiful

Beautiful fabric for and felt great in this dress. Classy with a bit of fun with the bow. Color is a bright coral. So many compliments loved it

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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 127lbs
April 25, 2016
The Bow is Everything!

Was a little loose, and it has very thick fabric. The color is VERY neon, so keep that in mind. Perfect for a rehearsal dinner!

Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Formal Affair
May 1, 2016
I got so many compliments! RTR was on time with shipping my dress, definitely will use it again!

The fit is very true to size! Super comfortable to wear too! I wore it to an Air Force formal dinner and felt conservative enough even with the open back! The length and high neck makes it classy but the back of the dress gives it a fun/sexy feel! Highly recommend for any occasion!

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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Age: 30
April 23, 2016
LOVED this dress!

This dress was absolutely perfect. The color is much prettier in person -- a very vibrant pink/coral. I ordered both the 6 & 8 and ended up wearing the 6. It runs true to size and I even had extra room in the hip area. First RTR experience worked out great!

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
May 17, 2016
classy, comfy & crowd fav

so many compliments on this dress at a wedding. Super bright, neon pink. It was too big on me but still loved it

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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 108lbs
May 2, 2016
Loved the bright color and the open back with bow detail!

The dress fit perfectly except for the top which i thought looked a little too big on me.

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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 113lbs
May 6, 2016
Jackie O Classy!!!

Beautiful, Brighter color than it looks in picture!! Comfy with pockets!

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
May 22, 2016
WAY brighter and it appears.

This color is WAY brighter than it appears online. I loved the style and fit of the dress, but it was far too bright for a late March wedding. Was so bummed because I loved everything about this dress except the color!

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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
June 1, 2016
Loved this dress that I wore to my rehearsal dinner! Beautiful color and back looks amazing.

Fits true to size and is comfortable.

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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
June 3, 2016
Fun, unforgettable dress!

This dress was so much fun to wear - I got compliments all night! It runs a little big, but there's enough structure to the dress that it's okay and makes it easy to move around. The material is also nice and thick, a very well-made dress. One complaint - the way the material bunches at the chest is a little... sharp, if you know what I mean. Since the dress is backless and you're obviously not able to wear a bra, it looks a little awkward from the side. Overall, I'd still recommend the dress!

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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Bust size: 32B
June 14, 2016
The back!

The dress was made of a very nice material and was a very vibrant coral color! The open back and bow was perfect

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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
June 15, 2016
I got so many compliments on this dress, especially for the color and the bow.

Pros: pleat near waistline is flattering for any tummy, color is bright - perfect for spring and summer. My only con is that I wish it had pockets.

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 126lbs
June 19, 2016
Color comparison

My main point in posting a review was to show a picture with a true color comparison of what is pictured online. It is truly fluorescent, and personally I would not have chosen it if I had seen the actual color online. Only the size 6 was available, or I would have opted for a size 4 back-up. I definitely could have gone down one size, but it was wearable. I received many compliments on the dress, but I wonder if it was because it was so bright that it was hard not to say something about it.

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Body type: Hourglass
June 20, 2016
The color, open back, and bow were perfect!

This dress was so much fun! Wore it for an evening wedding. The dress is true to size. Plenty of room on top and fabric is substantial enough that I actually went braless with no problem. The back with the bow was just precious. I received so many compliments and I felt so confident. Was able to dance the night away. The worst part was retuning it! I would definitely recommend this dress - true to size, very bright, fun color, and nice detail.

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Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
June 22, 2016
I absolutely love the color!!

The dress is perfect for a wedding it was really comfortable and had a beautiful bright color I read some of the reviews and I decided to rent the 12 and 14 but the 14 ended up being to big so the 12 worked great!!!

LinJune 22, 2016
What did you do for a bra? I am worried about the lack of support.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
June 23, 2016
Compliments Galore

This dress got so many compliments! I'm a red head and was worried about it being too bright, but it's a beautiful pink and great for summer!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Age: 49
June 28, 2016
Glow in the dark dress

It is much brighter than the picture but people liked it.

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
June 30, 2016
So many compliments!!

I rented this for a rehearsal dinner and it was perfect! The details on the back are fantastic and the bright pink color is fabulous. The only issue was that the dress stretched as your wore it - which is not usually a problem but since I have a smaller chest and there is no back, the dress started to pucker in the front. But overall, loved it!!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
July 18, 2016
Perfect summer wedding dress!

This dress fit true to size for me! I ordered a 4 and 6 just to be safe, but ended up with the 4 which is my typical size. The color is certainly not the peachy/pink you are probably expecting, but the vibrant pink that it actually comes in is wonderful for a summer wedding! I would definitely recommend this dress to anyone!

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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Age: 32
July 22, 2016
SO PRETTY

I loved wearing this dress. It was definitely bright, but that just made it all the more magical. The bow in the back is to die for. I felt like a pink moon beam all night! I could have gone without a bra, but I felt like it looked a little more put-together with a stick on bra, so that's what I went with. Definitely get this for a special occasion, you won't regret it!

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 98lbs
July 25, 2016
Wished so much it fit!

I rented this dress for one of our department graduation parties but never ended up wearing it. I rented the 0 despite reading all the reviews that it ran large, since I'm obsessed with neon things (that are still classy) and the open back (business in the front, party in the back) - I thought it would be perfect for my personality and the occasion. Just as expected, the 0 was way too large, I couldn't really fake it. I'm really petite (5'3" 100 lbs 34A) and there was a ton of room everywhere. The material was thick/structured, so you needed to have the bust to fill it out. Wish Kate Spade made 00 because I hated to have to send it back!

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
July 26, 2016
Beautiful Dress, Very Bright

I was sent this dress as a replacement since the dress I had ordered arrived back to RTR damaged. Definitely was not my first choice, but it ended up working fine for the wedding I attended. I am usually a size 4 and this dress was a bit big on me so I would size down. As other reviewers have said, this dress is BRIGHT. Almost fluorescent. It was comfortable though, and I received many compliments on it. I loved the bow!

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 220lbs
July 29, 2016
Cute but a little small

I ended up not wearing this because I felt it showed too much back fat because it squeezed my waist. It fit well everywhere else and the color is super vibrant. I really love it and wish I wasn't self conscious about my back.

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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 28DD
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 98lbs
August 7, 2016
Loved everything about it!

This dress was perfect. I loved everything about it, from the color, to the fabric, to the bow on the back, it was absolutely unforgettable. I would definitely rent it again!

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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
August 10, 2016
Classic Jackie-O inspired dress

This dress was so fun! The material was very high quality and thick . I'm a 32D and even with the open back, I was able to just wear a backless adhesive bra (more for the extra support I need than anything else). No glass-cutting thanks to the heavy duty almost scuba like material. From the front the dress looks very classy and simple- reminiscent of Jackie-O or Audrey Hepburn, but the open back and sweet bow in the back make it fun! I was receiving compliments on this dress all night.

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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
August 10, 2016
This dress is amazing! You need this for summer events.

I absolutely LOVED wearing this dress. I attended a summer wedding - and I received a ton of compliments on it. Keep in mind that the color shown in the pictures is not accurate. This dress is SUPER BRIGHT -- and I actually loved the color more in person. I wore a NuBra, but the fabric is thick enough that I probably could have gotten away without it. It runs mostly true to size, but the top was a little big. The day I wore this was really hot, and even though the back is open, I was pretty warm in this fabric. Overall, I would rent this dress again in a heartbeat!

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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 170lbs
August 16, 2016
Cute bright dress

Wore this to my best friends rehearsal dinner. It was very bright and looked great with my spray tan. The 6 fit true to size. The only downfall I found was that the boning of the dress made it look like my nips were out all night. I wore a sticky bra and everyone kept telling me they could see my nips which was rather annoying when it was really just the seam of the dress.

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Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 120lbs
August 21, 2016
Great dress! So many compliments!

This dress was amazing!!! I got so many compliments! The back is super cute. Comfortable. It's a lot brighter in person than what shows on the page. Great for a summer wedding with a tan! Smallest downside is that it's tight around the legs so not a lot of give on the dance floor if you're trying to move around a lot but still easy to dance in! Would definitely recommend renting! I went with the 0 I didn't even try the 2 on because it fit perfectly!

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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 29
August 23, 2016
I wore this to a rehearsal dinner and it was perfect.

Fit is true to size. I typically wear a size 2 and the size 2 fit perfect.

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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
August 24, 2016
This dress was gorgeous, comfortable, and great quality

Like other reviews, this dress is much brighter than it appears on the model. The first picture is what it actually looked like, the second picture is filtered. However, the dress is beautiful and bright! My boyfriend said it was very easy to find me on the dance floor. :) I loved this dress and would definitely rent it again.

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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 34
August 28, 2016
Extremely bright, classy, and fun!

This dress was fabulous! Please believe me when I say it is much brighter, an orange/pink rather than light pink color compared to the pictures. The picture I posted doesn't even capture how bright this dress is. The bright color along with the bow and back made the dress so fun to wear and dance in. I got so many compliments throughout the night from friends and people I had just met. The neckline and back were flattering to my broad shoulders. As many people have posted, it is meant for more well-endowed women in the chest area. Also, the waist pinches in a little. Long story short, if you are looking for a vibrant and flattering dress, this is the dress for you!

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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 190lbs
August 30, 2016
Love this dress!

Rented this dress for my bridal shower in a 8 & 10 and the 8 fit perfectly (without Spanx, yey!). The material is super thick, so a bra wasn't needed, which I was worried about. The color is completely different in person - a vibrant pink that compliments any skin tone! I got a ton of compliments and felt super confident even though I've never worn an open back before. Would recommend it for any summer event!

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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Age: 32
September 3, 2016
Amazing Color, detail and construction of the dress!!

I loved this dress and was complimented all night, it was so bright vibrant and the bow detail in the back was so sweet! I did a huge bun in the back and kept my hair and jewelry simple. I loved everything about this dress.

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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
September 7, 2016
Outstanding (literally!) coral: not for wallflowers

I wore this perky little number to a late summer wedding, and the color was truly outstanding - it's a day-glo coral, so don't be afraid to stand out. The open back with bow is tastefully flirty, and the pleats create an hourglass flare for you whether you're naturally curvy or not. Two notes: 1) the fabric is heavy and doesn't breathe very well, and 2) if you don't wear a bra or fill out the front fully, you'll have some pointy business at the top of the chest seams (see photo)

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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Age: 34
Body type: Hourglass
September 8, 2016
I ended up not wearing color was SOOOO PINK!

I didnt end up wearing this. It fit great but there are some odd darts right on the chest area that were badly placed and the color was so bright, pepto neon pink. Sad because it really was so cute.

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