Katie May

Black Cowl Back Gown

$295 retail

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Stylist Notes

A timeless, curve-hugging silhouette is updated with a chic cowl back on this Katie May gown. Pull your hair back in a sleek bun to show the design off.

Size & Fit

This gown runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size (comfortable room at bust)
WAIST: Fitted, fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Straight, stretchy fabric allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH:

Floor length, three lengths available. Petite measures 56" from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights under 5'2"), Regular measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''), Long measures 61'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'7''-5'11'').

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

Product Details

Black crepe (97% Polyester, 3% Spandex). Gown. Sleeveless. Boat neckline. Hidden side zipper. Fully lined. See size and fit tab for length. Made in the USA.

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196 reviews
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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
October 5, 2017
Comfortable and classy

Rented this to wear to a work gala and it was perfect. Super comfy, stretchy and perfect fit to allow me to move around at my work event

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Size worn:
18R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 46
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 230lbs
October 15, 2017
Compliment after compliment!

Great dress!! Stretchy material allows for a great and comfortable fit. The only negative was the 'hangers' - they kept coming out from under the straps. Definitely pin them if you rent this dress. Would definitely wear again. Sorry I didn't get pic of the back, but it was perfect! Not too low.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
October 24, 2017
Very flattering!

I wore this dress to a gala for work. It fit like a glove, it was tight but very flattering. I was worried it would be too long but the length was perfect for me. The low scoop in the back is gorgeous! I felt very elegant and sexy. I wish I could've kept it!

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Size worn:
8L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
November 7, 2017
Stunning glamor!

Perfectly hugs your curves and creates a statuesque silhouette. The open back shows just enough skin that you can still comfortably wear a low back push up bra if needed. Fit is just snug enough to create generous cleavage without being too audacious. Classic elegance and glamorous dress! Definitely a stunner!!

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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
November 8, 2017
Classy, black dress for black tie wedding

I usually wear a 2 or 4, so those are the sizes I ordered in the long length. This dress runs WAY small, so I would suggest sizing up 2 sizes for sure. I tried to get the 6L overnighted but it wasn't available. I think it would have fit perfectly! I ended up wearing the 4L, which was a tad tight and had I had time to buy some spanx I think it would have felt a little better. I am 5'10" and the length was perfect with a little heel. I got so many compliments on the back of the dress! It was definitely fun to wear! It is tight through the legs, so don't plan on doing many crazy moves on the dance floor, but you still have some range of motion. This was my first RTR experience and I really enjoyed it!

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 28
November 9, 2017
Perfect for a black tie wedding

Loved this dress - it's super classic and fits like a glove. I️ wore a size 6 but an 8 would have definitely been more comfortable. I️m only 5'2" and the length was perfect so it definitely runs short. It is stretchy but there's not too much give in the legs so you won't be running in this dress ;) Would definitely rent it again!

Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
November 15, 2017
So many compliments

I am 5'5 and 127 pounds with D breasts and the size 4 was perfect. I paired it with a classic pair of dangling earrings. I received an incredible amount of compliments on the dress, it was perfect! Thanks RTR!

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Age: 56
November 18, 2017
When one person stated how much she paid for her dress and would probably never wear it again!

This dress is very form fitting and runs small. It was beautiful with the draping cowl in back. My daughter ended up wearing it because we are the same size but it looked better on her. She had to wear Spanx to make it seamless. Beautiful gown and would rent again.

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Size worn:
10R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34DD
November 19, 2017
This dress was perfect for a formal event.

The dress was form fitting and runs small.

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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 29
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 130lbs
December 12, 2017
Shows off curves and fits full bust

My sister ended up wearing this dress and it looked great on her. She is a 34DD and always struggles to find dresses that fit her, but this one which I ordered for myself ended up fitting her better than the one she bought for the wedding! The back is beautiful and the dress was comfortable. She looked like a million bucks!

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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 140lbs
December 13, 2017
Perfect for any formal event! Received so many complements! Great fit and length!

I am 5'9" so I ordered the long and it was perfect! I was able to still wear heels. Scooped back adds flare to an amazing gown.

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Size worn:
14R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Age: 39
January 1, 2018
I love this service! Its easy, convenient and the dresses are gorgeous!

This dress fits perfect on curves and hides the few bumps I have! The top shoulder area was a bit loose but managable! I didnt need any pins just adjust the drape in the back and it should be fine. I wore 4' herls and the shoe barely showed. It may appear to not need a steam but the bottom flare will need it. Overall this is an aweskme and elegant dress very Audrey Hepborne!

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 105lbs
January 9, 2018
Great dress, survived 12+ hour wedding

Fits true to size/tight. I wore spanks that were shorts for comfort more than anything. It is form fitted.

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 63
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
January 24, 2018
New Year's Eve in Vegas!

Perfect fit; although I usually wear a 4, the 6R was form fitting yet comfy. My daughters, (who are brutslly honest), said it made me look "very small"!! The low drape in the back is a wow factor. Felt sexy and elegant!

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Straight & narrow
February 4, 2018
What a greta dress!

The dress fit perfectly! I was able to move without problem as the fabric has some stretch to it. I wore it to a charity event with a Breakfast at Tifany's theme and got several complimets on how Audry Hepbern would have loved the dress. A+!

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 126lbs
February 13, 2018
Timeless!

Loved this dress. It's a form fitting cut. Well made. Classic & elegant.

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
February 15, 2018
Loved this dress!!! Great fit and lots of compliments.

I ordered the 4p and it was a good lenth but it was tight in the chest. I wore the 6r and the length and fit were great. I wore 3" heels. I'm 5'2", 125lbs athletic build.

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 60
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 21, 2018
Very comfortable

Stretchy comfort made my figure look great. I had to go up a size from my usual. I am 5'7" and 140# with A/B cup. Wore 8R with Nubra.

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
February 24, 2018
Masquerade ball

I wore this to a 007 themed Masquerade Ball gala fundraiser. Loved it.

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Size worn:
4R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 127lbs
February 26, 2018
Classic and elegant

This dress is amazing! The material is thick enough to hide any flaws and it has a nice stretch as well so i would recommend your usual size or one down. Even tho it was tight it was really confortable and I had no restrictions . I am 5'2 and wore the 4R with 4 inch heels and the length was perfect. I had the 6L as my backup ( only size available) abd besides it being too long it was too loose for a nice hourshaped look. I loved the back as well..it was sexy yet classy. The only negative was because it was snug, the side zipper bunched up a little bit . Overall this is a great dress , not overly fancy but you can wear it with confidence!

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Size worn:
18L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 240lbs
March 11, 2018
Classic and elegant but short!

Rented his for a work gala with a 20s theme. Loved the neckline and cowl back- needed a stick on bra but could wear spanx without showing. My biggest problem Was that even in a long length, this dress was not floor length (see my barefoot picture). There's some stretch to the material

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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 2
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
March 11, 2018
Felt classy but sexy for this black-tie wedding.

The material is strong but stretchy and I felt comfortable going braless, which I cannot do often. The backless portion made me feel so fancy! Would recommend and rent again for a similar event.

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Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 190lbs
March 17, 2018
Sexy but classy for a military ball

My date described this dress perfectly: gorgeous and sexy but still classy. It was perfect for a military ball. This dress had give, flattered any flaws, and was dancable. For how fitted it is, it didnt ride up a lot (had to pull it down after walking but still didnt bunch). My only complaint was that the long was barely long enough. At 6' tall, I definitely could only wear flats with it. Im typically between a 10 and a 12 and couldve worn either because of the stretch but chose to go with the 12 for better movement.

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Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
March 25, 2018
Order the long if your 5'5 or taller

Dress was very cute. Back is super sexy but it fell short so I went with my alternate dress.

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Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 32G
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
March 31, 2018
Amazing silhouette!!

The fit is snug even in the 6. Absolutely no give but if that is your size, then it will fit like a glove and hug every curve. I didn't wear a bra as the fabric was snug enough to hold and the back of the dress was a show stopper. Length was perfect and I got complimented on its elegance and fit.

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Size worn:
12R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
April 13, 2018
Statement Back

Classic and elegant fit. I didn't end up wearing this one although I love it. The front is very sophisticated and sleek, while the back is sexy and beautiful. It's not very forgiving in the hips but the fit is flawless

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Bust size: 32B
April 16, 2018
Loved this dress!!!!

Perfect fit; the fabric was thicker than I expected but I like that-- was very surprised at how well it fit because I have a very small chest & normally am never comfortable without a bra, but in this dress I wore sticky boobs and felt amazing the entire night! Perfect for a formal black tie event, stunning silhouette & gorgeous back!

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Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 23
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
April 25, 2018
Most elegant dress ever!

I loved the open back, and the material of the dress. Although it's inconvenient to wear a bra, I didn't even bother wearing one during my event. Loved the fit. I got a LONG because I wore heels and I am normally 5'5.

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Size worn:
14R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138lbs
April 27, 2018
Didn't wear, beautiful gown but...

This gown was SO PRETTY! So the size runs incredibly small, I had rented this months ago as a back up and it came in soooo tight. The 14 fit perfect w length and overall fit HOWEVER! I'm a 36D and since the back is cut low, there's no support for the girlies. Wish it came w bra inside or cups at least!

Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
May 4, 2018

I LOVED this dress! Hugged in all the right places and the length was perfect!

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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
May 8, 2018
Business Trip Awards Gala

Gorgeous fabric. Runs a little small. Order at least one size up. I'm 5'5", and wore 3 inch heels with the 10L. Got TONS of compliments. Prepare to have all eyes on you!

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Size worn:
18R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Pear
May 15, 2018
Backless & form fitting!

The dress was great! It fit my curvy figure, I did have to size up.

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Size worn:
14L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36DD
Body type: Apple
Weight: 172lbs
June 18, 2018
Backup dress

I rented this as a backup dress for my cousins wedding. I was so torn which one to chose and it literally came down to getting dressed before I decided which dress I would wear because I loved them both. I usually wear a 10/12 but ordered this in a 14 and it fit perfect.

Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
June 19, 2018
Absolutely Stunning!!

This dress was absolutely perfect for my black tie event!! The dress was very flattering and the material made it very easy to move around in!! I'm 5'9" and getting it in long made it just to the floor with a one inch heel. I will definitely be renting this dress again!

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 129lbs
June 26, 2018
Elegant dress

Rented this as a bridesmaids dress. Very elegant! Zipper definitely hard to zip whether on or off, probably from too much use.

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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
August 15, 2018
This dress looked amazing and I felt classy and sexy!

Beautiful classic gown, I would recommend going up a size because it fit quite snug around my hips.

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Size worn:
14L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34DD
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 182lbs
August 16, 2018
Fit like a glove

The fabric of this fabulous dress is very forgiving. It moves with you so it hugs but still leaves you feeling comfortable. The neckline is flattering... no necklace needed. Just wear gorgeous earrings.

Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 145lbs
August 25, 2018
Runs small

Runs small. Usually an 8-10, but I read the reviews and ordered up. The 12 was extremely tight and very short.

Size worn:
16L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 21
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
August 28, 2018
Disappointed

This dress runs really small. I'm a size 16 and the dress was a hassle to get on. At one point I could not breathe. Also, this dress is not long at all! It stopped at my ankles and I'm 5'7. Requested a 18L to be overnighted to me. It fit a bit better but it was still really short

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 116lbs
September 12, 2018
Gorgeous

Loved this dress. Was Perfect for a black tie wedding. Lower cut in the back so would recommend sticky bra vs regular bra. Very slimming and true to size!

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