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Lilly Pulitzer

Black Bowen Dress

$44 to buy
$350 Retail

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Stylist Notes

Spice up this little black dress by Lilly Pulitzer by adding a showstopping statement necklace like the RJ Graziano's Pirate Treasure Necklace. Finish off your look with the Lilly Pulitzer's Golden Elephant Clutch and the Kenneth Jay Lane's Genesha Bangle and you're ready for the party!

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 throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

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

Size & Fit Notes

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 throughout midsection
HIPS: Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

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

Size Chart

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Product Details

Black cotton sateen with placed metallic embroidery. Strapless neckline. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden back zip. 34'' from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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21 reviews

Fit
Small 7
True to Size 9
Large 5
Photos 6
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Body type: Straight & narrow
Dec 13, 2011

Perfect!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I wore this for a Christmas party at a country club last weekend. I also ordered the pirate treasure necklace in the picture and wore it with black patent leather pumps and loved the entire look. Like most Lilly's this dress runs a little big but the 0 fit perfectly!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120 lbs
Jan 2, 2012

New Year's Eve

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
I wore this dress for New Year's Eve & received a million compliments-- I usually wear a size 4 but I was able to easily fit into the 2. It was great & looked awesome with a statement necklace and gold clutch. Love RTR!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 28
Body type: Full Bust
Jan 4, 2012

The PERFECT dress

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I loved this dress so much that Lilly was conveniently having a sale I went online the next day and bought it! It is super flattering, fits so well and it's simple yet elegant! Definitely a great party dress - I wore this for new years and received so many compliments!!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Aug 12, 2012

Great black dress

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
This was a great black dress for a wedding. It runs a little big. I ordered an 8 and 6. Unfortunately they sent an 8 and 2. The 8 was pretty roomy and you don't want to take any chances with a strapless dress so I didnt wear it. But I wish I had the 6 because it really was the perfect dress for the wedding I was attending. Even though I couldn't wear it, I would definitely recommend it.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Aug 12, 2012

Great dress-- just didn't work

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
Great dress in great shape. Subtle yellow (gold) detailing at the hem and a perfect silhouette. Unfortunately, getting it zipped that last 4 inches was too difficult. I'm not especially busty- and it fit well in the waist and hips-- so just double check the measurements before ordering.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Aug 17, 2012

Didnt love it

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Wedding
I had to returned the dress because the top was made for a very small bust. The material was also not "fancy enough" for a wedding I felt.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 137 lbs
Sep 19, 2012

Dress up or dress down beautiful!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Date
Love, love, loved the dress. I ordered a 6 and an 8, thankfully, because the 6 ran was too small in the breast area. Our event was a bit more casual than originally anticipated, so instead of heels, I grabbed a pair of gold fiip-flops and a long gold necklace and the dress looked great and I felt great. Added bonus, my husband loved it too!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 120 lbs
Dec 24, 2012

Cant wait to wear it

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
I loved this dress but unfortunately I couldn't wear it to my event. If you are by yourself, it is impossible to zip up the dress.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Dec 27, 2012

Basic black dress - looked nice!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I chose this dress as a safety for my husband's holiday work party, because I was unsure about the formalness of the party, and didn't want to show up in sequins if everyone else was going to be in sweaters. This dress ended up being the perfect balance of nice yet not over the top. It wasn't very exciting, and the fit wasn't quite as flattering as I would have hoped, but it looked very nice and was comfortable. The best part of the outfit was by far the necklace - do not rent the dress without it!! I got at least 10 compliments on the pirate treasure necklace.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 20
Body type: Hourglass
Feb 3, 2013

loved it with the necklace

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
runs larger! get two!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115 lbs
Jun 21, 2013

Cute dress, perfect fit! Great for a rehearsal dinner!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The fit was perfect for me because I do not have a large bust. If you do, then this dress might be difficult to zip in the chest area. I received several compliments on this dress - it was also fun to wear! Loved the overall look and it was very comfortable. Fit so perfectly I didn't have to try and pull it up once. A must try for smaller busted ladies!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
Jul 10, 2013

Unique Little Black Dress!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Date
I ended up renting this dress at the last minute for my anniversary dinner. And I'm so glad I did. I loved it! After reading the reviews suggesting sizing up, I ordered the 4 and 6. However, the 4 was still a little bit big. I could have worn the 4, but I would have been pulling it up all night. Thankfully, I was able to exchange for the size 2 which fit perfect. If you want to dress it up with a great statement piece - definitely rent the Pirate Treasure necklace. But it could be also be dressed down. I ended up wearing it to brunch the next morning with no necklace and t-strap metallic sandals and enjoyed this look too!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Body type: Athletic
Jul 15, 2013

Tons of compliments!

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I actually own a different version of this dress, but wanted to get something black for an evening engagement party. I added the necklace that the model is wearing at the last minute and I'm glad that I did as they looked great together. I don't have a large chest and it fit me well, so I would either recommend sizing up or not renting if you're over a B.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170 lbs
Aug 23, 2013

Beautiful stitch work!

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Party
The dress was very nice. It was very tight for me around the bust area. The length was perfect.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 122 lbs
Sep 11, 2013

Love this dress. Wish I owned it. The gold stitching is beautiful.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I am a size 4 but often wear a 2 in dresses. I only had this dress in a 4 and it was a little big. I wore a strapless bra with it so that helped give me the sense it wasn't going to fall off and I didn't have to tug on it all night but it was pretty loose around the waist. It still looked great though and it gave me lots of room to eat. It was a very comfortable dress. Perhaps it's supposed to be cut that way though and that's why the model has her hand on her hip because that's where it was looser. I still think it was gorgeous and am so glad I wore it. It would have been nice to try the 2 on though.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 126 lbs
Oct 30, 2013

Sexy, but classy

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Vacation
I worn this dress for a night out in Vegas. It was very flattering and a fit perfect. I have a small bust so sometimes this style doesn't fit well. However, this dress fit prefect and I didn't need to continuously pull up the front. The dress was not skin tight, but I still worn a slimming slip underneath. The gold detail gave the black dress charter and I worn a similar chucky gold necklace.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130 lbs
Apr 12, 2014

Fantastic ensemble; wore it with RJ Graziano necklace recommended; got compliments all night.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
Perfect dress for small chested women. Flattering slim fit. The "bones" of the structure are a bit uncomfortable while seated. Sizing was perfect and previous reviews were very helpful. Great 1st RTR experience!!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 57
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135 lbs
May 20, 2014

Runs very small on top

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Vacation
I usually wear size 6 but rented the 6 and 8 based on reviews that it runs small. The 8 fit fine every except for the chest. I'm a 36C and it was extremely hard to zip up. I then ordered the 10 and it was slightly large. Just a funny fit which is unfortunate because its a great dress!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115 lbs
Jul 16, 2014

Small on top, but really cute!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Formal Affair
I am fairly small on top with more going on in the hips. I often have time finding a dress that fits downstairs without falling off upstairs. This one actually needed to be just a teeny bit bigger on top-- I had to have help getting the zipper all the way on. So if you have any doubts at all, think about sizing up. But it was really cute and perfect for a festive but not formal holiday cocktail party. I'd rent it again.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Age: 28
Aug 27, 2014

Perfect dress for country club wedding!!!!!!!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
Dress fit true to size, though was a bit tight for me in the bust (34c). Since it was so tight up there and the material is sturdy, I was able to wear it without a bra, which was comfortable. It was one of my favorite rentals so far!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Sep 2, 2014

Wore it to a wedding and it fit and looked great! Exactly what I expected:)

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
Fit true to size.
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