Bowen Lace Dress

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Stylist Notes

Calling all summer wedding brides! This is a great dress by Lilly Pulitzer for your dinner rehearsal or brunch. Go with classic accessories to finish your look!

Size & Fit

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

BUST: Great for any cup size - built-in boning provides structure in bust - fuller bust sizes should consider sizing up in back-up size
WAIST: Fitted - fitted at high waist with band
HIPS: Fitted - fitted throughout hips and backside- runs slightly narrow so full hips should consider sizing up
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra; bust has built in boning
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'11''.)

Size & Fit Notes

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

BUST: Great for any cup size - built-in boning provides structure in bust - fuller bust sizes should consider sizing up in back-up size
WAIST: Fitted - fitted at high waist with band
HIPS: Fitted - fitted throughout hips and backside- runs slightly narrow so full hips should consider sizing up
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra; bust has built in boning
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'11''.)

Size Chart

Size Chart

Product Details

White vintage lace. Strapless neckline. Grosgrain ribbon at waist. Hook-and-eye closure. Hidden back zip. 36'' from shoulder to hem.

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36 reviews
Fit
Large
(2)
True to Size
(18)
Small
(15)
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 28
August 31, 2015
Ran a little large, slightly boxy like most Lily's.
Boxy.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 150lbs
December 21, 2014
Simple but beautiful
I wore this for our wedding celebration back home as we got married in Hawaii. We had a backyard party and it was perfect! Very comfortable strapless dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 47
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
October 1, 2014
It was cute but did not fit me
Runs small - I could not even get it on...
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
September 14, 2014
Pretty dress. Small fit. Size up.
The dress was pretty but the ribbon at the empire waist was too tight. I can normally wear a 6 or an 8 but I couldn't wear either. :(
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
August 26, 2014
Perfect dress for the perfect night!
Fit true to size. I have bigger breasts so it was a little tight so no falling down!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 134lbs
August 11, 2014
This dress was perfect for my wedding rehearsal.
I ordered it in the 6 and the 4. Both fit, but the boning in the 6 extended further down towards my stomach and was a little uncomfortable so I went with the 4.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 52
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 135lbs
August 3, 2014
Beautiful dress, just runs small.
I rented this dress for my daughter's backyard wedding. I ordered a size 8 thinking it would surely be large enough. We couldn't get it zipped all the way, so she had to wear a summer sweater over it. I was sorely disappointed. It might be a good idea to opt for the size up when renting.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
July 14, 2014
I wore this at my bridal shower - absolutely loved this dress! it was perfect!
the waste line does feel a bit tight but it helps keep the dress up.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 119lbs
May 15, 2014
Beautiful dress for a beautiful day!
The dress was absolutely amazing. It was feminine and flattering. It was definitely a perfect dress for a bridal shower. It fits true to size through out except for the fact that there is no give where the ribbon goes around the chest. I have a large rib cage and had to wear the 6. There were some minor flaws with the 6 but Elisa G from RTR has stated that they will take care of it for future wearers.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
May 6, 2014
Fabulous
I wore this for my bridal shower and received so many compliments!! It was nice because it has boning and I was able to wear it without a bra, that's awesome! I would certainly rent this again!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
May 6, 2014
This was sent to me as a backup dress when my original choice was unavailable last minute.
Never wore the dress, never even tried it on so can't comment on fit, but the dress itself is very pretty & you can never go wrong with Lilly :)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 129lbs
April 28, 2014
Dress runs VERY Small,
Dress material is heavy and runs small. I usually wear a 4/6 and the 8 was still snug. I returned the dress the next day.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
April 18, 2014
Perfect with a cardigan under my graduation robes!
This dress fit great and was really flattering! I loved it
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
April 13, 2014
Graduation dress.
The dress fit true to size and was very flattering. I was a little worried it would be an awkward length but it ended up not being as long as I thought. I would definitely recommend renting it, it was perfect for my high school graduation and I liked it so much I rented it again for a sorority event!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 21
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
February 10, 2014
I wore this dress for invitation day during sorority recruitment! It was PERFECT.
I absolutely fell in love with this dress. I normally wear a size 8, but the fit was a bit too small so I ended up wearing my back up size which was a 10. Once I sized up the fit was perfect! Normally I am not a huge fan of strapless dresses because I hate having to constantly pull them up all night long, but that wasn't a problem with this dress! I thought that the length was a bit awkward (it was a little bit longer than I was expecting), but it looked better once I put heels on with it. I had a great night wearing this dress, and I would totally recommend this dress to everyone!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 19
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 29, 2013
Love love loved it.
Who doesn't feel pretty in Lilly? I didn't want to send it back... The only thing you should keep in mind when renting this dress is that the hips run small! The dress was definitely tighter than I thought it would be, but that didn't prevent me from adoring it
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
September 24, 2013
Perfect for an outdoor, daytime event
I wore this dress to a brunch and it was perfect: fresh, festive and flattering. It ran true to size, though I opted to wear it with spanx. If you're looking for a white strapless, I would strongly recommend this one!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 127lbs
August 1, 2013
Innocent and sexy all at the same time. Perfect summer dress!
Guys totally dig the good-girl yet shoulder-less look. Perfect for any scenario. Glad I tried two sizes--- with strapless you always run the risk of too big and too small so definitely get both just in case!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 118lbs
August 1, 2013
Great dress for graduation, just add pearls!
Runs a little narrow through the hips (I have runner's thighs), so I opted for the 4 instead of the 2. Appropriate for graduation, conservative cut, no leg or cleavage shown. Attached is a photo with my grandpa!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 148lbs
July 1, 2013
Perfect balance of fun and elegant! Great for larger-busted & narrow frame.
I wore this for my bridal shower brunch. This is a great dress for larger chested ladies. Strapless dresses and dresses with detailing under the bust almost never me fit correctly. This one did! As a 32/34 DD this is a rare thing. I'm usually more of a size 6 and couldn't zip it up; one of the size 8's (I received a few because of damaged dresses: customer service was WONDERFUL though!) was tighter on the hips. I did end up wearing the size 8 with a strapless bra and some fashion tape. The lace flowers hit in the middle/lower portion of my knees, which I liked for a more conservative length, which was especially helpful when sitting and opening gifts. Also, the lining was great: no underwear lines showed even without a slip or Spanx. In summary: Good for narrow chested but large busted. Not much give in the hips, better for a straighter build.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
June 17, 2013
Rented for engagement photos
Beautifully made dress. Ordered my normal size in Lilly and a size up but this was way too tight and way too long so I didn't even wear it-sent it back the next day-what a waste
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 23
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
May 20, 2013
Wore this to my boyfriend's grandpa's 80th birthday party.
This dress was perfect for the event, and I received so many compliments! It was true to size, and fit was perfectly. I would recommend this dress to my friends. I will definitely be renting a dress for another occasion.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
March 18, 2013
Slim!
Cute dress but it is cut very slim. I couldn't zip it up so had to send it back.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
December 31, 2012
I loved how tan this dress made me feel!
As someone larger on e top, strapless dresses make me nervous sometimes but this fit well and didn't fall down much throughout the night. Big hit!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
November 18, 2012
Beautiful, classy dress!
Loved the dress! I was supposed to receive the dress in an 8 and 10. However, only an 8 was sent. It was a little too snug for comfort. My event was a Kentucky Derby themed cookout, so I wanted to be comfortable. The 10 would have been perfect! Ending up not wearing the dress, but it is definitely a great choice for anyone who wants to look casual and classy!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 4' 10"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 97lbs
November 17, 2012
Convenient.
I wish this was more fitted on the hips. Kind of a thicker fabric.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
May 19, 2012
Perfect bridal shower dress!
I wore this for my bridal shower. The dress was adorable and I received so many compliments. It was a tiny bit big up top, which was surprising to me since I'm so busty, but it may also have been because I've been losing weight for the wedding.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 25
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
April 15, 2012
After all of the excitement of recruitment, I couldn't wait to get my dress for Preference Round! It was awesome getting a gorgeous dress and I got tons of compliments--It felt great standing out in a sea of white dresses!
I wore this for our sorority's Preference Round in Recruitment. The flower lace details made this white dress stand out from all of the others. I'm usually a very comfortable size 6, but this was a little tight around the chest area b/c of the bodice. It still fit great and I wouldn't have gone a size bigger. Overall I loved it! Coincidentally, my Big wore it too!
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Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
August 10, 2011
I wore this dress to my rehearsal dinner in VT. I was scared it was going to be very long but it hit right above the knee and wasn't awkwardly too long. It was very cute and flattering, however, the material is very heavy so not the best for a very hot day. The "lace" was very thick, but it made the dress look very well made. I loved it!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Body type: Hourglass
August 2, 2011
Such an adorable dress! I wore this to a charity cocktail party in Nantucket, and the dress was a smash hit! I have a fuller bust, and had to go a size up to a 6 even though I normally wear a 2/4 in order to wear a bra. Highly recommend
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Small
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 27
Body type: Pear
June 20, 2011
Definitely do not rent if you are a pear. I went up a size to match my hips and it was still too tight. Bust was huge. Nice design, poor cut.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Body type: Hourglass
May 23, 2011
Absolutely beautiful dress! I wore it for my college graduation and received so many compliments on it! I'm so glad I rented this dress!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 48
Body type: Straight & narrow
May 2, 2011
Very cute dress. I loved the weight of the dress. It was well made and not flimsy. I was never worried it was going to fall down. It fit well and I received a number of compliments on this dress. So glad I rented it!
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 52
Body type: Straight & narrow
April 21, 2011
Great Quality! Sweet and Sexy. Loved it!!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Body type: Athletic
April 4, 2011
Absolutely adorable dress - the feel of the fabric was very nice (soft, textured). This would be perfect for a spring/summer event, courthouse wedding, bridal shower, or reception. I think this would have looked better on me if my bust (34B) was a little more generous, but it wasn't unmanageable. The size 0 fit great in the bust, the size 2 fit great in the hips...if only there was some combo for that size it would have been perfect for me.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
March 9, 2011
Amazing and flattering dress! I wore it to my rehearsal dinner and received so many complements!
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