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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203 reviews
Fit
Large
(2)
True to Size
(48)
Small
(69)
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:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Age: 43
October 18, 2017
Dress worn to the Navy Ball

My daughter Liv attended the Navy Ball with her father. The dress was perfect for the occasion, and fit beautifully on her. Liv is 5'4" and 95lbs.

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Age: 28
October 19, 2017
People!

Material is nice, but runs small.

Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Age: 47
Bust size: 38D
October 21, 2017
Dress fit well and looked amazing.

I have a 38DDD bust and the fit was great. Stretchy material but structured. Side zipper can be a little tricky to get up and if the fit is snugger and the zipper did bunch a little. Regular length with heels for 5'4" was perfect but anyone a tile taller might want to get the longer length.

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Size worn:
18L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 187lbs
October 23, 2017
Very clean and elegant style

I usually wear a size 16 but ended up wearing an 18 so it runs a bit small. It accents your curves very well and the back of the dress made it feel higher fashion for it being a simple design. I wore it to a fall wedding and the material was thick enough that I wasn't freezing at the outside ceremony.

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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:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Age: 30
October 24, 2017
The dress fits wonderfully and is very slimming. The drape in the back is beautiful!

I am not one who normally likes tight dresses, but the material on this dress is very slimming and doesn't "show everything". It hugs in the right places and the drape detailing in the back is gorgeous. I had comments all night long at the gala.

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Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36DD
Weight: 167lbs
October 25, 2017
This was my back up dress and I didn’t wear it.

Because this dress didn’t have any reviews or photos on those who wore it, I ordered it as my back up. The dress was very beautiful just as the picture shows. However, it was TINY! I’m between a 10 and 12 but ordered the 10 as I’d recently lost a few pounds. The dress was so small I didn’t even attempt to put it on out of fear I’d get stuck or rip it. I actually offered a size 4 friend to wear it.

Size worn:
14L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Age: 36
October 27, 2017
Nice gown, just way too short.

Too short, back was nice.

Size worn:
12L
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Age: 32
October 29, 2017
Feeling gorgeous and receiving so many compliments after being 7 wks postpartum.

I originally rented the 10R and accessories 12R for backup. The 10R was a little snug so I went with the 12R but it was short in length. I am 5'5" and wanted the length a little longer due to wearing heels. I called and was overnighted the 12L and the fit was just right. The material is thick enough that you can go braless due to it being backless. Also able to wear spanx to pull you in a little bit more. The zipper can be a little tricky and the hanger straps need to be pinned to keep from showing besides that the dress is a must wear!!!

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
October 30, 2017
This dress is beautiful. It's flattering and fits like a glove!

It's form fitting but not too tight. I'm usually a 4 and this fit exactly right. The quality is great. It was a little short but I'm tall plus I was wearing heels so that was to be expected. Overall a beautiful gown!

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36B
November 2, 2017
I wore this as a bridesmaid dress for a late fall wedding.

This dress was just incredible. I got SO many compliments! For apple shaped girls like myself, who carry weight in the middle, a waist trainer is definitely advisable- it really pulled the silhouette together. It's snug, but the dress has a lot of give. Regular length was perfect with 3" heels for a 5'3" person. The back is very open, so be aware- no bra or nubra are required. The one minor complaint i had was that the hangar straps on mine were constantly working their way out-- we eventually managed to tape them down, but be prepared for that.

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Weight: 120lbs
November 3, 2017
The perfect dress for a Breakfast at Tiffany's Halloween costume!

Perfect fit and super comfortable. I felt like a million bucks and I got compliments all night! Did not wear a bra and it wasn't a problem. I recommend using garment or double-sided tape to conceal the ribbon loops (for hanging) in the shoulders: they kept peeking out. I will be looking for excuses to wear this one again, it was hard to give it back!

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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!

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
November 10, 2017
Super flattering and comfortable!

Runs slightly small. Incredibly comfortable yet classy. Hugs your curves and low back exposes just the right amount of skin.

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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Age: 26
November 14, 2017
Being there with my boyfriend and feeling like I looked amazing.

The dress is a stretchy material and made the dress fit like a glove. I loved wearing this dress. I felt sexy but not overly done up. It is really a great dress. I am petite, about 5'3" with hips and a butt which played right into the fit of this dress. All in all I felt and looked great! Very happy customer.

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Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Age: 30
November 14, 2017
Would have been great for the formal wedding.

I really wanted to wear this dress but it ran QUITE small. I got a 14 and my friend who is a size 8 could have worn this dress.

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:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
November 17, 2017
This dress was perfect for the military ball I wore it to. Enough glamour while remaining modest.

This dress fit well, it definitely runs on the small side. I normally where a size 2 but in this dress I definitely needed a 4. The open back lays perfectly without being too open. I didn't want to send it back!

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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:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32DDD/E
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 118lbs
November 18, 2017
Navy Ball

This dress has a nice lining, and the material is thicker, perfect for a chilly night or winter event. The cowl back was stunning and I got so many compliments! I felt very comfortable all night. I am a 32DDD and 5'4 and the 0R was perfect.

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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:
12R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Bust size: 32D
December 5, 2017
High Quality, Classy Dress

Fit great, would only say it's a bit short. Im 5'5" and wish I would have gone with the long with heels. Other than that only regret is I didn't get better pictures!

Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Age: 36
December 11, 2017
I did not wear the dress. It was too small but overall very nice dress.

loved the style of the dress Too bad it didnt fit.

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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:
0R
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 117lbs
December 13, 2017
Classic Elegance

Chose this for a back-up style for a black tie wedding. LOVED the simplicity of this style and the cowl in the back. I did not end up wearing because I liked another style better but it was very classic and elegant. However, the dress just brushed the floor when I was barefoot (I'm 5'5) and due to the silhouette of the dress, wearing taller heels did not give me the look I was going for. Also, I'm a little curvy and the dress was skin tight and hugged all of my curves very well (aka definitely couldn't wear bra or undies) so I would probably size up if I rented again. Material was nice but definitely would have to wear something to prevent nipping.

Size worn:
16L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 55
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 185lbs
December 22, 2017
everyone loved the dress..

the fit was perfect - runs a little small, but perfect to hide my trouble area "tummy". The dress was so comfortable to sit, dance, and eat in!!!

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
December 28, 2017
I received positive feedback on the dress and felt very comfortable throughout the night.

The back of the dress was definitely a hit at the wedding I attended. It gave the dress an edge while still remaining formal and conservative.

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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:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
January 4, 2018
Loved this dress!

So flattering and holds everything in :)

Size worn:
8L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Age: 35
January 6, 2018
This dress was a showstopper it got sooooo many compliments!

This dress is fitted, but stretchy. I ended up wearing the 8L but it was snug. I am 5’ 6’’ and the regular was way to short with a standard size heal. I am normally a 6/8 in everyday clothing. The great thing is you truly don’t need to wear a bra because of the material.

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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:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 55
Bust size: 36C
Weight: 150lbs
January 19, 2018
runs very small, usually a 10R, I could get the 12 on but it was uncomfortable tight

nice material, wish it had fit me

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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:
10R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
January 26, 2018
Simple and elegant.

It's a little snug but it's made out of stretchy material so it's very comfortable. I felt beautiful and classy in this dress. The back is stunning.

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
January 29, 2018
overall ok.. ran small

the dress ran a little small. i usually wear a 2 or 4 but i wish i had gotten the 6!

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