Cara Cowl Dress
Cara Cowl Dress
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Average rating for Occasion & Cocktail Dresses
(4.5 / 5)
222 Reviews
  1. 2 months ago
    Simply elegant
    I needed a dress for Saratoga Springs race track. This dress instantly caught my eye. As soon as I slipped it on, I knew it was the one. It's very flattering especially paired with a wide brimmed, floppy hat that I also found in the store. I also plan on wearing it to an upcoming wedding without the hat.
  2. 2 months ago
    Dress not for curves
    I'm 32 DD chest, 30 waist, and 37 hips and I'm 5'4. I usually fit a 6 or 8. I got the 8 because I wanted to be sure it wasn't too tight. I had to take my bra off and smash the girls to the side to zip it. It was super tight on my waist and my hips looked like ships. It was bad. The extra fabric on the arms also looked really strange on me. Quality seemed good but it was darker navy than I expected (almost black).
  3. 2 months ago
    Beautiful and classic with a perfect fit!
    Wonderful dress. Lovely mid calf length, light and flowing. Hides any trouble spots in belly and thigh while hugging your curves at the same time. I am 36/30/40 and 5'9" and the size 10 fits perfectly!
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  1. 3 months ago
    Great cut & print!
    Loved the cut of the dress , it's flattering but tight on the chest area , i'll have to order one size up . The fabric is thin and breathable , but feels high quality , very light for the summer . The print is super cute and well made , hope sizing up will do the trick !
  2. 4 weeks ago
    I really love this dress but it's a tad tight in the chest. I really would like to get a petite large but it's sold out. So I may have to return this.
  3. 2 months ago
    Pretty Intricate Embroidery but too large
    I am 5' and 110 lbs and Petite Small is way too large. The dress is cut like a shift, not fit and flare as in the product description. I need something that defines my waist, but the shift style can work for others. I am still considering an exchange for a smaller size but just not thrilled about the fit. The embroidery is unique and intricate which I love.
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  1. 2 weeks ago
    This dress is simply breathtaking. It is beautiful and can be dressy or worn to work. I plan to wear it to a cocktail party. the only problem with the dress is that the nude slip/lining underneath runs very large. The full body cami is attached to the dress and does not have adjustable straps. I had to return it for a smaller size!
  2. 2 months ago
    This dress is a keeper
    This dress is absolutely gorgeous. My face lit up when I first put it on. The material is quite lovely. The bottom moves just like it does in the video. The lace top is nice and soft. (I was concerned it might be scratchy.) And the flesh tone tank underneath worked well with my skin tone. Honestly, I want to wear it around my apartment on the weekends for no apparent reason.
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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Perfect versatile dress
    I love this dress. The fit, color, texture and weight, the amount of flare, etc.... Everything is so flattering. I also love the cap sleeves and back zipper. It can easily be dressed up or down with different shoes and accessories. This is one of my favorite purchases from Anthropologie this year. I said true to size, but just like what the previous reviewer noted, the waist is definitely on the small side. I am 5'2'', 105lb. The size 0 fits me perfectly. My waist is pretty small, so I usually ... read more find many things fit me loosely around my waist, but with this dress, there is no room. Overall, I think it is worth the price tag and I am so happy that I bought it.
  2. 1 month ago
    Fit is strange
    I love, love, love this dress! The zipper in the back is fabulous. The material and color are beautiful. The only problem, which is a big problem, I guess, was the fit. I got the 8 and it was a little big in the shoulders and then too small in the back and waist. I am ordering the 10 just because I love it so much, but I don't really expect the shoulders to work. I want to love this dress. It could be dressed up for a wedding or special occasion or down a little for dinner. I just loved it. ... read more Keeping my fingers crossed for the 10!
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  1. 5 days ago
    Ballerina embroidered dream
    Okay. I got a sneak peek of the new catalog before it came out and I fell in love with the picture of this dress. I saw it the first day it appeared in stores and tried it on immediately. My store never got a zero and I have been wavering closer to a two anyways, so I grabbed the two and tried it on. For those that think it runs small, I disagree. I could have easily sized down to a zero as the back has a ruched panel that doesn't even stretch on me and I have maybe an extra inch on top of ... read more that. I jokingly told someone who asked how it fit that I felt it fit very true to size as I could eat a large breakfast burrito with no issues #priorities As for length. I am 5'2" and this hits me mid calf. This is okay though as the bottom portion is transparent. Had it been solid fabric, not sheer, down there I would have wanted to order a petite... Though I would have worried about the arm holes jn the petite. For the person talking about the button in the back, it sounds like they were wearing too small of a size. I have had no issues buttoning mine and I have had two shoulder surgeries. There are other times I have not been able to purchase things due to not being able to zip up or button something by myself. That is simply not the case with this dress, however. This dress has a lovely mix of embroidery and sequins and beads. None of them are in too bizarre of sizes, shapes, or colors... So if something fell off you could, in theory, repair it without issue. Also since they are only in small segments, the whole thing isn't going to fall apart if one thread breaks. That happened to me with an older Anthropologie blouse. This is delicate, but a lot of beaded and embroidered things are... No? Definitely a dress I can't let my dog jump on me in, but not so delicate I can't wear it in my daily life. And yes, I am going to wear this in daily life. My only meh moment is that the bodice is a tish bit itchy. That's it. I don't even have a zipper complaint as it is a good quality metal zipper.
  2. 1 week ago
    poor fit, stiff fabric, cute embroidery
    I'm a 38D and bought a 12 petite, which was snug, but I wouldn't like to go up to a 14, since there isn't a 14petite and a regular 14 would be too long. Because of the elastic panel on the back, the dress fits on my ribcage, but it's small on the bust. The sheer part of the top is longer than I'd like, so it's more low cut and revealing on me than it looks on the model. The embroidery is well made, but not top-notch. I took the dress out of the plastic bag and a few beads fell off. The ... read more polyester is stiff and has a plastic feel to it. Although I don't think silk would hold the weight of all the embroidery and beads, I didn't expect this kind of stiff material. I don't think it's a good idea to sew the lining, the outer layer and the side zipper all together because it creates a bunching on the left size, where the zipper is, just below the hip. I did love the old-school Anthropologie vibe of this dress, but fit is the most important feature in a dress, and this was not a winner for me.
  3. 3 days ago
    Dream dresw
    As soon as I saw this online I knew it had to be mine. When I went into my anthro it was the first thing I grabbed. The beading is absolutely gorgeous and I love the sheer neckline. I normally am a 2 so I grabbed that but BC I am small in my waist and chest I sized down to a zero. That was still a bit big and the neckline was too low. If I raised my arms you could see nipple and that's not what I wanted for my bridal shower. One of the girls working told me to try a petite so I ordered a 0p and ... read more it fit perfectly but they waist hit me too high along my rib cage( I have a long waist and shorter legs so I should have known better) I'm now exchanging for a 00 and crossing my fingers it'll fit.
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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Cute little versatile dress
    When I saw this dress on line, I was like ‘meh’. But when I saw it in the store it almost looked like a totally different dress… in a good way. I love the way it hangs, the shoulders (which you can’t see on the model for some reason) are split, adding a sexy element to the dress. Something about this dress says late 70s – early 80s disco to me (maybe it’s all the polyester!) so I’m planning on totally playing that up when I where it out. I’m wearing a 2 in the photo, which is what I normally ... read more where in most Anthro dresses, so I’d say this runs true to size. Keep a steamer handy to get rid of the wrinkles before you wear it. I also love the price point, compared to similar dresses.
  2. 2 months ago
    I rarely give reviews, but this dress is gorgeous. It's very well made, and falls beautifully. I find the photos confusing, it looks way better in real life. Also the sleeves are split, which adds a nice detail that you can't see here. Love.
  3. 1 month ago
    beautiful, versatile, affordable dress
    i bought this dress based on the review it received on your website because the photo was iffy, but I loved the color and style of the dress so I took a chance. It was not available at a store nearby or I might have checked it out first. I totally agree this is a beautifully made and very flattering dress that can go partying day or night in flats or heels. The price point makes it very affordable, plus it is completely lined and (best of all) machine washable! This dress is a home run and I 'll ... read more wear it to death.
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  1. 2 days ago
    Great dress
    I wore this dress to my son's Christening. It was well made and comfortable - got many compliments. I'm 5'3 and 130 lbs. Small fit well. XS was too tight around the chest area.
  2. 2 weeks ago
    I agree with the previous review - quality is excellent and heavy fabric for fall. Color is as pictured and very pretty even though I'm not a huge pink fan, I really like this dress as it is very pretty, versatile and nice fabric especially for fall. I am 5'8" and slim but this dress was quite large across the hips.. I will have it altered to fit as pictured as all the sizes seem to fit the same as there were a couple ladies trying the same dress on, at the same time as me.
  3. 2 weeks ago
    I just received the dress. I liked the fabric and the pattern. It is good quality and it is definitely a thicker dress for autumn weather. I didn't like the cut, I ordered petite xs and the hips where really wide! I am thinking it might be a defect of this specific dress because it is absurd how big the hips are compare to everything else. I could take in at least 2inches of each side. For reference I am 5feet and 107pounds, I do have wider shoulders than hips but still the wideness of the hips ... read more for an xs petite is illogical. I am planning on returning it and maybe try an xxs just to see if this is the style of the dress or if the one I got has a defect.
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  1. 2 years ago
    i loved this dress since they first have it,,, but unfortunately, my size went out of stock so quickly luckily it came on stock again I had the ivory color,,,, LOVE IT it shows my curves in a nice way and even though i am petite, it fits well it covers my knees, not like it shown on the model(above the knee very fancy, elegant, and fits very well highly recommend
  2. 4 months ago
    Elegant and versatile
    Very elegant dress and very flattering. I've worn it to operas, concerts, special events. Definitely good for a wedding. I do not wear the ribbon that it came with, but wear it with a black leather belt instead. The dress is a little delicate, especially the sleeves which are just lace and look like they could tear easily. Definitely recommend.
  3. 1 year ago
    Best LBD by far!
    I've been eyeing this dress all year, but didn't have the chance to purchase it since it's been selling out so quickly. I was able to find a 4P, my usual size, at my local Anthro but the size ran big. Then just by luck, I saw the 2P (I'm 5'6", 32B,120LB) available online and quickly ordered it before it sold out, again. I finally got it today, tried it on, hoping it wouldn't fit because it was a bit on the pricey side for me. It fits like a glove and is such a drop dead gorgeous dress! The fit, ... read more the length, the quality, the details... everything about this dress is just perfect and flattering! What makes me love this dress even more is that you can simplify your accessories. Simple drop earrings, cocktail watch, minimal make up, red lips, easy updo, pair of pumps and let the dress speak for itself. It's so sexy but yet so classy... definitely a keeper!
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  1. 1 week ago
    Lovely dress
    I love lace, so I took the plunge and ordered this. It is pretty, and made well. Unfortunately, big busted ladies need not apply here. You need to be long and lean to wear this, in my opinion. It will be going back tomorrow, unfortunately.
  2. 1 month ago
    very elegant
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