Contrast illusion Dresses with Black Panel Sides
Dresses with black lines and contrasting colours at the waist produce a shapely figure and work well for all sizes. These new designs can create shape on a slim body and flatter a curvy body too. Petite dresses with panels or vertical lines can also give the appearance of height on a smaller frame. Buying plus size outfits with dark panels and cut-outs at the side make the contour of the body appear much slimmer. A splash of colour also has a part to play in the art of illusion and can enhance the silhouette in the most flattering of ways.

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Illusion Colourblock Dresses

Myleene Klass Colour Block Full Circle Dress

Myleene Klass Colour Block Full Circle Dress

very.co.uk

 

£70.00

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Contrast Lace Border Dress

Contrast Lace Border Dress

Jacques Vert

 

£249.00

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East Linen Colourblock Dress CORNFLOWER

East Linen Colourblock Dress CORNFLOWER

East

 

£85.00

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Betty Barclay Lace Dress, Black/White

Betty Barclay Lace Dress, Black/White

John Lewis

 

£140.00

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Samya White plus size lace trim block colour dress

Samya White plus size lace trim block colour dress

Debenhams

was: £45.00

£25.00

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HotSquash Red & black square neck hourglass ponte dress

HotSquash Red & black square neck hourglass ponte dress

Debenhams

was: £150.00

£120.00

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Genova Print Dress

Genova Print Dress

Phase Eight

was: £110.00

£88.00

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Maria Dress Ombre Stripe Women Boden, Ombre Stripe

Maria Dress Ombre Stripe Women Boden, Ombre Stripe

Boden

 

£130.00

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Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Navabi

 

£90.99

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Asymmertic Contrast Dress

Asymmertic Contrast Dress

Jacques Vert

 

£149.00

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East Linen Colourblock Dress BLUE

East Linen Colourblock Dress BLUE

East

 

£85.00

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The Collection Black colour block dress

The Collection Black colour block dress

Debenhams

was: £45.00

£31.50

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Gina Bacconi Contrast Panel Moss Crepe Dress, Black/Chalk

Gina Bacconi Contrast Panel Moss Crepe Dress, Black/Chalk

John Lewis

 

£220.00

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Adrianna Papell Scuba And Crepe Colour Block Shift Dress, Magenta/Black

Adrianna Papell Scuba And Crepe Colour Block Shift Dress, Magenta/Black

John Lewis

was: £66.00

£47.50

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Tahari ASL Colour Block Shift Dress, Multi-Coloured

Tahari ASL Colour Block Shift Dress, Multi-Coloured

House of Fraser

was: £99.00

£75.00

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Natasha Dress

Natasha Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£104.30

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Studio 8 Gabriella Colour Block Dress, Multi

Studio 8 Gabriella Colour Block Dress, Multi

John Lewis

 

£99.00

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Sorcha Dress

Sorcha Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£104.30

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Cutwork Layers Crepe Dress

Cutwork Layers Crepe Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £169.00

£79.00

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Panel Layers Shift

Panel Layers Shift

Jacques Vert

was: £169.00

£79.00

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Palma Maxi Dress

Palma Maxi Dress

Phase Eight

was: £120.00

£79.00

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Phase Eight Rosina Stripe Flare Dress

Phase Eight Rosina Stripe Flare Dress

very.co.uk

was: £160.00

£80.00

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HotSquash Royal blue square neck hourglass ponte dress

HotSquash Royal blue square neck hourglass ponte dress

Debenhams

was: £150.00

£120.00

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Eliza J Colour block lace dress with peplum, Black & Ivory

Eliza J Colour block lace dress with peplum, Black & Ivory

House of Fraser

was: £160.00

£75.00

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Michaela Louisa White and Navy Cowl Neck Jersey Dress

Michaela Louisa White and Navy Cowl Neck Jersey Dress

Chesca

 

£65.00

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Hallie Dress

Hallie Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£104.30

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Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Navabi

 

£90.99

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Colour Block Shift Dress

Colour Block Shift Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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The Collection Black colour block plus size shift dress

The Collection Black colour block plus size shift dress

Debenhams

was: £49.00

£39.20

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Leaf Lace Top Crepe Soft Dress

Leaf Lace Top Crepe Soft Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £199.00

£139.30

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Mackenzie Colour Block Dress

Mackenzie Colour Block Dress

Phase Eight

was: £89.00

£44.50

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M&S Collection Triangle Back Shift Dress

M&S Collection Triangle Back Shift Dress

Marks and Spencer

 

£45.00

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Black Floral & Beaded Panel Mesh Long Dress

Black Floral & Beaded Panel Mesh Long Dress

Chesca

 

£295.00

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Statement Contrast Ponte Dress

Statement Contrast Ponte Dress

Roman Originals

was: £35.00

£25.00

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Ted Baker Colour block pencil dress Maroon

Ted Baker Colour block pencil dress Maroon

Ted Baker

 

£160.00

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Lucinder Dress

Lucinder Dress

Phase Eight

was: £145.00

£43.50

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Andara Dress

Andara Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£100.00

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Elizabeth Dress

Elizabeth Dress

Phase Eight

was: £145.00

£43.50

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Ted Baker Ruffled colour block dress Black

Ted Baker Ruffled colour block dress Black

Ted Baker

 

£160.00

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HotSquash Damson & black square neck hourglass ponte dress

HotSquash Damson & black square neck hourglass ponte dress

Debenhams

was: £150.00

£120.00

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Navy/Ivory Bodice Scallop Layered Lace Dress

Navy/Ivory Bodice Scallop Layered Lace Dress

Chesca

 

£185.00

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Roman Originals Women's Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Roman Originals Women's Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Amazon

 

£60.00

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Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress

Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Leaf Lace Crepe Dress

Leaf Lace Crepe Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £179.00

£99.00

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Rosina Stripe Flare Dress

Rosina Stripe Flare Dress

Phase Eight

was: £160.00

£79.00

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Candice Dress

Candice Dress

Phase Eight

was: £150.00

£75.00

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Ted Baker Colour block shift dress Teal

Ted Baker Colour block shift dress Teal

Ted Baker

 

£159.00

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Tahari ASL Two Tone Lace Cap Sleeve Dress, Black

Tahari ASL Two Tone Lace Cap Sleeve Dress, Black

House of Fraser

was: £240.00

£125.00

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East Linen Colourblock Dress RIVERA

East Linen Colourblock Dress RIVERA

East

 

£85.00

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Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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Tapework Embroidered Lace Dress

Tapework Embroidered Lace Dress

Roman Originals

 

£65.00

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Betty Barclay Striped Shift Dress, Cream/Dark Blue

Betty Barclay Striped Shift Dress, Cream/Dark Blue

John Lewis

 

£110.00

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Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress

Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Black/Red Embellished Sequin Dress

Black/Red Embellished Sequin Dress

Chesca

 

£145.00

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Ted Baker Striped pleated dress Deep Pink

Ted Baker Striped pleated dress Deep Pink

Ted Baker

 

£179.00

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East Linen Abstract Print Dress CAPRI

East Linen Abstract Print Dress CAPRI

East

 

£95.00

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Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress, Grey/Cream

Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress, Grey/Cream

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Fenn Wright Manson Petite Madrid Stripe Dress, Blue

Fenn Wright Manson Petite Madrid Stripe Dress, Blue

John Lewis

was: £104.00

£74.00

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The Collection Black colour block plus size dress

The Collection Black colour block plus size dress

Debenhams

was: £45.00

£31.50

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Roman Originals Women's Contrast Panel Dress

Roman Originals Women's Contrast Panel Dress

Amazon

 

£60.00

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Evie Lace Dress

Evie Lace Dress

Phase Eight

was: £160.00

£119.00

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Gina Bacconi Crepe Dress With Pleated Chiffon Bodice, Spring Navy/Butter Cream

Gina Bacconi Crepe Dress With Pleated Chiffon Bodice, Spring Navy/Butter Cream

John Lewis

 

£270.00

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Online Exclusive Tapework Floral Dress

Online Exclusive Tapework Floral Dress

Roman Originals

was: £65.00

£45.00

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Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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Online Exclusive Colour Block Scuba Dress

Online Exclusive Colour Block Scuba Dress

Roman Originals

 

£35.00

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Gina Bacconi Zig Zag Sparkle Dress, Red/Black

Gina Bacconi Zig Zag Sparkle Dress, Red/Black

John Lewis

was: £200.00

£140.00

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Gina Bacconi Moss Crepe Dress With Frill Collar, Spring Navy/Chalk

Gina Bacconi Moss Crepe Dress With Frill Collar, Spring Navy/Chalk

John Lewis

 

£240.00

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Gina Bacconi Jersey Bodice Satin Stripe Maxi Dress, Black/White

Gina Bacconi Jersey Bodice Satin Stripe Maxi Dress, Black/White

John Lewis

 

£220.00

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Cosima Jersey Dress Multi Bloom Placement Women Boden, Multi Bloom Placement

Cosima Jersey Dress Multi Bloom Placement Women Boden, Multi Bloom Placement

Boden

 

£90.00

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Domina Silky Jersey Print Dress

Domina Silky Jersey Print Dress

Chesca

 

£140.00

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Animal Print Contrast Jacquard Dress

Animal Print Contrast Jacquard Dress

Roman Originals

was: £40.00

£30.00

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Contrast Panel Dress

Contrast Panel Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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Tapework Floral Dress

Tapework Floral Dress

Roman Originals

 

£65.00

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Colour Block Fit and Flare Dress

Colour Block Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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The Collection Tan curved colour block dress

The Collection Tan curved colour block dress

Debenhams

was: £49.00

£39.20

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Principles by Ben de Lisi Pink colour block pleated dress

Principles by Ben de Lisi Pink colour block pleated dress

Debenhams

was: £79.00

£63.20

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Blanche Colourblock Dress

Blanche Colourblock Dress

Phase Eight

was: £110.00

£88.00

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Gina Bacconi Moss Crepe Dress With Lattice Trim

Gina Bacconi Moss Crepe Dress With Lattice Trim

John Lewis

 

£240.00

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Gina Bacconi Moss Crepe Dress With Lattice Trim

Gina Bacconi Moss Crepe Dress With Lattice Trim

John Lewis

 

£240.00

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Elaina Peplum Dress

Elaina Peplum Dress

Phase Eight

was: £150.00

£75.00

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ASOS Pleated Colour Block Dress - Multi

ASOS Pleated Colour Block Dress - Multi

ASOS

was: £55.00

£44.00

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Gerry Weber 3/4 Sleeve Jersey Dress, Black/Peach

Gerry Weber 3/4 Sleeve Jersey Dress, Black/Peach

John Lewis

was: £125.00

£87.50

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Brush Stroke Dress

Brush Stroke Dress

Phase Eight

was: £160.00

£120.00

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The Collection Petite Black colour block sleeveless midi petite dress

The Collection Petite Black colour block sleeveless midi petite dress

Debenhams

was: £49.00

£24.50

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M&S Collection Printed Shift Dress

M&S Collection Printed Shift Dress

Marks and Spencer

 

£49.50

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Chelle Colour Block Dress

Chelle Colour Block Dress

Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£79.20

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Ted Baker Adeba Colour Block Bodycon Dress, Maroon

Ted Baker Adeba Colour Block Bodycon Dress, Maroon

John Lewis

 

£160.00

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Gina Bacconi Moss Crepe Dress With Lattice Trim

Gina Bacconi Moss Crepe Dress With Lattice Trim

John Lewis

 

£240.00

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Lost Ink Curve Colour Block Dress With Pleated Skirt

Lost Ink Curve Colour Block Dress With Pleated Skirt

very.co.uk

was: £48.00

£38.00

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Manon Baptiste Two tone lace dress

Manon Baptiste Two tone lace dress

Navabi

 

£129.99

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Studio 8 Victoria Dress

Studio 8 Victoria Dress

Studio 8

was: £150.00

£120.00

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Jill Jill Stuart V neck colour block gown, Black & Ivory

Jill Jill Stuart V neck colour block gown, Black & Ivory

House of Fraser

 

£300.00

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Grey/Ivory Bodice Scallop Layered Lace Dress Pre order (Delivery due - Mid April)

Grey/Ivory Bodice Scallop Layered Lace Dress Pre order (Delivery due - Mid April)

Chesca

 

£185.00

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Celeste Tapework Dress

Celeste Tapework Dress

Phase Eight

was: £199.00

£99.00

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French Connection Manhattan Colourblock Dress

French Connection Manhattan Colourblock Dress

John Lewis

was: £70.00

£35.00

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Gina Bacconi Crepe Dress With Itsy Chiffon Bodice, Black/White

Gina Bacconi Crepe Dress With Itsy Chiffon Bodice, Black/White

John Lewis

 

£270.00

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Contrast Ponte Dress

Contrast Ponte Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Carly Weave Dress

Carly Weave Dress

Phase Eight

was: £140.00

£99.00

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Gina Bacconi Satin Back Crepe Frill Dress, Black/Ivory

Gina Bacconi Satin Back Crepe Frill Dress, Black/Ivory

John Lewis

was: £161.00

£138.00

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Petite Cady Stripe Lace Dress

Petite Cady Stripe Lace Dress

Precis Petite

was: £129.00

£59.00

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Lilana Print dress

Lilana Print dress

Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£29.70

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Diagonal Seam Pencil Dress

Diagonal Seam Pencil Dress

Karen Millen

 

£190.00

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Womens **Paper dolls colour block dress- Navy

Womens **Paper dolls colour block dress- Navy

Dorothy Perkins

 

£56.00

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V By Very Colour Block Bodycon Dress - Black

V By Very Colour Block Bodycon Dress - Black

very.co.uk

was: £45.00

£27.00

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Gabriella Dress

Gabriella Dress

Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£79.20

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Contrast Tapework Dress

Contrast Tapework Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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**Little Mistress Peach Stripe Border Hem Dress, Peach

**Little Mistress Peach Stripe Border Hem Dress, Peach

Wallis

was: £65.00

£45.50

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Hanan Lace Dress

Hanan Lace Dress

Phase Eight

was: £120.00

£79.00

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Gina Bacconi Metallic Stripe Jersey Maxi Dress, Multi

Gina Bacconi Metallic Stripe Jersey Maxi Dress, Multi

John Lewis

was: £120.00

£99.00

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Grey/Ivory Bodice Scallop Layered Lace Dress

Grey/Ivory Bodice Scallop Layered Lace Dress

Chesca

 

£185.00

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M&S Collection Side Panel Colour Block Shift Dress

M&S Collection Side Panel Colour Block Shift Dress

Marks and Spencer

 

£45.00

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Shubette Colour block lace panel dress, Black & Brown

Shubette Colour block lace panel dress, Black & Brown

House of Fraser

was: £160.00

£45.00

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navabi Printed A-line dress

navabi Printed A-line dress

Navabi

 

£162.99

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ASOS CURVE Pleated Plunge Colourblock Maxi Dress - Multi

ASOS CURVE Pleated Plunge Colourblock Maxi Dress - Multi

ASOS

 

£58.00

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Suzanna Dress

Suzanna Dress

Phase Eight

was: £145.00

£101.50

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M&S Collection Colour Block Shift Dress

M&S Collection Colour Block Shift Dress

Marks and Spencer

 

£45.00

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Belle Dress

Belle Dress

Phase Eight

was: £130.00

£89.00

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Contrast Pleat and Lace Dress

Contrast Pleat and Lace Dress

Roman Originals

was: £50.00

£40.00

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Stone & Black Knitted tunic/ dress Colour Block

Stone & Black Knitted tunic/ dress Colour Block

Chesca

 

£165.00

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Hilly Colour Block Pleat Dress

Hilly Colour Block Pleat Dress

Coast

 

£89.00

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Ivory & Black Abstract Swirl Stripe Ombre Border Chiffon Dress

Ivory & Black Abstract Swirl Stripe Ombre Border Chiffon Dress

Chesca

 

£185.00

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Roman Originals Women's Online Exclusive Colour Block Scuba Dress

Roman Originals Women's Online Exclusive Colour Block Scuba Dress

Amazon

 

£35.00

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Paper Dolls Plus Floral Applique Contrast Pencil Dress - Multi

Paper Dolls Plus Floral Applique Contrast Pencil Dress - Multi

ASOS

was: £60.00

£24.00

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Jill Jill Stuart Illusion crop top gown in colour block, Red

Jill Jill Stuart Illusion crop top gown in colour block, Red

House of Fraser

 

£250.00

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April Dress

April Dress

Phase Eight

was: £145.00

£99.00

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Tonya Soft Colour Block Dress

Tonya Soft Colour Block Dress

Coast

 

£149.00

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Contrast Tapework Dress

Contrast Tapework Dress

Roman Originals

was: £65.00

£45.00

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Navy/Ivory Bodice Scallop Layered Lace Dress - Pre Order (Delivery due - Mid April)

Navy/Ivory Bodice Scallop Layered Lace Dress - Pre Order (Delivery due - Mid April)

Chesca

 

£185.00

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Manon Baptiste Floral panel dress

Manon Baptiste Floral panel dress

Navabi

 

£94.99

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Gina Bacconi Dress With Beaded Front Panel, Black

Gina Bacconi Dress With Beaded Front Panel, Black

John Lewis

was: £154.00

£110.00

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Cheyenne Dress

Cheyenne Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £110.00

£69.00

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Fay Slingback

Fay Slingback

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£104.30

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Lucile Raisin Orchid Suede Formal Sandals

Lucile Raisin Orchid Suede Formal Sandals

L.K. Bennett

was: £225.00

£135.00

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Radley London Berwick Street Medium Flapover Tote

Radley London Berwick Street Medium Flapover Tote

Radley

 

£199.00

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Fay Slingback

Fay Slingback

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£104.30

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M&S Collection Block Heel Court Shoes with Insolia

M&S Collection Block Heel Court Shoes with Insolia

Marks and Spencer

 

£29.50

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Mariel Multi Print Saffiano Leather Shoulder Bag

Mariel Multi Print Saffiano Leather Shoulder Bag

L.K. Bennett

 

£165.00

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Marlowe Pink Patent Closed Courts

Marlowe Pink Patent Closed Courts

L.K. Bennett

 

£225.00

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Eli Red Suede Court Shoes

Eli Red Suede Court Shoes

L.K. Bennett

was: £250.00

£150.00

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Patent And Suede Court Shoe

Patent And Suede Court Shoe

Karen Millen

was: £140.00

£90.00

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Grey & Black Colour Block Bag

Grey & Black Colour Block Bag

Chesca

 

£120.00

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Marlowe Black Patent Closed Courts

Marlowe Black Patent Closed Courts

L.K. Bennett

 

£225.00

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Lucile Multi-Coloured Suede Courts

Lucile Multi-Coloured Suede Courts

L.K. Bennett

was: £225.00

£135.00

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Sevina Black Suede Courts

Sevina Black Suede Courts

L.K. Bennett

was: £325.00

£130.00

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Marlowe Blue Suede Closed Courts

Marlowe Blue Suede Closed Courts

L.K. Bennett

 

£225.00

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New styles include black and white contrast dresses, multi coloured stripes, bodycon pencil dresses and mixed colour block scuba dresses. Online brands and high street stores such as Karen Millen, Boden, Phase Eight, Asos, Damsel in a Dress, Coast, L.K. Bennett, Chesca, Ted Baker and Gina Bacconi boast a vibrant collection of colourblock designs.

Slimming Figure Shaping Dresses

Visual trickery dressing is not just for the red carpet and celebrities. The new fashion frenzy can be seen in the new season dress collection at department stores such as John Lewis and House of Fraser. So add your own drama to your wardrobe with a bodycon slim fit bandage dress to showcase your curves. Here you will find figure hugging dresses combined with a modern block pattern perfect for effortless day & evening dressing.

Panelled Bodycon Styles

The secret behind creating an instant slimmer silhouette is clever design. New season arrivals are embracing the shaper dress trend that accentuate the figure. Savvy celebs know how to dress to impress and panelled bodycon are real show stoppers. Reiss dresses are both figure flattering and on trend especially their latest bandage styles.

Catwalk inspired geometric prints are a winner too and work well with colour block pieces. Update your wardrobe and take your pick from the latest graphic stripes, cube and chevron prints and team with bold splashes of colour.

Colour Block Tops and Jackets

Jackets, cardigans, blouses and tops can play their part too in the world of illusion. Styles include colour blocking, darts and gathers for shaping, seam detail that nip in at the waist and monochrome prints. Wear over black trousers or pencil slim skirt for an elegant tailored 1940‘s look. Smart two piece outfits looks good for work or play.


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