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.

Mother of the Bride Dresses – JerseyShiftLBD – Maxi & Midi Dresses

Illusion Colourblock Dresses

Adrianna Papell Colour Block Gown, Fuchsia/Multi

Adrianna Papell Colour Block Gown, Fuchsia/Multi

John Lewis

was: £85.00

£59.50

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Satin Halterneck Pencil Dress

Satin Halterneck Pencil Dress

Karen Millen

 

£199.00

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Damsel in a dress Neko Colourblock Dress, Ivory/Navy/Pink

Damsel in a dress Neko Colourblock Dress, Ivory/Navy/Pink

John Lewis

 

£159.00

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M&S Collection Colour Block Midi Dress

M&S Collection Colour Block Midi Dress

Marks and Spencer

 

£45.00

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Ted Baker Contrast pleat bow tunic dress Navy

Ted Baker Contrast pleat bow tunic dress Navy

Ted Baker

was: £159.00

£99.00

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Damsel in a dress Hide Print Dress, Ivory/Black

Damsel in a dress Hide Print Dress, Ivory/Black

John Lewis

 

£159.00

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Damsel in a dress Canter Dress, Multi

Damsel in a dress Canter Dress, Multi

John Lewis

 

£149.00

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Ted Baker Scalloped edge tutu dress Black

Ted Baker Scalloped edge tutu dress Black

Ted Baker

was: £299.00

£179.00

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Damsel in a dress Rhumba Dress, Red/Black

Damsel in a dress Rhumba Dress, Red/Black

John Lewis

 

£129.00

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Ted Baker Colour-block tunic dress Mid Blue

Ted Baker Colour-block tunic dress Mid Blue

Ted Baker

 

£169.00

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Betty Barclay Lace Dress, Black/White

Betty Barclay Lace Dress, Black/White

John Lewis

 

£140.00

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M&S Collection Triangular Colour Block Shift Dress

M&S Collection Triangular Colour Block Shift Dress

Marks and Spencer

 

£45.00

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Cornelia Tapework Dress

Cornelia Tapework Dress

Phase Eight

 

£189.00

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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

£39.00

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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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Two Tone Pencil Dress

Two Tone Pencil Dress

Karen Millen

 

£170.00

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Ted Baker Colour-block shift dress Ivory

Ted Baker Colour-block shift dress Ivory

Ted Baker

 

£159.00

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Honey Shift Dress

Honey Shift Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£103.20

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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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Contrast Panel Dress

Contrast Panel Dress

Karen Millen

 

£199.00

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Plunge Contrast Pencil Dress

Plunge Contrast Pencil Dress

Karen Millen

 

£199.00

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Summer Stripe Dress

Summer Stripe Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£89.00

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Genova Print Dress

Genova Print Dress

Phase Eight

was: £110.00

£69.00

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Myleene Klass Colour Block Full Circle Dress

Myleene Klass Colour Block Full Circle Dress

very.co.uk

was: £70.00

£50.00

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Joyce Shirt Dress

Joyce Shirt Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £139.00

£111.20

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Ted Baker Colour block shift dress Maroon

Ted Baker Colour block shift dress Maroon

Ted Baker

was: £159.00

£99.00

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Roman Originals Women's Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Roman Originals Women's Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Amazon

was: £60.00

£30.00

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Maria Dress Ombre Stripe Women Boden, Ombre Stripe

Maria Dress Ombre Stripe Women Boden, Ombre Stripe

Boden

was: £130.00

£39.00

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Ted Baker V-neck embellished dip hem dress Dark Blue

Ted Baker V-neck embellished dip hem dress Dark Blue

Ted Baker

 

£499.00

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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

£69.00

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Pleated Panel Maxi Dress

Pleated Panel Maxi Dress

Karen Millen

was: £250.00

£165.00

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Contrast Panel Dress

Contrast Panel Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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Colour Block Shift Dress

Colour Block Shift Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Online Exclusive Tapework Floral Dress

Online Exclusive Tapework Floral Dress

Roman Originals

was: £65.00

£35.00

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Striped Colourblock Bandage Dr

Striped Colourblock Bandage Dr

Karen Millen

was: £160.00

£95.00

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Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Roman Originals

was: £60.00

£45.00

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M&S Collection Colour Block Short Sleeve Shift Midi Dress

M&S Collection Colour Block Short Sleeve Shift Midi Dress

Marks and Spencer

 

£45.00

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Florence Dress

Florence Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £169.00

£115.00

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Ted Baker Twist neck belted pencil dress Black

Ted Baker Twist neck belted pencil dress Black

Ted Baker

 

£169.00

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Studio 8 Gabriella Colour Block Dress, Multi

Studio 8 Gabriella Colour Block Dress, Multi

John Lewis

was: £99.00

£75.00

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Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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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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Winser London Crepe Jersey Colour Block Shift Dress, Light Midnight/Ivory

Winser London Crepe Jersey Colour Block Shift Dress, Light Midnight/Ivory

John Lewis

 

£139.00

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Michaela Louisa White and Navy Cowl Neck Jersey Dress

Michaela Louisa White and Navy Cowl Neck Jersey Dress

Chesca

 

£60.00

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Ted Baker Pleated neck tie dress Black

Ted Baker Pleated neck tie dress Black

Ted Baker

 

£189.00

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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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Tapework Embroidered Lace Dress

Tapework Embroidered Lace Dress

Roman Originals

 

£65.00

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Online Exclusive Colour Block Scuba Dress

Online Exclusive Colour Block Scuba Dress

Roman Originals

was: £35.00

£25.00

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Statement Contrast Ponte Dress

Statement Contrast Ponte Dress

Roman Originals

was: £35.00

£25.00

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Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Gina Bacconi Contrast Panel Moss Crepe Dress, Black/Chalk

Gina Bacconi Contrast Panel Moss Crepe Dress, Black/Chalk

John Lewis

was: £154.00

£110.00

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Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Navabi

 

£159.99

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Crepe And Drape Pencil Dress

Crepe And Drape Pencil Dress

Karen Millen

was: £199.00

£75.00

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Narrow Stripe Jersey Midi Dres

Narrow Stripe Jersey Midi Dres

Karen Millen

was: £160.00

£99.00

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French Connection Manhattan Colourblock Dress, Royal Scarlet/Black

French Connection Manhattan Colourblock Dress, Royal Scarlet/Black

John Lewis

was: £90.00

£48.00

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Colour Block Fit and Flare Dress

Colour Block Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress

Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress

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: £74.00

£44.00

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Candice Dress

Candice Dress

Phase Eight

was: £150.00

£45.00

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Ariella Kendall fringe trim dress, Black/White

Ariella Kendall fringe trim dress, Black/White

House of Fraser

was: £199.00

£99.00

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Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress

Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Paper Dolls Panel Bodycon Dress With Belt, Bright Multi

Paper Dolls Panel Bodycon Dress With Belt, Bright Multi

Evans Clothing

 

£58.00

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Gabriella Dress

Gabriella Dress

Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£75.00

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Roman Originals Women's Zip Front Contrast Panel Dress

Roman Originals Women's Zip Front Contrast Panel Dress

Amazon

 

£18.00

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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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ASOS CURVE Pleated Plunge Colourblock Maxi Dress - Multi

ASOS CURVE Pleated Plunge Colourblock Maxi Dress - Multi

ASOS

was: £58.00

£40.50

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East Linen Abstract Print Dress CAPRI

East Linen Abstract Print Dress CAPRI

East

 

£95.00

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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 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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Contrast Tapework Dress

Contrast Tapework Dress

Roman Originals

was: £60.00

£45.00

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Contrast Ponte Dress

Contrast Ponte Dress

Roman Originals

was: £40.00

£25.00

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Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Roman Originals

was: £60.00

£30.00

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Contrast Panel Dress

Contrast Panel Dress

Roman Originals

 

£50.00

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

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

House of Fraser

was: £300.00

£150.00

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Celuu Clare Panelled Dress, Pink

Celuu Clare Panelled Dress, Pink

John Lewis

 

£69.00

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Kin by John Lewis Colour Block Pleat Dress, Multi

Kin by John Lewis Colour Block Pleat Dress, Multi

John Lewis

 

£129.00

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Apart Colour block chiffon maxi dress

Apart Colour block chiffon maxi dress

Navabi

 

£100.99

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Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress, Grey/Cream

Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress, Grey/Cream

John Lewis

 

£90.00

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Wide Stripe Jersey Midi Dress

Wide Stripe Jersey Midi Dress

Karen Millen

was: £160.00

£99.00

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Tapework Floral Dress

Tapework Floral Dress

Roman Originals

 

£65.00

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Animal Print Contrast Jacquard Dress

Animal Print Contrast Jacquard Dress

Roman Originals

was: £40.00

£20.00

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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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Grey/Ivory Bodice Scallop Layered Lace Dress

Grey/Ivory Bodice Scallop Layered Lace Dress

Chesca

 

£185.00

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Hugo Boss Diesena pleated colour block dress, Multi-Coloured

Hugo Boss Diesena pleated colour block dress, Multi-Coloured

House of Fraser

 

£400.00

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Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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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

was: £90.00

£27.00

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Domina Silky Jersey Print Dress

Domina Silky Jersey Print Dress

Chesca

 

£140.00

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Blanche Colourblock Dress

Blanche Colourblock Dress

Phase Eight

was: £110.00

£55.00

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Celeste Tapework Dress

Celeste Tapework Dress

Phase Eight

was: £199.00

£99.00

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Elaina Peplum Dress

Elaina Peplum Dress

Phase Eight

was: £150.00

£45.00

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ASOS Pleated Colour Block Dress - Multi

ASOS Pleated Colour Block Dress - Multi

ASOS

was: £55.00

£38.50

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Jacques Vert Women's Panel Layers Shift Dress

Jacques Vert Women's Panel Layers Shift Dress

Amazon

was: £169.00

£51.00

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Brush Stroke Dress

Brush Stroke Dress

Phase Eight

was: £160.00

£120.00

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HotSquash Teal Cross Waist Ponte Dress in Clever Fabric

HotSquash Teal Cross Waist Ponte Dress in Clever Fabric

Debenhams

was: £150.00

£120.00

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**Little Mistress Peach Stripe Border Hem Dress, Peach

**Little Mistress Peach Stripe Border Hem Dress, Peach

Wallis

was: £65.00

£33.00

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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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Roman Originals Women's Floral Tapework Lace Shift Dress

Roman Originals Women's Floral Tapework Lace Shift Dress

Amazon

 

£30.00

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Chelle Colour Block Dress

Chelle Colour Block Dress

Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£79.00

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Contrast Tapework Dress

Contrast Tapework Dress

Roman Originals

 

£70.00

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Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Lace and Pleat Dress

Lace and Pleat Dress

Roman Originals

was: £50.00

£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

was: £189.00

£135.00

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Manon Baptiste Two tone lace dress

Manon Baptiste Two tone lace dress

Navabi

 

£111.99

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Studio 8 Victoria Dress

Studio 8 Victoria Dress

Studio 8

was: £150.00

£75.00

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Carly Weave Dress

Carly Weave Dress

Phase Eight

was: £140.00

£99.00

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Ellen Tracy Double crepe colourblock sheath dress, Multi-Coloured

Ellen Tracy Double crepe colourblock sheath dress, Multi-Coloured

House of Fraser

was: £130.00

£45.00

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Hanan Lace Dress

Hanan Lace Dress

Phase Eight

was: £120.00

£79.00

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Shubette Colour block lace panel dress, Black & Brown

Shubette Colour block lace panel dress, Black & Brown

House of Fraser

 

£45.00

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navabi Printed A-line dress

navabi Printed A-line dress

Navabi

 

£139.99

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Contrast Pleat and Lace Dress

Contrast Pleat and Lace Dress

Roman Originals

was: £50.00

£25.00

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Ivory & Black Abstract Swirl Stripe Ombre Border Chiffon Dress

Ivory & Black Abstract Swirl Stripe Ombre Border Chiffon Dress

Chesca

 

£95.00

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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

was: £35.00

£25.00

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Studio 8 Constance Dress

Studio 8 Constance Dress

Studio 8

was: £169.00

£79.00

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Womens **Paper dolls stripe bodycon dress- Multi Colour

Womens **Paper dolls stripe bodycon dress- Multi Colour

Dorothy Perkins

was: £52.00

£25.00

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Tonya Soft Colour Block Dress

Tonya Soft Colour Block Dress

Coast

 

£39.00

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Gina Bacconi Mesh Sequin Cut Out Waves Panel Dress, Black

Gina Bacconi Mesh Sequin Cut Out Waves Panel Dress, Black

John Lewis

was: £240.00

£168.00

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Womens **Tall Colour Block Shift Dress- Red

Womens **Tall Colour Block Shift Dress- Red

Dorothy Perkins

was: £32.00

£17.00

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Contrast Tapework Dress

Contrast Tapework Dress

Roman Originals

was: £65.00

£30.00

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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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ASOS Pleated Plunge Colourblock Maxi Dress - Multi

ASOS Pleated Plunge Colourblock Maxi Dress - Multi

ASOS

was: £58.00

£40.50

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Manon Baptiste Floral panel dress

Manon Baptiste Floral panel dress

Navabi

 

£115.99

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Ted Baker Kensington Floral bodycon dress Black

Ted Baker Kensington Floral bodycon dress Black

Ted Baker

 

£170.00

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Joseph Ribkoff Black Floral Print Dress

Joseph Ribkoff Black Floral Print Dress

Chesca

 

£225.00

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Winser London Miracle Colour Block Shift Dress

Winser London Miracle Colour Block Shift Dress

John Lewis

was: £69.00

£49.00

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Winser London Crepe Jersey Colour Block Dress

Winser London Crepe Jersey Colour Block Dress

John Lewis

was: £79.00

£39.00

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ASOS PETITE Pleated Colour Block Dress - Multi

ASOS PETITE Pleated Colour Block Dress - Multi

ASOS

was: £55.00

£27.50

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Roman Originals Women's Colour Block Shift Dress

Roman Originals Women's Colour Block Shift Dress

Amazon

 

£40.00

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Tahari ASL Black and White Shift Dress with Embellished Coll, Black

Tahari ASL Black and White Shift Dress with Embellished Coll, Black

House of Fraser

was: £144.00

£69.00

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Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Gina Bacconi Maxi Dress With Beaded Panels, Black

Gina Bacconi Maxi Dress With Beaded Panels, Black

John Lewis

was: £196.00

£168.00

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

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

House of Fraser

was: £250.00

£175.00

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Grey & Blue Midi Dress

Grey & Blue Midi Dress

Karen Millen

was: £170.00

£85.00

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Max Mara LICIA 3/4 sleeve colour block coat, Powder Pink

Max Mara LICIA 3/4 sleeve colour block coat, Powder Pink

House of Fraser

was: £700.00

£350.00

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Fay Slingback

Fay Slingback

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£74.00

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Shoulder Strap Cross-Body Bag

Shoulder Strap Cross-Body Bag

Karen Millen

 

£180.00

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Contrast Stripe Court Heel

Contrast Stripe Court Heel

Karen Millen

 

£150.00

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Linea Micro freya bowler bag, Blue

Linea Micro freya bowler bag, Blue

House of Fraser

 

£10.00

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Contrast Stripe Shoe Boot

Contrast Stripe Shoe Boot

Karen Millen

 

£170.00

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M&S Collection Wide Fit Kitten Heel Strap Court Shoes

M&S Collection Wide Fit Kitten Heel Strap Court Shoes

Marks and Spencer

 

£25.00

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Zoe Block Heel Sandal

Zoe Block Heel Sandal

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£99.00

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Mink & Black Blocked Clutch Bag

Mink & Black Blocked Clutch Bag

Mint Velvet

 

£79.00

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Marlowe Black Patent Closed Courts

Marlowe Black Patent Closed Courts

L.K. Bennett

 

£225.00

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Ted Baker Colour-block detail heeled sandals Khaki

Ted Baker Colour-block detail heeled sandals Khaki

Ted Baker

 

£130.00

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M&S Collection Wide Fit Kitten Heel Strap Court Shoes

M&S Collection Wide Fit Kitten Heel Strap Court Shoes

Marks and Spencer

 

£25.00

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M&S Collection Faux Leather Twist Lock Bag

M&S Collection Faux Leather Twist Lock Bag

Marks and Spencer

 

£25.00

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Ted Baker Colour-block detail heeled sandals Grey

Ted Baker Colour-block detail heeled sandals Grey

Ted Baker

 

£130.00

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M&S Collection Wide Fit Kitten Heel Strap Court Shoes

M&S Collection Wide Fit Kitten Heel Strap Court Shoes

Marks and Spencer

 

£25.00

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Ara Black/Beige G Fit Buckle Pump

Ara Black/Beige G Fit Buckle Pump

Chesca

 

£59.00

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Ara Nude/Cream G Fit Buckle Pump

Ara Nude/Cream G Fit Buckle Pump

Chesca

 

£59.00

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Grey & Black Colour Block Bag

Grey & Black Colour Block Bag

Chesca

 

£120.00

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Florence Ballerina Court

Florence Ballerina Court

Hobbs Ltd

 

£129.00

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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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