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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Joseph Ribkoff White Floral Print Dress

Joseph Ribkoff White Floral Print Dress

Chesca

 

£230.00

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Maria Dress Ombre Stripe Women Boden, Ombre Stripe

Maria Dress Ombre Stripe Women Boden, Ombre Stripe

Boden

was: £130.00

£117.00

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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: £95.00

£66.00

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Gina Bacconi Black Stretch Moss Crepe Panel Dress

Gina Bacconi Black Stretch Moss Crepe Panel Dress

Chesca

 

£115.00

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Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Navabi

 

£90.99

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Gina Bacconi Ponti Colour Block Dress, Red

Gina Bacconi Ponti Colour Block Dress, Red

John Lewis

was: £154.00

£110.00

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Colour Block Pencil Dress

Colour Block Pencil Dress

Karen Millen

was: £170.00

£110.00

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Colourblock Knit Dress

Colourblock Knit Dress

Karen Millen

was: £105.00

£95.00

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Phase Eight Palma Maxi Dress

Phase Eight Palma Maxi Dress

Phase Eight

was: £120.00

£79.00

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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

£95.00

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M&S Collection Short Sleeve Lined Shift Dress

M&S Collection Short Sleeve Lined Shift Dress

Marks and Spencer

 

£45.00

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Gina Baconni Black/Red Dress with 3D embroidered net overtop

Gina Baconni Black/Red Dress with 3D embroidered net overtop

Chesca

 

£105.00

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Badoo Black and Red Colour Block Dress

Badoo Black and Red Colour Block Dress

Chesca

 

£190.00

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Joseph Ribkoff Navy Stud Dress

Joseph Ribkoff Navy Stud Dress

Chesca

 

£250.00

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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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Colour Block Shift Dress

Colour Block Shift Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Gina Bacconi Check Chiffon Dress, Multi

Gina Bacconi Check Chiffon Dress, Multi

John Lewis

was: £133.00

£95.00

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Statement Contrast Ponte Dress

Statement Contrast Ponte Dress

Roman Originals

was: £35.00

£28.00

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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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Phase Eight Rosina Stripe Flare Dress

Phase Eight Rosina Stripe Flare Dress

very.co.uk

was: £160.00

£80.00

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Vera Mont Long Sleeve Colour Block Dress

Vera Mont Long Sleeve Colour Block Dress

Chesca

 

£175.00

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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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Gina Bacconi Black/Red Zig Zag Sparkle Lace and Jersey Dress

Gina Bacconi Black/Red Zig Zag Sparkle Lace and Jersey Dress

Chesca

 

£140.00

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Roman Originals Women's Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress Pink UK Size 10-20

Roman Originals Women's Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress Pink UK Size 10-20

Amazon

 

£60.00

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Tapework Embroidered Lace Dress

Tapework Embroidered Lace Dress

Roman Originals

 

£65.00

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Andara Dress

Andara Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£100.00

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City Chic Colourblock Dress, Yellow

City Chic Colourblock Dress, Yellow

Evans Clothing

 

£70.00

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Phase Eight Rosina Stripe Flare Dress

Phase Eight Rosina Stripe Flare Dress

Phase Eight

was: £160.00

£79.00

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Fenn Wright Manson Petite Madrid Stripe Skirt, Blue

Fenn Wright Manson Petite Madrid Stripe Skirt, Blue

John Lewis

was: £104.00

£74.00

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East Linen Colourblock Dress BLUE

East Linen Colourblock Dress BLUE

East

 

£85.00

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Phase Eight Candice Dress

Phase Eight Candice Dress

Phase Eight

 

£150.00

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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

 

£240.00

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Ted Baker Striped pleated dress Deep Pink

Ted Baker Striped pleated dress Deep Pink

Ted Baker

was: £179.00

£125.00

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Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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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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Phase Eight Cornelia Tapework Dress

Phase Eight Cornelia Tapework Dress

Phase Eight

was: £189.00

£120.00

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Black/Red Embellished Sequin Dress

Black/Red Embellished Sequin Dress

Chesca

 

£145.00

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Michaela Louisa Black Print Maxi Dress

Michaela Louisa Black Print Maxi Dress

Chesca

 

£199.00

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M&S Collection Panel Shift Dress

M&S Collection Panel Shift Dress

Marks and Spencer

 

£45.00

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Phase Eight Evie Lace Dress

Phase Eight Evie Lace Dress

Phase Eight

 

£160.00

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Online Exclusive Tapework Floral Dress

Online Exclusive Tapework Floral Dress

Roman Originals

 

£65.00

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Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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Domina Silky Jersey Print Dress

Domina Silky Jersey Print Dress

Chesca

 

£140.00

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Stripe Crop Jacket

Stripe Crop Jacket

Just Last Season

was: £149.00

£69.00

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Stripe And Embellished Dress

Stripe And Embellished Dress

Just Last Season

was: £169.00

£99.00

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Contrast Panel Dress

Contrast Panel Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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Colour Block Fit and Flare Dress

Colour Block Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Animal Print Contrast Jacquard Dress

Animal Print Contrast Jacquard Dress

Roman Originals

was: £40.00

£30.00

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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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ASOS Pleated Colourblock Dress - Multi

ASOS Pleated Colourblock Dress - Multi

ASOS

was: £55.00

£38.50

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Phase Eight Blanche Colourblock Dress

Phase Eight Blanche Colourblock Dress

Phase Eight

 

£110.00

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Gina Bacconi Navy/beige stripe rose jersey dress

Gina Bacconi Navy/beige stripe rose jersey dress

Chesca

 

£90.00

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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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Phase Eight Elaina Peplum Dress

Phase Eight Elaina Peplum Dress

Phase Eight

 

£150.00

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Phase Eight Brush Stroke Dress

Phase Eight Brush Stroke Dress

Phase Eight

was: £160.00

£120.00

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Tapework Floral Dress

Tapework Floral Dress

Roman Originals

 

£65.00

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ASOS Pleated Colour Block Dress - Multi

ASOS Pleated Colour Block Dress - Multi

ASOS

 

£55.00

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Kady Stripe Full Midi Dress

Kady Stripe Full Midi Dress

Coast

 

£195.00

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M&S Collection Colour Block Lined Sleeveless Shift Dress

M&S Collection Colour Block Lined Sleeveless Shift Dress

Marks and Spencer

 

£45.00

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Ronen Chen Ink Print Dress

Ronen Chen Ink Print Dress

Chesca

 

£159.00

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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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Colourblock-Stripe Jersey Dres

Colourblock-Stripe Jersey Dres

Karen Millen

 

£130.00

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Phase Eight Celeste Tapework Dress

Phase Eight Celeste Tapework Dress

Phase Eight

 

£199.00

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Contrast Ponte Dress

Contrast Ponte Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Phase Eight Carly Weave Dress

Phase Eight Carly Weave Dress

Phase Eight

was: £140.00

£99.00

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Colourblock Knit Dress

Colourblock Knit Dress

Karen Millen

was: £130.00

£95.00

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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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Lost Ink Curve Colour Block Dress With Pleated Skirt

Lost Ink Curve Colour Block Dress With Pleated Skirt

very.co.uk

 

£48.00

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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

£31.50

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East Linen Colour Block Dress, Blue

East Linen Colour Block Dress, Blue

John Lewis

 

£85.00

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Contrast Tapework Dress

Contrast Tapework Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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Phase Eight Dress Six

Phase Eight Dress Six

Phase Eight

was: £275.00

£170.00

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Sporty Cold-Shoulder Dress

Sporty Cold-Shoulder Dress

Karen Millen

was: £160.00

£105.00

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Phase Eight Hanan Lace Dress

Phase Eight 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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Gina Bacconi Stretch Moss Crepe Panel Dress, Black

Gina Bacconi Stretch Moss Crepe Panel Dress, Black

John Lewis

was: £161.00

£115.00

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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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Petite Cady Stripe Lace Dress

Petite Cady Stripe Lace Dress

Precis Petite

was: £129.00

£59.00

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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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Phase Eight Lilana Print dress

Phase Eight Lilana Print dress

Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£29.70

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Dual-Toned Maxi Dress, Red/Black

Lauren Ralph Lauren Dual-Toned Maxi Dress, Red/Black

John Lewis

 

£300.00

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Gina Bacconi Black Dress with beaded front panel

Gina Bacconi Black Dress with beaded front panel

Chesca

 

£110.00

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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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Manon Baptiste Two tone lace dress

Manon Baptiste Two tone lace dress

Navabi

 

£77.99

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Phase Eight Suzanna Dress

Phase Eight Suzanna Dress

Phase Eight

was: £145.00

£101.50

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M&S Collection Colour Blocked Cap Sleeve Shift Dress

M&S Collection Colour Blocked Cap Sleeve Shift Dress

Marks and Spencer

 

£45.00

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Gina Bacconi Black Stretch crepe dress with contrast panels

Gina Bacconi Black Stretch crepe dress with contrast panels

Chesca

 

£105.00

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Gina Bacconi Black/Pink Dainty Embroidered Lace Panel Dress

Gina Bacconi Black/Pink Dainty Embroidered Lace Panel Dress

Chesca

 

£125.00

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Ted Baker Colour block fitted dress Dark Blue

Ted Baker Colour block fitted dress Dark Blue

Ted Baker

 

£169.00

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Phase Eight Belle Dress

Phase Eight Belle Dress

Phase Eight

was: £130.00

£89.00

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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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Shubette Long sleeve colour block dress with frill, Black/White

Shubette Long sleeve colour block dress with frill, Black/White

House of Fraser

was: £140.00

£55.00

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Hilly Colour Block Pleat Dress

Hilly Colour Block Pleat Dress

Coast

 

£89.00

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Striped Panelled Dress

Striped Panelled Dress

Karen Millen

 

£99.00

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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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Bayshore Burnout Stripe Dress

Bayshore Burnout Stripe Dress

Coast

 

£129.00

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Joseph Ribkoff Greek Printed Dress

Joseph Ribkoff Greek Printed Dress

Chesca

 

£285.00

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Phase Eight April Dress

Phase Eight April Dress

Phase Eight

was: £145.00

£99.00

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Contrast Tapework Dress

Contrast Tapework Dress

Roman Originals

 

£65.00

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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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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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ASOS Colourblock Pleated Cami Maxi Dress - Multi

ASOS Colourblock Pleated Cami Maxi Dress - Multi

ASOS

 

£42.00

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Ariella Kendall fringe trim dress, Black/White

Ariella Kendall fringe trim dress, Black/White

House of Fraser

 

£199.00

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navabi Colour block panel jersey dress

navabi Colour block panel jersey dress

Navabi

 

£97.99

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Studio 8 Constance Dress

Studio 8 Constance Dress

Studio 8

was: £169.00

£79.00

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Lace and Pleat Dress

Lace and Pleat Dress

Roman Originals

 

£50.00

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Ted Baker Colour block pleated dress Pink

Ted Baker Colour block pleated dress Pink

Ted Baker

was: £189.00

£132.00

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Phase Eight Robyn Stripe Colour Block Dress

Phase Eight Robyn Stripe Colour Block Dress

Phase Eight

was: £110.00

£55.00

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ASOS Pleated Plunge Colourblock Maxi Dress - Multi

ASOS Pleated Plunge Colourblock Maxi Dress - Multi

ASOS

 

£58.00

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Vesper 2 In 1 Colourblock Pencil Dress With Square Neck - Deep red/navy

Vesper 2 In 1 Colourblock Pencil Dress With Square Neck - Deep red/navy

ASOS

was: £54.00

£27.00

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Manon Baptiste Floral panel dress

Manon Baptiste Floral panel dress

Navabi

 

£94.99

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Roman Originals Women's Contrast Pleat and Lace Dress Ivory UK Size 10-20

Roman Originals Women's Contrast Pleat and Lace Dress Ivory UK Size 10-20

Amazon

 

£50.00

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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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Paper Dolls Plus Floral Applique Contrast Pencil Dress - Multi

Paper Dolls Plus Floral Applique Contrast Pencil Dress - Multi

ASOS

was: £60.00

£30.00

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Studio 8 Gabriella Dress

Studio 8 Gabriella Dress

Studio 8

 

£150.00

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Roman Originals Women's Colour Block Shift Dress Coral UK Sizes 10-20

Roman Originals Women's Colour Block Shift Dress Coral UK Sizes 10-20

Amazon

 

£40.00

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Winser London Crepe Jersey Colour Block Dress

Winser London Crepe Jersey Colour Block Dress

John Lewis

was: £125.00

£79.00

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ASOS PETITE Pleated Colour Block Dress - Multi

ASOS PETITE Pleated Colour Block Dress - Multi

ASOS

 

£55.00

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Winser London Miracle Colour Block Shift Dress

Winser London Miracle Colour Block Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£99.00

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Grey & Black Colour Block Bag

Grey & Black Colour Block Bag

Chesca

 

£120.00

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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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Marlowe Pink Patent Closed Courts

Marlowe Pink Patent Closed Courts

L.K. Bennett

 

£225.00

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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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M&S Collection 2 Part Block Heel Court Shoes with Insolia

M&S Collection 2 Part 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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Eli Red Suede Court Shoes

Eli Red Suede Court Shoes

L.K. Bennett

was: £250.00

£150.00

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Marlowe Black Patent Closed Courts

Marlowe Black Patent Closed Courts

L.K. Bennett

 

£225.00

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Patent Slingback Shoes

Patent Slingback Shoes

Just Last Season

was: £119.00

£59.00

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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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Patent And Suede Court Shoe

Patent And Suede Court Shoe

Karen Millen

was: £140.00

£90.00

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Black/Almond Colour Block Slot Through Fur Collar

Black/Almond Colour Block Slot Through Fur Collar

Chesca

 

£45.00

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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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Eli Dark Pink Suede Court Shoes

Eli Dark Pink Suede Court Shoes

L.K. Bennett

was: £250.00

£150.00

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Ted Baker Statement bow court shoes Jet

Ted Baker Statement bow court shoes Jet

Ted Baker

 

£130.00

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Minu Stripe Satin Court

Minu Stripe Satin Court

L.K. Bennett

was: £160.00

£68.00

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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.

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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.