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

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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Boho Off-The-Shoulder Dress

Boho Off-The-Shoulder Dress

Karen Millen

 

£235.00

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Betty Barclay Lace Dress, Black/White

Betty Barclay Lace Dress, Black/White

John Lewis

 

£140.00

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Full-Length Monochrome Evening

Full-Length Monochrome Evening

Karen Millen

was: £250.00

£165.00

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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

£98.00

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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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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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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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Tahari ASL Colour Block Shift Dress, Multi-Coloured

Tahari ASL Colour Block Shift Dress, Multi-Coloured

House of Fraser

was: £99.00

£49.00

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Column Dress

Column Dress

Karen Millen

was: £250.00

£125.00

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Pleated Panel Maxi Dress

Pleated Panel Maxi Dress

Karen Millen

 

£250.00

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Striped Colourblock Bandage Dr

Striped Colourblock Bandage Dr

Karen Millen

was: £160.00

£120.00

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Ted Baker Colour block pencil dress Maroon

Ted Baker Colour block pencil dress Maroon

Ted Baker

was: £160.00

£112.00

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Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Navabi

 

£90.99

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Lucinder Dress

Lucinder Dress

Phase Eight

was: £145.00

£43.50

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Cornelia Tapework Dress

Cornelia Tapework Dress

Phase Eight

 

£189.00

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Jigsaw Block Stripe Dress, Grey

Jigsaw Block Stripe Dress, Grey

House of Fraser

was: £179.00

£125.00

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Hugo Boss Diesena pleated colour block dress, Yellow

Hugo Boss Diesena pleated colour block dress, Yellow

House of Fraser

 

£400.00

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Ted Baker Colour block maxi dress Black

Ted Baker Colour block maxi dress Black

Ted Baker

was: £215.00

£150.00

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Florence Dress

Florence Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £169.00

£129.00

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Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Crepe And Drape Maxi Dress

Crepe And Drape Maxi Dress

Karen Millen

 

£250.00

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The Collection Black colour block plus size dress

The Collection Black colour block plus size dress

Debenhams

was: £45.00

£22.50

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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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Navy/Ivory Bodice Scallop Layered Lace Dress

Navy/Ivory Bodice Scallop Layered Lace Dress

Chesca

 

£185.00

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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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Winser London Miracle Colour Block Dress

Winser London Miracle Colour Block Dress

John Lewis

 

£135.00

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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: £220.00

£154.00

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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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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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Contrast Panel Dress

Contrast Panel 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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Colour Block Shift Dress

Colour Block Shift Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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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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Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Navabi

 

£90.99

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Crepe And Drape Pencil Dress

Crepe And Drape Pencil Dress

Karen Millen

 

£199.00

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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

was: £270.00

£189.00

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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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M&S Collection Triangle Back Shift Dress

M&S Collection Triangle Back Shift Dress

Marks and Spencer

 

£45.00

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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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Laser Cut Monochrome Dress

Laser Cut Monochrome Dress

Karen Millen

was: £180.00

£120.00

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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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Narrow Stripe Jersey Midi Dres

Narrow Stripe Jersey Midi Dres

Karen Millen

 

£160.00

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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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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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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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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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Roman Originals Women's Contrast Panel Dress

Roman Originals Women's Contrast Panel Dress

Amazon

 

£60.00

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Gabriella Dress

Gabriella Dress

Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£75.00

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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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Winser London Miracle Colour Block Dress

Winser London Miracle Colour Block Dress

John Lewis

 

£135.00

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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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Roman Originals Women's Zip Front Contrast Panel Dress

Roman Originals Women's Zip Front Contrast Panel Dress

Amazon

was: £35.00

£15.00

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Wide Stripe Jersey Midi Dress

Wide Stripe Jersey Midi Dress

Karen Millen

 

£160.00

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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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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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Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Roman Originals

was: £60.00

£45.00

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Tapework Floral Dress

Tapework Floral Dress

Roman Originals

 

£65.00

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The Collection Tan colour block knee length shift dress

The Collection Tan colour block knee length shift dress

Debenhams

was: £49.00

£24.50

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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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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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Contrast Tapework Dress

Contrast Tapework Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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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

£54.00

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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

was: £240.00

£168.00

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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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Cheyenne Dress

Cheyenne Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £110.00

£45.00

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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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Domina Silky Jersey Print Dress

Domina Silky Jersey Print Dress

Chesca

 

£140.00

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

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

John Lewis

was: £87.50

£61.00

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Ted Baker Rozah Blushing Bouquet Stripe Dress, Deep Pink

Ted Baker Rozah Blushing Bouquet Stripe Dress, Deep Pink

John Lewis

was: £179.00

£89.00

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Brush Stroke Dress

Brush Stroke Dress

Phase Eight

was: £160.00

£120.00

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Elaina Peplum Dress

Elaina Peplum Dress

Phase Eight

was: £150.00

£45.00

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Celeste Tapework Dress

Celeste Tapework Dress

Phase Eight

was: £199.00

£99.00

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Blanche Colourblock Dress

Blanche Colourblock Dress

Phase Eight

was: £110.00

£55.00

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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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ASOS Pleated Colour Block Dress - Multi

ASOS Pleated Colour Block Dress - Multi

ASOS

was: £55.00

£38.50

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Contrast Ponte Dress

Contrast Ponte Dress

Roman Originals

was: £40.00

£25.00

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The Collection Petite Black colour block knee length petite shift dress

The Collection Petite Black colour block knee length petite shift dress

Debenhams

was: £49.00

£39.20

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

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

House of Fraser

was: £300.00

£210.00

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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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Ted Baker Adeba Colour Block Bodycon Dress, Maroon

Ted Baker Adeba Colour Block Bodycon Dress, Maroon

John Lewis

was: £160.00

£112.00

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Roman Originals Women's Floral Tapework Lace Shift Dress

Roman Originals Women's Floral Tapework Lace Shift Dress

Amazon

was: £65.00

£45.00

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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: £270.00

£189.00

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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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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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Apart Colour block chiffon maxi dress

Apart Colour block chiffon maxi dress

Navabi

 

£116.99

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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

£75.00

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Carly Weave Dress

Carly Weave Dress

Phase Eight

was: £140.00

£99.00

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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

was: £160.00

£45.00

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Diagonal Seam Pencil Dress

Diagonal Seam Pencil Dress

Karen Millen

was: £190.00

£125.00

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navabi Printed A-line dress

navabi Printed A-line dress

Navabi

 

£162.99

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Contrast Pleat and Lace Dress

Contrast Pleat and Lace Dress

Roman Originals

was: £50.00

£30.00

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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

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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Tonya Soft Colour Block Dress

Tonya Soft Colour Block Dress

Coast

 

£89.00

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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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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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Bruce by Bruce Oldfield Colour Block Coat, Ivory/Navy

Bruce by Bruce Oldfield Colour Block Coat, Ivory/Navy

John Lewis

was: £199.00

£99.50

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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: £99.00

£69.00

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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

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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ASOS Pleated Plunge Colourblock Maxi Dress - Multi

ASOS Pleated Plunge Colourblock Maxi Dress - Multi

ASOS

was: £58.00

£40.50

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East Linen Colourblock Dress, Blue

East Linen Colourblock Dress, Blue

House of Fraser

 

£85.00

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Womens **Tall Colour Block Shift Dress- Red

Womens **Tall Colour Block Shift Dress- Red

Dorothy Perkins

 

£32.00

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Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Gina Bacconi 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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Fay Slingback

Fay Slingback

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£74.00

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Lara Colourblock Shoe

Lara Colourblock Shoe

Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£29.00

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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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Radley London Berwick Street Medium Flapover Tote

Radley London Berwick Street Medium Flapover Tote

Radley

 

£199.00

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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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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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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

was: £130.00

£91.00

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Minu Stripe Satin Court

Minu Stripe Satin Court

L.K. Bennett

was: £160.00

£68.00

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Ted Baker Textured envelope cross body bag Taupe

Ted Baker Textured envelope cross body bag Taupe

Ted Baker

was: £99.00

£49.00

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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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