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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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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Maria Dress Ombre Stripe Women Boden, Ombre Stripe

Maria Dress Ombre Stripe Women Boden, Ombre Stripe

Boden

 

£130.00

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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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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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Panel Layers Shift

Panel Layers Shift

Jacques Vert

was: £169.00

£99.00

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Adrianna Papell Colour Block Gown, Fuchsia/Multi

Adrianna Papell Colour Block Gown, Fuchsia/Multi

John Lewis

was: £170.00

£119.00

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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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Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Hermann Lange Chiffon overlay dress

Navabi

 

£90.99

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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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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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Panel Layers Shift

Panel Layers Shift

Jacques Vert

was: £169.00

£99.00

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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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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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Statement Contrast Ponte Dress

Statement Contrast Ponte Dress

Roman Originals

was: £35.00

£25.00

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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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The Collection Black Colour Block Dress

The Collection Black Colour Block Dress

Debenhams

was: £45.00

£31.50

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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 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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Phase Eight Rosina Stripe Flare Dress

Phase Eight Rosina Stripe Flare Dress

Phase Eight

was: £160.00

£79.00

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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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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

 

£179.00

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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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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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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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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 Tapework and Lace Dress

Contrast Tapework and Lace Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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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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Contrast Panel Dress

Contrast Panel Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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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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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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Phase Eight Blanche Colourblock Dress

Phase Eight Blanche Colourblock Dress

Phase Eight

 

£110.00

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

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

John Lewis

 

£125.00

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Plus Size Principles by Ben De Lisi Pink Colour Block Pleated Dress

Plus Size Principles by Ben De Lisi Pink Colour Block Pleated Dress

Debenhams

 

£79.00

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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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The Collection Tan Curved Colour Block Dress

The Collection Tan Curved Colour Block Dress

Debenhams

 

£49.00

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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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Gina Bacconi Moss Crepe Dress With Lattice Trim

Gina Bacconi Moss Crepe Dress With Lattice Trim

John Lewis

 

£240.00

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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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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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Gina Bacconi Moss Crepe Dress With Lattice Trim

Gina Bacconi Moss Crepe Dress With Lattice Trim

John Lewis

 

£240.00

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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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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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Roman Originals Women's Tapework Floral Lace Dress

Roman Originals Women's Tapework Floral Lace Dress

Amazon

was: £65.00

£45.00

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Phase Eight Celeste Tapework Dress

Phase Eight Celeste Tapework Dress

Phase Eight

 

£199.00

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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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Phase Eight Carly Weave Dress

Phase Eight 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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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

was: £48.00

£40.00

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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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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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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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Manon Baptiste Two tone lace dress

Manon Baptiste Two tone lace dress

Navabi

 

£77.99

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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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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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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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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

 

£89.00

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Roman Originals Women's Online Exclusive Colour Block Scuba Dress Black UK Size 10-20

Roman Originals Women's Online Exclusive Colour Block Scuba Dress Black UK Size 10-20

Amazon

 

£35.00

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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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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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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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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

 

£189.00

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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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Roman Originals Women's Contrast Pleat and Lace Dress

Roman Originals Women's Contrast Pleat and Lace Dress

Amazon

was: £50.00

£40.00

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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

£24.00

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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

Roman Originals Women's Colour Block Shift Dress

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

was: £55.00

£38.50

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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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Ted Baker Rozah Blushing Bouquet Stripe Dress, Deep Pink

Ted Baker Rozah Blushing Bouquet Stripe Dress, Deep Pink

John Lewis

 

£179.00

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Bruce by Bruce Oldfield Colour Block Coat, Ivory/Navy

Bruce by Bruce Oldfield Colour Block Coat, Ivory/Navy

John Lewis

 

£199.00

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Womens **Paper dolls stripe bodycon dress- Multi Colour

Womens **Paper dolls stripe bodycon dress- Multi Colour

Dorothy Perkins

 

£52.00

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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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Pleat Clutch Bag

Pleat Clutch Bag

Jacques Vert

was: £69.00

£55.20

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Pleat Front Shoe

Pleat Front Shoe

Jacques Vert

was: £99.00

£79.20

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M&S Collection Block Heel Buckle Court Shoes with Insolia

M&S Collection Block Heel Buckle 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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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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