Buying a classic shift dress and matching jacket will always be a timeless investment. Its vintage appeal will serve well on many occasions from formal events, weddings and garden parties to a fun day at the races. Whatever the occasion a simple shift dress can speak volumes with its classic appeal and chic tailoring. When it comes to special event dressing the classic shift dress offers understated elegance.

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Shift Dresses

Gina Bacconi Lace trim shift dress

Gina Bacconi Lace trim shift dress

Navabi

 

£227.99

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Ted Baker Applique lace shift dress Light Green

Ted Baker Applique lace shift dress Light Green

Ted Baker

 

£215.00

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Ted Baker Embroidered lace shift dress White

Ted Baker Embroidered lace shift dress White

Ted Baker

 

£215.00

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navabi Embellished chiffon shift dress

navabi Embellished chiffon shift dress

Navabi

 

£207.99

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REISS Adie - Womens Roll-neck Shift Dress in Blue

REISS Adie - Womens Roll-neck Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

 

£185.00

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REISS Hue - Womens Shift Shirt Dress in Grey

REISS Hue - Womens Shift Shirt Dress in Grey

Reiss

 

£175.00

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REISS Abey  - Womens Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Black

REISS Abey - Womens Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Black

Reiss

 

£175.00

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REISS Abey  - Womens Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Blue

REISS Abey - Womens Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

 

£175.00

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REISS Leonie - Womens Tie-neck Shift Dress in Blue

REISS Leonie - Womens Tie-neck Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

 

£170.00

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navabi Jacquard shift dress

navabi Jacquard shift dress

Navabi

 

£162.99

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navabi Dotted jacquard shift dress

navabi Dotted jacquard shift dress

Navabi

 

£162.99

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navabi Floral jacquard shift dress

navabi Floral jacquard shift dress

Navabi

 

£162.99

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Ted Baker Side bow shift dress Baby Pink

Ted Baker Side bow shift dress Baby Pink

Ted Baker

 

£160.00

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Ted Baker Contrast pocket shift dress Dark Blue

Ted Baker Contrast pocket shift dress Dark Blue

Ted Baker

 

£159.00

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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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Ted Baker Fish print shift dress Light Grey

Ted Baker Fish print shift dress Light Grey

Ted Baker

 

£159.00

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Ted Baker Fish print shift dress Coral

Ted Baker Fish print shift dress Coral

Ted Baker

 

£159.00

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Lilac Shift Dress With Scallop Allover Emb. Over Top

Lilac Shift Dress With Scallop Allover Emb. Over Top

Chesca

 

£150.00

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Black & Nude Cut Out Ponte Shift Dress

Black & Nude Cut Out Ponte Shift Dress

Chesca

 

£150.00

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Gerry Weber Navy Lace Shift Dress

Gerry Weber Navy Lace Shift Dress

Chesca

 

£150.00

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Manon Baptiste Ponte jersey shift dress

Manon Baptiste Ponte jersey shift dress

Navabi

 

£149.99

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Ted Baker Tie neck shift dress Mid Grey

Ted Baker Tie neck shift dress Mid Grey

Ted Baker

 

£149.00

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Ted Baker Cactus print shift dress Ivory

Ted Baker Cactus print shift dress Ivory

Ted Baker

 

£149.00

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Ted Baker Belted shift dress Pale Pink

Ted Baker Belted shift dress Pale Pink

Ted Baker

 

£149.00

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Print Embellish Shift Dress

Print Embellish Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £179.00

£143.20

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Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Navabi

 

£129.99

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Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Navabi

 

£129.99

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navabi Floral jacquard shift dress

navabi Floral jacquard shift dress

Navabi

 

£129.99

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Karin Paul Mixed pattern shift dress

Karin Paul Mixed pattern shift dress

Navabi

 

£129.99

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Manon Baptiste Cowl shift dress

Manon Baptiste Cowl shift dress

Navabi

 

£129.99

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Katsura Printed Shift Dress

Katsura Printed Shift Dress

Coast

 

£129.00

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Ted Baker Crossover front shift dress Pink

Ted Baker Crossover front shift dress Pink

Ted Baker

 

£129.00

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Ted Baker Crossover front shift dress Pink

Ted Baker Crossover front shift dress Pink

Ted Baker

 

£129.00

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Lilly Shift Dress

Lilly Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £159.00

£127.20

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Rose Print Shift Dress

Rose Print Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £159.00

£127.20

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REISS Claudia - Womens Lace-detail Shift Dress in Black

REISS Claudia - Womens Lace-detail Shift Dress in Black

Reiss

was: £185.00

£120.00

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REISS Claudia - Womens Lace-detail Shift Dress in Green

REISS Claudia - Womens Lace-detail Shift Dress in Green

Reiss

was: £185.00

£120.00

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REISS Beya - Womens Pleated Shift Dress in Blue

REISS Beya - Womens Pleated Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

was: £185.00

£120.00

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Hermann Lange Satin shift dress

Hermann Lange Satin shift dress

Navabi

 

£116.99

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Hermann Lange Floral print shift dress

Hermann Lange Floral print shift dress

Navabi

 

£116.99

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Manon Baptiste Peplum shift dress

Manon Baptiste Peplum shift dress

Navabi

 

£116.99

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Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Navabi

 

£110.99

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Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Navabi

 

£110.99

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Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Navabi

 

£110.99

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Manon Baptiste V-neck shift dress

Manon Baptiste V-neck shift dress

Navabi

 

£110.99

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REISS Cairn - Womens Long-sleeved Shift Dress in Black

REISS Cairn - Womens Long-sleeved Shift Dress in Black

Reiss

was: £175.00

£110.00

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Jeff Banks Petite Shift Dress

Jeff Banks Petite Shift Dress

Precis Petite

was: £129.00

£103.20

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Petite Connie Lace Shift Dress

Petite Connie Lace Shift Dress

Precis Petite

was: £129.00

£103.20

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Pink Blossom Shift Dress

Pink Blossom Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £169.00

£99.00

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Circle Lace Shift Dress

Circle Lace Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £179.00

£99.00

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Flower Lace Shift Dress

Flower Lace Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £179.00

£99.00

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V Neck Flower Shift Dress

V Neck Flower Shift Dress

Just Last Season

was: £149.00

£99.00

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Pearl Detail Shift Dress

Pearl Detail Shift Dress

Just Last Season

was: £199.00

£99.00

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Embroidered Shift Dress

Embroidered Shift Dress

Just Last Season

was: £199.00

£99.00

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Embroidered Shift Dress

Embroidered Shift Dress

Just Last Season

was: £169.00

£99.00

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Petite Lace Shift Dress

Petite Lace Shift Dress

Just Last Season

was: £199.00

£99.00

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Cross Hatch Lace Shift Dress

Cross Hatch Lace Shift Dress

Just Last Season

was: £179.00

£99.00

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Petite Lace Shift Dress

Petite Lace Shift Dress

Just Last Season

was: £179.00

£99.00

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5 Hearts Paisley print shift dress

5 Hearts Paisley print shift dress

Navabi

 

£97.99

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Manon Baptiste Sleeveless linen shift dress

Manon Baptiste Sleeveless linen shift dress

Navabi

 

£97.99

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Petite Mono Lily Shift Dress

Petite Mono Lily Shift Dress

Precis Petite

was: £119.00

£95.20

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Katsura Print Mina Shift Dress

Katsura Print Mina Shift Dress

Coast

 

£95.00

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REISS Cindy - Womens Layered Shift Dress in Blue

REISS Cindy - Womens Layered Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

was: £170.00

£95.00

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Gerry Weber Floral Shift Dress

Gerry Weber Floral Shift Dress

Chesca

 

£90.00

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Petite Dhalia Lace Shift Dress

Petite Dhalia Lace Shift Dress

Precis Petite

was: £149.00

£89.00

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Petite Printed Shift Dress

Petite Printed Shift Dress

Just Last Season

 

£89.00

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Jeff Banks Black Shift Dress

Jeff Banks Black Shift Dress

Just Last Season

was: £129.00

£89.00

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Jeff Banks Coral Shift Dress

Jeff Banks Coral Shift Dress

Just Last Season

was: £129.00

£89.00

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Lace Sixties Shift Dress

Lace Sixties Shift Dress

Just Last Season

was: £129.00

£89.00

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Lori Floral Shift Dress

Lori Floral Shift Dress

Just Last Season

was: £129.00

£89.00

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Isla Shimmer Lace Shift Dress

Isla Shimmer Lace Shift Dress

Just Last Season

was: £129.00

£89.00

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Manon Baptiste Jacquard shift dress

Manon Baptiste Jacquard shift dress

Navabi

 

£81.99

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Hermann Lange Pleated shift dress

Hermann Lange Pleated shift dress

Navabi

 

£81.99

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Paired with a matching jacket or frock coat and you have the ultimate wedding ensemble. The simple structure speak volumes in the style stakes. The figure flattering design suits most shapes and is a popular choice for a Mother of the Bride outfit, Mother of the Groom and Grandmother of the Bride too.

Plus size clothing at Chesca and Navabi includes body defining shift dresses to suit all shapes. New season designer dresses can be found from Betty Barclay, Apanage, Tahari, Gina Bacconi and Vera Mont. Softly textured pale pink crepe lace front dresses, cottton rich, smooth firm stretch jersey styles too. Flattering finishes include princess seaming, wide boat and round necks plus clever waist panelling to streamline the silhouette. Classic sleeveless shift dresses in vibrant florals and dainty prints are at the ready. Slip on styles come in gorgeous stretch fabrics and fluid silk wool. Make an entrance in a poppy print dress in red, navy and ivory. Coordinate with tailored jacket, heels and clutch for smart occasions.

Raishma Sequin Shift Dress, Navy Blue/Multi

Raishma Sequin Shift Dress, Navy Blue/Multi

John Lewis

was: £250.00

£175.00

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Adrianna Papell Matalesse Side Ruched Shift Dress, Black/Multi

Adrianna Papell Matalesse Side Ruched Shift Dress, Black/Multi

John Lewis

 

£152.00

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Betty Barclay Lace Shift Dress, Light Almond

Betty Barclay Lace Shift Dress, Light Almond

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress

Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress

Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Betty Barclay Textured Shift Dress, Rose/Cream

Betty Barclay Textured Shift Dress, Rose/Cream

John Lewis

 

£140.00

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Betty Barclay Striped Shift Dress, Blue

Betty Barclay Striped Shift Dress, Blue

John Lewis

 

£140.00

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Adrianna Papell Plus Size Cold Shoulder Sleeve Shift Dress, Black

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Cold Shoulder Sleeve Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

 

£120.00

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Damsel in a dress Moonlake Shift Dress, Multi

Damsel in a dress Moonlake Shift Dress, Multi

John Lewis

 

£119.20

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Damsel in a dress Mara Shift Dress, Navy

Damsel in a dress Mara Shift Dress, Navy

John Lewis

was: £229.00

£114.00

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Adrianna Papell Cold Shoulder Sleeve Shift Dress, Black

Adrianna Papell Cold Shoulder Sleeve Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

 

£112.00

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Betty Barclay Contrast Stripe Shift Dress, Dark Blue/Cream

Betty Barclay Contrast Stripe Shift Dress, Dark Blue/Cream

John Lewis

 

£110.00

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Betty Barclay Striped Shift Dress, Cream/Dark Blue

Betty Barclay Striped Shift Dress, Cream/Dark Blue

John Lewis

 

£110.00

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Adrianna Papell Wavy Ottoman Shift Dress, Fiesta Pink

Adrianna Papell Wavy Ottoman Shift Dress, Fiesta Pink

John Lewis

 

£110.00

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Adrianna Papell Plus Size Ikat Floral Printed Shift Dress, Plum/Multi

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Ikat Floral Printed Shift Dress, Plum/Multi

John Lewis

 

£104.00

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Adrianna Papell Border Print Shift Dress, Cassis

Adrianna Papell Border Print Shift Dress, Cassis

John Lewis

 

£104.00

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Betty Barclay Jersey Shift Dress, Evening Blue

Betty Barclay Jersey Shift Dress, Evening Blue

John Lewis

 

£100.00

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Adrianna Papell Mikado Shift Dress With Beading, Black

Adrianna Papell Mikado Shift Dress With Beading, Black

John Lewis

was: £140.00

£98.00

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Adrianna Papell Plus Size Split Neck Shift Dress, Strawberry

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Split Neck Shift Dress, Strawberry

John Lewis

 

£88.00

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Damsel in a Dress Talia Shift Dress, Grey

Damsel in a Dress Talia Shift Dress, Grey

John Lewis

was: £169.00

£84.00

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Damsel in a dress Delfina Shift Dress, Multi

Damsel in a dress Delfina Shift Dress, Multi

John Lewis

was: £169.00

£84.00

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Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Cotton Shift Dress, Black/Ivory

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Cotton Shift Dress, Black/Ivory

John Lewis

 

£80.00

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Adrianna Papell Stretch Crepe Darted Shift Dress, Black

Adrianna Papell Stretch Crepe Darted Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

 

£80.00

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Damsel in a dress Wave Shift Dress, Blue

Damsel in a dress Wave Shift Dress, Blue

John Lewis

was: £149.00

£74.00

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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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Jolie Moi Check Woven Shift Dress, Black

Jolie Moi Check Woven Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

was: £84.00

£64.00

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Damsel in a dress Snow Leopard Shift Dress, Multi

Damsel in a dress Snow Leopard Shift Dress, Multi

John Lewis

was: £149.00

£59.00

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Jolie Moi Lace Bonded Sequin Shift Dress

Jolie Moi Lace Bonded Sequin Shift Dress

John Lewis

was: £68.00

£58.00

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Jolie Moi Floral Print Ruched Shift Dress

Jolie Moi Floral Print Ruched Shift Dress

John Lewis

was: £64.00

£49.00

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Jolie Moi Floral Print Ruched Shift Dress

Jolie Moi Floral Print Ruched Shift Dress

John Lewis

was: £64.00

£49.00

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Jacques Vert,  Gina Bacconi. Kaliko, Coast and Phase Eight collections include these and many more classic styles ideal for formal affairs. Designer brands at John Lewis as well as luxury stores such as L.K. Bennett, Fenn Wright Manson and Hobbs are also great for formal day dresses too.

The shift dress and jacket is a good combination for petite ladies especially in block colour. The one colour theme cleverly adds height and flatters the petite frame. Stores such as Precis Petite, CC Fashion and Minuet Petite have a fabulous collection including variety of prints, shimmer fabrics and two piece outfits.


Easter offers 30% off at Jacques Vert
Easter offers 30% off at Jacques Vert