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

navabi Embellished chiffon shift dress

navabi Embellished chiffon shift dress

Navabi

 

£259.99

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Adie - Roll-neck Shift Dress in Blue

Adie - Roll-neck Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

 

£185.00

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Print Embellish Shift Dress

Print Embellish Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

 

£179.00

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Hue - Shift Shirt Dress in Grey

Hue - Shift Shirt Dress in Grey

Reiss

 

£175.00

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Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in White

Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in White

Reiss

 

£175.00

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Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in Red

Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in Red

Reiss

 

£175.00

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Abey  - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Black

Abey - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Black

Reiss

 

£175.00

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Abey  - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Blue

Abey - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

 

£175.00

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Leonie - Tie-neck Shift Dress in Blue

Leonie - Tie-neck Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

 

£170.00

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Ted Baker Marina Mosaic lace shift dress Navy

Ted Baker Marina Mosaic lace shift dress Navy

Ted Baker

 

£170.00

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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 Embellished shift dress Baby Pink

Ted Baker Embellished shift dress Baby Pink

Ted Baker

 

£160.00

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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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Rose Print Shift Dress

Rose Print Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

 

£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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Ted Baker Colour block shift dress Teal

Ted Baker Colour block shift dress Teal

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 Belted shift dress Pale Pink

Ted Baker Belted shift dress Pale Pink

Ted Baker

 

£149.00

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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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Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Navabi

 

£129.99

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Manon Baptiste Peplum shift dress

Manon Baptiste Peplum 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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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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navabi Jacquard shift dress

navabi Jacquard shift dress

Navabi

 

£123.99

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navabi Floral jacquard shift dress

navabi Floral jacquard shift dress

Navabi

 

£123.99

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Claudia - Lace-detail Shift Dress in Black

Claudia - Lace-detail Shift Dress in Black

Reiss

was: £185.00

£120.00

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Claudia - Lace-detail Shift Dress in Green

Claudia - Lace-detail Shift Dress in Green

Reiss

was: £185.00

£120.00

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Beya - Pleated Shift Dress in Blue

Beya - Pleated Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

was: £185.00

£120.00

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Manon Baptiste Shape collection jersey shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape collection jersey 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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Hermann Lange Satin shift dress

Hermann Lange Satin shift dress

Navabi

 

£116.99

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navabi Gathered metallic clasp shift dress

navabi Gathered metallic clasp shift dress

Navabi

 

£116.99

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Hermann Lange Pleated shift dress

Hermann Lange Pleated shift dress

Navabi

 

£116.99

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Lilly Shift Dress

Lilly Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £159.00

£111.30

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Manon Baptiste V-neck shift dress

Manon Baptiste V-neck shift dress

Navabi

 

£110.99

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Hermann Lange Layered shift dress

Hermann Lange Layered shift dress

Navabi

 

£110.99

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Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Navabi

 

£110.99

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Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Navabi

 

£110.99

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Cairn - Long-sleeved Shift Dress in Black

Cairn - Long-sleeved Shift Dress in Black

Reiss

was: £175.00

£110.00

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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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Jeff Banks Petite Shift Dress

Jeff Banks Petite Shift Dress

Precis Petite

was: £129.00

£103.20

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Manon Baptiste Cowl shift dress

Manon Baptiste Cowl shift dress

Navabi

 

£100.99

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Pink Blossom Shift Dress

Pink Blossom Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £169.00

£99.00

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Ted Baker Contrast pocket shift dress Dark Blue

Ted Baker Contrast pocket shift dress Dark Blue

Ted Baker

 

£99.00

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Karin Paul Mixed pattern shift dress

Karin Paul Mixed pattern shift dress

Navabi

 

£97.99

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Live Unlimited London Lace shift dress

Live Unlimited London Lace 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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Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Navabi

 

£90.99

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Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Navabi

 

£90.99

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Manon Baptiste Draped lace shift dress

Manon Baptiste Draped lace shift dress

Navabi

 

£90.99

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Gerry Weber Floral Shift Dress

Gerry Weber Floral Shift Dress

Chesca

 

£90.00

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Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Navabi

 

£84.99

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5 Hearts Printed shift dress

5 Hearts Printed shift dress

Navabi

 

£84.99

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Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Navabi

 

£84.99

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Gloria Shift Dress

Gloria Shift Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £119.00

£83.30

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Petite Lace Shift Dress

Petite Lace Shift Dress

Precis Petite

was: £99.00

£79.20

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Petite Clip Spot Shift Dress

Petite Clip Spot Shift Dress

Precis Petite

was: £99.00

£79.20

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Petite Stripe Shift Dress

Petite Stripe Shift Dress

Precis Petite

was: £99.00

£79.20

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Circle Lace Shift Dress

Circle Lace Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £179.00

£79.00

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Flower Lace Shift Dress

Flower Lace Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £179.00

£79.00

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Petite Jacquard Shift Dress

Petite Jacquard Shift Dress

Precis Petite

was: £119.00

£79.00

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Petite Jacquard Shift Dress

Petite Jacquard Shift Dress

Precis Petite

was: £119.00

£79.00

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KS Selection Embellished shift dress

KS Selection Embellished shift dress

Navabi

 

£77.99

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Manon Baptiste V-neck shift dress

Manon Baptiste V-neck shift dress

Navabi

 

£77.99

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5 Hearts Paisley print shift dress

5 Hearts Paisley print shift dress

Navabi

 

£73.99

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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.

Adrianna Papell Off Shoulder Lace Shift Dress, Black

Adrianna Papell Off Shoulder Lace Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

 

£180.00

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East Lace Shift Dress, Navy

East Lace Shift Dress, Navy

John Lewis

 

£179.00

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Adrianna Papell Plus Size Mesh And Lace Shift Dress, Navy

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Mesh And Lace Shift Dress, Navy

John Lewis

 

£170.00

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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 Striped Satin Shift Dress, Grey/Cream

Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress, Grey/Cream

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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Damsel in a dress Moonlake Shift Dress, Multi

Damsel in a dress Moonlake Shift Dress, Multi

John Lewis

 

£149.00

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Betty Barclay Striped Shift Dress, Blue

Betty Barclay Striped Shift Dress, Blue

John Lewis

 

£140.00

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Betty Barclay Textured Shift Dress, Rose/Cream

Betty Barclay Textured Shift Dress, Rose/Cream

John Lewis

 

£140.00

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Adrianna Papell Onassis Tweed Trimmed Shift Dress, Pink/Multi

Adrianna Papell Onassis Tweed Trimmed Shift Dress, Pink/Multi

John Lewis

 

£140.00

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Adrianna Papell Matalesse Side Ruched Shift Dress, Black/Multi

Adrianna Papell Matalesse Side Ruched Shift Dress, Black/Multi

John Lewis

was: £190.00

£133.00

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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

 

£130.00

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Adrianna Papell Border Print Shift Dress, Cassis

Adrianna Papell Border Print Shift Dress, Cassis

John Lewis

 

£130.00

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Adrianna Papell Gauzy Crepe One Shoulder Shift Dress, Fiesta Pink

Adrianna Papell Gauzy Crepe One Shoulder Shift Dress, Fiesta Pink

John Lewis

 

£130.00

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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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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 Plus Size Split Neck Shift Dress, Strawberry

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Split Neck Shift Dress, Strawberry

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 Cold Shoulder Sleeve Shift Dress, Black

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Cold Shoulder Sleeve Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

was: £150.00

£105.00

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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 Sleeveless Cotton Shift Dress, Black/Ivory

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Cotton Shift Dress, Black/Ivory

John Lewis

 

£100.00

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Adrianna Papell Stretch Crepe Darted Shift Dress, Black

Adrianna Papell Stretch Crepe Darted Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

 

£100.00

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Betty Barclay Lace Shift Dress, Black

Betty Barclay Lace Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

was: £140.00

£98.00

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East Linen Spot Pocket Shift Dress, Calypso

East Linen Spot Pocket Shift Dress, Calypso

John Lewis

 

£89.00

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East Linen Striped Shift Dress, River

East Linen Striped Shift Dress, River

John Lewis

 

£89.00

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East Linen Pocket Shift Dress, Ocean

East Linen Pocket Shift Dress, Ocean

John Lewis

 

£85.00

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Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Beaded Short Shift Dress, Hunter Green

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Beaded Short Shift Dress, Hunter Green

John Lewis

was: £119.00

£85.00

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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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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.


Jacques Vert Occasionwear
Jacques Vert Occasionwear