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

Ted Baker Ruffle neck lace shift dress White

Ted Baker Ruffle neck lace shift dress White

Ted Baker

 

£229.00

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Ted Baker Embellished Bee ruffle shift dress Black

Ted Baker Embellished Bee ruffle shift dress Black

Ted Baker

 

£199.00

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Ted Baker Hampton Court embroidered shift dress Black

Ted Baker Hampton Court embroidered shift dress Black

Ted Baker

 

£195.00

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Ted Baker Daisy Chain lace shift dress White

Ted Baker Daisy Chain lace shift dress White

Ted Baker

 

£195.00

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Ted Baker Daisy Chain lace shift dress Dark Blue

Ted Baker Daisy Chain lace shift dress Dark Blue

Ted Baker

 

£195.00

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Reiss Mina - Cowl-back Shift Dress in Midnight Meadow, Womens

Reiss Mina - Cowl-back Shift Dress in Midnight Meadow, Womens

Reiss

 

£185.00

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Reiss Mina - Cowl-back Shift Dress in Ocean Blue, Womens

Reiss Mina - Cowl-back Shift Dress in Ocean Blue, Womens

Reiss

 

£185.00

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Greta Shift Dress Navy Women Boden, Navy

Greta Shift Dress Navy Women Boden, Navy

Boden

was: £300.00

£180.00

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Ted Baker Lace detail shift dress White

Ted Baker Lace detail shift dress White

Ted Baker

 

£179.00

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Reiss Marie - Cowl-neck Shift Dress in Juniper New, Womens

Reiss Marie - Cowl-neck Shift Dress in Juniper New, Womens

Reiss

 

£175.00

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Reiss Marie - Cowl-neck Shift Dress in Maraschino, Womens

Reiss Marie - Cowl-neck Shift Dress in Maraschino, Womens

Reiss

 

£175.00

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Reiss Neptune - Ruffle-sleeve Shift Dress in Ox Blood, Womens

Reiss Neptune - Ruffle-sleeve Shift Dress in Ox Blood, Womens

Reiss

 

£165.00

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Ted Baker Kensington Floral bow detail shift dress Black

Ted Baker Kensington Floral bow detail shift dress Black

Ted Baker

 

£165.00

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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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Augusta Shift Dress

Augusta Shift Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £249.00

£159.00

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Ted Baker Colour-block shift dress Ivory

Ted Baker Colour-block shift dress Ivory

Ted Baker

 

£159.00

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Gerry Weber Navy Lace Shift Dress

Gerry Weber Navy Lace Shift Dress

Chesca

 

£150.00

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Reiss Vivienne - Frill-detail Shift Dress in Offwhite/Nude, Womens

Reiss Vivienne - Frill-detail Shift Dress in Offwhite/Nude, Womens

Reiss

was: £190.00

£150.00

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Ted Baker Geo-floral print shift dress Mid Grey

Ted Baker Geo-floral print shift dress Mid Grey

Ted Baker

 

£149.00

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Reiss Melanie - Cap-sleeve Shift Dress in Ink, Womens

Reiss Melanie - Cap-sleeve Shift Dress in Ink, Womens

Reiss

was: £185.00

£145.00

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Reiss Beya - Pleated Shift Dress in Glacier, Womens

Reiss Beya - Pleated Shift Dress in Glacier, Womens

Reiss

was: £185.00

£130.00

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Ink Corded Lace Shift Dress

Ink Corded Lace Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

was: £199.00

£129.00

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Gerry Weber Poppy-print Shift Dress

Gerry Weber Poppy-print Shift Dress

Chesca

 

£125.00

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Reiss Vivienne - Frill-detail Shift Dress in Nightnavy/Offwhite, Womens

Reiss Vivienne - Frill-detail Shift Dress in Nightnavy/Offwhite, Womens

Reiss

was: £190.00

£125.00

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Reiss Harre - Printed Shift Dress in Multi, Womens

Reiss Harre - Printed Shift Dress in Multi, Womens

Reiss

was: £175.00

£120.00

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Reiss Claudia - Lace-detail Shift Dress in Bright Emerald, Womens

Reiss Claudia - Lace-detail Shift Dress in Bright Emerald, Womens

Reiss

was: £185.00

£120.00

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Reiss Hue - Shift Shirt Dress in Grey Green, Womens

Reiss Hue - Shift Shirt Dress in Grey Green, Womens

Reiss

was: £175.00

£110.00

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Reiss Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in Flame, Womens

Reiss Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in Flame, Womens

Reiss

was: £175.00

£110.00

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Reiss Leonie - Tie-neck Shift Dress in Deep Atlantic, Womens

Reiss Leonie - Tie-neck Shift Dress in Deep Atlantic, Womens

Reiss

was: £170.00

£110.00

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Reiss Cairn - Long-sleeved Shift Dress in Black, Womens

Reiss Cairn - Long-sleeved Shift Dress in Black, Womens

Reiss

was: £175.00

£110.00

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Ted Baker V-neck shift dress Oxblood

Ted Baker V-neck shift dress Oxblood

Ted Baker

was: £179.00

£109.00

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Meagan Print Shift Dress

Meagan Print Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

 

£109.00

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Ted Baker Asymmetric shift dress Grape

Ted Baker Asymmetric shift dress Grape

Ted Baker

was: £179.00

£99.00

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Ted Baker Belted shift dress Maroon

Ted Baker Belted shift dress Maroon

Ted Baker

was: £149.00

£99.00

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Ted Baker Layered ruffle shift dress Deep Purple

Ted Baker Layered ruffle shift dress Deep Purple

Ted Baker

was: £149.00

£99.00

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Ted Baker Colour-block shift dress Maroon

Ted Baker Colour-block shift dress Maroon

Ted Baker

was: £159.00

£99.00

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Pink Corded Lace Shift Dress

Pink Corded Lace Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

was: £199.00

£99.00

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Ted Baker Asymmetric shift dress Navy

Ted Baker Asymmetric shift dress Navy

Ted Baker

was: £179.00

£99.00

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Calaluna Taupe Tiered Shift Dress

Calaluna Taupe Tiered Shift Dress

Chesca

 

£95.00

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Reiss Adie - Roll-neck Shift Dress in Night Navy, Womens

Reiss Adie - Roll-neck Shift Dress in Night Navy, Womens

Reiss

was: £185.00

£95.00

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Reiss Abey  - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Sapphire, Womens

Reiss Abey - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Sapphire, Womens

Reiss

was: £175.00

£90.00

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Reiss Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in Off White, Womens

Reiss Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in Off White, Womens

Reiss

was: £175.00

£90.00

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Reiss Abey  - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Black, Womens

Reiss Abey - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Black, Womens

Reiss

was: £175.00

£90.00

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Reiss Claudia - Lace-detail Shift Dress in Black, Womens

Reiss Claudia - Lace-detail Shift Dress in Black, Womens

Reiss

was: £185.00

£90.00

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Helene Heat Fix Shift Dress

Helene Heat Fix Shift Dress

Phase Eight

was: £120.00

£89.00

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Gloria Shift Dress

Gloria Shift Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £119.00

£89.00

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Black Bandeau Shift Dress

Black Bandeau Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

was: £129.00

£89.00

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Maria Lace Shift Dress

Maria Lace Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £199.00

£79.00

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Celestine Velvet Shift Dress

Celestine Velvet Shift Dress

Coast

 

£79.00

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Honey Shift Dress

Honey Shift Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£79.00

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Ted Baker Telephone print shift dress Dark Blue

Ted Baker Telephone print shift dress Dark Blue

Ted Baker

was: £149.00

£79.00

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Black Sequin Embellished Cold Shoulder Shift Dress, Black

Black Sequin Embellished Cold Shoulder Shift Dress, Black

Wallis

was: £75.00

£67.50

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Petite Red Lace Shift Dress, Red

Petite Red Lace Shift Dress, Red

Wallis

was: £75.00

£60.00

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Reiss Suki - Lace Shift Dress in Azure, Womens

Reiss Suki - Lace Shift Dress in Azure, Womens

Reiss

was: £195.00

£60.00

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Petite Black Lace Shift Dress, Black

Petite Black Lace Shift Dress, Black

Wallis

was: £75.00

£60.00

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Black Lace Shift Dress, Black

Black Lace Shift Dress, Black

Wallis

was: £75.00

£60.00

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Red Lace Shift Dress, Red

Red Lace Shift Dress, Red

Wallis

was: £75.00

£60.00

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Maria Lace Shift Dress

Maria Lace Shift Dress

Jacques Vert

was: £199.00

£59.00

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Arles Print Scuba Shift Dress

Arles Print Scuba Shift Dress

Coast

 

£59.00

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Khaki Lace Shift Dress

Khaki Lace Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

was: £119.00

£59.00

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Peach Lace Shift Dress

Peach Lace Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

was: £79.00

£59.00

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Ink Sport Shift Dress

Ink Sport Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

was: £109.00

£59.00

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Black Cold Shoulder Shutter Shift Dress, Black

Black Cold Shoulder Shutter Shift Dress, Black

Wallis

was: £70.00

£56.00

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Paige Shift Dress

Paige Shift Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£54.00

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Baroque Dress

Baroque Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £179.00

£139.00

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Online Exclusive Jacquard Shift Dress

Online Exclusive Jacquard Shift Dress

Roman Originals

was: £40.00

£30.00

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Contrast Fit and Flare Dress

Contrast Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

was: £50.00

£35.00

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Online Exclusive Contrast Jacquard Shift Dress

Online Exclusive Contrast Jacquard Shift Dress

Roman Originals

was: £40.00

£30.00

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Contrast Fit and Flare Dress

Contrast Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

was: £50.00

£35.00

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Online Exclusive Contrast Print Dress

Online Exclusive Contrast Print Dress

Roman Originals

was: £50.00

£35.00

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Online Exclusive Contrast Printed Dress

Online Exclusive Contrast Printed Dress

Roman Originals

was: £50.00

£35.00

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Teka Green Silk Printed Dress

Teka Green Silk Printed Dress

L.K. Bennett

was: £295.00

£177.00

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Clarissa Dress

Clarissa Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £179.00

£89.00

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Vanessa Dress

Vanessa Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £199.00

£99.00

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Colwyn Twitchill Dress

Colwyn Twitchill Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£109.00

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Natasha Dress

Natasha Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£89.00

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Elif Blue Silk Dress

Elif Blue Silk Dress

L.K. Bennett

was: £350.00

£210.00

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Online Exclusive Contrast Floral Print Dress

Online Exclusive Contrast Floral Print Dress

Roman Originals

was: £50.00

£35.00

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Embroidered Floral Lace Dress

Embroidered Floral Lace Dress

Roman Originals

was: £60.00

£30.00

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Online Exclusive Jacquard Shift Dress

Online Exclusive Jacquard Shift Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Caroline Dress

Caroline Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £249.00

£159.00

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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 Venice Lace Midi Shift Dress, Peacock

Adrianna Papell Venice Lace Midi Shift Dress, Peacock

John Lewis

 

£220.00

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Fenn Wright Manson Petite Lulu Sleeveless Shift Dress, Black/Multi

Fenn Wright Manson Petite Lulu Sleeveless Shift Dress, Black/Multi

John Lewis

was: £229.00

£160.00

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Adrianna Papell Plus Size Scalloped Lace Shift Dress, Black/Champagne

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Scalloped Lace Shift Dress, Black/Champagne

John Lewis

 

£160.00

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Betty Barclay Lace Shift Dress, Dark Sky

Betty Barclay Lace Shift Dress, Dark Sky

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 Lace Shift Long Sleeve Dress, Black

Adrianna Papell Lace Shift Long Sleeve Dress, Black

John Lewis

 

£140.00

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East Pleated Midi Shift Dress, Black

East Pleated Midi Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

 

£129.00

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Adrianna Papell Off Shoulder Lace Shift Dress, Black

Adrianna Papell Off Shoulder Lace Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

was: £180.00

£126.00

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Adrianna Papell Plus Size Crew Neck Crepe Shift Dress, Winter Lagoon

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Crew Neck Crepe Shift Dress, Winter Lagoon

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

was: £149.00

£119.00

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East Velvet Shift Dress, Plum

East Velvet Shift Dress, Plum

John Lewis

was: £169.00

£119.00

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Adrianna Papell Stretch Crepe And Lace Shift Dress, Black

Adrianna Papell Stretch Crepe And Lace Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

 

£115.00

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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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Adrianna Papell Plus Size Corded Lace Shift Dress, Neptune

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Corded Lace Shift Dress, Neptune

John Lewis

was: £154.00

£110.00

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Adrianna Papell, Bishop Sleeve Shift Dress, Hunter

Adrianna Papell, Bishop Sleeve Shift Dress, Hunter

John Lewis

 

£110.00

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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 Striped Shift Dress, Blue

Betty Barclay Striped Shift Dress, Blue

John Lewis

was: £140.00

£98.00

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Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Lace Shift Dress, White

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Lace Shift Dress, White

John Lewis

was: £136.50

£97.50

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Adrianna Papell Corded Lace Shift Dress, Neptune

Adrianna Papell Corded Lace Shift Dress, Neptune

John Lewis

was: £133.00

£95.00

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Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress, Grey/Cream

Betty Barclay Striped Satin Shift Dress, Grey/Cream

John Lewis

 

£90.00

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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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Jolie Moi V-Neck Ruched Shift Dress, Berry

Jolie Moi V-Neck Ruched Shift Dress, Berry

John Lewis

 

£78.00

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Jolie Moi V Neck Fold Detail Shift Dress

Jolie Moi V Neck Fold Detail Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£78.00

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Jolie Moi V Neck Fold Detail Shift Dress

Jolie Moi V Neck Fold Detail Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£78.00

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Jolie Moi Fold Shoulder Shift Dress

Jolie Moi Fold Shoulder Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£78.00

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Jolie Moi Fold Shoulder Shift Dress

Jolie Moi Fold Shoulder Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£78.00

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Jolie Moi Fold Shoulder Shift Dress

Jolie Moi Fold Shoulder Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£78.00

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Jolie Moi Fold Shoulder Shift Dress

Jolie Moi Fold Shoulder Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£78.00

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Jolie Moi Fold Shoulder Shift Dress

Jolie Moi Fold Shoulder Shift Dress

John Lewis

 

£78.00

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Betty Barclay Round Neck Sleeveless Shift Dress, Night Sky

Betty Barclay Round Neck Sleeveless Shift Dress, Night Sky

John Lewis

was: £110.00

£77.00

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navabi Embellished chiffon shift dress

navabi Embellished chiffon shift dress

Navabi

 

£223.99

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Hermann Lange Ombré lace shift dress

Hermann Lange Ombré lace shift dress

Navabi

 

£199.99

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Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Navabi

 

£159.99

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Hermann Lange Floral print shift dress

Hermann Lange Floral print shift dress

Navabi

 

£143.99

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Manon Baptiste Jacquard shift dress

Manon Baptiste Jacquard shift dress

Navabi

 

£135.99

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Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Navabi

 

£135.99

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Hermann Lange Layered shift dress

Hermann Lange Layered shift dress

Navabi

 

£135.99

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Manon Baptiste Asymmetric shift dress

Manon Baptiste Asymmetric shift dress

Navabi

 

£111.99

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Manon Baptiste Peplum shift dress

Manon Baptiste Peplum shift dress

Navabi

 

£111.99

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Manon Baptiste Draped ponte jersey shift dress

Manon Baptiste Draped ponte jersey shift dress

Navabi

 

£111.99

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Karin Paul Mixed pattern shift dress

Karin Paul Mixed pattern shift dress

Navabi

 

£111.99

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navabi Gathered metallic clasp shift dress

navabi Gathered metallic clasp shift dress

Navabi

 

£100.99

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Manon Baptiste Shape collection jersey shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape collection jersey shift dress

Navabi

 

£100.99

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Manon Baptiste Shape effect faux leather shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape effect faux leather shift dress

Navabi

 

£100.99

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Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Navabi

 

£95.99

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Manon Baptiste V-neck shift dress

Manon Baptiste V-neck shift dress

Navabi

 

£95.99

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Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Navabi

 

£95.99

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Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Navabi

 

£95.99

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Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Navabi

 

£95.99

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Jo and Julia Pleated jersey shift dress

Jo and Julia Pleated jersey shift dress

Navabi

 

£89.99

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Jo and Julia Pleated jersey shift dress

Jo and Julia Pleated jersey shift dress

Navabi

 

£89.99

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Live Unlimited London Lace shift dress

Live Unlimited London Lace shift dress

Navabi

 

£83.99

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Arched Eyebrow for navabi Gathered sleeves shift dress

Arched Eyebrow for navabi Gathered sleeves shift dress

Navabi

 

£79.99

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annalisa Chiffon shift dress

annalisa Chiffon shift dress

Navabi

 

£72.99

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Samoon Long sleeve shift dress

Samoon Long sleeve shift dress

Navabi

 

£67.99

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Velvet Pop Pocket detail shift dress

Velvet Pop Pocket detail shift dress

Navabi

 

£47.99

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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.


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