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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Gina Bacconi Lace trim shift dress

Gina Bacconi Lace trim shift dress

Navabi

 

£227.99

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Vivienne - Frill-detail Shift Dress in Cream

Vivienne - Frill-detail Shift Dress in Cream

Reiss

 

£190.00

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Vivienne - Frill-detail Shift Dress in Blue

Vivienne - Frill-detail Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

 

£190.00

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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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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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navabi Floral jacquard shift dress

navabi Floral jacquard shift dress

Navabi

 

£162.99

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Persona Gathered shift dress

Persona Gathered 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 Colour block shift dress Teal

Ted Baker Colour block shift dress Teal

Ted Baker

 

£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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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 Geo floral print shift dress Mid Grey

Ted Baker Geo floral print 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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Karin Paul Mixed pattern shift dress

Karin Paul Mixed pattern 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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Manon Baptiste Lace shift dress

Manon Baptiste Lace shift dress

Navabi

 

£129.99

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Adie - Roll-neck Shift Dress in Blue

Adie - Roll-neck Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

was: £185.00

£125.00

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Abey  - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Black

Abey - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Black

Reiss

was: £175.00

£125.00

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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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Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in White

Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in White

Reiss

was: £175.00

£120.00

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Abey  - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Blue

Abey - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

was: £175.00

£120.00

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navabi Gathered metallic clasp shift dress

navabi Gathered metallic clasp shift dress

Navabi

 

£116.99

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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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Ted Baker Side bow shift dress Baby Pink

Ted Baker Side bow shift dress Baby Pink

Ted Baker

was: £160.00

£112.00

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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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Hermann Lange Layered shift dress

Hermann Lange Layered 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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Hermann Lange Layered shift dress

Hermann Lange Layered 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 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 Pleated shift dress

Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Navabi

 

£110.99

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Leonie - Tie-neck Shift Dress in Blue

Leonie - Tie-neck Shift Dress in Blue

Reiss

was: £170.00

£110.00

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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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Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in Red

Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in Red

Reiss

was: £175.00

£110.00

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Jo and Julia Pleated jersey shift dress

Jo and Julia Pleated jersey shift dress

Navabi

 

£103.99

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Jo and Julia Pleated jersey shift dress

Jo and Julia Pleated jersey shift dress

Navabi

 

£103.99

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Manon Baptiste Cowl shift dress

Manon Baptiste Cowl shift dress

Navabi

 

£100.74

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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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5 Hearts Paisley print shift dress

5 Hearts Paisley print shift dress

Navabi

 

£97.99

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5 Hearts Paisley print shift dress

5 Hearts Paisley print 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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Manon Baptiste Sleeveless linen shift dress

Manon Baptiste Sleeveless linen shift dress

Navabi

 

£97.99

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Ted Baker Fish print shift dress Light Grey

Ted Baker Fish print shift dress Light Grey

Ted Baker

was: £159.00

£95.00

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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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Ted Baker Tie neck shift dress Mid Grey

Ted Baker Tie neck shift dress Mid Grey

Ted Baker

was: £149.00

£89.00

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Ted Baker Belted shift dress Pale Pink

Ted Baker Belted shift dress Pale Pink

Ted Baker

was: £169.00

£89.00

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East Linen Striped Shift Dress RIVERA

East Linen Striped Shift Dress RIVERA

East

 

£89.00

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Hue - Shift Shirt Dress in Grey

Hue - Shift Shirt Dress in Grey

Reiss

was: £175.00

£85.00

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annalisa Chiffon shift dress

annalisa Chiffon 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 V-neck shift dress

Manon Baptiste V-neck shift dress

Navabi

 

£84.49

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Manon Baptiste Jacquard shift dress

Manon Baptiste Jacquard shift dress

Navabi

 

£81.24

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Shift dress

Shift dress

Gerry Weber

was: £115.00

£80.00

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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 Plus Size Corded Lace Shift Dress, Neptune

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Corded Lace Shift Dress, Neptune

John Lewis

 

£220.00

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Adrianna Papell Corded Lace Shift Dress, Neptune

Adrianna Papell Corded Lace Shift Dress, Neptune

John Lewis

 

£190.00

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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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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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Betty Barclay Textured Shift Dress, Rose/Cream

Betty Barclay Textured Shift Dress, Rose/Cream

John Lewis

 

£140.00

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Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Lace Shift Dress, White

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Lace Shift Dress, White

John Lewis

 

£140.00

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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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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 Moonlake Shift Dress, Multi

Damsel in a dress Moonlake Shift Dress, Multi

John Lewis

was: £149.00

£119.00

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Jacques Vert Embellished Shift Dress, Multi/Green

Jacques Vert Embellished Shift Dress, Multi/Green

John Lewis

was: £179.00

£119.00

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Jacques Vert Leaf Lace Crepe Shift Dress, Black/Multi

Jacques Vert Leaf Lace Crepe Shift Dress, Black/Multi

John Lewis

was: £199.00

£119.00

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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 Scuba V-Neck Shift Dress, Multi

Adrianna Papell Scuba V-Neck Shift Dress, Multi

John Lewis

 

£110.00

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Jacques Vert Rose Print Shift Dress, Bright Pink/Multi

Jacques Vert Rose Print Shift Dress, Bright Pink/Multi

John Lewis

was: £159.00

£109.00

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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 Onassis Tweed Trimmed Shift Dress, Pink/Multi

Adrianna Papell Onassis Tweed Trimmed Shift Dress, Pink/Multi

John Lewis

was: £140.00

£98.00

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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: £133.00

£95.00

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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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Jacques Vert Sheer Layer Shift Silk Dress, Black

Jacques Vert Sheer Layer Shift Silk Dress, Black

John Lewis

was: £169.00

£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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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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Jacques Vert Panel Layered Shift Dress

Jacques Vert Panel Layered Shift Dress

John Lewis

was: £99.00

£79.00

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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.


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