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 Applique lace shift dress Light Green

Ted Baker Applique lace shift dress Light Green

Ted Baker

 

£215.00

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Ink Corded Lace Shift Dress

Ink Corded Lace Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

 

£199.00

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Pink Corded Lace Shift Dress

Pink Corded Lace Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

 

£199.00

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Jacques Vert Maria lace shift dress

Jacques Vert Maria lace shift dress

Debenhams

 

£199.00

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Vivienne - Frill-detail Shift Dress in Cream, Womens

Vivienne - Frill-detail Shift Dress in Cream, Womens

Reiss

 

£190.00

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Vivienne - Frill-detail Shift Dress in Blue, Womens

Vivienne - Frill-detail Shift Dress in Blue, Womens

Reiss

 

£190.00

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Melanie - Cap-sleeve Shift Dress in Blue, Womens

Melanie - Cap-sleeve Shift Dress in Blue, Womens

Reiss

 

£185.00

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Mina - Cowl-back Shift Dress in Blue, Womens

Mina - Cowl-back Shift Dress in Blue, Womens

Reiss

 

£185.00

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Mina - Cowl-back Shift Dress in Blue, Womens

Mina - Cowl-back Shift Dress in Blue, Womens

Reiss

 

£185.00

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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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Harre - Printed Shift Dress in White, Womens

Harre - Printed Shift Dress in White, Womens

Reiss

 

£175.00

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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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Ted Baker Colour-block shift dress Ivory

Ted Baker Colour-block shift dress Ivory

Ted Baker

 

£159.00

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Ted Baker Printed shift dress Ivory

Ted Baker Printed shift dress Ivory

Ted Baker

 

£159.00

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Jacques Vert Lilly shift dress

Jacques Vert Lilly shift dress

Debenhams

 

£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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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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Hobbs Blue 'Tiana' knee length shift dress

Hobbs Blue 'Tiana' knee length shift dress

Debenhams

 

£149.00

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Hobbs Blue 'Sarah' knee length shift dress

Hobbs Blue 'Sarah' knee length shift dress

Debenhams

 

£149.00

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Hobbs Green 'Frances' knee length shift dress

Hobbs Green 'Frances' knee length shift dress

Debenhams

 

£139.00

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Gerry Weber Floral Shift Dress

Gerry Weber Floral Shift Dress

Chesca

 

£130.00

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Hobbs Multicoloured 'Claribel' cowl neck shift dress

Hobbs Multicoloured 'Claribel' cowl neck shift dress

Debenhams

 

£129.00

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Claudia - Lace-detail Shift Dress in Black, Womens

Claudia - Lace-detail Shift Dress in Black, Womens

Reiss

was: £185.00

£120.00

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Claudia - Lace-detail Shift Dress in Green, Womens

Claudia - Lace-detail Shift Dress in Green, Womens

Reiss

was: £185.00

£120.00

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Khaki Lace Shift Dress

Khaki Lace Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

 

£119.00

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Peach Lace Shift Dress

Peach Lace Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

 

£119.00

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Cairn - Long-sleeved Shift Dress in Black, Womens

Cairn - Long-sleeved Shift Dress in Black, Womens

Reiss

was: £175.00

£110.00

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Lily Print Soft Shift Dress

Lily Print Soft Shift Dress

Coast

 

£109.00

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Ink Sport Shift Dress

Ink Sport Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

 

£109.00

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HotSquash Black Burnout Sleeveless Shift Dress in Clever Fabric

HotSquash Black Burnout Sleeveless Shift Dress in Clever Fabric

Debenhams

was: £135.00

£108.00

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Honey Shift Dress

Honey Shift Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£103.20

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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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Ted Baker Fish print shift dress Light Blue

Ted Baker Fish print shift dress Light Blue

Ted Baker

was: £159.00

£99.00

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Debut Light pink 'Thana' plus size shift dress

Debut Light pink 'Thana' plus size shift dress

Debenhams

 

£99.00

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Debut Cerise 'Elsa' bow neck shift dress

Debut Cerise 'Elsa' bow neck shift dress

Debenhams

 

£99.00

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Adie - Roll-neck Shift Dress in Blue, Womens

Adie - Roll-neck Shift Dress in Blue, Womens

Reiss

was: £185.00

£95.00

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Beya - Pleated Shift Dress in Blue, Womens

Beya - Pleated Shift Dress in Blue, Womens

Reiss

was: £185.00

£95.00

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Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in White, Womens

Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in White, Womens

Reiss

was: £175.00

£90.00

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Abey  - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Black, Womens

Abey - Pleat-hem Shift Dress in Black, Womens

Reiss

was: £175.00

£90.00

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East Linen Striped Shift Dress RIVERA

East Linen Striped Shift Dress RIVERA

East

 

£89.00

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East Linen Check Shift Dress INDIGO

East Linen Check Shift Dress INDIGO

East

 

£89.00

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Debut Bright blue 'Elsa' shift dress

Debut Bright blue 'Elsa' shift dress

Debenhams

 

£89.00

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Debut Pale pink 'Rochelle' shift dress

Debut Pale pink 'Rochelle' shift dress

Debenhams

 

£89.00

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Monsoon Blue linen and cotton blend  'Lilou' knee length shift dress

Monsoon Blue linen and cotton blend 'Lilou' knee length shift dress

Debenhams

 

£89.00

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Debut Bright blue 'Elsa' plus size shift dress

Debut Bright blue 'Elsa' plus size shift dress

Debenhams

 

£89.00

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East Mangalagiri Shift Dress BLACK

East Mangalagiri Shift Dress BLACK

East

 

£85.00

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Lands' End Blue satin back crepe shift dress

Lands' End Blue satin back crepe shift dress

Debenhams

 

£80.00

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Lands' End Black satin back crepe shift dress

Lands' End Black satin back crepe shift dress

Debenhams

 

£80.00

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Lands' End Green satin back crepe shift dress

Lands' End Green satin back crepe shift dress

Debenhams

 

£80.00

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Lands' End Blue satin back crepe shift dress

Lands' End Blue satin back crepe shift dress

Debenhams

 

£80.00

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Lands' End Yellow satin back crepe shift dress

Lands' End Yellow satin back crepe shift dress

Debenhams

 

£80.00

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HotSquash Black Shift Dress With Sparkle Overlay in Clever Fabric

HotSquash Black Shift Dress With Sparkle Overlay in Clever Fabric

Debenhams

was: £99.00

£79.20

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HotSquash Blue Shift Dress With Sparkle Overlay in Clever Fabric

HotSquash Blue Shift Dress With Sparkle Overlay in Clever Fabric

Debenhams

was: £99.00

£79.20

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Paige Shift Dress

Paige Shift Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£79.00

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Ink Circle Lace Shift Dress

Ink Circle Lace Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

was: £99.00

£79.00

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Debut Orange chiffon 'Ruthia' plus size shift dress

Debut Orange chiffon 'Ruthia' plus size shift dress

Debenhams

 

£79.00

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Debut Orange chiffon 'Ruthia' shift dress

Debut Orange chiffon 'Ruthia' shift dress

Debenhams

 

£79.00

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Monsoon Black floral print 'Carolina' knee length shift dress

Monsoon Black floral print 'Carolina' knee length shift dress

Debenhams

 

£75.00

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Ariella London Black zip detail 'North' shift dress

Ariella London Black zip detail 'North' shift dress

Debenhams

was: £199.00

£75.00

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Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in Red, Womens

Gianna - Lace-trim Shift Dress in Red, Womens

Reiss

was: £175.00

£75.00

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Little Mistress Print shift dress

Little Mistress Print shift dress

Debenhams

 

£70.00

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Lands' End Pink linen blend lace-up shift dress

Lands' End Pink linen blend lace-up shift dress

Debenhams

 

£70.00

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Studio by Preen Red floral Bardot neck midi shift dress

Studio by Preen Red floral Bardot neck midi shift dress

Debenhams

 

£69.00

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Lands' End White petite sleeveless colourblock shift dress

Lands' End White petite sleeveless colourblock shift dress

Debenhams

 

£65.00

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Jessica Wright for Sistaglam Multicolour 'Layala' floral frill sleeves shift dress

Jessica Wright for Sistaglam Multicolour 'Layala' floral frill sleeves shift dress

Debenhams

 

£62.00

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Little Mistress Navy lace shift dress

Little Mistress Navy lace shift dress

Debenhams

 

£60.00

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RJR.John Rocha Navy floral print shift dress

RJR.John Rocha Navy floral print shift dress

Debenhams

 

£59.00

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Emilia Print Shift Dress

Emilia Print Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

was: £89.00

£59.00

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Fawn Print Shift Dress

Fawn Print Shift Dress

Mint Velvet

was: £89.00

£59.00

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Kristy Dress

Kristy Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £199.00

£139.30

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Colwyn Twitchill Dress

Colwyn Twitchill Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£109.00

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Skylar Dress

Skylar Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£104.30

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Online Exclusive Jacquard Shift Dress

Online Exclusive Jacquard Shift Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Online Exclusive Contrast Jacquard Shift Dress

Online Exclusive Contrast Jacquard Shift Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Contrast Fit and Flare Dress

Contrast Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

 

£50.00

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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 Printed Dress

Online Exclusive Contrast Printed Dress

Roman Originals

was: £50.00

£40.00

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Online Exclusive Contrast Print Dress

Online Exclusive Contrast Print Dress

Roman Originals

 

£50.00

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Joyce Shirt Dress

Joyce Shirt Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £139.00

£111.20

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Roe Black Printed Silk Dress

Roe Black Printed Silk Dress

L.K. Bennett

 

£425.00

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Teka Green Silk Printed Dress

Teka Green Silk Printed Dress

L.K. Bennett

 

£295.00

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Elif Blue Silk Dress

Elif Blue Silk Dress

L.K. Bennett

 

£350.00

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Online Exclusive Contrast Floral Print Dress

Online Exclusive Contrast Floral Print Dress

Roman Originals

 

£50.00

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Embroidered Floral Lace Dress

Embroidered Floral Lace Dress

Roman Originals

was: £60.00

£45.00

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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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Adriana Dress

Adriana Dress

Hobbs Ltd

was: £139.00

£111.20

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Shippa Pink Tweed Dress

Shippa Pink Tweed Dress

L.K. Bennett

 

£275.00

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Ophelia White Mix Floral Silk Dress

Ophelia White Mix Floral Silk Dress

L.K. Bennett

 

£325.00

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Rudy Green Silk Printed Dress

Rudy Green Silk Printed Dress

L.K. Bennett

 

£325.00

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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 Venice Lace Midi Shift Dress, Peacock

Adrianna Papell Venice Lace Midi Shift Dress, Peacock

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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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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Winser Miracle Guipre Lace Shift Dress, Plum

Winser Miracle Guipre Lace Shift Dress, Plum

John Lewis

 

£150.00

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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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Winser London Ruffle Trim Shift Dress, Black

Winser London Ruffle Trim Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

 

£135.00

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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 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 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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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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East Lace Shift Dress, Navy

East Lace Shift Dress, Navy

John Lewis

was: £179.00

£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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Betty Barclay Floral Print Short Sleeve Round Neck Shift Dress, Dark Blue/Cream

Betty Barclay Floral Print Short Sleeve Round Neck Shift Dress, Dark Blue/Cream

John Lewis

 

£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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Jacques Vert Embellished Shift Dress, Multi/Green

Jacques Vert Embellished Shift Dress, Multi/Green

John Lewis

was: £99.00

£89.00

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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: £99.00

£89.00

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East Linen Check Shift Dress, Indigo

East Linen Check Shift Dress, Indigo

John Lewis

 

£89.00

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East Mangalagiri Shift Dress, Black

East Mangalagiri Shift Dress, Black

John Lewis

 

£85.00

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East Linen Organic Spot Shift Dress, Stone

East Linen Organic Spot Shift Dress, Stone

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 Rose Print Shift Dress, Bright Pink/Multi

Jacques Vert Rose Print Shift Dress, Bright Pink/Multi

John Lewis

was: £89.00

£79.00

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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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Hermann Lange Ombré lace shift dress

Hermann Lange Ombré lace shift dress

Navabi

 

£199.99

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navabi Dotted jacquard shift dress

navabi Dotted jacquard shift dress

Navabi

 

£199.99

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navabi Embellished chiffon shift dress

navabi Embellished chiffon shift dress

Navabi

 

£159.99

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Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Navabi

 

£159.99

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Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Manon Baptiste Faux suede shift dress

Navabi

 

£159.99

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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 Shape Collection shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Navabi

 

£135.99

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Live Unlimited London Lace shift dress

Live Unlimited London Lace shift dress

Navabi

 

£119.99

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Baylis and May Printed crêpe shift dress

Baylis and May Printed crêpe shift dress

Navabi

 

£119.99

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annalisa Linen shift dress

annalisa Linen shift dress

Navabi

 

£119.99

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Manon Baptiste Draped lace shift dress

Manon Baptiste Draped lace shift dress

Navabi

 

£119.99

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Manon Baptiste Peplum shift dress

Manon Baptiste Peplum shift dress

Navabi

 

£111.99

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navabi Gathered metallic clasp shift dress

navabi Gathered metallic clasp shift dress

Navabi

 

£103.99

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Manon Baptiste Shape collection jersey shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape collection jersey shift dress

Navabi

 

£103.99

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Manon Baptiste Jacquard shift dress

Manon Baptiste Jacquard shift dress

Navabi

 

£99.99

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Persona Gathered shift dress

Persona Gathered shift dress

Navabi

 

£99.99

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Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Navabi

 

£95.99

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Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Navabi

 

£83.99

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Manon Baptiste Shape Collection shift dress

Manon Baptiste Shape Collection 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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Manon Baptiste Asymmetric shift dress

Manon Baptiste Asymmetric shift dress

Navabi

 

£79.99

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Manon Baptiste Lightly gathered shift dress

Manon Baptiste Lightly gathered shift dress

Navabi

 

£79.99

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Manon Baptiste Cowl shift dress

Manon Baptiste Cowl shift dress

Navabi

 

£79.99

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Jo and Julia Pleated jersey shift dress

Jo and Julia Pleated jersey shift dress

Navabi

 

£76.99

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annalisa Chiffon shift dress

annalisa Chiffon shift dress

Navabi

 

£72.99

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5 Hearts Paisley print shift dress

5 Hearts Paisley print shift dress

Navabi

 

£71.99

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navabi Gathered metallic clasp shift dress

navabi Gathered metallic clasp shift dress

Navabi

 

£71.99

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Manon Baptiste V-neck shift dress

Manon Baptiste V-neck shift dress

Navabi

 

£67.99

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Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Navabi

 

£67.99

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KS Selection Embellished shift dress

KS Selection Embellished shift dress

Navabi

 

£67.99

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Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Manon Baptiste Pleated shift dress

Navabi

 

£67.99

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Jo and Julia Pleated jersey shift dress

Jo and Julia Pleated jersey shift dress

Navabi

 

£63.99

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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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