Contrast Colour Block Dresses

Dresses with black lines and contrasting colours at the waist produce a shapely figure and work well for all sizes. Colour block dresses create a shape on a slim body and are flattering on a curvy body too. Petite dresses with panels or vertical lines can also give the appearance of height on a smaller frame. Buying plus-size outfits with dark panels and cut-outs at the side makes the contour of the body appear much slimmer. A splash of colour also has a part to play in the art of illusion and can enhance the silhouette in the most flattering of ways.


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Colour Block dresses and hats to match for race day and weddings

Colour Block Dresses and Hats to Match

Coast colour block dresses and hats to match come together to bring standout race day outfits. Expert milliner Lisa Tan has crafted stunning hats and fascinators complimenting Coast’s special occasion dresses.

We love the Lisa Tan Geo Stripe ruffle shoulder midi dress featuring bold bursts of colour and contrasting geometric shapes. For a classic edge, the colour block midi dress offers a sleek sleeveless fit and flare design in a pink, lime and white combination. Contrasting tones, rainbow hues, cascading hems, bows and ruffles complete the special race day and wedding occasionwear at Coast.

Illusion Colourblock Dresses

Yumi Multicolour Rainbow Stripe Sequin Midi Dress Colour: Multi
Yumi Multicolour Rainbow Stripe Sequin Midi Dress Colour: Multi
Yumi

£75.00

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Diagonal Stripe Green Twist Midi Dress
Diagonal Stripe Green Twist Midi Dress
Oliver Bonas

£80.00

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HotSquash Halterneck Contrast Panels Maxi Dress, Red/White
HotSquash Halterneck Contrast Panels Maxi Dress, Red/White
John Lewis & Partners

£155.00

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Roman Striped Cotton Blend Shift Dress in Lime
Roman Striped Cotton Blend Shift Dress in Lime
Roman Originals

£38.00

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Hobbs Women's Jilly Fit And Flare Dress - Navy Blue Ivory
Hobbs Women's Jilly Fit And Flare Dress - Navy Blue Ivory
Hobbs Ltd

was: £179.00

£139.00

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Phase Eight Women's Petite Sophia Colour Block Belted Dress
Phase Eight Women's Petite Sophia Colour Block Belted Dress
Phase Eight

was: £149.00

£119.20

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Hobbs Women's Cecilia Fit And Flare Dress - Navy Pale Blue
Hobbs Women's Cecilia Fit And Flare Dress - Navy Pale Blue
Hobbs Ltd

was: £189.00

£129.00

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Gina Bacconi Lorah Stripe Maxi Dress, Black/White
Gina Bacconi Lorah Stripe Maxi Dress, Black/White
John Lewis & Partners

£130.00

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Lk Bennett Womens Colour Block Box Pleat Midi A-Line Skirt - 12 - Multi, Multi
Lk Bennett Womens Colour Block Box Pleat Midi A-Line Skirt - 12 - Multi, Multi
Marks and Spencer UK

£199.00

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Lk Bennett Womens Cotton Blend Striped V-Neck Midi Column Dress - 8 - Multi, Multi
Lk Bennett Womens Cotton Blend Striped V-Neck Midi Column Dress - 8 - Multi, Multi
Marks and Spencer UK

£359.00

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Mint Velvet Colour Block Jersey Midi Dress
Mint Velvet Colour Block Jersey Midi Dress
very.co.uk

£109.00

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Phase Eight Women's Sophia Colourblock Belted Midi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Sophia Colourblock Belted Midi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £149.00

£119.20

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Boden Panelled Bodice Stripe Midi Dress
Boden Panelled Bodice Stripe Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£125.00

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HotSquash Pleated Polka Dot Midi Dress, Navy
HotSquash Pleated Polka Dot Midi Dress, Navy
John Lewis & Partners

£119.00

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Brakeburn Toni Stripe Knee Length Dress, Multi
Brakeburn Toni Stripe Knee Length Dress, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£49.99

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New Look Black Stripe Belted Midaxi Dress
New Look Black Stripe Belted Midaxi Dress
very.co.uk

was: £33.99

£16.50

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Thames Sleeveless Shirt Dress in Striped Cotton
Thames Sleeveless Shirt Dress in Striped Cotton
La Redoute UK

was: £99.00

£59.40

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Phase Eight Women's Isla Printed Skirt Ruffle Top Maxi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Isla Printed Skirt Ruffle Top Maxi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £179.00

£143.20

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Tommy Hilfiger Colour Block Ribbed Maxi Skirt, Navy/Multi
Tommy Hilfiger Colour Block Ribbed Maxi Skirt, Navy/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£180.00

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Hobbs Women's Arielle Fit And Flare Midi Dress - Navy Pink
Hobbs Women's Arielle Fit And Flare Midi Dress - Navy Pink
Hobbs Ltd

was: £189.00

£149.00

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Hobbs Women's Lila Pleated Midi Dress - Navy Pale Pink
Hobbs Women's Lila Pleated Midi Dress - Navy Pale Pink
Hobbs Ltd

was: £179.00

£143.20

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Boden Panelled Bodice Stripe Midi Dress
Boden Panelled Bodice Stripe Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£125.00

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chesca Plissé Striped Midi Dress, Orange/Multi
chesca Plissé Striped Midi Dress, Orange/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£185.00

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Phase Eight Women's Alora Print Midi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Alora Print Midi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £159.00

£127.20

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Hobbs Women's Evangeline Jersey Colourblock Midi Dress - Navy Rouge Pink
Hobbs Women's Evangeline Jersey Colourblock Midi Dress - Navy Rouge Pink
Hobbs Ltd

was: £99.00

£49.00

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Striped Midi Dress with Short Sleeves
Striped Midi Dress with Short Sleeves
La Redoute UK

was: £70.00

£56.00

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Olivia Rubin Maddie Rainbow Stripe Sequin Midi Dress, Multi
Olivia Rubin Maddie Rainbow Stripe Sequin Midi Dress, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£320.00

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Olivia Rubin Penelope Sequin Rainbow Stripe Midi Skirt, Multi
Olivia Rubin Penelope Sequin Rainbow Stripe Midi Skirt, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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Boden Colour Block Stripe Midi Dress, Navy/Mauve Mist
Boden Colour Block Stripe Midi Dress, Navy/Mauve Mist
John Lewis & Partners

£120.00

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Olivia Rubin Monica Sequin Stripe Top, Multi
Olivia Rubin Monica Sequin Stripe Top, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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Olivia Rubin Penelope Sequin Stripe Skirt, Multi
Olivia Rubin Penelope Sequin Stripe Skirt, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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Monsoon Zifia Stripe Dress
Monsoon Zifia Stripe Dress
very.co.uk

£69.00

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Brora Cotton Colour Block Tiered Midi Skirt, Patchwork
Brora Cotton Colour Block Tiered Midi Skirt, Patchwork
John Lewis & Partners

£195.00

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Seasalt Cornwall Womens Colour Block Midi A-Line Skirt - 14REG - Blue Mix, Blue Mix
Seasalt Cornwall Womens Colour Block Midi A-Line Skirt - 14REG - Blue Mix, Blue Mix
Marks and Spencer UK

£65.95

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Adrianna Papell Colour Block Maxi Dress, Black/Ivory
Adrianna Papell Colour Block Maxi Dress, Black/Ivory
John Lewis & Partners

£199.00

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Mango Verdi Stripe Midi Wrap Dress, Multi
Mango Verdi Stripe Midi Wrap Dress, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£59.99

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Phase Eight Womens Colour Block V-Neck Midaxi Tiered Dress - 8 - Multi, Multi
Phase Eight Womens Colour Block V-Neck Midaxi Tiered Dress - 8 - Multi, Multi
Marks and Spencer UK

£149.00

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Adrianna Papell Colour Block Maxi Dress, Pink/Red
Adrianna Papell Colour Block Maxi Dress, Pink/Red
John Lewis & Partners

£199.00

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Phase Eight Women's Simara Ombre Pleated Midi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Simara Ombre Pleated Midi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £149.00

£119.20

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HotSquash Pleated Floral Midi Dress, Black/White
HotSquash Pleated Floral Midi Dress, Black/White
John Lewis & Partners

£119.00

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Hobbs Women's Lila V Neck Midi Dress - Navy Yellow
Hobbs Women's Lila V Neck Midi Dress - Navy Yellow
Hobbs Ltd

was: £179.00

£139.00

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Hobbs Women's Jaci Dress - Ivory Navy
Hobbs Women's Jaci Dress - Ivory Navy
Hobbs Ltd

was: £159.00

£119.00

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Hobbs Women's Claudia Pleated Fit And Flare Dress - Navy Pink Multi
Hobbs Women's Claudia Pleated Fit And Flare Dress - Navy Pink Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £189.00

£129.00

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Phase Eight Women's Simara Ombre Dress
Phase Eight Women's Simara Ombre Dress
Phase Eight

was: £149.00

£119.20

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Hobbs Women's Jaci Belted Linen Dress - Navy Multi
Hobbs Women's Jaci Belted Linen Dress - Navy Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£79.00

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Roman Rainbow Stripe Print Midi Dress in Multi
Roman Rainbow Stripe Print Midi Dress in Multi
Roman Originals

£55.00

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chesca Cosmopolitan Striped Midi Dress, Multi
chesca Cosmopolitan Striped Midi Dress, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£165.00

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Phase Eight Women's Piper Ombre Midi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Piper Ombre Midi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £149.00

£109.00

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Phase Eight Women's Zita Lace Sleeveless Dress
Phase Eight Women's Zita Lace Sleeveless Dress
Phase Eight

was: £169.00

£101.40

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Roman Floral Border Print Frill Stretch Dress in Royal Blue
Roman Floral Border Print Frill Stretch Dress in Royal Blue
Roman Originals

£55.00

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Closet Gold Wrap Gathered Sleeve Dress
Closet Gold Wrap Gathered Sleeve Dress
Closet London

was: £102.00

£50.99

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InWear Sharla Diagonal Stripe Maxi Dress, Black/Eggshell
InWear Sharla Diagonal Stripe Maxi Dress, Black/Eggshell
John Lewis & Partners

£149.95

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Hobbs Women's Bailly Fit And Flare Dress - Navy Cblt Ivory
Hobbs Women's Bailly Fit And Flare Dress - Navy Cblt Ivory
Hobbs Ltd

was: £189.00

£115.00

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Roman Floral Border Print Frill Stretch Dress in Green
Roman Floral Border Print Frill Stretch Dress in Green
Roman Originals

£55.00

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Closet London Red Collar Full Skirt Dress
Closet London Red Collar Full Skirt Dress
Closet London

was: £132.00

£65.99

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Phase Eight Women's Doty Colourblock Linen-Blend Swing Dress
Phase Eight Women's Doty Colourblock Linen-Blend Swing Dress
Phase Eight

was: £95.00

£75.00

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Phase Eight Women's Adelheid Stripe Fit And Flare Dress
Phase Eight Women's Adelheid Stripe Fit And Flare Dress
Phase Eight

was: £110.00

£75.00

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HotSquash Princess Seam Swing Dress
HotSquash Princess Seam Swing Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£119.00

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HotSquash Frill Detail Bodycon Dress
HotSquash Frill Detail Bodycon Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£115.00

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Roman Contrast Floral Print Fit & Flare Dress in Black & Grey
Roman Contrast Floral Print Fit & Flare Dress in Black & Grey
Roman Originals

£50.00

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HotSquash Princess Seam Swing Dress
HotSquash Princess Seam Swing Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£119.00

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HotSquash Contrast V-Neck Knee Length Dress, Teal
HotSquash Contrast V-Neck Knee Length Dress, Teal
John Lewis & Partners

£125.00

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Closet GOLD Navy Bow Neck Pencil Dress
Closet GOLD Navy Bow Neck Pencil Dress
Closet London

was: £84.00

£41.99

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Hobbs Women's Twitchill Linen Fit And Flare Dress - Multi
Hobbs Women's Twitchill Linen Fit And Flare Dress - Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £139.00

£99.00

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Ro&Zo Daphne Floral Midi Dress, Pink/White
Ro&Zo Daphne Floral Midi Dress, Pink/White
John Lewis & Partners

£129.00

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Phase Eight Women's Nori Tapework Lace Fitted Dress
Phase Eight Women's Nori Tapework Lace Fitted Dress
Phase Eight

was: £199.00

£149.00

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Gina Bacconi Hannah Jacquard Dress, Black/Red
Gina Bacconi Hannah Jacquard Dress, Black/Red
John Lewis & Partners

£260.00

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Phase Eight Women's Tandi Contrast Bodice Dress
Phase Eight Women's Tandi Contrast Bodice Dress
Phase Eight

was: £140.00

£109.00

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Damsel in a Dress Women's Valarie Colourblock Dress
Damsel in a Dress Women's Valarie Colourblock Dress
Phase Eight

was: £149.00

£99.00

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Hobbs Women's Mariella Dress - Multi
Hobbs Women's Mariella Dress - Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£119.00

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Gina Bacconi Doreen Chiffon One Shoulder Dress
Gina Bacconi Doreen Chiffon One Shoulder Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£350.00

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Colour Block Puff Sleeve Dress
Colour Block Puff Sleeve Dress
Debenhams UK

was: £139.00

£39.00

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HotSquash Contrast Pleat Midi Dress
HotSquash Contrast Pleat Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£119.00

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Phase Eight Women's Mali Textured Stitch Colourblock Dress
Phase Eight Women's Mali Textured Stitch Colourblock Dress
Phase Eight

was: £95.00

£59.00

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Petite Colour Block Halterneck Midi Dress
Petite Colour Block Halterneck Midi Dress
Debenhams UK

was: £65.00

£19.00

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Phase Eight Women's Joy One Shoulder Midi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Joy One Shoulder Midi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £149.00

£109.00

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Gina Bacconi Janada Chiffon Maxi Dress
Gina Bacconi Janada Chiffon Maxi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£370.00

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HotSquash 50s Silky Trimmed Button Wiggle Dress
HotSquash 50s Silky Trimmed Button Wiggle Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£125.00

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Colourblock Hats Shoes and Bags

kate spade new york Lily Frog Rattan Leather Blend Cross Body Bag, Candy Grass/Multi
kate spade new york Lily Frog Rattan Leather Blend Cross Body Bag, Candy Grass/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£550.00

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Quinny Green and Navy Leather High Topline Courts, Multi
Quinny Green and Navy Leather High Topline Courts, Multi
LK Bennett

was: £329.00

£219.00

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Dune Regent Leather Quilted Shoulder Bag, Multi
Dune Regent Leather Quilted Shoulder Bag, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£170.00

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Chie Mihara Gapaxi Leather Sandals, Green/Multi
Chie Mihara Gapaxi Leather Sandals, Green/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£315.00

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Boden Stripe Trapeze Tote Bag, Green/Multi
Boden Stripe Trapeze Tote Bag, Green/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£80.00

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Sam Edelman Tarra2 Slingback Shoes
Sam Edelman Tarra2 Slingback Shoes
John Lewis & Partners

£150.00

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Hobbs Women's Evangeline Fascinator - Midnight Ivory
Hobbs Women's Evangeline Fascinator - Midnight Ivory
Hobbs Ltd

was: £99.00

£79.20

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kate spade new york Manhattan Gingham Tote Bag, Black/Multi
kate spade new york Manhattan Gingham Tote Bag, Black/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£425.00

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Radley Valentine's Day Edition Liverpool Street 2.0 Mini Grab Bag, Black/Multi
Radley Valentine's Day Edition Liverpool Street 2.0 Mini Grab Bag, Black/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£199.00

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Quinny Black and Ecru Leather High Topline Courts, Multi
Quinny Black and Ecru Leather High Topline Courts, Multi
LK Bennett

was: £329.00

£219.00

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Nala Black And Natural Striped Raffia Tote Bag, Natural Black
Nala Black And Natural Striped Raffia Tote Bag, Natural Black
LK Bennett

£149.00

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Starlet Pink And Purple Metallic Strappy Sandals, Fuchsia
Starlet Pink And Purple Metallic Strappy Sandals, Fuchsia
LK Bennett

was: £299.00

£224.00

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Kurt Geiger London Pierra Leather Platform Sandals, Multi
Kurt Geiger London Pierra Leather Platform Sandals, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£179.00

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L.K.Bennett Nala Raffia Tote Bag, Neutral/Black
L.K.Bennett Nala Raffia Tote Bag, Neutral/Black
John Lewis & Partners

£149.00

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John Lewis Daisy Quill Disc Occasion Hat
John Lewis Daisy Quill Disc Occasion Hat
John Lewis & Partners

£89.00

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Kurt Geiger London Pierra Leather Stiletto Heel Sandals
Kurt Geiger London Pierra Leather Stiletto Heel Sandals
John Lewis & Partners

£159.00

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SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Rampling Satin Colour Block Court Shoes, Candy/Mouette
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Rampling Satin Colour Block Court Shoes, Candy/Mouette
John Lewis & Partners

£299.00

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Kurt Geiger London Daisy Leather Strap Sandals, Multi
Kurt Geiger London Daisy Leather Strap Sandals, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£139.00

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Mylah Ecru and Black Leather Concealed Platform Courts, Multi
Mylah Ecru and Black Leather Concealed Platform Courts, Multi
LK Bennett

was: £299.00

£199.00

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Radley Albion Road Small Zip Around Grab Bag, Walnut
Radley Albion Road Small Zip Around Grab Bag, Walnut
John Lewis & Partners

£219.00

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Black/White Large Fascinator with Large Bow
Black/White Large Fascinator with Large Bow
Chesca

£175.00

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Coach Large Straw Tote Bag, Natural
Coach Large Straw Tote Bag, Natural
John Lewis & Partners

£395.00

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Hartley Straw Bucket Bag, Natural/Black
Lauren Ralph Lauren Hartley Straw Bucket Bag, Natural/Black
John Lewis & Partners

£279.00

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Longchamp Robert Indiana Handbag, Red
Longchamp Robert Indiana Handbag, Red
John Lewis & Partners

£205.00

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Radley 24/7 Small Flapover Cross Body Bag
Radley 24/7 Small Flapover Cross Body Bag
John Lewis & Partners

£129.00

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Fenella Tan and Pink Raffia Woven Courts, Multi
Fenella Tan and Pink Raffia Woven Courts, Multi
LK Bennett

was: £299.00

£199.00

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New styles include black and white contrast dresses, multicoloured stripes, bodycon pencil dresses and print colour block dresses. Online brands and high street stores such as Karen Millen, Boden, Phase Eight, Asos, Damsel in a Dress, Coast, L.K. Bennett, Chesca, Ted Baker and Gina Bacconi boast a vibrant collection of colourblock designs.

Slimming Figure-Shaping Dresses

Visual trickery dressing is not just for the red carpet and celebrities. The new fashion frenzy can be seen in the new season dress collection at department stores such as John Lewis and House of Fraser. So add your own drama to your wardrobe with a Bodycon slim-fit bandage dress to showcase your curves. Here you will find figure-hugging dresses combined with a modern block pattern perfect for effortless day & evening dressing.

Panelled Bodycon Dresses

The secret behind creating an instantly slimmer silhouette is a clever design. New colour block dresses are embracing the shaper-dress trend that accentuates the figure. Savvy celebs know how to dress to impress, and panelled bodycon are real show stoppers. Reiss dresses are both figure-flattering and on-trend, especially their latest bandage styles.

Catwalk-inspired geometric prints are a winner, too and work well with colour block pieces. Update your wardrobe and take your pick from the latest graphic stripes, cube and chevron prints and team with bold splashes of colour.

Colour Block Tops and Jackets

Jackets, cardigans, blouses and tops can play their part too in the world of illusion. Styles include colour blocking, darts and gather for shaping, seam detail that nips in at the waist and monochrome prints. Wear over black trousers or a pencil slim skirt for an elegant, tailored 1940s look. Smart two-piece outfits look good for work or play.

Author Debra Binns
Curated by Debra Binns

Debra Binns is the co-founder of MotherOfTheBrideOutfits.org.uk. Debra has been creating and sharing relevant content about women's occasionwear since 2009, bringing together fabulous fashion from the high street and online stores for that special occasion.

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