Contrast illusion Panel Dresses

Dresses with black lines and contrasting colours at the waist produce a shapely figure and work well for all sizes. These new designs can create shape on a slim body and flatter 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 make 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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Illusion Colourblock Dresses

Black Colour Block Pleated Dress, Black

Black Colour Block Pleated Dress, Black

Wallis

 

£48.00

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Fit and Flare Pleated Dress

Fit and Flare Pleated Dress

Roman Originals

 

£60.00

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Studio 8 Gabriella Colour Block Dress, Multi

Studio 8 Gabriella Colour Block Dress, Multi

John Lewis & Partners

was: £75.00

£63.75

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ASOS DESIGN colour block pleated maxi dress

ASOS DESIGN colour block pleated maxi dress

ASOS

 

£55.00

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Ghost Chloe Dress, Pink/Black

Ghost Chloe Dress, Pink/Black

John Lewis & Partners

 

£145.00

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Colour Block Panel Fit and Flare Dress

Colour Block Panel Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

was: £60.00

£30.00

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Monsoon Simone Pleated Midi Dress, Multi

Monsoon Simone Pleated Midi Dress, Multi

John Lewis & Partners

 

£130.00

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Polo Ralph Lauren Alyah Sleeveless Dress, Navy/Multi

Polo Ralph Lauren Alyah Sleeveless Dress, Navy/Multi

John Lewis & Partners

 

£349.00

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Winser London Kate Dress

Winser London Kate Dress

John Lewis & Partners

 

£139.00

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Blue Colour Block Fit And Flare Dress, Blue

Blue Colour Block Fit And Flare Dress, Blue

Wallis

was: £50.00

£45.00

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Monsoon Eloise Print Asymmetric Hem Dress, Black

Monsoon Eloise Print Asymmetric Hem Dress, Black

John Lewis & Partners

 

£99.00

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Ghost Bey Fluid Stripe Midi Dress, Multi

Ghost Bey Fluid Stripe Midi Dress, Multi

John Lewis & Partners

 

£165.00

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Farleigh Coat Blue Women Boden, Blue

Farleigh Coat Blue Women Boden, Blue

Boden

was: £250.00

£200.00

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Floral Border Print Twist Waist Dress

Floral Border Print Twist Waist Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Colour Block Shift Dress

Colour Block Shift Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Ghost Lucy Dress, Dash Geo

Ghost Lucy Dress, Dash Geo

John Lewis & Partners

 

£145.00

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Remi Colourblock Dress

Remi Colourblock Dress

Phase Eight

was: £169.00

£75.00

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Colour Block Shift Dress

Colour Block Shift Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Gina Bacconi Mayra Abstract Panel Dress, Fuschia

Gina Bacconi Mayra Abstract Panel Dress, Fuschia

John Lewis & Partners

was: £140.00

£100.00

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John Lewis & Partners Half Sleeve Colour Block Dress, Multi

John Lewis & Partners Half Sleeve Colour Block Dress, Multi

John Lewis & Partners

 

£99.00

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Monsoon Penelope Asymmetric Hem Maxi Dress, Black/Red

Monsoon Penelope Asymmetric Hem Maxi Dress, Black/Red

John Lewis & Partners

 

£80.00

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Contrast Hem Fit & Flare Dress

Contrast Hem Fit & Flare Dress

Roman Originals

 

£45.00

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Flocking Detail Dress

Flocking Detail Dress

Roman Originals

was: £48.00

£20.00

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Jemima Dress Navy Red Ivory

Jemima Dress Navy Red Ivory

Hobbs Ltd

was: £139.00

£99.00

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Bridgette Stripe Dress Pink Multi

Bridgette Stripe Dress Pink Multi

Hobbs Ltd

was: £179.00

£119.00

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Melonie Dress Navy

Melonie Dress Navy

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£99.00

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Ted Baker Tayiny Ottoman Stripe Ruffle Dress, Navy/Multi

Ted Baker Tayiny Ottoman Stripe Ruffle Dress, Navy/Multi

John Lewis & Partners

 

£125.00

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Magnolia Jersey Midi Dress Navy Women Boden, Navy

Magnolia Jersey Midi Dress Navy Women Boden, Navy

Boden

was: £110.00

£66.00

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Chesca Colourblock Dress, Ivory/Blue

Chesca Colourblock Dress, Ivory/Blue

John Lewis & Partners

 

£165.00

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Chesca Linen Layered Dress, White/Multi

Chesca Linen Layered Dress, White/Multi

John Lewis & Partners

 

£165.00

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Studio 8 Michelle Colour Block Dress, Blue/Green

Studio 8 Michelle Colour Block Dress, Blue/Green

John Lewis & Partners

was: £59.00

£50.15

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Coast Rosie Colour Block Jumpsuit

Coast Rosie Colour Block Jumpsuit

Coast

was: £129.00

£49.00

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Chesca Colour Block Layered Dress, White/Orange

Chesca Colour Block Layered Dress, White/Orange

John Lewis & Partners

 

£165.00

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Robyn Dress Black Ivory

Robyn Dress Black Ivory

Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£99.00

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Margie Dress Multi Women Boden, Multicouloured

Margie Dress Multi Women Boden, Multicouloured

Boden

was: £120.00

£96.00

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Chesca Scallop Layered Lace Dress

Chesca Scallop Layered Lace Dress

John Lewis & Partners

 

£185.00

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Amy Dress Navy Ochre

Amy Dress Navy Ochre

Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£89.00

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Farleigh Coat Black Women Boden, Black

Farleigh Coat Black Women Boden, Black

Boden

was: £250.00

£200.00

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Wren Ponte Midi Dress Navy Women Boden, Navy

Wren Ponte Midi Dress Navy Women Boden, Navy

Boden

was: £90.00

£72.00

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Chesca Colour Block Linen Jacket

Chesca Colour Block Linen Jacket

John Lewis & Partners

 

£135.00

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Contrast Hem Fit & Flare Dress

Contrast Hem Fit & Flare Dress

Roman Originals

 

£45.00

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Monochrome Pencil Dress

Monochrome Pencil Dress

Karen Millen

 

£190.00

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Monochrome Stripe Maxi Dress

Monochrome Stripe Maxi Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Gina Bacconi Flossie Panelled Lace Dress, Black

Gina Bacconi Flossie Panelled Lace Dress, Black

John Lewis & Partners

was: £216.00

£135.00

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Margie Dress Black Women Boden, Black

Margie Dress Black Women Boden, Black

Boden

was: £120.00

£60.00

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Petite Black Stripe Dress, Black

Petite Black Stripe Dress, Black

Wallis

 

£45.00

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Eva Dress Grey Women Boden, Blue

Eva Dress Grey Women Boden, Blue

Boden

was: £120.00

£60.00

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Floral Stripe Print Fit and Flare Dress

Floral Stripe Print Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

 

£50.00

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Aliza Dress Black Red

Aliza Dress Black Red

Hobbs Ltd

was: £169.00

£119.00

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Contrast Lace Fitted Dress

Contrast Lace Fitted Dress

Roman Originals

 

£70.00

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Chesca Colour Block Linen Jacket

Chesca Colour Block Linen Jacket

John Lewis & Partners

 

£125.00

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Winser London Elizabeth Dress, Ivory/Midnight Navy

Winser London Elizabeth Dress, Ivory/Midnight Navy

John Lewis & Partners

 

£159.00

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Gina Bacconi Michaela Satin Stripe Maxi Dress

Gina Bacconi Michaela Satin Stripe Maxi Dress

John Lewis & Partners

 

£250.00

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Monochrome Colour Block Dress

Monochrome Colour Block Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Monochrome Maxi Wrap Dress

Monochrome Maxi Wrap Dress

Roman Originals

was: £60.00

£45.00

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Reiss Willa - Block-colour Shift Dress in Offwhite/Black, Womens

Reiss Willa - Block-colour Shift Dress in Offwhite/Black, Womens

Reiss

was: £180.00

£125.00

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Gina Bacconi Michaela Satin Stripe Maxi Dress

Gina Bacconi Michaela Satin Stripe Maxi Dress

John Lewis & Partners

 

£250.00

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Hanky Hem Fit and Flare Dress

Hanky Hem Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

 

£55.00

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Rosemond Dress Midnight Ivory

Rosemond Dress Midnight Ivory

Hobbs Ltd

 

£189.00

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Gina Bacconi Belinda Frill Dress, Navy

Gina Bacconi Belinda Frill Dress, Navy

John Lewis & Partners

was: £161.00

£115.00

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Annabel Dress Navy Red Ivory

Annabel Dress Navy Red Ivory

Hobbs Ltd

 

£149.00

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Monochrome Asymmetric Dress

Monochrome Asymmetric Dress

Roman Originals

was: £48.00

£30.00

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Studio 8 Colour Block Dress, Berry

Studio 8 Colour Block Dress, Berry

John Lewis & Partners

was: £55.00

£46.75

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Paper Dolls Short Sleeve Colour Block Midi Dress

Paper Dolls Short Sleeve Colour Block Midi Dress

very.co.uk

 

£55.00

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Coast Rosie Colour Block Jumpsuit Cc

Coast Rosie Colour Block Jumpsuit Cc

Coast

was: £129.00

£49.00

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Winser London Kate Dress

Winser London Kate Dress

John Lewis & Partners

 

£159.00

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Celeste Tapework Dress

Celeste Tapework Dress

Phase Eight

was: £199.00

£85.00

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Colour Block Fit And Flare Dress

Colour Block Fit And Flare Dress

Roman Originals

 

£38.00

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Wren Ponte Midi Dress Red Women Boden, Pink

Wren Ponte Midi Dress Red Women Boden, Pink

Boden

was: £90.00

£63.00

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Chesca Scallop Layered Lace Dress

Chesca Scallop Layered Lace Dress

John Lewis & Partners

 

£185.00

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Floral Border Print Twist Waist Dress

Floral Border Print Twist Waist Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Dania Dress Dusky Blue Navy

Dania Dress Dusky Blue Navy

Hobbs Ltd

was: £159.00

£79.00

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Nia Dress Ivory Multi

Nia Dress Ivory Multi

Hobbs Ltd

was: £159.00

£99.00

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Macie Dress Wine Pink

Macie Dress Wine Pink

Hobbs Ltd

was: £119.00

£75.00

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Faye Striped Dress

Faye Striped Dress

Phase Eight

was: £120.00

£45.00

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Chelle Colour Block Dress

Chelle Colour Block Dress

Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£79.00

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Contrast Fit and Flare Dress with Belt

Contrast Fit and Flare Dress with Belt

Roman Originals

was: £70.00

£35.00

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Traffic People Midi Stripe Dress

Traffic People Midi Stripe Dress

ASOS

was: £123.00

£35.00

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ASOS DESIGN colourblock cami strap maxi dress with ruffle waist

ASOS DESIGN colourblock cami strap maxi dress with ruffle waist

ASOS

was: £55.00

£22.00

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Claudia Ponte Midi Dress Navy Women Boden, Navy

Claudia Ponte Midi Dress Navy Women Boden, Navy

Boden

was: £110.00

£66.00

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Fit and Flare Colour Block Dress

Fit and Flare Colour Block Dress

Roman Originals

was: £40.00

£30.00

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Floral Twist Waist Fit and Flare Dress

Floral Twist Waist Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Cotton Mix Shift Dress

Cotton Mix Shift Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Polka Dot Fit and Flare Dress

Polka Dot Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

was: £50.00

£30.00

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Joseph Ribkoff Black And White Abstract Print Dress

Joseph Ribkoff Black And White Abstract Print Dress

Chesca

 

£250.00

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Black Colour Block Tunic Dress, Black

Black Colour Block Tunic Dress, Black

Evans Clothing

was: £35.00

£20.00

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Hanky Hem Fit and Flare Dress

Hanky Hem Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

 

£55.00

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Callie Dress Navy Ivory

Callie Dress Navy Ivory

Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£79.00

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Winser London Crepe Jersey Colour Block Shift Dress, Rich Berry/Black

Winser London Crepe Jersey Colour Block Shift Dress, Rich Berry/Black

John Lewis & Partners

was: £69.00

£49.00

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Becca Dress Navy Cobalt

Becca Dress Navy Cobalt

Hobbs Ltd

was: £110.00

£85.00

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L.K.Bennett Maria Bold Stripe Dress, Blue Cream

L.K.Bennett Maria Bold Stripe Dress, Blue Cream

John Lewis & Partners

was: £250.00

£179.00

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Colourblock Bodycon Dress

Colourblock Bodycon Dress

Karen Millen

was: £199.00

£95.00

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Chesca Scallop Trim Tiered Lace Dress, Black/White

Chesca Scallop Trim Tiered Lace Dress, Black/White

John Lewis & Partners

 

£225.00

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Women's Ladies sleeveless flowing chiffon halter neck floor length tie waist belt colour block maxi dress

Women's Ladies sleeveless flowing chiffon halter neck floor length tie waist belt colour block maxi dress

M&Co

 

£32.00

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Seraphina Dress Pink Black

Seraphina Dress Pink Black

Hobbs Ltd

was: £229.00

£129.00

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ASOS DESIGN pleated midi dress in colourblock satin

ASOS DESIGN pleated midi dress in colourblock satin

ASOS

was: £65.00

£52.00

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Fit and Flare Contrast Floral Dress

Fit and Flare Contrast Floral Dress

Roman Originals

 

£40.00

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Arizona Dress Midnight Ivory

Arizona Dress Midnight Ivory

Hobbs Ltd

was: £169.00

£119.00

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Chesca Colour Block Panel Dress

Chesca Colour Block Panel Dress

John Lewis & Partners

 

£135.00

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Jackie Dress Black Ivory

Jackie Dress Black Ivory

Hobbs Ltd

 

£149.00

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Polka Dot Bardot Dress

Polka Dot Bardot Dress

Roman Originals

 

£50.00

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Lace Top Fit and Flare Dress

Lace Top Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

was: £75.00

£50.00

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Chelle Colour Block Dress

Chelle Colour Block Dress

Phase Eight

was: £89.00

£49.00

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hush Colourblock Coat, Black/Camel/Grey

hush Colourblock Coat, Black/Camel/Grey

John Lewis & Partners

was: £125.00

£115.00

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Court Colourblock Dress

Court Colourblock Dress

Phase Eight

was: £89.00

£45.00

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Hanky Hem Fit and Flare Contrast Dress

Hanky Hem Fit and Flare Contrast Dress

Roman Originals

 

£55.00

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Michaela Louisa White and Navy Cowl Neck Jersey Dress

Michaela Louisa White and Navy Cowl Neck Jersey Dress

Chesca

 

£120.00

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Mischa Abstract Stripe Scuba Dress

Mischa Abstract Stripe Scuba Dress

GinaBacconi.com

 

£190.00

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Gerry Weber Stripe V-neck Dress

Gerry Weber Stripe V-neck Dress

Chesca

 

£130.00

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Hanky Hem Fit and Flare Contrast Dress

Hanky Hem Fit and Flare Contrast Dress

Roman Originals

 

£55.00

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Cher Colour Block Ripple Stitch Dress

Cher Colour Block Ripple Stitch Dress

Phase Eight

was: £89.00

£65.00

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Lucilla Colourblock Dress

Lucilla Colourblock Dress

Phase Eight

was: £159.00

£99.00

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Blanche Colourblock Dress

Blanche Colourblock Dress

Phase Eight

was: £110.00

£55.00

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Cosima Floral Stripe Dress

Cosima Floral Stripe Dress

GinaBacconi.com

 

£90.00

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Chesca Eyelash Trim Lace Dress, Riviera Blue/Ivory

Chesca Eyelash Trim Lace Dress, Riviera Blue/Ivory

John Lewis & Partners

 

£225.00

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Claudia Ponte Midi Dress Red Women Boden, Red

Claudia Ponte Midi Dress Red Women Boden, Red

Boden

was: £110.00

£88.00

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Cornelia Tapework Dress

Cornelia Tapework Dress

Phase Eight

was: £189.00

£113.00

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Snakeskin Pencil Dress

Snakeskin Pencil Dress

Karen Millen

 

£170.00

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Magdala Colour Block Maxi Dress

Magdala Colour Block Maxi Dress

Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£65.00

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Chesca Border Wrap Dress, Ivory Grey

Chesca Border Wrap Dress, Ivory Grey

John Lewis & Partners

 

£165.00

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Mini-check Midi Dress

Mini-check Midi Dress

Karen Millen

was: £180.00

£120.00

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Floral Print Cold Shoulder Dress

Floral Print Cold Shoulder Dress

Roman Originals

 

£48.00

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Contrast Bow Collar Dress

Contrast Bow Collar Dress

Roman Originals

was: £50.00

£30.00

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Contrast Yoke Fit and Flare Dress

Contrast Yoke Fit and Flare Dress

Roman Originals

 

£45.00

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Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

Winser London Grace Miracle Dress

John Lewis & Partners

 

£150.00

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Winser London Katherine Miracle Dress

Winser London Katherine Miracle Dress

John Lewis & Partners

 

£139.00

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Santana Dress, Black/Lauren White

Lauren Ralph Lauren Santana Dress, Black/Lauren White

John Lewis & Partners

 

£225.00

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Colourblock Shoes and Bags

French Connection Metallic Foldover Clutch, Silver/Rose Gold

French Connection Metallic Foldover Clutch, Silver/Rose Gold

John Lewis & Partners

 

£75.00

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Patent Strappy Heels

Patent Strappy Heels

Roman Originals

 

£25.00

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Radley London Eaton Hall Medium Zip-Top Multiway Bag

Radley London Eaton Hall Medium Zip-Top Multiway Bag

Radley

was: £189.00

£113.00

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From St Xavier Leaf Box Clutch, Pink/ Blue

From St Xavier Leaf Box Clutch, Pink/ Blue

John Lewis & Partners

was: £87.00

£43.50

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John Lewis & Partners Amanda Contrast Heel Court Shoes, Navy/Pink Leather

John Lewis & Partners Amanda Contrast Heel Court Shoes, Navy/Pink Leather

John Lewis & Partners

 

£95.00

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Rhian Sandal Navy Multi

Rhian Sandal Navy Multi

Hobbs Ltd

 

£149.00

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Kurt Geiger Kensington Leather Cross Body Bag, Multi

Kurt Geiger Kensington Leather Cross Body Bag, Multi

John Lewis & Partners

 

£189.00

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Carvela Alice Stiletto Heel Court Shoes

Carvela Alice Stiletto Heel Court Shoes

John Lewis & Partners

 

£139.00

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M&S Collection Leather Stiletto Heel T-Bar Slingback Shoes

M&S Collection Leather Stiletto Heel T-Bar Slingback Shoes

Marks and Spencer

 

£45.00

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Criss Cross Ankle Strap Leather Heels

Criss Cross Ankle Strap Leather Heels

Charles & Keith

was: £79.00

£55.00

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Push Lock Evening Crossbody Bag

Push Lock Evening Crossbody Bag

Charles & Keith

 

£79.00

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Henrietta Courts Red Women Boden, Red

Henrietta Courts Red Women Boden, Red

Boden

 

£110.00

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M&S Collection Kitten Heel Slingback Shoes

M&S Collection Kitten Heel Slingback Shoes

Marks and Spencer

 

£25.00

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Radley London Babington Medium Zip-Top Multiway Bag

Radley London Babington Medium Zip-Top Multiway Bag

Radley

was: £189.00

£94.00

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Dune Ambre Stiletto Heel Court Shoes, Red Patent

Dune Ambre Stiletto Heel Court Shoes, Red Patent

John Lewis & Partners

was: £78.00

£46.00

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Jacquard Ribbon Mary Jane Heels

Jacquard Ribbon Mary Jane Heels

Charles & Keith

 

£85.00

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SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Rampling Stiletto Heel Court Shoes, Blue/Pink Suede

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Rampling Stiletto Heel Court Shoes, Blue/Pink Suede

John Lewis & Partners

 

£280.00

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Henrietta Courts Black Women Boden, Black

Henrietta Courts Black Women Boden, Black

Boden

 

£110.00

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Dune Catelyn Studded T-Bar Court Shoes

Dune Catelyn Studded T-Bar Court Shoes

John Lewis & Partners

was: £85.00

£51.00

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Leather Ribbon Mary Jane Heels

Leather Ribbon Mary Jane Heels

Charles & Keith

 

£85.00

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Radley London Babington Large Zip-Top Shoulder Bag

Radley London Babington Large Zip-Top Shoulder Bag

Radley

was: £229.00

£137.00

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Paul Smith Leather Colour Block Hobo Bag

Paul Smith Leather Colour Block Hobo Bag

John Lewis & Partners

 

£295.00

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M&S Collection Block Heel Multi Strap Sandals

M&S Collection Block Heel Multi Strap Sandals

Marks and Spencer

 

£25.00

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Braided Ribbon Top Handle Bag

Braided Ribbon Top Handle Bag

Charles & Keith

 

£85.00

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New styles include black and white contrast dresses, multi coloured stripes, bodycon pencil dresses and mixed colour block scuba 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 instant slimmer silhouette is clever design. New season arrivals are embracing the shaper dress trend that accentuate 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 gathers for shaping, seam detail that nip in at the waist and monochrome prints. Wear over black trousers or pencil slim skirt for an elegant tailored 1940‘s look. Smart two piece outfits looks good for work or play.


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