Modest Clothing for Women

The growing trend towards modest clothing for women has seen the arrival of ladies fashion with more coverage available to everybody. Women of all backgrounds and ages who are looking for a demure look can enjoy the latest collections. Furthermore, the emergence of modest clothing is creating far more diversity within the fashion world. It also means a variety of styles from the contemporary to simply stylish are at hand for all to try.


Roman Mother of the Bride outfits and occasion dresses under £50

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Modest Occasion Outfits

Aab  Moonlight Garden Maxi Dress, Grey
Aab Moonlight Garden Maxi Dress, Grey
John Lewis & Partners

£162.00

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Aab Pleat Maxi Dress
Aab Pleat Maxi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£132.00

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Aab Pleat Maxi Dress
Aab Pleat Maxi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£132.00

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Aab Plisse Maxi Dress, Black
Aab Plisse Maxi Dress, Black
John Lewis & Partners

£123.00

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Aab Plisse Maxi Dress
Aab Plisse Maxi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£113.00

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Aab Volantes Ruffle Neck Tiered Maxi Dress, Beige
Aab Volantes Ruffle Neck Tiered Maxi Dress, Beige
John Lewis & Partners

£113.00

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Aab Dusky Lace Gown Maxi Dress, Lilac
Aab Dusky Lace Gown Maxi Dress, Lilac
John Lewis & Partners

£102.00

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Aab Ivory Orchid Floral Print Maxi Dress, Cream/Multi
Aab Ivory Orchid Floral Print Maxi Dress, Cream/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£102.00

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Aab Snake Print Maxi Dress, Brown/Multi
Aab Snake Print Maxi Dress, Brown/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£98.00

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Aab Nymphaea Floral Print Maxi Dress, Yellow/Multi
Aab Nymphaea Floral Print Maxi Dress, Yellow/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£98.00

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Aab Iris Floral Print Maxi Dress, Multi
Aab Iris Floral Print Maxi Dress, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£98.00

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Aab Floaty Kaftan Maxi Dress, Sage
Aab Floaty Kaftan Maxi Dress, Sage
John Lewis & Partners

£93.00

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Aab Geo Print Maxi Dress, Blue
Aab Geo Print Maxi Dress, Blue
John Lewis & Partners

£92.00

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Aab Raya Maxi Dress, Red
Aab Raya Maxi Dress, Red
John Lewis & Partners

£92.00

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Aab Bold Stripes Maxi Dress, Black/Multi
Aab Bold Stripes Maxi Dress, Black/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£92.00

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Aab Pinstripe Maxi Dress, Black
Aab Pinstripe Maxi Dress, Black
John Lewis & Partners

£92.00

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Aab Mono Stripe Maxi Dress, White/Black
Aab Mono Stripe Maxi Dress, White/Black
John Lewis & Partners

£92.00

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Aab Floral Smock Waist Maxi Dress, Black
Aab Floral Smock Waist Maxi Dress, Black
John Lewis & Partners

£92.00

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Aab Floral Tiered Shirt Maxi Dress, Black/Multi
Aab Floral Tiered Shirt Maxi Dress, Black/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£92.00

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Aab Bateaux Maxi Dress, Blue
Aab Bateaux Maxi Dress, Blue
John Lewis & Partners

£92.00

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Aab Mono Plaid Check Maxi Dress, Grey
Aab Mono Plaid Check Maxi Dress, Grey
John Lewis & Partners

£92.00

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KARL LAGERFELD Animal Shirt Dress, Red/Multi
KARL LAGERFELD Animal Shirt Dress, Red/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£329.00

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Black/Pink Orchid Print Mesh Maxi Dress with Beaded Neckline
Black/Pink Orchid Print Mesh Maxi Dress with Beaded Neckline
Chesca

£295.00

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Black Textured Shirt Dress
Black Textured Shirt Dress
Chesca

£235.00

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Orange/Multi Aztec Print Mesh Maxi Dress with Beaded Neckline
Orange/Multi Aztec Print Mesh Maxi Dress with Beaded Neckline
Chesca

£295.00

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James Lakeland Python Print Wrap Shirt Dress, Black/Beige
James Lakeland Python Print Wrap Shirt Dress, Black/Beige
John Lewis & Partners

£209.30

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Yumi Pink Satin Striped Midi Dress With Pleats and Matching Belt Colour: Pink
Yumi Pink Satin Striped Midi Dress With Pleats and Matching Belt Colour: Pink
Yumi

£60.00

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Valerie Petite Navy And Cream Shirt Dress, Cream
Valerie Petite Navy And Cream Shirt Dress, Cream
LK Bennett

was: £299.00

£224.00

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Hobbs Women's Emberly Shirt Dress - Green Multi
Hobbs Women's Emberly Shirt Dress - Green Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£119.20

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Boden Smocked Waist Striped Midi Shirt Dress, Ivory/Blue
Boden Smocked Waist Striped Midi Shirt Dress, Ivory/Blue
John Lewis & Partners

£125.00

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Monsoon Lizza Floral Shirt Dress
Monsoon Lizza Floral Shirt Dress
very.co.uk

£125.00

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Black/Multi Rose Melody Print Jersey Drape Dress
Black/Multi Rose Melody Print Jersey Drape Dress
Chesca

£195.00

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Black Crush Pleat Satin & Chiffon Dress
Black Crush Pleat Satin & Chiffon Dress
Chesca

£195.00

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FS Collection Shirt Midi Wrap Dress In Green Colour: Green
FS Collection Shirt Midi Wrap Dress In Green Colour: Green
Yumi

£52.20

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Royal Blue Pleated Dress With Chiffon Flower Details
Royal Blue Pleated Dress With Chiffon Flower Details
Chesca

£195.00

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Marc O'Polo Relaxed Fit Shirt Dress, Multi
Marc O'Polo Relaxed Fit Shirt Dress, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£195.00

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Monsoon Adela Shirt Dress
Monsoon Adela Shirt Dress
very.co.uk

£125.00

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Yumi Navy Italian Linen Relaxed Midi Shirt Dress With Turn up Sleeves Colour: Navy
Yumi Navy Italian Linen Relaxed Midi Shirt Dress With Turn up Sleeves Colour: Navy
Yumi

£75.00

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Jade Pleated Dress With Chiffon Flower Details
Jade Pleated Dress With Chiffon Flower Details
Chesca

£195.00

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Gina Bacconi Genny Cap Sleeve Midi Length Sequin Lace Dress Colour: Purple
Gina Bacconi Genny Cap Sleeve Midi Length Sequin Lace Dress Colour: Purple
Yumi

£125.00

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Gina Bacconi Rona Midi Dress With Lace Bodice & Chiffon Skirt Colour: Green
Gina Bacconi Rona Midi Dress With Lace Bodice & Chiffon Skirt Colour: Green
Yumi

£179.00

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Brora Abstract Print Organic Cotton Midi Shirt Dress, Indigo Zigzag
Brora Abstract Print Organic Cotton Midi Shirt Dress, Indigo Zigzag
John Lewis & Partners

£295.00

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Black Pleated Dress With Chiffon Flower Details
Black Pleated Dress With Chiffon Flower Details
Chesca

£195.00

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Gina Bacconi Lilibeth Embellished Jacket Midi Dress
Gina Bacconi Lilibeth Embellished Jacket Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£340.00

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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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Phase Eight Women's Ella Floral Print Dress
Phase Eight Women's Ella Floral Print Dress
Phase Eight

was: £130.00

£89.00

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Closet Blue Pleated Sleeve Pencil Dress
Closet Blue Pleated Sleeve Pencil Dress
Closet London

was: £85.00

£33.99

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Mira Navy Crepe Long Sleeve Tea Dress, Navy Blue
Mira Navy Crepe Long Sleeve Tea Dress, Navy Blue
LK Bennett

was: £329.00

£246.00

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Roman Shimmer Plisse Wrap Dress in Wine
Roman Shimmer Plisse Wrap Dress in Wine
Roman Originals

£58.00

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Floral waist tie dress
Floral waist tie dress
Paisie

£38.00

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Phase Eight Women's Averie Floral Maxi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Averie Floral Maxi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £169.00

£135.20

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Phase Eight Women's Tabitha Beaded Maxi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Tabitha Beaded Maxi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £225.00

£175.00

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Mortimer Green & Cream Polka Dot Silk Dress, Green
Mortimer Green & Cream Polka Dot Silk Dress, Green
LK Bennett

was: £399.00

£299.00

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Phase Eight Women's Claudia Printed Maxi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Claudia Printed Maxi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £149.00

£99.00

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Dusk Fashion Rose Print Chiffon Midi Dress in Red
Dusk Fashion Rose Print Chiffon Midi Dress in Red
Roman Originals

£65.00

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Satin wrap dress
Satin wrap dress
Paisie

£48.00

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Phase Eight Women's Nancie Eclipse Hem Dress
Phase Eight Women's Nancie Eclipse Hem Dress
Phase Eight

was: £130.00

£104.00

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Phase Eight Women's Dani Animal Print Dress
Phase Eight Women's Dani Animal Print Dress
Phase Eight

was: £145.00

£89.00

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Phase Eight Women's Carmen Checked Midaxi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Carmen Checked Midaxi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £149.00

£119.00

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Hobbs Women's Eleanora Silk Dress - Navy Ivory
Hobbs Women's Eleanora Silk Dress - Navy Ivory
Hobbs Ltd

was: £349.00

£179.00

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Roman Marble Print Midi Dress in Green
Roman Marble Print Midi Dress in Green
Roman Originals

£55.00

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Closet London Pink Heart Print Gathered Neck A-Line Dress
Closet London Pink Heart Print Gathered Neck A-Line Dress
Closet London

was: £95.00

£44.95

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Gina Bacconi Sephora Shimmer Cape Maxi Dress
Gina Bacconi Sephora Shimmer Cape Maxi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£280.00

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Floral waist tie dress
Floral waist tie dress
Paisie

£38.00

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Phase Eight Women's Jayla Floral Printed Dress
Phase Eight Women's Jayla Floral Printed Dress
Phase Eight

was: £130.00

£104.00

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Jersey tie dress
Jersey tie dress
Paisie

£40.00

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Closet London Blush Wrap Dress With Full Sleeve
Closet London Blush Wrap Dress With Full Sleeve
Closet London

was: £95.00

£47.95

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Hobbs Women's Faye A Line Dress - Navy
Hobbs Women's Faye A Line Dress - Navy
Hobbs Ltd

was: £159.00

£99.00

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Satin wrap dress
Satin wrap dress
Paisie

£48.00

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Hobbs Women's Orla Floral Jacquard Midi Dress - Black Ivory
Hobbs Women's Orla Floral Jacquard Midi Dress - Black Ivory
Hobbs Ltd

was: £179.00

£129.00

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Mathilde Navy & Cream Polka Dot Silk Tea Dress, Navy Blue
Mathilde Navy & Cream Polka Dot Silk Tea Dress, Navy Blue
LK Bennett

was: £379.00

£284.00

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Closet London Purple Floral Print Puff Sleeve Midi Dress
Closet London Purple Floral Print Puff Sleeve Midi Dress
Closet London

was: £95.00

£37.99

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Phase Eight Women's Luana Geo Zip Front Midi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Luana Geo Zip Front Midi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £119.00

£79.00

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Phase Eight Women's Juno Border Hem Midi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Juno Border Hem Midi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £119.00

£59.50

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Phase Eight Women's Pippa Midi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Pippa Midi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£65.00

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Phase Eight Women's Tana Leopard Print Midi Shirt Dress
Phase Eight Women's Tana Leopard Print Midi Shirt Dress
Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£63.20

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Phase Eight Women's Bernadette Check Midi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Bernadette Check Midi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £99.00

£75.00

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Phase Eight Women's Carley Print Jersey Midi Dress
Phase Eight Women's Carley Print Jersey Midi Dress
Phase Eight

was: £95.00

£55.20

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Gina Bacconi Freda Satin Sequin Maxi Dress, Navy
Gina Bacconi Freda Satin Sequin Maxi Dress, Navy
John Lewis & Partners

£350.00

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Gina Bacconi Plus Size Onika Embellished Cape Dress, Cornflower
Gina Bacconi Plus Size Onika Embellished Cape Dress, Cornflower
John Lewis & Partners

£240.00

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Gina Bacconi Shyla Foil Dress, Black/Silver
Gina Bacconi Shyla Foil Dress, Black/Silver
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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James Lakeland Shirt Collar Tiered Midi Dress, Navy
James Lakeland Shirt Collar Tiered Midi Dress, Navy
John Lewis & Partners

£399.00

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James Lakeland Printed Midi Dress, Grey Multicolour
James Lakeland Printed Midi Dress, Grey Multicolour
John Lewis & Partners

£350.00

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James Lakeland Velvet Side Ruched Midi Dress, Black
James Lakeland Velvet Side Ruched Midi Dress, Black
John Lewis & Partners

£350.00

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James Lakeland Abstract Print Tiered Midi Dress, Multi
James Lakeland Abstract Print Tiered Midi Dress, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£350.00

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James Lakeland Broderie Anglaise Midi Dress, Navy
James Lakeland Broderie Anglaise Midi Dress, Navy
John Lewis & Partners

£350.00

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James Lakeland Print Midi Dress, Blue
James Lakeland Print Midi Dress, Blue
John Lewis & Partners

£350.00

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Helen McAlinden Vintage Floral Soft Belted Midi Dress, Blush/Multi
Helen McAlinden Vintage Floral Soft Belted Midi Dress, Blush/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£329.00

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Helen McAlinden Maredith Vintage Floral Print Midi Dress, Multi
Helen McAlinden Maredith Vintage Floral Print Midi Dress, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£329.00

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Helen McAlinden Layla Mist Midi Dress, Summer Mist
Helen McAlinden Layla Mist Midi Dress, Summer Mist
John Lewis & Partners

£310.00

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Helen McAlinden Beverly Zebra Print Midi Dress, Brown/Multi
Helen McAlinden Beverly Zebra Print Midi Dress, Brown/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£305.00

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James Lakeland V-Neck Floral Midi Dress
James Lakeland V-Neck Floral Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£300.00

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James Lakeland V-Neck Floral Midi Dress
James Lakeland V-Neck Floral Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£300.00

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James Lakeland Printed Belted Midi Dress, Multi
James Lakeland Printed Belted Midi Dress, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£299.00

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James Lakeland Printed Knot Detail Midi Dress
James Lakeland Printed Knot Detail Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£299.00

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James Lakeland Wide Neckline Strappy Midi Dress, Multi
James Lakeland Wide Neckline Strappy Midi Dress, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£285.00

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Helen McAlinden Leonne Wrap Midi Dress, Black
Helen McAlinden Leonne Wrap Midi Dress, Black
John Lewis & Partners

£280.00

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James Lakeland Belted Print Midi Dress
James Lakeland Belted Print Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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James Lakeland Belted Print Midi Dress
James Lakeland Belted Print Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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James Lakeland Pocket Midi Dress
James Lakeland Pocket Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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James Lakeland Pocket Midi Dress
James Lakeland Pocket Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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James Lakeland Tiered Midi Dress, Blue
James Lakeland Tiered Midi Dress, Blue
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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James Lakeland Tiered Midi Dress
James Lakeland Tiered Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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James Lakeland Tiered Midi Dress
James Lakeland Tiered Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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James Lakeland Jewelled Button Midi Dress
James Lakeland Jewelled Button Midi Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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Modest Dresses

Tapping into the growing trend to dress conservatively will take you on an empowering journey. You will find modern wardrobe staples along with glamorous pieces too. Day to evening outfits feature longer lengths, high necklines, dresses with sleeves, coatigans, kaftan tunics, culottes and trouser suits.

Midi and Maxi Dresses and Skirts

There’s something ultra-feminine about midi and maxi length dresses and skirts that are forever timeless. With a nod to old Hollywood glamour and a bygone era, this season brings an eclectic mix of fashion updates. So whether it’s a statement prom dress, Mother of the Bride or party outfit there’s a dress for every event. For those that prefer two-piece styling floor-skimming skirts coordinate with a variety of high necked blouses and tops. Reworked styles crafted in opulent silk, chiffon and lace are adorned with embroidered sequins and beads. Embellished shoes and bags are available too for a complete look.

High Neck and Long Sleeve Dresses

It’s a great time to update your wardrobe with practical and versatile separates to take you from season to season. Even better when they work well together and capture the essence of modest dressing. Chic designs favouring high necks include pussy-bow blouses, buttoned-up shirts and collared tops with frills and ruffles. For arm coverage, interchangeable items create a multitude of outfit combinations. Find perfect layering with waterfall cover-ups, shawls and kimono wraps along with ponchos and capes.

Kimono Jackets

AllSaints Carina Batu Kimono Jacket, Deep Khaki Green
AllSaints Carina Batu Kimono Jacket, Deep Khaki Green
John Lewis & Partners

£129.00

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Baukjen Mila Amalfi Print Kimono Jacket, White/Multi
Baukjen Mila Amalfi Print Kimono Jacket, White/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£99.00

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Aab Whimsical Garden Print Kimono Jacket, Multi
Aab Whimsical Garden Print Kimono Jacket, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£72.00

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Yumi Garden Floral Print Longline Kimono Jacket, Navy/Multi
Yumi Garden Floral Print Longline Kimono Jacket, Navy/Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£40.00

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Silk Linen and Cotton Kaftans

Kaftans are making waves in fashion at the moment and are not just for the beach. So it’s not surprising the relaxed feel and freedom of movement has made the kaftan a favoured everyday summer dress. Long kaftans worn as dresses come in a choice of finishes in cool linen, cotton and sumptuous silk.

Designers have redefined the iconic seventies kaftan from billowing resort wear to a more casual yet sophisticated look. Many feature striking prints in deep and pastel shades which make for stand-out styling whatever the season.

Kaftan Tunics & Cover Ups

Hobbs Women's Marci Tunic Dress - Navy Multi
Hobbs Women's Marci Tunic Dress - Navy Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£110.00

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Hobbs Women's Marciella Tunic Dress - Pink Orange
Hobbs Women's Marciella Tunic Dress - Pink Orange
Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£99.00

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Hobbs Women's Marciella Tunic Dress - Navy Ivory
Hobbs Women's Marciella Tunic Dress - Navy Ivory
Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£99.00

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Hobbs Women's Milla Linen Blend Tunic Dress - Aqua
Hobbs Women's Milla Linen Blend Tunic Dress - Aqua
Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£89.00

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Hobbs Women's Aubery Tunic Dress - Pink Multi
Hobbs Women's Aubery Tunic Dress - Pink Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£79.00

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Hobbs Women's Prim Tunic Dress - Blue Multi
Hobbs Women's Prim Tunic Dress - Blue Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £99.00

£79.00

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Hobbs Women's Aubery Tunic Dress - Navy Multi
Hobbs Women's Aubery Tunic Dress - Navy Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £129.00

£79.00

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Hobbs Women's Prim Tunic Dress - Black Vicuna
Hobbs Women's Prim Tunic Dress - Black Vicuna
Hobbs Ltd

was: £110.00

£79.00

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Hobbs Women's Cindy Spot Tunic Dress - Navy Ivory
Hobbs Women's Cindy Spot Tunic Dress - Navy Ivory
Hobbs Ltd

was: £99.00

£79.00

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Kaftans, Tunics and Trousers

The trend for conservative dressing has made way for longline jackets, tunics and kaftan layering. Most of all, the easy-wearing charm of kaftan tunics has seen their popularity rise, especially in the summer months. They look just as great worn alone as they do paired with cool linen trousers.

Formal & Smart Trouser Suits

Navy Leopard Velvet Devoree Pixie Coat
Navy Leopard Velvet Devoree Pixie Coat
Chesca

£145.00

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Blush/Ivory/Green Butterfly Print Jersey Camisole with Contrast Trim
Blush/Ivory/Green Butterfly Print Jersey Camisole with Contrast Trim
Chesca

£42.00

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French Navy Velvet Twill Trousers
French Navy Velvet Twill Trousers
Chesca

£65.00

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Azure Floral Print Silk Devore Layered Shrug
Azure Floral Print Silk Devore Layered Shrug
Chesca

£175.00

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Azure Chiffon Camisole
Azure Chiffon Camisole
Chesca

£75.00

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Azure Chiffon Trousers
Azure Chiffon Trousers
Chesca

£125.00

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Navy/Ivory Heart Print Trouser
Navy/Ivory Heart Print Trouser
Chesca

£95.00

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Black Ponte Roma Pull On Trouser With Pocket Detail
Black Ponte Roma Pull On Trouser With Pocket Detail
Chesca

£110.00

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Black/Ivory Checked Short Jacket
Black/Ivory Checked Short Jacket
Chesca

£145.00

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Meanwhile, a choice of trouser widths adds to the fun of mixing up a versatile two-piece ensemble for dressy trouser suits. Slim leggings, wide leg trousers to high waisted trousers can all be dressed up or kept fashionably casual with a kaftan. 

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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