Shift Dress and Jacket Outfits

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 classic shift dresses offer understated elegance.

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Shift Dresses & Jacquard Occasionwear

Sequin-embllished woven shift dress
Sequin-embllished woven shift dress
Selfridges

£800.00

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Brooch-embellished wool-blend shift dress
Brooch-embellished wool-blend shift dress
Selfridges

£685.00

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Victoria by Victoria Beckham Tuck shoulder shift dress
Victoria by Victoria Beckham Tuck shoulder shift dress
House of Fraser

£615.00

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Max Mara Studio Gioia shift dress with ruffle detail
Max Mara Studio Gioia shift dress with ruffle detail
House of Fraser

£380.00

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Max Mara Weekend Agiate maxi shift dress with waist tie
Max Mara Weekend Agiate maxi shift dress with waist tie
House of Fraser

was: £510.00

£357.00

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Joseph Cotton Shift Dress
Joseph Cotton Shift Dress
Selfridges

£345.00

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Cotton shift dress
Cotton shift dress
Selfridges

£345.00

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BASLER Women's Printed Shift Dress
BASLER Women's Printed Shift Dress
Amazon

£332.08

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Max Mara Studio Destino v neck shift dress
Max Mara Studio Destino v neck shift dress
House of Fraser

£320.00

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Max Mara Weekend Tasso tie waist floral shift dress
Max Mara Weekend Tasso tie waist floral shift dress
House of Fraser

was: £455.00

£319.00

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Joseph Ribkoff Cobalt Blue Shift Dress With Rosette On Shoulder
Joseph Ribkoff Cobalt Blue Shift Dress With Rosette On Shoulder
Chesca

£300.00

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Gina Bacconi Norelli Embroidered Shift Dress, Black
Gina Bacconi Norelli Embroidered Shift Dress, Black
John Lewis & Partners

£280.00

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Norelli Embroidered Shift Dress
Norelli Embroidered Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£280.00

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Joseph Ribkoff Multi Large Flower Stripe Shift Dress With Cutout Sleeve Detail
Joseph Ribkoff Multi Large Flower Stripe Shift Dress With Cutout Sleeve Detail
Chesca

£270.00

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Iblues Bedford Shift Dress
Iblues Bedford Shift Dress
House of Fraser

£260.00

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L.K.Bennett Anita Tweed Shift Dress, Fern Green
L.K.Bennett Anita Tweed Shift Dress, Fern Green
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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L.K.Bennett Effia Shift Dress, Fern Green
L.K.Bennett Effia Shift Dress, Fern Green
John Lewis & Partners

£250.00

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Adrianna Papell AP Bead Shift Dress Ld93
Adrianna Papell AP Bead Shift Dress Ld93
House of Fraser

£245.00

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Joseph Ribkoff Black/White Sleeveless Shift Dress
Joseph Ribkoff Black/White Sleeveless Shift Dress
Chesca

£240.00

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Joseph Ribkoff Bright Flower & Zebra Border Print Shift Dress
Joseph Ribkoff Bright Flower & Zebra Border Print Shift Dress
Chesca

£240.00

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Joseph Ribkoff Large Multi Colour Floral Print Shift Dress
Joseph Ribkoff Large Multi Colour Floral Print Shift Dress
Chesca

£230.00

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Dulcie Embroidered Shift Dress
Dulcie Embroidered Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£230.00

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Phase Eight Teresa Metallic Lace Dress, Purple, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Teresa Metallic Lace Dress, Purple, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£225.00

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Phase Eight Tania Coat Dress, Red, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Tania Coat Dress, Red, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£225.00

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Gina Bacconi Poppy Print Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Poppy Print Shift Dress
Chesca

£220.00

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Ps Paul Smith Silk Blend 3/4 Sleeve Shift Dress - Pink
Ps Paul Smith Silk Blend 3/4 Sleeve Shift Dress - Pink
very.co.uk

was: £360.00

£216.00

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Gerard Darel Donatella Flute Hem Shift Dress, Dark Green
Gerard Darel Donatella Flute Hem Shift Dress, Dark Green
John Lewis & Partners

£215.00

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Marella Painted Shift Dress
Marella Painted Shift Dress
House of Fraser

£205.00

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EILEEN FISHER Bateau Neck Shift Dress, Black
EILEEN FISHER Bateau Neck Shift Dress, Black
John Lewis & Partners

£200.00

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Calaluna Taupe Tiered Shift Dress
Calaluna Taupe Tiered Shift Dress
Chesca

£199.00

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Phase Eight Chantal Tapework Dress, Green, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Chantal Tapework Dress, Green, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£199.00

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Phase Eight Paige Short Tapework Dress, Blue, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Paige Short Tapework Dress, Blue, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£199.00

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Studio 8 Natasha Beaded Dress, Red, Shift, Occasion Dress
Studio 8 Natasha Beaded Dress, Red, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£199.00

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Phase Eight Harlow Sequin Lace Dress, Pink, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Harlow Sequin Lace Dress, Pink, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£199.00

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Reiss Saskia - Printed Shift Dress in Blue, Womens
Reiss Saskia - Printed Shift Dress in Blue, Womens
Reiss

£195.00

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Gerard Darel Della Animal Print Shift Dress, Red
Gerard Darel Della Animal Print Shift Dress, Red
John Lewis & Partners

£195.00

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L.K.Bennett Elene Shift Dress, Orange
L.K.Bennett Elene Shift Dress, Orange
John Lewis & Partners

£195.00

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Gina Bacconi Gaela Velvet Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Gaela Velvet Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£190.00

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Gina Bacconi Gaela Velvet Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Gaela Velvet Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£190.00

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Gina Bacconi Gaela Velvet Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Gaela Velvet Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£190.00

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Gina Bacconi Gaela Velvet Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Gaela Velvet Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£190.00

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Satin Loop Shift Dress
Satin Loop Shift Dress
Ted Baker

£189.00

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Max Mara Weekend Zurigo short sleeve shift dress
Max Mara Weekend Zurigo short sleeve shift dress
House of Fraser

was: £260.00

£182.00

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Iblues Vargas printed shift dress
Iblues Vargas printed shift dress
House of Fraser

£180.00

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Gina Bacconi Gratia Moss Crepe Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Gratia Moss Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£180.00

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Gina Bacconi Gratia Moss Crepe Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Gratia Moss Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£180.00

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Gina Bacconi Gratia Moss Crepe Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Gratia Moss Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£180.00

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Woven-pattern pleated midi shift dress
Woven-pattern pleated midi shift dress
Selfridges

£180.00

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Michaela Louisa Lace Flower Detail Shift Dress
Michaela Louisa Lace Flower Detail Shift Dress
Amazon

£180.00

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Tiger-print high-neck crepe shift midi dress
Tiger-print high-neck crepe shift midi dress
Selfridges

£180.00

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Phase Eight Anika Beaded Lace Dress, Neutral, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Anika Beaded Lace Dress, Neutral, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

was: £250.00

£175.00

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Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£170.00

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Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£170.00

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Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£170.00

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Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£170.00

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Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£170.00

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Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£170.00

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Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£170.00

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Giovanna Lace Shift Dress
Giovanna Lace Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Giovanna Lace Shift Dress
Giovanna Lace Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Giovanna Lace Shift Dress
Giovanna Lace Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£170.00

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Gina Bacconi Giovanna Lace Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Giovanna Lace Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£170.00

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Gina Bacconi Giovanna Lace Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Giovanna Lace Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£170.00

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Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Merna Sleeveless Moss Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£170.00

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Gina Bacconi Giovanna Lace Shift Dress
Gina Bacconi Giovanna Lace Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£170.00

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Michaela Louisa Black Jesrey Shift Dress With Stitch Detail On Bodice
Michaela Louisa Black Jesrey Shift Dress With Stitch Detail On Bodice
Chesca

£169.00

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Florence Cotton Shift Dress
Florence Cotton Shift Dress
Ted Baker

£169.00

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Phase Eight Missy Dip Dye Fringe Dress, Blue, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Missy Dip Dye Fringe Dress, Blue, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£169.00

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Phase Eight Frances Lace Dress, Cream, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Frances Lace Dress, Cream, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£169.00

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Gerry Weber Lilac/Pink Paisley Shift Dress
Gerry Weber Lilac/Pink Paisley Shift Dress
Chesca

£165.00

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Gerry Weber Lilac Layered Shift Dress
Gerry Weber Lilac Layered Shift Dress
Chesca

£165.00

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Reiss Dara - Leaf Printed Shift Dress in Blue, Womens
Reiss Dara - Leaf Printed Shift Dress in Blue, Womens
Reiss

£165.00

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Geometric Print Shift Dress
Geometric Print Shift Dress
Jaeger

£165.00

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Ditsy Animal Print Shift Dress
Ditsy Animal Print Shift Dress
Jaeger

£165.00

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Hydrangea Shift Dress Blue Multi
Hydrangea Shift Dress Blue Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £249.00

£159.00

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Helen McAlinden Fern Shift Dress, Cream/Navy
Helen McAlinden Fern Shift Dress, Cream/Navy
John Lewis & Partners

was: £315.00

£157.50

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Escada Long sleeve embellished shift dress
Escada Long sleeve embellished shift dress
House of Fraser

was: £315.00

£157.00

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Eliza J Eliza Lace Shift Dress Womens
Eliza J Eliza Lace Shift Dress Womens
House of Fraser

£155.00

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Frock And Frill Ginny Embellished Shift Dress - Persian Red
Frock And Frill Ginny Embellished Shift Dress - Persian Red
very.co.uk

£155.00

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Eliza J Women's Sleeveless Lace Shift Dress
Eliza J Women's Sleeveless Lace Shift Dress
Amazon

£151.32

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Max Mara Weekend Arpa short sleeve shift dress
Max Mara Weekend Arpa short sleeve shift dress
House of Fraser

was: £215.00

£151.00

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Marella Genzana shift dress
Marella Genzana shift dress
House of Fraser

was: £215.00

£151.00

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GERRY WEBER Large yellow flower shift dress
GERRY WEBER Large yellow flower shift dress
Chesca

£150.00

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Eliza J Eliza 2 Piece Shift Dress Womens
Eliza J Eliza 2 Piece Shift Dress Womens
House of Fraser

£150.00

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Phase Eight Arla Lace Dress, Black, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Arla Lace Dress, Black, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£150.00

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Phase Eight Faith Layered Dress, Pink, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Faith Layered Dress, Pink, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£150.00

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Phase Eight Kalena Sequin Dress, Purple, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Kalena Sequin Dress, Purple, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£150.00

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Phase Eight Trinity Corded Lace Dress, Pink, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Trinity Corded Lace Dress, Pink, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£150.00

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Finery Clifton Shift Dress, Black
Finery Clifton Shift Dress, Black
John Lewis & Partners

£149.00

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Printed Collar Shift Dress
Printed Collar Shift Dress
Ted Baker

£149.00

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Damsel in a dress Moonlake Shift Dress, Multi
Damsel in a dress Moonlake Shift Dress, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£149.00

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Adrianna Papell Embellished shift dress with mesh sleeves
Adrianna Papell Embellished shift dress with mesh sleeves
House of Fraser

was: £210.00

£147.00

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Gina Bacconi Amoria Embroidered Lace Shift Dress, Spring Navy
Gina Bacconi Amoria Embroidered Lace Shift Dress, Spring Navy
John Lewis & Partners

was: £168.00

£144.00

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Michaela Louisa Capped Sleeve Shift Dress and Jacket
Michaela Louisa Capped Sleeve Shift Dress and Jacket
Amazon

£144.00

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Michaela Louisa Sleeveless Floral Print Shift Dress
Michaela Louisa Sleeveless Floral Print Shift Dress
Amazon

£140.00

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Tadashi Shoji Cap sleeved v neck lace shift dress
Tadashi Shoji Cap sleeved v neck lace shift dress
House of Fraser

was: £400.00

£140.00

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Adrianna Papell three quarter Sleeve Embellished Shift Dress
Adrianna Papell three quarter Sleeve Embellished Shift Dress
House of Fraser

was: £280.00

£140.00

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Phase Eight Lizzy Embroidered Dress, Red, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Lizzy Embroidered Dress, Red, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£140.00

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Phase Eight Nessa Embroidered Dress, Purple, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Nessa Embroidered Dress, Purple, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£140.00

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Phase Eight Lizzy Embroidered Dress, Blue, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Lizzy Embroidered Dress, Blue, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£140.00

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Winser London Sienna Shift Dress
Winser London Sienna Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£139.00

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Winser London Sienna Shift Dress
Winser London Sienna Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£139.00

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A-line Cheetah Chic Shift Dress
A-line Cheetah Chic Shift Dress
Ted Baker

£139.00

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Winser London Soft Sleeveless Shift Dress, Black
Winser London Soft Sleeveless Shift Dress, Black
John Lewis & Partners

£139.00

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Iblues Gaff shift dress
Iblues Gaff shift dress
House of Fraser

£135.00

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Adrianna Papell Garden Boarder Shift Dress
Adrianna Papell Garden Boarder Shift Dress
House of Fraser

£135.00

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Phase Eight Lizzy Embroidered Dress, Blue, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Lizzy Embroidered Dress, Blue, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£135.00

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Eliza J Women's Plus Size Bell Sleeve Shift Dress Casual
Eliza J Women's Plus Size Bell Sleeve Shift Dress Casual
Amazon

£131.06

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Phase Eight Jamie Metallic Lace Dress, Metallic, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Jamie Metallic Lace Dress, Metallic, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

£130.00

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Dress and Matching Jacket Outfits

Chantal Dress
Chantal Dress
Fenn Wright Manson

£179.00

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Berenie Dress
Berenie Dress
Fenn Wright Manson

£249.00

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Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Roman Originals

was: £80.00

£60.00

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Seraphina Dress Cream Latte
Seraphina Dress Cream Latte
Hobbs Ltd

was: £229.00

£149.00

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Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Roman Originals

£80.00

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Fiona Dress Pale Pink Multi
Fiona Dress Pale Pink Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£74.00

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Kiku Dress
Kiku Dress
Fenn Wright Manson

£124.00

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Gianna Dress Orange Multi
Gianna Dress Orange Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £169.00

£135.20

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Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Roman Originals

£80.00

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Grace Dress Ivory Midnight
Grace Dress Ivory Midnight
Hobbs Ltd

was: £189.00

£109.00

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Floral Print Cold Shoulder Dress
Floral Print Cold Shoulder Dress
Roman Originals

£48.00

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Vibrant Floral Scuba Dress
Vibrant Floral Scuba Dress
Roman Originals

was: £48.00

£35.00

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Savannah Dress
Savannah Dress
Fenn Wright Manson

£99.00

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Sakura Dress
Sakura Dress
Fenn Wright Manson

£139.00

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Dhora Dress Petite
Dhora Dress Petite
Fenn Wright Manson

£249.00

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Rosine Dress
Rosine Dress
Fenn Wright Manson

£179.00

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Chantal Dress Petite
Chantal Dress Petite
Fenn Wright Manson

£179.00

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Lace Embellished Trim Dress
Lace Embellished Trim Dress
Roman Originals

was: £80.00

£50.00

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Lace Embellished Trim Dress
Lace Embellished Trim Dress
Roman Originals

was: £80.00

£45.00

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Molly Dress Petite
Molly Dress Petite
Fenn Wright Manson

£91.00

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Melody Dress Oyster Posie
Melody Dress Oyster Posie
Hobbs Ltd

was: £299.00

£179.00

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Alice Dress Navy Ivory
Alice Dress Navy Ivory
Hobbs Ltd

was: £149.00

£89.00

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Cecile Dress Ivry Chartreuse
Cecile Dress Ivry Chartreuse
Hobbs Ltd

was: £169.00

£109.00

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Harper Square Neck Dress Chartreuse
Harper Square Neck Dress Chartreuse
Hobbs Ltd

was: £169.00

£84.00

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Fit and Flare Pleated Midi Dress
Fit and Flare Pleated Midi Dress
Roman Originals

£60.00

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Flute Hem Lace Midi Dress
Flute Hem Lace Midi Dress
Roman Originals

£48.00

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Hydrangea Shift Dress Blue Multi
Hydrangea Shift Dress Blue Multi
Hobbs Ltd

was: £249.00

£159.00

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Jenny Dress Ice Blue
Jenny Dress Ice Blue
Hobbs Ltd

was: £199.00

£129.00

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Abstract Floral Print Dress
Abstract Floral Print Dress
Roman Originals

£45.00

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Gold Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Gold Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Roman Originals

£80.00

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Dresses and Matching Coats

Paired with a matching jacket or frock coat and you have the ultimate wedding ensemble. The simple structure speaks 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 Shift Dresses

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, cotton-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.

Sleeveless Occasion Shift Dresses

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 a tailored jacket, heels and clutch for smart occasions.

Formal Day Dresses

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 a 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 a variety of prints, shimmer fabrics and two-piece outfits.