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

Sleeveless silk midi shift dress
Sleeveless silk midi shift dress
Selfridges

£715.00

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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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Carrol silk shift dress
Carrol silk shift dress
Selfridges

£595.00

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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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Gina Bacconi Liori Embroidered Shift Dress, Navy
Gina Bacconi Liori Embroidered Shift Dress, Navy
John Lewis & Partners

£330.00

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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 Loreena Embroidered Shift Dress, Coral
Gina Bacconi Loreena Embroidered Shift Dress, Coral
John Lewis & Partners

£299.00

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Puffed-sleeve recycled-polyester shell shift dress
Puffed-sleeve recycled-polyester shell shift dress
Selfridges

£290.00

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Helen McAlinden Louise Geometric Shift Midi Dress, Multi
Helen McAlinden Louise Geometric Shift Midi Dress, Multi
John Lewis & Partners

£285.00

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EILEEN FISHER Linen Shift Dress
EILEEN FISHER Linen Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£275.00

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EILEEN FISHER Linen Shift Dress
EILEEN FISHER Linen Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£275.00

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Gina Bacconi Coletta Embroidered Shift Dress, Beige/Pink
Gina Bacconi Coletta Embroidered Shift Dress, Beige/Pink
John Lewis & Partners

£260.00

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Kenzo Japanese Sleeve Shift Dress - Red
Kenzo Japanese Sleeve Shift Dress - Red
very.co.uk

was: £325.00

£260.00

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Coletta Embroidered Shift Dress
Coletta Embroidered Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£260.00

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Iblues Bedford Shift Dress
Iblues Bedford Shift Dress
House of Fraser

£260.00

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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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Helen McAlinden Sarah Shift Dress
Helen McAlinden Sarah Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£234.00

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Helen McAlinden Sarah Shift Dress
Helen McAlinden Sarah Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£234.00

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Leopard Print Silk Shift Dress
Leopard Print Silk Shift Dress
Jaeger

£225.00

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Lace Overlay Shift Dress
Lace Overlay Shift Dress
Jaeger

£225.00

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Gina Bacconi Gretel Jacquard Shift Dress, Pink
Gina Bacconi Gretel Jacquard Shift Dress, Pink
John Lewis & Partners

£220.00

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Gina Bacconi Erline Floral Print Shift Dress, Navy/White
Gina Bacconi Erline Floral Print Shift Dress, Navy/White
John Lewis & Partners

£220.00

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

£220.00

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Gretel Floral Jacquard Shift Dress
Gretel Floral Jacquard Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£220.00

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EILEEN FISHER Wide Rib V-Neck Shift Dress, Black
EILEEN FISHER Wide Rib V-Neck Shift Dress, Black
John Lewis & Partners

£210.00

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Marella Painted Shift Dress
Marella Painted Shift Dress
House of Fraser

£205.00

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Calaluna Taupe Tiered Shift Dress
Calaluna Taupe Tiered Shift Dress
Chesca

£199.00

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Fitted Shift Floral Jacquard Dress
Fitted Shift Floral Jacquard Dress
Jaeger

£199.00

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Mono Stripe Shift Dress
Mono Stripe Shift Dress
Jaeger

£199.00

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Satin Loop Shift Dress
Satin Loop Shift Dress
Ted Baker

£189.00

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L.K.Bennett Sidney Tweed Shift Dress, Blue
L.K.Bennett Sidney Tweed Shift Dress, Blue
John Lewis & Partners

£187.50

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L.K.Bennett Enid Scallop Edge Shift Dress, Geranium
L.K.Bennett Enid Scallop Edge Shift Dress, Geranium
John Lewis & Partners

£187.50

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

£180.00

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

£180.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£180.00

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Merna Crepe Shift Dress
Merna Crepe Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

£180.00

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

£180.00

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Beaded Chain Shift Dress
Beaded Chain Shift Dress
Oasis

£180.00

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Reiss Cora - Bell Sleeve Shift Dress in Ivory, Womens
Reiss Cora - Bell Sleeve Shift Dress in Ivory, Womens
Reiss

£175.00

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Colour Block Boucle Fitted Shift Dress
Colour Block Boucle Fitted Shift Dress
Jaeger

£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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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, Nordic Blue
Gina Bacconi Giovanna Lace Shift Dress, Nordic Blue
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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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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L.K.Bennett Isla Crepe Shift Dress
L.K.Bennett Isla Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£168.75

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L.K.Bennett Rebecca Crepe Shift Dress, Mustard
L.K.Bennett Rebecca Crepe Shift Dress, Mustard
John Lewis & Partners

£168.75

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L.K.Bennett Isla Crepe Shift Dress
L.K.Bennett Isla Crepe Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£168.75

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L.K.Bennett Elina Belted Shift Dress, Raspberry
L.K.Bennett Elina Belted Shift Dress, Raspberry
John Lewis & Partners

£168.75

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Michaela Louisa Capped Sleeve Shift Dress and Jacket 20 Blue
Michaela Louisa Capped Sleeve Shift Dress and Jacket 20 Blue
Amazon

£168.00

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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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Eugen Klein Green Leaf Print Side Tie Shift Dress
Eugen Klein Green Leaf Print Side Tie Shift Dress
Chesca

£165.00

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L.K.Bennett Klee Micro Spot Silk Shift Dress, Midnight
L.K.Bennett Klee Micro Spot Silk Shift Dress, Midnight
John Lewis & Partners

was: £325.00

£162.00

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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

was: £199.00

£159.20

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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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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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Cut Out Fluted Shift Dress
Cut Out Fluted Shift Dress
Ted Baker

£149.00

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Cut Out Fluted Shift Dress
Cut Out Fluted Shift Dress
Ted Baker

£149.00

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Printed Collar Shift Dress
Printed Collar Shift Dress
Ted Baker

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

was: £196.00

£140.00

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Frank Lyman Drop Sleeve Lace Detail Shift Dress 10 Black
Frank Lyman Drop Sleeve Lace Detail Shift Dress 10 Black
Amazon

£140.00

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Norelli Embroidered Shift Dress
Norelli Embroidered Shift Dress
GinaBacconi.com

was: £280.00

£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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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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Damsel in a Dress Jovie Sleeveless Shift Dress
Damsel in a Dress Jovie Sleeveless Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£135.20

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Damsel in a Dress Jovie Sleeveless Shift Dress
Damsel in a Dress Jovie Sleeveless Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

£135.20

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Studio 8 Aileen Floral Embroidered Dress, Green, Shift, Occasion Dress
Studio 8 Aileen Floral Embroidered Dress, Green, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

was: £169.00

£135.20

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Damsel in a Dress Jovie Shift Dress, White
Damsel in a Dress Jovie Shift Dress, White
Phase Eight

was: £169.00

£135.20

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Damsel in a Dress Jovie Shift Dress, Orange
Damsel in a Dress Jovie Shift Dress, Orange
Phase Eight

was: £169.00

£135.20

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

was: £190.00

£133.00

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

was: £190.00

£133.00

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

was: £190.00

£133.00

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

was: £190.00

£133.00

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Gerard Darel Donatella Flute Hem Shift Dress
Gerard Darel Donatella Flute Hem Shift Dress
John Lewis & Partners

was: £215.00

£129.00

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Phase Eight Lorie Floral Embroidered Dress, Purple, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight Lorie Floral Embroidered Dress, Purple, Shift, Occasion Dress
Phase Eight

was: £160.00

£128.00

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Michaela Louisa Lace Flower Detail Shift Dress 18 Black Multi
Michaela Louisa Lace Flower Detail Shift Dress 18 Black Multi
Amazon

£126.00

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L.K.Bennett Esther V-Neck Belted Shift Dress, Ultra Violet
L.K.Bennett Esther V-Neck Belted Shift Dress, Ultra Violet
John Lewis & Partners

was: £179.00

£125.00

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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

was: £250.00

£125.00

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Ted Baker Marrta Embroidered Sequin Shift Dress
Ted Baker Marrta Embroidered Sequin Shift Dress
House of Fraser

was: £249.00

£124.00

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Betty & Co. Belted Shift Dress, Dark Sapphire
Betty & Co. Belted Shift Dress, Dark Sapphire
John Lewis & Partners

£120.00

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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: £144.00

£120.00

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Gina Bacconi Lucile Embroidered Shift Dress, Pink/Beige
Gina Bacconi Lucile Embroidered Shift Dress, Pink/Beige
John Lewis & Partners

was: £240.00

£120.00

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Marina Long sleeve V neck shift dress
Marina Long sleeve V neck shift dress
House of Fraser

£120.00

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Adrianna Papell Serene Garden Velvet Shift Dress
Adrianna Papell Serene Garden Velvet Shift Dress
House of Fraser

£120.00

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Leather Shift Dress
Leather Shift Dress
Oasis

£120.00

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

was: £169.00

£118.30

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

was: £195.00

£115.00

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Emme Kuens long sleeve layered shift dress
Emme Kuens long sleeve layered shift dress
House of Fraser

£115.00

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Emme Bamby round neck shift dress
Emme Bamby round neck shift dress
House of Fraser

£115.00

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

was: £140.00

£112.00

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Dress and Matching Jacket Outfits

BlancheFleur Dress
BlancheFleur Dress
Fenn Wright Manson

£199.00

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Eliane Dress
Eliane Dress
Fenn Wright Manson

£199.00

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Floral Overlay Chiffon Dress
Floral Overlay Chiffon Dress
Roman Originals

£48.00

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Floral Print Chiffon Overlay Dress
Floral Print Chiffon Overlay Dress
Roman Originals

£50.00

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Floral Printed Jacquard Midi Dress
Floral Printed Jacquard Midi Dress
Roman Originals

£80.00

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Dominique Dress
Dominique Dress
Fenn Wright Manson

£189.00

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Polka Dot Fit and Flare Dress
Polka Dot Fit and Flare Dress
Roman Originals

£50.00

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Floral Print Lace Ruched Dress
Floral Print Lace Ruched Dress
Roman Originals

was: £45.00

£25.00

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Floral Print Lace Ruched Dress
Floral Print Lace Ruched Dress
Roman Originals

£48.00

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Isaline Dress
Isaline Dress
Fenn Wright Manson

£249.00

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Gabrielle Dress
Gabrielle Dress
Fenn Wright Manson

£174.00

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

£80.00

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Mirabelle Dress Petite
Mirabelle Dress Petite
Fenn Wright Manson

£179.00

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Juliana Floral Monochrome Dress
Juliana Floral Monochrome Dress
Roman Originals

was: £48.00

£40.00

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Floral Print Sweetheart Scuba Dress
Floral Print Sweetheart Scuba Dress
Roman Originals

£48.00

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Severine Dress Petite
Severine Dress Petite
Fenn Wright Manson

£249.00

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Spot Print Flute Hem Midi Dress
Spot Print Flute Hem Midi Dress
Roman Originals

£50.00

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Floral Print Sleeveless Shift Dress
Floral Print Sleeveless Shift Dress
Roman Originals

£40.00

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Floral Print Sleeveless Shift Dress
Floral Print Sleeveless Shift Dress
Roman Originals

£40.00

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Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Roman Originals

£80.00

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Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Roman Originals

was: £80.00

£40.00

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Floral Pleated Maxi Dress
Floral Pleated Maxi Dress
Roman Originals

£80.00

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

£60.00

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Floral Chiffon Hanky Hem Dress
Floral Chiffon Hanky Hem Dress
Roman Originals

was: £45.00

£35.00

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Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Jacquard Rose Gown Dress
Roman Originals

£80.00

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Fit And Flare Lace Midi Dress
Fit And Flare Lace Midi Dress
Roman Originals

£60.00

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Lace Embellished Trim Dress
Lace Embellished Trim Dress
Roman Originals

£80.00

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Colour Block Shift Dress
Colour Block Shift Dress
Roman Originals

£40.00

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Foil Print Chiffon Overlay Dress
Foil Print Chiffon Overlay Dress
Roman Originals

was: £45.00

£22.00

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

was: £48.00

£25.00

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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.