My favourite printed dresses on the High Street – and what they can do for you…


I realise that you’ve seen this dress several times before but I still like wearing it and I wanted to do a run down of some nice printed dresses that I have seen recently.

Printed dresses are good on several levels. They keep the eye on the move and give a cleaner silhouette (Oh OK, let’s be honest, they hide lumps and bumps) they can add colour and interest to your wardrobe and a dress in a print of the season can look so much more up to date than its plain counterpart.

This Riviera shirt dress Boden (£69) – otherwise christened “my Kirsty Allsop” dress by a lady I was working with today, is a great dress for hourglass figures. It’s beautifully fitted over the bust, without any gaping, nips in at the waist and then flares gently over the hips. With nude wedges it’s a really simple, elegant look.  My only advice would be to tie the belt to one side (rather than over the tummy as above) just where you have those little “dips”. Also try to make the belt as flat as possible, rather than tying it in a bow which can add bulk.

The Atlanta dress from Coast (£75) has a great big bloomin’ print (literally) over the upper torso, which can serve to either attract, or distract, attention from a particular area. So if that’s where you want to draw attention – either because of a shapely bust or a flat stomach – or if you want to use it as a diversion away from curvier hips – or just because you like it – this is the dress for you. The colours in the print are quite unusual and I really like the pale pink which I would pick out in accessories.


This abstract floral print dress Warehouse (£46) is the current version of the dress that I am wearing. The model wearing the dress on the website is 5ft 10″ so don’t be put off by how short it looks on her. I like the grey, lilac and yellow in this dress, which would look good with a jacket such as this one from Zara (£59.99). It’s a great style with a lovely pleat at the back.

This Forget me knot midi dress Great Plains (£65) is a simple shape in a stretch cotton fabric which offers support. A dress with a sleeve and a good length such as this can be hard to come by so this is a particular favourite of mine. It also comes in a different colour way.

Here’s a little collage of the dresses, which I then decided wasn’t as good as the individual images but it took me so long to do, that I’ve decided to leave it in anyway – plus the links may be quite handy!


Clockwise from top left:


Riviera shirt dress Boden (£69)


Forget me knot midi dress Great Plains (£65)


Abstract floral print dress Warehouse (£46)


Atlanta dress from Coast (£75)


  1. Anonymous
    March 6, 2014 / 10:29 pm

    I found the riviera dress to be a tiny bit too short for the full skirt style (even in the long length), so solved the problem by buying a 50's style petticoat on eBay to wear underneath just peeping out, in the same colour way. It added a little length, and gave the dress a fabulous Mad Men shape that made my waist smaller too.

  2. Carol
    March 7, 2014 / 7:41 am

    I love the yellow jacket! Never mind the dresses!

  3. ZoeB
    March 7, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    For your taller readers, YEST is a good brand for longer ( arms and hem ) lengths. Can be a bit hit and miss I have a few items by them and I am 6ft 2". It is stocked locally to me but it is also available online.

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