Louche Cosmo floral print shift dress £45

Joy's in-house brand Louche has injected a bit of fun colour into their Autumn / Winter collection with this lace-over-stripe print, which has been resurrected from the vintage archives for a limited edition run.

From far away it looks like a brocade / jacquard, but you don't have to suffer the stiffness of that kind of fabric as on closer inspection you can see it's a print (on a far more friendly and machine washable synthetic fibre). Side panels in a darker colour help to streamline the silhouette (great if you want to emphasise your waist) and it has a good, strong zip up the back, not one of this intensely irritating concealed under-the-arm jobbies.

The dress is £45 at Joy.