First, it works like a gentle shaper, the wide ruched cummerbund waist with its elegant side bow having a flattening effect. Then the inset sleeves give the illusion of a narrower silhouette, and beautifully frame face and neck. And then there is the cut: structured, womanly, enhancing the movement of a woman as she walks.
The result is a flattering dress, glamorous and grown-up, which uses modesty and subtlety to convey a hidden, innocent sensuality. This is a dress that works hard, and because of its versatility it makes a great investment.
The dress is well made in England, and fully lined. It features a box pleat centre back vent and concealed centre zip at the back. The finished skirt length is 26in from the waist and a hem allowance of 1½ in allows lengthening.
Pure wool. Dry clean.
Sizes: UK 10-14.
Gunmetal Grey Dress by Eve at Donna. RRP £229. CCUK £119.