Tried & Tested: The Coast Stretch & Sculpt Dress Range

Take two busy ladies. Throw in a multitude of meetings, after work drinks, weekend plans and the added pressure of it being party season and you have one big dress dilemma on your hands. Finding a dress that can take you from day to night with ease yet flatter any figure is a task and a half.

Step forward the new Stretch & Sculpt range from Coast. Designed to sculpt and smooth your curves due to its 2-way stretch fabric, clever seams and flattering shape, these dresses was made to laugh in the face of sartorial quandaries. First up is the Alba Dress, which is available in two colourways, classic black and hot pink and with the option of sleeves or sleeveless. The collection also includes the Larnaca Dress which features long sleeves and a super, sexy body-con silhouette. To put them to the test, we asked two willing testers to try them outai??i??

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Coast Sleeveless Alba Dress - Coast Alba Dress - Coast Larnaca Dress

Christina, writes the tried out the Alba Dress in Black

I adore Coast dresses because – quite simply – they’re amazing! The quality is outstanding, especially considering Coast’s price bracket is high street. Classic pieces that will last year after year for under A?150? Yes please! What’s more, Coast somehow manage to design with current trends in mind, without compromising on the signature style; timeless, investment purchases that will make you look and feel absolutely gorgeous.

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Styled for the day – Out & about in the Alba Dress – Styled for the evening

The Alba dress with its mesh stretchy lining is perfect for day or evening and keeps me cinched, sculpted and shaped! The lining is made from a two-way stretch fabric, a bit like a mesh, which is really snug and so moulds to your body. When wearing mine, it feels snug (but doesn’t constrict movement) and structured, which encourages me to sit or stand up straight, but the outer fabric is so comfortable that, actually, I feel very much at ease. Versatile clothes that stand the test of time – what more does a girl need?

Carli, Social Media Manager at HoF wore the Larnaca Dress

I love the colour and shape of this dress straight away. Simple, sophisticated yet striking which is exactly the look I would always choose. What I also love about this dress is the fact it will never date. The classic design means you will be able to wear it year after year. I decide to really put the Larnaca Dress to the test with an out at the Ballet in London. A few hours doing nothing but sitting followed by a 3-course dinner will certainly push this dress to its limits. Luckily, as the quality of the fabric is so good, it was a dream to wear. The stretch fabric certainly does pull you in, but itai??i??s not too tight that itai??i??s uncomfortable. A great versatile dress thatai??i??s perfect for party season.

Coast Larnaca Dress Carli wearing Coast

Styled up ready to go – The Larnaca Dress making it’s appearance at the Ballet


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Kate O'Brien

Hi I'm Kate, in a previous life I was Womenswear Editor but these days you are more likely to find me pouring over a planning calendar than the latest copy of Elle in my role as Online Content Producer. A Northern tourist in London, some of my favourite things in life include red wine, chutney (accompanied by cheese), sequins, grey cashmere and Matt Damon. I am known in the HoF office for owning far too many coats for one person, laughing too loud, and drinking full fat Coke only when hungover. My life's ambition is a simple one; to own a Puggle.

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