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The versatile £22 black dress worth adding to your wardrobe: 'Fit is very forgiving'

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This black dress is bound to be a versatile new addition to your wardrobe. (John Lewis & Partners)

Spring in the UK can be a tricky time to work out what to wear – it's too hot for coats but too cold for shorts, which is exactly why a jersey dress is the perfect compromise.

While hunting for classic staples suitable for fluctuating temperatures, we noticed that a sell-out dress is finally back in stock at John Lewis.

With rave reviews from customers who say it's "simple and forgiving", as well as perfectly pairs "comfort plus elegance", we're sure this classic black dress won't be around for long.

It's versatile, forgiving, flattering and for just £22, is sure to be an incredibly affordable addition for your between-seasons wardrobe.

Perfect for the office, travelling or weekend plans, it's an ideal, lightweight fabric that'll get plenty of wear now summer is fast approaching.

Why we rate it

This soft jersey, round-neck jumper dress is something you can pull out again and again throughout the year.

During that spring-to-summer changeover, it's a useful throw-on piece that you can team with trainers. Simply throw on a leather jacket or blazer when the temperatures drop a little more at night.

Later in the year when it's turning from summer-to-autumn, you can layer it over thick tights or leggings.

The fit is hugely flattering too – it flows beautifully over the body, without clinging anywhere.

This LBD is a stylish staple that'll work hard in your wardrobe for years. (John Lewis & Partners)
This LBD is a stylish staple that'll work hard in your wardrobe for years. (John Lewis & Partners)
It's the perfect length too, which is flattering for most people. (John Lewis & Partners)
It's the perfect length too, which is flattering for most people. (John Lewis & Partners)

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The dress – made from 95% EcoVero viscose and 5% elastane – is also easy-care, as it's machine washable at 30°C.

And if you put it on a coat-hanger and hang it up to dry, hopefully it'll not need much, if any ironing.

That's a big win if ever we heard one!

What the reviews say

Aside from the amazing price, John Lewis shoppers rave about the versatility of the must-have LBD, the fact it's comfortable without sacrificing style, and that the simplicity of the design makes it the perfect option for loads of different occasions.

  • "Lovely item can be dressed up or worn just as it is. Very flattering. Fit is very forgiving."

  • "I ❤️ this jersey dress. Very comfortable and loose. Can be worn up or down according to the occasion. A must-have in one's wardrobe. Reasonable in price too."

  • "Such a comfy dress! I wear it with long brown boots for work. The fabric is lovely and it has washed very well. Super value for money, how about some more colours please!"

  • "Really great buy and such a bargain. This dress is very comfortable and versatile and I have already worn it on four separate occasions. My daughter tells me it looks really good on me too. You can dress it up or dress it down depending on the occasion."

  • "The dress is great if you want something easy to wear. I like the simplicity and great price."

  • "This is such an easy dress to pull on and be off in 5 minutes. Dress it up with scarves, jewellery and heels for an all rounder. Very comfortable and useful."

Shop now: ANYDAY Oversized Plain Jersey Dress, Black | £22 from John Lewis

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