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This staple £22 black dress is 'very forgiving' and 'easy to style'

This versatile John Lewis dress has already sold out numerous times.

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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.

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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 many positive reviews from customers who say it's "simple and forgiving", as well as perfectly pairs "comfort plus elegance", this classic black dress is well worth snapping up while it's still in stock.

It's versatile, forgiving, flattering and for just £22, is sure to be an incredibly affordable addition for your between-seasons wardrobe. One shopper even said it's "a must-have in one's wardrobe".

This lightweight black dress is versatile, flattering and a absolute bargain.

£22 at John Lewis

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 hang it up to dry it won't need much (or any) ironing.

It comes in sizes XS to L, we've outlined what that translates into UK clothes sizes below. It's worth noting that the dress is a loose fit, so depending on what kind of fit you want, some customers have suggested sizing down.

What size you'll need:

  • XS - size 4 to 6

  • S - size 8 to 10

  • M - size 12 to 14

  • L - size 16 to 18

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.

The dress hasn't been the right fit for all customers, more constructive reviews note the sizing (with many recommend sizing down), plus some thought the dress was too lightweight, so it's worth noting that this isn't a thick material.

  • "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."

  • "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."

  • "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."

  • "This dress has a wow factor for me. I usually wear 16/18 and size M was flattering and just perfect for my purpose. I will use it as a layer under a jumper with tights or with a jacket hen it's not too cold (it's not a thick material). Am thinking to buy more of it. Would definitely recommend."

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