Women's Malay Shift Dress

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Great for the beach or strolling along the prom, this linen-blend summer dress combines great looks with easy-care practicality.

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Colour: Deep Navy
Payment types Rohan Accepts
The Full Story+

Put on our Malay Shift Dress and you'll know summer's on its way.

Fun, stylish and practical, this lightweight, sleeveless linen number will look just as good at an English garden party as it would on the Italian Riviera.

It’s made from our Performance Linen fabric which is cool and comfortable just like traditional 100% linen, but has all the practical benefits of being blended with modern technical fibres to make it more durable, quicker drying and easier to care for.

If you've spent the morning on the beach and you want to restore its neat crisp appearance for the afternoon, just give it a quick once-over with a travel iron and you'll be ready for anything.

Fabric: Performance Linen 54% polyester 46% linen.

Lightweight - Weight: 250g
Lightweight - Weight: 250g

We were the original lightweight revolutionaries. Back in the 1970’s we realised that cutting weight without losing performance meant that you can take less and do more. Everything we make is engineered to achieve this.

Packable - Pack Size: 600ml
Packable - Pack Size: 600ml

Low pack size is a benefit whether you’re packing for a day’s walking or for the trip of a lifetime. We continually scrutinise fabric specification and garment construction to minimise the packed size of our clothing. The actual pack size is tested and listed.

Fast Drying - Drying Time: 4 hours
Fast Drying - Drying Time: 4 hours

All Rohan clothing is designed to be very fast drying – as much a benefit for unexpected downpours as anything else. It’s easy to wash and often needs no ironing. Almost all garments will dry overnight, meaning you can take less with you. We test every item and list its drying time.

Performance Linen

Performance Linen is an advanced blend of natural linen and technical synthetics which offers all the benefits of linen – with none of the downsides. Just like natural linen, it’s cool and comfortable in the heat. But it’s also easy to wash, highly resistant to unsightly creasing and far more durable. In fact, it’s perfect for travel.

Features at a Glance+
  • Performance Linen - a cool and comfortable linen blend fabric
  • Easy care
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Packable
  • Crease resistant
  • Two hand pockets
  • Buttoned back opening

Performance Linen

Performance Linen is an advanced blend of natural linen and technical synthetics which offers all the benefits of linen – with none of the downsides. Just like natural linen, it’s cool and comfortable in the heat. But it’s also easy to wash, highly resistant to unsightly creasing and far more durable. In fact, it’s perfect for travel.

Size Guide+
Deep Navy
Dress length 39.5"/100cm
Measurement based on size 12

Womens Malay Shift Dress

  8 10 12 14 16 18
To fit bust            
Inches 33 35.5 37.5 39.5 41.5 43.5
cm 85 90 95 100 105 110
To fit waist            
Inches 27 29 31 33 35 37
CM 69 74 79 84 89 94
To fit hip            
Inches 35 37 39 41 43 45
CM 89 94 99 104 109 114
Womens Size Guide
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This product has a Rating of 4 / 5

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What People are Saying

Age: 61-65
Reviewed: September 2021

Almost right.


I've never had a Rohan dress before, and wouldn't normally buy a dress this short, or sleeveless. But it was hot, and there was a sale, so I decided it was time to be brave! I hesitated between the navy and the horizon blue, but it turned out that only the navy was available in my size, so that's what I got. I pair it with my stone-coloured Malay jacket to make a good smart-casual outfit that will be fairly versatile, though as it comes above the knee, there are places I'd not want to wear it. The fabric is easy to care for. The dress is comfortable to wear but I find it hard to fasten at the back. Like other reviewers, I'd have preferred cap sleeves, though the arm-holes are a good fit so this isn't a problem. I'd also welcome another couple of inches on the length, or maybe a longer size option for taller ladies.

Age: 61-65
Purpose: Leisure wear on active holidays
Length you've had item: Have purchased but then returned because of the size
Reviewed: April 2021

If only it was made in a larger size....


Virtually all my clothes are Rohan, in sizes 18/20 dependant upon the fit. Although I would love this dress it is not available in a size 20 and the size 18 is far too small. Please, please look to make some in a larger size as well

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that our sizing on this dress is unsuitable for you. Your comments will be passed onto our Design Team.

Customer Service
Age: Over 70
Purpose: summer wear
Length you've had item: N/A
Reviewed: March 2021

Would be wonderful if...


I would love this dress if it had sleeves! I'm too old to have bare arms! I write as the owner of lots of Rohan, but sadly no dresses. I hope there will be a long skirt this year, as I unfortunately missed last year's.

Thank you for your comments which will be passed onto our Design Team. They will start to work on the Spring/Summer 2023 range in the next few months.

Customer Service
Age: 61-65
Purpose: Summer Wear
Length you've had item: Sadly I returned item
Reviewed: September 2020

Nice Style but orange stripe see-through - shows pockets and underwear


First time I have tried a Rohan dress. Unfortunately the fabric means that the side seam pockets are very visible from the front as are pants and bra (even with non VPL and flesh colour). Would have exchanged for the navy version but it was not in stock at the time in my size. Very sad as nice style and easy to wear.

Hi Jackie, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our Malay Shift Dress. Sorry to hear this, if you would like to discuss this further then please feel free to contact our customer services department on 0800 840 1411.

Rebecca - Web Team
Margaret Henderson
Age: Over 70
Purpose: Smart/casual afternoon or evening wear.
Length you've had item: N/a
Reviewed: August 2020

Malay shift dress.


Please make this Malay shift dress with a small cap sleeve (like the maxi dress one). I’d love to buy it but for those of us older customers the sleeveless version does not flatter the upper arms.

Hi Margaret, thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on our Malay Shift Dress. I shall pass your feedback onto the relevant department.

Rebecca - Web Team
Sue Greenwood
Age: 61-65
Purpose: Casual smart for evenings , & work
Length you've had item: 6 weeks
Reviewed: July 2020

Malay Dress


I have only ever brought walking gear from you & have always been extremely pleased with my purchases . So when l saw this dress at the beginning of lockdown l decided to buy it, in fact l brought two as l couldn’t make up my mind & you were offering free delivery & returns . I brought the Navy one & the Pink one & love them both , The quality is superb they feel & look like linen , they wash & iron like a dream . Well done Rohan.

Hi Sue, glad to hear that you are happy with your purchase.

Rebecca - Web Team
Tina D
Age: 66-70
Purpose: General wear
Length you've had item: 1 month
Reviewed: June 2020

Women's Malay Shift dress


Husband bought this for me and its lovely on, very flattering & easy to care for, great length. Thinking of getting it in the navy print as well.

Age: 56-60
Purpose: Summer walk about ... if we get the chance (stay safe)
Length you've had item: 3days
Reviewed: June 2020

Malay dress


My navy/white dress just arrived.. wow love it so much just ordered more!

Great fit and a great outfit for lunch or a not too dressed up dinner.

Age: Prefer not to say
Purpose: Sightseeing and smart evening wear
Length you've had item: one week
Reviewed: May 2020

A Lockdown Success


I prefer to try before buy so ordering this dress was my first attempt at internet clothes shopping. It's perfect. It has an extremely flattering cut and fits beautifully. I am sometimes size 12 and sometimes 14 and decided to go for the larger size (after 8 weeks of isolation and not much exercise!). It's smart enough for evenings and comfortable for hot days. All I need now is the opportunity to go out and where it!!

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