Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways + Style With a Smile Link Up

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways Bonmarche diamante sandals feather bib necklace

It’s no secret that red is my favourite colour – it featured prominently in last week’s link up post paired with pink – but this week it’s taking centre stage. As it’s wedding season I decided to wear this Bonmarché red dress styled two ways – albeit very subtly, with two different shoe and handbag options.

The diamante embellishment really sparkles when it catches the sun so these sandals would be ideal for taking on holiday too.

I know from experience that wearing heels to an all day event like a wedding can be uncomfortable, particularly when standing on grass for the photos. These silver diamante sandals have a low wedge heel, which is much more comfortable than either high heels or a completely flat sandal. They are also a wide fit and have an elasticated section at the back, so they don’t pinch at all. The diamante embellishment really sparkles when it catches the sun so these sandals would be ideal for taking on holiday too. At £20 I think they’re a real bargain. I decided to layer on the bling with a sparkly ring, beaded clutch, and a feather and crystal necklace.

It’s one of those versatile dresses that you can either dress up or keep it simple, depending on where you’re going.

This fit and flare dress is a lovely light cotton with an under layer, ensuring you won’t get hot and bothered. It’s one of those versatile dresses that you can either dress up or keep it simple, depending on where you’re going. I sometimes find the fit and flare style of dress tricky for me because I have a long torso and big rib cage, so I added a skinny belt to accentuate the waistline. Wearing a bib necklace has an elongating effect (one of my favourite styling tricks), preventing my top half from looking too square. It also gives me the opportunity of adorning myself with feathers!

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways Bonmarche diamante sandals feather bib necklace

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways Accessorize beaded clutch

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways Bonmarche diamante sandals feather bib necklace

Bonmarche dress c/o | Bonmarche sandals c/o | Accessorize beaded clutch (old) | Moschino sunglasses | feather necklace from eBay | ring from charity shop

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways Bonmarche diamante sandals

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways feather bib necklace Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch

Just changing the shoes and bag shows how versatile this pretty Bonmarché red dress is…

This second option, with chunky grey peep toe platform shoes and a fringed snakeprint bag, has more of a modern twist.  I’ve had these grey shoes for years…in fact I wore them in my first ever blog post! The thick platform does make them a little wobbly on uneven ground, but on a flat surface they are surprisingly comfortable. The chunkier shoes required a more substantial bag for balance, so I chose this Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch to go with them. I’m a big fan of Angel Jackson and have featured other bags from the label on the blog before here and here. Just changing the shoes and bag shows how versatile this pretty Bonmarché red dress is, and it’s currently reduced from £35 to £25.*

Which shoe/bag combination do you prefer? It’s link up day so scroll down to share what you’ve been wearing!

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways feather bib necklace Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways feather bib necklace Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways feather bib necklace Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways feather bib necklace Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch

Bonmarche dress c/o | Carvela shoes (old, similar here, here and here) | Angel Jackson bag (similar here, here and here) | Moschino sunglasses (similar) | feather necklace from eBay | ring from charity shop


 

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*Price correct at time of writing. 

Disclaimer: I was gifted the dress and sandals in exchange for a review. All opinions are completely honest and unbiased. This post contains some affiliate links meaning I may earn a small amount if you click on them, which goes towards the running costs of the blog.

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52 Comments

  1. May 9, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    You look stunning, Emma! Red certainly is your colour. I prefer the first look, purely because I was eyeing up those sandals on Bonmarche just last week lol!
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • May 11, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks Suzy! The sandals are really comfortable, even with my achey bunion!

    • May 11, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks Jaymie! I do love a red dress 🙂

  2. May 9, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I love the fit and flare dresses too! We got one for Nancy (the 60+ model on my blog) last year because she didn’t have one in her closet—crazy!!
    And your necklace is such a stunner Emma!!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • May 11, 2017 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks Jodie! They are very flattering, in fact I’ve convinced my mother in law to try a fit and flare dress, and she’s 77 🙂

  3. May 9, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Pretty dress and love the unique feather necklace! I like the fringed bag with it too.

  4. May 9, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I love your dress and bright colors are so fun especially this time of the year. You look fabulous! Peace!

  5. Andrea Nine
    May 9, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    What a truly amazing color on you!!

  6. May 9, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Emma, how fabulous! I am still searching for the perfect red dress. I cannot believe that I don’t own one, but I think it is a must have for every girl’s closet! This one is beautiful!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • May 11, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Thank you Shelbee! I agree…a LRD is a must have!

    • May 11, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks Joi! I do love a statement necklace 😉

  7. May 9, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    Emma, I am with you! I love red too! My fav as well and I think it is such a strange thing that “they” say redheads shouldnt wear red! I feel the opposite. Love the design of the dress and it is so figure flattering on you. I also love the shimmer with your ring, and sandals and your fab feather necklace! 🙂
    Have a great week!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • May 11, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Thank you Jess! I guess that old saying about redheads not being able to wear red is just another one of those silly rules we’re all now cheerfully disregarding! Quite right too!

  8. May 9, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    What a beautiful orange dress and you look lovely! Those s unnies are fabulous too!

    Have a great day!

    Valerie

  9. May 9, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    That red lace dress is gorgeous on you and I love both ways you styled it. The feathery necklace is one of a kind and truly beautiful. I love both pairs of shoes and clutches on you, too. =)

    Have a great week Emma and Happy Mother’s Day! <3 Ada.

    • May 11, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Thanks Ada! Happy Mother’s Day!

    • May 11, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks Jacqui! I love a bit of bling too 😉

  10. May 9, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    I was eyeing up the dress! It looks great on and I love how you have styled it your own way. Some good ideas here regarding switching from day to night too. xx
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

  11. May 10, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    That color is stunning on you and I just love this unique statement necklace you paired with the dress!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  12. May 11, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Sorry I ‘m a bit late to the party! Am I fashionable late or just rude?Lol!
    Gorgeous dress Emma, that color looks so very good on you. I think both shoes look very well, can’t say if I prefer one more then the other.

    • May 11, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      Never rude Nancy! I’m late for everything… and my husband is constantly reminding me of my tardiness! But then men don’t have so many fashion choices so it’s easy for them!

  13. May 11, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Red is definitely your color and you picked a winner in this dress! Love the lace! Really pretty!

    Mary
    http://marymurnane.com

  14. May 11, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I think I love it more the blingy way! Both both are stunning! What a beautiful and versatile dress.
    –Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

  15. May 12, 2017 / 12:48 am

    loving this dress and that necklace!!!!! SO beautiful!!

  16. Amy Arnold
    May 12, 2017 / 1:20 am

    What a pretty dress! Red looks great on you! Fun necklace.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  17. May 13, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    That necklace is everything!

    • May 18, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      Thanks Johanna! I love statement necklaces 🙂

  18. May 20, 2017 / 4:56 am

    Red is totally your color and you rock this dress. I also love how unique your necklace is!

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