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.
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.
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!
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.*
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.