It's a sad fact that I'm not jetting off anywhere on holiday this year, so when Debenhams got in touch asking if I'd like to take part in their #britaintobarbados campaign I eagerly said yes, in the hopes of injecting a little bit of summer into my wardrobe instead.  The premise is simple; I was to choose a maxi dress and a pair of sandals then style them to reflect how they can be transferred from Britain's unpredictable weather to Bajan heat.

The dress I went for is this beautiful Grecian-style maxi from Butterfly by Matthew Williamson.  It's a lovely fit and really flattering, and although the colour is a little out of my comfort zone I actually really like it.  For shoes, I was drawn to the classic simplicity of these gold sandals from Carvela; they're a little lot higher than I'm used to but they're such a classic style, I know they'll have a place in my collection for a long time to come.  So how did I style them for each brief?

This dress isn't your everyday casual maxi, it's the sort of thing I'd wear to an posh evening out or even a wedding.  I had a summer ball in mind when I put together this look and opted for a white pashmina to keep the inevitable chill off when the evening draws in.  For accessories, I went for my Kurt Geiger laser-cut bag - the colour is a beautiful nude and I love the way the pastel pink hearts contrast nicely with the dress.  And in keeping with the Grecian theme, the final touch was my House of Harlow necklace.  Oh, and not shown is the umbrella I'd have to hand for when it decides to rain!
If I were to wear this dress in Barbados, the main difference would probably be that I'd take the shoes off!  I'm picturing beach parties with pina coladas; shoes off and dress hitched up with some sort of tropical flower tucked behind my ear.  Lacking a beach, cocktail or exotical plant, I've worn it here with my River Island wayfarer style sunnies (again, I like how the red frames contrast with the dress) and some Kate Spade New York bracelets stacked up my arm.  And not that you can see it (it was too sunny!) but I unleashed my inner Yonce dancing on a beach to Drunk in Love with eye make up and went for a smudgy smokey look.

I really enjoyed thinking about how style can reflect different climates; is there anything in your wardrobe that you style up for weather at home as well as hotter countries?


  1. Somehow you manage to look amazing in bright turquoise! I am very jealous! And I think a maxi dress was a good call - light and airy (and shady) for the heat, but enough coverage for if it tips it down!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

  2. Lovely colour dress, looks great on you x


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