My wardrobe has a colour palette that features neutral shades quite prominently. It’s important to me that everything I own is versatile and can easily be restyled in different ways to suit myriad occasions. That said, I do have a soft spot for the occasional colourful buy that’s bold and makes a statement. I was after a punchy, vibrant dress in the lead up to spring and this Bambah maxi from Farfetch definitely fit the bill. A lace mustard yellow dress is definitely high on wow factor but as with every purchase I make, I wanted it to be versatile too. My style philosophy has always been that I have to be able to dress something up or down to ensure I can get maximum wear out of everything in my closet. This is why I’ve found a way to transform the look and feel of this dress to suit different occasions and here I show you how.
If you want to go…dressy
I love the ultra feminine details of this dress—the beautiful lace, the oversized bow and ruffles make it a stylish go-to number when I’m headed to a dressy affair. I wanted the dress to take centre stage so I paired it with my gold Gucci heels to keep the overall outfit in a similar colour palette and not have my shoes overwhelm the entire ensemble. With a dress such as this my beauty look had to be clean and understated so I opted for a relaxed ponytail and minimal accessories to keep the look simple and chic.
If you want to go…casual
Whilst this dress looks at home at a formal occasion it can easily be switched up to have a more casual vibe. The first thing I did was swap my heels for a pair of Aquazzura Starlight flat sandals. A change in footwear to flats gives this look a more relaxed feel. I then added accessories in natural textures such as my Nerida Winter straw boater and Helen Kaminski raffia clutch to help dial back the lace which tends to look very dressy. A pair of fun Fendi cat-eye sunglasses adds a playful finishing touch to the overall look and when paired with beachy waves it instantly transforms this dress to something that would be fitting for a more laid-back event. When you can get multiple wears out of a statement piece it’s a definite win-win.
Credits: Dress, Bambah; Sandals, Aquazzura; Sunglasses, Fendi; Heels, Gucci; Bag, Helen Kaminski; Hat, Nerida Winter
Photography: Danielle Castano