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Wedding Guest Challenge

I love a challenge so when Bonprix recently got in touch with me to see if I'd like to take part in a style challenge I was immediately intrigued but being honest thought I wouldn't find anything that I'd a) like & b) want to wear let alone recommend & feature on the blog, as I don't know about you but Bonprix is a catalogue company I'd written off long ago & not looked at since.  

However, curiosity got the better of me as I've been surprised by brands before & I thought a quick peek at their website wouldn't go a miss & hey who doesn't like looking at clothes & thinking about ways in which you'd style them & make them work for your lifestyle?!

I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the offerings on the site I mean seriously would you have thought this was from Bonprix?!!!

I just love the crossover zip detailing perfect for teaming with a pair of skaters & either a denim jacket or biker jacket, or teaming with heels & a statement clutch on a night out.




Bon Prix Zip Front Jumpsuit By Rainbow


Then I saw this stunning boucle frock coat & it was love at first sight!  Perfect for teaming with a simple shift dress for a special occasion or dressing down with jeans & a simple cami/t-shirt.  Plus it's available in cream or black too, I mean seriously how useful would the black one be?!




Bon Prix Frock Coat By BodyFlirt


Then there's this lovely kaftan top, which has now been reduced to just £17.99 & also comes in black, jade or taupe.  Personally I'd style this with the tassel ties undone & team with a simple pair of jeans & trainers/sandals or if I wanted to dress it up a bit a pair of white trousers.  Perfect for summer evening or even with a pair of denim shorts & a panama for holiday chic.




Bon Prix Artisan Kaftan By Rainobw


Needless to say after spotting such beauties I thought it worth investigating further as certainly from the website Bonprix had some great offerings all at an great prices & if I'm honest I was keen to see if the quality was as good as the pictures looked.

So back to the challenge - to style a wedding guest outfit for £50.  At first I panicked thinking there was no way I could style a whole outfit for £50 but luckily I was allowed to use accessories already in my wardrobe along with anything I picked from Bonprix's wedding shop.

And what did I pick?  Well I went for this lovely dipped hem dress, which as soon as I spotted it I instantly loved but of course we all know loving something from a picture & loving it in the flesh can be a whole different ball game.

The dress is available in two different colorways - black as shown below or red, which after a lot of thought was the colour I decided to go for.

So first up here's a picture of the dress from their website.




Bon Prix Dipped Hem Dress By Rainbow


And here's the dress on me.


Bon Prix Dipped Hem Dress By Rainbow My Midlife Fashion Wedding Outfit Zara Blazer Tuxedo Jacket Fascinator accessorize


Dress - Bonprix
Fascinator - Accessorize
Tuxedo Jacket - Zara
Bracelet - J Crew
Clutch - Zara
Sandals - Zara


As you can see I've kept the accessorises pretty simply & gone with all black so the dress can do all the talking.  A simple clutch, statement black heels that are shown off perfectly due to the beautiful raised hem, my Accessorize fascinator, a tuxedo jacket for warmth (as British summers being what they are you generally always need something for when it goes chilly!) & for jewellery I've just added by J Crew link bracelet.


My Midlife Fashion wedding guest maxi dress bon prix dipped hem dress by Rainbow Zara Accessorise Blazer Tuxedo


My Midlife Fashion wedding guest maxi dress bon prix dipped hem dress by Rainbow Zara Accessorise Blazer Tuxedo


Styling A Maxi Dress For A Special Occasion, wedding guest maxi dress bon prix dipped hem dress by rainbow zara, accessorize blazer tuxedo J Crew Fascinator clutch


Dress - Bonprix £44.99
Sandals - Zara Now £19.99
Bracelet - J Crew £125


So what do I think of the dress?  Well I absolutely love it - the fit is perfect, the quality amazing - it really is incredibly well made & I have to say looks far more expensive than it actually is.  Plus the fabric is incredibly thick so there's no need to think about having to add an underskirt or worry about the sun shining too brightly & becoming see through.  It's made from 70% viscose, 25% polyester & 5% elastane so fits to the body beautifully & the panelling & cut is incredibly flattering.

Plus of course, whilst it makes the most stunning outfit for a wedding or special occasion I think it would be perfect for teaming with some flat sandals & dressing down for a daytime or holiday look too so it's not something that's going to stay hanging in your wardrobe & only come out to play for a special occasion......although if anyone I know could now decide to get married so I could wear the outfit to a wedding I'd be most grateful!!

Now as I mentioned earlier the styling of a wedding outfit is part of a style challenge set by Bonprix & over the course of the next few days they're going to be asking you to vote on their Facebook page for the outfit you like the most so if you like how I've styled my outfit I'd love for you to keep an eye out & perhaps give me a like here.

So what do you think have you taken a look or bought anything from Bonprix recently or like me had you written it off?  All I can say is you should seriously take a look as they really do have some great picks.

See you tomorrow & before I leave you a quick heads up that the Boden up to 50% sale starts this morning click here to grab yourself a bargain!

Have a fab Sunday.

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24 comments

  1. Hi Jane, this dress looks fabulous on you and I love the way you have styled it. Off to take a look at Bonprix NOW!! Sue x

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    1. Aww thanks Sue, they've got some great pieces so happy shopping!
      Jane xx

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  2. Hi Jane beautiful style choice's could I ask how tall you are please? Clothes look so elegant on you
    Jools

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    1. Hi Jools gosh that's very kind of you to say :-) I'm 5'7".
      Have a great Sunday.
      Jane xx

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  3. Hi Jane beautiful style choice's could I ask how tall you are please? Clothes look so elegant on you
    Jools

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  4. OMG! Jane! You've done it again. One word - stunning! I have to admit that looking at the catalogue picture didn't really impress me then I scrolled down and WOW! The unusual hem and shape of the dress make it look far more expensive than it is. With your height and gorgeous figure you look very stylish. Brilliant styling xxxxxx

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    1. Hi & wow thank you, what a wonderful comment. The dress really is amazing, my mum couldn't believe it when I showed it her & told her how much it was - a great elegant & timeless piece for the wardrobe, which like you say looks a lot more expensive.
      Have a fab Sunday.
      Jane xx

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  5. That is stunning on you Jane! I'd never have guessed in a million years it is from bonprix. You have styled it beautifully too. Great post lovely lady xx

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    1. Aww thanks Avril :-) have a fab day.
      Jane xx

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  6. That dress looks amazing on you Jane & as you say it looks much more expensive. I'm off to investigate the kaftan. Would never have considered bonprix before x

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    1. Thanks Juanita, it just goes to show you should never write anywhere off should you. I'm absoutely delighted with the dress can't wait to wear it again.
      Jane xx

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  7. This dress looks absolutely drop dead gorgeous on you. i am serious, not just flattering.
    Greetje

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    1. Aww Greetje thank you for such a lovely comment :-)
      Jane xx

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    2. Being Dutch I have this urge to always telling the truth. That can be nice when I have something nice to say hahaha.

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  8. That's a stunning dress, Jane. You'd never guess where it was from! Fabulous. Lynne xx

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    1. It's amazing isn't it Lynne.
      Jane xx

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  9. Simply stunning dress Jane! Absolutely love the shape....perfect for swishing about at a wedding in! Love it! Off to check out the Bonprix website as I love the coat and the jumpsuit! xx

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I shall definitely be keeping an eye out to see what else Bonprix have to offer as I just love the dress.
      Jane xx

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  10. Stunning dress on you...I've been reading your blog for a while but never commented before...you deserve to win so fingers crossed!!

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    1. Hi Leigh thank you so much for taking the time to comment & follow my blog.
      The dress really is beautiful in real life, I'm currently debating whether it would be too warm to take it away on holiday with us but I'm desperate to wear it again.
      Here's hoping it's my lucky day with the competition!
      Jane xx

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  11. Hope you win Jane-fab outfit:)
    ~Anne xx

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