I've put 3 distinct looks together which I hope will show you how you can take 1 piece and reimagine it to work for so many different occasions.
I knew when I bought this beautiful BCBG Runway lace dress it was an extravagant buy. It’s probably one of the most expensive pieces in my wardrobe, so as you can imagine it was quite a purchase! However, despite the hefty price tag, it wasn’t hard to justify as I knew just how much wear I’d get out of it.
I wanted to write this post to show that if you think outside the box, sometimes even the most specific items can be reimagined and styled up to look completely different for a multitude of occasions.
This was my first purchase from their higher end line called BCBG Runway. I’ve always admired the Runway collection from afar but never thought I’d actually ever splurge on a piece, so as you can imagine the fact I knew I’d be able to restyle it in a multitude of ways was a decisive factor in why I was so spendy! I just knew I’d get my cost per wear out of this and even though at first glance it seems like quite a particular and “out there” piece (it’s got lace, stars and fringe, so it’s pretty full on!), it’s incredibly versatile.
I’ve put 3 distinct looks together which I hope will show you how you can take 1 piece and reimagine it to work for so many different occasions.
Black Tie Glam
I think when you first look at this dress, the most obvious way to wear it is for a glamourous event as it makes such a statement. I added my own flavour to it with a statement belt, some stunning lace ankle boots and a touch of pink. This is the only look which requires the accompanying silk crepe de chine slip underneath it.
If you’re going to a party or a black tie dinner and you want something with a pop of personality I think this is a perfect outfit.
Outfit details: Dress – BCBG Runway (find HERE) | Belt – Louis Vuitton (find HERE) | Clutch – Givenchy (similar HERE) | Wrap Bracelet worn as Choker – Salvatore Ferragamo (similar HERE & HERE) | Pink Bangle – Hermes (very similar HERE & HERE) | Pearl & Crystal bangle – Guess (find HERE)
Two of my favourite things about styling is playing with layering and different textures which is what this second look is all about. I’ve got lace, fringe, leather, suede, sheepskin and glitter all going on. By throwing a long gilet over the top and leaving the dress open, you still see all it’s incredible details but it significantly dresses it down.
I would happily wear this look for a shopping trip or out for lunch with the girls.
Outfit details – Dress – BCBG Runway (find HERE) | Trousers – Balmain x HM (similar luxury version HERE or high street version HERE) | Top – Topshop (similar HERE & HERE) | Gilet – Joseph (similar luxury version HERE or high street version HERE) | Boots – ZARA (similar HERE & HERE) | Bag – Givenchy (similar HERE & HERE) | Necklace – Primark (similar HERE) | Cuff – Van Peterson (similar HERE) | Bangle – Whistle + Bango (find HERE – Use code THATNEWDRESS10 for 10% off)
What a surprise I’ve added touches of pink again to this third and final look. What can I say, I just love my pink! Out of all the three looks I think this is the most casual and effortless. Dresses over jeans is going to be a huge trend this year, it’s all a part of that 90s fashion revival which is currently going on. Using the silk belt which came with the dress, I’ve loosely belted it allowing the pink and blue denim to peep through.
I can’t wait to wear this on a summery Saturday for brunch and stroll around town.
Outfit details: Dress – BCBG Runway (find HERE) | Jeans – Mother Denim (similar HERE & HERE) | Top – ZARA (similar HERE & HERE) | Shoes – Avec Moderation (similar HERE on SALE) | Bag – Chanel (find HERE) | Necklace – Vivienne Westwood (similar HERE & HERE)
I hope this post is helpful in showing you how one item of clothing can be restyled in a multitude of ways to create very different looks. Whenever you’re looking at something expensive, just think about all the different ways you could wear it. If you can think of at least 3 diverse ways to style it then justifying that price tag is a whole heap easier!