Britain to Barbados with Debenhams! #britaintobarbados

Monday, 21 July 2014

I was recently asked to take part in Debenhams' 'Britain to Barbados' campaign! The challenge was to style a maxi dress and a pair of sandals in two different ways, one suitable for Britain, and the other suitable sunny Barbados.

I was lucky enough to visit Barbados last year and as I live in maxi dresses all year round, I couldn't help but feel this task was made for me. Huzzah!

Outfit 1: Britain
Leather Dr. Martens Satchel
Debenhams Britain to Barbados
Warehouse Dress and Kurt Geiger Sandals (c/o) - Leather Jacket: HIDE - Unicorn Necklace: Regal Rose - Hat: H&M - Satchel: Dr. Martens 

If you're a regular reader, you'll know this is pretty much a signature look of mine. I'm almost always wearing a fedora, love wearing maxis and own a *healthy* selection of leather jackets. I keep my makeup quite natural on a day-to-day basis and usually wear my hair down. I like to add a touch of bling and almost always carry a leather satchel around with me... But this one is my favourite! Pretty badass, non? ;)

Outfit 2: Barbados
Summer Maxi DressWarehouse Embellished Maxi DressWarehouse Dress and Kurt Geiger Sandals (c/o) - Necklace: Oasis - Sunglasses: Ray-ban - Clutch: Forever 21

Barbados is a beautiful country and during peak season there's no need for a jacket. When I'm swanning around on holiday, I throw my hair out of my face and wear sunglasses to protect my eyes. I only wear skincare products with SPF in and appreciate a good splash of lipgloss - this new one from E.L.F works well! My embellished Warehouse maxi dress is really versatile and is suitable for wearing day-to-night. I took my usual size but I would say it's a little snug on the chest so maybe size up if you're bigger on top.

Kurt Geiger Maddie Sandals

These incredible Kurt Geiger gladiator sandals are currently on sale and remind me of the tan pair I had handmade in Vietnam! I'm annoying half size but I'm really glad I sized up as I find KG tend to run a bit small. The straps are adjustable and they're really well made... I'm crazy about them! They're such a great statement piece. 

Huge thanks to Debenhams for asking me to take part! Which outfit is your favourite? Are you a fan of maxi dresses and sandals for Summer?

T - Dreaming of Dover beach.


  1. Gosh I envy your maxi dress collection! This is another great one and so versatile, i'd wear both looks they're fab!

  2. This challenge is so very you! I adore your maxi dress collection, you always look amazing in them. Your hair looks so chic tied back like that - love it! xxx

  3. I love the sandals look really great!

  4. Just stunning Tara, I'm utterly in love with your dress x

  5. Gorge maxi, and those shoes!!! <3 xx

  6. Ooh I love the British look! That satchel is DIVINE!!! <3

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  7. Great styling for both locations. Those gladiator sandals are incredible. :o) x

  8. Love the way you styled both outfits and those sandals are immense! Wowza!

    //A Midnight Wonderland

  9. Love this challenge. Both looks are awesome.

    Feeling Stylish

  10. Love the maxi dress and I seriously love how you've styled both outfits. :) I finally purchased my first fedora last week (definitely after loving seeing how you've styled your fedoras) I'm excited to be apart of the club. ;)


  11. absolutely love both looks, that must mean the maxi is just a super pretty design and you style it so awesomely and look awesome <3
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography -

  12. I love the Britain look, so stylish and that studded satchel is insane.
    You look beautiful in both looks Tara.

    Gems x
    Fashion, Well Done

  13. Both looks are so chic. Surely a multifunctional outfit. Currently I am in a process of throwing all unwanted clothes away and sprucing up my wardrobe with workable pieces. Just the kinda inspiration i needed. x

    D, x

  14. Look number one is definitely my favourite - I doubt I can get away with saying this but that satchel makes you look fierce! (Yep, been watching way to much America's Next Top Model...) A monochrome maxi dress is a really nice way to wear the trend without it being too summer-y - very pretty x

  15. How can I forget your Barbados post?!
    Lovely dress you chose there Tara. Also loving the sandals!

  16. Love this outfit, such a simple yet effective transformation of looks!

  17. Such a great ensemle!! Love the maxi dress on you!!

  18. oooooh i love your gladiators! i know what you mean, i'm always a 6 but kg are tight on me now & again...annoying.


  19. You did it so well! The first way is incredible... The fedora really suits you ;) xx

  20. You are a babe! Loving that maxi dress on you! Great fedora too.

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

  21. Gorgeous maxi dress! Two great looks, I wish I could swan off to sunny Barbados right now! Super cool gladiator sandals as well :) xx

  22. Lovely outfit :) I really like the glasses and gladiators they look amazing!! xx

  23. I love the second outfit, it's perfect for the weather right now in England, never mind Barbados!
    Rubi | The Den


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