Avoid these mistakes when dressing for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine outfits for women in midlife

Valentine’s Day can be a real dress challenge for women over 40. Yes, the winter temperatures are one part of the challenge. You want to be attractive for your guy and look sexy, but not cheap. To achieve ageless style when dressing for your Valentine’s Day date avoid these major mistakes.

#maturefashion style blogger in Valentine's Day dinner outfit
Anne Klein red turtleneck sweater with black blazer, London Jean boyfriend jeans and Michael Kors wedge camouflage pony hair sneakers (all own). This outfit works when going to a road house or winter resort for a Valentine’s Day dinner at temperatures in the double negative digits (colder than -23.3oC)
#fashionover50 women in a Valentine's dinner outfit for frigid cold weather
Back view of Valentine’s Day dinner outfit with Anne Klein red turtleneck sweater with black blazer, London Jean boyfriend jeans and Michael Kors wedge camouflage pony hair sneakers (all own)

What to avoid when picking your Valentine’s Day outfit

  • Seeing the twenty something as competition and dressing like them with large cleavage and cut-outs is a big mistake. While they can get away with it, for us over 40 less skin is more.
  • A body conscious or too tight dress makes you look like trying too hard.
  • Wearing heels that you cannot walk in will make you look old, ridiculous, helpless, and not attractive.
  • Not making one of your best features the statement. You would look like not trying at all.
  • Over-bling. Jewelry should highlight, but not compete with your features.
  • Wear red just because it is Valentine’s Day. If you don’t look and feel great in red, don’t wear it. If red is not a flattering color on you, you will not look to your best. Moreover, be aware that red visually adds pounds. If you don’t need them, why adding them?
  • Not having a cover-up when wearing a cocktail dress. Goose bumps are never ageless style, nor sexy, and never attractive.
  • Wearing the OOTD shown in the first photo of this post when temperatures are above the freezing point. Only when it is really, really cold, the red turtleneck will be seen as dressing with the vibe. It’s cold outside!

fashion over 40 mature tights Valentine’s Day dinner outfit suggestion with Dakota sheath featuring the legs, Steve Madden ankle strap pumps, GNW Luxe sweater, Hermes collier de chein cuff (all own) and wooden watch c/o Jord, turnip triple rib tight c/o No nonsensefashion over 50 outfit for going out Outfit suggestion to feature the collar bone with BCDC statement belt, Halogen quilted leather jacket, GNW tight, abstract print eShatki  fit-and-flare dress , onyx flower statement ring (all own)

mature Fashion woman in a little red dress A fool proof outfit suggestion: Go with a Little Red Dress. This outfit works in warm climate regions. Steve Madden lace-up sandals, Jaeger tote, Hermes Medor watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, black pearl necklace (all own), and wooden watch c/o Jord

over 40 fashion fit-and-flare dress for Valentine's Day Valentine’s Day suggestion eShatki fit-and-flare dress hiding wide hips, brooch featuring the collar bone, Hermes enamel bangles (all own)

Today’s OOTD is a suggestion for a Valentine’s Day dinner at a roadhouse in Alaska directly after work on a very cold winter day (temperatures below -10F or 23.3oC). This outfit just goes with the spirit of wearing red to avoid being cold. It’s Alaska!

When you liked the outfit suggestions, share the post with your female friends by tweeting what to avoid when dressing for a Valentine’s Day date. You may also like to read how to dress for Valentine’s Day depending on your plans and length of relationship.

#fashionover40 midlife women in Valentine's dinner outfit for cold weather
Side view of outfit with Anne Klein red turtleneck sweater, black blazer, London Jean Boyfriend jeans and Michael Kors wedge camouflage sneakers (all own)

Have you already made plans for Valentine’s Day? Will you go out or spend a romantic evening at home? What will you wear? Let me know, I am curious.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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