- Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to wear red
- What to consider when picking your look
- Where will you go?
- How long do you know each other?
- How will you get there?
- A liitle black dress is always appropriate
- Beautiful Valentine’s day outfit inspirations
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Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to wear red
I hope you have already an invitation or will get one soon. The big question on such a big day is What to Wear. As so often in life, there is not one hard answer. Here some thoughts on what to consider when dressing for the big night out. First of all,Ditch the old-fashioned rule to wear red on Valentine's Day. #Vday #vdayoutfitideas Click To Tweet
Learn more about why Valentine’s Day is associated with red and you understand that red is an option, but not a Must.
What to consider when picking your look
Where will you go?
Going to the movies, for instance, is a casual date. Your goal should be to put together an outfit that highlights your best feature or shows your shape in an understated way. For instance, skinny jeans, a wrapped top, motorcycle boots, and a slouchy cardigan, or a cute belted floral print dress that just shows your collar bone and ends above the knees with a cardigan.
Going to a restaurant means you can dress up. Keep the dress code of the restaurant in mind when picking the outfit. You can never go wrong with a LBD with the right accessories. On Valentine’s Day, one can say the same for the little red dress (LRD). In very casual places, anything remotely sexy will get you irritated looks and may even make you and your significant other feel uncomfortable. Instead of showing any cleavage, try an animal print and a pencil skirt like the the outfit below. It is modest, a warm winter outfit, but snake print and a pencil skirt have something exotic and sexy to it without being right into the face.
Are you going to a Valentine’s Ball or dance party? Then check the dress code. If it is formal or a military ball , go for a gown, not shorter than knee-length. If it says semi-formal, a long gown could be over-kill. Go for a cocktail dress. If it is a social dance, a fancy fit-and-flare dress with some red will do the trick. If the dress code is informal or casual, metallic pants or a sequin skirt with a cute top, (white) jeans with an embellished or sequin top are good bets. For a Valentine’s social dance with a romantic theme, stick out of the crowd with a floral print dress that is not featuring red like the blue and white one below. It is very modest, but features your boobs and legs without having a mini length hem.Less leaves more to the imagination. #dress4success #timelessstyle Click To Tweet
But wait! Before you pick your dress, consider the following.
How long do you know each other?
If you just started dating or it is your first date, go for more coverage. A knee-long long-sleeve fitted crew neck LBD or LRD with tights is perfect. It showcasts your body without looking over-the-top sexy. You don’t want him to stare at whatever. You want him to look into your eyes and talk with you so you get to know each other better.
If you know each other for quite a while, you can show more skin. But one area at a time is so much more sexy and attractive than skin everywhere. Thus, either a mini skirt or cleavage or shoulders, not all at once. Recall you are celebrating your relationship.
How will you get there?
If you have private transportation, you can go for hot sandals or pumps even in cold climate regions. However, when you have to walk and/or wait for public transportation, you should choose a pair of shoes that provides good insulation from the ground, but allows to safely walk even on snow and/or ice.
Also wear a warm coat. When your indoor outfit is made of thin, delicate fabric have a light cashmere cardigan that you add for extra insulation (or as a cover-up in case it is chilly in the restaurant). Well, when you plan to dance, have your dance shoes in your bag. I always carry a huge bag as I have the habit to swap my boots for pumps whenever I come inside. Did I mention that there is also a clutch inside that bag?
I know, I know! It’s an Alaskan lifestyle thing.
Anyhow! If your boots or booties are needed because of the outside conditions, bring the strappy sexy sandals or pumps in a large bag or tote like shown in the outfit photo. It is so much better than freezing your toes off. RememberGoose bumps are never in style. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
A little black dress is always appropriate
You don’t like red and you wore the LBD last year? Switch things up by wearing pink instead of red as I did in the post’s inspiration photo. The outfit shown in this post would work well with a red instead of the pink sweater for a Valentine’s day dinner with my husband in an Alaska Roadhouse heated by a woodstove on a -20F (-29.9C) day. Note that at such outside temperatures, it doesn’t get warm enough for cleavage. Any cleavage would look like you are desparate.
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Beautiful Valentine’s day outfit inspirations
Shop your closet for items similar to these depending on your plans.
Dinner at a roadhouse: Sweater dress c/o AMICLUBWEAR with own red Anne Klein sweater worn over the shoulders for a red pop of color, GNW red tight, Moschino belt, Constance bag, and red Manolo Blahnik ankle booties Dinner at a sport bar: Shiny leather pants, Kieselstein Cord belt, statement snake tail buckle, GNW Luxe sweater, Puma sneakers (all own), and India Hicks scarf c/o India Hicks ambassador Tammy Gray
Going out dancing at a bar: Neo Tango shoes, Cuddle Doo top, BCGC belt, and 7 layers tulle skirt (all own)
Going to the movies in warm climate: eShakti Little Red Dress with floral silk scarf, collier de chien belt, and Calvin Klein pumps (all own)
Dinner at a roadhouse: Rose dust lace 3/4 sleeves halftee c/o Halftee with own G-III suede skirt, LandsEnd sweater, GNW tight, Manelo Blanik booties and opera length rose pearl necklace
Casual restaurant: Landsend cashmere sweater, silk scarf, Oliveo pleated leather skirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, DIY bangle, gemstone necklace, pearl studs, upcycled boots, layering top (all own) and tights c/o Hipstik® Legwear
Semi-formal dance event: Navy sequin black velvet sweater dress c/o AMICLUBWEAR, and own Very Fine Dance Shoes Latin dance sandals
Going to the movies and a drink: eShakti motorcycle dress, GNW tight, Micheal Kors wedge sneakers, Collier de Chien belt (all own) and layering top c/o Adea Dinner at a restaurant: New Magram suede leather pants, MOSCHINO belt, August Silk leopard print cardigan worn as top, Hermes collier de chien bangle and Manolo Blanik booties (all own)
Black Tie event: Neck-holder velvet gown with coin belt and leather opera gloves
Semi-formal Valentine’s dance: Tea-length evening-gown and dance shoes
Black tie Valentine’s Ball: Evening gown in various royal blue shades with beaded waves pattern
Military ball: Lace evening gown with silver Ralph Lauren pumps (all own)
Vacation resort: Unbranded maxi dress (own) necklace c/o Happiness Boutique
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? What will you wear? What are your dressing challenges? Let me know, so I can help you.
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P.S.: You may be interested in reading what mistakes to avoid when dressing for Valentine’s Day.
P.P.S.: Are you still looking for Valentine’s Day gifts? Check out my gift guide for inspirations.
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