What to wear for Valentine’s Day

#fashionover40 what to wear on Valentine's Day in cold climate
#fashionover40 Black sheath dress over pink sweater
GAP sheath dress accessorized with two DIY brooches and a Judy Gum brooch over GNW Luxe cashmere wool sweater with GNW tight, and Harley Davidson booties (all own)

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Valentine’s Day outfits for women over 40 <3

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.

Where will we go?

Going to the movies, for instance, is a casual Valentine’s Day 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.

jewelry over 40 brooches
Zoom-in on the brooches. Snow hare with pearl made by Judy Gum, and leaves with gemstones brooch, and water-snail brooch with pearl made by me (all own)

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).

Are you going to a Valentine’s Ball or dance party? Then check the dress code. If it is formal, go for a gown 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.

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 we 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.

fashion over 40 Burberry coat with scarf, gloves and beret
Burberry loden motorcycle coat worn over the above outfit with harley Davidson booties, structured bag, blue leather gloves (similar here), blue paisley scarf and blue beret (all own)

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).

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. Remember: Goose bumps are not sexy at all. Tweet this.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to wear red

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.

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A Burberry coat is a great investment for women over 40
Zoom-in on Burberry loden motorcycle coat and leather gloves (all own)

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? What are your dressing challenges? Let me know by email so I can help you.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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