February 11, 2011

Article: Fashions for a date (or no date) Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is here once again. Whether you choose to celebrate it with your valentine, or give it the cold shoulder, you should still look good, if for no one else than for yourself and St. Valentine. There are several ways to go about dressing festively; there is the blatant wearing of hearts, the red and pink outfits, or the “romantic” dressing. It should be advised to go with the latter. The ensemble will look special and festive for a nice dinner out, or perhaps just staying in with fondue for two.

For the dinner out: you may see a lot of fellow diners going a bit overboard with the implied theme. The theme that hardly anyone gets right is the “romantic” look. Most tend to translate “romantic” into short and tight red satin with sky-high pumps that the wearer can’t really walk in. In the hopes that you will not be put in this category, try this on for size: cute and feminine red dress (twill, not satin for a better look and fit) for the focus of the ensemble, topped with a fun cropped sequined jacket in light gold and silver with a nude chiffon trim. Nude colored classic pumps creating a longer leg, and a neutral clutch covered in chiffon rosettes to create texture and interest. Lastly, simple petite gold heart earrings completing the festive “romantic” look with out going overboard.

For going out with the girlfriends: fun is the name of the game. Start with a light sweater dress woven with metallic and nude threads and top that with a fun hot pink trench coat. For shoes, you want something fun, an open toe black leather bootie perhaps? Then, the icing on the cake, a hand made wired “love” necklace and gunmetal clutch. This will look fun, and give a nod to St. Valentine.

No plans means shopping: it is hard to feel festive when you don’t have any exciting plans. This is the perfect time to go shopping and pick something up that makes you feel festive, but you know you will wear all year round. Grab yourself a latte and keep an eye out for these fun festive fashions. A gold and sterling silver heart necklace, or jeweled ring can add a sweet touch to any outfit. A red velvet bow inspired clutch, or perhaps some red velvet on hot pink-jeweled flats? Some beautiful undergarments are always fun to buy for yourself. Or maybe splurge on a lovely pair of Alexander McQueen lace covered pumps.

Some basic guidelines for putting an outfit together this February 14th: Don’t wear anything that is “just for Valentine’s Day.” If you never wear 4-inch heels don’t start that evening. If you’re determined to be taller, then wear those sky-high heels around your house for a couple weeks to practice. And lastly, less is not more. Don’t push the limits of your hemline, or wear anything that requires tape to hold it in place, if you can see anything that can be called lingerie, then best save that for later.

Original article posted on Examiner.com by Courtney Clark

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