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By Shelby Comroe
It's tough to master holiday dressing without falling into clichés, especially when it comes toValentine's Day.Because you shouldn't have to worry about dressing yourself in something other than head-to-toe heart prints, we've come up with alternative outfits that don't scream cheesy. These looks stay true to the romantic spirit of V-Day, with pops of pink and red here and there, but feel like ensembles you can wear all year round. We've even suggested ways to incorporate heart designs into your outfit, should you want, without it feeling overdone. Since your outfit is taken care of, the only thing left now is to solidify thosedate night planswith your partner.
Nothing screams romantic like a high-neck floral dress. This specific dress by The Vampire’s Wife is called the “Unconditional Floral Dress” and is inspired by the John Lennon quote 'Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow.” So, a dress named after unconditional love…I can't think of anything more perfect for Valentine’s Day. To avoid the clichés, toughen up the look with edgy accessories that can take you from day to night depending on your plans.
Out From Under
Finding the perfect date night look is tough. The key is to pay tribute to the holiday with subtle touches like pops of pink and a corset-style mini skirt. The corset detail feels lingerie-esque, which is appropriate for Valentine’s Day, but when styled with a laidback t-shirt and a chic oversized tuxedo jacket the outfit is sexy without being too literal. Slip on some chic mules and top it off with some festive accessories to add a pop of color.
V-Day The Cool Way
So you think head-to-toe hearts on V-Day is lame? I beg to differ. Start with a Natasha Zinko heart-print sweatsuit paired with Nike dunks. Add some more loved-up accessories like a La Ropa trucker hat and some edgy chain black heart earrings. A sleek black coat and a shearling pink bag tie this 'fit together. By incorporating streetwear elements, rocking head to toe hearts has never been cooler.
Loved Up With an Edge
I call this look loved-up with an edge—perfect for my cool girls out there. Offset the bold bottoms with a simple black tee, platform sneakers, a mini backpack, and some sleek sunnies for a festive daytime look. Transition to your nighttime plans by swapping in some sexy stilettos and an evening bag. Regardless of your itinerary, crystal heart earrings are the ideal V-Day accessory. Bonus tip for my girls in a cold weather climates: Add a cropped black puffer jacket.
Simple is Sexy
Sometimes, the thought of outfit planning makes you want to cancel your plans altogether. Before you completely give up, go back to the basics. Take the pressure off of yourself when it comes to your Valentine’s Day outfit. Simple is sexy, and in my opinion there is nothing sexier than a little slinky top and some jeans. The satin and lace combo on the top gives the look a romantic feel. Accessory-wise, rock a metallic mule, a fun little bag, and some kitschy heart earrings to add an extra something.
A Pink Power-Suit
Valentine’s Day should be about self-love, and that’s not limited to couples. If you’re spending the day with your girls you should feel confident and sexy, and nothing screams boss like a good power suit. This pink one cinches in at the waist and ties at the bottom, perfect for showcasing some strappy sandals or cool kicks. Complete your look with cool girl sunnies, a silk mask, and a mask chain with hearts—because it’s the day of love, after all.
The "I'm Staying in PJ Set"
In my opinion, going out on Valentine’s Day sucks. The combination of pre-fixed menus and below freezing temperatures is just not my idea of fun. So why not stay in? If you’re looking for a reason to rock a feathered pajama set, this is your opportunity. Pair your set with a sweet locket and some cozy slippers.
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Fashion and Valentine's Day Outfits
Valentine's Day outfits can be a challenge to master without falling into clichés. The article provides alternative outfit ideas that stay true to the romantic spirit of V-Day, with pops of pink and red, without feeling overdone. Here are some key outfit ideas from the article:
- Festive Florals: A high-neck floral dress by The Vampire’s Wife, inspired by the quote 'Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow,' can be toughened up with edgy accessories for a day-to-night look.
- Out From Under: The perfect date night look involves subtle touches like pops of pink and a corset-style mini skirt, styled with a laidback t-shirt and a chic oversized tuxedo jacket.
- V-Day The Cool Way: Incorporating streetwear elements, such as a heart-print sweatsuit paired with Nike dunks, can make head-to-toe hearts cooler.
- Loved Up With an Edge: This look involves bold bottoms paired with a simple black tee, platform sneakers, a mini backpack, and crystal heart earrings for a festive daytime look.
- Simple is Sexy: A romantic feel can be achieved with a satin and lace combo top paired with jeans, metallic mules, a fun little bag, and kitschy heart earrings.
- A Pink Power-Suit: A pink power suit cinched at the waist and tied at the bottom, paired with strappy sandals or cool kicks, can be completed with cool girl sunnies, a silk mask, and a mask chain with hearts .
- The "I'm Staying in PJ Set": For those staying in, a feathered pajama set paired with a sweet locket and cozy slippers can be a comfortable yet stylish option.
These outfit ideas provide a range of options for Valentine's Day, from romantic florals to comfortable pajama sets, catering to different preferences and occasions.
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