When we’re hit by the slump of January (you know, post-Christmas bills and dreary skies) it’s the thought of romance in the air come February, that gets us back on our feet again. Yes, that most amorous month of the year is soon approaching. However, Valentine’s Day can also throw us into a state of madness. Whether we have a special someone to share the evening with or not, the what-the-heck-do-I-wear symptoms begin to kick in. Well stress no longer, we’ve tied together the perfect ensembles, that are sure to catch even Cupid’s attention.
A Brunch Date
While most of us ladies prefer to save the romantic festivities for the evening, many of us would rather spend time with our valentine mid-day. Whether it be our best friend or beau, having the perfect outfit planned for the occasion is just as important. If you’re going out for daytime cocktails or a classy lunch, a pair of washed-out skinny jeans is always a dressy choice. Instead of wearing your standard knee-high booties, incorporate the seductive colours of love, with Steve Madden’s Toppazz Platform Pumps in red. This fiery heel’s frill embellishment on the tip of the shoe screams ardor. To draw attention to the shoe, throw on a floral-patterned ruby scarf, or a chunky red beaded necklace.
Dinner for Two
Stand out as the lady in red this year, with a deep cherry-coloured dress. If you need help finding the perfect gown, see Nina Ricci’s ruby dress that charged down the Spring 2011 runway this year. Since a seductive red dress is enough of a statement piece on its own, keep all other accessories simple. Scope out a pair of gold cascading earrings to make your outfit appear that much more sophisticated. Look for coordinating heels to tie in with the earrings, like Topshop’s Secret Platform Shoe in Metallic. If you want to combine in more rosy, romantic-esque colours, purchase a pink skinny belt to strap around the dress.
A Girl’s Night Out
Who says this romantic night of the year means restricting yourself to only one valentine? Sometimes, an evening on the town with a group of best girlfriends can be even more exciting. So unleash your flirtatious inner beast by wearing a playful minidress, like DKNY’s Strapless Dress With Sweetheart Neckline, in the colour Vermillion. It seems this dress, with its heart-shaped neckline, was created for this passionate day of the year. To jazz up your Valentine’s Day adornments, a purse like Sephora’s Razzle-Dazzle Lip Shaped Clutch is the perfect accessory. What better way to subtly imply your single status, than a bright red lip-shaped clutch? When it comes to shoes, go for a matte tone so the heels don’t take away from the rest of the outfit.
An Evening Indoors
For those lucky enough to have a significant other to share the evening with, we may not wish to move further than the living room. Maybe you have a romantic candle light dinner planned, followed by a sappy movie night. Well, for those of us laying low with our beloved, we all know where the date is headed as the night falls to an end, and hey, there’s pressure when deciding what garments to wear under these circumstances too! If you don’t want to spend a fortune on lingerie, there are plenty of locations that won’t empty your bank account. Try stores like H&M, La Senza, or La Vie en Rose. From seductive bold tones with a lace finish to vibrant florals, all of these shops have a variety of sexy Valentine’s Day ensemble.