When you think of the words “Valentine’s Day,” what are your immediate thoughts? Is it an immediate aversion to a commercial-driven day? Does it bring thoughts of loneliness and dissatisfaction? Are you already planning a killer Galentines? Or do you think of your loved one? Perhaps, it’s just another day?
Whatever life stage your are in and whatever thoughts you may have about the day, I’m wishing you just another reason to express gratitude to the significant people in your life whether that’s a parent, friend, sibling, mentor, or fur baby. May you love and feel loved.
I don’t take this day too seriously…except maybe the exponential increase of chocolate consumption. In this V-Day edit, I pulled together four outfits that are perfect for date night, brunch with the girlfriends, a blind date, or whatever you’ll be doing on the 14th.
Who doesn’t love a little, or in this case, a lot of black? To keep it from looking bland, I included different textures and shapes. This matching black fringe shrug jacket and top are new additions to my wardrobe, and I’m loving the understated statement it makes. The low V-back balances out the high neckline. I paired this look with a faux suede skort, sheer tights (for a bit of coverage), and fitted booties. The ankle length and stiletto/pointed toe of the heels are ideal to elongate the legs. This OOTD is great for a special night out or to the club (just kidding…Grandma Prudence doesn’t go to the clubs).
A lace or frilly blouse paired with dark denim and heels is the perfect combo for a casual but refined occasion. I love the rusty terracotta of this lacy top, and the high neckline gives it a romantic, Victorian feel. It’s perfect with statement earrings, a messy low bun, and your favorite red lip. I like to dab this Stila liquid lipstick on my lips for a staining effect; the shade Fiery is a blue-based red that’s just a hint deeper to help your smile look a touch whiter.
I’ve found a kimono that I absolutely adore. It is the perfect length to layer with dresses and jeans. It drapes over the body without overwhelming it, looking boxy or shapeless. And this print is GORGEOUS. I love the unique pairing of marigold, plum, and periwinkle; it’s a great transitional piece from fall into winter to spring. Portions of the print is comprise of velvet while the yellow part is slightly sheer. Did I also mention that it was on sale?
Underneath the kimono, I wore a white slip from Everlane. This base piece is versatile. My favorite aspect of this slip is that is thick enough to not be see-through while loosely draping on top of the body. To prevent this look from going towards the “for the bedroom only” direction, I wore a chunky heeled sandal in tan to ground it. I kept the shoe subtle as not to draw attention away from the hero piece, the kimono.
This outfit personifies my OG sartorial love, neutral basics. I paired a thin, fitted gray turtleneck with sleeves that are slightly too long with a buttery tan leather skirt. To further elevate the look, I topped it with a wool camel vest coat and strappy nude heels. Out of all the looks, I think this is what I’d wear for Valentine’s Day (or any day) if I were to go out.
What’s your favorite looks? What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Come back next Friday to check out romantic makeup looks!