Valentine’s Day (and let’s just say all February) is all about the love.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved to wear RED on Valentine’s Day. It exudes love, passion and romance. To wear your heart on your sleeve throughout the month – for real –bring on the red in all its various shades and hues.
That doesn’t mean you must or should wear red from head to toe. But you can work it into your outfit ever so easily by adding a dash… bold or subtle.
So this Valentine’s Day, as you go from dinner to (ahem…) dessert, bring on the red. Let red amp your romance up a notch. It can be done – for such is the power of red. Wink, wink.
Here are five ways to go from Valentine’s Dinner to Dessert (babysitter required), all with and in red.
Date: Valentine’s Day Gala
What I love about this arrangement is the key piece – the red strapless dress – is accented by the dazzle of the gold jewellery and clutch. Your eyes will be on the dress – it’s a fabulous (and passionate) statement. I added the shrug/cape just in case you need a little something-something to keep you warm. I didn’t want anything too heavy. After all, that’s what your man is for.
Bring the elegance to the bedroom! You’ve been dressed up all evening, so why not continue? I love this long red silk nightgown.
It’s sexy and classy, a perfect combination for bedroom attire. I paired this with a pink silk kimono robe. I love the duo of the colors pink and red – so sweet and elegant together. I added a little fun with some black leather slip-ons with a black pom pom.Oh, baby!
Date: Upscale Restaurant/Theatre
I wanted to bring some elegance, sophistication and fun to this arrangement. The draped red blouse is the key element here; I just love love love the beauty of it. This could be paired with just about anything and still look good; try jeans, trousers, or leggings.
Since this date is all about upscale, I wanted to pair it with a black skirt; either a pencil or a ruffle front. Both skirts work with this top beautifully. Gold/red beaded jewellery, black heels and classic wrap blazer with tie-front wraps up the outfit.
Continue the elegance, sophistication and fun into dessert! I love this sexy-yet-tasteful matched silk lingerie set. The red is soft; the lace trim delicate and playful. Add in the fun factor by tossing on one of your husband’s dress shirts with it. There are no rules when it comes to “dessert” attire, so be playful and let the romance move you!
Date: Something quick and local
This may be the Valentine’s Day speed for moms with young kids at home. (That’s me, raising my hand!) I love this arrangement because it’s simple and easy, yet classic and chic at the same time. The red silk top with cinched waist sets this outfit off perfectly.
To dress it up a bit, set aside the jeans for the night, and wear black trousers or black stretch pants. Your comfort level will come to play with your shoes, flats or mid-heel. Toss on a peacoat and some fun and festive red earrings and clutch. You’re good to go!
This is for every mom out there who just doesn’t feel 100 per cent sexy right now. You can still look sexy in this red cotton camisole with white lace trim. It’s sweet and cute. Pair with yoga pants, stocking socks and red robe… you’re “covered,” yes… but that can all be changed in a minute (double wink).
Date: The Trendiest Spot in Town
Mom fashionistas unite! If you’re heading out to the chicest, trendiest and “it” place in town, you want to look the part. Maybe it’s a new bar. Maybe it’s a new club. Maybe it’s a cafe. Whatever it is, bring on the funky and fun pieces.
I wanted this arrangement to be all about the main accessory – the red scarf. This is the statement piece. If you’re going to go with color, make sure the other colors within your outfit are toned down. I chose skinny jeans with a sequin tank, black high boots and (optional) black wrap. Have some fun with belts and chunky bracelets. And who can resist this adorably chic rose ruffle clutch… get ready for some lovin’!
Have a little fun with these Valentine’s Day pajamas. I love the fashion tees with phrases, graphics and slogans. I thought this adorable tee with “Love” all over it worked well for a trendier mom.
Pair it with boy shorts, slip-on slippers and this fashion-forward white sweatshirt with blazoned red heart. It will speak Valentine’s Day – not only on February 14th, but throughout the whole year.
Date: Dinner at a Friend’s House
If you’re heading to a friend’s house on Valentine’s Day, you want to dress up, but not over the top.
I love the red sheath dress. It just defines classic. Add a long necklace, a chain belt and/or earrings to bring a little more flair and fun to the look.
I love the elegance of a black heel with a red dress. It’s an easy shoe to marry with it, and looks sensational. Black ruffle clutch and black wool coat. Easy, fashionable, and oh-so-comfortable.
You’ve been with friends all evening, finally – alone time! This red lace nightgown is the perfect recipe for some loving this Valentine’s Day. Wear with short red mules and silk tunic… you will look irresistible! I just love the combination of sweet and sexy.
It’s definitely something that can (and should) be played up. After all, it is the month of LOVE.