Happy Valentine's day! Today I'm back with some last minute Valentine's day ideas. When I think of Valentine's day outfits, the first thing that comes to my mind is a dress. So, today I'm going to include some dress outfits I wore recently as well as some of my old looks including my old Valentine's day outfits. Looking back, I seem to always opt for a dress on Valentine's day. I like wearing dresses anyhow so wearing a dress on Valentine's day seems like a no-brainer. Throwing on a nice dress is such an easy way to create a feminine and chic styling. My first outfit proposal is a step back from the typical Valentine's day outfit as it features a checkered dress. This black and red dress is still quite feminine but the checkered print gives it a bit of rock chic. I wanted to keep the colours minimal and the outfit functional so I wore it with a brown faux leather coat and camel boots. I accessorized with a brown tartan scarf and a black bag. Scroll down to see more.
Everything about this outfit is old (as the links above prove), apart from the dress which is new. I got this dress in an exchange for a review on Dresslily site. I actually ordered it with a friend in mind because I know she likes this print. I gave it to that friend after I wore it once. It is a nice dress and quite easy to style. If it didn't fit her, I would have kept it and worn it again. I might order something similar in the future. A-line dresses always look feminine and they are a great choice for Valentine's day because they are so comfy. They are simply ideal for looking put together, especially now with the vintage clothing trend and all. If you don't want to look too sweet, ordering a checkered or a tartan dress is a lovely way to add a bit of grunge or rock chic into your styling. I know I'm going to get questions about the gorgeous building behind me. It's the UNIVERSITY LIBRARY OF SPLIT , a place that is open to everyone who wants to do some scientific, academic or personal research. I went there to inquire about membership prices and I came to the conclusion that the best thing for me is to pay a daily fee when I want to get some work done there because I don't come to Split that often (less than once a month). So, that is what I wore this dress for- a stroll around Split's University Campus last weekend. We also stopped for a cup of coffee there. The day was a gloriously sunny and warm so we made the most of it. Today it's raining cats and dogs here, but I'm still hoping it will clear up.
ANOTHER WAY TO STYLE THIS BLACK AND RED CHECKERED DRESS
I also want to show you a more dressed up way to style this dress and that would be with stiletto heels and a lady like hat. Dressy accessories are the easiest way to dress up any dress, aren't they?Throw on a coat and you're ready to go. How do you like this styling? Which one do you prefer?
WHAT I WORE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY IN THE PAST?
I browsed my blog archives and found 3 outfits I wore for Valentines day in the past. Not surprisingly they all feature dresses. The first features a gold dress, the second one a cherry print dress and the last one a polka dot dress. As far as I remember, they were all very comfortable to wear.
1. RECYCLE YOUR SUMMER DRESSES BY STYLING THEM WITH WARM OUTWEAR
If you're not feeling your winter dresses, you can always wear your summer dresses. The key is layering. Either layer them well or pair them with warm outwear such as faux fur coats or puffers.
2. OPT FOR PRINTED OR BOLD COLOURED DRESSES IF YOU WANT TO STAND OUT
Prints and bold colours always draw in the eye. If you don't want to be too sweet or predictive, opt for a bold colour such as cobalt blue, pumpkin orange or bloody red.
3. WEAR SEQUIN, GLITTER OR METALLIC FABRICS IF YOU WANT TO SHINE
Shiny fabrics are magnets for the eyes. When the light catches the material, it draws our eye in. Plus, these materials are always glam and festive. What is the more perfect option for a hot date night that a metallic, glitter or sequin dress?
That would be all for today. I hope you have a lovely Valentine's day, no matter how you celebrate it- or just a lovely day if you don't celebrate it at all. I don't have any classical romantic plans for Valentine's day because it is a working day and I'll probably be exhausted by the end of it but personally I always feel happy about this celebration. As I wrote in some of my old blog posts, for me V-day is a chance to celebrate love. Personally, I love Saint Valentine's day. Even when I don't celebrate it the ordinary or super romantic way. I mean I do get the negativity about this day. It is true that it has turned into this commercial thing and I can see how it can be off putting to many people. Naturally, I also agree that love should be celebrated every day and not just once day in the year. At the same time, I don't see why I should be obliged to boycott San Valentine's Day (as many newspaper articles propose we should). Yes, love ought to be celebrated everyday, we all know that. But, isn't it is nice to have a special day just for it? If nothing else, then as an excuse to indulge in sweets, to surprise someone with a nice gesture, a card or just to wish someone well. Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you for visiting this little place of mine.