Hello, Darlings! Valentine’s Day Style- What To Wear Out To Dinner.It is time to dig deep into the wardrobe for some pink and red to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. Since fashion is planned and not left up to chance, I decided to take an afternoon to test out some potential outfits.
First I think it is really important to get out of the way, I do not like to eat out on Valentine’s Day. Too many times we have gone to dinner only to have it crowded and the food overpriced and not good. So we try to celebrate by going out to dinner or even a nice lunch on a day that is around February 14th.
This year our plan is to go out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Surfing Deer in Seagrove Beach. Going to pop down for a quick trip to the beach, hoping the weather is nice or should I say warmer. We have been in the deep freeze and I am in need of some sunshine.
Valentine’s Day Style- What To Wear Out To Dinner
What To Wear For Valentine’s Day
Okay, let’s think about this! For my Valentine’s Day Outfit I need something that is Date Night Style with some color and a touch of bling. Because it can be cool to cold in February, I need to have sleeves and/or a layering piece. I will stick with my black pants, cropped pants, or black jeans. For shoes, I can do my platform open-toe shoes or my black boots. No heels or dress needed.
Outfit #1- Pink And Black
For this Valentine’s Day Style Outfit, I went for a black sleeveless faux wrap top ( I think it was several years ago from the Banana Republic) with my black cropped/ankle Ponte knit pants from Boston Proper. If the weather is too cold, I can go with my black Ponte knit pants from Boston Proper with my black boots. For a layering piece, I went for my Shawl Wrap Cardigan in Cerise Pink from Kettlewell Colors.
Next, for accessories, I decided to go for the bling. A bold statement necklace in gunmetal with smokey rhinestones brings a unique and updated feel to the outfit without being overly romantic in style. Smaller matching earrings and a similar (but not matching) bracelet help to complete the outfit. For shoes, I chose my platform OTBT Jaunts. Planning a pedicure this weekend and will have my toes painted a charcoal grey.
Outfit #2- Fuchsia And Charcoal
I really like Fuchsia and Charcoal together for a nice break from all black. The Betty Cowl Neck Top from Kettlewell Colours is the show stealer (one of my favorite tops, have it in all my best colors). Black cropped pants and my OTBT Jaunts create the base layer. I have added a cardigan, the Shawl Wrap from Kettlewell Colours in Fuchsia for a layering piece.
For my Rule of Four points, I have hoop earrings, layered necklaces, and multi-layered bracelets as accessories. Additional points can be awarded for the layering cardigan and the Betty Cowl top because it is such an attention grabber.
Outfit #3 – Red Faux Wrap
Red is the typical Valentine’s Day color. I don’t have much red in my closet (can read too warm), so this year I added a couple of pieces in a deep bluish-red called Carmine Red. This is the Merino Faux-Wrap Sweater from Kettlewell Colours. Medium weight and not itchy, this works well in my wardrobe for those colder evenings.
I have paired the sweater with my black Wit and Wisdom Bootcut Jeans from Nordstrom and my black boots. To level it up I have added a bold statement necklace, silver hoop earrings, a layered bracelet, and my watch. The last couple of weeks I have gone back to wearing watches again. Not only does it give me a point in the Rule of Fours, I like being able to tell time without reaching for my phone.
Outfit #4 – Bubblegum Pink And Fuchsia
This is probably my favorite. I like the somewhat tonal look this outfit creates with the Bubblegum Pink Betty Cowl and Fuchsia Shawl Wrap Cardigan. There is a sweetness that reminds me of those little heart candies with sayings on them.
For accessories, I went with 3 simple necklaces layered together, hoop earrings, and my layered beaded bracelet. Colorful, simple, yet interesting. This outfit checks all the boxes for the body type fit, color, Rule of Fours, and personal style.
Outfit #5 – Red And Black
Do you have a problem wearing color because it reminds you of a rival team? Red is one of those colors for me. As an Auburn Fan, red represents both Alabama and Georgia which are both huge rival teams. I can’t wear this outfit on principle but it is a great classic look.
Outfit #6 – Fuchsia And Black
This is probably my default combo. I feel extremely comfortable in the Black and Fuchsia combo. Nothing wrong with it, I might wear this on Sunday for church this weekend. But I think for Valentine’s Day Style I need to add just a little bit more.
Fashion Is Planned!
One huge lesson I have learned is to plan out outfits. Don’t wait for the last minute and “hope” you have something in your closet that will work. Do a test run, put on your makeup and try on different outfit options including shoes and accessories. This will help you see if you need to make some changes, fill in some holes in your wardrobe, or find new pieces to work for the occasion.
Next, TAKE A SELFIE! Mirrors lie, selfie’s don’t. Taking a photo of you in the outfit helps you to realistically analyze the look and make changes accordingly. Add your photo to a folder or create your own stylebook. For me, this has been a huge help in seeing how my wardrobe and style have been evolving.
No Hearts Or Sweaters With LOVE On It For Me
This time of year I see so many options for Valentine’s Day Style. But what I have discovered is that these items are too “cute” for my personal style. I even tried on a scarf with hearts on it during my try-on session, I felt a little silly in it because it just did not match my personal style. I am Soft Classic Style which prioritizes simplicity and comfort.
For many people, these items work great. It just does not work for me. Instead, I SHOP MY CLOSET and found combinations that work for me using color to create Valentine’s Day Styles.