When considering what to wear this Valentine’s Day, it can be difficult to assess your options. Whether you have a significant other to spend it with or not, the holiday just so happens to fall on a Friday; potentially giving you more than one excuse to dress up and go out. If you’re attempting to be festive, it can prove problematic to stray way from the cliché red and pink ensemble. To avoid tackiness, work the colors of love in subtly by experimenting with different shades, hues and textures with a few classic wardrobe pieces that you most likely already have in your closet. To help you visualize your Valentine’s Day look, Becca Bahrke, Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus U-Wisconsin, has pulled items from her wardrobe to assemble both a casual and formal outfit.
For a casual date night or drinks with the girls, this first look is your go-to option for inspiration. To recreate it, opt for a patterned shirt that includes colors in the red-pink spectrum and pull this color out with your accessories. Also, don’t be afraid to mix unlikely combos, like incorporating a structured blazer with a loose-fitting flannel.
Going out solo this Valentine’s Day? A flirty outfit like this could catch the eye of a possible prospect. Juxtaposing hints of leather with a simple white tee creates an ensemble that emulates effortless confidence. To give the look an extra appeal, try a daring dark-red lip shade.
If your plans include a dinner date or call for a more formal look, you can still have fun with your outfit by incorporating unlikely patterns and combos. Though unpractical given the weather, re-invent the classic Valentine’s Day red dress by throwing on a warm knit. Not only will it keep you feeling comfortable, but it will give this age-old look an entirely different feel.