Valentine’s Dinner Style 2013

valentines day outfits 2013

With January wrapping up and February coming at us in full force later this week {but seriously- when did we get a month into 2013?!}, I have been planning out my next few months. That being said, my February is shaping up to be pretty busy and exciting, with everything from weekend trips to out-of-town guests to baby showers on the calendar. Although coordinating logistics is crucial, I have grabbed February by the sartorial balls {or pom poms, if you will}, to map out the next most important aspect of these plans- what I will be wearing. My strategy: start with the most formal occasions, since they tend to take longer than everyday outfits.  Above I have put together three looks that show some skin, play with prints, and each bring something different to a semi-formal Valentine’s dinner table…

1. The first look I laid out {far left} is for print people. The tree ring print on this Torn by Ronny Kobo Luciana dress initially caught my eye. I love that the print on this dress is loud in contrast, yet neutral in hue, so you can still pair solid colors with it, to take the dress to another level. Hence, Alexander Wang Johanna sandal in vine greenStephan & Co. Statement Necklace {only $20!} = fun pops; and then pair the entire outfit with a neutral, solid bag like the Marie Turnor’s lunch clutch, to anchor the look down.

2. This second look {middle} is more for the design-minded lady. Sophisticated layering and draping offer novelty from this OAK silk crepe de chine dress. Plus, you can go for the steak dinner, and the wrap quality of the dress will keep flattering long after you finish eating. When you wear a dress such as this, it is important to let the asymmetry of the dress do the talking, and not to get distracted with a busy necklace or shoes {which could lead to looking disheveled).  To compliment the dress I stayed within the warm color family, pairing the ox blood silk with  Saint Laurent’s Gold Leather Paris Pumps and C. Wonder’s Textured Links Bracelet. And, since I went ‘neutral’ with the shoes and jewelry, to finish the look off, I added Inge Christopher’s Metallic Wave Box Clutch because I like the way the pattern vibes with the dress, and quite frankly,  why not? As long as all the colors compliment each other, we are in business.

3. Finally, staying on trend with fun cut-outs, I love this third option {far right} because the minimalist front of the dress begs to be paired with a statement necklace like the one above from Kenneth Jay Lane, while the back gives a little peak-a-boo surprise. Since this Vila Boucle Dress has clean lines and is neutral in color, I wanted to add a sassy pop of leopard with these MICHAEL Michael Kors Cynthia calf hair boots.  Keeping with the color tones of Kenneth’s necklace, I chose Proenza Schouler’s PS11 Saddle Clutch because letsbehonest- you can never go wrong with a little Proenza.

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