Flashback Friday: 15 Valentine-Inspired Outfits from the Past.
When I think of Valentine's Day, the three main colors that come to mind (to wear) are Red, Pink and White. But I think Purple, Blush or Rose Quartz, Ivory, Lavender and of course Black which is always sexy especially in the form of a LBD, make for some great colors to wear for the Day of Love or around it. As far as patterns, I think the main two to wear for Valentine's would be Flirty Florals or Sexy Leopard. A third great pattern choice would be Polka Dots since they are girly, romantic and whimsical. What do you think?! Today I am looking back at some Valentine-inspired Looks I have previously worn and shared on the blog, as well. Enjoy them!
I have previously worn this outfit in May. I still own this dress. It is White with Purple+Lavender Flowers. It is a great dress to wear for Valentine's. I think for V Day I would add a Long Hot Pink Cardigan over it , Nude Tights and either Burgundy Suede Booties, Black Suede Booties or Black Pumps.
Ahhh living in such a small apartment in a large European city back then, I cringe now at all the clutter in these photos, but no one is perfect! Moving on to the outfit, I did wear this to a pre-Valentine Day dinner date I had with my husband where I am styling one of his Plaid Shirts. I did add some more red by carrying a Satin Little Red Clutch and I pattern-mixed with Leopard Pumps. I would 100% take off and never wear again that large Turquoise Lucite Flower Necklace. I thought at the time looked cute, but I totally disagree now. Having had a blog for about 5 years now, makes me look back at it with very critical expert eyes and learning from past mistakes. I will re-wear a version of this outfit soon, minus any gaudy necklace lol.
Here I am wearing a Wine, Off-Shoulder Sweater Dress with my Faux Shearling Nude Vest, Patterned Black Tights and some Nude Ghilly Ballet Flats. This was worn to work. I want to re-wear this Sweater Dress again this February.
You will see a 'theme' emerging with some of these outfits today: Hot Pink Tights. While I do love this Animal-Print, Bell-Sleeve Pink+Cream Wrap Dress, if I wear to re-wear it again this season, I wouldn't choose tights in the same color for it. I would opt for gray, navy, black or nude tights - so the main neutrals. I must say though the Cream Clutch was the right one to carry here. Creams and Pinks are two of the main colors to wear for Valentine's Day.
Here I mixed a Deep Red Corduroy Blazer with Skinny Olive Pants, a Turquoise Blouse and Nude Cork Pumps. The Statement Necklace has several beautiful jewel tones in it and picks up all the other colors of this outfit. I also added some Lavender Square Studs. This kind of outfit would be perfect for a date night, even on Valentine's night. It is not typical for Valentine's but it is also still perfect for the occasion.
I wore this outfit exactly two days before Vivian was born. I had Valentine's Day in mind. A mostly Black+Cream Outfit got a little romantic by adding a Coral Flower Pin to the belt I put over my tunic. Looking at this outfit, I am reminded to wear Knee-Socks with my Knee-High Boots again. I liked how this turned out, it is a casual outfit yet still dressy enough.
Again, not a typical outfit for a Valentine's evening, but with the white, red and pink in this outfit, I am covering/wearing the three main colors of Valentine's. I love how this looks frothy, bright and crisp with all the white monochrome that it has going on. That Statement Necklace too is the same jewel-toned one from two photos above this one. This would be good for a dinner with girlfriends or your significant other.
The original post here featured two Valentine's Day Weekend Casual Outfits. I think this is my favorite of the two. I wish these Bad-ass Brown Booties were not packed away in Albania. Here I mixed them with Black Velvet Leggings and layered my "Heart 4 Ever" Sweatshirt over a Perfectly-Red Button-Down Shirt. I added a little glam with some Metallic Gray Pearls. And that flower bouquet was one of the two my husband gave me for Valentine's, two years ago.
I have worn this outfit to a club with friends but it is also one you can wear to work because I am wearing Wide Dressy Pants in a Blush Color with a White Polka Dot, Bow-Tie Blouse and I do think Bow-Tie Tops and Bow-Tie Dresses are quite romantic, girly and feminine and would be perfect to wear for early to mid February.
This was an actual Valentine's Day Outfit for half a decade ago, exactly (pre Vivian). I wore this for a dinner with my husband and a couple of married friends of ours at a Fancy Steakhouse Restaurant. The Baby Pink Mini Dress is a Silk Satin Dress with layers of Lace strips. I paired it with Purple Mary Jane Shoes, a Gray Coat with a warm Wool-Knitted Pink Scarf and a Pink+Orange Python Clutch. I curled my long hair and pinned a Pink Flower to it. Also, my key to keeping warm for Winter with short dresses/skirts when it looks like I am not wearing any tights, in order to keep my legs warm, is thin Nude Tights, which I am wearing in the above look, too.
A Casual Movie Night Outfit, which with all the touches of Hot Pink (and some white) would still today be nice to put together for a casual movie night + dinner with friends. I wish I had these Pink Patent Leather Booties still. The Long Cardigan worked well over Black Leggings and I added a Pink Pashmina Scarf to my neck because as you know movie theaters can be quite cold.
Plaids, Camel, Navy, Coats, Layers and Felt Hats say cold Winter more than they say Valentine's Day, but with the different shades of red and burgundy in this outfit, it is nice to wear on a day off, running errands and dragging a little toddler with you too, which is exactly what I did. My Red Plaid Chiffon Blouse would look nice with a Pink or Red Cardigan over it, either with Dark Skinny Jeans, Dressy Slacks or Black Pants to style for Valentine's.
Now this is one Bold Look (from last year). My Navy+Gray Striped Knit Dress got punched with a lot of Hot Pink, Purple and Orange in this outfit. In the original post I showed you two options of purses for this look, the Purple Quilted one from the photo and another Orange Bag. I actually like either with the outfit because the blanket scarf/wrap has both purple and orange in it. I just recently styled these bright pink tights with a dress, for another Valentine-inspired outfit.
I wore this for a Girls' Night Out to a live music restaurant, to celebrate one of my friend's birthdays and the Flower Arrangement I am carrying is what I brought her. This is quite the Bold Outfit mixing Patterns, Textures and a Bright Neon Pink with some Cranberry Red Booties (wish these weren't packed away in Albania, either - I love them). I have had this Houndstooth Ponte Sheath in my closet for a few years and it is one of those pieces that will always be timeless. A Velvet Jacket brings elements of the season which is still Winter but the Bright Pink especially matched by the tights, make it right for Valentine's Day and it is an outfit that would be perfect for the office, that day.
You can never go wrong with a Little Black Sheath Dress paired with some Leopard Accessories. Same thing for Valentine's Dress. This Sheath is Chic, Classic and Timeless. The Leopard Cardigan is classy, yet a little trendy too. I paired them both with my Retro-Looking Round-Toe Leopard Pumps which feature a Big Bow off the sides and wore this to work. I would wear and re-wear a version of this outfit time and again. It will never go out of style.
I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane, today. You will see several Valentine-inspired Outfits here in the next 2 to 3 weeks. Most of the ones I have shot so far look quite different than what you see today. Hope you will like them. =)