It’s coming around to that time of year that gives us an excuse to doll up and spend time with loved ones. Whether you’re going to dinner with a significant other or spending the night out with friends, Valentines day is an opportunity to spend the day roaming the streets and feeling your best.
For the bolder and more experimental fashion connoisseurs, this outfit takes a loud and busy print, then tones it down to create casual yet sophisticated ensemble. The rambunctious vintage print is accentuated with ruffles and Victorian-inspired sleeves to create a statement item that can be styled to suit a variety of looks! I cinched the waist with a little grey asymmetric pencil skirt to add definition.
For those who shy from the traditional ideas of wearing a dress on Valentines day, or simply want to add a little warmth during the mid-winter, you can still look romantic and Valentines day-appropriate by playing with flirtatious colours, like red and pink. I styled this outfit around my absolute favourite light pink blazer coat whose long and structured shape creates movement in the overall basic outfit. Since I don’t want to draw attention away from the coat, I kept the rest of the outfit clean and neutral to compliment the pink, rather than distract from it. This button up respects the structure of the jacket while it’s shades of pink draw attention to the colour palette.
The gingham print has left it’s mark the last few years as a staple spring/summer trend, however, that doesn’t mean we can’t break it out a few months in advance. The classic black and white check pattern connotes romanticism with it’s nostalgic summer vibe. The ruffles and baby-doll fit emphasizes femininity without seeming overly youthful. This can be worn as a top for taller wearers, or you can size up to style it as a dress!
Pro tip: A baby-doll dress is ideal for concealing the pound of pasta you’ll be ordering later.
As someone who just barely surpasses the five-foot mark, any opportunity to add height is beneficial. Vertical stripes are not only slimming but create length by concealing the beginning and end of the torso. This pink striped off-the-should dress is flirtatious with its open shoulder, but conservative with its sophisticated stripe pattern and long sleeves. I thought I’d accentuate the class of the dress by throwing a classic white duster to shield against the chill of winter!
Happy Valentines Day!
Gabby, Sales Associate, Hunnis Coquitlam
Images by Miranda Anderson