I love Valentine’s Day mostly because I love the color combination of pink and red, and also…I like chocolate. And candy. And Bobby and I always go to Shake Shack. I put together 5 Valentine’s Day outfit ideas for you to try, but to be honest I would wear these any day of the year. Which one is your favorite?
This dusty rose color is one of my favorites to start an outfit with, because there are so many colors I like to pair with it: red, goldenrod, cream, other shades of pink, and of course green! I recently bought this coat and was a little worried I wouldn’t wear it enough, but I’ve been wearing it nonstop. It’s warm, long without being overwhelming, and since it’s solid, I almost treat it like a neutral. Since I hiked up the dress a little bit, I like that the boots and long coat give it a little more balance.
I know socks and sandals can be seen as a faux pas, but I kind of love it when the socks are pretty. These Lirika Matoshi socks are meant to be seen, and are subtle enough that they almost need a second glance. I also like mixing textures, which is why I chose velvet sandals! The trapeze fit of this dress gives off a sort of 60s vibe, so I paired it with a vintage coat, lucite handle bag, and a beret that I can throw up in the air for a Mary Tyler Moore moment.
Speaking of Lirika Matoshi, here’s a second outfit with one of her pieces. My Lirika Matoshi tulle star skirt has gotten a lot of wear since I bought it, and it can be quite the head turner! I sometimes treat my dresses as blouses, and layer a skirt over them for more versatility. Since the dress is voluminous, it almost acts like a petticoat under the skirt. And to avoid being one giant poof, I added a belt to give some waist definition. A longer, more tailored coat pulls it all together. And of course, my favorite pink Keiko-Chan x Bonlook glasses!
Red and pink isn’t just for Valentine’s Day, in my opinion! I especially love this dusty rose or a light blush with red. In this case, I added a bow belt (so inexpensive and cute!), red tights and shoes, and since I love mixing textures, I layered with a faux fur coat in a strikingly similar color as the dress.
Does anyone remember the Flickr community, Wardrobe Remix? Back in the day, we did this wild thing where we wore the same pieces over and over in new ways — aka remixing. Nowadays, we bloggers are expected (or maybe we expect it of ourselves) to have new outfits, all the time. Wearing something more than once? As if! It’s already been photographed! Of course, we all know that isn’t real life, and most people — yes, even bloggers! — wear their clothing more than their photos may let on.I talk a lot about how I wear many pieces in my closet all the time, because clothing is meant to be worn over and over. If I’m going to make a purchase, I want to know I’ll get my money’s worth! But that doesn’t mean it has to be the same outfit. I’m going to reintroduce a series that was an old favorite and show you how to style one piece of clothing in multiple ways. This week, I’m focusing on ways to style overall dresses, featuring this corduroy one I picked up from Madewell. Let me know your favorite in the comments, and tell me if you have any remix requests!
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I love pattern mixing, and one of the easiest ways to dip your toe in the pattern mixing pond is to stay in the same color and pattern family. Case in point: this red plaid shirt with a larger plaid scarf. Red tights may not be everyone’s style (and that’s okay!), but I love how these colorful tights look with the strappy heels. If you want to tone it down, swap them out for black tights or go bare legged if the temperature allows.
Pink and caramel is one of my favorite, unexpected color combos (same goes for pink and mustard). I found this floral blouse at a thrift store years ago and I still wear it all the time. Style doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Though I love some pricier brands and like to invest in special pieces, I still love thrifting more than anything. It’s the best way to get unique pieces for a bargain! But speaking of special pieces, these Sarah Flint “Rosie” loafers are gorgeous and beautifully made. They come with a hand written card marked with the name of the shoe maker. How special is that?
I was fairly certain I’d end up returning this hat, since it’s a little out of my comfort zone (beret, beanie, large brim hat) — but it has quickly become my favorite! Proof that even when you think you know your style in and out, it’s good to experiment and change it up a bit. Red is definitely my favorite color to wear, and I love the pops of red from this coat and hat. The vintage sweater is another one of my best finds, and has survived years of closet purges. Search for 70s sweaters for some quirky gems.
I obviously wouldn’t wear this with the overall top hanging down (though I would’ve when I was in 4th grade!), but I needed to show you this Jurassic Park t-shirt. My mom got it for Bobby, but it shrank and I got to take it for myself. Hooray! When planning my four ways to style overall dresses, I knew I wanted to put together a super casual look. Though I wish I could’ve gone without the tights, this winter weather wouldn’t allow. I did enjoy getting another chance to wear one of my favorite sweaters, which came from the men’s department in Topshop (several years ago). That’s one of my not-so-secret secrets: I love men’s sweaters! Check the men’s section for oversized, chunky cardigans or go to your local thrift store for an even better bargain.