Westmeath Examiner: Valentine's Fashion

My second fashion feature for the Westmeath Examiner (February, 15, 2014) was based around a Valentine's theme. I styled a few looks that would be appropriate for a Valentine's date.
Dress: Clara Ellen, Mullingar// Shoes: Central Shoe Store, Mullingar
Dress: LBD Boutique// Shoes: Central Shoe Store// Gloves: Jasmine Design
Dress: Clara Ellen, Mullingar//Shoes and Bag: Central Shoe Store
Dress, bag, necklace and bracelet: The Fashion Shop, Mullingar// Shoes: Central Shoe Store
Dress, bag, necklace and bracelet: The Fashion Shop, Mullingar// Shoes: Central Shoe Store
Dress and Jacket: Zaro Clothing, Mullingar// Shoes: Central Shoe Store
Shot on location: The Annebrook House Hotel
Styling: Claire Jameson
Photography: Claire Jameson
Model: Lorna McNally
All you need is love...and a darling dress, with an equally eloquent pair of shoes and of course some arm candy, in the form of a leather tote, not necessarily your other half.
When Valentine’s Day comes around every February, so too does the rapid appearance of red and pink apparel. In Ireland we tend to comply with festivities, getting into the spirit of things and it is no different for February 14th. If nothing else, it is an opportunity to treat ourselves to an occasioned outfit in order to look our best on the one day of the year that looking good is of paramount importance.
There are a few attainable options to choose from when it comes to deciding on what to wear on a Valentine’s date. We typically associate pink with love, so for Valentines give in to your girlie side and explore an array of red, rouge and dusty pink. A simple LRD (Little Red Dress) is the perfect option. It can be styled formal or informal, depending on the type of date. Red is bold and bright, so sometimes it is statement enough without having to add too many accessories.
One tip I would advise when wearing a statement red piece, be it a dress or coat, is to keep shoes and bags minimal and neutral. As is the case when dressing for any Hallmark occasion, it is very easy to cross the line into tacky territory. The best way to avoid such a disaster is to choose one main festive-but-chic piece and refine your outfit with simple shoes and accessories. I styled a plain red dress from Clara Ellen (photo 1) with black shoes, from the Central Shoe Stores, which have a cute red bow on the toe and stripe detailing on the heel.
If you’re style is that bit more quirky, perhaps choose a nice printed dress like this polka dot option from LBD Boutique (photo 2). I teamed this dress with really cool heels to keep a retro vibe to the outfit and finished the look with black leather gloves that have a little red heart on the front, from Jasmine Designs. These gloves would make a great Valentine’s gift!
Lace is always going to be an appropriate Valentines option. This dress from Clara Ellen (photo 3) is more demure than a plain red dress. The lace front camouflages the red underlay so that it just peeps through, adding an air of mystery to it whilst at the same time keeping in tune with the Valentine’s legacy.
If you find red to be intimidating or too bright try a more romantic shade of soft pink, as seen in the lace dress from The Fashion Shop (photo 4). Audrey Hepburn famously said that she believes in pink, which is gospel for fashionistas. If you’re an Audrey stick to pink, if you’re a Marilyn (Monroe) red is your colour.
If, of course, you want to invest in a Valentine’s outfit to really get your money’s worth, you can’t go wrong with monochrome (photo 5). It is a trend that stays relevant all year round so choosing a black dress with some sparkly gold accessories will stand you in good stead.
For a slightly more casual look, I chose to mix monochrome with a splash of red to get the best of both worlds. A lunchtime date doesn’t necessarily merit a glitzy dress and heels, so rest assured that you can still dress to impress this Valentines in a casual daytime dress ensemble (photo 6).

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