Valentine’s Day gets a lot of attention. However, when it comes to the fashion… Galentine’s Day > February 14! Why? Women tend to dress for other women, especially when those women are our nearest and dearest! Galentine’s Day is a time for fun, friendship, and an opportunity to don fashion that feels just right! So, pull up a chair and let’s explore some Galentine’s Day outfits your besties will swoon for.
Here’s the scoop: Galentine’s Day is a relatively new tradition. In fact, it only dates back to 2010 and got its start on the popular TV show “Parks & Recreation.” The show’s lead, Leslie Knope, decided to celebrate the holiday with a group of her gal pals at a local diner. “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year,” she said.
Since then, it has since emerged as a day to treat your best friends, friends, sisters, moms, or grandmas, showering them with the same love an affection you’d share with a significant other. Technically, it is Feb. 13 – but many ladies celebrate it anytime from Feb. 1 until Feb. 15. How should you celebrate this tribute to women’s friendships?
Leave your boyfriends and husbands at home
Kick it breakfast style (Galentine’s Day brunch is such a fun way to celebrate)
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Now, let’s talk about how to dress for the holiday. Wondering what to wear to a Galentine’s Day party? Looking for cute Galentine’s Day outfits? Here’s the fun thing: You don’t need to be dressed up, but you can be. Depending on the occasion and direction of your celebration, you have free rein to spin your look any way you like.
Many women use Galentine’s Day as a reason to break out their most fun, fanciful attire. For instance, you can channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and rock a pink tulle skirt or flirty floral dress. After all, the women in your life probably appreciate the effort behind your look way more than your significant other!
While Valentine’s Day can leave singles feeling like outsiders looking in, Galentine’s Day is inclusive of everyone. Whether your status is “single”, “taken”, or “complicated,” you can take part. The greatest fake holiday ever? I think so!!
As I’m gazing at the snow outside my window, staying in looks really appealing. And yes, gathering your gal pals for a movie night sleepover can be way more fun than venturing out. The key to hitting the right note on Galentine’s Day is adding a few touches that make your loved ones feel special. Choose a theme. Encourage everyone to wear pink & red, then make sure your space feels cozy!
Toss a few soft throws on your sofa, pour some delicious red wine, and don’t forget the chocolate. In addition to a movie, you might want to try at-home manicures to help set the “treat yourself” tone. Think about an affordable gift, such as these under $20 slippers, you might like to offer your friends as a surprise. With a chill, relaxed vibe, it is easy to make everyone feel loved!
Since this was where the holiday began, it’s only fitting that we include a few ideas for those looking for Galentine’s Day outfits for brunch. This one runs the gamut. Some brunches require an elevated, feminine look, while others are super casual. If you’re not the party-planner, ask a few questions to get a sense of the formality of the event. That said, you can’t go wrong with a festive sweater/skirt or flirty dress.
For more casual events, I love pairing a themed sweater with denim (these wide leg jeans are perfect for petites) or casual red trousers (this pair has sweet bow details at the ankle). Whether your Galentine’s Day brunch is laid back or fancy, accessories are key. If there EVER was a day to play up the whimsy, Galentine’s Day is it!
Finally, on our list of Galentine’s Day outfit inspo? Options for celebrating with your workplace galentines! It’s quite a gift when you can nurture close relationships with colleagues and coworkers. A post-work Galentine’s Day gathering can be a great way to shower those ladies with affection too.
If your event requires you moving right from work to your party, you might want to try a look similar to the monochrome red and pink styles I put together above. Both looks feature pieces from Chicwish (one of my go-to brands for uniquely feminine, vintage-inspired finds). Monochrome styling is a really smart way to visually elongate your frame. You’ll feel tall and sleek, even if you’re under 5′ like me.
The exact red pants I’m wearing sold out in a hot second (here they are in black). Since then, the brand has come out with a nearly identical pair. I finished the look with a ribbed knit top with lace accents. The pale pink look features the most beautiful faux suede skirt. Such great quality! I can’t believe its under $50.
It has an elastic waistband with a concealed side zip closure. I’m wearing size S/M. This is the type of piece you can restyle many ways. It’s also beautiful with black or white tops.
To conclude, remember Galentine’s Day is all about fun! You can be a jazzy as you want, but you a pared down look works too. Sometimes a great accessory is all you need to make a solid color holiday-ready. Additionally, you don’t need to rock pink or red. Neutrals with romantic touches work too. Here are a few festive “building block” pieces you can easily create your Galentine’s Day outfit from.