Valentine’s Day Looks: When Versatility is Key

Valentine's Day Lookbook

Anyone else hate spending money on something you’ll only wear once, or ⁠— at best⁠— a handful of times per year? Who wants clothing that just sits in your closet, waiting for its designated moment in the sun? Holiday attire is often like that. It’s fun at the time, but its themed nature can quickly limit its usefulness. That’s why I pulled together a few versatile Valentine’s Day looks. You can get some real mileage out of these pieces. They will have you feeling the love, but in an but in an “oh-so-subtle” way!

Versatile Valentine’s Day Looks – #1 “Heart on Your Sleeve”

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Red Heart Dress (just $28!) | Pink Bow Pumps ($39.99) | Heart Quilted Crossbody/Clutch | Half Hoops 

First up, one of the most popular outfits I’ve shared on Instagram recently. People really, really love this Valentine’s Day Look.. and I can totally see why! It’s an Amazon Prime find, so you can get it fast; it offers a figure-flattering, feminine fit; and has great movement to it. I call it the twirl factor.

The little dots you see on this dress… They’re actually hearts! To me, that’s the real genius of this piece. It allows you to reference the holiday in a playful, yet subtle way. From a distance, the hearts look more like dots. This allows you additional flexibility if you’d like to bring this into the workplace. I restyled mine for the office adding tights, ankle booties, and a blazer. You could also pair this with a simple cardigan and cute ballet flats. [More info about Amazon dress finds, including why Amazon is a go-to shopping spot for news anchors in this post.]

For sizing reference: I’m just shy of 5′ and wearing the XS. The waist is elastic, so you don’t have to be afraid to size down. I also ordered the pink dotted variation – super cute, but indecently sheer without a slip (I’m returning it). The red has a tiny hint of sheerness, but you’re safe as long as you stick with nude undergarments.

Versatile Valentine’s Look – #2 “Dainty in Front, Party in Back”

Valentine's Day LooksValentine's Day Looks - Bow SweaterColor Block Midi Skirt | Bow Back Sweater | Rhinestone Hoops | Pink Bow Heels 

Demure in the front, party in the back! Who doesn’t love a girly surprise? If you want to step outside predictable dresses for your Valentine’s Day Looks, this sweater/skirt combo is ALL kinds of fun! The fabrics are exquisite given the price point. Both pieces are from Chicwish. The brand has really blown me away recently with its feminine references. So many beautiful and unique finds! I especially love the pleating and shape of this skirt.

The combo is ideal for date night on Valentine’s Day. Then, after the holiday, you can recycle it as a wedding guest outfit (for more casual affairs) or for a wedding rehearsal dinner. You can even take it to the office, by swapping out the sweater for an oxford shirt and rolling up the cuffs for a relaxed vibe. The bow back sweater also gets a ton of wear. I remix it with many of my summer favorites – shorts and skirts, like this navy/white number. Both pieces fit true to Chicwish’s sizing guide.

Versatile Valentine’s Look – #3 “Just a Hint”

Tweed Jacket | Jeans (Great Cut for Muscular Petites – full post) | Pink Bow Heels

No, you don’t have to splash around a lot of red and pink around to exude femininity. The next outfit in our series of Valentine’s Day looks is all about barely-there pink references! Pair the pink undertones of this Chicwish jacket with a matching pink turtleneck, dainty heels, and your favorite jeans to create an instantly classic look.

This jacket transitions seamlessly from the office to after-hours gatherings. While you can get a touch of “cool girl” chic by mixing it with denim, it is also lovely with slim cut dress pants or a pencil skirt. The jacket is designed to have an oversize, relaxed fit. However, in my opinion it runs larger than most Chicwish pieces. Size down to avoid a boxy fit.

Valentine’s Day Look – #4 “All About Accessories”

Valentine's Day Looks Ruffled Sleeve Dress | Red Block Heels | Red Earrings 

Finally, here’s proof you can be holiday-ready with accessories alone! One of my favorite ways to change up a look⁠—without spending much⁠—is through shoes, bags, or earrings. This ruffled-sleeve sweater dress starts the romance, while the insanely cute red shoes and earrings finish it. I was leery of buying shoes online (these are another Amazon bargain – just $32), but I’m so glad I did! These make such a statement. The block heel is quite comfortable and I’ve gotten a TON of wear out of them already.

If you want to give a Valentine’s Day Look a try, but feel on the fence about committing to full-on red/pink… I highly recommend adding this type of flair via your accessories. A little pop of either color is just what the doctor ordered! Bonus: Red accents are always useful to add interest to other outfits.

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