Valentine’s Day LookBook: Non-Red Options

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you’re single and ready to mingle, married for 20 years, or something else, I have four non-red options to inspire your style for the holiday of love!

Red is traditionally associated with Valentine’s Day, but it’s generally not the first color I would pick to wear, and in the winter, I feel like a lot of reds wash me out.  I started thinking about how silly it was for red to always be the go-to for Valentine’s Day, and the idea to create a look book of non-red outfits was born!  I hope you’re inspired to break the rules with me!  🙂
Rock Your Favorite Color
Rather than wearing the expected red, why not just wear your own favorite color?  What spells love more than wearing a color that makes you feel great and gives you good vibes?  I have a few favorite colors, but green is probably at the top, and I love this deep shade.  The cold shoulder detail and bell sleeves are very on-trend, while the fitted shape and plunging neckline give this dress a sexy feel.
Every great dress needs an even better pair of shoes, and this floral lace-up pair had me at first sight.  It was total heart emojis over here!  LOL  I love lace-up Ghillie-style heels.  Since I have wide, thick feet, the lace-up detail is very practical as it allows me to loosen the shoes up to get a secure, not-too-tight fit.
The short sleeves and floral shoes give a little bit of an ode to spring, while the deeper shades of this look feel perfect for winter.Dress:  ASOS (Available here); Shoes ASOS (Available here); Earrings:  ELOQUII; Bangle and Clutch:  Target

Nude-to-You
This dress is everrrrything!  It’s one of my very favorite dresses.  I don’t always worry about what’s flattering, but sometimes you put on a dress that makes your body look so bangin’!  The nude-to-me peachy color creates a naked dress effect, albeit more conservative.  The pleating on the dress and the peplum of the jacket play with shape by creating an exaggerated hip.    Since I tend to be a little more top-heavy, I feel the peplum creates more of an hourglass shape.  Also, I love the idea of creating a Valentine’s Day look that creates a fuller hip, given the traditional association of large hips and curves with femininity and fertility.A red lip adds a pop of color, while the black jacket and shoes create a nice contrast to the nude shade.  You could always lose the jacket while indoors.
The trick for making this look work is to find a shade of peach, beige, or brown that is just a shade or two darker than your own skintone.
Dress:  ASOS; Blazer:  ELOQUII Petites (Available here); Heels:  New Look Wide Fit; Clutch:  The Limited; Earrings:  Target

Cozy & Sensual
I’m a very tactile person, so I’m always looking for fabrics that feel good to me.  This faux fur clutch and the super soft wool-like jacket create a textured, cozy look that has a very sensual feel.
I love the mix of soft neutrals with the pops of peachy blush pink.  This outfit is probably my favorite look of today.  It’s super comfortable, feels warm enough for the unpredictable winter weather in St. Louis, and still has a romantic and sexy feel.Dress:  ASOS Curve; Coat:  Boohoo Plus (Available here);  ASOS (Available here); Clutch:  ASOS; Earrings:  Express

Fringe & Friends
Whether you’re single or just want to celebrate the love of good friends, I also created a look that could work for going out with friends for dinner or drinks.
In my opinion, you can never go wrong with an all-black look, especially when it includes a great LBD.  The tuxedo blazer gives this look a more serious feel, but the fringe dress keeps things fun.  You could swap the blazer out with a soft cardigan or large scarf if you wanted a softer, less structured look.  The “Little Black Book” purse adds a cheeky touch.

Dress:  Ann Taylor; Blazer:  ELOQUII; Purse:  Betsey Johnson (Available here); Earrings:  Torrid

Hope you enjoyed my Valentine’s Day looks…how do you plan to celebrate?

Author: Cassie

I'm the owner/publisher of Style Cassentials, a curvy and petite gal OBSESSED with fashion and strong believer in making clothes work for YOU! I love sharing advice on all things fashion, especially shopping and fit tips!

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