February 14th marks the day that we are programmed to celebrate LOVE! But did you ever wonder why?
One legend is that St. Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome. During that time, Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those that were married and outlawed marriage for all young men serving in his army. Supposedly, Valentine, decided this just wasn’t fair and chose to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine’s actions he had him imprisoned, and later put to death. Some say that the young couples, who Valentine had married, gave flowers and letters when they visited him in the prison. A different version of the legend tells of Valentine being an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first ‘valentine’ to his love, and signed it “Your Valentine.” These words are still used on cards today.
We may never know the true identity and story behind the man named St. Valentine, but this much is for sure — February has been the month to celebrate love for a long time, dating way back to the Middle Ages. In fact, Valentine’s Day ranks second only to Christmas in number of greeting cards sent. Ok, so great for the history lesson, right? But even though we may never really know it’s true origin, one thing we can know for sure is WHAT TO WEAR for that special celebration of love!
Whether we are celebrating with our spouse, partner or friends (as I believe LOVE need not be celebrated exclusively for one’s romantic partner) there are many different types of dates that couples or parties can have, and thankfully the wardrobe options are JUST as abundant! Having a casual yet chic get together with that special someone, or the girls, for a “Galentines Day celebration? Consider a daytime ensemble that can easily transition into the night with the switch of a few pieces. Jeans paired with a flirty off-the-shoulder top, suede booties and a bucket bag can take you to brunch and a bit of shopping to spoil and celebrate yourself! Head home for a quick change to some chunky tassel sandals a hi-low tunic, embellished jacket and clutch. Don’t forget the red lipstick and you are ready to go celebrate the evening in relaxed, chic style.
|1) Top: Top Shop
|7) White hi low tunic: BCBG
|2) Choker: BP
|8) Jacket: St. John
|3) Earrings: Frieda Rothman
|9) Clutch: Hobo
|4) Handbag: BurberryBrit
|10) Shoes: Loeffler Randall
|5) Bootie: Dolce Vita
|11) Lipstick: CHANEL
|6) Jeans: GAP
Heading out to a wine bar, concert, or art gallery? Or maybe you are just simply a bit on the edgier side? Opt for an unconventional twist on the Valentine red, by pairing a burgundy velvet boot of the moment “over the knee boots”, with a faux leather ruffle bottom dress and some edge chain and bling jewelry!
|1) Dress: Zara
|4) Clutch: COACH
|2) Boots: Jeffrey Campbell
|5) Nail polish: OPI
|3) Necklace: Bauble Bar
Are you a more traditional lady, and are headed to a romantic dinner with your Valentine?
Almost nothing is sexier than a red dress. But keep it elegant by pairing with neutrals and subtle pops of shimmer and shine. Red paired with beige and just a hit of shimmer in your jewelry and accessories, speak class with a twist of sass. You will surely keep the attention of your date!
|1) Dress: BCBG
|5) Earrings: Betsy Johnson, Dillards
|2) Coat: Banana Republic
|6) Clutch: Kate Landry, Dillards
|3) Shoes: Valentino, Nordstroms
|7) Nail Polish: OPI
|4) Bracelet: Carolee, Dillards
Regardless of where you go, and with whom, there are plenty of options for every possible Valentine date. Even if you were unfortunate enough to end up like St. Valentine, (which would of course NOT be desirable), you could use the line I said many times to my Mom, when she told me my spending habits would land me in the poor house. I’d respond with “Well, at least I’ll be the best dressed one there”!