While I love dressing up for Valentine's Day as much as the next girl (ok let's be real - MORE than the next girl), sometimes there's simply no need to go all out. Most recently I shared a fancier V-Day look with you all, but THIS ensemble is perfect for a laid-back holiday spent at the movies or you & your valentine's favorite pizza joint. Because there's no reason jeans and a sweatshirt can't be just as sexy and festive as heels and a skirt. #amirite?
When it comes to Valentine's Day, red is queen. So if you're opting for a super casual or relaxed vibe, it's best to get festive with color. Otherwise, it could be just any normal day! This top goes the extra mile with its glitter fabric, which I'm unapologetically a huge fan of. Even better, the cropped fit takes this sweater from typical-sweatshirt status to stylish statement-making streetwear.
This is one of my favorite pairs of jeans. They're distressed in all the right places, the wash is not too light and not too dark, and they're beyond flattering. Pick YOUR most-loved denim to wear on date night, and you'll feel confident and comfortable - which is always the sexiest thing you can wear anyways! It's not necessarily about WHAT you wear, but HOW you wear it.
Sticking with my beloved Adidas sneaks, I knew I couldn't go wrong. Yes, heels would have taken this outfit to new heights (no pun intended) and given it some polished flair. And booties would've turned it into a fierce look fit for a club, but sometimes you just have to do your poor feet a solid. It also doesn't hurt that these shoes have just as much street cred as they do cushion.
This sassy leopard belt really pulls my outfit together. Without it, I would look and feel incomplete. It's that tiny detail that can easily be overlooked, but once it's added, it completely changes everything. I was also in desperate need of some print, so this fun accessory satisfied that need perfectly.
I got my red, and with this simple little crossbody, I got my pink too! Blush looks fabulous with everything, and for Valentine's Day especially, there's no equivalent alternative.
Mirrored sunnies are a chic addition to a chill outfit. They'll give you effortless polish and can be worn to edge up a girly frock or add major polish to jeans and a tee. Any way you slice it, they're super fun!
Trying to incorporate even more V-Day inspo into my look, I couldn't resist throwing on my precious "Love" necklace. This is a very special piece to me and has been since I got it back in eighth grade. It's delicate, beautiful, and ideal for this love-filled holiday.
When dressed down, makeup becomes even more essential than usual. A neutral look, while chic, would be a little too muted for date night when I'm already in such casual attire. So I painted my pout with a deep red matte gloss to make a statement.
This isn't your everyday loungewear, which is why this look works for an informal date night. While it IS comfy and casual, it's also stylish and well thought out.
Photos by Antonio Owens
[sweater: & Other Stories // jeans: Gap // sneakers: Adidas // purse: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // belt: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // sunglasses: Anthropologie (I also like this style) // necklace: Tiffany & Co. (less expensive version here) // earrings: & Other Stories // lipstick: Kylie Cosmetics' KoKo Collection in "Gorg" (similar product here)]
Dressing up for Valentine's Day is a ton of fun, and it's something I do every year. But in all honesty, this year -- especially since Feb. 14 falls on a Tuesday -- I think I'm going to wear this exact outfit. While my boyfriend and I have romantic plans the weekend AFTER V-Day, on the actual day we're keeping things low-key with a simple dinner-and-a-movie combo.
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