3 Valentine’s Day Outfits That Aren’t a Red Dress

Hello Lovely,

February is upon us and apart from my birthday, there’s one big thing a lot of people look forward to. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to get out for an extra special night with your SO or a few of your besties. But if you’re like me, you don’t necessarily need your V-Day outfit to scream V-Day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good red dress, but that doesn’t mean I only wear it come February 14th. So if you’re like me and want to look stylish, but will pass on the obvious choice, check out these alternate Valentine’s Day outfit options to celebrate in style.

Whether you’re headed out for a girls’ night, doing a super chill date night, or going big with a fancy dinner and a show, we’re sharing a few fun outfit options that work for Valentine’s Day that AREN’T a red dress.

This look is the perfect Valentine's Day outfit when it's cold outside but you still want to look your best. Cute and practical: Best of both worlds!

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No matter the ocassion, nothing says ready like a little black dress.

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In the third installment of outfits for Valentines Day that aren't red dresses, we have my favourite colour coral, paired with a black leather mini skirt for a flirty evening on the town.

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Three Classic Wardrobe Combinations That Always Work

Hello Lovely,

My style is constantly evolving. When I was in high school, I rocked the emo look. When I transferred to college in Miami, I started wearing bright colours and made drastic changes. Because I was still trying to find what worked for me, getting dressed often became a chore. No matter how hard I tried to set clothes out from the night before, I often ended up changing my mind in the morning and doubting myself. I even documented this evolution in a Facebook album. Looking back on some of those outfits often makes me cringe, but I learned a lot from it, which really sped up my getting ready process. Getting dressed is so much easier for me now. I’m far more confident because I know what works for me. So I’m sharing three classic wardrobe combinations that always work.

Short Dress, Long Coat

I don’t get to wear long coats very often, but this past weekend, I wore it when I went out with some friends. While a short dress or skirt, especially one that's form-fitting, can feel too revealing, throwing a knee-length coat, trench, or sweater over it instantly elevates it to something that feels elegant and rich. I’ve even worn it with long skirts and it still had the same effect. I’m partial to a neutral dress with my floral duster but I’ve even done it will all neutrals.

Monochrome

You can’t go wrong by wearing the same colour in various pieces. Although I don’t wear this combination as much, it’s definitely a safe bet! Whether you choose all black, all grey, pink, white, or blue, monochrome always looks good!

Basic Blouse, Statement Skirt

I do this all the time at work! It’s easier and often looks cooler, which is why so many of my outfits use this formula. After selecting a knock-out skirt, I reach for almost any neutral top to go with it, that would have looked far less memorable had I paired it with a simple pair of trousers.

How to Wear a Sleeveless Duster

Hello Lovely,

I love the duster trend! I love it so much I could help but continue it into the Spring! It's really hot now so it's not practically to wear the long flowy dusters. I need to be cool and comfortable. Introducing: The Sleeveless Duster! Today I'm sharing how I paired a sleeveless duster with jeans and a t-shirt for a casual, yet chic outfit perfect for running errands or catching up with friends.

  • Duster: Primark £12
  • Blouse: Wal-Mart $1
  • Jeans: Body Beautiful (Under $20)
  • Shoes: Random shoe store in London £10

5 Proportion Tricks I Swear By & You Should Too

 

 

When I get ready in the morning, I try to gravitate toward those outfits that flatter our specific silhouettes best. And let's be real, some days are better than others. You too? Thought so. So over time, I've learned a few tricks to turn even my worst days into good days, if not some of my best dressed days! And the best part is these tricks essentially work for a range of different body types and styles. Here are 5 proportion tricks I swear by that you should too!

 

 

PAIR A CROP TOP WITH A MAXI

The simplest way to make your legs look instantly longer is to wear a long maxi skirt. The key is pairing a shorter, cropped shirt up top. Something longer that extends below the top of the skirt will only cut off the part of your legs you're trying to elongate.

A-LINE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

Toss on an A-line dress to emphasize the smallest portion of your body: your waist. It's literally the easiest way to look your absolute best—and takes little to no effort.

A HIGH BELT GOES A LONG WAY

Lengthen your frame by cinching in your waist up top with a belt. If you add a belt higher up, you'll look slimmer than if you wear it a bit lower. Above I'm wearing a custom belt with a custom dress, that I also added a criss-cross feature in the front for an added slimming effect.

OPEN UP THE TOP HALF OF YOUR BODY

If you want to draw attention away from any of your problem areas, the simplest thing to do is opt for a deep-V shirt that will open up your face and bring attention upward. Above, I made this dress with a deep opening in the front for an All White Party.

WRAP UP YOUR WAIST

If you're not feeling an A-line dress but still want to cinch in your waist, tie something around it. But that doesn't just mean a classic belt; a cool shirt tied around your waist works great, or a piece that features a built-in tie. Above, I have a custom peplum belt that works great to hide any problem areas and reduce the appearance of inches on my waist!

 


How do you dress to display your best assets? Share your favourite style tips in the comments below!

XoX,

Olivia

DIY Black Crop Top Without a Pattern

Woohoo! This is my first sewing project of the year! Actually, it's my first sewing project in months. I'd count the stockings I did for our Christmas place settings but you guys never got the tutorial for that. (I'll share it next Christmas. Only 348 days to go!)

Last week, I was feeling a little down, so I did a little binge shopping. And that binge shopping reminded me that I don't have a decent black crop top. The one that I do have is spaghetti strap and fits more like a bra than a blouse. So last week Friday when I got home, I got out some leftover linen-like black fabric that I had in storage and my favourite crop top.

I can't stress out easy this tutorial is. This is roughly a 30 minute project. So turn off your phones and TV and buckle down with this quick and easy project to create your own trendy piece of fashion!

Notes:

Choose a shirt that is loose fitting. If not, remember to add a few extra inches when cutting so you won't need to add a zipper or buttons. Once you lay your shirt over the fabric, all you have to do is cut around it. Place the fold of the blouse on the fold of the fabric. Remember to cut the front (the two folds together will be the front of the blouse) lower the back)

Cut on the dotted line. When you're done, literally flip the blouse horizontally to the other side of fabric (with the fold of the blouse facing the open edges of the fabric). You'll end up with this:


This time sew on the dotted lines. Make sure the right sides are facing each other. When it comes to sewing the back, pinch the seams together and sew that.

Hem the bottom and the neckline and armholes and you're done! I wore it last night when I went for sushi with my best friend! 

Can you believe we've best friends for the past 12 years?


Hopefully this is the start of more sewing projects. I'll keep you guys updated.


XoX,

Olivia