So I know I said I don’t “do” Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t stop me dreaming up fabulous outfits I’d wear if I did, does it…? I’ve taken one red floral dress and styled it three ways to show you what a great investment a cute red dress can be!
I did wonder how many people go out and buy a new swanky dress (or whole new outfit) for Valentine’s Day – I don’t really think there’s a need to be honest. I know that many of us struggle to find the cash to buy outfits for special occasions, like Valentine’s, parties or a wedding (especially considering you’re also splashing out on gifts, travel, accommodation, etc.), so to buy something that’s a total bargain and can be styled many different ways, and for many different events, is actually a really wise investment.
I’ve chosen a red floral dress with a plain neckline and a beautiful pale blue flower print from good old Marks & Spencer. The sleeves are long and the cuffs are fluted so it’s great for all body shapes and sizes. It’s a shorter length but if you’re not into showing off your legs fear not – all three looks I’ve created don’t reveal any leg (or very little, anyway).
Whether you need something for a romantic lunch date, a glamorous evening event or a casual day out with your other half this dress has you covered. It will then see you into spring and beyond, so I reckon this could be your wisest sartorial investment this year – all for just £19.50.
Yes you read that right – JUST £19.50 ($34.00 in the US)! I’m actually taking a bow right now because I’m so pleased with myself for finding something so versatile, stylish AND a total bargain to boot.
However if this IS the dress for you don’t hesitate as Marks & Spencer are notorious for running out of stock very quickly. (If you’re in the US here’s a direct link to the dress on the US site.) Here are a few more dresses as alternatives if red isn’t your colour or if you don’t do pattern (or if you’re not digging this one):
A red floral dress to wear multiple ways
This style of dress could be, I think, one of the most hardworking dresses that you could have in your wardrobe this year that’ll work for all sorts of events both glam and casual (if you’re searching some yourself look for a “skater style” dress). The styling possibilities are endless!
WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR VALENTINE’S DAY, AND WHAT WILL YOU BE WEARING? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!
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1. A casual, comfortable daytime Valentine’s Day look
One of my favourite style tips – especially if you want to wear short dresses but don’t like your legs (like me) – is to layer a shorter dress over trousers or jeans. The best jeans styles are skinnies or cropped flares as these both give a smoother finish under your dress and work with the proportions of the outfit. Here I’ve added bold jewellery and a warm woollen cape as well as red boots and the funkiest bag.
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2. A smart, romantic Valentine’s lunch date look
I love this look – it’s still comfy but it’s polished, tailored and sooo on trend with those OTK boots. If your weather still isn’t warm by February 14th you should still be able to beat the cold if you add warm layers under the dress like tights and a roll neck (or even thermals if necessary). The touches of gold in the jewellery and crossbody bag add a little glam to a really romantic look.
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3. A super glam Valentine’s Day evening look
If you’re lucky enough to be treated to a super glam night out, there’s no need to buy a one-off gown: Layer a long satin skirt over the dress and voilà: one new “top and skirt” combo. By investing in a full black skirt you can pair it with any number of tops or short dresses to create a new look each time. Simply add as much bling as you like, some killer heels and a clutch and you’re done.
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