Understated Red and Pink Valentine’s Day Looks (Not a Heart Print in Sight!) #iwillwearwhatilike

Understated Red and Pink Valentine's Day Looks (Not a Heart Print in Sight!) | Not Dressed As Lamb

A little earlier than planned, here’s some red and pink Valentine’s Day inspiration for you.

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Due to another overly wet weekend, outfit photos unfortunately did not happen… enter my go-to back up plan: Trawl the Archives! And what’s coming up soon? Valentine’s Day, of course (already, I hear you cry?? That’s what I always think at this time of year too).

Although we don’t really “do” Valentine’s Day (well, we don’t do it at all to be fair), I am very fond of red and pink. Sometimes together, sometimes on their own, sometimes with other colours. But none of these outfits are over love-sy or heart-sy, just good old fashioned pink and/or red.

And yes, I’ve found some fabulous red and pink items to shop if you fancy getting something V-Day trad for the 14th February. And I know I said no heart prints, but I may just have sneakily slipped in a couple of heart-shaped items for you ♡

Because it wouldn’t be Valentine’s without something heart-shaped, would it?!


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I’ve grouped the outfits into red dresses, pink/red suits and jumpsuits and pink and/or red separates. But pleeeeeeease don’t come knocking on my door when your wallet starts moaning and groaning at you… I want nearly everything I’ve featured too! Must. Resist. At. Least. Some. Of. It.


Tell me in the comments what you’ll be wearing on Valentine’s Day – or tell me if you don’t celebrate it all like Keith and I…!


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The classic red dress (or not so classic)…

Christmas party or New Year's Eve party outfit - red lace midi dress with red pea coat and red heels | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Orange fit and flare dress with pleated skirt \ fishnets tights \ birthday party outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 styleThe Perfect Bold, Smart Summer Dress: A Red Ombré Shirt Dress | Not Dressed As Lamb, fashion for women over 40


Red and blue dress

You just can’t have a Valentine’s day spesh without featuring red dresses (I was surprised I have this many). Go for something patterned if you don’t want to do the head-to-toe red thing.

Fabulous red dresses for you to shop…


A pink or red trouser suit or jumpsuit

Bright spring/summer outfit: Blush pink trouser (pants) suit \ matching sneakers \ tomato orange red sweater \ yellow ochre suede hobo bag \ tortoiseshell sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

A Pink Corduroy Jumpsuit Styled With White \ 70s style \ white boots \ Prince of Wales check blazer \ gold layered necklaces | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion and style bloggerHow to Style a Patterned Pyjama Suit: Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion and style

Candy pink blazer, yellow stripe top, pink trousers, floral clutch

A red or pink suit is the BEST. Pair a red suit with pink, and vice versa. Or just throw in some yellow, orange or contrast with bright white.

Pink and red trouser suits (or jumpsuits) for you to shop…


Pink and/or red separates

Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb

Pink sweater & Radiant Orchid-inspired statement necklace, lilac skirtSimple summer weekend outfit: a t-shirt and flared midi skirt with espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Not Dressed As Lamb | Pink and yellow lace French Connection dress layered over black cropped trousers

I just adore all the warm colours, and pink and red look SO good together. Mix and match your pink and red separates, layer dresses over trousers, wear just one item from your pink and red arsenal. It’s all good.

Pink and red separates for you to shop…


Red accessories (bonus round!)

Kenmark eyewear: Spring /summer outfit with on-trend readers \ reading glasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 styleFashion Over 40: Pink Animal Print With Peach and a Circle Maxi Skirt | Not Dressed As Lamb, 40 plus style blog















Even if you don’t go all-out with the red for your outfit, a touch of red and/or pink with accessories is always fun.

Pink and red accessories for you to shop…


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Understated Red and Pink Valentine's Day Looks (Not a Heart Print in Sight!) | Not Dressed As Lamb


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  1. Sheraz Khan
    20 February 2020 / 3:22 pm

    Wow, these outfits all look good. I love the way you show outstanding color combinations.

    5 February 2020 / 11:09 am

    hey Catherine…you look stunning in every picture ..but the one wearing white coat is awesome…❤️

    • Catherine
      8 February 2020 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you so much Soma! ❤️

  3. 1 February 2020 / 7:07 pm

    Catherine you have such a good eye for bold color combinations. All of these outfits are lovely!

    My husband and I don’t really celebrate any holidays, because we do what we want when we want. And certainly don’t need a special day for declaring our love. It’s something we show each other everyday.

    Wonderful post!


    • Catherine
      2 February 2020 / 5:22 pm

      Thanks Michelle my lovely! And I love that you and hubby show each other love every day, that’s so nice to hear ♡

  4. 30 January 2020 / 2:33 pm

    That pink dress: wow! that is my favorite! But you have so many different styles and ideas here that are beautiful! It’s nice to see different interpretations of red and pink.

    • Catherine
      31 January 2020 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks Mireille – it’s still a favourite! Hopefully I’ll be able to fit into it again soon 😉

  5. 30 January 2020 / 4:49 am

    I love all the throwbacks in this post—it’s so much fun to see how your style has evolved over time!
    Cheryl Shops

    • Catherine
      31 January 2020 / 3:15 pm

      Thanks Cheryl – it’s changed a fair bit, hasn’t it 😀

  6. Jac
    30 January 2020 / 12:20 am

    Lovely outfits as per usual. I am eagerly awaiting your promised diet/fitness plan. You know the whole water, walk weight thing.

    • Catherine
      31 January 2020 / 3:17 pm

      Thanks Jac! The WWW post is already done (that was a quick “What you can do now to get yourself started” post), the main post is in production. I’m covering everything I did to lose the weight so it’s taking me a lonnnnnnng time to write… it’ll be up soon, I promise! x

  7. 29 January 2020 / 6:36 pm

    You really do have a lot of red in your wardrobe, Catherine. I think I need to add some more to mine! That dress and jacket outfit is beautiful. I love seeing your hairstyles, too! Great ideas for Valentine’s Day.

    xx Darlene

    • Catherine
      31 January 2020 / 3:24 pm

      I’m surprised how much red I do have, Darlene! Mostly tomato/orangey-red, admittedly 😉
      And thank you hon x

  8. 29 January 2020 / 2:07 pm

    I love Valentines Day! It’s one of my favorite holidays because I think it’s awesome to have a special day of the year so your loved ones some extra love. Gorgeous, gorgeous outfits. Love them all.

    • Catherine
      31 January 2020 / 3:24 pm

      Aww that’s lovely, Amy! You sound like you’re a true romantic… xx

  9. 29 January 2020 / 10:54 am

    We don’t really do Valentine’s Day either. I do however love red and pink, together or separately. So many gorgeous looks Catherine!

    • Catherine
      31 January 2020 / 3:25 pm

      I bet red and pink together look amazing on you with your hair, Debbie! Thank you xx

  10. 29 January 2020 / 10:50 am

    There are loads of fabulous ideas in your post, Catherine! Great inspiration!
    Hubby and I sometimes celebrate – we might just go to our local restaurant for a bite to eat. If we do, I will try and make an effort lol. I doubt I’ll be wearing red though!!
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      31 January 2020 / 3:26 pm

      Hehe maybe you’d feel like me, Suzy – a bit TOO obvious in red?! 😉
      Thank you my lovely xx

  11. 29 January 2020 / 8:35 am

    Who ever said red heads could not wear pink or red or even red and pink together. Just ravishing. Oh and saw you on the JD Williams ad/social media… fabulous.

    • Catherine
      29 January 2020 / 10:46 am

      Oooh thank you Hilda – I’ve not even seen them myself yet! Must go look! x

  12. 29 January 2020 / 6:19 am

    You got this sorted in the best way. Love the shares.

    • Catherine
      29 January 2020 / 10:46 am

      Thank you Vaishali xo

  13. 29 January 2020 / 3:41 am

    Your first outfit with your red dress is absolutely stunning!

    I hope you are having a fabulous week so far!


    • Catherine
      29 January 2020 / 10:46 am

      Thanks Amber – it’s one of my favourites ❤

  14. 29 January 2020 / 2:25 am

    As I scrolled through this post, one word kept coming up: pretty. Very pretty. How lovely.

    • Catherine
      29 January 2020 / 10:47 am

      aww bless you Ratnamurti, thank you! x

  15. 28 January 2020 / 8:58 pm

    I love seeing all the pink and red outfit blasts from the past, but I enjoy seeing your red hair in so many ways over the years. You are nothing if not experimental, my friend. I think you can wear just about any hair style and colour out there!! xx

    • Catherine
      29 January 2020 / 10:47 am

      The red hair really changes, doesn’t it?! And that’s not even all of the ways I’ve worn/dyed it…! Thanks Lisa x

  16. 28 January 2020 / 7:43 pm

    What a amazing combination red and pink is. I love your pink red dresses! And we don’t,, celebrate ,, it either. We never did.

    • Catherine
      29 January 2020 / 10:48 am

      Thank you Nancy – who needs V-Day to wear red and pink together, eh 😉

  17. Mary Katherine
    28 January 2020 / 7:34 pm

    What a beautiful post, Catherine! You are so gorgeous through the years (including now) 😉 This is encouragement for the shopping diet that I need to be on for at least 6 months. Time to work those red & pink beauties lurking in my closet!

    • Catherine
      29 January 2020 / 10:49 am

      Oh thank you so much Mary Katherine!! These round up posts definitely goes to show how I have SO many clothes in my own wardrobe, that’s a diet I also need to be on fo sho! 😉

  18. Mary Katherine
    28 January 2020 / 7:31 pm

    What a beautiful post, Catherine – you are so gorgeous through the years! I’m on a shopping diet until mid-summer at least – this is good inspiration. I’m going to get some inspiration out of those red & pink beauties hanging in my closet…

  19. 28 January 2020 / 7:19 pm

    I love it all, Catherine! I used to hate getting all kitschy with holiday dressing, but lately I started just having fun with it. Because why the heck not! Always a fan of a gorgeous red dress, I love all of yours. And that pink and yellow lacy number is AMAZING!


    • Catherine
      29 January 2020 / 10:51 am

      Yeah, why NOT wear All The Reds And Pinks in February, Shelbee…?!! Thank you, I’m working my way towards getting back into that yellow and pink dress… hopefully soon! x

  20. 28 January 2020 / 6:54 pm

    Some super looks – I love the pink trouser suit! Makes me almost want to ‘do’ Valentine’s Day!

    • Catherine
      29 January 2020 / 10:51 am

      Thanks Gail – I still love that suit, it’s such a pretty pink x

  21. jodie filogomo
    28 January 2020 / 6:35 pm

    I’m so glad to see you style these colors Catherine. I was just perusing some heart print things (because our anniversary is Valentine’s day) and then I realized I don’t NEED another piece of clothing. I can celebrate this way instead.

    • Catherine
      29 January 2020 / 10:52 am

      You’re right, Jodie – pink and red together does all the hearts-y stuff for you! 😉

  22. 28 January 2020 / 6:31 pm

    There are a lot of outfits here that I love Catherine! That cream suit for starters. The weather has been bad here too! So many bad hair days! xx

    • Catherine
      29 January 2020 / 10:52 am

      Thanks Laurie (it’s actually a pale pink suit) – and yes, the weather has been awful. Worst (wettest) winter I can ever remember 🙁

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