3 Ways to Dress for Valentine’s Day!

 

 

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to go on a romantic date with your special friend, significant other or husband. If you are not planning to go out for the evening, you can still dress up for the office, your business client or just for meeting a friend for lunch or dinner.


If you don’t have anyone special in your life at this time, then be your own Valentine! Dress for yourself and do something special to celebrate being you. When was the last time you treated yourself to something nice? If you can’t remember, then Valentine’s Day might be the gentle reminder you need. You deserve to do something special that you enjoy every once in a while.

 

If you do plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day, here are a few of my ideas on what to wear:

 

Look alluring, show some skin

If you are planning to go out on a date, a dress should be at the top of your list of choices. With so many of us wearing pants now, I think a dress is so unexpected and it makes it extra special. And we all are well aware that men love women in dresses so why not surprise them since it’s Valentine’s Day after all.

I recommend selecting something in your wardrobe that is attractive on you, flattering on your body type and enhances the highlights of your great features. Don’t forget to show off your curves and be proud of them. Men love women who are confident about their bodies.

I particularly like dresses like the one shown, which covers you in all the right places but are still super sexy. They also comes in plus sizes.

Try to keep the type of dress you wear very simple and elegant and add appropriate accessories to make a subtle standout statement. Nude, purple, leopard, black and red color block shoes all compliment a red dress nicely.

 

 

 

Go for the Stretch, Drape and Elastic and be Comfortable

Soft and stretchy fabrics will flow over your figure and flatter your shape.

Pants with elastic at the waist, stretchy silky blouses and a jacket that is not tight can be your go to outfit for the office or business meeting.Elastic is not the same as it was years ago and no long think and noticeable. See the pant outfit shown here, you would never know the pants have a hidden elastic waist band.

Wrap style dresses are perfect to camouflage the stomach and they look sexy too.

Resist the urge to wear tight dresses because you want to be comfortable. Your clothes should be well-fitted, but they shouldn’t look or feel tight.

The pants outfit is perfect for the office or solid red with the floral red blouse and black jacket. The floral blouse shown has plenty of room to hide areas of the body that you would like to cover up and you still look beautiful.

 

 

Animal Prints FOR Valentine’s Day : bring out the Tiger

If you are anything like me, you absolutely love animal prints.  Not only because I’m a Leo (born in August) but I feel good and confident in them. Try adding an animal print scarf or pair of pumps to the outfit, it will be the entire rave, I guarantee you. Since the weather is cold, why not a leopard coat? The coat becomes your focal point and it adds a little drama. You can also wear it as a cape (over the shoulders).

 

A Quick note about Accessories for Valentine’s Day!

The right accessories are essential to make your Valentine’s Day outfit feel good on you. You can also wear feminine, soft accessories like a soft unstructured handbag and pretty rose gold jewelry and accessories. You can also add a little spark to your look by trying out a new hair style or haircut, but make sure its right for your particular face shape.

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5 Tips to Look Chic and Professional at your Office Holiday Party

Season’s greetings to all you lovely ladies! You might be comfortable dressing up for holiday parties with your friends and family, but what about with your coworkers and boss? Keep reading to discover my tips to look totally chic yet professional at your office holiday party.

Think back to previous holiday parties you’ve attended.  I’m sure you have seen some interesting outfits that caught your eye. Draw inspiration from them for your own style. Put together pieces that showcase your personality and style. Find the right combination between elegance and glamour in your holiday ensemble. This will help you pull of a trendy yet business casual look at your holiday party. When you wear something you feel and look good in, it automatically instills more confidence in you which your coworkers are bound to notice!

However there have definitely been times in the past where you have witnessed some people wearing the most over-the-top outfits at office parties. This is definitely something to keep in mind and steer clear of. In these situations, finding balance in your outfit choices is key. Use it to create a visual representation of your smart and successful work-place attitude, even if the theme of the part is after-business hours.  Never forget that you are constantly mingling with people from work. Since it is a work oriented event, you and the rest of your coworkers are being observed all night long.

If your office holiday party is in the evening, then you definitely need to make sure your outfit is dressier than your day wear, to rightfully capture the holiday spirit.

Real personalities have a tendency to show themselves at a social event, especially when alcohol is involved. Be aware of this when you’re drinking and don’t let yourself get out of control. A lot of essential things might be part of conversations in these settings. Use the opportunity to stay alert and make a great impression with impressive responses. Don’t drink too fast, be cautious of your environment and sip your wine or drink slowly through the night.

Overall, you still want to look professional and your outfit should be a reflection of your elegant style which incorporates your personality.

Here are 5 guidleines for any event.

Wear something different from your regular work outfit

Unless there is a specific mention of a dress code, make sure you don’t dress like it’s just another busy day at work. Even if the event is a luncheon or during business hours, make an effort to be more festive. Switch up the color choices from what you usually wear or add some seasonal sparkle. Whatever it is, make sure you do it tastefully.

Sequins have become a year long trend recently but they are especially in fashion during the holidays. It’s a great idea to wear a sweater with low key sequins. I’ve seen turtle necks with scattered sequins on the front which are just beautiful and done with taste. You can always wear a sweater with a skirt and opague tights. There’s no need for a jacket but have on simple jewelry or even a small to medium-sized hoop bling earrings, which adds a nice touch.

I’m currently wearing a lot of long vests or dusters these days since I just love them and they go with the season. They help to make you look tailored and smaller and layering is great during the season. I love taupe and gold slightly-sequined vest with a matching gold lightly sequined turleneck sweater. This is a great outfit that can make you look festive and professional at the same time, especially with a daytime event. But be sure the color is in your pallette and looks great with your skintone.

If your event is in the evening, a little black dress is always a go-to. This is so simple and wearing the right jewelry will bring out the dress. Make sure the jewelry is not too much of a statement piece so it won’t stand out unnecessarily. There’s always a tasteful way to add more bling to an outfit!

I also suggest a red dress or pants which is always nice for a holiday office party. You might think eveyone will wear red but you will be surprised how mistaken you are. Hardly anyone is keeping with tradition any more, especially the millennials. I remember when I wore red ponte slacks, a red, black and tan blouse with a black jacket and it was such a hit among my friends. Red is in my color pallette and also my favorite color, so when I wear it, I always feel extra good. It helps when you feel great in what you’re wearing, you will shine and have more pep in your step and people will be automatically be attracted to you.

Try a different hairstyle or add jewelry to your hair

Shake it up a little and try something different with your hair for the office party. If you wear your hair down most of the time, why not try wearing it up?

Nothing extravagant, just keep it elegant and simple with the possibility of keeping it together with bobby pins. This can be a roll, pin up bob or French roll. Whatever is easiest for you.

You can also try wearing a ponytail or French braid or braids along the sides of your hair.

Slip into a pair of shoes you don’t normally wear to work

Here’s where you can show some skin if you like. Wear shoes that expose your toes and heels. They elongate your legs and make them look lean.

Try not to wear the same pumps that you wear to work. Wear something different and more glamourous. Maybe the color of the shoe can be red instead of the same old black shoes that you wear. Or the texture of the shoes is different, for instance, a little sparkle can be nice, as long as it’s not too much and goes with the outfit or dress.

Keep make-up natural and lips bright

You should look diferent than your everyday look, but do not add to much make-up, it will make you look older. It should be the same shade as your complexion and this will give you a natural look, which is what you want.

Try applying a brighter lipstick than you normally wear. Red or Berry’s are great colors for the holidays. These colors look great with red, black, ivory, mocha, blush, and burgundy.

Keep cleavage to yourself

The wrong outfit includes showing clevage, a backless dress, or a too-short skirt can present the wrong first impression. This can be a distraction and you will receive unwanted stares and gossip. People will look at you differently and there is no going back from that. You are always being looked at under a corporate microscope. You never know if you are being considered for a promotion or another position and should always present the right image.

Remember any event outside of the corporate office but you are meeting with people you work with, should be looked at as an office event no matter where it is held. Never forgot it!

Overall, your goal for dressing for a company holiday party is to keep your look chic and professional while also finding ways to show your personality and have fun.

It’s all about feeling good about yourself, so make sure the outfit you choose leaves you confident and ready to mingle and have some fun.

 

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