Thursday, 26 January 2012

Dress to Impress this Valentine's Day

With the new year well underway and the only lasting memory of Christmas being the extra weight on your behind, February brings us a feast of new trends at fashion week and the headache of Valentines Day. 

But whether you’re single or loved-up, heading off anywhere in a fashion disaster is a no no. Out for dinner with a partner, dancing with the girls, or crying into a bucket of Haagen-Dazs whilst belting out a Celine Dion classic, you can still do it in style. If you are lucky enough to have bagged yourself a dinner date on the most romantic night of the year, then make the most of the preparation, it’s the fun part.  

Although the odds are stacked against you, and the chances of it imitating a black and white movie are slim, a date on Valentines day doesn’t have to be a complete write-off. The key is too look attractive without trying too hard and hoping to balance expectation with excitement; it’s a tricky mix, but oozing just the right amount of sex appeal might even guarantee you a smooch.
The most important thing, is to be comfortable. Painful shoes and jeans that give you a muffin top will not do the trick and even sporting your lucky pants won’t help you out of this major fashion faux-pau. Dress like yourself; a first date is not the time to try out a new persona, not matter how cool Brigitte Bardot looked in Helen of Troy.

Firstly, do your research. How posh is the restaurant? You don’t want to rock up in your best cocktail dress when everyone is slumped against the bar in jeans and converse. It’s good to find some balance, if you’re wearing jeans and a sparkly top, opt for heels to glam it up. If you’ve opted for a dress, throw on flats or a casual jacket.  50s style dresses are bang on trend right now; mid-length skirts, tweed patterns and vintage lace all featured heavily on the catwalks for the season. Dorothy Perkins has a great selection to flatter any figure. Try to steer clear of jeans and a plain white sheer shirt, while it might scream strong powerful woman everywhere else, on a date you’ll end up being interrogated like you’re on a job interview. 

Another hot trend is pastels. Miss Selfridge stock tops, jeans and skirts in light hues and will look cute and innocent on a dinner date. Just steer clear of the tomato based sauces and keep your dinner on your plate and not in your lap. The trendy bird print is here to stay for another year as the high street prepares to take flight with this year’s fashion. Next, Warehouse and Oasis have a great range to tempt even the strictest vegans to indulge in a bit of bird. 

1. Dorothy Perkins £25  2. Miss Selfridge £10.50 3. Bank £22 4. Topshop £68
Whatever your plans for Valentines, keep it simple; patterned dress with a classic clutch, or a basic dress with contrasting shoes, and stay comfortable and confident.

Anyway, according to statistics it's estimated that 15% of women will send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day, so why not go the extra mile and treat yourself to a new outfit instead? And even if you end the date like a scene from Lady and the Tramp, or running away faster than you can say disaster, at least you’ll have your fashion dignity left to hold on. 

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