Okay, I’ll admit it. I am something of a literalist. You know all those 80’s songs with sly references to… you know. Well, I didn’t know.
“Pour Some Sugar On Me.” Messy! And think of the ants! (Okay, the ants part came later, but still).
“Physical” Sandy from Grease really likes to exercise.
And the list goes on…
So when it comes to holidays, I like to dress the part. For years, Easter meant a sundress and a bonnet. (No, I didn’t actually refer to it as a bonnet. Okay, maybe once. Twice, if you count this post). Christmas meant red. (I stopped just shy of an Ugly Christmas Sweater). And Valentine’s Day meant hearts. Often, many of them, all at once.
And while I’m still a romantic, my style has evolved beyond the obvious. I might still wear the pink heart-covered Marc Jacobs dress I wore for Valentine’s Day ten years ago, but this time, I would wear it with a black moto jacket and some black booties, to cut the sweetness a little, instead of the pearls and the slingbacks I wore the first time around. But old habits do die hard, and I can’t imagine wearing pants on Valentine’s day. Or, for that matter, navy. The most romantic day of the year, in my opinion, calls for the most romantic colors, red and pink. Even if only to accessorize a little black dress. So here, my picks for the most romantic dresses to wear to wow your husband. Which is your favorite?
David Koma Curved Neck Dress, $695, StyleBop.com: Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s flawless. Very va-va-voom and ladylike all at once. Keep the focus on the dress by pairing it with strappy silver sandals.
Luck Be a Lady Dress, $74.99, ModCloth.com: Simply flattering and very affordable, this is a great style to choose if you have curvy hips. The interest at the neckline and the swingy skirt will bring your shape into proportion. This dress is also super-versatile. Wear it later with flats and a little denim jacket.
Diane Von Furstenberg “Poppie” Dress, $283, Matches: Who says pink can’t be sophisticated? This chic dress features a bold print that makes accessorizing almost unnecessary. Almost. Complete the look with a simple strappy sandal, a cuff and maybe a killer cocktail ring.
Adrianna Papell Lace Sheath, $118, Nordstrom: Classic style at a great price, this dress comes in pink and in raspberry. The sheath style makes it so versatile. After the big date, you can wear it to church, to a ladies’ lunch, even to work.
Pink Wallpaper Combo Frock, $238.80, Tracy Reese: No one does a pretty dress like Tracy Reese. The style is flattering and easy to wear, and the print is just lovely. Keep accessories simple by pairing it with toffee pumps – they’re the new nude.
And, because I couldn’t resist, a Valentine’s day dress for those of you who, like me, occasionally like to wear your heart on your sleeve. Or your lips on your dress. (Awful, I know. But I don’t claim to be funny. Just stylish. 😉
This is the Alice & Olivia Pout dress. This dress is a triple-threat. It’s red. It’s frilly, And yes, just to drive home the most-romantic-night-of-the-year theme, the skirt is covered with lips. For $700, it can be yours. Literal, yes, but in my opinion, adorable, and a younger me would have totally worn this. Don’t hate.
Still haven’t found THE dress. Follow this Pinterest board for oodles of options. More to come, too. I promise!