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By Lauren Deloach, Editor of Category5Style.com
Romance. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of Valentine’s Day. While you can apply the word romance to a relationship, what about romance when it comes to style? I’m talking about lace tops, bow cardigans, rose gold jewelry, and so much more. It’s easy to forget what it means to have a romance-worthy wardrobe. People automatically assume it means showing obscene amounts of skin with a strong mix of trashy to boot. But that’s not romance. To don a romantic style speaks to a time of mixing fitted pieces with flared. It’s really thinking about what it means to combine fluff with edge. Black bows on white blouses and rose gold jewelry instead of silver. Let’s cover how to put the romance back into your wardrobe without sacrificing your dignity to do it.
Nothing speaks to romance like tulle and lace. Fabrics with tons of texture immediately add dimension to your look. Skirts with layer upon layer of tulle are the ultimate form of romance, but being realistic that look isn’t for everyone or every event. As we can never forget that longevity in your wardrobe is the ultimate expression of “know how,” it’s best to focus on clothing that has hints of these fabrics versus complete domination. Taking RED Valentino’s Swiss Dot Lace Top which features polka dot tulle at the top and jersey at the bottom, closing with a fabulous bow at the neck…this is romance ladies. It is far from overpowering, yet it makes such a statement when wearing. This top mixes the fluff with edge by incorporating tulle with a dark shade like black.
I couldn’t possibly cover romance without discussing bows. The bow trend is serious style business! Bows easily exude a sense of romance because they are demurely sexy. For example, a woman rocking out a black and white bow print dress that features a full skirt is demurely sexy (think Kate Spade’s Bow Tie Marilyn dress). It says “I feel beautiful,” and there’s nothing more romantic than a woman that feels beautiful. Another bow option if you’re not ready for the dress is to begin with smaller pieces, such as a jersey cotton tee adorned with a large bow at the neck (think RED Valentino). It’s whimsical (which is sexiness exemplified) because HELLO- you have a giant bow at your neck. If you’re still feeling nervous, then begin with a fabulous polka dot bow tie bracelet by Kiel James Patrick to adorn on your wrist and go from there. But wherever you begin, remember to keep pushing out of your comfort zone on this trend!
Finally we come to the new must have jewelry, all things rose gold! Dainty rose gold necklaces layered together are so romantic, with a bit of edge to boot. Romantic because it’s pink gold and what’s sexier than that? Edgy because rocking out a set of three necklaces versus one says “Yes, I do know how to create my own version of a statement necklace, and FYI check out my beautiful neck and sexy décolleté.” All that said, let’s be real about rose gold, it can be quite pricey! Like “nauseatingly” pricey. My solution is to go the plated rose gold route, and focus on designers who are making the jewelry one piece at a time. Pass on the mass produced route and try Etsy.com. By far my two favorite lines that feature beautiful rose gold pieces are Burnish and LemonTreeLand. Burnish boasts a fabulous initial rose gold necklace where you can have the discs on the necklace engraved with loved one’s initials ($58). LemonTreeLand offers everything from rose gold “love” earrings to butterfly necklaces ($15).
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If you’re a chick that’s on a crucial budget crunch, your best bet to begin infusing romance into your wardrobe is to start with the nails. As an ode to Valentine’s Day, pink and red are by far your best color choices. While you could just pick one color, there’s zero fun or interest in that! Add some romance by using BOTH pink and red, or two shades of pink or red (i.e. light pink versus dark). A great way to go is to use one color as the main color to paint all the nails with (light pink), and then the second color to paint a heart on each nail (dark pink). Check out Butter London’s Kerfuffle and Primrose Hill Picnic Nail Lacquers for great options. Paint your heart by making two dots and then use a toothpick to draw a line up, one going left and the other right. Just like that you’ve got romantic nails, just in time for February 14th!
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