Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Expressions NYC.
You might not be the most romantic person ever, but you are probably not the newbie to the pressing dilemma, what to wear on Valentine’s Day? It’s one of those holidays when you could easily go over the board with wearing too sexy or too cute outfits so the goal of today’s style guide is to find your perfect Valentine’s Day attire that looks classy, chic, and appropriate for any romantic situation.
But before we begin, let me tell you about the strategy that I often use when picking an outfit or a special day. Usually, I decide first on what type of bag I want to wear and I build the entire outfit around it. It’s not only because I’m obsessed with handbags, but also because you need to know how many things your bag supposed to fit. For instance, you could easily make it through the night with a clutch when all you need is your phone, wallet, and a lipstick. But it’s a completely different story if we are talking about dinner where you are heading right after work. In that scenario, you should think about all workday essentials such as your snack, a hairbrush, and a planner to fit in your bag.
Keeping all that in mind, I’m incredibly excited to announce that today’s blog post is created in collaboration with Expressions NYC. It’s one of the luxury vegan handbag brands that I started writing about when I just launched my blog almost four years ago. I’m thrilled to see that the brand continues offering unique and super stylish luxury vegan handbags for any occasion! The brand puts a tremendous attention toward sourcing the best vegan materials from across the world. For instance, all vegan leather is exclusively made by factories for Expressions NYC, while the vegan lining is made out of recycled plastic bottles—which is such cool eco-friendly concept! The brand also practices transparency in their supply chain and has been recognized as PETA-approved vegan brand.
Sounds exciting, right? Okay, now let’s jump into sharing my Valentine’s Day outfit ideas. Read up as I share my ideas on how to style your date night outfits around beautiful Expressions NYC designs.
OUTFIT IDEA #1: Romantic Night Out
The bag for the occasion: Expressions NYC West 4th Bag
Sometimes showing just a little bit of skin looks so much attractive than exposing it all. For that reason, I wanted to style this Valentine’s Day look with classic black over-the-knee boots and a mini dress. That way, you are still wearing a miniature lace dress, but you are not freezing as your legs are covered. You also don’t reveal too much from the first sight so the secrecy is still out there.
If you want to bring a bit more character in your holiday attire, consider styling your mini red dress with a biker jacket and embroidered cross body bag by Expressions NYC floral clutch. That way, your masculine outerwear will bring a bit of edginess to your otherwise romantic attire and the clutch bag will work as in attention-grabbing detail. If styled that way, your handbag will perfectly match the look even after you decide to take off your jacket.
OUTFIT IDEA #2: After Work Dinner
The bag for the occasion: Expressions NYC York Ave Satchel
This year, Valentine’s Day fall on Wednesday which means (a) all New York City restaurants are already booked and (b) you will probably go out on a date right after work. No worries, it will totally work if you add just a few red accents to your outfit and spritz on one of your favorite fragrances before heading over.
Since we are also talking about winter time, for this look I picked a pair of slim-fitting pants and styled it with romantic ruffle neckline blouse. I tucked the front of the blouse in so it allows the ruffle cascade even better. I also on a pair of classy pumps with the twist, so the red soles match the color theme of the entire look.
While black and red is a very appropriate color combo, I didn’t want to make this ensemble too monochrome so I picked Expressions NYC York Ave Satchel in the blush shade. This elegant bag not only artfully made but also comes in a perfect size: you could fit all the necessities but it never looks bulky.
OUTFIT IDEA #3: A Night Full of Surprises
The bag for the occasion: Expressions NYC 3th Ave Mini Pearl Satchel
If your significant other is planning a surprise rendezvous, it makes sense to play safe when it comes to your outfit. I would recommend sticking to a classy black dress and matching shoes and play with the textures instead. A classic length black dress looks completely different and so romantic when it’s made out of lace. And the elegant black pump looks so much chicer if it’s decorated with feathers.
While playing safe with the dress, don’t forget to pick one accessory that will be an attention getter in your entire look. In my case, it’s a pearl decorated red bag that just screams, The Best Bag for Valentine’s Day! To make this beautiful bag fit even more in this elegant and romantic attire, I paired it with simple pearl studs that you could only see when your hair moves.
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There you have it: three outfit ideas that you could easily recreate using pieces that you already have in your wardrobe. Valentine’s Day is not only about wearing all the new clothes you are hunting on online, but rather mixing and matching those pieces that make you feel confident, comfortable, and incredibly beautiful!