Today is the day that we have been talking about for weeks. We have been trying to decide whether or not to send flowers to our crushes, which brand of chocolate is the best, where to go on our dates and, most importantly, what to wear on those dates. This is where I come in.
Because this is my first fashion column, I feel the need to give you a quick disclaimer. I am not the boss here. I cannot tell you exactly what to wear or how to wear it, and I cannot force you to dress in a way that you don’t want. However, I can give you my opinions on what I believe are fashion rights and wrongs and fervently pray that you take my advice. I can tell you that I think it is long past time for the chevron pattern to go, and there is rarely an occasion that you should wear Crocs in public. It is up to you whether you listen.
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, choosing an outfit for a date can be more nerve-wracking than the date itself. One of the biggest issues when choosing an outfit is the fact that we are located in Searcy, Ark. While I understand that there is a certain appeal to living in a small town, it does limit the options of what is considered appropriate to wear out at night.
When we look to the movies to see what the actors are wearing on dates, most of their outfits consist of the same things: high heels, a fancy dress, sparkling earrings and perfectly done hair. As fun as that sounds, I can only imagine the double-takes and judgmental stares we would receive if we were to wear such an outfit to Pasta Grill.
So now this question remains: what are we supposed to wear? My advice for you is to be brave, but play it cool. For this night, wear one exciting piece that gives you confidence, and match it with a simple piece that will not overwhelm everyone who sees you.
Wear a pair of brightly-colored or crazy-printed pants. I truly enjoy being cliché on many occasions, so wear bright red jeans if you are feeling very festive. Match your pants with a simple white or off-white button-up shirt to create a very refined look and to leave all of the attention on your awesome pants. Not a fan of printed pants? Reverse the formula. Wear a dark shade of denim pants and a patterned tunic or a brightly colored jacket. Finish off your outfit with an awesome pair of shoes. Feeling brave? Wear some studded boots. Want to dress up the outfit? You cannot go wrong with some sparkling loafers or a pair of solid-colored wedge boots.
Don’t let the stress of whether or not your date will like your outfit ruin the excitement, because chances are he is going to think you look great in whatever you are wearing.