Disclaimer 26th June 2020: Due to change and education, I have made a pledge to promote only sustainable brands and garments from now on that both fight for a circular economy in fashion and pay garment workers a fair living wage. I have decided to keep all of the former brands and items listed in this blog post as well as keep the original writing for future readers and portfolio. Enjoy reading, shop sustainably.
Dear Lovers of Love,
The time has come for my annual (not really, because I didn’t do it last year) Valentines day blog post.
The title for this blog post, is simply a play on the title of one of my favourite books ‘Lady Chatterly’s Lover’ by D.H Lawrence.
If you would like to read my one from two years ago, follow this link here
Whether you are spending your night watching the First Dates special with a heart shaped domino’s pizza (my night), out on the town with your girlfriends, drinks and dinner with your SO or wandering the streets of Paris (my housemate) take a peek at my picks below. Especially if you need some last-minute inspiration, or if you are looking for a valentines gift for yourself.
Red & Pink To Make the Boys Wink
Red and Pink? For Valentines Day? Groundbreaking.
A colour combination that could make some wince, or make you rejoice. There is something fun and playful with combining shocking fuchsia and coral pink with red accessories or vice versa. Layer red turtlenecks, and red jumpers over and under these pink satin dresses.
Even blush tones will be the perfect soft complement to firey reds, don’t be afraid to try this on valentine’s day.
Even if your SO thinks its ‘too much’, you should dump them immediately and walk away feeling fabulous.
Why not fully embrace the spirit of Valentines with enlarged lip prints, hearts, slogans and more! Though at first glance, they may not be the most elegant, these cartoonish creations offer that humorous sweet injection to your wardrobe that you may not know that you needed.
Unleash your inner playful artisté and Lulu Guinness with these lewks.
The Scarlet Letter
It wouldn’t be Valentines Day without a jaw dropping bombshell dress that closely cuts the body, made of satin and most importantly in cherry red hues. A dress that was simply designed with the sole purpose of you feeling incredible.
Though it may be slightly not what Nathaniel Hawthorne had in mind, these dresses are perfect for a girls night out or for drinks with your beau.
Baby its cold outside
Let’s face it, Valentines Day will hit you with wintery chill, whether that’s the sharp cold wind blowing or the fact that you have nobody. BUT, no fear, wrap up warm with this selection of cutesy scarfs, jumpers, and more to keep the cold and the fuckboys out.
Maybe don’t wear the dressing gown out but you do you.
The Carrie Bradshaw ‘Naked’ Dress
Whenever I think of a first date outfit, my mind jumps to Carrie Bradshaw from SATC. Carrie’s ‘naked dress’ that she wore on her first date with Big has made a pathway for nude statement pieces. It was simply just an understated gown that had plenty of sex appeal because of its bias slip nature and because it was the colour of her flesh.
The nude or naked dress made myself think of this quote from Kenneth Clark, who I studied in my degree.
‘The English language, with its elaborate generosity, distinguishes between the naked and the nude. To be naked is to be deprived of our clothes, and the word implies some of the embarrassment most of us feel in that condition. The word “nude,” on the other hand, carries, in educated usage, no uncomfortable overtone. The vague image it projects into the mind is not of a huddled and defenseless body, but of a balanced, prosperous, and confident body: the body re-formed.’ – Kenneth Clark, The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form, 1956.
The True Romantics
These quintessentially romantic dresses are the perfect whimsical fit for the day of lurv. With full midi skirts, and tailored seams, its emblematic of romantic ballerinas.
From religious motifs to pink suit trousers and florals, I want men to fully embrace traditional feminine glamour for Valentines and why not? Inspired by the recent MET exhibition ‘heavenly bodies and the Catholic Imagination’ and the next MET exhibition ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’. Simply wearing a black top with black jeans and a semi-tailored jacket just won’t cut the mustard this Valentines day.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog post and I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day, no matter how you plan on spending it!
Lots of love,