In my attempts to style something other than a sweater this winter, I ordered a few tops from Banana Republic last week. I was immediately drawn to this bright, cheerful bell sleeve top. It made me think right away of Valentine’s Day. They’re calling it orange, but to my eyes it’s a lovely combination of pinks and reds.
We don’t usually have any fabulous plans for Valentine’s Day, but any excuse to buy flowers and go out to dinner is a valid holiday in my book. This is the type of outfit I like to wear when we go out. It’s not super fancy, but it’s a little dressier than what I wear on an everyday basis.
I would probably be more likely to wear this top with dark wash jeans, but I wanted to show a dressier option for this post, so I’m wearing it with black pants.
These pants are fleece lined, so they’re super warm. They read like slim ponte pants or skinny jeans, but they’re so cozy. They’re a few years old, and I haven’t found anything like them to link to, but you could certainly sub your favorite black pants or jeans.
If you’re in the market for a pair of black pants, these seasonless slim pants at White House Black Market look like a nice choice, and I also like the looks of their ponte skimmer pants. It’s hard to find black pants that don’t look like work wear, so I try to go with a super slim fit to avoid that.
Another option is white jeans. I didn’t think of this until I got home from our shoot, and I started wondering if pairing the red with black was too predictable, so I switched to white jeans and nude pumps and snapped a selfie. I like this version too, but I think for February, I’d stick with black. Maybe when it gets more towards spring, I’ll wear it with the white.
I carried a black shoulder bag with gold hardware. This is my go-to “going out” bag because the size is perfect for holding just the essentials, it has a shoulder strap for easy transport, and it looks dressier than an everyday bag. I love a good clutch, but it’s not as practical.
This necklace is new from Stella & Dot this season, and I think it makes a fabulous statement on this blouse. Because of the print, I wanted something bold enough to show up, and this was the perfect piece. It has a link clasp that allows you to make it any length you want. I’m wearing it full-length, but you can make it shorter, which is cool.
This necklace is rather heavy so it has a way of falling in between the cracks, ifyouknowwhatImean… I wore a cami underneath the blouse to avoid that issue, and it worked perfectly. It also provided some extra warmth, which was a plus. It was like 32 degrees the morning we shot this outfit.
To finish the look, I wore my Lucky Brand Tukko Heels. They have that cool stacked heel that lends a slightly more casual vibe, and the ankle straps help keep them on your feet, if you’re one who (like me) struggles with traditional pumps. These shoes are VERY comfortable and on sale for $39.95 at HSN.com. I also like the red ones.
What about you? Got any fun plans for Valentine’s Day?
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