Friday 9 February 2018

What To Wear On Valentine's Day - 5 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Romantic Dress

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Valentine's, Galentine's, or just because you want something pretty... do we really need an excuse to shop for a new dress? I for one don't take a lot of persuading! For as long as I can remember, dresses have been my go-to for just about every occasion. I love how effortless they are - throw on a few accessories and you're good to go - and I love how feminine and put together I feel when wearing them. Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and the question of what to wear is probably in a lot of people's minds right about now. Well, whether you're heading out for a date night with your partner or you're celebrating Galentine's with your best mates, why not embrace the occasion by wearing the prettiest, most romantic dress you can find? Below, I've put together my 5 top tips on how to choose the perfect one for you.

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1. Romance Doesn't Have To Mean Ruffles

Personally, I've always had a fairly girly, feminine style, but I'm aware that frills, floral prints and blush pink aren't going to be everyone's cup of tea. That said, you can pile on the romance factor without going anywhere near those things. Case in point - the beautiful Miss Selfridge dress I'm wearing in these photos. Not a ruffle in sight, and very grown up, I'll think you'll agree. Yet it's one of the most romantic dresses I've ever had the pleasure of wearing. For me, the all over intricate lace, soft silhouette and nude lining peeping through the outer layer help to make this the perfect date night dress.

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2. It's All In The Details

Now this isn't to say that a very simple dress can't be romantic, but for me, there's just something that little bit more special about interesting details, and they can really help to give a dress that added wow factor. Those details could be anything from show-stopping lace, a delicate print or cut-out details to a full pleated skirt, luxurious fabric or a stunning open back. Whatever speaks to you, make it your own! I guarantee that special little added touch will make you feel even more amazing when wearing your dress.

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3. Maintain A Little Mystery

This is potentially a fairly controversial thing to say, so just to be clear, I have no problem with anyone's clothing choices or how much skin, or how little, they choose to show. I'm speaking purely from the point of view of what I think makes the perfect romantic dress, and for me, that's a dress that leaves a little something to the imagination. That doesn't mean that it can't be sexy, just in a more subtle way. For example, the dress I'm wearing in this post is quite modest at first glance, but in fact the nude slip underneath the outer layer of lace is very short, so you get a glimpse of the wearer's legs, without them being totally on display. Alternatively, bare shoulders can be really beautiful, and paired with a longer skirt length, it makes the whole look softer and draws more attention to the feature you've chosen to showcase.

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4. Above All, Feel Comfortable

Probably the most important tip of all. After all, nothing is going to look good on you if you don't feel comfortable wearing it! When you feel good in your outfit, it has an impact on your mood and allows you to relax, have fun, and focus on the company you're with - pretty important on Valentine's, Galentine's or any occasion for that matter. So go shopping, try on a few (any excuse) and don't settle until you've found the one! (Yes, I'm still talking about clothes.)

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5. The Finishing Touches

It's February, and here in the UK at least, coats are still very much needed! As far as I'm concerned, outerwear is as much a part of your outfit as the dress itself, so it's worth thinking about what you have that will compliment it, even if it's coming off as soon as you reach your destination. I've fallen in love with this chic grey coat from Miss Selfridge, and it's the perfect partner for my dress. Once you have your outerwear sorted, you need to think about your accessories. I always have dainty heels and clutch bags in black and nude in my wardrobe, so even if there isn't time (or budget!) to get something new, I know I should be able to complete my outfit.

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Find Your Perfect Romantic Dress

Do you have a favourite romantic dress in your wardrobe? And do you have any exciting plans for Valentine's Day?

Kate x

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  1. Love the tips, and this dress is stunning! I love getting dressed up in something classy and going out for dinner, simple and old school :)

    Yasmin 💗
    The Sweet Seven Five

  2. I never need an excuse for a new dress, but Valentines is a great one! You look so lovely in these pictures, beautiful outfit choice! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion & Lifestyle

    1. Thank you so much! I agree, excuses are definitely not necessary! x

  3. These photos are absolutely stunning! You look amazing, my love!

    Lots of love from Mollie xxx |

  4. I don´t do Valentines Day, so no, I am not going to dress up. But hey, any other excuse is very welcome and I have a few nice dresses that I love to take out for a spin.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

    1. Well, to be really unromantic about it, Valentine's Day is the worst night to go out as everywhere is overcrowded with inflated prices! Plenty of other nights we can get our favourite dresses out. x

  5. That's a beautiful dress and looks amazing on you. And what a beautiful location you chose for your photos, love it!


    1. Thanks so much Yiota! I had no idea this place was around the corner from me! x

  6. That is such a beautiful dress on you, Kate, it really suits your silhouette. I have never been a dress girl but I would be more than happy to wear this!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  7. Wow this outfit is so beautiful! Also you are gorgeous!

    xo, Emily |

  8. Stunning - I love this outfit, it's absolutely gorgeous and as always, you look beautiful! Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

    Layla xx

  9. This is such a beautiful dress, navy blue is absolutely your colour Kate and I love the intricate details. Dreamy shoot location too! Have a fabulous weekend...

  10. that dress is so so pretty and i love the color of the coat paired with it too xx

  11. You look stunning and I love the tips. xoxo Cris

  12. You look stunning Kate, I love the dress it’s so beautiful and I love the cut out lace work detailing!

    Serene xoxo

  13. Darling, your dress is stunning. I own a lot of dresses too and find them quite easy to style.
    I love that the look is classy and chic but to to obivous valentines day.

    Love, Esther

  14. Amazing outfit! I like ruffles and laces a lot but I barely ever wear them, I totally agree that we do not need occasion to wear something nice :)

  15. This dress is just so stunning and the coat is divine! I love it so much x

  16. What a gorgeous dress, love the elegant look on you. The coat is really pretty too, goes perfectly with the dress.

  17. I love the dress. It looks so pretty.

  18. I love your dress, it looks absolutely gorgeous! I agree detailed dresses give a bit of extra oomph and they're extra nice for a special day like valentines day. Great post. x

  19. Love that dress and coat combo! I've no plans for Valentines, but then my partner and I don't tend to celebrate Valentines day specially, we'll just go out for a meal this weekend :-)
    Happy Valentines

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  20. Looking like a total Valentine's dream in this gorgeous dress Kate, I'm adoring your coat and shoes too, the perfect romantic look :) These tips are brilliant, and I 100% agree, us girls never need an excuse to go dress shopping ;)

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  21. Your dress is gorgeous!!! Beautiful styling too.

  22. You look stunning dear..I love your totally look..

    Glowyshoes's blog

  23. This dress was perfect for Valentine's day.
    It's pretty and I love how you wear it with your trench coat.

  24. This is beautiful and really classy!

  25. I love a comfortable yet beautiful dress! You brought up some excellent points. Details can really make a dress. Love yours.

  26. This outfit is absolutely gorgeous, you look incredible! The backdrop to these photos are gorgeous as well, they really show off the whole style perfectly.

    Have a good weekend :)
    Wandering Everywhere

  27. Your outfit is actually gorgeous!

    Grace x


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