Ahhh February. We’ve officially turned the calendar to a new month and with it comes expensive flowers, giant teddy bears and other notable cliches. It’s the month of not quite winter but not quite spring. It’s a month of half hibernation and half planning for spring vacations.
I’m always slightly confused with how to dress and what to wear in February. I don’t wear a lot of bright colors and I have long since gotten rid of anything red, but beyond the palette, I never know if a sweater will be too heavy, a coat too bulky or a tee too light.
Pants or dresses? Mules or boots? Trenches or parkas? Most days you need a combination of them all – which makes dressing up for a special occasion – like a Valentine’s Day date or a special dinner out – almost impossible. Today’s post I want to share one of my favorite formulas for dressing up – using only the items in my closet.
Think of it like the grab bag of fashion: choose a base (color, fabric, length, style) and then add a layer, zhush it up with accessories and throw a coat on top for good measure.
To round out the romantic look, I wanted to add a touch of silk to my hair as well. In total honesty, I’m not the best at styling my hair. I haven’t done many hair tutorials on here, because I’m still figuring it out all myself. But I do know that I can’t resist a length of silk or satin ribbon integrated into any hairstyle. This ribbon is nothing fancy. I bought the spool at WalMart for $2 and cut the length I wanted for this look.
And to round out the entire look, I grabbed a bouquet of flowers – kindly sent by ProFlowers – to add that touch of floral. Dressing up doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. I used the pieces already in my closet to create a simple look that can be transformed depending on the weather, location, and event. (I’ve worn the dress backwards for a low, draping back look, I’ve worn it with vests, boater hats and wedges… truly one of the best purchases!)
If I were to do it all over again, I’d probably upgrade the base layer of the look – the dress – to something a little more quality. Maybe something lined. Because now that I know I reach for my blush silk maxi a few times a year, it’s something to invest in.
When the time comes to upgrade I already have my eye on a few brands like BHLDN and Needle and Thread for finding the perfect substitute. (PS – this VERY similar BHLDN dress is only $50 right now!)