Valentine's Day: outfits & tips


Vogue Nippon March 2011 (photography: Inez & Vinoodh, styling: George Cortina)
Once upon a time, four years ago, to be precise, I wrote three stories celebrating Valentine's Day. I wanted to talk about love, romance and, of course, share a few style tips for dressing up to suit the occasion. I will leave the links in case you feel like reading those musings, but if you are simply curious about the rules, here is an updated list...

Rule #1: Men like colour and appreciate a girl who knows how to wear it {read the story}
Rule #2: Men like girls who wear skirts / dresses. Yes, they do like girls who wear jeans and trousers, too, but the skirt is always the winner. {read the story}
Rule #3: Keep it simple: men are not really good when it comes to buttons, hooks and complicated footwear. A chic dress that shows off your beautiful curves and has a single zip or button (or a pull-on-off style) is perfect {read the story}
Rule #4: Gorgeous dress requires minimum jewellery, so keep it simple and use to highlight the beauty of the dress without overpowering it.
Rule #5 (brand new): Too much jewellery creates confusion and unnecessary noise - refer to rule #3, the simplicity part. Having said that, a beautiful bracelet that highlights your wrist or a pair of gorgeous earrings are, indeed, very sensual.
Rule #6: Your outfit must be comfortable and so should be your underwear. You don't want to spent time concentrating on your breathing techniques, holding your stomach in or trying to adjust a bra strap. 
Rule #7: Always try your outfit (including the lingerie) in a comfort of your own home to see if you can walk, breath, talk and sit without any discomfort. If something doesn't work - change it now before it's too late.
Rule #8 (from mademoiselle Chanel, bien sur!): Wear perfume wherever you want to be kissed... 

And now the looks... I don't know why, but I've always used pastels and neutrals for my Valentine's Day outfits... Pink is so last year... Don't you agree? 2015 is the year of the gorgeous sensual deep red and the day of love and passion is the best time to embrace it.  

By the way, what do you think of my new collage idea for the outfit posts? I must confess, I am pretty pleased with myself (so if you hate it, be gentle) and going to stick with it from now on.

COFFEE DATE: easy and casual, but flirty and unforgettable because who would forget a girl as stylish as this?

Valentine's Day outfit idea for a romantic date

ELEGANT DINNER: I think this Donna Karan dress is going to make anyone feel pretty special, though I doubt the stream of thought will include anything food-related...

Valentine's Day outfit idea for a romantic dinner date

Photo source: Vogue Nippon March 2011 (photography: Inez & Vinoodh, styling: George Cortina), Zara Fall/Winter 2006 campaign, Tiffany & Co. ad campaign


  1. Men definitely do think like this! It's all about keeping it simple. ;) The dress in that first set is beautiful!

    Tara x

  2. The elegant dinner look would be my pick, oh my, wish I had this outstanding and sexy DK dress! Have a lovely weekend Natalia and happy Valentines! xo

  3. yes. simple...always. beautiful, classy lingerie. kissable lips & beautiful fragrance.
    Happy Weekend!

  4. The tip about the underwear made me smile but of course it's very true - I think so many of us have the tendency to save a special piece for a special day, only to find it's uncomfortable. With that said, we have never done much for Valentine's Day but I'm sure I could invent a celebration for that gorgeous red Donna Karan dress!

  5. You can't go wrong with either look as they're both fabulous. My husband and I are more into love every day so Valentine's Day has never really been more than a Hallmark holiday to us.

  6. Yes, this confirms what I've read about men before. I like both outfits but the first one would reflect more my style / personality. Happy Valentine's Day!

  7. These rules are so true Natalia! I'll go for the second outfit!
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi