January 25, 2011

Valentine's Day Fashion for the Budgetnista

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Yes everyday you should show your love to your loved ones but Hallmark needed another day to make money and we needed another reason to get all dressed up. Whether you are spending a day with your sweetie or spending the day with your friends why not spend it looking chic and fabulous.

Here are a few fun, inexpensive, and functional ideas for whatever you have planned:


Outfits from left to right: 1. Forever21 Cherry Blossom Mesh Dress: $25 - forever21.com; H&M Blush Cardi: $20 hm.com; Topshop Bead On Chain Drop Earrings: $18 - topshop.com; Topshop Clever Bunny: $28 - topshop.com; Topshop Pink Structured Bow Contrast Strap Bag: $60 - topshop.com; Modcloth Herring-bow-ne Necklace: $18 - modcloth.com; ASOS PARTYTIME Peep Toe Platform Shoes: $78 - asos.com; 2. ASOS WHITE Silk Hitch Hem Shirt: $86 - asos.com; Topshop Large Rose Quartz Ring: $28 - topshop.com; American Apparel Riding Pants: $74 - americanapparel.net; Forever21 Floral Oxford Shoes: $27 - forever21.com; ASOS Patent Trim Lady Bag: $56 - asos.com; 3. Nasty Gal Snow Leopard Cardi: $68 - shopnastygal.com; ASOS Quilted Suedette Lock Bag: $26 - asos.com; Topshop White Roll Sleeve Burnout Tee: $30 - topshop.com; Nasty Gal Censored Maxi Skirt: $68 - shopnastygal.com; Zara Asymmetric Court Shoe: $110 - zara.com; Modcloth Heart Songs Necklace: $18 - modcloth.com; Wind Swept Gem Post Earring: $14 - urbanoutfitters.com

If you and your sweetie are going out to a lovely dinner or doing something cute like a picnic why not girly it up with a lace dress like the Forever21 Cherry Blossom Mesh Dress ($25). Match your lace dress with some vintage esq and pale colored accessories like the Topshop Pink Structured Bow Contrast Strap bag ($60) and Topshop Clever Bunny Ring ($28). Do a dark tone shoe this way the whole look doesn't have a washed out look to it.

For something more casual try a long silk shirt ASOS WHITE Silk Hitch Hem Shirt ($86) paired up with riding pants like the American Apparel Riding Pants ($74). With this look you have the option of keeping it totally casual by keeping the shirt untucked or you can tuck the front of your shirt in and leave the back out so that it's hanging loosely. For this look pair it up with a pair of oxfords like the floral print oxfords from Forever21 ($27). This keeps the look causal and functional, especially if you prefer flats. If you want to keep this look minimal do a simple accessory like a ring, earrings, or a bracelet. Do nude and pale accessories to match the silk top and contrast with the dark tones of the pants. It will also pick up off the floral colors of the oxfords.

Try a sexy look but not giving it all away. We all want to be sexy for our special someone but sometimes keeping it a little hiding is always fun. Try a sheer maxi skirt that has a short lining like the Nasty Gal Censored Maxi Skirt ($68). This will give them a little sneak preview with a hint of surprise. If you want to show your wild side do a animal print cardigan like the Nasty Gal Snow Leopard Cardigan ($68). Keep your top simple so it doesn't take away from the skirt and the cardigan. Do an elegant simple pump and nothing beats Zara's new collection. Zara's Asymmetric Court Shoe ($110) is elegant and oh-so-sexy. This heel will help keep the look looking sophisticated. Do simple earrings and a longer necklace. A simple quilted black bag like ASOS Quilted Suedette Lock Bag ($26) will help pull the whole look together.

You should feel sexy in these looks and on this day. It doesn't matter if you are single, with someone, or in that complicated status spend the day with who ever you love and spend it looking your fabulous.

PS If you are looking for budget friendly make-up ideas my lovely friend Christine started her own blog called Drugstore Finds. She reviews drug store products like Wet 'n Wild and Covergirl. Stop on by her blog to find some awesome products (maybe you'll even want to try some of the products out for V-day) and leave her some love!

8 comments so far

  1. I agree, sexy shouldnt be overdone...hiding a little something IS sexy! Cute pieces you have here. Love the assymetrical floral shoes!

    Aesthetic Lounge

  2. These are some totally cute picks! I love the flowery shoes. Haha and what a great word "budgetnista" that should become like a new trend word among fashion bloggers :) http://thearcenciel.blogspot.com/

  3. I love this post, Heather! I checked out the bow necklace on modcloth... you know me and bows!!

    ddddddddddddilss <---- That was from Tony, lol... He says HI!

    PS - Thank you so very much for pimping my blog. I hope your readers find it useful! <3

    PPS - I want that white shirt you were wearing today, but I don't want you to think I'm stalking your whole life (like the A.E. employees!!!) :)

  4. Great choices! Love the selection. :)

  5. Ooh, I definitely have some new ideas now! I had just bought myself a new black satchel purse but I'm going to have to start looking for some of these styles too! Thanks for the ideas!

  6. Really nice pieces my favourite look is the girl with the white dress and hat with the platform heels.


  7. Even post-Vday, (like me, reading soooo late) these are awesome pieces, especially the two cardis, so thanks for the great post :D

    Ripped Nylon


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