Get gorgeous on Valentine's Day
February 7, 2018 | 4:25 PM
by Antara Bose

Love is in the air. And dressing up for Valentine’s Day means playing with primarily three colours – red, pink, and white. The trick is how to not look like a candy stick while sporting these colours. Here are few suggestions to get you from day to night, utmost fashionably.


There’s nothing like starting a special day with a hearty meal. Mornings demand lighter shades but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress for the occasion.

Option 1: If it’s a grand breakfast, go for a white, lace, knee-length dress, and couple it with a pastel pink shrug. Throw in some bolder colours and match your dress with a pair of shoes and a dainty purse in a shade darker than the shrug.

Option 2: Want something more casual? Or maybe you really need your morning coffee before you can let the fashionable side kick in, we understand. For a more laid-back look, throw on a pair of white jeans that are cropped at the ankle with a flirty top in pink or magenta. It will ensure you are still wearing the celebratory colours but will maintain a more casual feel to the attire.

Skip the heels for the morning and go for tie-ups with your dress or a pair of fancy flats with jeans. If you don’t think little hearts are cheesy, you can always have subtly printed hearts on your dress or top and even pair it with some chunky heart-shaped accessories.


If you’ve reserved the night for your partner, show some love to your girlfriends and plan a fancy lunch with your favourite people. Pinks are the perfect alternative for red on Valentine’s (so you can reserve the red for the night).

Option 1: A flowery-printed dress with a red or dark pink coat works great for winter afternoons. Of course, you can always drop the coat and use it as an accessory with your bag if it gets a little warm. If your dress is a V-neck you can wear a chain with a large heart pendant that falls just above the ‘V’ of the neck. It’s a classic.

Option 2: Afternoons and palazzos work great together. It’s flowy, flirty, and feminine. Go for a deep red palazzo in a medium to heavy fabric and pair it with a printed chiffon or faux silk top which has colour elements that match the palazzo. If you’re wearing a round or boat neck, go for long beaded necklaces that graze your belly button. Heels look great with both the attires. But make sure you pick a colour that doesn’t contrast with the prints of your outfit. Our best bet would be to keep it to a darker shade.


Reserving the last dress for someone special? You can go all out for Valentine’s dinner and you don’t need to worry about looking overdressed. We believe there are two types of people. There’s one set who think red is the way to go and others who’d like to still keep the spirit of Valentine’s but without looking like the traditional ‘lady in red’. We’ve considered both the alternatives.

Option 1: The first one definitely is dedicated to the ‘lady in red’. But let’s not go all out and coat ourselves completely in one color. A strappy red long evening gown or a short lace dress with black stilettos is a classic. Don’t go for red heels with the red dress – that’s overdoing it. Pair it with a simple gold or silver chain and matching earrings.

Option 2: Swap the red dress with a skimpy black jumpsuit. Introduce the element of red in bits and pieces. Red heels, a red blazer (it does get a little cold at night) and a pair of statement earrings of the same colour will give you the necessary dash of red. And yes, don’t forget the red lipstick. —[email protected]

Antara Bose is a model turned fashion and beauty consultant. A popular blogger, anchor, and voice over artist, she maintains a deep connection with the local fashion industry and is passionate about discovering and celebrating aspiring talent as well as promoting animal rights. For fashion updates with a side of humour and sarcasm follow Antara on instagram @antarabose and on Facebook (Antara Bose)

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