A Velvety Valentine’s Day

February 05, 2019

Erin Leigh She's Red Haute wearing red dress and red coat

Some may say that wearing red for the holiday of love is cliche.  On top of that, so many redheads have been told NOT to wear red (…they are incorrect).  I think, when styled properly, you can create a look in red that will be sure to turn heads!  Whether you are having a romantic date with your beau or drinking some wine with your best gals, try accomplishing two things with your outfit this Valentine’s Day: 1) Lean into the “cliche” color by wearing ALL red, 2) stay warm!  I created A Velvety Valentine’s Day look for some inspiration.  Side Note: If pants are more your style, check out my all red look from fashion week!

Erin Leigh, She's Red Haute wearing red velvet dress with red coat

When I was brainstorming ideas for my Valentine’s Day outfit, I was saddened by the amount of skimpy dresses I found online.  If that is your style, GO FOR IT!  However, there is a polar vortex and I’m trying to look cute and not freeze my buns off.  The ensemble began with this Windsor velvet dress!  Check out this similar dress at Lulu’s (and it’s on sale…win).  The dress hugged my curves perfectly and the texture is romantic and warm.  Note: even I have to wear spanx under a tight fitting dress to achieve a smooth look.  It’s normal because we are women and curvy dresses are tight!  Although, by itself, this dress was still not going to keep me from shivering.

Erin Leigh, She's Red Haute wearing all red outfit

To turn up the heat (pun intended), I added an Under Armour thermal longsleeve.  This time of year, even for more formal looks, layering is key! To compliment the hint of black, I added a pair of over-the-knee boots and a hat in the matching hue.  This look covers me head-to-toe, but it keeps its sleek, modern appeal.

Erin Leigh She's Red Haute wearing red dress and red coat

To hype up the acquired all red look, I warmed up with a fierce crimson coat I snagged at Buffalo exchange.  Try this Badgley Mischka coat, that is now 50% off at Neiman Marcus. As you may have noticed on the blog, I love a long trench!  It lengthens the line of any look in the winter. Also, to increase the drama, I added a fierce red lip with  INMO Cosmetics Frozen Lipstick in Runway Red.

Erin Leigh She's Red Haute wearing red dress and red coat

To complete the outfit, I was lucky to find this Betsey Johnson clutch patterned with hearts!  Ok, so I leaned into the holiday a little bit with this one.  But look how cute it is!

The color red, at it’s core, is a power color, even though it is linked to a romantic holiday in this case.  If you feel empowered, the people around you will notice that confidence!  In the end, you should style a Valentine’s Day outfit that makes YOU feel amazing!  Go get it and enjoy your February 14th!

Erin Leigh She's Red Haute wearing red dress and red coat

GET THE LOOK: Velvet Dress, Under Armour Longsleeve, Over-the-Knee Boots, Red Coat (Similar by Badgley Mischka), Betsey Johnson Clutch, INMO Cosmetics Frozen Lipstick

Check out my NYFW Recap blog for an all red pants outfit!