Campus chic

Spice up a simple outfit with a flirty scarf or eccentric pair of shoes. (credit: Jesse Kummer | Personnel Manager) Spice up a simple outfit with a flirty scarf or eccentric pair of shoes. (credit: Jesse Kummer | Personnel Manager)

Valentine’s Day is coming soon and with it comes the anticipation of a date or a party. Whether it’s a date with a significant other or one landed out of the blue, a great wardrobe can help make it a perfect night. Here’s some advice on how to dress right for Valentine’s Day.

For her

Making this date more special may be simpler than you might think. Read on for tips on color choices and accessory advice.

The bright red: Since it is Valentine’s Day, red can be a good color choice. But rather than covering yourself with the color, a hint of red can be more effective. Try a red miniskirt or a sweater. You can use red in your accessories, too. A chunky, red knit scarf and a black coat complement each other well. If bright red is too overwhelming for you, try shades of wine or scarlet. They are toned-down hues, but still very appropriate for a Valentine’s Day date.

High heels: You may remember Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and The City and her unending obsession with high heels. In one episode when she is mugged by a man, she shouts, “Not my shoes!” while she is willing to give up everything else. Some people may not agree, but from my experience heels do make everything better. Although flats are comfortable and easy to wear, heels can make your legs seem longer, and you can use them to accentuate your outfit. Bright-colored shoes, such as red or turquoise, can brighten your outfit.

Accessories: Jewelry is a must for a special day like Valentine’s Day. it is important to keep in mind not to overdo it. If you are looking for bold jewelry, try cocktail rings. They are an instant boost of bling that works with almost any outfit. A long necklace with a nice, white shirt can also be quite lovely for your date. You may be surprised to know that J.Crew offers an extensive and beautiful jewelry collection. They have fancy necklaces as well as bracelets and also offer a 15 percent discount with your student ID.

For him

You may think that fashion is mostly about women, but do not underestimate how men are becoming more aware of fashion. Although men’s clothing is often a lot simpler than women’s, when you dress for a date it’s all about detail. Your choice of shirt, tie color, shoes, or socks can work for or against you.

The casual chic: Go for a smart-casual look that is not too understated, but not too bold and daring. You may be surprised to find out how well dress pants go with white sneakers or jeans with a fitted blazer. Mix and match the casual and dressy items.

The perfect shirt: Rather than looking for something fancy, a crisp white shirt with a cardigan makes a great look. The key to dressing well is to keep it simple, especially for men. Stick to basic fabric shirts and add interesting touches with a suede jacket or detailed shoes. Since it is Valentine’s Day, you can try a pink or red button-down, but make sure to keep other parts of your outfit more neutral with colors like beige, gray, or black.

Accessories: You may wonder what men can do with accessories. A tie can be a great accessory to accent your wardrobe. A crisp white shirt and a good silk tie go well together. If you are more playful, try a bow tie. Socks can also be a great accessory to play with. Try red socks, if you dare — the look is better than it sounds, and kudos to you for pulling it off.

As soon as you know your date location, make sure your look is fitting or fittingly contrasting. The worst thing you can do is ruin a first impression by dressing inappropriately for the venue.