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Fun and work-appropriate! Fashion Ideas

for Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air, chocolate hearts are in high demand, and Valentine’s outfits everywhere are being prepped and planned. If you work outside the home, you’ve probably seen some interesting, and dare I say inappropriate, holiday office attire. Ugly sweaters that weren’t meant to be tacky, skirts too short, heels too high, and, yes, those deep v-neck tops and dresses. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner you may be planning a red hot outfit for a fancy dinner with your significant other or a night out on the town with your girlfriends. Or hey, you might be planning on jammies and a movie date with Ben & Jerry... and that’s okay too! But let’s save those pjs and skin tight dresses for activities outside of work (if, indeed, you can wear pjs to work, I’d love to know where you’re employed... are they hiring?!). A few ways to incorporate Valentine’s Day into your work wardrobe are as follows: Bright Colors. A brightly colored piece of clothing worn in the right way can make the perfect statement while not bringing any negative attention. For example, try wearing one stand out color on either the top or bottom, while keeping the other neutral. You could try a Kelly green pencil skirt with a cream sweater... OR a Kelly green sweater/cardigan with a cream skirt. See what I mean? (I paired my skirt with a pink pump for Cupid’s favorite holiday, but feel free to wear black or nude if your office is on the more conservative side.) Texture, Pattern, & Shape. Look for trendy details in tops like tiered sleeves and understated textural patterns. Crew necks are always a win for work, and choosing to tuck in your blouse or sweater (yes, even sweaters!) is a fantastic way to show off your shape without unveiling too much skin. You can also try classic patterns in pants/skirts like dots or stripes. A black and white stripe or polk-a-dot is an on-trend style that pairs perfectly with a bright color like red, pink, or green.

Photo by Cricket Maiden

Jewelry. For a little pizzazz, you can always add jewelry. This is a great option if your work place won’t allow the suggestions above or requires a uniform. I chose to keep all of my pieces gold but added some detail by layering necklaces and adding a thin hoop earring. Fashion/trendy jewelry doesn’t have to break the bank either. One of my favorite brands is BP. at Nordstrom­­—my earrings only cost $10!

Written by Amanda Marshall of Pardon Muah Amanda is a Kentucky native and author of the lifestyle blog Pardon Muah. She shares beauty products, motivational stories, and fab fashion finds weekly. www.pardonmuah.com w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

You can use these tips for any and every holiday. Remember you don’t always have to wear traditional colors—think outside the box! To find out more about this season’s hottest trends and for more outfit and beauty inspiration, head to my blog Pardon Muah ( www.pardonmuah.com ) or check out my Instagram @pardonmuahinsta. february 2018

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xo Amanda

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Bella Magazine - February 2018  

Celebrating our 12th year as the regional magazine for women of Southwest & Central Virginia... and beyond.

Bella Magazine - February 2018  

Celebrating our 12th year as the regional magazine for women of Southwest & Central Virginia... and beyond.

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