Dressing for the Date:

by Andrea McHugh


Whether dating Mr. Maybe, married to Mr. Right, getting to know someone new or planning a night on the town with your best girlfriends, looking your best will get you in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Here are five fab finds to make the night one to remember:






The Little Black Dress

This pick is so ubiquitous that sites like Nordstrom.com have a designated “Little Black Dress” category under “Dresses”.  (Isn’t it helpful when a retailer lets us cut to the chase?).  This long sleeve shirred dress by KAMALIKULTRE is super flattering with ruching strategically placed at the side and along the center-back seams.  The body-conscious fit is perfected by a bit of stretch.  Other pluses:  it’s under $100. ($96.), it’s machine washable and it’s a classic LBD that can be dressed up or down for years to come.




Downtown-inspired Designs

The Belleau Peplum Top from Francesca’s Collections is a versatile piece you can pair with your favorite pair of skinny jeans for a casual night out or a pencil skirt for more upscale digs. The sequined and beaded waistline adds a dash of shimmer while highlighting your narrowest point, and it’s just $40.






She’s Got Legs


It’s a jean. It’s a legging. It’s a jegging. With ample stretch, the comfort of a legging and styling of a well-fitted jean, the jegging is fashion’s dark horse. Best paired with a blazer or tunic and an amazing pair of heels, sassy flats or knee-high boots, the right jegging offers a leg- lengthening silhouette. These two styles, one in rock star black and the other with trendy timeworn-look wear and tear, might just surprise you.







Everybody Jump

Hear me out—jumpsuits can be tricky, but once you find the right one, you’ll walk in like you own the place. This cutting edge matte jersey jumpsuit in navy from White House Back Market features an intricate lattice neckline front and back, flattering cut-in shoulders and wide flowing legs. Pair with a great pair of heels and eye-catching earrings.




Go For the Gold

There’s nothing quite like a new pair of shiny shoes. Turn heads without breaking the bank in these gold crackled metallic sky-high heels by Michael Antonio. Pair with everything from denim to dressy duds.


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