5 Ways to Wear Red + My Casual Valentine’s Look

Hey everyone! Happy last day of January! Is it me, or has this been the LONGEST. MONTH. EVER???

Since tomorrow is February 1st and Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away, I’m teaming up with a few of my fashionable friends to share 5 ways to wear the color of the season — RED!

Gina // Rachelle // Caryl // Amy // Jo-Lynne

I set out to style a more casual Valentine’s Day look with a red sweater and blue jeans, although the boots I ended up wearing do dress it up a bit.

I’ve already shared this red whipstitched sweater on Instagram as well as here on the blog in my last try on sesh, and I’m really enjoying it right now.

It’s 100% cotton, which makes it a great wear now-and-later piece. It’s still warm enough for wintertime but the color is fresh and happy and makes me feel like spring may be around the corner.

I also love the whipstitched raglan details and the blouson sleeves. For size reference, I have this sweater in a small.

I kept the look casual with mid-wash blue jeans and black suede ankle boots, although to be honest, I wish I’d worn darker jeans or lighter shoes… one or the other.

I think my lower heeled taupe suede ankle boots or even my black mules would look better with this combination of tomato red and mid-wash denim.

These black boots are somewhat dressy so darker wash denim or even black jeans would look better, I think. Or if I really wanted to be daring, I could try white jeans.

I do like these ankle boots, though. I’ve been wanting to update my black suede booties, and I really like the clean lines and the taller shaft.

I’m learning, though, that with this style, you have to be sure the shaft is wide enough for your jeans to tuck in without folding over or bulging out the top. I don’t like to cuff them with these booties because it creates a line that cuts off the leg.

I’ve tried quite a few pairs of boots in this style, and these are my favorites so far. I just wish the heel weren’t quite so high. They’re fine for dressier occasions, but not really for casual looks. I wore them with a color blocked sweater and black jeans to my husband’s office one day last week, and they were perfect for that.

Bonus, they aren’t expensive, although they are selling out. I also can’t find any measurements for them on the website so I can compare similar styles, but I think these would be worth a shot, and if you prefer more of a sock bootie, I like the looks of these.

For accessories, I first put on my predictable long pendant necklace, and then I went back and swapped it out for this gold monogram pendant.

I like how it draws the eye up towards my face, and it makes a little bit more of a statement than a smaller pendant. Plus it’s just fun for a change. It would also make a nice Valentine’s Day gift… just sayin’. For reference, I have the 3XL size, and it’s on a 16″ chain.

These jeans are Lucky Brand, and I’ll actually be talking more about them in a post later this week. The reviews were really good so I wanted to try them. They’re a high rise style that feels good on, and I think they pretty look good too. They’re currently BOGO 50% off, which you can mix and match with other full-price apparel.

I carried my taupe crossbody (still on sale!) and I like how the gold chain plays into the necklace. I could have carried a black bag, but I like the taupe against the lighter denim. Either works.

The earrings I’m wearing are oversized faux diamond studs set in gold. I’m loving large stud earrings right now — they don’t compete with the necklace but are still visible.

In this look, I’m ready to take on Valentine’s Day in style! I’ll probably wear this to volunteer at the elementary school next week; I’ll just swap out the booties for flats or flat boots.

LOFT whipstitched sweater // Lucky Brand high rise skinnies // Nine West booties // Rebecca Minkoff Love crossbody // Love Always monogram pendant (size: 3XL; 16″ chain)

Be sure to visit Gina, Rachelle, Caryl, and Amy to see how they’re wearing red for Valentine’s Day! Also, Gina and Amy host a fashion linkup every Wednesday so if you’re looking for more style inspiration, you can check that out.

Also, my Facebook Live TODAY will be at 10:30 EST instead of the normal time. I had to make an appointment for my daughter this afternoon, so I’m just going to hop on around 10:30 instead. If you can’t make it at 10:30, feel free to leave a comment with any questions or topics you’d like to discuss! You can find my FB Page HERE.

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