Greetings friends, and hello Monday! I’m super excited to be teaming up with some of my favorite over-40 fashion bloggers to bring you some Galentine’s Day outfit inspiration.
You may be wondering, What’s Galentine’s Day?
Well, Google is your friend! I knew what it was — basically a day around Valentine’s Day to celebrate your girlfriends. But I had to look up the origin because I’m a geek like that.
Evidently, Galentine’s Day was introduced in Season 2 of Parks and Rec — an NBC sitcom starring Amy Poehler. In that episode, her character, Leslie, gathers a group of girlfriends for brunch and gifts.
“Every February 13, my ladyfriends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style,” Leslie explains. “Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair — minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”
And thus Galentine’s Day was born! Since then, it has taken off as an unofficial holiday and an excuse to get together with girlfriends.
My friends and I usually keep our gatherings pretty casual, so I put together a Galentine’s look with jeans and flats.
This sweater is soft and stretchy, and the slouchy silhouette is on trend. I love the extra long cuffs.
I actually have it in ivory and liked it so much, I bought it in the pink with Valentine’s festivities in mind. Plus it’s just a cheerful color to brighten up these dreary February days.
I paired it with crop straight jeans, although after seeing these pictures, I realized I like it better with skinnies.
Since the sweater is kind of relaxed and oversized, it looks better with a slimmer silhouette on the bottom. Also, these jeans are probably a size too big on me, which adds extra bulk as well.
Oh, well. #liveandlearn
I added a leopard belt for a pop of texture and print.
I don’t usually wear leopard with leopard, but since the belt is such a small piece, I thought it was fine to go ahead and throw on leopard flats.
These J.Crew flats have such a flattering shape to them, and they’re very comfortable. I didn’t think they would be at first, but they broke in quickly and are now among my most comfortable flats.
Another option is to echo the pink from the sweater in the shoes, with these pink suede pointy toe flats.
These are from the brand Linea Paolo, and I’m pleased with them so far. They do run narrow, so keep that in mind.
I really like the notched topline — details like that are a nice way to add subtle interest to an outfit.
This time, I carried a leopard clutch. I guess I really like that pink/denim/leopard combo!
This clutch is a beautiful bag. I’ve had it for a few years, but happily it’s still available. It’s a great way to elevate a casual outfit, but you can also carry it with dressier looks as well.
Here are some under-$100 options, if you’re looking for something similar for less.
This is an easy outfit to recreate with items in your closet — and you can always wear red or a lighter pink sweater if you prefer those hues. It’s a nice break from all the neutrals that have been trending lately!
Another fun option would be to swap out the blue jeans for white jeans.
Which version of this outfit is your favorite — pink flats and leopard clutch, or leopard flats and black crossbody?
Just picture it with jeans that fit properly, m’kay?
pink cowl neck sweater // straight crop jeans (skinny option) // similar leopard belt // pink flats // leopard flats // leopard clutch (budget option) // similar pearl earrings
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photos: Alison Cornell