Greetings, and cheers to Friday! 🥂 Deborah and I are teaming up again to bring you some Valentine’s Day outfit inspiration, and today we’re each styling a Galentine’s Day party look.
Yes, you read that right. Galentine’s Day is the newest fictional holiday to hit popular culture, and I’m all for it! In fact, I just planned a Galentine’s Day breakfast with a few of my best friends.
For the uninitiated, Galentine’s Day is basically a day to get together and celebrate platonic female friendship. Here’s how it all began…
In a 2010 episode of Parks and Recreation (a show I’ve never watched, by the way… is it any good?), the main character set Galentine’s Day as a holiday that would fall on February 13th each year, a.k.a. Valentine’s Day eve. This celebration involves getting together with girlfriends for a boozy brunch… think waffles and mimosas.
Sort of like Friendsgiving, Galentine’s Day took off, and it has become the perfect excuse for women all over the country to get together with their girlfriends for brunch (or lunch or dinner…) and celebrate friendship. How can you not love that?
Today’s look is perfect for a Galentine’s Day celebration, but you don’t have to celebrate Galentine’s Day or even Valentine’s Day to wear this outfit. This is a great dressed-up casual outfit to have in your arsenal for whatever might crop up this month.
These are their 9″ high-rise skinny jean with button fly, and I’m really pleased with how they fit and feel! They’re not as soft as my favorite premium denim, but for the price, they’re a nice option.
I also love the trendy button fly. I didn’t expect to like that feature, as that’s not an area I typically want to draw attention to, but it doesn’t bulge or gap at all, and it creates some juxtaposition against the more classic blouse.
These jeans have a comfortable 9″ rise and a 28″ inseam, which is ankle length on most women. I’m wearing the size 29, for reference. I tend to wear 28 or 29 in skinny jeans, so I would say they’re true to size, or you should size up if in between.
I love how the red blouse is festive enough for Valentine’s Day, but it’s not so themed that it can’t be worn for other events as well. It actually makes a really nice work wear top or a blouse to pair with trousers for Sunday church services.
The boatneck is flattering, and it has a back keyhole with button closure and button cuffs as well. I did a front tuck because the cut of the blouse is rather boxy, and it’s too long for me left untucked.
It’s also true to size; I’m wearing a small, for reference.
To keep the look on the dressier side, I carried a black patent leather envelope clutch. I love that this bag has a gold chain that you can tuck inside or use as a shoulder strap if you want to be hands-free.
I’ve had it for years, and I don’t carry it a lot, but it comes in handy for cocktail parties and date night looks.
This bag is genuine leather, and it’s currently on sale for $44.97 at Nordstrom Rack. It also comes in a pretty beige, which is perfect for spring.
I wore black suede pumps to keep the look dressed-up and classy, but again, you have lots of options here. Black OTK boots would give it an edgier look, or black loafers would dress it down. You could even swap out the black jeans for blue jeans for an even more casual vibe and more juxtaposition.
I would probably stick with black footwear in this instance to keep a long, lean leg line, and to allow the blouse to take center stage. (If I wore jeans, I would wear my navy flats, or a taupe or nude if I didn’t have those.)
I accessorized with the same Kendra Scott filigree earrings from yesterday’s look. Again, I feel like they make just enough of a statement without competing with the other elements in the outfit.
For anyone analyzing this look for the 3 keys to an interesting outfit, you can see right off the bat that there is no completer piece. I didn’t think it needed it because the blouse (the obvious focal point) is enough to command attention. That said, you could totally put a black leather jacket or black blazer over this.
The casual/trendy button-fly jeans create some juxtaposition against the dressy/classic blouse, and the bag and shoes are both classic pieces as well.
All in all, this outfit is really about the blouse. The other elements in the outfit simply support it and let it shine.
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Be sure to pop over to Fabulous After 40 and see what Deborah is styling for Galentine’s Day!
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