Whether you’re a history enthusiast who’s aware that February 14th was merely a day where Christian martyrs named Valentine were honoured; or, you’re a lover of the legend featuring a Roman priest who upon being imprisoned wrote the first ever Valentine’s Day card for the daughter of his imprisoner; I think we can all agree that there’s definitely something in the air on Valentine’s Day.

If you’re going out for a 3-course meal with your boo or celebrating being single with friends, read on for my tips on making sure that whatever you end up doing, you’re sure to look the part.


I see RED!

If you’re of the opinion that “Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day so I’m going to wear the colour of love!”, then do it with gusto.  Take the monochrome route of wearing shades of red from head to toe, which if done well can look incredibly chic. Alternatively, you can choose the option of limiting red to a statement item of clothing while you keep the rest of your outfit relatively pared back. Whatever you do just make sure you choose the right shades to prevent your outfit from looking tacky

2017 Valentines Day Dress Trends - The B&F Collective via Guardian Life

1. 1 Shoulder top & Cigarette Pants via Maju price POR
2. Kerry Washington in red
3. Pleat Hem Dress via Maju n9,500


The Little Black Dress

The unending uses of a LBD cannot be stressed enough!  If like us you have an arsenal of black dresses sitting in your wardrobe, then Valentine’s Day is as good as any other to don one.  Perfect for dinner with your loved one or drinks with friends, you can be assured that not only will you look the part, but you’ll also stand out from the sea of red you’re likely to encounter.

2017 Valentines Day Dress Trends - The B&F Collective via Guardian Life

1. Velvet Fringe Dress via Fashpa n78,945
2. Claire Sulmers in Alexander McQueen
3. Grey Balloon Sleeve Dress via Grey Velvet n 44,845



If you don’t know, then let us educate you…men like looking at pretty things! So, why not give him an extra treat on Valentine’s Day by wearing sexy lingerie. Now we’re not suggesting you morph into a cast member from 50 Shades of Grey, but rather that you get his blood pumping by wearing something that not only matches but shows him exactly why he’s with you.  Make sure to choose your lingerie wisely though as wearing something you’re uncomfortable in will not have the desired effect.

2017 Valentines Day Dress Trends - The B&F Collective via Guardian Life

1. Red Corset Set via Jumia N9,999
2. Image via Shawna Kaye
3. Baby Doll Set via Jumia n4,999


Statement Heels

Our motto is “If in doubt, rock a pair of statement heels” and Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to practice what we preach.  Everything looks better with a pair of heels         and they have the uncanny ability to transform a casual daytime look into something altogether dressier. The added bonus?  They’ll make your legs look amazing.

2017 Valentines Day Dress Trends - The B&F Collective via Guardian Life

1. Sophia Webster Statement Shoes
2. BCBG Fringe Heel via Heels.com.ng n21k
3. Michael Antonio via Heels.com.ng n14,505


Jeans & a Tee

Valentine’s Day is essentially about spending time with loved ones, so you should only feel the need to dress up if it’s what YOU want to do.  If wearing jeans and a t-shirt is your staple look, then by all means do what makes you feel comfortable. The loved one you choose to spend your day with will be happy just being in your company and would quite frankly be a bit freaked out if you chose to wear a dress for the first time on Valentine’s Day!

2017 Valentines Day Dress Trends - The B&F Collective via Guardian Life

1. Gabrielle Union in Jeans
2. DMG Ankara Patch Jeans via Jumia n8,000
3. Denim Culottes via Maju POR

There you have it, our 5 look good tips for the day of Amore.  Have fun!

This article was originally published in The Guardian Life Magazine http://life.guardian.ng/


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