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Dressed for Romance

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Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, so dress up with all the bells and whistles

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With February 14th right around the corner, WOW! asks designers and professionals associated with fashion brands to play Cupid and advise us on how we could best style and accessorize ourselves for a fun Valentine’s Day date. 

This is what they had to say…

CLOTHING

CLASSIC TO BOLD

Diya Aggarwal, designer of resort wear brand, Vitamin Di, talks to us about specific fashion trends that are gaining popularity for women that can be best emulated on a Valentine’s Day date.

She shares, “Feminine silhouettes, ruching, cut-outs done elegantly, and floral motifs are all trends that exude romanticism when styled correctly.” For colors and fabrics best for a V-Day date night, she says, “I’m a classic pastel or bold red girl on Valentine’s Day, and knits like crochet, chiffons, or satin are my fabrics of choice depending on the weather.” To tie it all together she advises us to accessorize with, “Statement earrings, delicate jewelry, or a pop of color with a bag or shoe can elevate your look.”

JUMP INTO JUMPSUITS

Prashanti Kumar, the creative mind behind her eponymous label, recommends women to opt for, “A flowy jumpsuit in soft pastel tones will not only keep you comfortable throughout the evening but also make a stylish statement.” To complete the look, opt for delicate dangling earrings and strappy sandals.

Her other recommendations:

• Top co-ord set with peplum pleats

• Diverse jumpsuit designs

• Basic embroidered applique calf or

mid length dresses

• Slit drape one-piece dress

RELAXED VIBE 

Ram and Chandrika of Chandrika Raamz, a decade-old label that offers artisanal couture for men, share that as boxy and oversized outfits are gaining popularity amongst the younger generation, “One cannot go wrong with a relaxed fit for a brunch date on Valentine’s Day.” And for a date night, they advise men to, “Opt for monochromatic outfits in deep tones to create a bold yet refined look.”

As most youngsters dress up casually at other times the designers say that a slightly semi formal outfit will show their commitment to the date. 

According to Chandrika Raamz, these are a few do’s and don’ts for men when selecting their V-Day outfit:

Do’s:

• Choose romantic colors

• Accessorize

• Wear something comfortable

• Express your style

Don’ts:

• Overly casual attire or too formal for

the occasion

• Mismatched colors

• Inappropriate graphic tees

FOOTWEAR

HEELS IN NEON 

Ruchi Sally, Managing Director of Melissa India says, “To make a basic outfit more evening-appropriate, combine a pair of heels in a bright color or if you are bold enough, opt for print.”

Red, neon, pink and purple are a few hues she asks us to opt for. And from within the collection, she recommends Melissa heels like the Lady Dragon as the choice this Valentine’s.

PLATFORM MULES ARE IN 

On what footwear for girls and boys, Sumeet Lohia, Country Manager of ECCO footwear suggests, “Platform mules look sophisticated and still retain a touch of romance, making them the perfect for a special evening.” 

And for young men, he adds, “Leather sneakers that are stylish, comfort and durable work for and beyond the romantic occasion.”

JEWELRY

LOOP IN THE ELIZABETH BANGLE

For jewelry, designer Akanksha Arora of Amrapali Jewels asks us to keep it simple. “Classic, dainty pieces of jewelry can elevate your look and create something extremely elegant for your date night,” she suggests. She recommends silver azure necklaces, a crysta ring, an Elizabeth bangle, luna drop earrings and more from their Cosmos collection.

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