Whether you like it or don't, Valentine’s Day 2015 is right around the corner. That’s right, folks – CVS is rolling out the candy hearts that taste like chalk and the mushy, pastel-colored cards are on the printing press. Brace yourselves, Cupid is near. Love is in the air everywhere, and Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Whether you're going out on the town or getting ready for a cozy night cuddling on the couch you'll want to look your best.

But hey, it’s not all bad. V Day is a good excuse to say all the special people in your life – from bonafide boyfriends and girlfriends to potential love interests and your everyday friend-friends – that you care about them. But like any important event, you need to figure out what to wear first. Are you willing to go classic and pull out your Little Black Dress or eschew the day all together and pull out your rattiest sweatpants?

Valentine's Day 2015

  • When you plan to wear pink or rose, stay away from black heels instead try nude, rose or dark brown.
  • Try to mix red and pink. They actually DO go well together! But make one color your main item and one an accessory. (Like the pink jeans pictured with the red heels)
  • Don’t get pink crazy. Stick with ONE pink item at a time (i.e. a dress, a pair or jeans or a top). Wearing a pink top with pink jeans is overkill. Same goes for red.

1. Plot a Romantic Design

Lady’s fashion is currently in the midst of a love affair with all things flirty and ultra-feminine. Often these details serve very practical purposes, though. If you want to play up a certain area, add ruffles; if you wish to streamline or outline your figure, do it with ruching or princess seaming. A well-placed design element or 2 may enhance your assets and create romance.

Valentine's Day 2015 12. Get to Know Your Hottest Hues

You don’t need to wear red to play the temptress. Knowing which colors make you glow is vital to choosing the most attractive ensemble for your date. If you’ve never figured out before what your “palette” is, here’s a brief explanation: winters and summers have skin with pink undertones, while springs and autumns have skin with golden undertones; winters and autumns have high contrast between their skin and hair colors, while springs and summers have low contrast between their skin and hair colors. So, for example, if you have dark brown hair and light olive skin, you’re an autumn. Once you know your palette, a quick Google search will return quite a few sources recommending flattering shades for you. While you’re at it, complete a myShape profileand receive your own Personal Shop filled with styles chosen to fit and flatter you.

 

3. Don’t Lose Your ‘Specs’ Appeal

If your love interest normally sees you in frames, guess what? He probably likes them! Remaining true to your outer self will not detract from the amorous atmosphere and may even enhance it for your date. There’s nothing sexier than being real!

4. Embrace the Embraceable You

Valentine’s Day 2015 is definitely not the time to be preoccupied with howValentine's Day 2015 3 skinny you look and strategically trying to position yourself so that your “problem areas” remain hidden. You need to feel both comfortable in what you’re wearing and comfortable with what you have to offer. Focus on your favorite aspects of yourself (physical and otherwise) and remember that although different men are attracted to different body types, the vast majority truly appreciate the natural curves of the female form—it’s in their DNA. It can be a cliché, but confidence is your most seductive quality. Showcase your confidence with fashions that celebrate your shape. Find out your Shape and discover fashions that love you just the way you are.