It's not what you wear....it's the way that you wear it.
Valentine’s Day provides a romantic distraction from the short dark days of February and post-Christmas blues with a new opportunity to wear something special. Autumn and Winter 06/07provided many fabulous celebration styles and there are garments to suit all shapes, sizes and ages. The way to wear them really is the key.
Gold, silver metallic and simply shimmering styles are everywhere and are set to continue into spring and summer 2007, so what better trend to opt for when you want to sparkle on St Valentine’s Day? Your shape and style personality will dictate which style you go for, from 1960s- inspired tunics and baby doll dresses to the empire line with A-line skirt and more fitted shapes in between. There is a variety of lengths, although there are many shorter hemlines which are set to rise further.
Choose from heavily sequined through to lightly beaded dresses with detailing just on the neckline. Or team a skinny sequin scarf with a plain dress – you can wear it with your jeans as a belt later – or opt for sparkling shoes. If silver or gold are not for you choose a colour such as purple made that bit more luxurious with a metallic sheen. The great advantage of these opulent styles is that they are the outfit and accessory in one; but take care with accessories as with this look it is easy to look overdone.
Many styles have pretty detailing such as bows which add feminine elegance. The trend is to dress the look down rather than up – many styles looking fabulous with leggings. For those who would rather keep leggings in the 1980s match a tunic dress with a pair of trousers or jeans or opaque tights – more forgiving ways of wearing these shorter styles.
Make-up for the metallic look need not be the strong image we often imagine, although some can carry this off well many of us require something more subtle. Glittering eyes and lips is a little bit too Star Wars! Select an eye shadow with some shimmer and apply to the lower lid, blending well into the socket. One single colour is strong enough. For a glitzier look add a very fine touch of glitter to the lower lid and highlight under the brow. A lashing of mascara is all that is needed as liner can look too strong. Alternatively, choose from one of the many glitter eye liners and add just a little shimmer around the lashes. A touch of lip gloss is all that’s needed, try one of the many around with added sparkle; they also work well on top of a lipstick.
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